Our Philosophy

At Executive Speaking, we focus on delivering training with real world relevance…training that is proven to work. Our training will help you propel your career, promote your agendas, inspire action, and drive results in today’s high-pressure business world.

We believe in empowerment — we do not fit speakers into ideal-speaker boxes. Rather, our job is to help executives understand what choices they can make to develop signature speaking styles — styles that are authentic on a personal level and promote candor and collaboration at the team level.

Anett D. Grant
CEO, Executive Speaking, Inc.
Executive Speaking Coach

OUR DIFFERENCE

  • Experience
    Every concept and exercise you or your team will learn has been developed, tested, and proven by Anett Grant, a leading authority on business communication and speaking training since 1979. Anett has worked with leaders from 61 of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as countless midmarket and small businesses from all over the world.
  • Quality
    At Executive Speaking, our focus on quality is relentless. No makeshift hotel rooms. No ad hoc equipment. No glitches. We have a dedicated team that ensures every moment of your experience is flawless.
  • Technology
    We believe in capitalizing on the power of technology to help you become better, faster. Our programs feature custom-designed software, large-screen video playback, and top-quality acoustics and lighting.
  • Innovation
    Our programs feature tools and learning techniques that are at the forefront of the industry. We use kinesthetic exercises and experiential learning to maximize engagement and retention, and our Core-Satellite SystemTM is a proven tool for developing dynamic, flexible presentations.

TEAM BIOS

Anett Grant

As the founder/CEO of Executive Speaking, Anett has been coaching leaders and emerging leaders for the past 37 years.  She has coached CEOs of Fortune 10 companies, small business entrepreneurs, and every level in between. She has worked across nearly every industry in the business world, including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Technology, Food and Beverage, and Retail. Anett also has tremendous global experience, coaching leaders whose first language is Chinese, French, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, and many more.

In addition to coaching, Anett writes bi-weekly columns on speaking and leadership for Fast Company and The Business Journals and has had her perspectives on speaking published in Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Investor’s Business Daily, The Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Inc, Chief Learning Officer, and The Montreal Gazette. She has also had two academic studies published: Communication Essentials for Female Executives to Develop Leadership Presence in Business Horizons, the journal of the Kelley School of Business — as well as It’s More Than Just Talk: Patterns of CEO Impromptu Communication in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

Before coaching, Anett earned a B.Ed from McGill University, an MFA in Directing Theatre from the University of Minnesota, and was a theatre critic for The Minnesota Daily and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

 
 

Vanessa Wasche — Communication Coach

As our communication coach for Leadership Speaking Bootcamp 360, Vanessa is dedicated to helping people reach their maximum potential by providing tools that directly impact their leadership presence.

She holds a master’s degree from New York University’s prestigious graduate acting program and a BFA from University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater.

Vanessa joined Executive Speaking because she is passionate about helping others create a meaningful and authentic presence. She is thrilled about Leadership Speaking Bootcamp 360 because it allows people to make both immediate and lasting changes.

 
 

ZachZach Butzler — Writer/Editor

Zach Butzler is our staff writer and editor.  He graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. He also graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors, a distinction given to the top 1 percent of American graduates. Zach’s goal at Executive Speaking is to work hard every day helping ensure all company copy is held to a high standard of excellence, whether articles, marketing emails, or website content.

 

 Jesse Hoekstra — Client Liaison Manager

As Client Liaison Manager, Jesse Hoekstra is dedicated to ensuring every single person that comes to Executive Speaking has an experience that is unmatched in quality. Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English as well as licenses to teach in Wisconsin and Minnesota. After some time teaching, he changed career paths and thankfully found his way to us! Jesse’s goal at Executive Speaking is to work hard every day to improve the client experience.

 

Patrick Grant — Marketing Coordinator

As Marketing Coordinator, Patrick brings a combination of creativity and attention to detail to the team. He is instrumental in our photo and video editing process, as well as ensuring our email marketing program is running smoothly and efficiently. Patrick’s goal at Executive Speaking is to ensure client videos are held to a high standard of excellence, as well as to confirm that the right information is getting into the right hands.

Clients & Testimonials

We have coached over 8,000 leaders and have over 100 LinkedIn testimonials.

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    “The technology gave you insight into how you are perceived and how to help you learn.”

    —Operations Leader from Digital River

  •  

    “Fantastic program. I will walk away with far more tools than I could possibly put into practice for quite some time.”

    —HR Leader from Guardian Industries

  •  

    “Did not know what to expect coming in. You guys made it relevant and valuable.”

    —Sales Leader from Microchip

  •  

    “Practical, meaningful, and immediately applicable.”

    —Clinical Research Professional from Pfizer

  •  

    “Anett did excellent work customizing her content to meet my needs and expectations.”

    —Regional VP of Sales, Medtronic

    Regional VP of Sales, Medtronic
  •  

    “An investment that will return dividends for years.”

