Speak Like An Expert (Entrepreneurs)

Regular price ¥19,980

How did Marian Kinoshita, President of MDK Translations, Inc., expand her business?

She gave talks for local groups and served as meeting facilitator for professional societies.

That resulted in new clients and an entirely new field of business for her. 

As an entrepreneur, of course you need a great product or service. But how you communicate about your business is crucial for your success. 

Whether you’re speaking at an event, pitching to clients, delivering a webinar, recording a video for your website, or simply networking, I can help you communicate with clarity and confidence. And you’ll get better results in your business. 

Daisuke Kai, Tax Consultant of Tokyo Zeikei and participant in my presentation skills course said,

“I'm convinced that my improved communication skills helped me to increase the number of my clients from 50 at the beginning of the year to 100 now.” 

Luckily for all of us, great communicators are made, not born.

However, I’ve seen many people get on stage or speak in front of clients and give dull presentations. They’re smart and talented but were never taught how to prepare and deliver a presentation. They don’t know how to analyze their audience, structure their message, use their body language and voice effectively, or create compelling slides, even though these skills can be learned and practiced in under two weeks.

 I love to see people gain the skills and confidence to communicate better and enjoy greater success and happiness in business.

That’s why I created the Speak Like An Expert course and tailored it for entrepreneurs.

Because when you have the opportunity to deliver your business’s message, I want you to be memorable and persuasive.

What you’ll learn in Speak Like An Expert

  • How to analyze your audience, so that you can deliver your message in a way that’s memorable and compelling 
  • How to structure your presentation to make it easy for your audience to understand (and for you to remember!) 
  • How to make the most of your body language to keep everyone engaged 
  • How to use your voice to get your point across 
  • How to design PowerPoint or other material that supports your message and doesn’t distract your audience 
  • How to recover fast if you forget what to say next (this has happened to me, and I survived!) 
  • How to get plenty of rehearsal time even with a hectic schedule  


And as a bonus, I’ll give you my checklist for confirming you have everything you need for the venue and equipment. You don’t want logistics to let you down after you’ve prepared so hard for your presentation.

Past participants of Speak Like An Expert have said... 

"With an important presentation coming up, about my very favourite thing in all the world - creativity! - I reached out to Helen and told her that I wanted to give it all I've got.

From my initial enquiry, to standing in front of the audience, I had learned so much that I felt a level of confidence and comfort that I hadn't experienced before. The nerves and racing heartbeat were still very much there, but the difference was that I could now work through them.

Working with Helen, both 1-1 and via her online presentation course (which was fantastic because it allowed me to work at my own pace), was an invaluable experience that helped me see myself, outside of myself. 

Helen's warm and friendly personality, combined with an experienced and keen set of eyes, helped me hone in on the small details that make all the difference, be aware of what my body was doing (incredible how much we miss here!) and review and refine my presentation - with so much wonderfully thought out feedback from Helen! - until I truly felt that I had done the best that I could do. Plus, the daily steps outlined in the course, allowed me to focus on one thing each day, which made the whole process accessible and manageable.

If you're passionate about the work you do, and want to get your message out to a wider audience in the most accessible and effective way, I highly recommend Helen's presentation coaching and course!"

- Divya Marie Kato, Artist & Founder, When In Doubt, Draw

Before working with Helen, it was difficult for me to efficiently and confidently put presentations together. Thanks to the skills I’ve learned and the simple frameworks she teaches, my presentations are more concise and focused on the client. As a result, clients recommend our services more often to their friends and neighborhoods, which means the number of new clients has gradually increased. 

- Y. Mori, Tax Accountant, Mori Tax & Consulting

Thanks to what I learned, when I presented at a global conference I wasn't nervous at all. Rather, I enjoyed the interaction with the audience. I got lots of positive feedback from my colleagues, too.

- Yasushi Maruyama, Partner, Egon Zehnder

"Helen’s course not only helped me overcome my nervousness and reluctance regarding speaking in front of others, but her supportive hints and realistic training taught me how to keep presentations informative, yet fun and engaging.

It all began when I was hesitant to run for the Japan Association of Translators’ Board of Directors. Thanks to Helen’s encouragement and relentless (in a good way!) practices, I not only ran for the Board but stayed on for 4 years, eventually serving as president. I gradually learned how to enjoy giving presentations, and I still continue to work on my communication skills to relate my message in a way that sticks with the audience. Over the past year or two, I have been asked by local groups to give talks and by professional societies to serve as meeting facilitator. My experiences with Sasuga! have helped create an entirely new field of business for me!"

- Marian Kinoshita, President, MDK Translations, Inc.


What if you don’t like the course?

I know it can feel risky to buy an online course (especially if you don’t know me!), so here’s what I’ll do. If you finish the course and haven’t learned the fundamentals of presentation skills, I’ll personally give you your money back. That’s a Sasuga Communications promise.

Short on time?

I know that life can be hectic as a corporate employee. So I wanted to design a course that helps you make the most of your time. This is self-study and you can go at your own pace – fast and focused or slow and steady. Investing in improving your presentation skills now will continue to pay returns over the lifetime of your business. As one of my mentors said, “It doesn’t get easier, it just gets later.” Start now. 

How the course is delivered

The course consists of five lessons that will be delivered to you via email over a series of 15 days. This way, you can break the course down into chunks, allowing you to more fully absorb and apply the information. And you have daily reminders to work on your presentation skills. Each lesson comes with a video (5-20 minutes), a full transcript, and a PDF workbook with exercises that you can print out and use for each presentation you give.

How to go through the course

After you receive the emails and lessons, you can work through them at your own pace and review them whenever you want to. And if you’re all fired up to learn and want all the resources at once, you can get them at the click of a link.

I recommend that you spend 20-30 minutes a day on this course for best results, but you can of course go slower or faster.

What about questions and feedback?

Since this is a self-study course and you don’t have me giving you feedback (although that’s something we can arrange if you’re interested!), the best way to ask questions or share what you’re learning is by joining the free Sasuga! Community Facebook group.


Who am I?

I’m Helen Iwata, president of Sasuga Communications K.K., and after I spent 17 years in corporate Japan, including 10 years at McKinsey, I know what it’s like to be an employee in the global workplace. I can see the many ways that knowing how to deliver my message in an engaging and persuasive way helped me to progress from hesitating to speak up in meetings to regularly being handed the mic because people expected me to have something to say. Quite a change!  Then, as I built my own business, those same skills helped me attract a growing number of corporate and individual clients, get a book deal with Shogakukan, be invited as a speaker at TEDxRoppongi, and land a regular column in Nikkei Style. Over the years, I made plenty of mistakes, suffered embarrassing moments, and spent a lot of time studying to learn what I know now. You can benefit as I help you to avoid these mistakes and fast track to learn the fundamentals of what it takes to present with clarity and confidence, so that you’re ready for every opportunity – whether it’s for an audience of 1 or 100.