Kristin Tedford is co-founder and principal of Bold Echo. She specializes in helping people become more engaging presenters by developing more powerful presentations and reducing public speaking anxiety. Whether it’s coaching a founder for an investor pitch or IPO, an engineer for a conference session, or a seasoned executive for a keynote, Kristin’s 28 years of experience allows her to quickly zero in on how to maximize her client’s potential.
One of the leading presentation coaches in the business arena today, she has provided 1:1 coaching and led multiple group workshops for executives and their teams in many of the top companies from Silicon Valley start-ups to the Fortune 500. Additionally, she has coached numerous female executives and has led workshops specifically targeted to the advancement of women.
Prior to Bold Echo, Kristin taught communication courses at the collegiate level for many years and co-authored the book Communication Skills for Collaborative Learning. She has a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington and an MA in Communication Studies from San Jose State University.
Matt Abrahams is co-founder and principal of Bold Echo. He is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He is a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches two very popular classes in Strategic Communication and Effective Virtual Presenting. Additionally, Matt is a professor of communication at De Anza College and an adjunct faculty member for Stanford University’s Continuing Education Program.
Matt published Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help people present and communicate in a more confident, connected, and compelling manner. In addition to his teaching and writing, Matt held senior leadership positions in several leading software companies, where he created and ran global training and development organizations.
Matt received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford; his graduate degree in communication studies from UC Davis; and his secondary education teaching credential from SFSU. He is currently a member of the Management Communication Association (where he recently received a “Rising Star” award) as well as the National and Western States Communication Associations.
Karen Williams is a Lead Coach for Bold Echo. She is passionate about helping people communicate both authentically and effectively in a variety of business and professional contexts.
She has over 15 years organizational and academic experience that enable her to design and deliver highly successful communication training, coaching, and consulting services. Her expertise includes executive coaching and presentation preparation, team building, facilitation, and train-the-trainer.
Karen teaches upper-division classes in Persuasive Presentations, Business & Professional Communication, and Interviewing Skills at San Jose State University. Previous employment includes leadership positions in the areas of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing.
Karen received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University, and a Masters in Communication Studies from San Jose State University. She is currently a member of National Communication Associates.
Janell Payne is a Lead Coach for Bold Echo. She brings vast expertise in high stakes presentations, facilitation, team building, and performance to her consulting and coaching. Janell has coached numerous clients in a variety of industries, encouraging them to experiment in order to gain practical, lasting application quickly. Our clients appreciate Janell’s ability to listen and her sense of humor.
Janell holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies from San Diego State University, and a Masters Degree in Communication Studies from SJSU where she taught communication courses for several years. Janell’s background includes public relations, television production at MTV, and improvisational theater.