    —EVP, 3M

    EVP, 3M
  •  

    “Anett has a warm but candid style and uses the latest technology to diagnose specific areas of improvements and customizes her recommendations to address these issues.”

    —VP of HR, GE Healthcare

    VP of HR, GE Healthcare
  •  

    “Anett is the consummate professional and very passionate on the topic of executive speaking and communication. I would definitely recommend Anett to anyone who is interested in maximizing their communications potential.” 

    —CFO of North America Nutrition, PepsiCo

    CFO of North America Nutrition, PepsiCo
  • “Anett was a terrific coach and worked with me on concepts, not just cookie cutter presentation advice. She took the time to get to know me as a person and then developed her coaching based on unique feedback only for me. I incorporate my learnings everyday into casual conversations to presentations to our CEO. Thank you for the great advice, Anett!”

    Diane Cavuoto, VP – Strategic Sourcing, Honeywell
  • “Anett provided very valuable speech coaching to me. Her Core-Satellite System, which provides the ability to visualize the key message and related questions, is an excellent tool. I really appreciate the fact that Anett took the time to understand me and then worked to build my skills within that framework. She is very effective.

    John Albrecht, Chief Patent Counsel – Neuromodulation, Medtronic
  • “I had the good fortune to recently spend time with Anett as part of my executive development. Anett is the consummate professional and very passionate on the topic of executive speaking & communication. I would definitely recommend Anett to anyone who is interested in maximizing their communications potential.”

    Eric Christel, VP – Finance, PepsiCo
  • “I highly valued the personal coaching session with Anett. She quickly determined the areas of improvement and then through a complete process targeted those areas with demonstrated results. An investment that will return dividends for years.”

    Jim Bauman, EVP, 3M

Clients & Testimonials

We have coached over 8,000 leaders and have over 100 LinkedIn testimonials.

  •  

    “The technology gave you insight into how you are perceived and how to help you learn.”

    —Operations Leader from Digital River

  •  

    “Fantastic program. I will walk away with far more tools than I could possibly put into practice for quite some time.”

    —HR Leader from Guardian Industries

  •  

    “Did not know what to expect coming in. You guys made it relevant and valuable.”

    —Sales Leader from Microchip

  •  

    “Practical, meaningful, and immediately applicable.”

    —Clinical Research Professional from Pfizer

  •  

    “Anett did excellent work customizing her content to meet my needs and expectations.”

    —Regional VP of Sales, Medtronic

    Regional VP of Sales, Medtronic
  •  

    “An investment that will return dividends for years.”

    —EVP, 3M

    EVP, 3M
  •  

    “Anett has a warm but candid style and uses the latest technology to diagnose specific areas of improvements and customizes her recommendations to address these issues.”

    —VP of HR, GE Healthcare

    VP of HR, GE Healthcare
  •  

    “Anett is the consummate professional and very passionate on the topic of executive speaking and communication. I would definitely recommend Anett to anyone who is interested in maximizing their communications potential.” 

    —CFO of North America Nutrition, PepsiCo

    CFO of North America Nutrition, PepsiCo
  • “Anett was a terrific coach and worked with me on concepts, not just cookie cutter presentation advice. She took the time to get to know me as a person and then developed her coaching based on unique feedback only for me. I incorporate my learnings everyday into casual conversations to presentations to our CEO. Thank you for the great advice, Anett!”

    Diane Cavuoto, VP – Strategic Sourcing, Honeywell
  • “Anett provided very valuable speech coaching to me. Her Core-Satellite System, which provides the ability to visualize the key message and related questions, is an excellent tool. I really appreciate the fact that Anett took the time to understand me and then worked to build my skills within that framework. She is very effective.

    John Albrecht, Chief Patent Counsel – Neuromodulation, Medtronic
  • “I had the good fortune to recently spend time with Anett as part of my executive development. Anett is the consummate professional and very passionate on the topic of executive speaking & communication. I would definitely recommend Anett to anyone who is interested in maximizing their communications potential.”

    Eric Christel, VP – Finance, PepsiCo
  • “I highly valued the personal coaching session with Anett. She quickly determined the areas of improvement and then through a complete process targeted those areas with demonstrated results. An investment that will return dividends for years.”

    Jim Bauman, EVP, 3M

OUR FACILITIES

Studio One — Suite 3610

Located on the 36th floor of the RBC Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, Studio One is our Private Coaching facility. Studio One features top quality acoustics, video, and lighting — embedded in an environment of comfort and creativity. You will also be provided with a personal office for working on assignments and handling any business issues that may arise throughout the day.

Studio Two — Suite 2550

Located on the 25th floor of the RBC Plaza, Studio Two is our Leadership Speaking Bootcamp 360 facility. The lounge area of Studio Two features beautiful views of Minneapolis and the Mississippi River, as well as comfortable furniture and a spacious feeling of openness and light. Inside the studio, you’ll find an intimate but comfortable space, three large-screen monitors, and iPads — the ideal environment for open, inclusive speaking.