My name is Annik and I am heading up the Speaker Express team. In the past, I would run a hundred miles at the thought of speaking to a group of people. I always had the idea of one day creating my own business but I was so scared of putting myself out there – what will people think if I get it wrong or what if no one would turn-up to my events?
In May 2011, I ran the first Speaker Express Club Night from a pub in Islington with 20 people. We have since helped thousands of professionals to speak on more stages, grow their business or successfully raise investment – all through the power of public speaking.
Public speaking is much more than speaking as such – it’s about becoming who you really are, daring to voice your real opinions, standing up for yourself without trading your authenticity for approval, it’s about playing a bigger game and showing the world that your belief and certainty are bigger than your fears. It’s about doing something your future self will be proud of! When you ‘fall from your head into your heart’ – showing your very own personality – that’s when your presenting to others is at your best.
We believe that anyone can fall in LOVE with Public Speaking !
We run fun and thought-provoking sessions that will change your perception towards PUBLIC SPEAKING. High-energy exercises guarantee you to learn practical tips & tricks but what you will value the most is that the skills demonstrated are immediately implementable.
Speaker Express brings together a variety of grounding techniques, IMPROV exercises, audience facilitation techniques and other material from years of experience with international speaker trainers.
Speaking skills are far beyond toys and cash – a few months invested in your training and you gain presentation confidence that stays with you for life.
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.
William Odhams – Enrollment Coach
William has a background in psychology and coaching and lives to help others actualise their potential. Naturally exuberant, he loves to talk to people, but used to struggle when he realized all eyes were on him. He committed to developing his speaking skillset to overcome his fears and learned to project his voice and captivate the attention of his audience. Combining his passion for personal development with his unique ability to connect with others, he strives to make each conversation impactful and growth driven. At Speaker Express, William works with our new members to explore possibilities and strategies of how to accomplish all of their speaking goals and aspirations.
William’s Speaking Tip: Be intentional about choosing your state before you go on stage or speak. Set your energy, connect to confidence and tap into a flow state.
Gary Albert Hughes – Voice Performance Trainer and Coach
Gary blends Vocal Coaching, Holistic Medicine + Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy to coach clients through their personal challenges enabling them to access their most confident and vibrant self on stage and in life. Before his 13 year career on stage and TV, in the music industry and as a vocal coach at some of London’s’ top drama schools for actors, Gary trained as a musician, singer and actor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Academy of Music where he also did a diploma in technical Vocal Coaching. A lot of speakers and performers call Gary their ‘secret weapon’, a powerful anxiety crusher & performance enhancer. With his PGDip, RAM, LRAM, TACT and Cert ASK we are thrilled calling him our in-house vocal coach.
Gary’s Speaking Tip: Start practising reading poetry aloud as much has you can. It gets you connected to your voice, your creativity, your emotions, colour, tone, inflection, rhythm, musicality, resonance, storytelling … everything you need to get in touch with to be a world-class speaker.
Claire Anstey – Media Trainer
Claire Anstey is a TV Presenter with a 15 year career working for Nickelodeon, Discovery and Virgin Media. She is also the founder of Gamechanger Casting a platform that connects business owners and industry experts with speaking, publishing and publicity and changes the way that industry experts get discovered by using technology and heartfelt passion. Claire believes that authenticity is the key to your magnetism on both, stage and on screen. At Speaker Express Claire teaches Media Training, authentic camera and interview techniques. When she gets really stressed, she will go to a park and shout at a tree, her favourite stress management method to get this negative energy out of your system.
Claire’s Speaking Tip: When you speak from the heart with authentic passion, people will listen to you talk about absolutely anything.
Mr Outsource – Our Creative Team and Back Office Support
MrOutsource.com is an outsourcing company in the Philippines that specialises in back office support, strategy sales, creative and technical assistance. Online course setup, speaking bio and media kit, website and podcast management – you name it, we can do it!
MrOutsource’s Speaking Tip: Be relatable! Insert funny and relatable stories in your talk. Seeing your audience laugh with you is the best high ever!