Mary’s talks are relevant, raw and real. She uses stories from her clients as well as her own life to spark, provoke and incite awareness. Punt the podium. Mary walks into the audience asking live questions.
Mary has been invited to speak at international events attracting thousands of people in China, Asia, the U.S., Australia and Europe.
Mary’s signature half day and full day workshop programs include:
Gone are the days where it’s acceptable for leaders to stand in front of an audience and regurgitate what’s on PowerPoint slides.
TED talks have elevated the art of public speaking into a more personal experience between the speaker and the audience. With many TED talks having gone viral, the TED style presentation is recognized as the new industry standard: by delivering a more personal experience between the speaker and the audience around a singular idea worth spreading.
Short, concise and informative, TED style talks have demonstrated the power to educate, persuade, and mobilize global audiences.
It is well known that TED speakers spend up to a year developing their talk for the TED stage, with over 100 hours of preparation, multiple coaching sessions and multiple rewrites. While not everyone will be invited to speak on the TED stage, being able to develop TED talk skills is now within reach to executives via our ‘TED Talk Power Skills’ program.
As a leader, your credibility and influence is often linked to your ability to persuade others with your public speaking skills. Whether you’re addressing stakeholders, industry peers or the public, are you able to confidently deliver a keynote speech or talk which:
- Inspires and moves others to act?
- Holds your audience’s attention?
- Has a clear and memorable message?
- Sparks interest to continue the conversation?
Mary Rezek and her team have created the ‘TED Talk Power Skills’ course to help leaders develop their speaking skills in a clearer and more concise manner. The aim is to bring this new and exciting TED-like experience to leaders who want to hone their speaking skills and be more inspirational.
It is our hope by attending this program, that leaders will become more confident and polished in delivering impactful and powerful talks. Our desire is to see you one day on the TED stage as well!
To find out more about our TED speaker coaches, click here.
Mary Rezek and her team share TED’s values and believe that there is a lot to learn from preparing for and delivering TED talks. Our aim in developing the TED Talk Power Skills program is to offer people the chance to learn and benefit from this outstanding public speaking format.
While Mary Rezek and her team work actively as TED speaker coaches, leaders who attend this course will not be actively selected to be a TED speaker.
TED is a registered trademark of TED Conferences LLC. Mary Rezek and her associates are not affiliated with or connected to TED.
Many business leaders have similar skills, backgrounds and acumen, but very few master their emotions and reactions.
Amplify Your Executive Presence is the ability to project gravitas and confidence. It is the aptitude to communicate assertively whilst reading an audience or situation by commanding a room and demonstrating poise under pressure.
Our Amplify Your Executive Presence program accelerates a leader’s ability to:
- Present themselves as a competent, confident, credible leader in any situation
- Know what to say, when to say it and how to say it under pressure
- Articulate: who I am and what I know… succinctly
- Explore building solid relationships using emotional intelligence
- Understand personal blocks and triggers
- Learn to regulate responses quickly when handling difficult situations
- Practice word choice, tone, posture, pause, inquiry and direction setting techniques to demonstrate poise and confidence
Conciseness is your professional responsibility. It is the most fundamental competency that all successful leaders need.
When successful leaders communicate clearly and concisely there is a huge return on lean communication investment, since ideas distinctly stand apart.
Our Get to the Point program accelerates a leader’s ability to:
- Present complex information in a simple, clear and understandable way
- Practice international structured thinking techniques
- Consolidate and summarize thinking through live scenarios
- Handle difficult questions
- Recover when off track
- Maintain credibility when you don’t have the answer
- Manage the audience
- Project confidence under stress
- Understand the impact of content overload
- Manage a senior leader’s expectations
- Request a call to action
Today’s organizations face a gap between the required skills and the capabilities of their leadership. The most effective leaders continually invest in their own and other’s strengths by surrounding themselves with teams that are strong in four domains: executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking. Leaders who focus on strengths indirectly affect trust, compassion, stability, hope and team engagement.
Mary’s Maximize Your Leadership Strengths Program, leveraging the Strength-Based Leadership book by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie is designed to enable leaders and leadership teams to:
- Identify the key to being an effective leader is to show how each person’s unique strengths can drive their success and therefore fine-tune their leadership capability.
- Identify and become aware of their individual strengths
- Integrate understanding about the reasons behind their actions and how their strengths can be applied
- Actively use their talents to forge even greater leadership impact from their strengths
- Expand and create strategies to develop strengths in others
- Review and understand their top five strengths from the two strengths-based leadership reports
Any business leader or executive who wants to be successful must learn the techniques for getting what they want from people. The most effective way to do this is through the strategic use of influence skills. In order to achieve business success, goals must be met repeatedly.
