World's Top 20 Communication Trainers in 2023
1. Julian Treasure
Julian’s five TED talks have been watched more than 100 million times. ‘How to speak so that people want to listen’ is in the top 10 TED talks of all time. Julian is regularly featured in the world’s media, and has guested on dozens of leading global podcasts.
In 2003 Julian founded The Sound Agency – an audio branding company that asks and answers the question “how does your brand sound?”and has recently launched Moodsonic®, a range of biophilic soundscapes to enhance wellbeing and productivity in workspaces. TSA’s award-winning work has made headlines internationally.
Julian’s love of sound stems from his early experience as a musician. He was a drummer for indie bands The Transmitters, Fish Turned Human and Missing Presumed Dead and recorded vinyl and two 1981 John Peel Sessions.
Before The Sound Agency, Julian spent 20 years working in advertising and magazine publishing. He founded, grew and sold contract (custom) publishing agency TPD.
2. Nancy Duarte
Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Time Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Cosmopolitan, LA Times, and on CNN.
Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture.
As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. She’s written five best-selling books, four of which have won awards.
On the list of top 250 Women in Leadership, Duarte ranks #67 and on World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals for 2017, Duarte ranks #1. She has been a speaker at conferences and several Fortune 500 companies, and counts many more among her firm’s clientele.
Her TEDx talk has over two million views. She speaks at business schools and has lectured at Stanford University several times.
3. Ian Tuhovsky
Ian is an avid reader and writer, and he calls himself ”the observer of people and reality”. He had always been interested in studying the human mind and society. Ian holds a BA degree in Sociology, and apart from writing and investigation, he works as an HR consultant for many European companies from various sectors.
In his free time, he enjoys travelling and getting to know different cultures. Hitchhiking and using services like ”couch surfing” is his preferred mode of immersing himself in new cultures and staying out of his comfort zone. He loves the thrill of unpredictable travelling!
Another passion of Ian’s is music. He plays the guitar and composes music. He is also an electronic music producer- something he does as a hobby. As a child and a teenager, Ian suffered from shyness and low self-esteem. Looking for solutions, he would find consolation in doing lots of reading and writing songs. It wasn’t until he began to confront his fears and do exactly the opposite that his brain was telling him. He likes putting his experiences on paper to inspire the masses.
4. Connie Dieken
Connie Dieken is the founder of Influence360˚ and The Dieken Group, a strategic advisory firm to C-suite executives on five continents.
She helps leaders influence positive outcomes in all directions, even under the most difficult, life-changing conditions. Her clients are leaders of some the world’s best-known brands including Apple, Coca-Cola, HP, Nestlé, and The Cleveland Clinic.
She was recently named one of the world’s Top 10 Executive Coaches and has been honored as one of the Top 10 Female Business Owners in her region.
Connie built her unique skill set during her twenty years as a television journalist for ABC and NBC. Her work has been honored with five Emmy Awards and two Telly Awards, and she’s the only person inducted into both the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Speakers Hall of Fame, as well as the Million Dollar Consulting Hall of Fame.
5. Kerry Patterson
Kerry Patterson is a prolific writer who has co-authored numerous articles and award-winning training programs. Kerry taught at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and then co-founded Interact Performance Systems, where he worked for ten years as vice president of research and development.
Kerry is a founder of VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and leadership development. He is the author of four New York Times bestselling business books: Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, and Influencer. He’s also the author of The Gray Fedora, a compilation of stories from Kerry’s own life experiences.
Kerry has completed doctoral work at Stanford University. He is a recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award and the 2004 William G. Dyer Distinguished Alumni Award from Brigham Young University.
6. Jezra Kaye
Following an 18-year career as a jazz singer and bandleader, Jezra Kaye joined the corporate world as a speechwriter and presentation skills coach to Fortune 100 companies such as Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AT&T.
In that role, she planned, wrote, and coached executives to deliver over 1,000 speeches, at multi-day events that ranged from product launches to global leadership conferences.
In 2006, Jezra founded Speak Up for Success. Since then, she has coached hundreds of individual clients, led myriad organizational workshops, and, through her keynote presentations and public speaking events, touched thousands of people with her message about confident communications for all.
Jezra is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator consultant. She offers MBTI workshops to organizations and teams who want to work together more collaboratively, and uses MBTI insights to help individual clients find their best speaking styles.
7. Henrik Fexeus
Henrik Fexeus is a Swedish mentalist, author and TV-host. Since 2005 he is a frequent guest, as an expert on body language and non-verbal communication, in television and newspapers including for Expressen at the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding and for Aftonbladet during the US SuperTuesday 2016.
