Eleni Kelakos, dental speaker

The Eleni Group
Ann Arbor, Michigan

(734) 622-0522
Eleni@TheEleniGroup.com
theelenigroup.com


TOPICS:

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Human Relations
  • Inspiration / Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Practice Management
  • Speaking Skills

Eleni Kelakos

Presentation and coaching expert, Eleni Kelakos, is passionate about helping people step out of the wings and “Take the Stage” so they can realize their potential as speakers and leaders. Her company, The Eleni Group, has been in operation since 2003 when Eleni officially hung up her shingle as a presentation skills coach, trainer, and motivational keynote speaker.

Eleni has since helped hundreds of individuals from CEOs to solo-preneurs overcome their limiting beliefs, amp-up their Transformational Presence, and create (and deliver) clear, compelling presentations. Her expertise is reflected in her gold-medal winning book, Touch the Sky: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth, Make Your Mark, and in Transformational Presence, a self-study workbook.

Before embarking on her speaking career, Eleni was an award-winning nationally touring singer-songwriter with four well-regarded CDs, and a professional actress in New York and Hollywood. During these years, she learned how to show up, speak up, and step up with confidence during high-stakes auditions and performances—tools and techniques she shares with her coaching and training clients.

With Eleni’s expert guidance, you will be well on your way towards clearly, confidently, and compellingly sharing your message with the world!


To stand out from your competition and move your business forward in a crowded market, it’s essential that be able to pitch your product or service with confidence and clarity—whether you’re speaking to one person, or one thousand. To that end, this foundational presentation skills training course features presentation techniques to help you speak fearlessly, memorably, and persuasively, igniting what I call your Transformational Presence. Attendees deliver a short prepared presentation in front of the assembled group. I work with them to finesse their presentation and help them better understand their strengths and liabilities as presenters, including body language and use of voice. And, in the tradition of great theatre training, attendees l learn by doing and by observing one another in action.

Participants learn:

  • “We’re Going to Disneyland”:  How to structure an effective presentation.
  • The Five Principles of Transformational Presence.
  • Preparation and rehearsal techniques to increase confidence and engagement.
  • Taming the Fear Factor:  How to minimize and manage performance anxiety (breathing and relaxation basics).
  • How and why to create an individualized “Presentation Preparation Toolkit.”
  • Techniques to increase audience interaction, attention and buy-in.

Please note – This is my most requested flagship program. This workshop can be conducted in various formats and time frames – from a high-level 90 minute program, to a 3-hour time slot, or over one or two days. For one or two day sessions, the number of attendees is intentionally limited, so workshop participants receive intensive learning, attention, and feedback.

Are you or your team getting overwhelmed or overshadowed by technology during your presentations? It’s time to tame the PowerPoint monster and to put the presenter front and center, where she belongs!

This presentation skills training seminar provides tools and techniques to make your slide presentations work for and not against you. Participants learn to create interactive, prepared presentations (in PowerPoint, Slides, Keynote, Prezi, or any other presentation software) that serve as visual aids and make for more effective communication. Participants will develop and present a short prepared presentation, which will be thoroughly critiqued and evaluated.

Participants Learn:

  • Tools and techniques to shape and create a memorable and powerful PowerPoint presentation.
  • Why less really is more
  • Technology etiquette and best practices.
  • How to make charts and numbers palatable and memorable.
  • How to use visuals to make presentation come alive.

When is the last time you heard someone say after one of your presentations, “That was the greatest 3D pie chart I have ever seen?” Sure, charts and data are important, but it’s in our nature as human beings to use stories to entertain, instruct, and persuade others. After all human beings have been telling stories since we could grunt, gesture, and scribble pictures on the walls of our caves.

Stories are what make brands real, relevant, and memorable for people. The fact is, people remember a story that has moved and engaged them long after they remember a fact or figure. In a world glutted with products and services, stories are the way we help to contextualize and differentiate what we’re selling, so that it stands out from all the rest.

In this session, I demonstrate and explain the value and method of creating and delivering a story that can help make a service, product or presentation significantly more memorable and engaging. I share – and then deconstruct — signature stories from my own keynote presentations, modeling the very tools and techniques that I then teach you. Attendees present a story of their own, and receive guidance in shaping and delivering it so that it stands out and shines.

Participants Learn:

  • The 9 Essential Building Blocks of Stellar Story Structure
  • The 5 Principles of Transformational Presence
  • 10 Ways to Tell a Story Better so it Sticks and Sells
  • How to Capture, Practice and Perfect Your Story

Our world and our work are filled with unpredictable moments: Potential clients lob mind-bending questions at us when we’re least prepared; the slide projector dies in the middle of a presentation; and audience members interrupt us when we least expect it. Our ability to improvise in a nimble manner, to speak and act quickly and decisively on the fly, can allow us to make the best of an unexpected situation. Being fully and genuinely in the moment is necessary if you want to sell better, lead better, and speak better… and it’s a vital element of Transformational Presence, my defining philosophy.

This fun, extremely interactive training segment uses traditional Improvisation techniques and exercises to encourage you to leap fearlessly and gleefully into the moment, and to make, trust and act upon quick, strong choices. The exercises encourage you to step fully into the moment and creatively solve the task at hand. Glee abounds, energy soars, laughter rocks the house, comfort zones are breached, and confidence is built. And working together with others towards a desired outcome encourages a greater degree of flexibility, patience, and communication between team members.

