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.

JonathanJonathan Monson — Communication Coach

As one of our communication coaches, Jonathan is passionate about empowering people to make meaningful change in their lives.

He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he earned a master’s degree while studying anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.

Jonathan joined Executive Speaking because he wanted the chance to match his passion for helping others with his teaching and counseling skills. He is excited about Leadership Speaking Bootcamp 360 because the tools, skills, and strategies are adaptable for any level and any communication situation.

TravisTravis Hockert — Director of Administration

As Director of Administration, Travis is the point man for organizing all administrative support, marketing execution, and ensuring a superb client experience. Travis has a passion for data and analysis, ensuring that we capitalize on every technology and optimize our ability to develop and maintain strong, personal client relationships. Travis’ goal at Executive Speaking is to continue playing an integral role in the growth of Executive Speaking by ensuring all processes, procedures and strategies are adopted and implemented efficiently.

DavidDavid Verwoest — Operations Leader

As Operations Leader, David Verwoest is instrumental in ensuring our business runs as smoothly as possible. From software to furniture, he ensures everything our clients touch is held to the highest standards. David is the go-to guy for technical support, relentless in his commitment to make sure every dimension of our technology works smoothly. David’s goal at Executive Speaking is to give everyone a memorable, positive, and comfortable experience.

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.

MargaretMargaret Wolfgram — Client Liaison Manager

As Client Liaison Manager, Margaret ensures our clients have the best experience possible. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, earning a degree in English and Spanish.  While at UW-Madison, Margaret participated in research about the impact of writing and interned abroad in Peru as an English instructor. She brings a passion for language, communication, and working cross-culturally. Margaret’s goal at Executive Speaking is to facilitate scheduling, anticipate client needs, and ensure a smooth, enjoyable coaching experience.

NicoleNicole Conti — Outreach Manager

As Sales Leader, Nicole manages our client outreach. As a former academic, Nicole brings a B.A. from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota as well as seven years of teaching experience. Her years working with students and presenting publicly in places like the Minneapolis Institute of Art have instilled in her a passion for networking with the greater business community. Nicole’s goal at Executive Speaking is to help our clients find the program that fits their needs.

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.

  • “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
  • “I needed to improve some specific aspects of my communication skills and sought out Anett to help me. I spent two very rewarding days with Anett. After nearly 16 hours of intense 1:1 coaching, focusing on structure, tyle and delivery, Anett drilled some terrific tools and techniques that I now use everyday. Anett has a warm but candid style and uses latest technology to diagnose specific areas of improvements and customizes her recommendations to address these issues. I would strongly recommend Anett- the return on my investment with her has been terrific!”

    Raghu Krishnamoorthy, VP – Executive Development and Chief Learning Officer, GE
  • “I found the session extremely helpful”

    Simeio Solutions, New York City, NY
  • “…you had a big impact on me. You have a great, direct, yet not-so-threatening style.”

    United Surgical Partners International, New York City, NY
  • “Anett is incredible. She provided a platform for growth and how we must distinguish ourselves.”

    Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, New York City, NY
  • “I highly recommend Anett Grant as an executive communication coach. Her ability to identify your weaknesses and then provide the training plan to improve is incredible. More importantly, if you work on the personalized skills she coaches you will become a significantly more effective communicator and leader.”

    Daniel Friedrich, VP – Business Development, Nestle Waters
  • “Anett has solid instincts in understanding her clients, and how to zero in on the areas where she can make a difference. Her approach to executive communications is straight forward, well thought out, and effective. Through a series of exercises and video based sessions, we worked together to identify specific areas for improvement, incorporate Anett’s insightful feedback, and apply actionable guidance that will drive real benefit. Her proactive follow up has served to continue our discussion and support further growth. Any leader looking to improve their communications abilities, and better their engagement skills, can benefit from working with Anett.”

    Lambert Walsh, VP and General Manager, Adobe Systems
  • “I recently had the pleasure of working with Anett on my executive presentation development. Over the course of my career I have worked with many “executive coaches”. Anett has a unique and very effective methodology for presentations which I found to be very valuable and effective. I would recommend Anett and her firm, Executive Speaking, to anyone who is looking to improve their presentation skills and become a more effective communicator.”

    Craig Dukes, VP – Human Resources, Owens-Illinois
  • “Anett did excellent work customizing her content to meet my needs and expectations. She is very detailed making sure you understand the material. I have already started implementing her systen and tactics.”

    Brad Baxter, VP – Sales, Cardiac, and Vascular Group, Medtronic

Clients & Testimonials

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

  • “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
  • “I needed to improve some specific aspects of my communication skills and sought out Anett to help me. I spent two very rewarding days with Anett. After nearly 16 hours of intense 1:1 coaching, focusing on structure, tyle and delivery, Anett drilled some terrific tools and techniques that I now use everyday. Anett has a warm but candid style and uses latest technology to diagnose specific areas of improvements and customizes her recommendations to address these issues. I would strongly recommend Anett- the return on my investment with her has been terrific!”

    Raghu Krishnamoorthy, VP – Executive Development and Chief Learning Officer, GE
  • “I found the session extremely helpful”

    Simeio Solutions, New York City, NY
  • “…you had a big impact on me. You have a great, direct, yet not-so-threatening style.”

    United Surgical Partners International, New York City, NY
  • “Anett is incredible. She provided a platform for growth and how we must distinguish ourselves.”

    Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, New York City, NY
  • “I highly recommend Anett Grant as an executive communication coach. Her ability to identify your weaknesses and then provide the training plan to improve is incredible. More importantly, if you work on the personalized skills she coaches you will become a significantly more effective communicator and leader.”

    Daniel Friedrich, VP – Business Development, Nestle Waters
  • “Anett has solid instincts in understanding her clients, and how to zero in on the areas where she can make a difference. Her approach to executive communications is straight forward, well thought out, and effective. Through a series of exercises and video based sessions, we worked together to identify specific areas for improvement, incorporate Anett’s insightful feedback, and apply actionable guidance that will drive real benefit. Her proactive follow up has served to continue our discussion and support further growth. Any leader looking to improve their communications abilities, and better their engagement skills, can benefit from working with Anett.”

    Lambert Walsh, VP and General Manager, Adobe Systems
  • “I recently had the pleasure of working with Anett on my executive presentation development. Over the course of my career I have worked with many “executive coaches”. Anett has a unique and very effective methodology for presentations which I found to be very valuable and effective. I would recommend Anett and her firm, Executive Speaking, to anyone who is looking to improve their presentation skills and become a more effective communicator.”

    Craig Dukes, VP – Human Resources, Owens-Illinois
  • “Anett did excellent work customizing her content to meet my needs and expectations. She is very detailed making sure you understand the material. I have already started implementing her systen and tactics.”

    Brad Baxter, VP – Sales, Cardiac, and Vascular Group, Medtronic

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.