Public Speaking & Media Skills : Training and Coaching

Something most people in the paranormal world don’t know about me: I have extensive experience as a public speaking and media skills instructor and coach.

Given the number of ghost hunters, paranormal investigators, paranormal authors, podcasters and others that are expressing interest to speak at conferences and work with television, radio or simply do a podcast or be a guest on one, it’s essential that public speaking, presentation skills and media skills are developed.

From my own experience – which goes back to college for speaking and to right after grad school (and my first job in Parapsychology) for TV and radio – I did much better by having people coach me for both. Over the years, my experience as a parapsychologist, ghost hunter, professor, and author led me to a huge number of media interviews (TV, radio and print), and many many speaking opportunities outside the classroom or corporate training I was also doing.

This in turn led me to  teach courses in public speaking and media skills at JFK University, to authors’ groups, and to corporate audiences. I’ve done individual coaching with business execs and authors, lawyers and other parapsychologists (and a couple of other scientists). I ended up as the Technical Editor for two editions of Public Speaking for Dummies by Malcolm Kushner.

Technology (such as Skype and even the simple telephone) allows for easy individual coaching of individuals and even small groups.

I’m putting this out there, as I’m about to launch a couple of different coaching programs tailored for the paranormal community.

One will be directed at helping people improve their speaking skills, build interesting presentations, and gain (or beef up) their media skills for TV, radio, podcasts, print interviews and even YouTube.

The other, which I’ll detail more in another post, is based in my 33 years of investigation and research as well as 30 years teaching Parapsychology (from graduate school courses on down to adult ed). It will be geared towards individual and group coaching on the paranormal itself and the investigation and research process, methodologies and understanding of what their evidence is.

If you’re interested in being a speaker, in promoting yourself or your work (including books) to the Media, chances are you could use some real foundation coaching in public speaking, presentations, and media skills.

Contact me at for more information.


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About Loyd Auerbach

LOYD AUERBACH, M.S., Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations, is one of the world's leading experts on Psychic Experience and Ghosts, and has been investigating and researching the paranormal for over 30 years. He is the co-author of author of the book THE GHOST DETECTIVES’ GUIDE TO HAUNTED SAN FRANCISCO with the late renowned psychic Annette Martin (2011, Craven Street Books/Linden Publishing) and the author of 7 other books, including A PARANORMAL CASEBOOK (Atriad Press, 2005), HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS (Ronin Publishing, 2004) and GHOST HUNTING: How to Investigate the Paranormal (Ronin, 2004). His first book, ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (Warner Books, 1986) was named the “Sacred Text” on Ghosts in the 1990s and has been cited by numerous people as their inspiration for “getting into the paranormal.” He has a graduate degree in Parapsychology and has been teaching courses on the subject since 1983. He is a professor at both Atlantic University and JFK University and is the creator and Instructor of the Certificate Program in Parapsychological Studies at HCH Institute in Lafayette, also available for distance learning or in coaching form. Recently elected President of the Forever Family Foundation (for 2013 & 2014), he is on the Board of Directors of the Rhine Research Center, holds a position with the Psychic Entertainers Association and is on the Advisory Boards of the Windbridge Institute and the Forever Family Foundation. His media appearances on TV, radio and in print number in the thousands, including national programs such as The View, Larry King Live, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Stories, Sightings, Unsolved Mysteries, and specials on A&E, History, Travel and Discovery Channels, and more. He is a professional mentalist and psychic entertainer, performing as Professor Paranormal. He is also a public speaking and media skills coach, and has been teaching those subjects in university and corporate settings since the late 1980s, and currently coaches authors, entrepreneurs, corporate execs and others. As of 2010, he is also a professional chocolatier, producing and selling his chocolate under the business name of Haunted By Chocolate – with a book on the subject coming in 2013.