He maintained his interest in the ways that people influence each other. Henrik has studied communication techniques and mental skills drawn from various fields, from classical psychology to hypnosis, and has analyzed the use of influence in media, advertising,
propaganda and memetics.
Henrik has written twelve books, that have sold more than 1.2 million copies, and have been translated into 35 languages worldwide. His books on communication are used to train everyone from international corporate leaders to therapists all over the world.
8. Nixaly Leonardo
Nixaly Leonardo has always been interested in how to be a good communicator and make meaningful connections. She is an author of Effective Listening Techniques: 30 Practical Tools to Hone Your Communication Skills.
Nixaly went on to earn her master’s degree in social work at Fordham University and soon after became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She now has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field.
She is passionate about helping people and is fascinated by human behaviour, personality development, and the impact of social interactions on emotional and physical well-being.
Nixaly provides short and long-term psychotherapy, life coaching, parent coaching, and couples counselling in her private practice.
9. Radislav Gandapas
Radislav Gandapas is one of Russia’s foremost trainers of leadership, motivation and public speaking. His pedigree is proven, having twice been voted as the best business trainer in Russia in 2005 and 2007, working with companies such as Microsoft, Wrigley’s, PepsiCo, Heineken, Phillip Morris, PWC, Pfeizer, Sony, DHL, Amway, Ernst and Young, BP and many other household brands. He’s also shared a stage with some of the heavyweights of the industry, such as Brian Tracy, Allan Pease and Robin Sharma.
His experience of the benefits of training came at an early age, when his father, a decorated military fighter pilot gave him intensive training in dealing with high pressure situations with a view to Radislav following him into the Air Force. Ultimately, Radislav’s interests lay elsewhere – but the lessons learned in these formative years have stayed with him through his successful business career and have proved beneficial to the thousands of people who have attended his training seminars in Russia and abroad.
10. James Williams
James W. Williams is a bestselling author, specializing in topics such as confidence, emotional intelligence, communication and other topics that once mastered have the power to transform your life, become more successful, and live life with more fulfillment. You will find that his books have a straight-to-the-point approach.
He’s passionate about sharing tips and resources on self-improvement through a combination of science-based research and personal experience.
After struggling with shyness and social anxiety throughout his life, he decided to study various psychological techniques and exercises to try to understand what it was that made someone confident, assertive, and emotionally intelligent. This helped James overcome extreme shyness, build successful relationships, become a bestselling author, and live a happier life. These experiences propelled him on the path of lifelong learning.
He is the author of 10 books including Communication Skills Training: How to Talk to Anyone, Connect Effortlessly, Develop Charisma, and Become a People Person.
11. Mikael Krogerus
Mikael Krogerus is a freelance writer for German and Swiss newspapers and magazines. He was a staff writer with NZZ FOLIO, the supplement magazine of Switzerland’s leading newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, for five years. Before that, he worked as a copywriter for various advertising agencies.
He has co-authored five international bestsellers The Decision Book, The Question Book, The Change Book, The Test Book, and The Communication Book.
12. Dianna Booher
Dianna Booher is the author of 49 books (available in 62 foreign-language editions, with nearly 4 million copies sold). She is pleased to be published by some of the top publishing houses in the world: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson, McGraw-Hill, and Berrett-Koehler.
PBS, Encyclopedia Britannica, SkillSoft, Nightingale-Conant, America Media, ModelOffice, InterCom, Made for Success, and Audible have also produced her work in many other formats for today’s audiences: audio, video, DVD, and online training programs.
She has got many writing Awards & Accolades, IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist 2020, Axiom Awards Silver Medalist 2018, American Library Association: Best Young Adult Non-Fiction of the Year, Executive Soundview Summaries: Best Business Book of the Decade, Richtopia’s Top 200 Most Influential Authors of the World (2017, 2018) and many more.
13. Cynthia Kane
Cynthia Kane is a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor dedicated to helping men and women change their communication routines so they feel in control of their words and understood at home and at work.
She received her BA from Bard College and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Yoga Journal, Self Magazine, and Woman’s Day Magazine. She is the bestselling author of How to Communicate Like a Buddhist (Hierophant Publishing, April 2016) Talk to Yourself Like a Buddhist (Hierophant Publishing, April 2018) and How to Meditate Like a Buddhist (Hierophant Publishing, April 2020), and the founder of the Kane Intentional Communication Institute, LLC.
She has helped thousands of people change their way of communicating through her bestselling DailyOM courses, workshops, and Intentional Communication Training Program. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two little loves (Holden and Ryah).
