Who We Are

Global Public Speaking LLC is one of the world’s foremost training and coaching firms for public speaking and presentation skills.

Our philosophy is based on the belief that every single one of us has something powerful to say – on behalf of ourselves or others.

Our mission is to help people find their unique voice, build their communication skills, and find their confidence to speak up on behalf of what they believe in.

We work with global brands, international nonprofits, and empowered individuals who want to speak with impact. We are committed to helping people develop their authentic speaking style to reveal the most confident, genuine version of themselves – both on stage and off stage.

Our Story

  • 2003

    Allison Shapira started Global Public Speaking LLC in Boston, MA. A former opera singer, she had been working in the field of diplomacy when she realized that everything she learned as a musician made her a powerful public speaker and communication coach. Allison started coaching individuals and training teams, all the while developing her unique methodology that blended musical principles with adult learning methods. She consulted with David Gergen, an advisor to four US Presidents when he taught the Arts of Communication at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ten years later, she would teach that course as an adjunct lecturer at Harvard.

  • 2012

    Allison took a leap of faith and moved the business to Washington, DC. She quickly developed an impressive list of clients and started to build training programs for Fortune 50 companies, international organizations, and the US Federal Government. Allison began consulting to the nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership and traveled around the world teaching communication skills to women leaders who are growing a business, launching a nonprofit, or running for office. She hired a talented administrative team to support her work.

  • 2017

    We invited other trainers and coaches to join us in order to expand the business and increase our impact. We found a passionate and incredibly knowledgeable team of experts and we trained them in our methodology.
    Soon after, Allison published Speak With Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others with HarperCollins Leadership, making her teaching and philosophy accessible to people around the world.

  • 2020

    In 2020, when 95% of Global Public Speaking’s business disappeared due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Allison and her team quickly pivoted to help leaders speak with impact in virtual settings, and Global Public Speaking became a sought-after resource in the field of virtual and hybrid communications.

  • Today

    Global Public Speaking LLC is one of the world’s foremost training and coaching firms for public speaking and presentation skills. We work with clients of all backgrounds and sectors, and every single person on our team is passionate about helping others find their voice and their courage to speak.

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