My Story

I believe that charisma, confidence and an executive presence are physical actions that can be learned.  My techniques are very unconventional and are based on:

  • Neuroscience and evolutionary biology
  • Poker analysis
  • Modern police interrogation & lie detection
  • Professional wrestling & busking
  • Improv and Stand-up Comedy

My journey started when I was 19 years old. I was hired by the Attorney General’s Office of British Columbia and spent two years travelling the province; speaking to youths from 5-18 about racism and violence. I might be speaking to 60 kindergarten students in the morning and 4 at-risk teenagers (in a youth detention centre) in the afternoon. It was here where I discovered my first insight: People learn best by doing. In every situation we saw an increase in attention, energy and retention when we had volunteers! That is why my workshops are always highly interactive involving individual, partner and group work.

While at the Desautels School of Management at McGill  I was selected as one of the top 4 students in the program and as such travelled nationally and internationally representing the university in case competitions . From Copenhagen, to Dallas to Singapore this is where I had my second insight: Your presentation starts before you say a word. How much communication is supposed to be non-verbal? We make decisions in fractions of seconds based on what we see and we rarely remember what people say but we will always have an opinion about the speaker.  

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Training

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My Clients

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Before I graduated professors started asking me if I might teach their students how to present. That is when my love of teaching was born, but it was to take a back seat as I entered the corporate world.  You see before I became a trainer I worked in:

  • Finance - Morgan Stanley
  • Sales - Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Human Resources - University of British Columbia

A superpower is something you find easy but other people find impressive.  In all my professional positions I was always known as the one who could present well.  You see in every situation I would apply little brain hacks to break people out of their shell and to make our conversations unique.  

Throughout this time I kept communication as part of my life and became a Distinguished Toastmaster, which is the highest designation you can get in the Toastmaster system.

  I also turned a love for dancing into my first business.  A dance academy which at it’s peak had 4 locations. It was here that I started experimenting with teaching techniques and discovering that so much of what is taught doesn’t work!

I spent years researching what actually works when it comes to communication. I studied not just cognitive science and evolutionary biology but also talk show hosts, stand-up comics, poker players, buskers, professional wrestlers, ring announcers, police interrogators and more to get to the core of what it means to get someone else to listen and remember. 

Ideas are useless, unless you can translate them into physical tactics so I took everything I learned and tested it in the field to create a series of tools that can be applied to any speaking situation.   You see that is another thing that makes me different, I don’t just teach, I can back up any of my ideas not just with research but with real life examples.