“Connecting as a communicator isn't about trying to become someone else — it's about reaching inside yourself and bringing out the best of what is uniquely you.”Ron Ricci / Vice President / Market Positioning / Cisco Systems
For over forty years Speakeasy has provided personal growth, communication development and consulting services to some of the most influential business leaders in the world.
There is a unifying philosophy that underpins everything the company does. It’s a belief that our focus must always remain on the individual — that everything that individual needs to be a great communicator already exists within them. Our work is drawing out the best of who that person is.
The Leaders Edge : Growing to a Global Enterprise
CEO and Owner, Scott Weiss sat down with CEOToday to discuss creating lasting client relationships, the importance of honesty in communication and Speakeasy’s unique approach.
Data doesn’t communicate… people do!
We’ve never been more able to assemble, analyze, compare and distribute data than we are today. We know more about how many, how much, where it came from and where it’s likely to go than we ever have. We share it, sell it (sometimes questionable!) and stuff it into everything we say to each other. Data is everywhere, and yet we still have such a difficult time solving problems, driving business, and achieving success.
“If you are a leader with responsibility and influence, this book is addressed to you. As the title suggests, they will ask you to accept a challenge, a DARE.”Scott Weiss / Author of DARE
The Bestselling Book from Scott Weiss
“If business is going to win over today’s cynical stakeholders, it will be by following the path laid out in this lively and thought-provoking book.
Here’s hoping leaders will read it and heed it.”
– Anne Fisher
Hearing vs. Listening
According to an Ohio University study, the average adult spends about 70% of their waking hours communicating in one form or another. Most people assume that listening, unlike the learned skills of reading, writing and speaking, is a natural activity… one requiring minimal effort by anyone without physical impairment. But it’s not that simple as listening is a complex activity of partly physical and partly emotional skills.
At a time when discerning truth from fiction has never been more difficult, it has never been more important for you to be sure that you are saying exactly what you mean to say.
Our learning environments have been designed for your comfort, stimulation and ultimate success.
Using powerful communication to drive real results is critical to your success. And helping you develop into the best communicator you can be is critical to ours. To do that, we’ve developed a full continuum of programs and services designed to address every aspect of your communication development.
We’ve also taken great care to create a working environment that allows you to take best advantage of every aspect of your experience with us.
“Business today knows few boundaries, and managers, regardless of location or culture, recognize the need to truly connect in order to drive the business results they want.”Scott Weiss / President & CEO, Speakeasy
Speakeasy has provided communication and personal development services to leaders all over the world for over forty years – it’s not unusual for us to have instructors and consultants on three or more continents at any given time. But our global clients have become more and more vocal about their need for greater access to regularly scheduled programs in Europe, and Asia… and we’re pleased to oblige.
We now operate full office and classroom facilities in Amsterdam, conducting ongoing, open-enrollment offerings – marking the first time in the company’s history that business leaders could individually join a program outside Speakeasy’s three domestic offices. We’ve also opened operational hubs delivering on-going open-enrollment programs in Hong Kong and India – and we’ve supplemented our three domestic offices with similar hubs in Boston, and Chicago.
““We launched programs in Amsterdam two years ago to serve business leaders across the world who recognized the value of communicating in multiple global theaters. Speakeasy Amsterdam is the product of the overwhelming response we received as we continue our global expansion.” ”Scott Weiss / CEO of Speakeasy Inc.
Speakeasy’s Amsterdam Office
After years of providing client-site programs worldwide, we’re proud to announce the opening of a permanent office and learning environment in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The facility began full-time operations in the first quarter of 2015.
Speakeasy Amsterdam tackles the demand for greater access to programs voiced by clients across the European market. The permanent facility allows our clients with strong European presence access to regularly scheduled programs in our proprietary open-enrollment format – where communication learning moves to personal development and real communication behavioral change.
Powerful Communication. It’s how you get things done.
You know that powerful communication skills are essential to your success. That’s how you make things happen. It’s how you get results, how you move markets... and how you motivate both your prospects and your staff. It’s critical to effective leadership – to transferring knowledge and vision, inspiring others, and ultimately… driving the bottom line.
The truth is, it takes more than public speaking training or presentation skills to become a great communicator. It takes real work… not in changing who you are, but in becoming more of who you are. It’s a journey that begins when you get better connected to who you are and how the world sees you when you communicate,
and quickly moves to your openness to honestly connecting with others. Eventually you move beyond presentations and public speaking and learn to build trust – the foundation of effective leadership in today’s world.
Speakeasy's individually-driven development curriculums, developed over almost forty years or global leadership in the communication training industry, are designed to open you up to the real possibilities that exist for you in the world of powerful connection-based communication.Read More
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Communication Is Becoming the Growing Liability for Those Trying to Succeed
A Global Commitment to learning and development
For more than forty years Speakeasy has delivered Open-Enrollment programs from our offices in Atlanta Georgia, and later from offices in San Francisco and New York. And while – since our inception – we’ve provide on-site work for clients all over the world, we’ve recently expanded our Open-Enrollment commitment to additional cities in the US, to Europe and to Asia.
Check out the map to see details about our current regularly scheduled Open-Enrollment locations.
