The first week of December held a lot of meaning for me: this week, Global Public Speaking celebrated its first year of teaching public speaking and presentation skills in Washington, DC.

Exactly one year ago, I moved my business to DC because I felt that this was a place where people came with a sense of purpose and passion, and I wanted to help them give voice to their vision. The response has been overwhelming and inspiring: in our first year in DC, we worked with over 30 different companies, nonprofits, federal agencies, and international organizations. We:

  • Helped women around the world find their voice and speak up, whether to run for office or start a company
  • Helped managers at international organizations explain their important work in clear, jargon-free language
  • Helped diplomats speak with confidence and eloquence in a foreign language
  • Helped salespeople find their authentic passion to give powerful sales pitches
  • Helped scientists convey complex technologies so that policymakers can take action
  • Helped elected officials create an authentic connection with their constituents
  • Helped entrepreneurs create compelling investor pitches
  • Helped DC public school principals use stories to inspire their students, parents, and teachers
  • Helped young Latino leaders speak with passion and confidence
  • Helped Iraqi undergraduates use authentic elevator speeches to build relationships in the United States.

And this is just the beginning: 2014 brings with it speaking and training programs in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East – as well as Boston, NY, and DC.

Thank you to all the colleagues, partners, and friends who helped us get to this point. It’s exiting and exhilarating and I look forward to continuing our growth and our impact together as we help people find their voice.