What is SpeakEasy Intensive?

We know there are lots of programs, workshops, seminars, keynotes and coaching that help speakers develop their talks and their performance. Heck, we offer them. But why isn’t there a shorter, compact training intensive that helps people go from idea to delivery within a few short, but action-packed days? Now there is. Introducing SpeakEasy Intensive. A retreat to help you go from idea to ready to deliver a talk in just four days.

WHERE

TBD

WHEN

November 2018


How Can I Benefit?

Public speaking is hard. And because it’s so challenging, it stops many who have something incredible to share from doing so SpeakEasy Intensive is designed specifically to help changemakers develop their narrative and deliver it with confidence. You’ll leave the four-day retreat with a comprehensive talk ready to deliver and captured on video, and armed with the tools and techniques to develop and deliver future talks moving forward.


Why SpeakEasy Intensive is so Important

Having coached and curated the world-renowned TEDxToronto and SingularityU Canada conference and many, many others, Talk Boutique Founders Nick Kindler and Andrea Sampson noticed something.

There were lots of people with big ideas, thousands of them, and only a handful were chosen to grace the TED stage. We call them changemakers in waiting. And those change-makers that were fortunate enough make it on the stage often spoke once and shared their video online. And that was it. The training, the coaching, the experience was exclusive and fleeting.

We want to change that.


Who You'll Meet

Simon Sinek said, “Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” We couldn’t agree more.

When you attend SpeakEasy Intensive, you’ll be part of an intimate collection of 20 dynamic leaders and changemakers from across Canada and the world all wanting to sharpen their storytelling and speaking skills. Our programs attract senior management, such as CEOs, CTOs, EVPs, SVPs, and R&D leaders, as well as leading entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, academics, artists, and thought leaders who represent the future of their industries.


What Can I Expect?

  • Work with coaches to develop your BIG idea for your talk.
  • Fine tune your idea, clarify your message and develop your style.
  • Learn how to incorporate stories from your life into your presentations.
  • Tips to improve your body language, vocal skills and improve confidence.
  • Learn how to incorporate play and improvisation into your speaking style.
  • Learn how to “internalize” your script to enhance your delivery.
  • Develop the right visual support for your talk.
  • One-on-one coaching with our world-class TED-trained coaches.
  • The opportunity to perform your new talk on stage in front of an audience.


Also Included

The retreat doesn’t end when you leave. In addition to the four-day experience, you will receive…

  • A high-quality, multi-camera video of your talk.
  • Talk Canvass Workbook to help you develop future talks and presentations.
  • Additional 1-hour in-person or video conference sessions with your coaches, post-retreat.


Hurry Up!

Apply to attend SpeakEasy Intensive November 2018 - space is limited!

Meet the Coaches

From the team that has developed, programmed, and coached TEDxToronto, SingularityU Canada Summit, Elevate TO and have coached hundreds of the world’s best speakers, Talk Boutique is pleased to announce the launch of SpeakEasy Intensive.

Andrea Sampson

Talk Boutique Co-Founder & Executive Speaker Coach

A former Strategist and Consultant, Andrea spent over 25 years working in marketing and advertising, presenting and developing strategies for Fortune100 companies. With a natural talent for developing compelling stories and persuasive content, Andrea is sought after in assisting team and executives develop their presentations or pitches. Four years ago Andrea’s passion for ideas led her to TEDxToronto where she volunteered initially as a Speaker Coach, then the Director of Programming in 2015 and the Conference Co-Chair in 2016. This voluntary role was instrumental in the creation of Talk Boutique, a speaker management, development and representation company. Andrea is currently the Co-Director of SingularityU Canada Summit.


Nick Kindler

Talk Boutique Co-Founder & Executive Speaker Coach

A keynote speaker, communication coach, and eternal entrepreneur, Nick is passionate about innovation and communication. A former actor, teacher, and comedian, for more than a decade Nick was the founding partner, creative director, and speaker coach at engine communication + events. In 2013, Nick opened his own coaching practice Kindler & Company, focusing on developing the communication and speaking skills of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and academics. He then joined TEDxToronto as a coach, eventually taking on the role of Director of Programming. In 2015, Nick co-founded Talk Boutique, a speaker development, speaker representation, and event curation company, spending much of his time helping leaders communicate their innovation so it’s understood, shared, and embraced by the world.

Nick is also the Head of Programming for SingularityU Canada, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. Having played a key role in bringing Singularity University to Canada with the creation of the SingularityU Canada Summit, Nick is now a member of the Canadian executive team curating faculty and developing unique programs.


