World's Top 30 Communication Professionals for 2021

Guru #1

Nancy Duarte

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

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 #3

Eileen McDargh

Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE

CEO  (Chief Energy Officer), The Resiliency Group

Since 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count.  She has become known as a master facilitator, an award-winning author, and an internationally recognized keynoter and executive coach.

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.

In 2020, Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her third as one of the World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.

Her newest book, Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge and Reclaim What Matters has been generating great response and interest.  You can find it on Amazon in paper, digital and audio formats.

You can reach Eileen at: Office: 949-496-8640 Cell: 949-637-4233

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Guru #4

Tasha Eurich

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She uses science to help leaders—from early stage entrepreneurs to public company CEOs—achieve dramatic and measurable change. Her primary areas of expertise are executive coaching, executive team development, and leadership and high potential development.

Having worked directly with over 20,000 leaders and spoken live to hundreds of thousands more—on every continent but Antarctica—Dr. Eurich’s clients include Salesforce, the NBA, Walmart, KPMG, and the White House Leadership Development Program. Her TEDxMileHigh talks have been viewed more than six million times.

In 2019, she was named one of the top 30 emerging management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, as well as the #1 self-awareness coach in the world by Marshall Goldsmith.

Tasha contributes to Harvard Business Review, and her thought leadership has been featured in outlets like NPRForbesThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Eurich’s first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted at #8 on The New York Times best-seller list. Her latest book, Insight, delves into the connection between self-awareness and success. It has been hailed as a “bold, exhilarating take on self-improvement” by Success Magazine,  a “fascinating read” by The Guardian, and famed Wharton Business school professor Adam Grant calls one of the three books he recommends most often.

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Guru #5

Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. Clark, a consultant and keynote speaker, teaches executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School.

Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of Entrepreneurial You (Harvard Business Review Press,), Reinventing You, and Stand Outwhich was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes. It was also a Washington Post bestseller. Her books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Polish, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Thai.

Clark, whom the New York Times described as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives,” is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. She consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Yale University.

A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Clark has also taught for Spain’s IE Business School, HEC-Paris, Babson College, Smith College Executive Education, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, and more.

She has guest lectured at universities including Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Georgetown, NYU, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the University of Michigan.

Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review Guide to Getting the Right Job and the Harvard Business Review Guide to Networking, and she is quoted frequently in the worldwide media, including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC. She has been a regular commentator on Canada’s CTV and was named one of Inc. magazine’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference.”

A former New England Press Association award-winning journalist, Clark directed the environmental documentary film The Work of 1000, and was a producer for a multiple-Grammy-winning jazz album. She is a Broadway investor, as well as a participant in BMI’s Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, widely considered the premiere training ground for musical theater lyricists and composers.

At age 14, Clark entered Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. At 18, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, and two years later received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. You can download her Entrepreneurial You self-assessment at dorieclark.com/entrepreneur.

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Guru #6

Dianna Booher

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Dianna Booher, MA, CSP, CPAE, has published 48 books that have been translated into 62 foreign-language editions, with nearly 4 million copies sold. Her most popular titles include the bestsellers Communicate Like a Leader; Faster, Fewer, Better Emails; What MORE Can I Say?; Communicate With Confidence; Speak With Confidence; and Creating Personal Presence. She’s the founder and CEO of Booher Research Institute. Dianna works with organizations to help them communicate clearly and with leaders to expand their influence by a strong 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 and US government agencies. As a high-caliber keynote speaker, she highlights significant communication issues as they affect corporate and 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 workplace communication.

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Guru #7

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 #8

David JP Phillips

David JP Phillips is an international speaker, author and coach in Modern Presentation Skills. His training and material are based on neuroscience and biology which makes his deliveries very hands on, practical and motivational.

David has spent 7 years studying 5000 speakers, amateurs and professionals in order for the first time in history to detail every single skill a communicator from stage or in a presentation uses in order to deliver their message.

With a seldom seen depth of knowledge and passion for his subject, David Phillips has become the leading Swedish figurehead in the art of making presentations. He is also author of the ground-breaking book “How To Avoid Death By PowerPoint” published in more than 30 countries.

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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

Henrik Fexeus

Henrik Fexeus is an author, communications specialist, and performer of edutainment. He has brought new practical meaning to the phrase “mind reading” and reveals skills in nonverbal communication, body language, and psychological influence. Henrik has studied communication techniques and mental skills like NLP, hypnosis, acting, magic, and psychology, and is renowned for his understanding of influence in the media, advertising, propaganda and memetics. He is currently touring with his mind-reading show and has been hosting his own TV-show in conjunction with Sweden’s largest broadcaster. Henrik is the award winning author of six best selling books: The Art of Reading Minds (AKA The Upper Hand) (2007), When You Do What I want You To (2008), Everybody Gets Some (2009), How To Get Mental Superpowers (2011), Better Social Skills In 1 Hour (2012), and Get Creative In 1 Hour(2012). His books have been translated into 28 languages. Henrik wrote and hosted two seasons of the internationally recognized TV show Mind Storm (2007-2009) for Swedish Television, and was a jury member of Sweden’s Got Talent 2011.

