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Harrison Monarth

 

Harrison Monarth

Harrison Monarth is a leader in the field of persuasive communication and speaker coaching. One of the most sought-after speech coaches in the United States, he regularly prepares CEOs, senior executives, political candidates, and other leading professionals for high-stakes presentations and speaking opportunities.

Harrison has personally coached leaders from major organizations in financial services, technology, medical, legal, hospitality, and consumer industries, as well as real estate, nonprofit and politics. His client list includes 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 Congress.

Known for his intensive and caring coaching style, Harrison easily gets clients to open up and embrace the powerful communication strategies and techniques he teaches. He gently pushes his clients to excellence, as he shows them how to communicate with maximum impact, verbally, nonverbally and with optimized vocal tonality. Internationally, Harrison’s coaching has been in demand by individuals and organizations in Berlin, Budapest, London, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow and Vienna.

A New York Times Bestseller, Harrison’s book, The Confident Speaker (McGraw-Hill 2007), is based on years of research and practice in the field of persuasive communication and high-impact speaking.

Training and consulting specialties: executive presentation and speaker coaching, storytelling for executives, presentation skills training, intercultural communications, public speaking for professionals, persuasion skills training, managing audience emotions, and media coaching.

Other services: keynote speaker; special event speaker.

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Dr. Larina Kase

 

Dr. Larina Kase

Larina Kase, Psy.D., M.B.A., is an expert in the reduction of anxiety for optimal performance. As a clinician and a coach, she has helped hundreds of clients to manage anxiety and stress to achieve success in their professional and personal lives.

As a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety, Dr. Kase has been part of the foremost international research and treatment programs in the reduction of anxiety. She helps people understand the nervousness that arises in performance or speaking situations and turn that anxiety into positive energy.

Dr. Kase has worked as a manager and supervisor at a Fortune 500 Company, a human resources consultant, a salesperson, and a corporate psychology consultant. She has coached executives from companies such as the Limited, MCI, Victoria's Secret, and Ernst & Young.

Dr. Kase received her Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Cornell University, and completed her Master of Business Administration in marketing and management and her Doctor of Psychology at Wright State University. She is intrigued by the application of psychology principles to coaching and consultation and has received national academic and media recognition for her work.

Training and consulting specialties: reduction of anxiety in interpersonal conversations or public speaking, changing focus of attention, confronting the fear of speaking up in meetings, expressing disagreement, being assertive, and communicating with top-level executives.

Other services: workshop facilitator, special event speaker, group process facilitator

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Doug Gamble

 

Doug Gamble

Having worked in radio, advertising, public relations, and as a newspaper columnist, Doug Gamble is best known as a writer of humor and speech material for President Ronald Reagan—including some of Reagan’s most memorable lines in the 1984 re-election campaign—and President George H.W. Bush.

Doug was among those who helped "The Great Communicator" communicate, writing for President Reagan from February, 1984 until the end of his second term. He wrote for George Bush throughout his 1988 presidential campaign and his presidency. Doug has since continued writing humor, "soundbites," and speech material for some of America's most prominent figures in the fields of politics, entertainment and business.

Political candidates and officeholders at virtually every level of government, as well as CEOs of Fortune 500 corporations, count on his sharp wit and highly effective use of humor to help them create winning speeches and persuasive presentations.

As the GuruMaker expert in crafting powerful, memorable content laced with highly effective and relevant humor, Doug describes his work this way:

"A lot of what I do is in conjunction with political or corporate speech writers, where I'll work from a draft and add humor, not just at the beginning to get the speaker off to a good start, but throughout the body of the speech to reinforce certain points in an entertaining way. I'll also add so-called sound bite lines that serve to help the speaker communicate various points and ideas in a creative manner that the audience finds memorable. This 'speech doctoring' usually makes a good speech even better and adds elements of impact that would otherwise be missing.

"In a political campaign, and/or while a politician is in office, I provide a steady stream of humor and sound bites for use in speeches, debates, news conferences, media interviews, or however the material will best help the person advance his or her cause. This includes self-deprecating humor, lines that jab at an opponent, lines that help 'sell' a position on the issues, and material that is tailored to a specific audience, location or event.

