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Silicon Valley Enterprise Journal Honors PowerSpeaking, Inc. on Quickest-Rising Listing


If there’s one factor the previous two pandemic years have taught us, it’s to be pleased about what we’ve.  By no means to take our lives, {our relationships}, our life’s work, or our success without any consideration.

Talking of fine fortune (and sure, numerous inventive, dedicated, heartfelt work), I’m past thrilled to share our newest information: PowerSpeaking, Inc. made the Silicon Valley Enterprise Journal’s 2021 “100 Quickest-Rising Non-public Corporations” listing, rating at quantity 38! The popularity was given to personal corporations that met or exceeded a sure earnings degree for the years 2018 by 2020.

We couldn’t be extra proud—and grateful. 

However, you may marvel, how did we do it, particularly when so many different industries have been devastated by the consequences of Covid 19?

In a method, we’re nonetheless pinching ourselves over that one. And but, there’s no mistaking the extraordinary confluence of individuals, enterprise setting, and historical past that introduced us to the place we’re right this moment.  

I’d prefer to briefly inform you about them . . .


At all times the place to start out. 

In the beginning, our long-standing clients, from biomedical and high-tech giants to a wide range of smaller corporations. Via the years, they proceed to indicate us a loyalty that’s humbling. Working with them is a pleasure. And their dedication to creating certain their workers get the coaching they should develop, evokes us.

Likewise, our new shoppers are an inspiration. Due to the character of their companies, their cultures, and their particular coaching wants, they typically convey a brand new perspective and a singular sense of pleasure to our work.  

Subsequent, the PowerSpeaking group …

You don’t make a fastest-growing listing with out salespeople and account managers who care deeply about what you supply, and who construct shopper relationships that final.  

Then there are our gifted and passionate workshop facilitators and coaches, from the U.S. to Europe and Asia Pacific, who assist people and groups make unimaginable transformations. Whether or not it’s guiding somebody from a stark terror of public talking to assured presenting, or teaching an aspiring chief to new heights in speaking, our facilitators are the perfect.  

And what enterprise thrives with no gifted group of “again workplace” individuals who preserve the wheels turning? Customer support, enterprise planning, workshop logistics, accounting, IT, advertising, and product growth. They’re all golden, and we love them.

As to particular issues the PowerSpeaking group has achieved previously two years that contributed most to our success? Listed below are a couple of highlights . . .

  • We elevated our funding in expertise to make sure a strong, partaking digital studying expertise.
  • We transformed our dwell, in-person packages from 92% of our enterprise to 100% digital in March and April of 2020.
  • We labored with our largest buyer to satisfy their particular wants, by changing into an extension of their small in-house coaching group.
  • We heightened our dedication to variety, fairness, and inclusion, which introduced new views and improvements. 
  • We outsourced a few of our help features to permit our inside group to concentrate on why we’re in enterprise: to assist individuals change into higher presenters and communicators.

A Altering Enterprise Ethos

Increasingly more, we’ve seen a shift within the company world towards a extra purpose-driven, empathetic, and socially acutely aware method of doing enterprise. Taking a extra human, clear method means corporations are placing much more significance on communication abilities, amongst their leaders and inside their organizations.

Salesforce is a good instance of such an organization. CEO Marc Benioff has stated,

“Communication might be essentially the most important a part of my job,” and “Presentation abilities are key. Individuals who be just right for you characterize your model.You need them to current themselves–and characterize you–in a sure method.” *

So, we’ve been lucky to be right here, doing what we do finest, at a time when companies are persevering with—or simply beginning—to spend money on elevating communication abilities as a part of their tradition and marketing strategy.

Our Historical past

The day we bought phrase about our #38 rating on the listing, PowerSpeaking President Mary McGlynn and I talked a couple of time when the thought of the corporate was only a glimmer of a dream for her accomplice Rick Gilbert.  

“We used to take night walks and speak about how we wished to make a distinction on the earth, and the way Rick wished to start out his personal enterprise,” she informed me. Rick took the leap from his company job in 1985 to start out PowerSpeaking, and 4 years after that, Mary left her instructing job in particular training to accomplice full-time within the younger firm.

The corporate’s unique marketing strategy was written as an MBA venture by Melinda Henning, who joined them as a workshop facilitator and stayed till she retired in 2020.  

