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"Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were." - David Rockefeller

Melanie Novis President of Corporate Speech Consultants(CSC) and lead coach, is author of Canadian Public Speaking and recipient of the University of Toronto's SCS Excellence in Teaching Award. Her national and international clients have ranged from newly promoted executives to seasoned multinational chief executives.

While each client is unique, they all seek to improve their public speaking and presentation skills, develop their communication capabilities and enhance their leadership presence. With Melanie’s help, they accomplish just that – and in the process achieve the next level or two of success.

Melanie’s sophisticated teaching techniques have transformed podium-shy clients into motivated, confident and articulate speakers, who can advance not only their business goals but also master high-impact communications.

She holds a Licentiate from Trinity College of London and graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with a HPTD, specializing in speech.

Adam Lazarus is an award-winning instructor and specialist in communications and public speaking. In his 10 years at CSC, Adam has become known for his ability to motivate and support his clients, hone their communication skills, and promote confidence and originality in their presentations.

In addition to his consulting work, Adam teaches at the University of Toronto and at the National Theatre School of Canada.

He holds an honours degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and University of Leeds in England and a certificate of Education from L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France.

Jim Van Horne coaches CSC clients to deliver clear, compelling messages on television and radio to reach their key target audience. An award-winning television sports commentator and Gemini nominee, Jim has spent more than 25 years covering events at the national and international levels, including five Olympic Games.

Executives coming to CSC for corporate media training can count on Jim to provide sure-fire tips and his “inside” expertise to fully prepare them for important television or radio interviews and appearances.

Jim, who recently hosted World Cup Alpine Skiing and tennis on Sportsnet, balances his media career with teaching future broadcasters at the College of Sports Media in Toronto.

Buy the book Canadian Public Speaking

"Canadian Public Speaking is a well-researched and informative work, giving concrete examples of how to develop, not just public speaking, but communication skills."
Tish Nicoll, Speaking English, The Journal of the English Speaking Board International

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Q: We would like to promote a manager but the individual lacks effective communication and interpersonal skills. Can you help us to address this?
A: Yes. Working directly with the individual, we would teach him or her how to structure an audience-focused message, listen actively and understand paralanguage, and create rapport and connection with staff.