World's Top 30 Communication Professionals for 2017

Guru #1

Nancy Duarte

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Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, LA Times and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture and has created more than a quarter of a million presentations. As a persuasion specialist, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. Resonate, her latest book, spent nearly a year on Amazon’s top 100 business book bestsellers list. Duarte, Inc. is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley, as well as the 5th largest woman-owned employer. Nancy has won several prestigious awards for communications and entrepreneurship and was recently honored in Watermark’s “Women Who Have Made Their Mark 2011” ceremony. She has been a speaker at a number of Fortune 500 companies and counts many more among her firm’s clientele. She also speaks at business schools and teaches classes at Stanford University several times a year.

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Guru #2

John Gray

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John Gray is the famous author of Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus a coach therapist and psychology specialist. He uses scientific approaches to create the brain and body chemistry for lasting health happiness and romance in relationships between men and women. He started his first groundbreaking step as an author of Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus which was one of the best selling books in 1990 he published another book Work with Me The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business with Barbara Annis a global expert on Gender Intelligence. This book offered bright solutions to help men and women understand how each gender communicates solves problems makes decisions resolves conflict leads the others and deals with stress that leads to a productive work environment. John has been featured on major network such as Oprah Dr Oz The Today Show CBS Morning Show and many others as well as being profiled in Time Forbes USA Today TV Guide and People.

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Guru #3

Dianna Booher

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Dianna Booher a business keynote speaker aa business keynote speaker and consultant from America, has published more than 46 books that have been translated into 27 languages, with nearly 4 million copies sold. Her most popular titles include the bestsellers Communicate With Confidence, Speak With Confidence, Creating Personal Presence, and What MORE Can I Say. She’s the founder of Booher Consultants, Inc. and founder and CEO of her current company, Booher Research Institute. She works with organizations to help them communicate clearly and with leaders to expand their influence by a stronger executive presence. Clients include IBM, ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BP, Chevron, Pepsico, Marriott, Hyatt, MD Anderson Cancer Center, JP Morgan Chase, among many other Fortune 500 organizations. As a high-caliber keynoter, she captivates, inspires, and motivates her audiences around the world by highlighting significant communication issues as they affect personal productivity. Dianna Booher has received the highest awards in the professional speaking industry, including induction into the Speaker Hall of Fame. Additionally, she was recognized by Successful Meetings magazine on their list of “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” Leadership Excellence has recognized her in their list of “Top 100 Thought Leaders in America” and “Top 100 Minds on Personal Development” and “Leadership 500.” Good Morning America, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN International, Fox, Bloomberg, Washington Post, The New York Times, Success, The New Strait Times, Entrepreneur and many other major media outlets around the world have interviewed her on critical workplace communication issues.

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Guru #4

Eileen McDargh

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Eileen McDargh CEO, Chief Energy Officer, The Resiliency Group. Since starting her consultancy practice in 1980, Eileen McDargh has become known as a master facilitator, an award-winning author of seven books, and an internationally recognized keynoter and executive coach. Her articles have appeared in numerous business journals, newspapers, and she’s regular contributor to three curated digital sites: Open for Business, Switch & Shift, and Lead Change Group. She draws upon practical business know-how, life’s experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful—even downright hilarious. Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach and for the building of resilient leadership teams and workplaces. The senior vice president and global head of drug regulatory affairs for an international pharmaceutical company says, “The weeks Eileen spent working with [my senior leadership team] were a magical time in all our careers. Through our work with her, we became stronger leaders, and banded together to become a high-performing transformative team.” Eileen is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and her election into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame places her among the top 3% of speakers in the United States. She’s also listed as a recommended expert through the Sloan Work and Family Research Network now headquartered at University of Pennsylvania.

