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What Is a Speech Coach and How to Become One

What Is a Speech Coach?

A speech coach helps people improve their public speaking and communication skills. Their job duties are to listen to clients or students speak to a room of people and provide feedback on how they can improve. A speech coach may focus on a particular method of public speaking or provide general training. They might lead private seminars or workshops in which they give advice to a large audience, or they may work with one individual at a time, such as preparing an executive or politician for a major speech.

How to Become a Speech Coach

Qualifications for a career as a speech coach often include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in communications or a similar field. Many speech coaches are former motivational speakers, actors, or have other experience speaking in front of an audience. Additional job qualifications include communication and sales skills. Voluntary certification is available.