Training and consulting specialties: speech writing, political campaign speeches;, senior-level business presentations, roast writing, humorous one-liners and witticisms for media appearances, sound bite writing.

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Larry Tracy

 

Larry Tracy

President Ronald Reagan described Larry Tracy as “an extraordinarily effective speaker.” Larry earned that praise for his success at speaking on controversial policy issues to some of the toughest audiences in the country.

Larry, a former army colonel, originally managed and trained the Pentagon’s top briefing team, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Presentation Division. He was responsible for daily strategic intelligence briefings to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, Congressional staffs, and other Washington decision-makers.

Larry's speaking skills were noticed. The State Department snapped him up to deliver several hundred presentations across the country on contentious foreign policy issues. Most of Larry's public appearances took the form of debates in front of demanding, often hostile, audiences. The White House and the State Department invariably handed the most difficult speaking assignments to Larry. His superior described him as “the State Department’s most sought-after and articulate spokesman.”

Larry has a rare skill. He can train speakers and presenters to convert an audience that has already made up its mind. He is the embodiment of the GuruMaker philosophy and a cornerstone of the team. Larry is fluent in Spanish and has been a frequent guest on Spanish-language news and TV channels.

Training and consulting specialties: presentation skills for executives, intercultural communications, public speaking for professionals, persuasion skills training, managing audience emotions, and media coaching.

Other services: keynote speaker, special event speaker.

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Laura Sheaks

 

Laura Sheaks

Laura Sheaks is a professional actress and the GuruMaker specialist in story development and connecting emotionally with an audience. Prior to joining GuruMaker, Laura was based in New York City, having signed with some of the largest talent agencies in the world: Cunningham, Escot, Dipene and Harter Manning.

Her studies and research with various world-renowned teachers enabled her to pull from a broad base of knowledge and combine performance and acting techniques to constantly hone and deepen her craft. As a result, her solid acting career includes appearing in thousands of commercials and playing the love interest of Gabriel Byrne in his series Madigan Men.

As the acting and media coach for GuruMaker, Laura coaches CEOs, executives, and professionals from varied industries on how to be perceived as confident, authentic, and credible by their audiences. Her expertise in vocal performance, perception management, and persuasive storytelling is an invaluable asset, helping GuruMaker’s clients get their message across with impact, clarity, and emotional richness.

Training and consulting specialties: presentation skills for executives, intercultural communications, public speaking for professionals, managing audience emotions, and media coaching.

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Tia Marlier

 

Tia Marlier

Tia Marlier is the GuruMaker expert in voice development and media presence. She is an established, in-demand voice-over and on-camera talent. Her national credits include hosting HGTV’s “Dream Drives” show and the network’s series, “Historic Homes Of…”.

In addition to years of television and radio commercial experience, her “live” spokesperson work includes eight years as a professional trade show presenter for national corporations across the industries. A twenty year career as a professional vocalist, stage actor and singing teacher rounds out her solid understanding of voice mechanics and technique, providing her with the ability to clearly communicate the best ways to utilize and project the voice.

Her B.A. in Telecommunications led to a ten-year radio career in news, culminating in a four-year stint at NPR's Colorado Public Radio. Tia also has studied voice extensively with renowned voice expert Dr. Scott Martin.

With a passion for the human voice, Tia provides GuruMaker clients with the tools necessary for proper and effective use of the voice for overall image, confidence, and communication strength. With her compassionate coaching style, Tia ensures that GuruMaker clients learn to develop the powerful instrument that is the human voice.

Training and consulting specialties: vocal awareness, breath support, proper use and care of the voice, accent modification, media coaching, snf spokesperson training.

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In addition to our core team, a highly skilled corps of GuruMaker Associates adds a wide variety of experience to our training programs. Contributing experts include best-selling authors, network journalists, award-winning actors and voice coaches, multi-lingual interpreters, and former Wall Street executives.

Call us toll-free at (866) 806-4366 or locally at (720) 394-7999 or e-mail info@gurumaker.com to talk about how the GuruMaker team can improve your communications. Or see for yourself how GuruMaker coaching programs can change lives and fortunes.

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