Justin served as my coach/advisor for a Tedx talk I gave in February, 2013. He proved to be incredibly smart and thoughtful in helping me shape a talk for a very different type of audience than I'm used to. What impressed me most was his taking into account my personality and professional goals in building a talk that worked for me and for the venue. He understands the importance of a story and the power of theater in his approach. I recommend him highly.
Dr. James W. Pennebaker
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
University of Texas at Austin
The first time I sat down with Justin it became evident that my talk (a TEDx talk) needed a lot of work. He has an instinctive sense for what makes a compelling presentation. He sought to peel back the layers of my story until he got a good sense for my core message, and then he encouraged me to build on that. By the time I gave the TEDx talk, it was quite different from what I had originally imagined. It was much better. And it was my own story and my own voice -- which Justin helped me find.
Dr. Todd Humphreys
Asst Professor, Aerospace Engineering + Engineering Mechanics
University of Texas
More than just teaching to slides, Justin is a cut above. He understands how to shape a presentation to flow in a more compelling way to deliver content that connects in high-stakes performance. This combination of delivery and performance training with presentation development is invaluable; he's a unique trainer, and I'd recommend him to anyone interested raising their game on stage.
President, Momentum Factor
If you just want the top tips for effective public speaking, look elsewhere. However if you want to transform your stage presence and deliver vibrant speeches built on your unique strengths, Justin is your coach. His direct feedback and experience in theater direction was invaluable in helping me drop extraneous content and mannerisms and deliver the talk at TEDxRainier that I intended.
Consultant, Vocalist and Instigator
I discovered Justin Follin when a friend wrote to me and said, “You might really like this guy.” It only took 10 minutes at Justin’s site and 10 minutes on the phone before I knew I owed my friend a big thank you.
My writing and teaching career is such that becoming a good speaker has always been something “I might do someday.” Soon after I met Justin, someday arrived. And I am loving the ride. His emphasis on presence and authenticity hit me right where it helps. My hour with Justin is now a reliable high point of my week that propels me forward with new understanding, practices, enthusiasm, and awareness.
Poker Player, Writer, Coach
Justin is a wonderfully kind and gentle person, musician, teacher, and a truly incredible life/business/performance coach. The work I have been doing with him is invaluable. In only four sessions my whole perception around my business (and life) has completely shifted and a world of possibility has opened up for me. In each session we come up with tasks/commitments to be completed that keep me focused and have also revealed areas in which I have personal breakdowns/patterns of behavior that have been hindering my success.
Austin Dance Collective
After every coaching session with Justin, I leave feeling much more empowered. He consistently helps me clear my mental blocks so that I can look at problems without constraint. Through his coaching and emphasis on mindfulness, he helps me look at specific issues from a totally different lense. The amazing thing is once I start viewing my life through that unconstrained lense I'm able to see that I'm often unaware of what is holding me back. This clarity results in a feeling of power that has benefited my work, my relationships, and my life.
Washington, D.C., based government contractor