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Meet Dave Aizer of Elite Media Coaching

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dave Aizer.

Dave, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love affair with broadcasting and storytelling started as a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. One day, in my journalism class, I got to host the morning announcements on the school’s television channel. That was it: I was immediately hooked!

I went home and told my parents I was going to be a broadcaster. From there, I majored in broadcast journalism at the University of Miami and parlayed that into a 20 years career as a TV host for CBS, Nickelodeon, The CW, Fox Sports and more. I’ve hosted national shows, local shows, morning shows, game shows and sporting events.

Additionally, I’ve spent quite a bit of time on stage as a motivational speaker, speaking mostly about my journey surviving stage 3 melanoma. I’m honored to be an ambassador in the fight against that disease and grateful that I can inspire people to live their lives fully and passionately. I’ve also written a bestselling book about my experience with melanoma called “A Hypochondriac’s Guide To Beating Cancer.”

I’ve taken my twenty years’ experience on camera and on stage and poured it into Elite Media Coaching: my public speaking and media training business. I help companies, business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and broadcasters become more dynamic and confident presenters across multiple platforms. To help people overcome their fears about public speaking and transform them into powerful storytellers is a truly wonderful feeling!

Has it been a smooth road?
For me, the biggest challenge was being diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in 2015. It rocked my entire world as I was faced with my own mortality. Not only that, but the cancer originated on my left cheek so I had two very substantial surgeries on my face and neck. The surgeries left me with scars and I worried I wouldn’t be able to continue my on-camera career.

Fortunately, thanks to some great plastic surgery (and TV makeup) I’ve been able to remain on camera and have used my platform to interview oncologists and dermatologists and spread the word about melanoma. I even got to interview the surgeon who operated on me and saved my life! Thanking him on television is one of the proudest moments of my career.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Elite Media Coaching story. Tell us more about the business.
As the founder and Head Media Coach of Elite Media Coaching, I work with people from a variety of fields. My clients include C-suite executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, broadcasters and entire companies. I equip them with the skills they need to become dynamic, confident and unforgettable public speakers and on camera performers. I help my clients crush their speeches, panels, keynote addresses, TV appearances, social media videos and more.

What sets me apart is my experience in this field. For twenty years, I’ve been a television host and a public speaker. I have literally thousands of hours on camera and on stage. As I tell my clients, if it’s happened on TV or on stage, I’ve seen it, done it and coached it.

Additionally, my coaching is comprehensive in that I help my clients in every aspect of presentation, including speech writing, proper rehearsal techniques, managing anxiety, improved self-confidence and, of course, storytelling. With storytelling, we focus on vocal inflection, energy, posture, hand gestures, eye contact and much more.

I’m known for being a passionate coach who truly cares about his clients. I immerse myself in our coaching sessions and become their biggest advocates.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
As technology continues to evolve, I anticipate doing more remote coaching. I already do quite a bit of it now but I imagine I’ll have more international clients in the next few years.

Additionally, I imagine more and more clients will want to focus on social media and YouTube videos. Whereas television is the main driver of on-camera performance now, social media is trending upward and will no doubt continue to do so. Since some of the performance techniques are different for social media and TV, I look forward to that evolution.

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