Sessions, Private Groups:
I offer personal coaching
and private workshops for smaller groups,
tailored to meet your performance needs.
Please contact me to get information and fees for the following areas:
Four ways to market your act:
Make the audience like you a lot so that they can identify
How to evaluate agents and managers
No-nonsense plans of action for becoming a national celebrity
Crystallizing your act for national TV
Organizing your jokes into bits
Writing one-vocabulary and two-vocabulary premise routines
Make bits heckle-proof
Stage Movements that sell the joke
your vocal signature
Thinking on your feet
Ten ways to improvise
You and your character:
How to create and sell your character in the right market
Selling your act during interviews:
newspaper, radio, web and TV
Coaching and Co-Writing
Your Stand-Up Comedy Act
Business Keynote Speech
If you've never hired a consultant,
you may wish to begin with my most frequently asked question, "Why do I need coaching?"
Then, return to this page.
Consulting with the coach--procedures:
I am available
at all stages of your stand-up comedy or serious keynote speech development:
to help you address specific needs of your individual act/talk.
To move at an accelerated pace, begin
sending me what
you now have
of your act/speeches in script form and/or on video: email me a direct
link to your video web page(s) or snail mail your video to me via CD,
is perfectly ok if you are yet to perform and have yet to create a script
or get your performance on video. I work with clients who are just starting
out as well as folks who have been doing stand-up comedy or business presentations
for a number of weeks, months or years.)
of my Home Study Program materials, or
at least begin with some of my smaller, stand-alone audio tape/workbook
My materials will give you a national and international perspective for
setting your career goals in a step-by-step achievable process.
available in person; through sending me your audio or video, CDs,
DVDs, scripts, etc.; we can also communicate via telephone, email,
web video conferencing, letter and/or FAX.
I can help you with:
Speech and joke writing
Researching public domain jokes that fit your speech topic
Show you how
to develop new material
without making radical changes in your current comedy act
or business speeches
core comedy act or speeches
Matching jokes to your character
Directing the acting part of your performance
The three "acts" that
encompass your stand-up comedy or speaking career:
The act itself (your performance)
The act to defend your act
The act to sell your act
How to get hired and demandtop price
I require 48 hours
cancellation notice, or bill you for time reserved.
Commit to a fixed appointment
time-frame that both begins and ends at the agreed upon time.
video or audio or scripts of your act/talk:
the phone or over Internet video conferencing from your home computer, I can
give you notes after I review your materials.
Or, bring your materials with you
for in-person office appointments.
(all fees are to be pre-paid in United States Dollars). More than one person attending = an additional $100/hour per additional person; i.e., two people would be $300/hour, etc.
For various discount packages,
please scroll to
of this web page.
To secure appointment dates, please:
send me a check,
or charge to your credit card by emailing me your authorization for the appropriate amount
(be sure to include relevant card information)
I also can take payments via PayPal.com made
to my email addressed: jim@JimRichardson.com
schedule two weeks in advance, paying at least
anticipated balance. Balance due by first appointment.
Fees include hours billed for your pre-approved, advanced reviewing of your video
or scripts, if any, plus hours worked with you at each appointment.
Tape review fees:
To review audio or video before your appointment:
I charge three
times the running time of your audio and/or video to give me time to stop-and-start
the tapes as I take notes.
So, if your tapes are a total of one and a half (1 1/2) hours long, you would be charged for four and a half (4 1/2) hours = $900, etc.
Please enclose an estimate of each tape's length.
I hope we will
be working together soon.
You will be in good hands!
Coaching Schedules: Overview
me longer as I am getting to know you, your stage character, and your
ideas. Therefore, even if your first tape(s) total under one hour running
time, I must still charge you the same as if the total were a full hour long:
3 hours reviewing your comedy & speech technique = 3 hours
$1,200 for 2 office or phone appointments, 3 hours each = 6 hours
Total: 9 hours = $1,800.00
Additional tapes critiqued:
Length of tapes
x 3 = __ hours at $200/hour = $___ fee
Plus, office, phone
and Internet video conferencing appointment hours as mutually agreed.
Time (as mutually agreed):
___ hours at $200/hour= $___ fee
A Program for Every Budget,
A Budget for Everyone's Program
Best Approach: send
five minutes to one hour of you on video tape, even if you repeat material
between performances or interview shows. I will be critiquing your performance consistency as well as the writing. Include any scripts.
After receipt of your payment, my normal "First Tape critiqued" coaching
I email or call
you to set up a mutually convenient schedule.
I spend three hours
reviewing: your video tapes, scripts, etc., prior to
your first appointment. Then, you call me at an agreed upon time for
your first phone or Internet video conferencing appointment,
or take an in-person appointment.
First appointment, three hours: going over techniques needing immediate improvement and reinforcing where you are already effective.
Second appointment, three hours: working on specific sections of your presentation to move you from seat-of-your-pants decisions to rapid improvement via informed choices
Total initial coaching package: 9 hours x $200/hour = $1,800
This long distance approach is great for getting your script and performance as tight as possible before in-person coaching.
Fine tuning your blocking
and stage business is best done in person, but can also be done by
viewing your video tapes and coaching you over video conferencing.
can shoot-from-the-hip, watching your tape and making comments as you listen
on the phone or via video conferencing.
I don't have time to reflect so less valuable re.: marketing you
nationally and internationally
Script Marking: mail,
FAX or e-mail me scripts typed triple-spaced.
I mark and send
back to you at $50/page.
this great for catching writing errors before you memorize the
for blocks of coaching/writing hours: paid for in advance (assumes
my hours working on both writing and coaching will be completed within
50 hours: 10% discount ($9,000)
100 hours: 20% discount ($16,000)
150 or more hours: 33.33%
discount--plus, any of these "Deluxe
Packages" listed below also include my world famous Home Study
Program ($1,000 value):
150 hours ($20,000)
200 hours ($26,666)
300 hours ($40,000)
$200/hour for any additional hours
If you have any
questions about my fees and what time(s) I will be available for a one-on-one
appointment(s) with you,
please email at jim@JimRichardson.com
to set up a mutually convenient time to chat briefly over the phone and/or by
Internet video conferencing.
I look forward
to receiving your performance video(s) and script(s).
your live comedy act, speeches, etc., either in-person or live over Internet