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Guru #5

Shari Harley

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Shari Harley, MA and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) is the founder and president of Candid Culture an international training and consulting firm bringing candor back to the work place, creating a safe haven for employees, managers, and clients to speak honestly. Candid Culture helps corporations, associations, government agencies, schools, and not-for-profits get and keep the right customers and employees by creating better business relationships. Shari is a business person. Her previous experience includes selling and facilitating for Dale Carnegie Training, conducting customer service training for American Century Investments, leading leadership training and successful planning for OppenheimerFunds, and managing operations across 21, nation-wide locations, with 200 matrixed employees. Shari started her management training business after a fifteen year corporate career. She left her National Director role in 2007 with no plan and no prospects. Her family and friends thought she was crazy. But even in one of the worst economic climates of all time, Shari’s business leadership development services have been in high demand. Organizations of all types and sizes, in seven countries, have gravitated to Shari’s simple communication and management training for forging long lasting business relationships. Shari is known globally as an engaging, fun, content-rich business speaker and trainer. She is the author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone. She has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Applied Communication from the University of Denver, where she served as an adjunct faculty member and taught business leadership development courses.

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Guru #6

Tonya Reiman

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Tonya Reiman is a speaker, author and trainer who specializes in body languages. She is a regular contributor in providing analysis and knowledge about communication through major network channels and popular media such as Fox News Channel, CNN, Access Hollywood, Cosmopolitan, Life Style, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal. Her interest in the field of body language began when a professor of psychology came nose to nose with her in order to demonstrate the significance of personal space. She later graduated from the Pace University and continued her studies in communication until she graduated from the State University of New York in Communication. With her skills for over a decade Tonya has delivered practical content in her keynotes seminars and workshops to help many companies to grow better and to establish effective communication.

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Guru #7

Dean M. Brenner

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Dean M. Brenner, founder and the president of The Latimer Group is based in Connecticut US. Dean is known for his persuasive communication method which placed him as an executive coach, a dynamic public speaker and published author. He is balanced, engaging and informative keynote speaker. Together with his firm, he conveys to their audience about leadership and persuasive communication to team dynamics and high performance which is in turn providing their clients a leading competitive edge to face the challenges in the world of business today. He also published two books titled Move the World which tells readers the unlocked riddle for someone to implement verbal persuasion techniques whereas his second book Sharing the Sandbox explained another key components of successful business communication team building and leadership through sharing a combination of fundamental principles and specific tangible steps and frameworks.

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Guru #8

Lisa B. Marshall

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Lisa B. Marshall has a long history of helping organizations and elite performers develop strong communication and leadership by emphasizing scientifically-based insights, ultra-practical techniques, and counter intuitive wisdom. Her company develops solutions to facilitate organizational effectiveness and leadership development through consulting, training, keynotes, and one-on-one coaching. Signature programs include Smart Talk: Communicating Influence, Maximizing Impact; The Successful Leader: From Ordinary to Extraordinary; and Expert Presenter: From Information to Influence. Her programs have been delivered globally. Although specializing in biotech/pharma, engineering, and health care clients include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Roche, Pepsico, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, The American Heart Association, Leidos, The University of Pennsylvania, AstraZenea, AARP, AMG (Affiliated Managers Group), Kellogg’s and many more. Lisa Marshall is author of international bestselling book, Smart Talk which has been translated into three languages. She is also creator and host of the Public Speaker, an award-winning, iTunes Top 10 business podcast, which has earned over 15 million downloads. She’s also the author of an audiobook, Ace Your Interview, developer of online courses Powerful Presenter, Expert Presenter, and Influence: Maximize Your Impact and host of the Smart Talk interview podcast. Her work has been featured in diverse media such as: Forbes, CBS Money Watch, The Chicago Tribune, Ragan.com, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Business Insider, Psychologies, Huffington Post, and more. She holds masters with duel concentrations in interpersonal/intercultural communication and organizational communication. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and identical twin daughters.

