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Learn how to drop your mask

“Great leaders know that authenticity is critical. And authenticity on camera can be taught.”
– Vern Oakley


If you’re a leader or senior executive, Vern will help you get camera-ready with one-on-one coaching tailored to your personal style, audience, and communication objective. Sessions can take place either in-person or online, and are highly personalized and focused on your strengths, objectives, and needs. Whether it’s a one-time need to prepare for a crucial moment on the big stage or part of a long term coaching and development plan, Vern will help diagnose areas for improvement, recommend techniques to enhance authenticity, and help you move the hearts and minds of your audience.


Improve your organization’s video communication capabilities with an intensive educational experience delivered online or in-person. Vern’s expertise includes on-camera preparation, telling great stories with video, and maximizing the effectiveness of video communication. Vern will also work with you to develop a customized workshop tailored your organization’s needs.

Workshop duration is variable, depending on your requirements.  Whether hours or days, Vern’s approach always includes comprehensive experiential practice and individualized coaching.


Work with Vern to assess your organization’s overall video needs. He will ensure that your use of video ties directly to your mission, values, and purpose. Vern will help you improve your message, clarify your audience, and enhance engagement and retention. Consulting areas include re-assessment of existing video distribution channels and strategies, analysis of existing video assets and archives with a focus on re-use and improvement, deep analysis of branding and messaging, and personalized coaching of selected groups or team members.

How much does it cost?

Onsite or virtual coaching sessions and workshops range from the low four figures to the low six figures depending on type of engagement, time frame and number of people in the group. Monthly consulting retainer engagements are available and deliver the best results through regular and ongoing support.

“Leaders know they have to be good at the podium. But in this media-intensive world, another crucial skill is looking relaxed and authoritative on camera. Vern Oakley is a seasoned director who provides a valuable service for all of us who want to project our authentic selves.
—David Brancaccio, public radio and TV host