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Guru #11

Vanessa van edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a body language and behavior expert and Huffington Post columnist and Penguin author. She regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media to talk about her research and has been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show and USA Today. She has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes. She is also a sought-after corporate consultant and has used her research to consult for numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Clean and Clear and Symantec. Vanessa has spoken to groups across the globe from the stage at the Consumer Electronic Show to presenting research at MIT. As a professional people watcher, Vanessa researchers, speaks and writes about cracking the code of interesting human behavior. Vanessa’s groundbreaking workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people. Her specialty is human lie detection and body language in business.

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Guru #12

John Gray

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 #13

Matt Abrahams

Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator, author, and coach. He is a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches two very popular classes in Strategic Communication and Effective Virtual Presenting. He recently received Stanford GSB’s Alumni Teaching Award in recognition of his valued service to teaching Stanford Alumni around the world.

In addition to his teaching, Matt is co-founder of Bold Echo Communication Solutions, an industry-leading presentation consulting and coaching practice.

Matt is especially interested in applying communication knowledge to real-world issues. In service of this goal, he published Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, which is now in its 3rd edition. His book was written to help people present and communicate in a more confident, connected, and compelling manner.

Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions at several software companies, where he created and ran global learning and development organizations.

Matt received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University, his graduate degree in communication studies from the University of California at Davis, and his secondary education teaching credential from San Francisco State University. He is a prolific writer with general public articles published on for GSB Insights, Toastmasters Magazine, Inc.com, Quartz, etc. He has also published several research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication.

He is a member of the Management Communication Association (where he received a “Rising Star” award) as well as the National and Western States Communication Associations.

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Guru #14

Terri 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 #15

Ben Decker

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 #16

Leil Lowndes

Leil has devoted her professional life to helping people become more effective communicators in business, social, and romantic relationships.

The passion she brings to her writing and speaking on communication skills can be traced to childhood when she suffered almost debilitating shyness which lasted right through college. After being a teacher for six years and still feeling socially insecure, she decided to leave the teaching profession and work only in situations which put her in constant touch with a wide variety of individuals. Here is a short history of how she gained her insights and share them with the world.

After working with elementary school children, she decided to take the first step toward her goal by becoming an international flight attendant to feel at ease speaking with adults from all over the world. Still shy in front of crowds, however, tried acting to become confident on stage in. But, although she was very successful (even starring in a Broadway show,) she wasn’t satisfied simply speaking from a playwright’s script. To become comfortable addressing large audiences with her own “script,” she became a cruise director on ships traveling around the world. That exhausting experience of dealing with people almost 24 hours a day, she said, would cure anyone’s shyness!

Between trips, Leil worked as substitute host on New York’s #1 radio talk show. Interviewing celebrities and political figures is how she became confident talking to anybody about anything.

After decades of communicating with all types and ages of people, Leil decided to write and speak to groups to share her knowledge with the public. Leil now conducts seminars for Fortune 500 companies and speaks at conventions, but her favorite type of communicating is still one-on-one talking with people.

She has written ten books, many of which have been translated into 26 languages. The best selling ones include: “How to Talk to Anyone,” “How to Instantly Connect with Anyone,” Good-bye to Shy,” “How to Be a People Magnet,” and “How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You.”

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Guru #17

Frank Luntz

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 #18

Patti Wood Called

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 #19

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 #20

Carmine Gallo

Carmine Gallo is a three-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author, internationally popular keynote speaker, Harvard instructor, and leadership advisor for the world’s most admired brands. A “communications guru,” according to Publishers Weekly, Gallo’s books have been translated into more than 40 languages. He delivers highly customized, engaging, inspiring, and actionable multimedia keynotes based on his international bestsellers: Talk Like TED, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, and The Storyteller’s Secret, and his latest book, Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great.