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Guru #9

Allan Pease

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Mr Body Language Allan Pease, based in Queensland Australia, is a worldwide well known and respected expert in communication that teaches his audience on how to decode peoples behavior and on how we should respond to it through simple field tested skills and techniques that get results. Allan who deserves a big credit as a speaker and expert already gave his speech across 65 countries in a fast paced highly entertaining and down to earth presentation while helping people becoming a strong magnet and drive other people towards them by saying yes. Allan has also written many of bestseller books including Body Language which has sold over 4 million copies and other most highly successful books which he co authored with his wife Barbara likeThe Definitive Book of Body Language and Why Men Dont Listen and Women Cant Read Maps which has been sold over ten million copies worldwide.

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Guru #10

Connie Dieken

Connie Dieken is one of the world’s leading thought leaders on influence and executive presence. She’s the founder of The Dieken Group, an executive coaching, consulting, and training firm that transforms people into powerful, purposeful influencers with remarkable adaptability in changing times. A former Emmy award-winning and Telly award-winning broadcast journalist, Connie spent more than 20 years among the most influential people in the public eye and studied their unique patterns to move others to action. She uses her experiences and unique Connect, Convey, Convince® methodology as a foundation to prepare clients for the challenges and uncertainties of today’s communications. A Radio & TV Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee, Connie helps leaders maximize their relationships with stakeholders both internally and externally and overcome any gaps that may exist. The National Association of Women Business Owners selected Connie as one of the Top 10 Female Business Owners. She keynotes major business and industry conferences around the globe and has been selected by Speakers.com as one of America’s top keynote speakers every year since 2010. Her two bestselling books, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen and Become the Real Deal: The Proven Path to Influence and Executive Presence take Connie’s knowledge, research and experience coaching high-powered leaders and condense them into fast-paced, no-nonsense guides that jumpstart anyone to be more influential communicators

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Guru #11

Frank Luntz

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Frank Luntz is an expert in the field of communication. He is the consultant for international companies in developing a strategy to win the hearts of customers. Frank is also an adviser for political parties, pollster and strategist for the Republican Party. He is the author of The New York Times best seller Words that Work Its Not What You Say Its What People Hear. Now out in paperback, the book explores the art and science of language creation and was awarded the 2008 Audie Award for the best business information educational audiobook of the year. He also authored another book What Americans Really Want Really which has been nominated for the 2010 Audie Award for the years best non fiction audiobook.

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Guru #12

Terri Lynn Sjodin

Terri Sjodin, one of America’s most highly sought-after female speakers, has trained and motivated thousands of people from all over the world. Her unique specialization is advancing the persuasive presentation skills of professionals. She is the Founder and Principal of Sjodin Communications, a public speaking, sales training, and consulting firm based in Newport Beach, CA USA. For over 20 years Terri has served as a speaker and consultant to an impressive list of corporations, associations, academic conferences, CEO’s and Members of the U.S. Congress. In August of 1999, she received the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation and was inducted into the NSA Speaker Hall of Fame in July of 2012. In June of 2007, she was named one of the top five Women in Business by the Orange County Business Journal at the distinguished WIB awards. Terri is the author of the national bestselling book, Small Message, Big Impact, which hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists. She is also the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Scrappy: A Little Book About Choosing to Play Big (Penguin Random House/Portfolio) which was just released in the Fall of 2016 and New Sales Speak – The 9 Biggest Sales Presentation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (John Wiley & Sons). Beyond her success as an entrepreneur and author, Terri is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows throughout the country appearing on The Today Show, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, and many major network affiliates from ABC, CBS, and NBC, FOX, cable and radio. She is a “high content” speaker – Her approach is fresh, real-world, and her style is sassy and practical. Each presentation is loaded with street-worthy ideas, methods, and tips that men and women can use immediately to get results.

