Elaine Lewis is the chief trainer at Speech Impact, a division of Courtroom Communications, LLC.  She brings to her specialty of teaching people to communicate more effectively, a combination of academic training and personal experience.  Not only is she a skilled teacher, she has also been a professional communicator in her own right for over 30 years.  Her credentials are extensive and varied.

She has acted in over 100 television commercials, has worked as a spokeswoman for major corporations, has appeared on daytime TV soap operas, has performed in industrials musicals and films, and spent a number of years working in TV news and weather reporting, including at WCBS-TV in New York City.

She was, for several years, a visiting teacher of voice and diction at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts. She taught Speaking and Lecturing for Effect to business and professional people at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and taught actors to act in television commercials at a well known school of TV in New York City.

Ms. Lewis has also given many lectures on presentation skills, and written more than a dozen articles on the subject. (View list).  She has appeared on CNN and on Court TV, commenting on presentation skills and witness behavior. Clients have included General Motors executives whom she coached for major speeches across the United States and Canada, many attorneys and/or their witnesses at law firms throughout the United States, and upper level managers working for the City of New York for whom she conducted oral presentation skills workshops. 

She has a BS in Communications from the State University of New York, an MA in Theater from New York University, and another 4 years of math and physics from the City College of New York, where she majored in Meteorology.

Her professional memberships include the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists, Actors Equity Association, and the American Society of Trial Consultants.

Ms. Lewis is a teacher who can claim to have “been there, done that”, having at some point in her career participated in just about any form or speaking in public one can imagine. She is very familiar not only with the rewards of success but the obstacles one can face when speaking before an audience.
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Training Areas Offered by
Speech Impact

General Public Speaking:
 Basic to Advanced

Coaching for a scheduled speech

How to handle interviews:
TV, radio, press

Speech writing

Effective use of visual aids:
Power Point, models, charts, boards

Dealing with fear of speaking in public


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