The Real Cost of Hiring a Coach

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-09-26T23:15:46Z

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Public Speaking Coach

<p>Mitt Romney's latest blunders may lead you to think you're a pretty good public speaker by comparison. Chances are, though, that you, too, could improve. "You need to not just read the teleprompter like Obama," says Adam Vane, chief consultant at Paragon Global Consulting Group in New York. " You also need to do a town hall like Bill Clinton." Dan Litowitz, a corporate lawyer in New York, worked with Vane. Over time, he says, his presentations no longer sounded rehearsed but instead had the ebbs and flows of a conversation -- Clinton's, not Romney's, one hopes. Far cheaper, though not private, is <a href="" target="_blank">Toastmasters International</a>, which offers workshops at which members evaluate each other.<br /><br />$400 -- $1,200 per session --</p>