here's what business professionals are saying about "unforgettable" ritzya,
the drama coach:
Hi, Razzle-Dazzle Ritzya!
Thank you so much for your great workshop on Saturday. You delivered as promised on expanding our vision of what it is possible for us to do during our presentations, and even during our networking. I
don't think any of us will be quite the same again. :)
Another element of your workshop that was particularly valuable: Everyone really watched and listened during your opening interactive exercise. They may not remember their fellow attendees forever, but they'll remember most of them at least until they see them again and can reinforce their memories of those intros. Alas, it's not uncommon when folks at an event are giving elevator speeches, that some are focusing on what to say, instead of listening and watching. They are completely missing an excellent opportunity during those minitalks to scout the other attendees for prospects and possible partners.
Barbara Conn, CPCUG.org
consider time spent is worthwhile when I learn one new thing at a
presentation. When it is several things, it is a terrific ROI! You
embody what teaching is all about. Not just how to do something specific,
but opening up the mind so that new ideas will flow.
for a productive presentation.
Ritzya, for a superb presentation
today. You were awesome and like
bunny! You have a gift of making people feel special. You really
think....What do I bring that is different? Be prepared, be comfortable
skills, stand out and share success stories.
The book, Never Eat
Alone, is a
good one. Your parting advice of looking for opportunities to be
your everyday actions including with people that you may never see
again is wise
DBM Outplacement consulting and
career transition services
I was delighted to have met you yesterday at 40 Plus. What a wonderful person and
teacher you are. You have such a good strong and pleasant character. You have
the ability to identify one's communication problem and go right there
to address it. Something which came out very strongly for me was the
"power of a smile, and talking with more confidence" - I'll
practice that more often.
Rose A. Nesbitt (PhD, MS, MPH)
Relations / HIV Research Coordinator
Pan African Christian AIDS Network
"She's done it again! I've hired
Ritzya twice now for key speeches that I have given in the past year and she
came through even stronger the second time around. If you are anything like me,
you have lots of great ideas and lots of things you want to convey to your
audience. But I struggled with putting those good ideas into one cohesive
message that will be memorable, throwing out the good ideas that might be
better left for another day and learning how to truly engage and hold the
audience's attention. Ritzya helped me do this in less than three hours when I
couldn't do it in the several days.
If you want to improve your public speaking skills, prepare for a special
keynote, brainstorm for an effective way to convey your message, or perfect
your elevator speech, you really should invest in spending some time with
Ritzya. It will be money and time well spent. She is creative, detail oriented,
motivational, fun to work with, and she delivers great results. I highly
recommend her services."
Jared Melvin, CLTC, New York Life
wanted to let you know that you inspired me to think outside the box and make
people remember me in my last Girl Power presentation. I used 3 hats to
talk about the many hats women wear and I could help them ease their
days. People came up to me and told me how they would remember it and
that they loved my talk and I owe it all to you. Thanks for the
Sandy Simpson, Easurday
"Today, Ritzya and I completed our
first coaching session of improving my thirty second commercial. It was
one of the most memorable meetings of my life! Truly a life altering experience! Ritzya, was able to guide
me through the process of delivering an authentic message about the services my
company provides. This message exemplifies the true meaning of why my
company exists and how my clients are benefited from receiving our
services. Ritzya has a special gift of polishing a rough draft and showing her client how to convert it
into an eloquent conversation with enthusiasm and confidence. I will
continue to utilize her special God given talent."
Lighthouse Homes and Lighthouse Renovations
You ARE the drama coach! Great insights. I
listened to the tape yesterday and discovered that my apology came
after I screwed up the "subtitle"
cards I held up during the dodgeball story. To me, I royally screwed
up, and the apology just tumbled out. Looking back, I realize you were
right: the screwup was probably no big deal to the audience (maybe even
unnoticed) and the apology wasn't needed or even warranted. I could
also "hear" them hang on every word as you said,
so thanks for sharing that...I don't know that I've ever had a drama
coach at one of these events -- certainly not in the front row! Thanks
for finding me and coming to the
meeting. Now if we can just get you to loosen up a little...
Todd Hunt --
Communication Lessons Wrapped in Laughter
Thank you so much for your workshop this past weekend with our CMCB
students. They all really seemed to enjoy the activities and were very
involved. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much some of the
students came out of their shells! The progress some of them made in
that one short session was great! Thanks again!
Danielle L. Gaquin, Program Coordinator
Claude Moore Community Builders
Dear Ritzya: Thank you for the May 28th seminar,
"Deliver a Dramatically Effective Elevator Speech." It was all that we were hoping for: a lively,
fun, interactive, enlightening presentation of great value to attendees! As is evident from the enclosed evaluations,
attendees heartily concur. One of them
took the time to send us an email the following morning, phrasing her
sentiments this way: 'I just wanted to send an email about how wonderful last
night's event was. Ritzya is a great
speaker. She had me captivated the whole
time. I didn't even know it was 8:30.