Location

We are busy looking for the perfect location to host our next SpeakEasy Intensive. We will update the website as soon as these details become available!

Want to Attend?

SpeakEasy Intensive is an exclusive, curated program with limited spots available. We will only accept 15 people from around the world. If you’re interested, please fill out the application and we will be in contact should you be selected to attend.

Let us help you build your next great talk!

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Monika Krzyzanowska
Nick was excellent at pushing me to drop the jargon and get to the core ideas resulting in presentations that are easy to understand, concise and engaging yet factual and supported by data. I would highly recommend Nick for anyone looking to improve their speaking skills.​

Monika Krzyzanowska
Medical Oncologist
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Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Keith Vanderlinde
I had the very good fortune of having Andrea coach me through a TEDxToronto presentation last year, her mentoring was flawless, guiding my narrative without forcing anything. I honestly can’t say enough good things about the experience and would recommend her without hesitation to colleagues in a similar position.

Keith Vanderlinde
Assistant Professor
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University of Toronto
David Fleet
Andrea’s help and perspective on crafting my TEDxToronto talk was invaluable. She has all the right skills – the curiosity and desire to understand content, a natural gift with narrative, and a keen sense of her audience.

David Fleet
Professor
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University of Toronto
Tarek Ibrahim
I owe a lot to Nick. He guided me with every aspect of my TEDxToronto talk, from the structure, the physical gestures, correcting the grammar, to the emotional expressions, even the walking on and off stage. He always arrived with a smile on his face and when we were not meeting he would come up with ideas and suggestions to improve the talk.

Tarek Ibrahim
Founder
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Airvinci
Marianne Lefever
In working with Andrea, I’ve found a partner who challenges my thinking and pushes me to strip my message to its core. She helped me build and strengthen my own story and then gave me the tools and confidence to put it out there. ​

Marianne Lefever
Speaker, Consultant
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Idea Couture
Clint Mahlman
Nick has been an excellent speaker coach for our senior executive. He has an outstanding natural ability to make senior executives excel at group speaking skills.​

Clint Mahlman
COO
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London Drugs
Jeremy Miller
Connecting with an audience and delivering a great keynote is a craft. There’s nothing accidental about it. That’s why I work with Andrea Sampson. She has helped me transform my performance. She pushes my ideas and helps me organize them in a way that will resonate with my audiences. I highly recommend her.

Jeremy Miller
Professional Speaker & Author
Dr. Molly Shoichet
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Nick Kindler – he is a great coach. He was not shy about giving me critical feedback but did it in a way that was productive and effective. It was fantastic to work with him and I’m happy to recommend him highly.

Dr. Molly Shoichet
Chief Scientist
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University of Toronto
Mark Bowden
Even Tiger Woods has a coach! That’s why when I need help pushing my speaking to the highest levels possible — keeping me on my best game in front of any audience, I turn to Andrea Sampson. She is one of the few coaches I trust and will listen to when it comes to helping me give my best performance.

Mark Bowden
Louisa Jewell, MAPP
I have been speaking for many years but I recently launched a book and I turned to Andrea Sampson to help me formulate a new kind of talk on the subject of my book. She is really an amazing speaking coach who has taken my speaking abilities to the next level. She knows how to connect to a crowd and what appeals to an audience. I found her advice and guidance invaluable and would highly recommend her to anyone.

Louisa Jewell, MAPP
Founder
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Canadian Positive Psychology Association
Amy Tepperman
Immediately after I found out I was going to be doing a TEDx Talk, I planned to contact Andrea. Andrea far exceeded my expectations. She was great at fully understanding my message and guiding me to deliver it in a unique and captivating way. I was impressed with her attention to detail not just in the content, but body language and delivery.

Amy Tepperman
Founder and Creative Director
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Moving EDGEucation Inc.
Anthony von Mandl
You were such a pleasure to work with, and I learned a great deal from you. I have no doubt the presentation turned out the way it did because of all your efforts and on top of that, it helped me make it a fun and really enjoyable experience.​

Anthony von Mandl
Founder and CEO
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The Mark Anthony Group of Companies
Randy VanDerStarren
I’ve been making speeches all my life. Countless presentations coupled with lectures to my kids had me thinking I knew what I was doing. Andrea and Nick, despite all my bad habits, made me a better speaker. Better because they showed me how to tell human stories. Better because I learned to become more vulnerable. Connecting with people, truly connecting, making a large audience feel they are an audience of one, is a rare talent.

Randy VanDerStarren
Founder
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