Speak for Success is a leader in communication skills training. Our mission is to help you become the confident, assertive leader you were meant to be.
We do this by making communication skills training accessible and convenient, no matter where you live or what your title is on the corporate ladder.
What we believe
Based on our experience working with +180 people in this space, we have come to believe that...
Communication skills have a significant impact on your professional success
Most young professionals who are new to the workforce lack the confidence and communication skills needed to be immediately effective in their role
Ongoing practice is absolutely critical to confidence and skill development
Most people enjoy practicing, so long as it’s convenient and in a fun, safe and supportive environment
Feelings of anxiety and nervousness is one of the biggest challenges to overcome when starting out
Key principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) might be the best way for speakers to build confidence and learn how to manage their feelings of anxiety and nervousness
Working with experts will enable us to develop the most effective program and most enjoyable learning experience for our members
What makes us different
While other programs primarily focus on delivering keynote speeches and the technical aspects of public speaking, Speak for Success focuses on practicing the everyday communication skills that you need to succeed in the workplace; all while helping you to build your confidence and reduce your feelings of nervousness and anxiety so you can say “yes” to every speaking opportunity that comes your way.
We practice the skills that matter most. Many of us will never deliver a TEDx talk but nearly all of us will have to deliver a presentation at work, answer impromptu questions from our manager and formally introduce ourselves to new clients. That’s why we focus on building the day-to-day communication skills that matter most in the workplace.
We have small class sizes. While most other programs have anywhere between 20 - 35(!) people per class, we cap all of our classes at 10 people to ensure everyone has multiple opportunities to practice speaking as well as giving and receiving feedback.
We maximize your practice time. Unlike other programs that spend the majority of class time on lecture and theory, we've designed the Speak for Success© so that nearly 100% of class time is devoted to practice. Practice is what confidence is made of, so it's critical that you get plenty of opportunities to take centre-stage.
We provide a fun, safe and supportive environment. Public speaking can be scary and intimidating. That’s why we ensure that every practice session provides you with a fun, safe and supportive environment for you to practice and grow. Plus, we love keeping it casual and having a lot of fun along the way!
We focus on strategies that reduce feelings of nervousness and anxiety. We've partnered with Registered Psychologist, Dr. Melanie Badali to develop curriculum that uses proven, science-based methodologies that will build your confidence and reduce feelings of nervousness and anxiety so you can say "yes" to any speaking opportunity that comes your way.
Meet our team
Monica M. Vucko, MSc.
Founder & Program Director
Monica has over nine-years experience working in operations, entrepreneurship and innovation. She is currently the Senior Manager of Operations at entrepreneurship@UBC, UBC Research & Innovation. Prior to this she worked at social venture, WE Org where she was responsible for the organization’s most valuable portfolio of multi-year corporate partnership commitments worth +$14 million, including Fortune 500 US companies such as Walt Disney, General Mills and Allstate Insurance. Monica founded Speak for Success in 2018 after years of (unsuccessfully) trying to find a communication skills program that was both accessible and affordable. Monica has a MSc. in Social Innovation & Sustainability from HEC Paris, a BA from Queen's University and completed a Fellowship at Yale University.
Dorothea Hendriks has 25 years of coaching experience. She is a Toastmaster, former provincial champion speaker and recipient of the prestigious Toastmasters Presidential Citation presented to a select few in the world. Her passion has been and is working with professionals and entrepreneurs helping them master their public speaking and presentation skills.
A former instructor at Vancouver Community College and an alumni of the University of British Columbia, Dorothea is an educator, speaking coach and consultant with an approach to training that is light-hearted, fun, supportive and intense. She has travelled across Canada delivering communication and presentation skills workshops to over 5000 people helping them become more confident and engaging communicators.
Strategy & Operations
Vivian Chan is a change-maker who has deep roots in Technology and Community Building. She was involved in launch, monetization, sales and marketing for 3 waves of disruptive technology: Analytics; Cloud and AR/VR at SAP, VMare and Eyexpo. For over 30 years been a volunteer and organizer for BC Children's Hospital, Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, SIGGRAPH and been an ally to students, women, changemaker and entrepreneurs. Vivian believes that systems change often starts at the intersection of things. Her work is grounded in ensuring that new voices and those who have lived experiences are included as we evolve and improve our communities.
Alistair J.L. Clark, MSc.
E-Learning & Data Analytics
Alistair Clark is a Data Scientist at Birch Hill Equity partners, a Canadian mid-market private equity firm with over $3 billion in capital under management. Prior to this, Alistair spent three years working as Head of Product for e-learning company IWT which has been featured in most major media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, ABC News, PBS, Fox Business and CNBC. At the start of his career, Alistair worked as a management consultant in the Accenture Strategy practice with industry experience in Financial Services, Communications, Media & Technology, Postal, and Transit across Canada and the U.S.. Alistair has a MSc. in Data Science from The University of British Columbia and a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen's University.
Dr. Melanie Badali, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Melanie Badali is a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years of experience helping clients achieve personal change. She consults with executives and professionals who want to proactively increase resilience, maximize productivity, and improve well-being. She is certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies and is the Vice-President at Anxiety Canada. Dr. Badali obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia and she holds a B.A. (Honours Psychology) degree from McGill University. Dr. Badali is also a mental health advocate and shares her expertise through public speaking, media communication and writing. She has been interviewed or quoted in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets, including CBC, Global News, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine Magazine and Today’s Parent.
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