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Public Speaking and Communication Coaching

Jordyn Benattar Menkes
Toronto, ON, Canada

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for helping people grow. My path to running a communication-focused coaching business was intentional and multifaceted.

Speakwell was born from my observation that people often lose opportunities (such as jobs, admissions to a dream program or school, a pitch, a campaign, a promotion at work, or simply the chance to make a lasting first impression) as a direct result of not knowing how to speak well. As I examined this pattern more critically, I discovered that most people do not have any communication skills training.

It usually isn’t taught in school, and only a small minority have the natural gifts of wordsmithing, gravitas, and charisma. My frustration at seeing high-potential, bright individuals limit their careers and their potential due to the public speaking skill gap sparked the idea of a business that helps people to speak well.

My background as an actress in film and television, my experiences as a competitive persuasive speaker (traveling for years to represent Canada at international public speaking competitions), and my time working at law firms in New York and Toronto, (A) Showed me that the way people communicate could be an absolute game-changer for confidence, leadership, and how others perceive your intelligence. (B) Informed my unique and practical approach to public speaking training.

I ran Speakwell as a side hustle throughout my undergraduate degree, law school, my MBA, and even while working in the legal field. It’s been over a decade since I first established Speakwell and I couldn’t be more fulfilled that this is what I get to do for my career. What motivates me each day is seeing the progress and results of my clients throughout and after our work together. The icing on top is watching how their ability to speak well positively impacts all aspects of their lives, both professionally and personally.

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