Sessions are adaptable to the requirements of the student. Some need help with specific presentations, for which one session is often sufficient, some want to look further into their presentation style and how how to improve. My sessions are practical and focused on learning by doing.
Katja van Koten is the founder and director of Sparkling Speech Ltd – a personal development company focusing on communication and confidence coaching specifically (but not exclusively) for introverts and HSPs (Highly Sensitive Persons). Katja also designs (bespoke) training and workshops, including instructor-led, e-learning and app-based training, as Experience Designer (XD).
2016 - Present
Qualified Coach & Trainer, Sparkling Speech; London, UK. Specialised coaching, mentoring and training on communication, confidence and speechwriting specifically (but not exclusively) for introverts and HSPs (Highly Sensitive Persons). As a direct result of my coaching I empowered my clients to communicate effectively and energetically. It motivated them to build self-esteem, to have a more positive mindset and to find their sparkle. Designed bespoke training and workshops on communication, speechwriting and confidence building.
2018 - Present
Coach and Experience Designer (XD), Own The Room; London, UK. Facilitating highly interactive communication training for companies and public events across EMEA as coach. Using a unique methodology Own The Room’s training delver actionable results for participants they can use to communicate effectively in the (virtual) workplace and beyond.
Designing, testing and revising innovative (instructor-led) communication training and supporting materials using the Scrum methodology. Lead designer for Communication Essentials for Women. Other projects as experience designer (XD) included Communicate with Slides training, Feedback modules (in-person and e-learning) and a revision of the core communication training.
2018 - 2019
Learning & Development Consultant, Hammersmith and Fulham Council; London, UK.
Successfully planned and implemented of a new LMS (SAP SuccessFactors) for the H&F Council. Trained staff in using the new LMS, and set up work processes. Designed and delivered bespoke training on communication and leadership.
2017 - 2018
Training Coordinator, S&P Global Ratings; London, UK. Efficiently coordinated a varied training programme to support multiple departments within the company as part of a large Learning and Development team. Responsibilities included but were not limited to all round training logistics with LMS and setting up and facilitating (video conferencing) sessions.
2016 - 2017
Learning & Development Coordinator/ Office Manager, Louis Berger; London, UK.
Managed the monthly reporting of the L&D LMS system effectively by liaising and following up with International geographies and ensuring compliance across the business.
Successfully coordinated the complicated move and expansion of the London office to become the headquarters of Louis Berger International in a very short space of time.
2009 - 2015
Administrator - Document Control & IT, Louis Berger; London, UK. Responsible for the management of company documents, reports and presentations in line with Quality Assurance and providing IT support for the London office.
2007 - 2009
Trainer & Staff member Operational Management, ICTU Foundation; The Hague, The Netherlands.Developed and delivered interactive workshops for employees throughout the organisation to improve their understanding of tender procedures.
1999 - 2006
Donner Bookstore; Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Account Controller Corporate Sales (2004 - 2006);
Administrator Financial Department (2000 - 2004);
Co-Operator Forwarding Department (1999 - 2000).
M.A. IN HISTORY, Merit, specialisation in Ancient History, early Christianity (2001-2007). Leiden University, the Netherlands.
Qualified Professional Personal Performance Coaching, Merit, (2015-2016).
The Coaching Academy, London, UK.
Diploma VWO (= University entry requirement), Gemini College, Ridderkerk, the Netherlands, 1999.
Subjects: Dutch, English, German, Mathematics, Economics, Geography and History
Fluent Dutch & English
High standards of computer literacy with Windows (7) as well as macOS (Apple)
Proficient level: MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher), Google apps (Sheets, Slides and Docs), Apple iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), Apple Mail, Apple iMovie, WebEx and Zoom (web conferencing)
Intermediate level: MS Project, MS SharePoint, WordPress, Adobe InDesign, FileMaker Pro.
Youth Leadership Coordinator at St Paul’s Girls’ School; Hammersmith, London, UK - 2016 Toastmaster’s Youth Leadership Program is a workshop consisting of eight sessions that enable the young participants to develop various communication skills through practical experience and interaction.
President, London Olympians Speakers Club; London, UK - 2013 - 2014 As Chief Executive Officer, my responsibilities included, but were not limited to, presiding at club meetings and executive committee meetings, appointing all committees, and general supervision of the operation of the club, with a focus on club quality, professionalism, and the members’ experience.
Vice-President of Education, London Olympians Speakers Club; London, UK - 2012 - 2013
Organised successful fortnightly club meetings;
Assigned Mentors and encouraged new members to participate;
Set up administrative processes (Dropbox, Excel).
Member, London Olympians Speakers Club and Excalibur Advanced Speakers London; Toastmasters International - 2011 - 2018 Toastmasters is a non-profit organisation where members develop public speaking and leadership skills through practice (speeches) and feedback (evaluations). During my time at Toastmasters I have specialised in presentation structure, speech writing (crafting) and storytelling.
Advanced Communicator Bronze - Toastmasters International - ACB (2017).
Competent Communicator - Toastmasters International - CC (2014).
Advanced Leader Bronze - Toastmasters International - ALB (2014).
Competent Leadership - Toastmasters International - CL (2014).
Prince2 Foundation (2008). (Project Management)
Certified Cycling instructor (2008).
Hobbies & Interests:
Avid Music Collector (LP’s and singles).
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