Speak Like a CEO® Boot Camp

Program Overview

In leadership, great communication skill is the most important predictor of success in influencing people, gaining alignment, and driving results.  Speaking is often thought of art and science, and that may be true, but it is also not a natural born skill.  For nearly two decades we’ve been teaching top leaders in global companies the art of communicating in a powerful way with their audiences.  Experienced speakers learn to raise their game, stand on a bigger stage, tell the story, make the business case, persuade, influence and inspire.  They do this in a collegial, welcoming environment with other leaders who want to learn how to quickly prepare and deliver an exceptional presentation.

Whether you’re making a presentation to the board or executive leadership, briefing your peers, speaking to shareholders or investors, or meeting with your team, clients or prospects, this course shows you how to talk about big ideas, tell the story, and leave a positive lasting impression.  Speak Like a CEO is designed for leaders who want to develop a great deal of confidence on stage that demonstrates they are ready for the next level of leadership.

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Speak Like a CEO Boot Camp

Speak Like a CEO Boot Camp
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October 26-27, 2022


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What Will You Learn in Speak like a CEO?

Our two-day Speak Like a CEO program teaches you to win trust, build credibility, and inspire action. You learn to analyze even the most sophisticated audiences, present analysis of data without making it dull and dry, and tell a rich and memorable leadership story. You also discover how to command the room with a comfortable, authentic, front-of-the-room presence. Videotaping in a small group allows you to see yourself in action and get immediate feedback from a seasoned coach and peers, all designed to quickly take your presentation skills to the next level.

You will discover how to:

  • Speak and make your case even if you have only three minutes

  • Analyze audiences and take a savvy, thoughtful approach to each

  • Make the case for your ideas with clear analysis of the problem and a call to action

  • Translate highly technical data so people know what it means

  • Get away from dry, lengthy PowerPoint presentations that drag on  

  • Stand at the front of the room and exude confidence no matter the situation

  • Engage audiences with stories that drive home important lessons

  • Present and make an impact even with remote, hard-to-reach audiences

“This program goes far beyond a typical presentation-skills workshop; instead, it provides highly practical, relevant tools to support senior leaders who need to communicate across large organizations.”
— Ron Edmonds, Vice President and Controller
Dow Chemical Company
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Is Speak Like a CEO for You?

This program is not a public speaking class for beginners. It is designed for the moderate to relatively experienced leader who wants to shine on a bigger stage, outshine the competition, and be considered a superb communicator. 

  • Senior executives, presidents, VPs and high potential leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners
  • Leaders who need to:
    • Meet with important and high stakes audiences and make an impact
    • Win support to drive initiatives and deliver exceptional results
    • Make an important case in brief, tell the story, and win buy-in from all levels
    • Go beyond presenting the data to build rapport, win hearts and minds

Business Needs Met by this Program

This program targets the business needs of leaders with these types of challenges and responsibilities in their organizations:

  • Speaking to the board, the executive team, to get funding or project approval
  • Meeting with influential clients, prospects, or speaking at industry conferences
  • Called upon to present company information to investors, analysts and the media
  • Responsible for setting and communicating strategic direction and plans
  • Critical need to cascade messages, win-buy in, influence actions, get results
  • On point to lead change, drive innovation, or execute major initiatives
  • Building a leadership brand/visibility through public speaking and internal events

Why Choose Speak Like a CEO?

The Speak Like a CEO program offers a unique, interactive and high impact experience that gives you a tangible, powerful set of tools to go back to the office and succeed, including these key elements:

  • Rigorous interactive sessions with recordings and personal feedback from peers and top coaches
  • Powerful tool to unlock what is in the mind of any audience, large and small, and consistently communicate in a concise, clear, compelling, and relevant way
  • Formula for making a succinct, persuasive business case in six steps and three minutes
  • Simple approach to shaping and telling your big idea in fewer than 25 words
  • Storytelling to share experiences and values that build your brand as a leader
  • Tips on enhancing your virtual stage presence to connect with your audience and allow them to see you as a confident speaker and presenter

Why Bates?

Speak Like a CEO Boot Camp is based on Suzanne Bates’ bestselling book Speak Like a CEO: Secrets for Commanding Attention and Getting Results (McGraw Hill), updated and refreshed for 2018 with new insight and content designed to help leaders respond to the changing demands of the global, virtual world. The program has been praised by leaders in Fortune 500 companies as an unparalleled experience that helped them finally master the communication necessary for leading with influence.

 The course is led by seasoned executive coaches and facilitators with a track record of coaching and advising senior and high potential leaders in large and mid-size companies in more than 40 countries. Our coaches set an upbeat tone from the start and know how to bring out the best in everyone. You’ll leave energized by the positive, supportive feedback, armed with a toolbox of proven methods and techniques for preparing any speech, presentation or important message.

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