14. Rachel Randolph
Prioritizing relationships built on genuine interactions, Rachel put communication at the forefront. She is an NLP Master Certified Practitioner, meetup host of 2+ years, and runs Introspective Communication Consulting.
Spec helps high-achieving professionals gain mental and emotional clarity, improve their communication skills, And level-up in all aspects of their lives.
She has a background in real estate and hospitality, an outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys volunteering within her community through Creative Mornings and TEDxIndianapolis.
15. Simerjeet Singh
Simerjeet Singh, with over 13 years of international experience in the motivational speaking space, has served more than 300 organizations worldwide and 80 different nationalities. He specializes in customized, engaging & inspirational keynotes and virtual programmes for diverse audiences – from student groups to large multi-national corporations.
A hospitality industry professional who left a high-flying career to follow his heart’s calling, Simerjeet Singh is today well known across the globe as a keynote speaker, mindset coach and a growth catalyst with a humanitarian mindset. Since 2007, he has been motivating millions of professionals, youths and the masses through his workshops, keynotes, videos and podcasts.
In 2019, Simerjeet Singh was recognized with the prestigious “Global Excellence Award” (GEA) in Motivational Speaking.
He’s also been featured on The Power List of the Top 200 Thought Leaders to follow in 2021 by People Hum and is widely listed among the top 10 Motivational Speakers in India.
16. TJ Walker
TJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting public speaking training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, U.S. Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament.
TJ Walker gives more than 100 keynote speeches and training sessions a year on leadership communication, media and presentation skills. His most popular keynote is “Bully Pulpits: Speaking Secrets of World Famous Leaders.”
Walker is the author of 5 books including the #1 national bestseller “TJ Walker’s Secret to Foolproof Presentations,” (#1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and #1 Amazon bestseller). He has also written “How to Give A Pretty Good Presentation,” “Media Training A-Z” and “Presentation Training A-Z”.
17. Rhiannon Bush
Rhiannon Bush is a certified leadership coach and trainer, who specialises in developing managers into effective leaders. Her style is warm, authentic, energetic and reflective. Rhiannon values the importance of creating a safe and confidential space for clients to explore and expand their potential.
Rhiannon has a comprehensive background in management consulting with both small-to-medium enterprises and multi-national organisations. This experience gained across public and private sectors both nationally and internationally enables Rhiannon to bring the combination of knowledge and experience to her clients.
Rhiannon focuses on developing deep and purposeful change for individuals at any level to expand their leadership potential. Rhiannon found that it was often misaligned expectations that hinders overall performance. Rhiannon is passionate about improving the direct impact this has upon communication, interpersonal relationships and individual, team and organisation-wide productivity.
18. Harrison Monarth
Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author, Harrison Monarth coaches C-suite leaders, senior executives, high potential managers and other top professionals on effective leadership and positive behavior change for professional and organizational success.
He helps leaders at all levels develop a powerful personal brand and authentic executive presence. With Harrison’s coaching, leaders from various sectors develop increased self-awareness, overcome “derailer” behaviors, enhance personal effectiveness, develop new leadership skills and competencies and communicate with confidence and competence.
His approach incorporates the latest research in effective leadership, interpersonal communication, and behavioral sciences. “Working with leaders who are willing to learn and evolve and who are actively engaged in their personal development is incredibly rewarding.”
19. Terri Sjodin
Terri is one of America’s most highly sought after female speakers and has trained and motivated thousands of people from all over the world. Her unique specialization is advancing the persuasive presentation skills of professionals.
She is the author of the national bestselling book, Small Message, Big Impact (Penguin/Portfolio), which hit the New York Times Hardcover Advice & Misc. bestseller list, Wall Street Journal Hardcover Business bestseller list, and USA Today Money bestseller list.
She is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, Scrappy: A Little Book About Choosing to Play Big (Penguin Random House/Portfolio) which was just released in the Fall of 2016 and New Sales Speak – The 9 Biggest Sales Presentation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (John Wiley & Sons).
20 . Boris Cherniak
Boris Cherniak is a multiple award winning comedian hypnotist, hypnotherapist, motivational speaker, actor and author. He regularly appears on television showcasing incredible powers of hypnosis and the power of positive thinking.
Boris motivates and inspires. He appears in upwards of 300 live performances a year.
Boris presents a comical point of view, while leaving a lasting impression and enlightening his audiences. His stage name, Incredible Boris, describes the sentiment of every performance literally – a positive attitude and constant state of mind. Boris delivers a powerful message of limitless possibilities.