Executive Communications: Step up to the Mic

Bold Speaking for Greater Impact

More and more researchers - psychologists, linguists, leadership experts - are saying, “HOW you speak matters as much as WHAT you say!”

  • Do you leave meetings wishing you had made a better impression?
  • Do you see “Needs Executive Presence?” on your review?
  • Do you speak up at meetings, but no one listens?
  • Do you offer ideas, but someone else gets the credit?
  • Do your hands shake or does your voice quiver during a presentation?

These communication ills may be holding you back. This BOLD Speaking Program guarantees quick cures. You’ll learn four basic bedrocks of BOLD Speaking that will help you become more impactful anytime, anywhere, with any audience.

  • Believable                       
  • On – Target
  • Likable
  • Daring 

HOW you speak determines how your people will follow! Discover simple BOLD Speak Tweaks - micro- acts to maximize your message:  

  • Your voice type and how it helps delivery
  • Voice variation to hold audience attention
  • Gestures to augment your message
  • Eye contact to connect quickly
  • “Stall Language” that keeps you from getting to the point
  • Death by PODIUM and what to do about it
  • Fixes for Umms and Errs
  • Zoom help – how to maintain your 3D personality
  • 25 Power Point Points

“HOW you interact with others IS your personal brand.” Risa Ganel, Relationship Therapist and Author.

4x TV Emmy Winner, and leader of this program, Jan Fox, says: “Your story is the HEART of your personal brand.” You will discover your most important stories and learn to tell them well. Stories move your audience! Stories matter!

Learning Objectives:

  • Master Speak Tweaks to reach and connect with your audience immediately.
  • Find out how your body language directly impacts your leadership ability.
  • Discover how to get rid of speaker jitters to feel (and appear) more confident in front of teams or bosses.
  • Tell your story for immediate believability.
  • Use Q & A to leave a lasting impression. 
  • Inject humor to add value to your session.
  • Erase concerns about Executive Presence forever!

Special Note for Women:
Do you know the four big communication mistakes many women make? We can fix them on the spot. “She who speaks best, goes to the top of the leader board.” Jan Fox

Proven Outcomes:

  • Advance your career
  • Serve important stakeholders
  • Inspire those around you
  • Collaborate for greater success

Target Audience:

This BOLD Speaking program produces results for leaders at all levels across all sectors who:

  • Aspire to positions of greater influence
  • Want to ensure their vision is compelling
  • Need to boost their speaking presence in large convenings or small meetings
  • Seek new skills in effective communication for everyday business.


One-on-One Coaching and Customization:
GWU offers the opportunity for session participants to receive individual, customized coaching with Jan Fox. Testimonials and more information are available upon request.

Step Up to the Mic can be customized for on-site teams, boards, other groups, or for special presentations.



The Modules

  • Introduction to BOLD Speaking
  • Needs assessment
  • Understanding Basic Bedrocks of BOLD Speaking
  • Becoming Believable
  • Speaker Checklist for Perfecting On-Target Speaking
  • Likable and First Impression Exercises
  • Daring to Stand in Hope for the Audience
  • Using EVA Listening for Instant Connection 
  • Executive Presence Checklist     
  • Practice Exercises

  • BOLD Speak Tweaks
  • Body Language – Recognize it in your Audience and Adjust your own for Maximum Impact
  • Reduce Speaker Jitters
  • Understand Importance of Moods and use of Passion
  • Discover Humor Techniques
  • Q&A Practice

  • Storytelling as Heart of Your Personal Brand
  • Storytelling to Sell or Persuade
  • Story Finding and Practice
  • 20 Minute Talk Outline

  • 25 Power Point Points
  • Hot Seat Critiques
  • Evaluations
  • What’s Next?

Professional Development Units:
Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive 2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
NOTE: The program does not offer academic credits from GW.


  2023: April 27-28


Venue: Online


Tuition Price: 
  $1,950/person ($1,755 for GW CEPL alumni)

For more information and to apply contact:

Kateryna Pyatybratova
Marketing and Business Development Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-817-9176 

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