Secrets of Public Speaking and Storytelling… - Seattle Improv Classes

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In 2 Saturdays
you'll learn to... 
captivate your audience!

Learn to connect with an audience, tell captivating stories, and look poised... even with zero preparation.

Becoming a captivating presenter and storyteller is within reach, listen up!

From: Chad Elliot

So, you want to feel comfortable giving presentations. You want to tell compelling stories. You want to be memorable speaking to groups. But you've always thought you couldn't. Then you've come to the right place, read on!

This class is for two groups of people:

First, it's for people who want to feel confident speaking to an audience. Even with zero preparation.

And since a huge part of being a great public speaker is being great storyteller...

Second, it's for people who want to master the art of storytelling. 

Let me make this clear: being a confident speaker and storyteller is not about talent or luck or DNA.


You have to do three things to become great at anything

  1. Be willing to let go of old habits and outdated ideas about what you're capable of accomplishing.
  2. Learn the secrets and skills of success.
  3. Practice those skills until you can do them easily.

Do the drills!
Get the skills!

That's all most things in life boil down to -- you get what you practice!

If you practice sitting on the sidelines, telling yourself you can't do it, criticizing yourself for every mistake... then you're building those as habits. But, you don't have to do that.

If you challenge your ideas about yourself, learn new skills, push your comfort zone, and find out what you are capable of doing... You'll discover you have much more potential than you thought.

The key is to learn what skills are important, and practice those skills in a step-by-step fashion. Then, the rewards pay off for the rest of your life.

Many people hate speaking to an audience. Others panic when they haven't had time to prepare. Others feel awkward even just telling a story to a small group. This is all common, but it's not necessary. 

Where you can use these skills:
Business Presentations...
More Engaging Conversations...
Job Interviews... 
Creative or Business Writing...

No matter the situation, if you're doing any kind of presentation or storytelling, you'll have certain key goals. 

  • ​Get the attention of your audience and gain rapport...
  • Keep their interest, draw them in, and build their excitement as you continue...
  • Enjoy yourself: feel calm, comfortable, and in charge the entire time...
  • Create a satisfying climax to your story or talk...
  • Be memorable to your audience...

The same is true whether you're in front of an audience of 12 or 12,000. It's true whether you're giving a speech, telling a story to friends, or writing a novel. It's true now and has been true for millennia. 

  • We've all seen bad speakers: lists of facts, dozens of slides, a presenter reading from notes.
    We've all seen great speakers: entertaining stories,  enjoyable humor, and an engaging personality. 
  • We've all heard and seen bad stories: predictable plots, flat characters, and boring storylines.
    We've all heard and seen great stories: unexpected twists, memorable characters, and engaging storylines. 

“Being in a room full of strangers who were all very friendly and supportive really helped me to come out of my shell and be creative. I also had a lot of fun and met awesome people!”

Wen Xiao
Seattle, WA                 

What are the skills you need to learn?

Okay, so now: what the heck are the skills you'll need?

  • How to overcome stage fright and learn to have fun with an audience.
  • Generate curiosity instantly with 21 attention grabbing story openers.
  • Learn the 7 types of stories and when to use them. So you can earn trust, build credibility, and communicate useful ideas.
  • How to let your ideas flow freely -- even with all eyes on you.
  • A guaranteed method to improvise a great speech on any topic. (So simple you can learn to do it in 20 minutes.)
  • How to prevent yourself from rambling or making boring digressions.
  • What to do when you finish to move your audience to action. 
  • Simple ways to improve eye contact so you connect with everyone in the room. 
  • 3 tricks to avoid monotony and become more compelling.
  • How to make your stories more memorable so you create a lasting impact. 
  • How to handle it when your mind goes blank and what to do next. (Techniques that apply to any situation.)
  • A simple trick that will consistently have your audience on the edge of their seats within 20 seconds.
  • How to improvise a complete story. Easily. Anytime you want.
  • 4 strategies for humor and how to program them into your brain.
  • A simple way to create metaphors on the spot--how to make your ideas more memorable and fun. 
  • Adding unexpected twists that delight your audience and even surprise you.

