Jacques Waisvisz, principal trainer and president of The Speaker's Coach, has over two decades experience in public speaking and training. Jacques is a hospitality/tourism industry expert and worked as a diplomat with the Canadian Government Tourism Department. He has been actively involved with Toastmasters International for most of his professional career. In 1991, he became District Governor for Toastmasters International, and he received the Distinguished Toastmaster accreditation (DTM).This is the highest leadership and educational certification awarded by Toastmasters. Jacques is one of the founding members of the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Over the years, Jacques has won numerous public speaking contests. As an international presenter, he has spoken to audiences in Canada, United States, Japan and Germany. Jacques has lectured at Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ottawa, Canada. The Speaker's Coach is a Canada-based international training and consulting firm. The Speaker's Coach offers "Team Building Through Powerful Communications" seminars. These seminars assist employees, managers and executives to gain greater confidence and become more effective when communicating with audiences either in-house or to outside audiences. The Speaker's Coach also offers "Lunch and Learn sessions". See the main page for more information on these free sessions.

What do they say?

"Mr. Waisvisz encouraged me to release the paralyzing fear that prevents so many people from participating in events which require public speaking. I registered for his class because I wanted to be more confident when speaking to various groups or employers. It is his dedication to empowering me and others to "Speak Up then Shut Up" (title of his book), that has giving me a fighting chance in my chosen profession. The best part about his class is that almost every day I didn't want to go in, but then I realized I wasn't the only one, My class mates became my big support group and I became a part of theirs. If you want to be able to put together a speech about anything within a limited amount of time, he'll show you the way. May 5, 2013."

Shana (Student at Algonquin College)

"I and all 300 travel agents attending were very impressed by your really did a great job...the seminar was very professional and showed a lot of ability and enthusiasm."

Peter Koch, Manager, Deutsches Reisebüro, Frankfurt, Germany.

"By practicing what you preach you made the participants work together; the interaction in the group was excellent; it was an enjoyable learning exercise."

Jean Régnier, Manager, Industry Canada, Ottawa, Canada.

"You involved your audience in such a way as to make learning fun."

John Aviste, President, Aviste Motion Pictures, Watertown, New York.

"I had Jacques come to an HRDC Project Management Network meeting and he gave the most incredible interactive session on presentations. Everyone loved it, it was amazing to be truly affected from his short session. I can't say high enough praises about Jacques' session. You will love it. I highly recommend Jacques and his session on presentations."

Line M. Gauthier, TB Submissions Coordinator SD, Hull, PQ.

"The input you provided helped us make our individual presentations more meaningful and effective. Your additional suggestions ensured that we proceeded to deliver a professional presentation to our English and French audiences. Thank you again Jacques for doing such an excellent job for us. If ever you need a recommendation, I would be delighted to recommend your services to other government departments."

Earl Hoeg, Manager, Industry Canada, Ottawa, Canada.

"The School for Promotional Marketing in Canada has been offering one-day Presentation Skills Workshops as part of its curriculum for the Promotional Products Association of Canada. We call these workshops "Presentation Magic!" Most of the participants are sales-representatives, managers as well as suppliers, who are desirous of learning how to write and deliver better presentations and ...who want to receive CEU (educational) credits as part of their ongoing education in the Promotional Marketing field. The Presentation Skills seminar by the Speakers Coach earns 0.80 CEU's in our curriculum and Jacques has offered this one-day seminar with great success since 1998. At the conclusion of every course we ask participants to complete an evaluation form. We have received nothing but positive evaluations for this seminar and we highly recommend it."

Debbie Hargrave, Executive Assistant, School for Promotional Marketing in Canada Markham, Ontario, Canada.

"Your course was excellent, enjoyable and entertaining. I benefitted greatly and it helped me overcome the numbing fear of public speaking."

Sally Jorgensen, Deputy Director, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada.

"Rather, your most exceptional quality is the confidence that you bring to your students. I had the opportunity to watch many of my classmates, initially terrified of public speaking, grow into confident and capable speakers. Often, these changes were nothing short of incredible!"

Andrew Johnston, Algonquin College, Small Business Program, Nepean, Canada.