About Mel Sherwood

Mel is a Pitch and Presentation Specialist and the founder of Grow Your Potential. Working predominantly with entrepreneurs and business professionals, she prepares them to take centre stage, embrace the spotlight and present with more confidence, credibility and conviction. She has over 20 years’ experience in public, private and not-for-profit organisations and is a qualified trainer, mediator and NLP Practitioner. She is also a multi award winning speaker and has worked as an actor and singer both in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Despite the fact that she has been appearing on stage in some way or another since the age of five, Mel has been a shy wallflower at times and knows first hand how nerves can completely shatter a person’s self esteem. Through her own personal development and training she has learned valuable techniques to stay calm, confident and in control when in front of an audience. Mel is a great listener and takes the time to get to know and understand the people she works with. She is delighted to have the opportunity to share her knowledge, experience and passion with others and loves nothing more than seeing people grow their potential and transform their lives through improved confidence and communication skills.

If you would like to book Mel to speak or run a workshop at your workplace or event please get in touch.

Here's what people say about Mel's talks:

"Need everyone to sit up and listen to business networking tips at your seminar? Mel's style is a breath of fresh air...inspirational, fun and interactive as she gets everyone laughing their way through essential business networking skills. Excellent tips on presenting yourself well, overcoming public speaking jitters not to mention lifting the bonnet on techniques in pacing delivery. Good to work alongside you, Mel."

Paula Middlehurst, News Presenter, Sky News London 

"We asked Mel to deliver the key note presentation at our inaugural networking event. Because it was the first event we needed Mel to be the bee's knees... mostly because we want people to come back to the 2nd event but also because we want them to be talking about us to colleagues and friends. 

Mel delivered a presentation that was engaging, fun, enjoyable and above all, useful. Her style is positive and inclusive, the content was pitched at exactly the right level (with minimal brief from me) and delegates went away with some clearly defined actions they can use to project themselves in a confident and professional way. 

Brilliant stuff. I only hope Mel will speak at more of our events."

Richard Lambert, Owner, Derigo Consulting

'We were very pleased with how ACES 2014 went and I want to thank you for the huge part you played in this. I really loved your presentation and your name was mentioned again and again on the feedback. Here are some of the quotes from delegates:
- Would like to have heard more from Mel and to see her at future events
- The event exceeded my expectations – particularly Mel
- Stand out speaker – Mel – she was fab!
It has been a pleasure to work with you. Thanks again.' 

Lauren Blair, Research & Conference Development, MacKay Hannah

'We have had fantastic feedback from delegates regarding your presentation.Thanks again for your support of our Connect2Law network in Scotland.'  

Anne Macdonald, Partner, Harper Macleod LLP


Recently I had to pitch to two investors on behalf of another company and both investors said they loved it and gave us an offer. I know I’m still far from an expert, but I hope this shows what a great job Mel did! I would not hesitate to recommend Grow Your Potential and I look forward to working with Mel more in the future.

C R, Company Director

I would absolutely recommend Grow Your Potential coaching. Mel is a fantastic coach and very honest with her feedback. She is straight to the point and always very focused on the end result of a fantastic looking and sounding pitch. If you want an amazing pitch for your business or product, hire Mel - she rocks!

Callum S, Technical Director

I participated at one of Mel's workshops. Her presentation was innovative, and engaging and the content was beneficial. I also had a pitch practice with Mel. I got constructive feedback and help to improve the content and delivery of my pitch. Mel is a great person to work with.

Irina B, Software Developer

I have recently taken part in a workshop run by Mel. It was really well run and organised, as well as being interactive and insightful. Most importantly I believe that if I put what I learnt in to practice it will have really positive effect on my business.

Mike H, Business Owner

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