Now, you may be wondering...

How long does it take to learn all that???

Excellent question!

Anything worthwhile in life takes some time and effort. If you're not willing to accept that, you'll miss out on a lot. 

You can't expect to be ready to go up and do a TED Talk after a couple classes. (Even amazing classes.) But, you can expect to make a lot of progress. You can expect to gain comfort with many valuable skills . You can expect to see a huge change in your abilities from start to finish. And, you can expect to have a lot of fun doing so.


  • A clear, simple, step-by-step approach.
  • Lots of practice to gain ease with your new skills. 
  • A fun and supportive learning environment.

Announcing, the: 
Secrets of Public Speaking and Storytelling (Anytime, Anywhere, Even with Zero Preparation) Funshop.

The complete, step-by-step training program.

You'll be guided through a complete system that will gives you the knowledge and skills to be a successful presenter and storyteller -- even when you have no time to prepare, and you feel under the gun.

    1. You'll Learn the Skills of Great Speakers and Storytellers: I'll guide you step-by-step through tools taken from professional speakers, authors, actors, and film-makers that will allow you to succeed.
    2. You'll Get Personalized Feedback and Tons of Practice: You won't sit back and listen to someone drone on and on; you'll do all sorts of fun games and exercises to develop these skills. And you'll get individual suggestions on what to work on.
    3. You'll Get to Learn From Observing Your Classmates, and Enjoy Making New Friends: As you watch and listen to your fellow students, you'll see the concepts we're working on in action. You'll be able to imitate what you admire and learn from their example. And, you'll develop friendships that may last a long time. 
    4. Plus, You'll Get Special Bonuses You Can't Get Anywhere Else.

    Here's what you get!

    • You'll get two 6-hour classes full of more learning and creativity than you've ever experienced before.
      Two Saturdays: August 12th and August 19th, from 11:00AM to 5:00PM.  
      Classes are held at the Phinney Center, on Phinney Ridge.

      We'll start with some simple warm up exercises, to make sure you're comfortable. Next, you'll learn basic but vital aspects of how to think on your feet, improvise under pressure, and get your creative juices flowing. Then, you'll learn to read an audience, and how to connect with them. 

      After that, you'll learn how to capture your audience's attention. Next, you'll learn about the different types of stories and when to use them. You'll learn about how to structure your stories, keep them interesting, and make them memorable. And, you'll learn how to make up new ones anytime you want. Finally, you'll learn to tie it all together in a simple, easy package.
    • You'll get a fun storytelling dinner date. (Note: you'll pay for your own meal separately.)
      We will schedule this at a time that works well for everyone.

      This is unique to Seattle Improv Classes. It's an opportunity to relax a little and get to know your fellow classmates in a casual setting. We'll practice storytelling games and learn a few ideas not covered in class.  It's always incredibly fun, challenging and memorable!

      It's like having an extra, bonus class, only with more opportunity to socialize and make new friends. You'll get to know your classmates better than you would if you just saw them in a class setting. This can encourage building wonderful friendships. 
    • You'll get the opportunity to do the class again for half the regular price. ($149 value)

      We're the only place in Seattle to offer this! Many students go through our classes again multiple times. That's because they keep having fun, keep meeting great people, and keep getting more out of the experience.

      The skills you're learning in these classes are just that - skills. And the more you practice a skill, the better you get at it. I also go out of my way to make sure repeat students get specific tips and suggestions so they continue to learn and grow to new levels. Getting the opportunity to do the class again at half price makes this one of the best deals available anywhere! 
    • You'll get the special Charismatic Public Speaking and Storytelling Short-Cut Guide. 

      This guide is filled with tons of information and handy cheat-sheets you'll refer to again and again. It will help you remember everything from your classes and point out things you might have missed. 
    • You'll get a copy of my bestseller, Improv Manifesto: 7 Easy Steps to Confidence, Creativity, and Charisma - Even If You're Shy! 

      A strategy-packed guide to help you learn faster. You'll get all sorts of tips on how to think on your feet under pressure, get your creative juices flowing, and connect with other people. 

