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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 thankful for what now we have.  By no means to take our lives, {our relationships}, our life’s work, or our success without any consideration.

Talking of excellent fortune (and sure, quite a lot of artistic, 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 Firms” record, rating at quantity 38! The popularity was given to personal firms that met or exceeded a sure earnings stage for the years 2018 by means of 2020.

We couldn’t be extra proud—and grateful. 

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

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

I’d prefer to briefly let you know about them . . .


All the time the place to begin. 

At first, our long-standing clients, from biomedical and high-tech giants to quite a lot of smaller corporations. By way of 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 usually carry a brand new perspective and a novel sense of pleasure to our work.  

Subsequent, the PowerSpeaking workforce …

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

Then there are our proficient 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 very best.  

And what enterprise thrives with out a proficient group of “again workplace” individuals who hold the wheels turning? Customer support, enterprise planning, workshop logistics, accounting, IT, advertising and marketing, and product growth. They’re all golden, and we love them.

As to particular issues the PowerSpeaking workforce has accomplished prior to now two years that contributed most to our success? Listed here are just a few highlights . . .

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

A Altering Enterprise Ethos

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

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

“Communication might be probably the most important a part of my job,” and “Presentation expertise are key. Individuals who give you the results you want characterize your model.You need them to current themselves–and characterize you–in a sure approach.” *

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 put money into elevating communication expertise as a part of their tradition and marketing strategy.

Our Historical past

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

“We used to take night walks and discuss how we needed to make a distinction on the planet, and the way Rick needed to begin his personal enterprise,” she informed me. Rick took the leap from his company job in 1985 to begin PowerSpeaking, and 4 years after that, Mary left her instructing job in particular schooling to companion full-time within the younger firm.

The corporate’s authentic marketing strategy was written as an MBA challenge 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 house, with assist from Moira Kavanaugh, who stayed with them till 2018, when she retired as a gross sales govt. “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 operating 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 applications that weren’t customizable, PowerSpeaking tailor-made their content material and format to fulfill 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 objective.

Listed here are just a few milestones on the journey to creating this 12 months’s “100 Quickest … ” record… 

  • Reaching our first million-dollar-revenue 12 months, in 1996
  • Creating our groundbreaking HighTechSpeaking and Talking Up: Presenting to Determination Makers applications, in 1992 and 2001, respectively
  • Receiving the Brandon Corridor Award “Finest Customized Content material” for our Talking Up: Presenting to Determination Makers program in 2011
  • Being named Enterprise of the 12 months by ISA/The Affiliation of Studying Suppliers in 2016
  • Creating centered workshops like Assured Talking for Girls and Highly effective Storytelling, in 2017 and 2021, respectively
  • Being honored by the Silicon Valley Enterprise Journal as one of many high Girl-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 proficient 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 have 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 atmosphere the place individuals can love one another, love themselves, and love what they do—you’re going to win the entire 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 understand fairly a little bit of empathy, particularly for the entire working dad and mom.”

The second factor that impressed me was how wide-ranging have been the companies who made the record.  From shopper items to architectural and software program corporations, the sheer range of companies which are nonetheless flourishing regardless of an financial system turned upside-down moved me.

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

“I’m actually optimistic about how persons are beginning to look native and beginning to assist 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 now we have to assist one another. If we don’t assist one another, there aren’t going to be small companies anymore.” 

Listed here are hyperlinks to the “100 Quickest-Rising Non-public Firms” article, plus a slide present you may click on by means of to get a really feel for the spectacular vary of firms that made the record.

Closing Ideas

We’re large 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 needs to be.

* “The Communication Abilities Marc Benioff Says They Don’t Educate 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 ways nice storytelling within the office can drive what you are promoting, and your profession, ahead . . .



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