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Public speaking coach and MC

Failure isn’t fatal, it’s merely feedback.

Miriam Chancellor is one of New Zealand’s leading public speaking/presentation coaches. She is also one of the few MC's that have been professionally trained in public speaking. As a public speaking coach, she has trained teams from numerous businesses including BNZ, Bay of Plenty DHB, Coca-Cola Amitel, Jasmax, and Publicis Groupe. She also coaches some of New Zealand's top C-suite business executives. Miriam brings fresh flair to any event and is recognised for her clever scripts, warm style and commanding presence.

Miriam Chancellor is an experienced communicator with a passion to see others enjoy the rewards of public speaking proficiency. Miriam has a diploma in Speech and Drama, a bachelor’s degree in Communication and is past-President of Auckland Toastmasters.

Miriam has facilitated events as MC for various New Zealand celebrities including Peta Mathias, Simon Gault and Sir Michael Hill.

Talking Points

Finding your vocation in the 21st century

Understanding the idea of 'a passion,' and how it relates to building a career.


Elements of storytelling and what makes an effective storyteller.

Speech delivery

Incorporating vocal variety, body language, and visual aids to engage your audience.

Speech writing

Crafting a well-structured, succinct, and memorable speech/presentation.

Pitch Preparation

Structuring and presenting an impactful pitch


Using PowerPoint to support your presentation, not distract from it.


Speech/presentation preparation. (Use of notes, timing, practising etc.)

Communicating with confidence

Practical tools to manage/overcome nerves

Impromptu speaking

Speaking to an audience without preparation.

Personal presentation, style, and branding

Amplifying presence as a speaker

Difficult Audiences

• Managing interruptions
• Building rapport
• Being memorable
Miriam Chancellor hosted a workshop at the Club on Presenting With Impact in late October 2019. Miriam was brilliant - immediately capturing the audience’s attention which she continued to do over the course of her very interesting and interactive presentation. She was highly informative, using a clever combination of PowerPoint presentation and personal demonstrations to illustrate her points. At one point she invited someone from the audience to participate and she tastefully used the volunteer to further prove her main principles to perfecting public speaking. She interacted really well with the audience and masterfully answered questions at the end. I would highly recommend Miriam. The Northern Club

Miriam delivered a fantastic presentation at PwC in November. I was really impressed by the way she lived and demonstrated her key presentation messages in a way that really amplified and reinforced the impact. The team were highly engaged during the session and the use of volunteers and the interaction with the audience made it even more fun. Overall, there was plenty of food for thought, the lessons were clear and the attendees have increased their focus on ensuring that they are as impactful and effective as they can be in their presentation style in whatever forum they are presenting in.


Miriam Chancellor is a delight and a true professional. She radiates confidence, authenticity and empathy. She also does her homework and when it came time to introduce Peta Mathias at an evening event at the Northern Club the other week, she did so with aplomb. Peta was delighted and we were both seriously impressed. If you’re looking for someone to introduce a speaker or MC an event, I can think of no one more talented than Miriam.

Thornton Communications

Miriam ran a presenting with impact session at Ignite Architects. Miriam was very easy to work with. She was super organised and let us know what she required, where we couldn’t provide she was flexible. I received lots of amazing feedback around her session and many have requested more sessions with her. The quality of presentation was visual and brilliant, her personal presentation and communication style is engaging and this showed through the strong participation in the audience. She even stayed afterwards to answer questions of our people. We would totally endorse Miriam and think this was a well worth it initiative.

Ignite Architects
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