Eric Bergman provides the vast majority of presentation skills training conducted by his firm, but has a number of experienced consultants in Canada and the United States he can call upon for large client assignments.
He became a student of the spoken word in September, 1981. The professor of his presentation skills course at college was a member of a team preparing a presentation for delivery in Baden-Baden, West Germany. The objective of the presentation was to convince the International Olympic Committee that Calgary should host the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.
“We were given a front-row seat to the process,” Eric says. “I'll never forget waking up to my clock radio to hear that Calgary had been selected to host the games. For me, it was one of those ‘where were you?’ moments.”
He started his communications career as a government public affairs officer in June, 1982, and wrote his first speech for a senior executive less than two months later. “It was a retirement speech, so it was fairly low risk," he says. “But, as the first one, it was stressful. I worked on that five minutes for almost five hours.”
He left government in 1985, and has since been self-employed as a communications consultant. He relocated to Toronto in 1987 and, as a significant part of his consultancy for nearly a decade, wrote hundreds of speeches for executives in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
In the early 1990s, he began shifting his focus to providing presentation skills training during workshops and seminars, and in one-on-one coaching. He rarely writes speeches now, instead preferring to combine one-on-one coaching with his proven content development approach.
"Generally, for about the same cost as having a speech written and about the same time investment," he explains, "the executive walks away with full confidence in the material and his or her ability to deliver it effectively. Better yet, the executive has a range of skills that can be applied to all future speeches and presentations." Contact Eric
if you're interested in putting his proven approach to work for you.