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Executive Presence is style, substance, and character. It is showing up as confident and competent, polished in your speaking and your body language, commanding the room, and displaying your values. It’s what helps you stand out in a crowded field of other top performers. It accounts for more than 25% of what it takes to be promoted into leadership positions.

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The Lugar Series class is raving about how much they love what they are learning!
Anne Hathaway
I always learn so much from participating in your sessions.
Deena Dodd
I’ve learned a lot from you so far, and I hope to put your tips to practice soon!
Veronica Schilb
I appreciate your help in improving our public speaking skills.
Lana Keesling
Thank you so much for presenting at our recent leadership conference…I look forward to working with you on additional projects in the future.
Leslie Campbell
I use many of your suggestions on a weekly, if not daily basis.
Ashley Hungate
Thank you! Your advice and guidance have been major factors in getting to this point. It is much appreciated.
Alan L. Hamersly, P.E., Trails and Parks Manager - Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc.
We’ve greatly benefited from our relationship with Ellen. She has trained and mentored our sales and customer service representatives over the last two years. We’ve had great results in the areas of public speaking, sales presentations, and in preparing an elevator pitch. As the COO of Bacompt Systems, I highly recommend her for your organization.
Dwayne Hurt, Chief Operating Officer at Bacompt Systems, Inc.
I’ve worked with Ellen on and off for nearly 10 years and she is a skilled professional. At the risk of sounding like Tony Robbins or some cheese ball life skills coach, Ellen really does transform people’s lives. Whether it’s someone who’s struggled with speech impediments or a foreign-born EVP looking to improve his connection with employees, Ellen works one on one to improve what and how people communicate, which allows THEM to build their confidence and unlock their potential. They go from poor communicators to good ones, or from uninspiring managers to inspirational leaders – depending on their talents, opportunity, ability and desire to implement Ellen’s guidance. I’m working on a before-and-after video built from footage from she’s collected of clients and their improvements it’s obvious and moving.
Mike Magan, Marketing Programs Manager, CloudBlue Technologies
I needed to cut my Elevator Pitch down from a 5-minute explanation to a few words. Ellen helped me do that. When I achieved a position with Rainmakers that required me to speak at the meetings, she helped me tame the butterflies and learn techniques to reduce the nervousness. In addition to the spoken word, she also worked with me a written presentation so the words flow better, by being more powerful and expressive. Best of all, Ellen is professional and fun to work with – a winning combination! I highly recommend Ellen to anyone who wants to leave the proper impression. You’ll be amazed what a few hours with her will do for you!
Cindy Hartman, Owner, Hartman Inventory & Nationwide Inventory Professionals, Director of NICA
With little experience, I knew that when I decided to begin using public speaking as a means to market my practice and take it to the next level, it would be wise to get the help of an expert. Ellen Dunnigan was (and is) the expert I chose to work with. While Ellen did help me with all of the major aspects of communicating my message, her greatest value to me was her ability to help me improve in “subtle” areas that I would have never considered even thinking about on my own. Based upon the feedback that I’ve received from my talks, Ellen’s coaching and encouragement has helped me gain a level of credibility with my audience that I simply could not have gained on my own. If the outcome of any project or endeavor is at least partially based upon your effectiveness as a communicator, you would be very wise to seek the help of Ellen Dunnigan.
Mark Light, Experienced Financial Advisor/Insurance Agent
Ellen has to be one of the best people I know on the planet. She helped me address my strengths and weaknesses as a public speaker over the period of many months. In doing so, she pushed me way out of my comfort zone more than once and I am far the better for it. I look forward to our sessions and would hire her again and again! There is none better.
Scott Emmett, Commercial / Fleet Manager
Ellen was a trainer assigned to help me develop a speech I was giving for Rainmakers Marketing Group. She did a terrific job at telling me I wasn’t prepared, couldn’t wing it, held me accountable and provided great direction. I would recommend her to anyone who needs to speak in front of people.
Tim Dugger, Career and Organizational Development Coach
Ellen taught a class through Rainmaker University that was GREAT! Her expertise in the area of professional speaking is quite extensive- yet she is able to bring it down to a level that is easy to understand for business professionals, sales people, and those that just want to learn to speak better in front of peers, colleagues, business associates, etc. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the class!
Nathan Pfahler, Broker Associate/REALTOR at REMAX METRO
I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Ellen through Rainmakers, a business networking association, and whenever I am around her, I am thoroughly impressed by her professionalism and sincerity. She is one of those people you instantly trust because you know she is truly trying to help you grow as a person and become more than you thought you were. Ellen’s business, Accent on Business, has helped so many people within Rainmakers become stronger, more confident speakers. It is amazing to see those transformations.
Serina Kelly, Customer Relationship Strategist
Communicating effectively is the key to any relationship- business or personal. What I learned in this Accent On Business workshop will help me be a better communicator in every area of my life.
Elizabeth Heil, Reachmore Strategies
Working with Ellen on my presentation style and content gave me the ability to conduct a seminar that was informative and stimulating to my audience.
Doug Boehme, Beacon Business Exchange
This week I gave a sales presentation to a roomful of people. For the first time, I saw people nodding their heads and smiling in agreement with me.
S. Cronk, Sales Executive
I thought I would always have to live with my scratchy voice. I was so tired of people asking me if I was sick or asking me to ‘speak up’. You have made a real difference in my life, both personally and professionally.
Debra Sailor, Trainer and Public Speaker
Your techniques gave our people confidence and credibility as speakers and we were amazed at how painless it was. Thanks for meeting our irregular schedules and deadlines.
T.J. McCann, McCann and Shultz Consulting Group
My English is 100% better. My co-workers and patients haven’t had to ask me to repeat myself in weeks.
Physical Therapist (originally from India), Beverly Healthcare
Ellen, thank you so much for your fabulous presentation yesterday! It was just what we needed. We were out to dinner last night and talked about all the different techniques to reduce anxiety and how they will help the chairmen relax before they have to present their annual reports. We look forward to working with you again.
Colette S. Fike
Ellen – Once again you knocked it out of the park! That group really saw and felt the value of your expertise. There were a lot of comments during the rest of the meeting about your learning points.
Calvin Ellison
Ellen, A potential new client gave us this feedback: “Engaging Solutions’ years of experience and depth of understanding are impressive and your ability to present the subject in such an interesting way is exceptional.” Thanks for your help! This will mean more work for our company.
T. Bulter Robinson, Engaging Solution, LLC
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