Who We Are

Speechworks is a communication and selling skills coaching firm. We teach professionals how to craft and deliver complex messages in a simple, persuasive manner. Since 1986, through workshops and one-on-one instruction, we have helped countless individuals become better presenters and communicators.

The Speechworks Difference

SUPPORTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT – Speaking in front of a group can be stressful. So, we limit our workshops to small groups of 5 or 6 participants per coach. We create a friendly, fun setting which helps put people at ease. A relaxed, low-pressure approach creates a learning environment that yields rapid results.

PRACTICAL COACHING – Our Speechworks coaches will make your experience outstanding. Having worked with business people in many industry areas, our coaches quickly understand and adapt to the needs of your business situation. Our clients are not boxed into a one-size-fits-all solution.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT – We video record each participant multiple times in each workshop. You will see yourself the way your audience sees you!  By reviewing your own performance, receiving feedback and focusing on a few key improvement areas, you will return to work with new skills you can use immediately.

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The Team

Amanda Mataski
Amanda Mataski
” Hey Amanda!”
~ Everyone at Speechworks

It’s my job to keep our office and our team of Speechworks coaches operating as seamlessly as possible, and I love the challenge! From managing our training calendar to booking travel to resolving schedule conflicts, the Speechworks team relies on me to tell them where to be, when to be there, and how to get there! In my spare time, I like to switch gears and do lots of hiking, standup paddle boarding, and traveling. I have a soft spot for animals and really enjoy spending time with my two English Bulldogs.

Kim Cunningham
Kim Cunningham
“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% is how I react to it.”
~Charles Swindoll

From the first time I watched “The Wizard of Oz” at age 5, my path in life was set. Something about that tornado just drew me in! Since then, I’ve enjoyed a weather-related career that’s spanned more than 30 years: from serving as a military forecaster providing weather briefings to Air Force fighter pilots, to my dream job as an on-air meteorologist at The Weather Channel. Throughout my journey, one thing has remained constant: in order to be successful, I’ve had to build trust and confidence from my audience by employing great communication skills. That’s why Speechworks is such a natural fit for me. I get the chance to help other professionals build that same level of trust and create a connection with their listeners and achieve their own success as a result!

Meg Archambault
Meg ArchambaultTitle
“Be Yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
~Oscar Wilde

As a Speechworks coach, my goal is to help each individual find his or her most effective communication style and ultimately feel good (or at least better!) about speaking in public. I previously held a variety of corporate account management and sales training positions where I honed my persuasive speaking skills. On any given Saturday you can find me selling my wares at local farmers and artists markets. I also combine my loves of photography, writing and inspiring others though “tinymessages” that inspire, nurture, and empower in three words or less!

Nancy Vason, MBA, MSEd
Nancy Vason, MBA, MSEd
” If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
~John Quincy Adams

I’ve spent more than a decade at Speechworks helping to develop leaders who are confident, persuasive communicators! My years as an account executive, sales trainer, and speechwriter for executives taught me that relationships win the business, and relationships are about connection. So, when I coach my clients, I help them share their most engaging personality traits with their listeners: whether it’s a great sense of humor, a winning smile, or a captivating voice. Then I find fun ways to challenge them to be better – to add pauses, to hold eye contact longer, or to show more passion!

Marilyn Ringo, MA
Marilyn Ringo, MA
” This above all, to thine own self be true…”
~ Polonius from “Hamlet” (in which I played Ophelia, his daughter, when a college thespian!)

People often ask me to give speeches about my experiences. They want to know what it was like being a CNN news anchor and journalist (exciting and underpaid!), how to win Emmy Awards (tell a great story!), what it was like to go from Woodstock (muddy and” far out”!) to 30 Rock (an education in TV at NBC!). I never felt completely confident giving those speeches. And then I found Speechworks. I honed my presentation and communications skills and now, with confidence, enjoy passing those lessons and experiences on to others.

Jan McKenzie
Jan McKenzie
” Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

People always want to know how I became a Speechworks coach. Well, I spent 19 years at The Weather Channel, the last 10 as Director of the award-winning Learning and Development Department. Along the way I wrote a couple of books that were endorsed by leadership experts Stephen M. R. Covey and Dr. Ken Blanchard. And then one day I had lunch with Joey Asher. I fell in love with Speechworks and hired them to help The Weather Channel grow. Next thing you know, I was working with the Speechworks crew to help professionals become great communicators!

Kene Iloenyosi
Kene Iloenyosi
” You are how you are because of why you are.”
~ Myself

I love to figure out what makes people unique and being a Speechworks coach allows me plenty of opportunity to do that! I was born in Nigeria and got to live in Zambia for three years. I really enjoy immersing myself in different cultures, and have found that I can make small talk in a number of languages! I’ve had the honor of serving as the District Governor for Toastmasters in the State of Georgia, as well as on a number of non-profit boards. I have also owned a few small businesses and am a professional speaker and author.

Joey Asher, JD
Joey Asher, JD
” Right tighty, left loosey!”
~A very smart person

I’m always amazed by how much a diverse background can add to your skills as a communication coach, and that’s why we intentionally employ coaches with diverse educations and experiences. For example, my years as a newspaper reporter honed my ability to recognize and tell great stories. Being a lawyer prepared me to deal with pushback and overcome objections. Being a father of three definitely taught me patience! There’s no question that what makes Speechworks different is the quality of our coaching, and that’s a direct result of the unique and varied skillsets that each of our coaches brings.

Lizzie Crawford
Lizzie Crawford
” You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”
~Lee Lacocca

In my tenure as a communication coach at Speechworks, I’ve witnessed the world around us become more technical, while people’s ability to clearly convey their complex ideas seems to have diminished. More than ever, simple, persuasive communication can be a key differentiator for business professionals! My passion lies in helping my clients articulate their ideas and communicate clear messages, no matter how complex the subject matter! My background as both a banker and research analyst has given me first-hand understanding of the communication challenges my clients face, as well as the experience to help them overcome those challenges.

Hugh Asher
Hugh Asher
Julie Lindsay
Julie Lindsay
Lauren Marlow
Lauren Marlow

Our Clients

Bank of America
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Duke Energy
Genuine Parts Company
Jabil Circuit, Inc.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Newell Rubbermaid
The Coca-Cola Company
The Home Depot
Brasfield & Gorrie
Gresham, Smith and Partners
Heery International
Hoar Construction
J.E. Dunn Construction Group
Robins & Morton
Big Ten Network
Cox Communications
FOX Sports
Turner Broadcasting
USA Today
Autotrader.com
Fiserv
LexisNexis
Recall Corporation
Salesforce.com
Verizon Wireless
Arby’s
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Kaiser Permanente
Kurt Salmon
Synovus
The Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Yamaha Motor Company

Our Philosophy

It’s About Connection, Not Perfection.

Our goal is to help our clients connect with their audiences. We achieve this by teaching them to create and deliver simple, persuasive messages in a style that builds relationships and inspires confidence. We employ timeless storytelling techniques, impactful exercises to improve vocal and physical presence, and digital video to demonstrate improvement. Combined with specific, actionable feedback from the best communication coaches in the country, we help each participant achieve authentic, lasting results.

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