Gallo’s books have been endorsed by billionaires such as Howard Schultz, Vinod Khosla and Marc Benioff, CEOs like Gino Blefari (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of America) and Tony Hsieh (Zappos), and a wide range of experts from Tony Robbins to Adam Grant. Gallo is one of the most influential voices in communication, business and leadership and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Success Magazine as well as on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and ABC’s 20/20. Gallo has built a reputation for transforming leaders into powerful storytellers and communicators at the world’s largest and most admired brands including: Amazon Web Services, Accenture, Allstate, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Google, HCA Health, Intel, LinkedIn, McKinsey, Medtronic, Merck, Microsoft, Walmart, and many others. Carmine Gallo writes popular columns for Inc.com, and the Harvard Business Review and is a senior contributor to Forbes.com.

Carmine coaches CEOs and senior leaders at the world’s largest brands, including 7 of the top 10 ‘Most Admired Companies.’ – Fortune Magazine

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Guru #21

David Nihill

From Dublin, Ireland, David Nihill is a bestselling author and the Founder of FunnyBizz Conference. His work has been read by over 1 million people and featured in Inc., Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Fast CompanyEntrepreneurForbes, NPR, The Irish Independent, TV3, Newstalk, and The Irish Times. “One of the best speaking coaches out there” according to Forbes.com, David’s program with over 34,000 students has been featured by Prezi as one of the best training courses for presenters. A sought after international business and TEDx speaker, David has also performed standup comedy and was the winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition (previous finalists include Robin Williams, Dane Carvey, and Ellen DeGeneres). As a lecturer, he has taught at Stanford Graduate Business School, UC Berkeley, University of Oxford, and University College Dublin. A graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, he now calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit, and was named on the 2017 Irish America 100 List, which recognizes the accomplishments of the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders.

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Guru #22

Stacey Hanke

Stacey is author of two books; Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday® and Yes You Can! Everything You Need to Know From A to Z to Influence Others To Take Action. Her books provide practical and immediate skills and techniques that have given thousands the ability to enhance their influence Monday to Monday®. Stacey helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery — to persuade, sell, influence and communicate face-to-face with a clear message. She has trained and presented to thousands to rid business leaders of bad body language habits and to choose words wisely in the financial industry to the healthcare industry to government and everyone in between. Her client list is vast from Coca-Cola, FedEx, Kohl’s, United States Army, Navy and Air Force, McDonald’s, Publicis Media, Nationwide, US Cellular, Pfizer, GE, General Mills and Abbvie. Her team works with Directors up to the C-Suite. In addition to her client list, she has been the Emcee for Tedx. She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on media outlets including; The New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive, SmartMoney magazine, The Economist and Business Week. She is a Certified Speaking Professional—a valuable accreditation earned by less than 10% of speakers worldwide.

Her work ethic was forged in her childhood years, growing up on a farm. She gave up the pitchfork to take her message across the country, and to help leaders see and hear what their audiences see and hear rather than what they believe to be true. She gives executives what has been described as the “greatest gift of all” – to see themselves as others see them.

She helps us to influence others to take action Monday to Monday®.

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Guru #23

Kindra Hall

Kindra Hall is President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, a consulting firm focused on the strategic application of storytelling to today’s communication challenges. Kindra is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers trusted by global brands to deliver presentations and trainings that inspire teams and individuals to better communicate the value of their company, their products and their individuality through strategic storytelling.

Kindra is a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales. She is a contributing editor to SUCCESS Magazine and was guest faculty at the Harvard Medical School. Her book, Stories that Stick debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List and Forbes said it “may be the most valuable business book you read.” Kindra’s message spans all industries and her clients include Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Tyson Foods, Target and Berkshire Hathaway and many others.

What began as a storytelling assignment in 5th grade, grew into a passion for not only telling stories, but a mastery for teaching others the methods and science of storytelling so they can better tell their own.

She was a National Champion storyteller (yes, they have those), a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network and has her master’s degree in communications where she conducted original research studying the role of storytelling in defining and revealing organizational culture.

Regardless of the industry, Kindra has become a conference favorite for her clients. The blend of inspiration and education in her keynotes mean that audiences leave feeling excited and equipped to finally put their stories to work in a tangible way. Kindra lives in Manhattan with her husband, young son and daughter. When she is not traveling around the world speaking, Kindra can usually be found at spin class or in Central Park with her family.

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Guru #24

Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll is a coach, trainer, speaker, author 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, Amgen, A.P. Moller-Maersk, Baltic Management Institute, Baxter, Baxalta, Cisco Systems, Dow, Dupont, Duracell, Eaton, Edwards School of Business, Ernst & Young, European Stability Mechanism, Ferring, HEC Lausanne, Hewlett Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, International Horse Federation, Merck Serono, Medtronic, Microsoft, Medicines For Malaria, Nestlé, Nespresso, Novartis, Parker, P&G, Saatchi & Saatchi, Shire, Swiss Post, Takeda, 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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Marjorie Brody

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 global Leadership Communications 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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Diana Kawarsky

Diana is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc. an on-the-job learning boutique firm based in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada.