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Guru #13

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Patti Wood Called, “The Gold Standard of Body Language Experts” by the Washington Post, credited for bringing the topic to the national consciousness by The New York Times. Patti Wood taught body language at Florida State, and conducts research on first impressions and body language. She is a true body language expert. You see her regularly on Good Morning America, CNN, HLN, Fox News and Fox Business Network, PBS, The Today Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Discovery Channel, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Bravo, In Session, and The History Channel. She is quoted every week in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, ESPN, Bloomberg Business Week, Fortune, Cosmopolitan, US Weekly, In Touch, USA Today, People, Huffington Post, CBS.com, MSNBC.com, NPR.com and hundreds more. She speaks to and consults with Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, GE, Hewlett Packard, Georgia Pacific, DuPont, Prudential, Chase, and Porsche. Patti has spoken to the audience around the world. Patti has served eight years on the board of National Speakers Association, Georgia Chapter, and has been an active member for over twelve years. Patti was voted Speaker of the Year and Member of the Year by her peers in the prestigious organization, NSA. As an officer, she managed the Speakers’ School, an annual showcase of speakers and public relations. She recommends that all new speakers join their local chapter of NSA because there is so much to learn from each other.

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Guru #14

Mark Jeffries

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A former Merrill Lynch stockbroker Mark Jeffries from New York USA is an author, consultant keynote speaker and event moderator. He has helped many companies across the US, Canada and Europe fulfilling their high level communication requirements such as hosting events deliver keynotes and coaching session to CEOs and executives. The Art of Business Influence Selling without Selling is a famous topic of his keynote speeches that brings out a toolbox which is packed with techniques ideas and methods designed to give teams a smart proven communication based path to approach the challenges and opportunities they face every day. A true all rounder person he gave an entertaining captivating and yet without slides. He deliver his practical ideas to more than 100,000 people around the world with his client listed including Zurich Insurance Bank of America, IBM, Johnson Johnson, Microsoft, Motorola, Boeing, Ernst Young and many more. His trademark books Whats Up With Your Handshake 2008 and The Art of Business Seduction 2010 guides people using the must technique and strategies for them to gain success in interpersonal career and business interactions.

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Guru #15

Mark Thompson

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Based in Silicon Valley, Mark Thompson is a senior executive leadership coach, a successful business leader, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist and Tony-nominated Broadway producer – and brings real-time solutions to today’s leadership challenges. Mark is the CEO and co founder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson’s network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation and is a Founding Patron of Virgin Unite’s Entrepreneurship Centre. Mark is also Program Chairman for the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F. Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Mark is Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and co founder of the Schwab Foundation. He served as the Executive Producer of Schwab.com, with assets of over $1.4 Trillion. Forbes Magazine called Mark one of America’s top investors with the Midas touch. He is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and the World Business Forum. He is a SupporTED coach on the team that coaches TED Fellows. Mark served on the Board of Directors of Best Buy, Korn Ferry and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was Chairman of Rioport which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod and iTunes and was Chairman of Integration which was acquired by Silicon Labs.

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Guru #16

Elizabeth Kuhnke

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Author of the best selling book Body Language for Dummies Elizabeth Kuhnke top notch speaker as well as voice and body language expert, has served many years sharpening people skills that helped them become a brilliant communicator and able to express themselves with more clarity and confidence. The Kuhnke Communication firm is based in Oxfordshire United Kingdom founded by her has nourished many individuals, organizations and companies in key areas pertaining to interpersonal communication personal impact and executive presence. As the most sought after speaker, Elizabeth dedicated to her client by seeing herself as their diamond polisher while delivering her sessions to them with focused fun which makes it engaging. She is also a designated MBTI Administrator and an NLP Practitioner and has a wide experience in coaching communication skills throughout the Europe USA and the Far East.

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Guru #17

Judith Humphrey

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Judith Humphrey is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Humphrey Group based in Toronto Canada, since 1988 provides coaching to executives to be effective speakers and to attain strong leadership presence in leading and inspiring other people. The Humphrey Group has a broad range of clients including IBM, Microsoft, Dell, HSBC, CIBC, TD, RBC, Scotiabank, Bell, Suncor and Goldcorp. Judith delivers coaching to many high level executives and CEOs. She is a great engaging presenter and delivers her speech in a balanced manner yet enriched with essential thoughts for people to start to think about what they can do to overcome their limitations and become great communicators who can influence others. Her communication firm also makes a big contribution to women, through the delivery of the Taking the Stage program, which has reached over 500,000 women participants globally. It has enabled them to take a big leap in projecting confidence and clarity every time they speak. As a regular speaker at many conferences, Judith also has written a best selling book titled Speaking as a Leader, How to Lead Every Time You Speak that has been listed as one of the top 30 business books in 2012. Her Latest book is Taking the Stage: How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed (Jossey Bass 2014)

