Talks & Speeches

Sandra Zimmer, author of Itís Your Time to Shine: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking, Develop Authentic Presence and Speak from Your Heart, delivers talks, speeches and short workshops.

Sandraís talks inspire listeners to speak, sell, persuade and communicate authentically. All are interactive, experiential and packed with new insights and information to help people shine when they share their ideas and expertise.

Below is a list of talks Sandra has delivered to associations, corporate employees and church audiences. Most talks can be given in either 1-hour or 2-hour programs. Please email or call Sandra Zimmer for information about bookings and fees.


Telling the Authentically Persuasive Story to Help Win Projects

1 Hour Talk or 2 Hour Workshop

When your company is short-listed for a project, the client already deems your firm capable for the job.  In your presentation, they want to see who you are, if they can trust you to guide them successfully through the project and if you can help them create their vision. So you must do three things: connect with them authentically, demonstrate that you can be trusted and excite them with the possibilities for a bright outcome.

Storytelling is the golden nugget of authentic communication. It creates connection, trust and persuasion.  Storytelling is also a way to free presenters from emotional and physical tension. Telling a personal story unleashes your natural abilities to be more expressive and engaging. 

In this experiential session, Sandra Zimmer will guide you through a storytelling process that helps professionals find their authentic stories and use them persuasively in important presentations.  This session will help you understand the power of story and how to use it. 

You will learn to:

  • Find your own stories and lessons learned. 
  • Connect a story to an important marketing point to make it more persuasive. 
  • Experience how telling a story builds genuine connection with listeners.

Telling the Authentically Persuasive Story for Business Owners

1 Hour Talk or 90 Minute Workshop

Telling authentically persuasive stories is an important leadership, sales and persuasion tool for business owners. Stories are golden nuggets of communication that make your points stick in the minds of listeners.  They also touch the hearts of others, transforming your ideas from just informative to persuasive. This session will help you understand the power of story and how to use it to develop leadership messages and persuasive sales messages.  

Sandra Zimmer will:

  • Explain why stories are important and what they do for your presentations and communications.
  • Demonstrate the persuasive power of stories with a dazzling client success story.
  • Help you identify your own authentically persuasive stories.
  • Coach you to use a story to make an important point more persuasive.
  • Practice delivering persuasive leadership and sales messages.

Transforming the Dragon - Facing the Fear of Change

1 Hour Talk

There is no avoiding the fear of change… if you want to grow and move forward in your life. But, there is a way to encounter the fear of change and transform the dragon of negative emotion into productive energy. Sandra will share her real life stories about facing the negative emotions of change and reveal her 4-step FEAR process that you can use to move through your fear of change -so you can move forward in your life.


It’s Your Time to Shine: How to Transform Stage Fright into Authentic Presence

1 Hour Talk or 2 Hour Workshop

Sandra Zimmer reveals how she works with business professionals to help them develop comfort and confidence being the center of attention and speaking to groups. Sandra takes an unconventional approach to training for presentation and public speaking. Instead of locking people up in mechanical speaking techniques, she frees them up to be natural and genuine. 

Sandra will illuminate what really happens in fear of public speaking and share some of her core concepts that she uses to help people transform stage fright and fear of public speaking into authentic presence. She will ask for a volunteer and demonstrate the process that frees people to share their ideas, insights and expertise in front of groups. In the workshop version, Sandra will guide the entire group through the steps of transforming stage fright into authentic presence that everyone experiences more comfort being the center of attention and speaking from their hearts.


You Must Be Present to Win: How to Coach Presenters to Relax, Be Present and Connect with Clients

2 Hour Workshop

HR, marketing and proposal professionals are often challenged to help technical experts communicate their ideas in presentations for client meetings, conferences and sales.  While experts are often brilliant at their work, they may be dull and boring when they present their ideas.  Even worse, they may be so nervous and uncomfortable that they are unable to engage and connect with prospective clients.  

The Zimmer Method for Authentic Communication transforms the tension of being the center of attention into natural, relaxed presence and helps presenters develop an authentic style of speaking. Sandra Zimmer will guide you through some of her Zimmer Method to help you coach people to become more comfortable, confident and connected when they present. 

This session will give you some tools for coaching your experts for presentations, and it will help you enhance your own presentation skills as well. 

In this session you will learn how to coach others to:

  • Be comfortable in their skin in front of others.
  • Develop the presence to hold the center of attention.
  • Make genuine connection with listeners.
  • Think on their feet.
  • Add stories to their presentations.

Developing Leadership Presence

90 Minute Talk

While there are many leadership styles, the one thing that is imperative for effectiveness is leadership presence. Presence is the intangible but unmistakable ability to “be with” people in this moment. In this short program, Sandra will guide you through an experiential program so you discover your natural leadership presence.  She will illuminate some qualities and abilities that make good leaders.  She will teach an exercise to develop a strong presence and to make it easier to be present in the moment.  

You will learn techniques to:

  • Be confident and at ease in front of others
  • Receive and hold the center of attention to Make genuine connection with individuals and groups
  • Deliver a leadership message to guide others towards a positive outcome

Speaking with The Voice of Success: How to Develop Vocal Resonance and Projection

90 Minute Workshop

The sound of your voice is an important part of your professional image.  People make unconscious decisions about whether or not to trust you, respect you and take you seriously based on the quality, tone and pitch of your voice.  If you are not happy with the sound of your voice, you can change it.  Sandra Zimmer will teach you how!

Sandra will teach you some of the secrets of vocal production that actors learn and use.  She was trained by Arthur Lessac, the premier voice for the actor teacher in the US. 

She will show you how to:

  • Place the vibration of your voice so it resonates properly and sounds full and rich.
  • Project your voice so it sounds strong and reaches out to connect with listeners.
  • Use a medium low pitch to gain authority.
  • Use a medium high pitch to create energy and excitement.
  • Color your vocal tone to generate emotional qualities.