A combination of skill, intelligence, heart and integrity
ABOUT US - Public Speaking
Here at Speaker Express we love the philosophy that experience is the best teacher hence we are great promoters of experiential learning through interactive exercises. This way, people don’t leave with an information overload and piles of notes that get filed away and become nothing more than waste paper and ‘shelf-help’.
Your words and the way you deliver them can move people into action, and even change the world. Yet many people are afraid of public speaking, or need to develop clarity in pitching their brand, mission or passion.
Being a business owner or entrepreneur can hold a special status for you, your brand and your business. By standing on stage or the virtual stage delivering your brand message with confidence and selling with ease, you will accelerate the growth of your business, increase sales, and strengthen the impact you make.
Speaker Express has helped entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs, business owners, aspiring and established speakers, CEOs, Managing Directors and senior leaders to:
- Pitch better and gain access to funding at Dragons’ Den or other platforms – from £10,000 to £1,000,000
- Gain the confidence and clarity to start their own business or build their profile to take their existing business to the next level
- Speak on TEDx stages, getting signed with speaker bureaus or other promoters
- Generate leads and sell from stage.
“At the heart of everything we do at Speaker Express are the business leaders and entrepreneurs, who are out there changing industries for the better, creating impactful services or technologies, and, in essence, making peoples’ lives better.
That’s why we are so dedicated to the work with our clients, who use speaking as a growth strategy for their business. We love helping business with great service to get more visibility so that they can reach more potential clients.”
Elliot Kay Co-founder of Speaker Express
THE ‘SPEAKER EXPRESS’ WAY
Speaker Express teaches in an interactive and experiential way. Experiential learning is a high-impact educational training practice. It’s a learner-centered approach that gets you off your chair, out of your comfort zone, actively involved and responsible for your progress in a safe environment.
This training format guarantees an immediate and noticeable difference in your communication approach.
The philosophy behind Speaker Express is the concept of risking something. The names was inspired by the 1860’s American Pony Express. A mail delivery service where young pony riders like Buffalo Bill risked their lives delivering a message. Same today. It might feel daunting to present in the boardroom, pitch to a panel of serious investors or a room full of industry peers – will you be impactful enough to present your ideas? With the right training, even novice speakers can make an impact.
Speaker Express does public speaking and pitch training so you can develop clarity on communicating your brand and vision to charm your audience and those investors. We believe that everyone can overcome nerves and be confident in front of even large audiences. We’ve helped thousands of entrepreneurs to successfully pitch for investment and funding, gain the confidence and clarity to start their own business, speak on TEDx stages or landing corporate contracts.
Annik Petrou – Founder
Annik has over 30 years experience in being scared of speaking, declining speaking opportunities due to the fear of looking silly in front of peers and other nerve related issues. This all reached its peak in 2011 at a speaker training course – enough of wasting time worrying about what others might think – Speaker Express was born. Since then, they have helped thousands of entrepreneurs to successfully pitch for investment and funding, gain the confidence to push their business from home office to the stage, speak on TEDx stages or landing big corporate contracts. Besides training and speaking Annik loves her strawberry blond cockapoo Roxy, exploring the English countryside and red velvet cupcakes. Usually (but not always) in that order.
Annik’s Speaking Tip: Get speaking as soon as possible, ready or not. You are perfect now, even though you will continue to improve FOREVER.
Elliot Kay – Commercial Director
Elliot has been doing stage performances and public speaking since he was 11. Starting out as a professional dancer, then moving on to entrepreneurship and building three successful businesses, Elliot has a unique knowledge of both what makes great stage presence and how to utilise that to build a profitable business. At Speaker Express, Elliot knows how to stretch speakers to reach their full potential. He spends most of his time as a business mentor, working with start-up businesses to grow them strategically. Speaking is a big part of his marketing strategy, he has accumulated 6,000 hours of stage time speaking globally to audiences across Europe, Africa, US, and the Middle East – and he brings that expertise and experience to the Speaker Express members.
Elliot’s Speaking Tip: Know your content inside out, respect your audience by adding value and always make your talk about them, not yourself.
Emily Kay – Head of Training Innovation
Emily is our organisational talent, keeping the team grounded and focused. She has experience creating and delivering training programmes across the world. She loves a challenge and has innovated a training qualification for some of the most hard to reach people in the world; even delivering training in a war zone in Northern Nigeria. She knows what it takes to put together a world-class training that has IMPACT with students. With Speaker Express she ensures the highest quality for all our training content and streamlines our training materials. As we grow, she continues to systemise the training element of the business to make it scalable. Also an experienced trainer herself, she is a living example of making dreams come true and is looking forward to supporting you on your journey to spread your message to a wider audience.
Emily’s Speaking Tip: Be yourself. All you can do is be authentically you. And if people don’t like it, they are not your people!
Allison Kaye – Operations Support
Allison is Annik’s VA. She operates remotely ensuring the admin operations at Speaker Express are ticking over. Also, as Elliot’s VPA, this role forms a bond between their two businesses, partnership and friendship. Although not a speaker herself, she would relish the opportunity and it will only be time before she steps up on to the stage as she thrives on challenging her abilities and mindset. Allison is a GB athlete in duathlon/triathlon and loves the flexibility of her VA role as it relaxes her from her hard training to succeed in a competitive field as an athlete.
Allison’s Speaking Tip: Speak from the heart! Speaking from an open heart can feel very vulnerable but it’s the only way to truly connect as it inspires support and open-heartedness from others.