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Guru #18

Harrison Monarth

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Harrison Monarth , a top notch speaker from the United States in the area of persuasive communication and also a speaker/trainer. As a preeminent expert, he regularly prepares CEOs senior executives political candidates and other leading professionals for high stakes presentations and speaking opportunities. He has coached leaders from major organizations while his clientele include Merrill Lynch, Northwestern Mutual, Intel, Cisco Systems, Prudential, RE MAX, Coldwell Banker, Hertz and many other leading corporations as well as political candidates and members of the Congress. He teaches people how to convey themselves with maximum impact with their interactions by mastering the verbal, non verbal and optimized vocal intonation. Him as the communicator speaks in relax tone balanced driven by logical thoughts and also known for his caring, yet intensive coaching style that easily allows his client to open up and hold on to the notion he taught. He also has produced notable writings entitled The Confident Speaker McGraw Hill 2007 that is based on his thorough research for years in persuasive communication and high impact speaking.

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Guru #19

Judee K Burgoon

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Judee K Burgoon is an American academician a professor of Communication and professor of Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona.Judee teachings focus on non verbal and relational communication. Her main emphasis is in interpersonal communication processes and outcomes expectancy violations deception nonverbal relational messages conversation involvement and dominance and dyadic adaptation patterns.She is author of as well as an editor of 13 books and monographs and nearly 300 published articles chapters and reviews related to nonverbal and verbal communication deception and computer mediated communication. Judee is a recipient of several awards and recognition such as the National Communication Associations Distinguished Scholar Award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement, the Mark L Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication and the Woolbert Research Award for Scholarship of Lasting Impact.

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Guru #20

Marjorie Brody

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Marjorie Brody, CSP, CPAE, PCC Marjorie Brody provides a hardcore reality check for all working professionals, helping them communicate like leaders. She has become the go-to “sage” for organizations and leaders looking for what it truly takes to succeed in a highly competitive business world. Marjorie delves into the vital characteristics, behaviors and strategies that lead to career success – including leadership presence and the ability to influence without authority. As President & CEO of BRODY Professional Development of Jenkintown, PA, a training, coaching, speaking, and consulting company, she has built a successful business from a part-time venture with three clients to a multi-million global operation with many clients in the Fortune 100. Marjorie earned her CSP — Certified Speaking Professional – designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA). She also was inducted into NSA’s Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) Speaker Hall of Fame. Marjorie earned her PCC – Professional Certified Coach — designation from the International Coach Federation. She is regularly quoted by the media, and is author of more than 30 business communication books — including IMPACT! Deliver Presentations That Get Results, Career MAGIC: A Woman’s Guide to Reward & Recognition, and No Excuses! Create a Culture of Accountability.

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Guru #21

Stacey Hanke

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Stacey Hanke is co-author of the book, “Yes You Can! Everything You Need From A To Z To Influence Others To Take Action. “When it comes to verbal communication, it’s quality, not quantity. As a communications guru, Stacey reveals how to develop verbal skills to influence and persuade others. How many of us can say we had a great idea, but could not do just that; say it? Stacey helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery—to persuade, sell, influence or simply effectively communicate face-to-face with a clear message. Throughout her career, she has trained over 15,000 people to conquer public speaking fears, rid themselves of bad body language habits and choose words wisely. She has delivered over 500 presentations for business leaders in the financial industry to the healthcare industry to government and everyone in between. Her client list is vast from Coca-Cola Refreshments, Kohl’s, United States Army and Navy, Leo Burnett and the FDA. She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on numerous radio interviews nationwide. She has inspired thousands through numerous national media; Smart Money, Businessweek.com, The Balancing Act on Lifetime Network, WGN Chicago and WLS-AM Chicago. Her area of expertise lies in offering practical skills and techniques that build confidence and credibility into leadership, client relationships and our personal lives. She does this by helping individuals change their communication behavior to maximize performance, improve results and build relationships to win business.

