Good Public Speaking Is Not A Gift.
It’s A Craft That You Can Learn.

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Become The Best Speaker You Can Be With The Confident Speaker

As testimonials here and our many 5-star Yelp reviews prove, The Confident Speaker (TCS) has an exceptional track record in growing public speaking skills of clients at all levels. Whether you’re a novice looking to overcome a fear of speaking or a good speaker who wants to become a great speaker, you can achieve your goal through TCS individual coaching, public workshops or corporate training.


“I speak before audiences of hundreds. Richard’s insight and guidance took me up to the next level. He’s brilliant and incredibly knowledgeable. And fun to work with!”


General Manager (ret.), San Francisco International Airport

With The Confident Speaker, You Will Learn To:

Speak with Authority

Craft Messages That Resonate

Have Them at “Hello”

Persuade with Logic & Emotion

Consistently Achieve Your Objective

Influence Audiences Non-Verbally

Conquer Objections

Win Consensus

Captivate with Stories

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Nancy Lewellen

Managing Partner - Palladian Law Group

Richard Bannin uses his acting background to make great suggestions on how to improve one's voice, the intelligent use of pauses while speaking, ideas for posture and movement and so much more. I have used his methods, and my public speaking has definitely improved. As an attorney, I am called upon to speak in front of various people and in the court room. Using Richard's methods has definitely made me a better public speaker and improved my confidence as well. I recently watched him do a mock negotiation between two volunteers and he made terrific suggestions for both parties after the demonstration. I heartily recommend him and already have given his name to several business associates.

Geoff Lewis

Geoff Lewis


I recently engaged Richard Bannin as a Communications Consultant to bring my public speaking to the next level and I cannot recommend him more highly! I have known Richard through Toastmasters and I have always been impressed by how he speaks with confidence and poise. Richard brings to The Confident Speaker a unique and dynamic combination of talents and credentials, including his seasoned business presentation skills, his professional/degreed theatre training, and his extensive Toastmasters experience. Both as a speaker and as a coach he is as good as it gets. I would definitely recommend Richard to anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills, whether for professional or personal reasons!

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Craig Ackerman

Founder, Broker, Speaker, Author - Ackerman Realty Group

I hired Richard to help me with a family event in which I was presenting and he did a wonderful job. Richard has style and knows how to get to the heart of the matter. His assistance allowed me to deliver my talk with confidence, poise, and clarity. Richard is a true professional who does provide a valuable service, so that, you don't have to worry about not saying what you really mean. Richard Rocks.

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Lauren Dai

Growth - Stripe

Richard gives highly actionable advice during his coaching sessions. I recently gave a speech using techniques I learned from Richard's class and earned many compliments for 1. structure 2. storytelling techniques 3. vocal variety among other areas. Richard's class has helped me go from a solid public speaker to a public speaker with much more range and variety. Would definitely recommend!

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Michael McLaughlin

Partner - McLaughlin Sanchez LLP

I hired Richard Bannin of the Confident Speaker to assist me with my public presentations. I do a lot of public speaking and didn't have any problems with nerves or lack of confidence. But I knew I needed speech coaching to help me organize and simplify my PowerPoints to simplify my presentations and make them run more smoothly. (I suffered from that common problem of too much data and information on each slide.) Richard helped me simplify my slides, organize my presentations, and just make them run much more smoothly. It worked! And it's so much easier than trying to speak from over-stuffed PowerPoint slides (which everyone hates and no one reads anyway). Richard was a fantastic help and so easy to collaborate with. If you do any amount of public speaking, be sure to contact Richard. Highly recommend!

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Michael Nguyen

Attorney/Patent Counsel - Wong & Rees LLP

Richard is such an amazing public speaking coach! His attention to my quirky mannerisms and help in focusing my message to a nonprofit audience is so important and helpful! I give him and his services my highest recommendation. In just an hour, I came away with a game plan to explain my message with alacrity and readiness to take on the world! Go chat with Richard today!

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Manuel Ugarte

Immigration Attorney

I have had the pleasure of attending two presentations by Richard on public speaking, in particular public speaking for lawyers. He brings his expertise from theater and acting to the courtroom, boardroom and much more. He breaks down the elements of confident speaking to presence, creating rapport with the audience, and storytelling. He doesn't just throw information at you, he makes you practice with exercises and drills. Do you want to be taken seriously when you speak? Have you heard yourself talk or video recorded yourself? Where are your hands? Where are your eyes? It matters. Richard helps with all this and more. Definitely reach out and begin mastering public speaking. With his help, I have become cognizant of my posture demeanor, pitch and other areas I took for granted.

Isaac Jacobson

Isaac Jacobson

Attorney - McLaughlin Sanchez LLP

As an attorney, I'm trained to speak in front of judges and juries, and I have years of experience in the courtroom. However, I have less experience in other public speaking venues, so I worked with Richard to improve in those areas. Richard helped me prepare for speaking engagements that I do on behalf of my business. He shared techniques with me that I simply didn't know before working with him: how to move around the room with intention; where to look; how to engage the audience; and how to prepare interesting visuals. Based on my work with Richard I know my speaking engagements are more interesting, professional, and engaging. I highly recommend The Confident Speaker.

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Asher Bell

CEO - Ring-A-Bell Enterprises

I had the pleasure of working with Richard this year for the first time and let me tell you this was way more than I expected! Richard is extremely detailed, enthusiastic, supportive, driven, and knowledgeable about his business and industry. Even for those who have 10+ years of experience can come to one of the classes and learn new things and even identify new skills when working with Richard. I highly recommend taking one of his workshops and seeing for yourself the dynamic atmosphere he brings and will leave you wanting more.

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Rich Rodman

Account Executive - Shippo

Richard Bannin is one of the most confident and seasoned speakers I've had the privilege of coming in contact with. His ability to mold mediocre speakers into confident speakers is exceptional and truly world class. I seek out his advice every chance I get and can say with confidence that I've learned the majority of my public speaking skills from him. I would encourage you to speak with Richard and see if he's a good fit for you. Ask about his credentials, experience, and style; I'm confident you'll walk away asking yourself why you didn't engage him sooner.

Good public speaking is not a gift. It’s a craft that can be learned.

Whether you’re a novice or experienced speaker, this training will take you to the next level. Make your next presentation your best! Contact Richard and become the best speaker you can be.

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