    How much does it cost? Great question!
    You get the two 6-hour classes, the group dinner, 1/2-off your second series, the short-cut guide, and the book, for an affordable investment of only $297. 

    See what our students say about our training:

    Pam Forquera - Speech Pathologist - Issaquah, WA

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    Renee Larkin - Data Specialist - Everett, WA

    Jesse LaJeunesse - Salesperson - Tukwila, WA

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    Nityendra Singh - Software Engineer - Seattle, WA

    Secrets of Public Speaking and Storytelling Funshop.
    August 12th and 19th, 11AM to 5PM!

    Discover the confidence hiding behind your old fears!
    If you have any questions, you can call 425-270-1989


    You are fully protected by my 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you don't feel like I delivered exactly what I promised over the and that it was worth every cent to you, you are welcome to a complete refund of your money. 

    Will some people take advantage of me? Maybe. Generally people are honest. And I want you to feel totally comfortable diving in, knowing that it will be one of the best decisions you've ever made. Because if it's not, I foot the bill. I think that's the honorable way to treat people.

    I ask a couple things of you in case you later want a refund:

    First: Please be on time, do the exercises and try everything. If you're late and miss sections of the class, you won't get everything from your experience.

    Second: if you have a complaint during the training, let me know so I can try to remedy the situation.

    If for some reason you need to cancel your registration, you can cancel up until 48 hours before the first class and get a credit for future classes, I'm limiting the class size, so if you cancel late, that prevents others from coming who wanted to learn.​

    Like I said, I have a philosophy: be a good person and others will be good back to you. ​

    Zero prior experience and really fun...

    I recently attended an improv workshop led by Chad. I had zero prior experience, but it turned out to be a really fun way to get creative, bond with others, and challenge my own limitations. Really can't recommend him enough as a teacher / mentor and his way of making people feel included and comfortable.

    Cooper Whitlow AV at Seattle Art Museum
    Seattle, WA          

    Huge breakthrough...

    "This was my second class with Chad, the first time I went, I felt a little nervous and uncomfortable being in front of a group, but Chad provided a warm and supportive atmosphere where I felt more at ease, and this last one I went to I felt a HUGE improvement in my comfort level and can't wait to come back for more!"

    Karim Banani Dentist
    Kirkland, WA

    From reserved to more ease communicating...

    "I used to be very quiet and non-talkative. Chad has helped me open up more and to better communicate with the people in my life. I’ve gained a lot of experience on how to make conversations more fruitful and fulfilling. I would highly recommend his classes to anyone and everyone. Improv can help better many aspects of your life and it’s so much fun, too.

    Theron Webber US Navy
    Bremerton, WA

    Secrets of Public Speaking and Storytelling Funshop.
    August 12th and 19th, 11AM to 5PM!

    Discover the confidence hiding behind your old fears!
    If you have any questions, you can call 425-270-1989


    Question: What if I'm super scared? I mean incredibly nervous. I mean terrified! 

    Answer: Almost everyone gets nervous before the classes. In fact, many people join the classes because they are nervous. They do it to overcome those old fears and gain more confidence. I used to get nervous, too. It's okay. 

    I designed the classes to make you comfortable very, very quickly. You'll discover you've forgotten to be nervous before we're even halfway through the first class, because you're having so much fun. 

    Question: What if English isn't my native language? I moved here a few months ago and speak it pretty well, but I'm still working on becoming 100% fluent.

    Answer: That's totally fine! A few people have come to the classes as a way to get lots of practice with their English in a fun, stress-free environment. It's always a positive experience for them and everyone else. 

    “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
    - Philip Pullman

    “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.”
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “There is no greater power on this earth than story.”
    - Libba Bray

    P.S.: Plus, you have my 100% guarantee. If you don't feel it's everything I say, you can have your money back. So, grab the bull by the horns and jump in!

    Secrets of Public Speaking and Storytelling Funshop.
    August 12th and 19th, 11AM to 5PM!

    Discover the confidence hiding behind your old fears!
    If you have any questions, you can call 425-270-1989