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Guru #22

Jason Snyder

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Since 2007, Jason Snyder has been at Central Connecticut State University, where he teaches managerial communication. He earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut, and his B.A. in Telecommunication Studies from Youngstown State University. Dr. S has presented organizational and business communication research at international, national, and regional conferences. He has also published his work in scholarly journals, including Journal of Business Communication and Communication Studies. His 2010 study of workplace email privacy was awarded the Journal of Business Communication Article of the Year. Dr. S is also co-author of “Today’s Business : A How-To Guide For Modern Professionals,” Dr. S and Robert Forbus share communication advice based on decades of practical experience, scholarly research, and interviews with professionals from many different industries.

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Guru #23

Ben Decker

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Ben Decker is a CEO of Decker Communications Inc. He is an expert in message business communication and he possesses a deep passion for effective communication. He frequently delivers gives speeches which emphasize a lot on creating communication experience, developing executive presence and developing effective communication as a leader. He serves as a trainer for large corporations such as AT& T, Bacardi, Charles Schwab, Cisco, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser, Permanente, McKesson and the US Coast Guard and he also helps new companies in building their portfolio and seeking to increase capital.

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Guru #24

Arnold Sanow

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Arnold Sanow, MBA, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional – highest earned designation by the National Speakers Association for excellence. Less than 850 CSP’s in the world) works with companies and organizations to build stronger customer and workplace relationships by improving verbal, interpersonal and organizational communication. Arnold accomplishes this through keynotes, seminars, training, facilitations, retreats, coaching and consulting. He focuses on; communication, people skills, persuasion, presentation skills, emotional intelligence, getting along, team building, leadership, customer service, relationship selling, networking and other business and personal development topics.

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Guru #25

Gary Genard

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Gary Genard, Ph.D. is the creator and president of Boston-based The Genard Method of performance-based public speaking training. His executive coaching and group workshops help professionals around the world optimize their natural talents as communicators. Dr. Genard is a stage actor who trained and performed in London, New York, and on national tours. This background forms the basis of his unique Method that incorporates theater-based techniques to produce confident, authentic, and memorable speakers. His is the author of How to Give a Speech (2007) and Fearless Speaking – Beat Your Anxiety, Build Your Confidence, Change Your Life. (2014). His weekly blog Speak for Success!offers insights and practical skills for successful public speaking. In 2015 The Genard Method began an alliance with The Language Center in Todi, Italy where Dr. Genard will lead customized workshops in executive presentation skills.

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Guru #26

Debra Fine

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Debra Fine is a globally renowned keynote speaker and trainer who is a former engineer. She started the company called FINE Art of Small Talk in Denver to guide people on how to develop business relationships, build rapport and make the most of networking and mingling opportunities. Debra programs focus on striking up conversations and keeping them going, mastering introductions and remembering names, body language, active listening, overcoming communication barriers and exiting conversations with grace. The tools offered in Fine’s presentations teach audience members how to make the most of association events, networking occasions, receptions and meetings. Debra is the bestselling author of The Fine Art of Small Talk, How to Start a Conversation Keep it Going Build Rapport and Leave a Positive Impression (Hachette), The Fine Art of Big Talk How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations and Solve Conflicts at Work (Hachette) and her most recent in the Fine Art series: Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication with Teenagers all published and translated in over 20 countries. A Huffington Post blogger Fine has appeared in major media networks such as The Today Show, CNN, The Early Show and NPR Morning Edition.

