Meet the Coaches

Working with a speaker coach is so much more than just looking good on stage (and we’re pretty good at that too!). It’s actually a hands-on process every step of the way, that includes developing the content of your talk and making your ideas accessible to the world.

Worried your topic is too complicated or niche? Have no fear! We work on everything from simple topics like motivational talks to complex topics like blockchain, database, and building new societies.

Andrea Sampson

Andrea Sampson, Executive Speaker Coach, Co-Founder, Talk Boutique

A former Senior Advertising Executive, Andrea spent over 25 years working as a Strategist and Planner developing strategies and presentations for some of the biggest brands in the world. Andrea’s passion for ideas led her to TEDxToronto where she volunteered as a Speaker Coach, progressing to become the Director of Programming and the Conference Co-Chair. This voluntary role was instrumental in her vision to Co-Found Talk Boutique, a speaker development, curation and representation company. With a natural talent for developing compelling stories and persuasive content, Andrea is sought after as an Executive Speaker Coach and “sense maker”, helping those with complex ideas to use the power and simplicity of story to create connection and understanding. In addition to her responsibilities at Talk Boutique, Andrea holds the Head of Faculty executive staff position at 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. 

Nick Kindler

Executive Speaker Coach, Emcee, Speaker and Co-Founder, Talk Boutique

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. Initially joining TEDxToronto as a speaker coach, Nick took 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. Having played a key role in bringing Singularity University to Canada with the creation of the SingularityU Canada Summit, Nick is now Head of Programming and a member of the Canadian executive team. 

Ian Keeling

Talk Boutique Speaker and Performance Coach

Ian Donald Keeling is a professional author, actor and public speaker. His short fiction and poetry have previously appeared in Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Grain. He’s on the faculty for sketch and improv at The Second City in Toronto. His first novel, The Skids, won the Copper Cylinder Award and was short-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

Be a Thought Leader in Your Industry

Are you an industry leader, changemaker, CEO, expert in your field, or someone with a powerful story that you’re ready to share with the world? Apply to attend SpeakEasy Intensive to work with our speaker coaches (alongside other brilliant minds) and craft your talk in only 4 days.

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