We had the good fortune of connecting with Ron Ben-Joseph and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ron, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I initially started my own business out of necessity. After 5 years of struggling as an Adjunct Speech Instructor, I found myself wanting more. It was clear that the methods and exercises I was using in the classroom were working, but I wasn’t reaching a large enough audience (or working as much as I wanted to). As a result, I set out to start a public speaking coaching business in which I could have more freedom with who I work with, and how I can help them. Over time, the business expanded into helping clients not only with their presentations but also videos, podcasts, books, webinars, Facebook lives, and various other channels in which they need to create content and deliver it confidently and authentically.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
After years of struggling as a performer, and director I eventually figured out some key techniques and tools that help to consistently engage the majority of audience members and ensure successful performances. The lessons I learned on stage, or when leading a team of actors in production have informed much of the work I’m doing now as a Storytelling and Content Coach. That is what sets Artful Speaking apart from other firms. The things I teach I had to learn the hard way. I have devoted my professional career to expediting the process for my clients so that they can get up on stage (in-person, digitally, and/or virtually) and truly connect with their message and share it organically and effectively with any audience.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start by taking them to Snooze in Westminster for breakfast. From there we would take a trip to Evergreen and walk on some trails. For lunch, we would head to Yak and Yetti in Arvada for Indian Buffet (that’s my favorite one in town). Then we would head to Pearl Street in Boulder for some ice cream at Gelatto Boy, followed by a walk by the boulder creek. Eventually, we would do dinner at China Gourmet in N. Boulder, and end the day with a show at either Boulder Opera Company (I’ve directed a production there 🙂 or Boulder Dinner Theatre.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Meghann Conter (Owner of the Dames) and Kerry Ben-Joseph (Owner of Kay Bee Jay LLC)