Effective influencers have a solid set of communication behaviors and they understand how and when to use them. They are flexible in developing an approach and quick to respond in the moment.
With the horizontal structure of today’s progressive organizations, the truly effective leader uses contemporary influence techniques to achieve results, regardless of their position within the organization.
In this workshop, based on the best selling book “The Influence Edge” by Alan Vengel, participants will learn how to:
- Learn when and how to use twelve specific influence behaviors
- Strategically plan for influence situations and opportunities
- Focus and practice on real business situations for instant application
- Develop a strategic approach to ask for and receive support to accomplish goals
- Explore and practice the benefits of networking and influence
Mary speaks on a wide range of leadership topics such as:
- Top 10 Terrible Bads: Leadership blocks that impact your bottom line
- Leadership versus Management: Strategies to maximize business growth
- International Networking – How to be remembered
- Shifting from self-promotion to making my work visible
- Navigating Office Politics: Influence is more important than titles
I first met Mary 10 years ago, when she spoke at an event on Navigating Office Politics organized by The American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai. Then, Mary’s self-confident presence as a speaker and razor sharp insight struck me. She’s a rare “natural” at speaking.
Now, I continue to find Mary’s advice insightful and credible. She gives real-life examples and puts herself in others’ shoes, which I always appreciate.
The things I appreciate most about Mary include her boldness; ability to distill and provide clarity; and personal commitment to my success.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Mary. I met Mary at a time when I was gunning for a senior leader position. As Mary and I began to work together, Mary helped me navigate my leadership style and executive presence. Shortly after our coaching engagement, I was promoted to Managing Director of the firm. Timing is everything! My coaching with Mary came at the right time in my career.
The first time I met Mary, I knew she was the executive coach for me.
I was looking for a coach who had a clear process. She kept me focused and on target, making sure I followed through with my goals, and achieving what I wanted to accomplish. Mary's coaching style is effective and practical. In addition, she is very personable, straight-up and constructive. She pushed me outside my comfort zone, and led me to see great results, creating the future I wanted in my professional life.
I find Mary an extraordinary speaker, and very engaging.
Mary and I have worked together on a number of projects including TEDxShanghaiWomen and Women in Leadership Forum. She is unconventional, direct, refreshing, succinct and honest. She nows how to draw out the key point and issues, and give you key-takeways that are easy to remember and applicable to your own situation.
Mary's time on the ground in vast experience, makes her the real deal. I don't believe anyone else would have been able to get the results out of me the way Mary has.
Mary is a trusted person, who has a warmth and calmness about her that makes her easy to work with. She is extremely empathetic, insightful and wonderfully honest in her approach. Furthermore she recognises patterns and can call your blind spots which I found very valuable.
Mary’s deep understanding and experience in helping US corps understand China, as well as coaching China executives in US culture, makes her a unique proposition. Not many people can do what Mary does.
From working with Mary, I have become a more effective leader, and our business has double digits year on year.
Mary’s candor and ability to give direct and difficult feedback grabbed my attention in ways that motivated me to change my leadership style. This change strengthened my role as a leader and improved the culture within my team and business. She has a lot of field experience with large corporations and entrepreneurs, so her mix of international experience across many different companies and industries made her value proposition extremely compelling for me and our coaching engagement was a big success as a result.
Mary offers best practices and a personalized development plan for executives who want to refine their executive presence.
Mary has a lot of experience dealing with senior leaders, and can pull from that experience very readily. She offers more than what is expected from executive coaches, and goes that extra mile. She always follows up on conversations, and working with Mary, I feel like I have someone who I can trust and always call upon when in need of a boost of energy, new perspective and someone who can help me instigate change.
After working three years with Mary, Mary continues to impress us with a sharp focus on getting results from our leaders, in a way that so far no other coach has been able to do.
We have seen the positive behavioral changes from our leaders, as a result of Mary's facilitation in the executive leadership workshops and her endeavors with the executive coaching. Mary is very focused, engaging and results oriented. Mary is an expert in leadership development, being professional and neutral all the time, and has an adaptive style to any sort of leader, no matter where they are based, or where they are from. I do believe Mary will exceed all expectations, and help you and your leaders deliver success.
Mary is my number 1 executive coach and professional confidante.
I’ve worked with Mary on a number of projects and she is my go-to executive coach.
Mary has a level of composure and fearlessness with executives all the way to the board level. Because of Mary’s breadth of exposure to executives in Silicon Valley, China and across the globe, she knows how get to the heart of the issue, without getting people's defenses up. Mary has culture agility which few executive coaches have. She’s reads people quickly and accurately, and able to dive into the root of the problem, then bring people who have completely different perspectives together to develop a solution that is a win-win for all.