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.
Presentation and Speaking coach and CEO of Executive Speaking Anett Grant - Executive Speaking

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


  • Experience

    Anett Grant has 38 years of coaching top executives, leaders, and emerging 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.


Anett Grant — Founder/CEO

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 — Communications Coach

As our Communications Coach for Leadership Speaking Bootcamp, 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 because it allows people to make both immediate and lasting changes.

Hannah Holden — Communications Coach

As a Communications Coach for Leadership Speaking Bootcamp, Hannah is excited to help others achieve their professional goals by building communication skills that empower them to speak with greater confidence. As a former Intelligence professional, Hannah directed mission critical communications to guide military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning the rank of Marine Corps Sergeant in five years. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University and a BA from DePaul University. Hannah chose a career with Executive Speaking because she has observed the impacts of effective speaking throughout her military and professional career. She is enthused by Leadership Speaking Bootcamp because it provides an environment for people to develop rewarding life-long skills.



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 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.

Take the next step to be a better speaker — authentically — every day.