She is a senior training & development professional with over 20 years of experience in delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia.

Diana has worked with organizations in many industries —including finance, legal, telecommunications, health care, manufacturing, transportation, natural resources, not-for-profit and governments and crown corporations. Her experience has breadth from working with a variety of professionals from new hires to seasoned executives, C Suite level; totaling over 20,000 clients to date.

Diana is amongst the top 3% of teaching faculty student rankings at the Schulich Executive Education Centre of the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is also a Certified Coaching Professional (CCP) working one-on-one in-person and remotely building individual success skills.

In 2016 Diana’s first book Soft Skills Volume 1, was published; a clever go-to resource for professionals to make thoughtful choices to improve themselves and set themselves up for success.

In 2019 Diana’s first E-book The Soft Cs, was published; it delivers high impact content with a great sense of humour; providing the insights and tools that you need to put your best self forward.

In 2020 Diana invited to join the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council to provide feedback to editors, preview new content, and weigh in on ideas from Harvard Business Review & wider world of management and leadership.

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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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Dr Louise Mahler

PhD, B.Econ, B.Mus, M.App.Sc, Grad. Dip.Mus, L.Mus.A (Winner RMIT’s Vice Chancellor’s Research Award for Innovation)

While completing her awarded PhD, Louise observed a missing ingredient in corporate leadership, an understanding of the mind-body-voice connection she calls Vocal Intelligence. By helping people to develop the skills behind each she is able to create discernible, positive change. Added to her understanding of the psychology behind high-stake engagements and the structures for handling emotion, these became the foundation of the Mahler Method, a program for leaders who wish to excel.

Mahler is an expert in body language, voice and emotion, with a PhD in business, and degrees and masters in organisational psychology as well as music. Her skills as a master practitioner in neuro-linguistic programming combine with her professional performance experience on the worldwide opera stage to give her a unique perspective on what presence and authority entail.

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Tony Alessandra

Dr. Tony Alessandra helps companies turn prospects into promoters. He is two speakers in one… a professor and a performer, or as one client put it – he delivers college-level lectures in a comedy store format. Dr. Tony offers audiences the opportunity to enjoy themselves while learning practical, immediately applicable skills that positively affect their relationships with prospects, customers and co-workers. His focus is on how to create instant rapport with prospects, employees & vendors; how to convert prospects and customers into business apostles who will “preach the gospel” about your company and products; and how to out-market, out-sell and out-service the competition.

  He is also a prolific author with 30 books translated into over 50 foreign language editions, including the newly revised, best-selling The NEW Art of Managing PeopleCharismaThe Platinum RuleCollaborative Selling; and Communicating at Work.

 He is featured in over 100 audio/video programs and films, including DISC Relationship StrategiesThe Dynamics of Effective Listening; and Gaining the EDGE in Competitive Selling. He is also the originator of the internationally recognized behavioral style assessment tool – The Platinum Rule®.

 Dr. Alessandra was inducted into the NSA Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985.  In 2009, he was inducted as one of the “Legends of the Speaking Profession;” in 2010-2014, he was selected 5 times as one of the Speakers.com Top 5 Sales/ Marketing/ Customer Service Speakers by Speaking.com; in 2010, Tony was elected into the inaugural class of the Top Sales World Sales Hall of Fame; in 2012,  he was voted one of the Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers; and also in 2012, Dr. Tony wasvoted the #1 World’s Top Communication Guru.

 Recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as “one of America’s most electrifying speakers,” Tony’s polished style, powerful message, and proven ability as a consummate business strategist consistently earn rave reviews and loyal clients.

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Julian Treasure

Julian is a sound and communication expert. He travels the world training people to listen better and create healthier sound. He is author of the books How to be Heard and Sound Business.

Julian’s five TED talks have been watched more than 80 million times. His latest, How to speak so that people want to listen, is in the top 10 TED talks of all time. Julian is regularly featured in the world’s media, including TIME Magazine, The Times, The Economist and the BBC.

Julian is also founder of The Sound Agency. The audio-branding company asks and answers the question “How does your brand sound?”. The Sound Agency work with some of the world’s biggest brands to improve their sound. Their award-winning work has made headlines internationally.

Julian’s love of sound stems from his early experience as a musician. He was a drummer for British band The Transmitters, amongst many others, and played on their second Peel Session in 1981.

Before The Sound Agency, Julian spent 30 years working in advertising and publishing. He founded, grew and sold contract magazine publishing agency TPD. Nowadays, Julian splits his time between London and Orkney, where he lives with his fiancee and youngest daughter

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