How to become a Persuasive powerhouse like Oprah, Ellen and Michele Obama

What makes Brené Brown, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres and Jessica Alba successful?

Besides achieving their goals in their occupations, community, and personal lives … 

They all have the ability to persuade others.

Why should you as a Leader, Manager or Business Owner be able to persuade?



Your success will depend on your ability to influence other key-role players in your industry and persuade them to accept your ideas, products, or services.  As a leader, you need to influence various stakeholders, including your staff and your clients.  Persuasive skills can also enhance your personal life and the lives of your family and friends and help you become financially independent.

How do you do this? By joining our Power of Persuasion Presentation Bootcamps in 2019.  

Step up and embrace the best tool of persuasion: public speaking. 

The time for female leaders and entrepreneurs to step up and enter center stage is now. 

This was evident at the 2018 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking® when history was made and first, second and third place all went to women.   

The coveted World Championship title went to Ramona J. Smith, a high school teacher from Houston, Texas. Ramona blew audiences away with her power to persuade when she delivered a powerful performance with the speech titled “Still Standing” and beat out 30 000 other contestants around the world.   

Ramona persuaded her listeners to keep on trying even when you’ve failed and fallen several times.  Smith told Business Insider the various ways she’s improved her skills since she first began public speaking in 2014. Her biggest improvements were learning how to talk slower, ask the audience questions, and move fearlessly across the stage.

Watch Ramona’s award-winning performance below:


 Most people fear public speaking more than dying and the idea of doing a presentation in the boardroom or pitching a new idea to a client gives them butterflies in their stomach. 

In our Power of Persuasion Bootcamp, we get those butterflies to fly into a formation. 

Whether you need to prepare for a sales Presentation, an elevator pitch, an interview, book launch, be a speaker at a conference or deal with clients where you need to present a marketing or PR idea we can help. 

In one full-day we will teach you how to craft a speech that speaks to every personality style, that hits the nail on the head every time and shows real results. 

The six core areas that we will focus on are:
1. Voice –  hitting the right notes
2. Technology
4. Memory enhancers
5. Structure of a video Pitch
6. Presenting and Feedback

Another inspirational persuasive Powerhouse was second place winner “Sherrie” with her speech titled “Turn around”.

What stood out from her performance is that English is not her native tongue and that Sherrie only learned to speak English two years ago.  In South-Africa, we have 11 official languages but English remains the language of the boardroom.  

In the Power of Persuasion Presentation Bootcamp, you will get an opportunity to present and receive instant feedback on your pronunciation and grammatical errors you make and feedback on your body language and vocal variety. 

“I really enjoyed the flow of the course and how each topic progressed into the other, the balance between individual and group interactions, and the fantastic presenter. My next presentation is research-based with a large audience, so I will implement the newly learned ways to structure my presentation, as well as the voice and body language tips learned from the course. The course was highly interactive and can benefit young aspiring entrepreneurs who have the business sense and a great idea, but they struggle to get their message across and sell their ideas.” -Michele Bester-Physio Therapist (Masters)

“My favorite key learning is that your voice has an image where one can paint a picture using tone, pitch, and speed of your voice while speaking. This technique is key in storytelling evoking emotion in your audience which can change their beliefs.  Anyone who is client facing can benefit from this workshop since it provides tangible and implementable tools for positioning one’s self as a trusted adviser.”  Sabrina Andreucci -Director

“I can apply the methods of breaking down stories into a set structure in my presentations going forward, as well as making those stories relevant to the specific target audience in the room. I learned how to use metaphors, alliteration, call-backs, and triplets for effect in my talks. I will be working on my structure and body language going forward. I also learned that confidence is a state of mind.” -David Fischer -Marketing Sales Specialist

“Yoke is professional. She is very knowledgeable and conversant of the content and subject matter: “motivation and presentation skills”. I enjoyed her training session on the power of persuasion. She engaged with all the participants. We all actively participated because she was steering the session where it should go. We were captivated and awake throughout. She is good and referred us to many reading resources to empower ourselves.”.” -Dr. Esther Mashia

Contact Yoke van Dam at if you want to find out more about this Presentation Bootcamp,

for you as a leader and your team.

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