For the primary 11 years, Mary and Rick ran their enterprise from a bottom-floor den of their dwelling, with assist from Moira Kavanaugh, who stayed with them till 2018, when she retired as a gross sales government. “In these early days,” Mary informed me, “we’d be working downstairs with the raucous sounds of our daughter Katy and Moira’s daughter Kelly working round upstairs.”

What differentiated the corporate from the start was its dedication to innovation, constructing robust relationships, and being versatile. The place the competitors centered on delivering canned packages that weren’t customizable, PowerSpeaking tailor-made their content material and format to satisfy shoppers’ particular wants.

A program participant from Adobe as soon as stated,

Working with different distributors is transactional. Working with PowerSpeaking is transformational!”

That’s at all times been our purpose.

Listed below are a couple of milestones on the journey to creating this 12 months’s “100 Quickest … ” listing… 

  • Reaching our first million-dollar-revenue 12 months, in 1996
  • Creating our groundbreaking HighTechSpeaking and Talking Up: Presenting to Choice Makers packages, in 1992 and 2001, respectively
  • Receiving the Brandon Corridor Award “Finest Customized Content material” for our Talking Up: Presenting to Choice Makers program in 2011
  • Being named Enterprise of the Yr by ISA/The Affiliation of Studying Suppliers in 2016
  • Creating centered workshops like Assured Talking for Ladies and Highly effective Storytelling, in 2017 and 2021, respectively
  • Being honored by the Silicon Valley Enterprise Journal as one of many prime Lady-Owned Companies for 2018 and 2019

I joined PowerSpeaking in 2018.To step into an organization with such a wealthy historical past, significant work, and gifted individuals has, and continues to be, an honor and a pleasure. The respect, belief, and love we share as an prolonged household is wonderful.  

In Good Firm


After I attended the digital ceremony the place the “100 Quickest …” winners had been honored, I used to be impressed by two issues. First, by how lots of the honored enterprise leaders attributed a big a part of their success to their individuals and tradition. Carol H. Williams, proprietor of Carol H. Williams Promoting, stated it finest … 

“Creating an setting the place individuals can love one another, love themselves, and love what they do—you’re going to win all the time, then, since you persistently put out a superior product.”

The significance of empathetic management was additionally a standard theme among the many “100 Quickest …” executives who spoke on the occasion. Joshua Motta, CEO of #2-ranked Coalition cybersecurity and insurance coverage firm, informed us …

“Life modified in a short time for all of us. Discovering methods to deal with that and discovering methods to be empathetic with circumstances was helpful. I had a pandemic child, so I’ve a 15-month-old who helped me notice fairly a little bit of empathy, particularly for all the working mother and father.”

The second factor that impressed me was how wide-ranging had been the companies who made the listing.  From shopper items to architectural and software program corporations, the sheer variety of companies which can be nonetheless flourishing despite an economic system turned upside-down moved me.

I liked this perception from Michelle Pusateri, Proprietor of NanaJoe’s Granola, concerning the energy of related enterprise communities …

“I’m actually optimistic about how persons are beginning to look native and beginning to help one another and their companies, to type alliances, speaking to one another about succeeding, and lifting one another up. We’re all on this collectively, and we’ve to assist one another. If we don’t assist one another, there aren’t going to be small companies anymore.” 

Listed below are hyperlinks to the “100 Quickest-Rising Non-public Corporations” article, plus a slide present you may click on by to get a really feel for the spectacular vary of corporations that made the listing.

Closing Ideas

We’re massive believers in constructing studying communities at PowerSpeaking. And so, as we glance to a brand new 12 months and past, our imaginative and prescient is to proceed the educational journey with our shoppers, future shoppers, companions, and prolonged PowerSpeaking household.

We study and develop collectively—and that’s the way it ought to be.

* “The Communication Abilities Marc Benioff Says They Don’t Train You In Enterprise College,” Forbes, 2020. “Marc Benioff On The Important Communication Abilities Used To Construct Salesforce,” Carmine Gallo)


P.S. Our tales maintain a mirror as much as who we’re, what we worth, and what we dream of. In PowerSpeaking’s journey from start-up to creating the “100 Quickest …” this 12 months, there have been tales galore—together with these of the  350,000+ individuals we’ve educated. Allow us to present you the way nice storytelling within the office can drive your corporation, and your profession, ahead . . .



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