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Guru #27

George Walther

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George Walther is a worldwide professional speaker with over three decades of experience in communication field. He is bestowed with CPAE and CSP, the highest award for every high level speaker could have. George Walther presents keynotes and workshops for various types of businesses ranging from Starbucks and Microsoft to dentists and entrepreneurs. He likes to share stories from his adventures in 99 countries as featured in USA Today with 33 years of business authorship and consulting to deliver potent practical lessons for commerce and life. He is the author of several books including Phone Power that began its publishing in 1991 which now is published globally.

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Guru #28

Kate Peters

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Kate Peters has taught voice and communication impact for over 30 years, and is the author of the book, “Can You Hear Me Now?” 31 Days to Harnessing the Power of Your Vocal Impact http://www.amazon.com/Can-You-Hear-Me-Now/dp/0977640701.” She applies her years of experience as a performer and professional singer to the art of executive communications coaching for many successful business executives at companies such as Cisco, Intel, Hyperion Solutions, Disney, Boeing, CA, British Petroleum, First American, Verify, Invensys, and Nissan. One of her favorite jobs is coaching speakers for TEDMED, TEDx, and TEDGlobal. As a guest on the KNX Business Hour and the Wayne and Jane Show, she coached the hosts in the use of mask resonance; she has discussed what makes a voice sexy on several other national radio programs. In addition, she is a featured speaker with organizations such as IABC, Women in Business, NAFE, E-Women, Rotary, The UCLA Alumni Association, CASE, and many others. Her blog, Kate’s Voice (http://www.katepeters.com/blog) is considered one of the top 100 public-speaking blogs in the world, and one of the few focused on the power and presence of the human voice.

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Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll is a coach, trainer, speaker and recovering predator based in Vevey, Switzerland. She first discovered the mishaps of communication at an early age when she began challenging the misbehavior of those in power. After investing many years learning the ineffective ways of communicating, Amy set off on a path of self-discovery and eventual mastery. She spent 14 years working in psychiatric and educational facilities. Having received both designation of PCC Professional Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation and Certified Master Practitioner of NLP Neuro linguistic programming, Amy leads programs on influencing, leadership and emotional intelligence, as well as advanced presentation techniques, to managers, executives and teams at multinationals worldwide.

Amy is an energetic, engaging presenter. She shows her clients how to be dynamic, honest and effective communicators while developing their ability to influence others by creating powerful partnerships. “Make Your Partner Look Good” is her motto. Client list includes corporations Alcon, A.P. Moller-Maersk, Baxter, Baxalta, Dow, Dupont, Ernst & Young, European Stability Mechanism, Ferring, HEC Lausanne, HP, HPE, Merck Serono, Medtronic, Microsoft, Medicines For Malaria, Nestlé, Nespresso, Novartis, Parker, P&G, Saatchi & Saatchi, Shire, Swiss Post, UBS, United Nations, Varian and World Economic Forum.

Amy’s book, The Ego Tango, is a portable coach and reveals how to apply the 7 Partner Mindset Techniques to show you How To Get More of What You Want More Often With Less Hassle.

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Linda Talley

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Linda Talley, Ph.D a keynote speaker coach and consultant who is also an expert in communication and body language. She inspires people to gain the highest achievement with themselves and also how to achieve business and leadership effectiveness through understanding non verbal language. Based in Texas USA, she delivered her speeches with her energetic and dynamic style and also engages her audience by provoking their thoughts. Dr. Talley entertains and educates her audiences through audience self-assessments and participation as a means to show audience members how to attract people to them rather than creating distance-whether emotional or physical. Her programs are based on empirical studies by herself and other leaders in the field of inter-personal communication and nonverbal behavior. Linda as a writer also has appeared in USA Today, Cosmopolitan, American Way Investors, Business Daily and has authored two books titled Oh Dear My Slip Is Showing The Mistakes Women Make That Detract From A Sales Call and Success The 10 Most Important lessons in specialty store retailing. She has been honored by Certified Speaking Professional CSP and received an award of Psi Chi Honor Society.

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