Participants Learn:

  • The Building Blocks of Improvisation
  • “There’s Freedom in the Form”: Why structure matters
  • The Power of a Strong Choice
  • How to increase trust and connection by listening better and being present

You’re at yet another networking event, extending your business card to yet another prospect, and they ask the inevitable question: “What do you do?” How you respond will either attract or repel them. Which outcome would you prefer?

In this roller coaster economy, you can’t afford to let a ho-hum, confusing or robotic pitch drive away a potential client or customer. This session will change the way you think about your Elevator Pitch (or Elevator Overture (E.O.), as I like to call it). You’ll be encouraged to find new, more effective ways of phrasing, communicating and delivering your Elevator Overtures so that they catalyze conversations that build into lucrative business relationships.

Participants Learn:

  • How (and why) to craft a compelling pitch/Elevator Overture
  • How to focus a pitch and increase engagement by employing a strong intention
  • Four new pitching models that will make pitches/Elevator Overtures more fun, more human, more memorable and more effective.
Presentation and coaching expert, Eleni Kelakos, is passionate about helping people step out of the wings and “Take the Stage” so they can realize their potential as speakers and leaders. Her company, The Eleni Group, has been in operation since 2003 when Eleni officially hung up her shingle as a presentation skills coach, trainer, and motivational keynote speaker.

Eleni has helped hundreds of individuals from CEOs to solo-preneurs overcome their limiting beliefs, amp-up their Transformational Presence, and create (and deliver) clear, compelling presentations. Her expertise is reflected in her gold-medal winning book, Touch the Sky: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth, Make Your Mark, and in Transformational Presence, a self-study workbook.

Before embarking on her speaking career, Eleni was an award-winning nationally touring singer-songwriter with four well-regarded CDs, and a professional actress in New York and Hollywood. During these years, she learned how to show up, speak up, and step up with confidence during high-stakes auditions and performances—tools and techniques she shares with her coaching and training clients.

With Eleni’s expert guidance, you will be well on your way towards clearly, confidently, and compellingly sharing your message with the world!

“Eleni’s motivational and uplifting TOUCH THE SKY program encouraged (the women at the Chelsea Community Hospital Health and Wellness Center) to have passion and purpose in both their lives and workouts. It was truly wonderful!”

A. Sargeant, Member Services Manager, Chelsea Community Hospital, Health and Wellness Center, Chelsea, MI


“Rarely do you find a speaker who captures the attention of her audience from the opening of the presentation. Your emotional—and often times humorous—presentation about your life triggered our own memories of the trials and tribulations of our lives. As you closed your program, I noticed several people were moved to tears. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us to make us all reach high to Touch the Sky.”

L. Revenaugh, American Business Women’s Association, Women of Today Express Network


“Eleni’s beautiful messages of strength, courage, passion and perseverance combined with uplifting and tender songs and a captivating and, at times, hysterical, story, was the perfect closing session for our annual sales conference. Eleni was a flexible and creative partner and a real champion of our mission and cause. I believe everyone who attended Eleni’s Touch the Sky keynote left walking a little taller than they did before, and for that we are truly blessed to have met her.”

Nicole Polacek, Marketing Manager/Field Development Training, Touchstone Crystal, Cranston, RI


“Eleni did a terrific job presenting her TOUCH THE SKY keynote at meeting of Donor Recruitment Representatives from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. I asked her to tie-together two long days of training for them in an instructive and entertaining fashion, and she certainly did. All of us were especially impressed by the amount of work she did to understand our “business” and create a presentation tailored just for us. Our work at the Red Cross requires us to have sufficient blood products every day of the year for Michigan’s hospital patients, and Eleni absolutely nailed what we should, and can do to achieve our goal. I watched our staff listen to Eleni’s stories, enjoy her songs and fully participate in her entire presentation. After the presentation, their reviews included comments like: “She made me look at challenges in a new way”…”I can see more ownership possibilities in myself that will result in better job performance”…”I think I’m a better recruiter because she clearly reminded me of the importance of what I do in my job.” Eleni is a motivational, entertaining, dynamic and engaging speaker who is guaranteed to provide a truly outstanding presentation.”

Sharon L. Jaksa, CEO, American Red Cross, Great Lakes Blood Services Region


“Thank you for making our American Cancer Society Relay for Life Leadership Summit the best yet! Not only did you rivet the guests to their chairs, you also riveted them to our life-saving mission. You were able to connect with each person in the audience with your tender heart and your robust words of leadership, community service and healing. Never under-estimate the ability you have to move an audience to action. You motivated our community leaders to not only Touch the Sky but to also enjoy the journey.”

Tamara Rummel, Former Area Executive Director, American Cancer Society

Why choose Eleni Kelakos?
  • Eleni has helped hundreds of individuals from CEOs to solo-preneurs overcome their limiting beliefs, amp-up their Transformational Presence, and create (and deliver) clear, compelling presentations.
  • Eleni is not only a presence and presentation expert, but she is a passionate advocate for the development of human potential.
  • During her years performing as a professional actress in New York and Hollywood, Eleni learned how to show up, speak up, and step up with confidence during high-stakes auditions and performances—tools and techniques she shares with her coaching and training clients

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