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Great communicators aren't born. They're trained.

Many professionals—from salespeople and scientists to CEOs—deliver speeches and presentations but fail to make meaningful points, leaving their audiences unmoved and unimpressed. Do they miss the mark because they're simply "bad public speakers" or have inadequate experience as leaders or presenters?

No, no, and no.

Presenters fail when they don’t have points. They may not even know what a point is—confusing points with topics, themes, definitions, observations, catchphrases, or titles. Not having a real point renders them pointless, and being pointless is by far the biggest cause of rambling, audience disconnection, and communication epic fail.


Joel's interactive workshop demonstrates what a point is, how to sharpen it, and how to champion it regardless of your field, background, stature, or audience, including "start tomorrow" advice on making your words matter in speeches, emails, remarks, video meetings, charts, and PowerPoint slides.

Spotlight Option: Elevate Your Ideas and Presence in Virtual Meetings


When workplace meetings shifted from real to virtual platforms, many assumed their communication and presentation approaches could stay the same. But a room is not a Zoom. Meeting attendees and presenters must adopt new communication mindsets and tactics to maximize the new medium. In this interactive workshop, I'll show you how to enhance your points, presence, and impact from the other side of the screen.

Spotlight Option: Make Your Emails More Effective

Even the best presenters and speakers make common email-writing mistakes that sabotage the impact of their points. This workshop—including tactics on subject lines, successful point-making, and vital human touches—will help you write emails that receive proper attention, convey ideas quickly, and inspire the right response.

Spotlight Option: Nail Your Next Job Interview

Responding effectively to classic job interview questions about your background, strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and yourself requires knowing what the interviewer really wants—not just what they're asking—and how to respond with points that are unique, concise and persuasive. Combining practical tactics, exercises, and mock interviews, this workshop will train your mind and mouth to work together to convince employers you're the right person for the job.

Workshop Takeaways

  • How to identify, sharpen, and champion your point

  • How to use "power periods," volume, and pauses to your advantage

  • How to interact effectively with your notes, charts, and PowerPoint slides

  • How to start and finish with confidence and impact

  • How to decrease public speaking anxiety

  • How to eliminate distractions and strengthen your points on virtual meeting platforms like Zoom, Skype, and MS Teams.

  • How to elevate the impact of your emails

  • How to answer job interview questions in ways that project competence, confidence, and authenticity

  • How to listen more effectively


Joel was very engaging and personable, and we walked away with new insight and tools to use throughout our work. In fact, colleagues stated they learned more during Joel’s talk than they did during an entire college course on public speaking.

—Linda Najok, Global Compensation Analyst and Event Coordinator, American Express

"Our scientists and engineers found tremendous value in Joel’s framework for how to make an impactful point that sticks with an audience. The workshop was practical and applied, so people were able to work on their points in real time with Joel. He is an engaging and entertaining presenter and would be a good fit for any audience!"

—Jenny Lloyd-Strovas, Manager of the Strategic Engagement Training Program at Sandia National Labs

"What sets Joel apart is that he really knows how to make his point and keep his audience engaged, a skill essential for presentations to large audiences. But more than being an engaging speaker, he takes that skill and imparts it to the participants. The individual attention Joel provided to our managers yielded results almost instantaneously from tips on the importance of making a point and proving it, to the basics of how to position yourself in front of the audience."

- Risa Weinstock, President & CEO, Animal Care Centers of NYC

"Joel provided one of the most user-friendly trainings that I have received in my professional career. I can honestly say that after one day with Joel, I picked up several tips that I believe will make me a more effective public speaker. I would highly recommend him for experienced and novice speakers and pretty much anyone in between."


- Daniel Elbaum, Assistant Executive Director and Director of Regional Offices, American Jewish Committee

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