Here’s a quick summary:
- We’re updating our tagline to More Than Public Speaking — because 1) we ultimately coach clients to be better leaders and 2) we help clients with spoken communication in a broader sense.
- We’re moving our website from montisonline.be to speaker.coach. It’s clearer, international, and ambitious.
- We’ve released a public speaking email course that is entirely free of charge.
As the end of 2019 approaches, I have a few announcements to make!
But first: a quick recap of the past year at Montis.
Montis started as my ‘business baby’. But in 2018, my husband Jelle quit his practice as a marketing and copywriting consultant and joined Montis.
Needless to say that shifted Montis into a different gear! Jelle’s excellent skills in copywriting, content marketing, sales funnels, and other areas have taken the business to a new level. From a regular newsletter to a marketing automation programme and the debut of our online store — Montis is getting more digitally mature every day 😉
It has been amazing, for example, to see our 2-day Summer School training sell out in no time thanks to our new sales funnel.
Having Jelle join Montis was both great and challenging.
Great, because I could use help with structuring and digitalising the business. It’s also very convenient to have a sparring partner for your strategic decisions, and simply to have someone to share the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with running a business!
Challenging, because being at the same time a couple, parents of two young children, and business partners is at times super intense. Different strategic views, different priorities, different characters, never enough time… you get the picture.
But: I feel the pieces have now fallen into place and we’re running a smooth machine. Teamwork makes the dream work.
And now: on to what’s new with Montis!
1. We’re updating our tagline
Starting from today, our tagline is More Than Public Speaking.
Why? Well, we’ve grown a lot over the past year, and we feel this tagline covers more accurately who we are and what we stand for.
When I started Montis, I based the company on the assumption that every ambitious professional would, at some point in their career want to improve their public speaking skills.
Not just for the sake of better speaking, but for:
- creating goodwill and making an impact
- powerful presence
- personal growth, and
- inspiring and connecting people
We’ve seen again and again that these positive ‘side effects’ of public speaking training extend far beyond ‘the stage’. Ultimately, we are coaching people to be not just better speakers but better leaders.
Secondly, our clients are increasingly looking for ways to speak with more impact in different situations besides the classic keynote speech.
Our coaching projects have included:
- presentation skills
- pitching to prospects or investors
- nailing job interviews
- creating memorable panel interventions
- ‘train the trainer’ style coaching
- making yourself heard in meetings
- how to rock the room
- making difficult conversations easier
- telling your story
So even if our tagline promised just ‘public speaking’, in reality, we help clients with spoken communication in a much broader sense.
(And with a seasoned copywriter on board, it might include written communication soon;-) )
2. We’ve moved to another URL
We felt it was time to say goodbye to our long-time web domain, montisonline.be.
Why? 1) It seems a little dated to have the word ‘online’ in our domain name 🙂 and 2) we wanted something more international. Our list of foreign clients is growing, plus we have online courses in English in the pipeline and are expecting to sell these worldwide starting from 2020.
After some searching, we found a URL that we liked and was still free: speaker.coach.
Yes, it’s eccentric. It not a .be, .eu, .com, .net or other familiar type of domain. It’s nonconformist — which we like 🙃
What else we love about it:
- it’s super clear — the URL says everything
- it’s international — not tied to a county or region
- it’s ambitious — it communicates this is the place to be for speaker coaching
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3. We’re launching a free email course
A big priority for 2020 is to serve more clients in a more scalable way. We’ll always do live and personal coaching. Still, we want to extend our offering with products and services that a larger number of people can benefit from without depending on our agenda or availability.
As part of that plan, we’re launching our very first ‘product’ in English: a free email course called The Three Pillars Of Powerful Speaking.
This 6-lesson email course teaches the fundamental principles one needs to know for public speaking with impact.
A paid (but affordable) video course will follow soon — the Dutch version is already available, and it’s a matter of translating that to English.
More than a business, we are a growing community
Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a fantastic range of people. From tech startup entrepreneurs to CEOs of huge corporations, to fierce fempreneurs and leaders at the European Parliament.
From the world champion in dog grooming (really!) to a stress and trauma therapy professor to a CIO who spoke at the annual SAP conference, and the former aide of Nelson Mandela.
What they all have in common is that they are at the same time ambitious, professional and kind-hearted. Forward-moving problem-solvers and optimists, willing to make a positive impact.
With never-decreasing enthusiasm 🤩
We can’t wait to serve ‘our people’ even better in 2020.
But that’s more than enough about us. What are your needs regarding public speaking training? How would we best help you in 2020? Let us know in the comments.
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