Niall Baker

The Speaking Coach
BSocSci, BSocSci (Hons), MEP

My background is as a senior policy advisor in local government. I also have governance experience as a member of various committees and Boards for non-profit organisations/groups. 

With Public speaking being part of my role, it has made me a comfortable and competent presenter. This allows me to comfortably present to boards, senior management teams, council committees, and large audiences. I am still learning new things all the time that enhance my own skills and performance.

After completing grade exams in speech and drama, I decided to specialise in mentoring and coaching others in public speaking.  I have completed specialist training in teaching public speaking and communication, so you can be assured of a professional standard of coaching. I am also a member of the Speech Communication Association of NZ where I must observe the Professional Code of Conduct of the Association.

I established The Speaking Coach for people who are being held back by a fear of public speaking or want to improve their verbal communication skills. I know for some people joining a public speaking course or coming to a consultation can be daunting. Be assured, I am here to help you!

My aim is to start you on a path that will give you choices and opportunities to take you just as far as you want.

I get huge satisfaction from seeing the relief, satisfaction, and even joy that people experience when they complete a course or consultation with me and reflect on the progress they have made.