Don’t see your location? Can’t travel to one of our learning environments? We can bring the Speakeasy experience to you. Contact any of our US locations for more information.
These programs focus on how you use the content of your communication to really connect with your most critical audiences...
These programs focus on how you use the content of your communication to really connect with your most critical audiences.
They move beyond presentation skills training and helps you learn to think more strategically, be more results oriented and more listener focused in pulling together the spoken, written or visual content of any communication you make.
These programs address the other critical side of the communication equation – how you use your voice, your body, your energy… your presence, to build real connection and trust when you speak. Effective speaking skills are only the beginning in these programs...
These programs address the other critical side of the communication equation – how you use your voice, your body, your energy… your presence, to build real connection and trust when you speak. Effective speaking skills are only the beginning in these programs.
They are specifically designed to start you on your own journey of discovery about how the world sees you when you communicate and what your vision of an ideal communicator is… and then, to help you move toward that vision by developing your own unique and powerful communication style.
Speakeasy also has advanced programs and consulting services that move beyond just communication skills. We deliver advanced programs and consulting services that build upon your initial communication development experiences with us...
Speakeasy also has advanced programs and consulting services that move beyond just communication skills. We deliver advanced programs and consulting services that build upon your initial communication development experiences with us.
Our advanced programs expand your initial gains to the more complex and interactive communication skills that drive effective leadership in today’s world. From powerful Q&A sessions to the world of virtual meetings, these programs are designed to help address every aspect of your communication development. Our consulting services, use the same principles and philosophies of authentic communication that are the foundation of our developmental programs to actually create communication content and strategy for your most critical communication opportunities. From meeting message planning and speech-writing to individual coaching and visual communication and design services our consultants work with you to create the actual communication that will get you the results you need.
Each one of us has the ability to touch and influence others, yet no two of us can do it in the same way. Connecting as a communicator isn’t about trying to become someone else – it’s about reaching inside yourself and bringing out the best of what is uniquely you.
Our team had some very special needs when it came to planning our presentations and this process gave us all the tools we needed to address them. The way it keeps us focused, both as individuals and as a group, has really had an impact. And the basic concepts go even further — they really help keep us aligned as a team. We’re much more consistent across all of our communication.
Frank and honest communication among team members helps create an energy that makes anything possible. When you openly share ideas and feelings you reach a higher level of trust — and working from trust is critical to getting results.
I’ve taken other programs, and this is one I believe in strongly. The coaching and the practice were great. I’ve seen a marked improvement in my communication skills — but more importantly I’ve felt a real increase in my confidence. I left knowing what to do and really believing that I could do it.
How you deliver a message is every bit as important as the message content — and a smooth, polished delivery is no substitute for believability! That’s exactly where Speakeasy has helped me be more effective in understanding, and speaking to the needs of my audience. The exercises and colleague critiques are done in a very supportive, non-threatening way that really help you work on your individual needs. The basic learning’s are still effective in my day to day communications — they really help me bring “myself” to any communications setting.
To remain competitive in a global economy driven by human, as well as intellectual capital, it’s critical that leaders at all levels develop the ability to connect with and motivate others — and that they commit to developing that ability in those they lead.
Great communication takes more than knowing the result you want for yourself. When you also focus on your listeners – and their needs – you connect in a way that makes things happen. You create an energy that helps everyone move forward together.
To communicate in a way that makes things happen, you must shift your focus from your concerns to the concerns of your listeners. By seeing the situation and yourself through their eyes, you’ll find a link that will move everyone together.
The program certainly reinforced the Speakeasy methods I learned previously — but this is far more than just additional practice time. The program provides critical insights on how to really reach your audience. In my opinion, this is simply the best training available to take you to the next level.
At this stage in my life it’s important that I interact on a more complete level with adults — in social, as well as interview situations. I have to get beyond just being comfortable and establish credibility. What I got most out of this program was the ability to speak more convincingly — a way to be more assertive and thoughtful with my communication — to be as commanding and as graceful in everyday conversation as the most engaging adults. That’s what it takes to get the edge I need.
Time is a precious commodity at our firm and this planning process is certainly making communication more efficient. But, beyond that, it’s making us more effective — more focused and results oriented in all forms of communication. It’s providing a framework for our professionals to work together and is fostering better teamwork. Effective communication, both internally and externally, is a key to corporate success, and this program is definitely positioning us to excel.
I was amazed at how much progress could be made in such a short period of time. The video taping, the straight feedback — everything combined to help me begin making real improvement immediately. And not just in formal presentations, but in all of my communication.
I use what I get from my work with Speakeasy to deal with the communication challenges I face every day. You can’t just go through the motions in these programs. They force you to stretch — to find real ways to get the real results you need.
The New Book from Scott Weiss / President and CEO of Speakeasy
“If you are a leader with responsibility and influence, this book is addressed to you. As the title suggests, you'll be asked to accept a challenge, a DARE.”
- Scott Weiss, Author of DARE
DARE is available online and in stores now
Find Your Inner Voice
Hear a few of the nation’s top men and women in business, leaders talking about how their work toward becoming a more powerful and effective communicator has helped them grow themselves and their organizations.