Individual Speaker Retreat

with speech and story coach Kate Lawrence

Do you have a speech to give?

Photo by Vítor Santos on Unsplash

Photo by Vítor Santos on Unsplash

Is it swirling around in your mind?


Sitting at the end of your to do list?


Do you have a procrastinators desk, fridge or safety pin collection?


Are you struggling because...

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Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash

Every time you think about it you get a pit in your belly?


You don't know how to wrestle everything you know into a speech?


You just can’t find the time you need to really get into it? 



...Getting away to a fresh, relaxing location, carving out time with no interruptions or obligations for 48 hours, just you and your speech ideas, a laptop and an experienced guide to talk to when you need to work it through?


...Working with an experienced speech and story coach, talking through all your ideas, the length and purpose of your speech, the audience, your hopes and fears, your message and your stories, and then getting to work.

And after a while, you check in with your sounding board again, someone totally dedicated to hearing all your ideas, who asks great questions and knows how to help you find and shape your stories.  Then you get to work again.  

And at the end of 2 days, you have the structure of a brilliant speech, complete with stories, key points, logical flow and a compelling beginning and ending. All thats left to do is practice and polish, reduce and refine, until you can sit at ease in the saddle of your words. And you'll learn a heap of skills you can apply next time you need to give a speech.


We’ll look at your:

  • Topic
  • Controlling idea or message
  • Key points
  • Supports
  • How you begin and your introduction
  • How you conclude and the ending.
  • Stories
  • Structure
  • Style
  • Delivery
  • Confidence
  • The audience
  • Time frame
  • Purpose.

We’ll take it all into account and and keep it in mind as you refine and distill what you know into what your audience needs to hear. 

This is a bespoke program, so we start where you are at, with your speech, your topic, what you want to work on and be supported with and we go from there.  You’ll have plenty of time to write and think, read and research, and between10am and 4pm each day, Kate Lawrence will be on hand to discuss, support, coach, feedback, mentor, guide, encourage, cheer or just listen - whatever you need. 

Package includes:

  • Up to one hour Skype session with Kate Lawrence, two weeks before the retreat, to plan and prepare.
  • 2 or 3 nights accomodation in either Brunswick or Macedon.  Check out the options below. 
  • Breakfast provisions
  • Lunch and snacks
  • NBN WiFi
  • Coaching with Kate Lawrence between 10am and 4pm on 2 days.
  • Up to one hour follow up session with Kate to check in on progress and the final the speech.

This is the time and space you need too really get your mind into the issues and ideas that are swirling around in your head, to hone in on your core message and its key points, and to get really creative with how to present your ideas in a compelling, engaging and persuasive way.

There are a limited number of these retreats that I can run each year.

Investment: $1450

Why work with Kate Lawrence?


Nearly two decades in law, listening, presenting and persuading; two decades creating logic out of a mess, creating flow and order where there was none, shaping stories to persuade and make sense, are all available to you when you work with Kate to craft your story or talk.  

Add to that the last seven years in story - telling, listening, coaching and hosting and you have a coach with a keen sense of audience engagement, connection and story, as well as message and persuasion.  And she really listens to you, to find who you are and what you want to say.

Venue Options

Brunswick:  Sunny, chimney-pot skyline, inner city pad.  Central location to restaurants and cafes on Sydney Road for your dinner, (or you can cook), and acres of ovals and gardens to stretch your legs and clear your mind. Few minutes walk to train or tram.  The Eyrie.

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Macedon: A relaxing hour-long country train ride to a modern bush cottage, with a north facing balcony, mountain peak views and green as far as the eye can see, you can even bring your dog.  You can walk, think, write, talk, practice and get really clear on what you need to say and how you will say it. A good walk into the village of Macedon and there’s wood fire pizza, a wine bar and a more formal restaurant, for dinner options, or you can cook.  Spiral Cottage.

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Call now for a free speech strategy session to discuss 5your options and get a sense of how Kate works and if you are a good fit for each other.

The Story Wise Speaker Retreat Program cost is $1750