Well worth the time to have been there! Thank you.' In short, we are
extremely grateful for your generosity in sharing your expertise - and in such
a warmly humorous and helpful manner. We
appreciate your support of the Loudoun
Small Business Development
Center via the presentation, and we
hope for the opportunity to work with you in the future! Sincerely, Robin Suomi, Executive Director.
Comments from other attendees:
"She is absolutely fantastic. Thank you for bringing her in."
"Excellent presentation. Great hands on workshop!"
"Great time, great support! Loved all of the ideas I was able to take away from this event."
"I'd like to go to all her presentations!"
"To an extraordinary teacher.
Wow! Last night was
fabulous! I'm so happy I seized the
moment and came to your workshop.
Thanks." -Deborah Brown, Keller
Williams, The Yahner Group
"Ritzya was very informative and provided a lot of good advice on prepping your elevator speech."
"Very fun, learned a lot. Did some unexpected networking. Thanks!"
"Ritzya was great! Very enthusiastic and open."
am trying to get ahold of Zola? the lady who is very theatrical and does public
you said you have worked with her. Can I get her contact
about Ritzya? By your description, i would definitely say that's who
you are look for. ..She is "The Drama Coach" and she does very well
with coaching people on public speaking. I used her before I did my
last 10 minute presentation
and she was awesome. She also helps tremendously with preparing or
tuning your 45 second elevator speeches. She's
not high pressure either, so just talk to her and find out if it's
you want to do. I would highly recommend her services for your business
you say and how you say it is the primary way to draw in more clients,
especially in any type of networking situation!!!
Jared (Melvin) New York Life
"Thank you. Everything
went super at the presentation regarding my book. Knocked 'em dead! The most often repeated feedback was that I put
genuine emotion and feelings into the key points and stories which made them
engaging, interesting and meaningful.
That was your influence and coaching.
I couldn't have done it without your specific and helpful suggestions!" Dick Stieglitz, author
"Your insights and recommendations have helped me to
communicate more effectively" Bob
"What I needed was a catalyst to change my presentations from routine
political rhetoric (i.e. boring) to inspiring, motivational and even
memorable! Ritzy helped me to do that! Ritzya works not only with the presentation but
also the content. She helped me present my ideas in a way that people
would relate, understand and remember. I emphasize that she did not put
words in my mouth, but helped me put my own ideas into a package that would
engage my audience." Patricia Phillips, Candidate, Virginia State Senate
"You are extremely talented and the information that you
provided was extremely helpful to all of our businesses" Caryn Graft, mortgage loan officer
WHY NOT CALL RITZYA TODAY? 703-887-1823
"Thank you for putting on an awesome workshop...God has given you a great gift. People are changed and see possibilities that they never knew were in them. Thanks for pulling out the good stuff! I look forward to you coaching our sons again." Jim Reid
"...We were so blessed by your gifting! Cara did just as you directed at Nationals...Several judges gave her 1st place...She was so encouraged..." Mel Lewis
"Your class is highly recommended!! I would
like to let my daughter join your class." ---Debbie
"I was wondering if there is still room in the class.
If so, could [my son] participate?...I don't want him to lose interest in
performing or lose his ability to feel comfortable being on stage or acting in
front of people. I know with you he will actually get some training as opposed
to just running lines week in and week out just for the final production"
"I just wanted to tell you that I thought your class
this evening was wonderful!! You have such great ideas and are very good
with the kids. Thanks for being sensitive to [my daughter] when she was
feeling a little shy. It seemed to help her when you had everyone act out
with her when she needed it. I really appreciate that. [My other
daughter] absolutely loved every minute of it. Thanks again!! We'll look
forward to next week!"---Jenny
" PS- I've emailed quite a few friends to tell them how wonderful
tonight was !"
"Well, we all know and love Ritzya, but today I have a new appreciation for her. I just thought you might be interested to hear what a great drama teacher she is and how much fun her class is. If you are thinking about signing your child up, do it! It's a good deal, and a great time!" ---Dusti
"...The kids absolutely loved the drama activities! And the parents are thrilled! I was particularly impressed with how you drew the kids out...from then on [they] didn't hesitate to speak when it was [their] turn. AND that by the end you knew to give [my son] the word "slow" to act out. Perfect!...We look forward to seeing you in two weeks! My boys will be counting down to that like they're counting down to Christmas!" ---Katrina
"I just had to listen to an entire recital of Little Red Hen on the way home with funny voices and all. You are a big hit, and [my daughter] loves the class! I knew you would be, but I just thought you might like to hear it anyway. Thanks."---Dusti