Executive Presentation Skills 

The Genard Method's executive presentation skills training.

Improve your public speaking for business!

If you're looking to up your game in professional speaking situations, we can help. Our Executive Speech Coaching program is custom-made to build your knowledge and abilities quickly. You'll be working 1:1 with speech expert Dr. Gary Genard, an actor, communications professor, and coach to executives worldwide. You'll learn theater-based techniques to become a compelling communicator who speaks with absolute authority and impact.

Dr. Genard's coaching provides a “toolkit” of methods and approaches that will dramatically improve your confidence and executive presence. You'll discover your own voice to speak memorably and successfully in any situation. From executive search interviews to pitches, from earnings calls to board presentations, from keynotes to media appearances, you'll learn how to engage listeners, create emotional connections, and get audiences to perceive you exactly the way you want them to.

“I recently spoke at the White House as part of the Global Connectivity Initiative for 2020. Your speech coaching has brought a new level of calmness, thoughtfulness and professionalism to my career. Thank you!”

Michael Murray, General Manager of Industrial Sensing, Analog Devices

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Speaking for Persuasion

  • Analyzing your audience
  • Being clear on your purpose
  • Creating content to achieve that purpose
  • The C.U.R.E. Method of persuasion

Module 2: Developing Your Message

  • Writing vs. speaking
  • Using logic and language
  • Clarity and conciseness

Module 3: Breathing, Relaxation, and Focus

  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Calming your nerves
  • Stage presence and achieving 100% focus

Module 4: How to Start and End a Speech

  • The Grabber: Launching your speech
  • The Clincher: Ending vividly and memorably

Module 5: Voice and Speech Improvement

  • Vocal expressiveness: energy, pitch, pacing, and silence
  • Using your voice to influence others
  • Bringing your content to life

Module 6: Body Language

  • Stance, movement and gestures
  • How to command a stage
  • Achieving physical expression

Module 7: Achieving Executive Presence

  • Becoming a passionate speaker
  • Storytelling
  • Speaking with maximum focus and discipline
  • Using metaphors, comparisons and anecdotes
  • Proficiency with PowerPoint, notes, or a manuscript

Module 8: Handling Q & A and Challenges

  • The 7 Danger Zones of Q & A
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Dealing with resistance

Speech Coaching Options

The Executive Speech Coaching program features 1:1 instruction with speech coach Dr. Genard in our Greater Boston office or at your location. The course consists of 10 hours of private instruction.  Your work with Dr. Genard will be completely private and confidential. Choose from the following options:

  • Eight 75-minute weekly sessions  (Standard)
  • Four 2.5-hour sessions (Accelerated)
  • Two 5-hour sessions on consecutive days (Intensive)
  • Presentation Coaching to prepare for a specific event is available on a short-term basis.

Following an assessment, activities and assignments will be customized to closely match your needs and goals. Materials include Dr. Genard’s Executive Speech Coaching Handbook and his books How to Give a Speech and Fearless Speaking. Extensive videotaping of practice presentations with expert critiques and feedback is a core component of this course.

Final Assessment and Follow-Up

Recommendations for continued individual improvement are provided at the end of the course. Follow-up and ongoing learning is available through telephone, Skype, or in-person sessions. You can also continue to learn through Dr. Genard’s blog Speak for Success!, monthly newsletter, videos, free resources on this website and publications. Review and critique by Dr. Genard of your videotaped speech or presentation is also available.

Call (617) 993-3410 or contact us to learn more.