Talk Boutique is a full-service speaker representation and coaching company specializing in helping those who have a message to convey do so with engagement and clarity. Using proven methodologies developed through deep experience with TEDx and professional speakers, Talk Boutique helps to develop content, performance and clarity for any speaking opportunity.
We believe that all businesses thrive on quality conversation. The more intelligent the conversation, the better the outcome. Through our diverse service and product offering of speaker coaching, speaker representation, and communication consulting, we help organizations raise the level of discourse so when they communicate, they can engage, motivate, inspire and lead.
Andrea Sampson is a former Strategist and Consultant and has spent over 25 years working in marketing and advertising, presenting and developing strategies for Fortune 100 companies. With a natural talent for developing compelling stories and persuasive content, Andrea is sought after in assisting teams and executives develop their presentations or pitches. Four years ago, Andrea’s passion for ideas led her to TEDxToronto where she volunteered initially as a Speaker Coach, then as the Director of Programming in 2015 and the Conference Co-Chair in 2016. This voluntary role was instrumental in the creation of Talk Boutique, a speaker management, development and representation company. Andrea was the Co-Director of the 2017 Singularity University Canada Summit.
This is a small sampling of TEDx speakers Andrea has coached:
Michael Pirri is the primary at MVP Consulting, a boutique consulting firm based in Toronto with a focus on helping small business (SMB) owners develop core competencies in strategic and financial management. Over the last decade, he was worked in the consumer automotive and retail toy industries, e-commerce, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. He is an analytical and conceptual thinker who effectively partners with SMB owners to assess opportunities, facilitate strategic decisions, and drive successful implementations.
Michael lives in Toronto with his partner, and enjoys coffee tastings, true crime podcasts, and a strong gin and tonic.
Ian is a speaker coach with Talk Boutique. He’s coached for a wide-range of speaking skills, from absolute beginner to executive level. He can offer both group and individual coaching, with a focus on content creation, presentation skills, or both.
He’s also been on the faculty at The Second City in Toronto for nearly two decades, teaching everything from improv to acting to sketch-writing and more.
In over twenty years of corporate workshop facilitation, Ian has worked with hundreds of clients, including: Rolls Royce, Ernst and Young, Deloitte, Bell Canada, Moneris, Capital One, Alliance Atlantis, The Rotman School of Management, Y.E.S., The Canadian Cancer Society, and various municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, and many more.
His years in the improv community make these workshops highly interactive and fun, while focusing on the specific needs of the client. He can create two hour, half-day, or full day workshops for businesses small or large. Topics include:
- Team Building
- Team Building
- Creativity and Storytelling
- Presentation Skills for Individuals and Groups
Ian can also arrange entertainment for full-day events, ranging from improv shows with professionals drawn from leading Toronto institutions such as The Second City, Bad Dog Theatre and The Social Capital, to murder mysteries, magicians and more.
Patricia Andraos is an explorer with over 20 years of learning, experiencing, growing and guiding others to do the same.
She’s guided the development of hundreds of presentations for a range of audiences, both live and online, and become an expert on engagement, resulting in the co-creation of a neuromarketing consultancy that specializes in optimizing customer engagement opportunities within live events.
This includes exploring engagement through the creation of multiple marketing strategies and live corporate events for Fortune 500 companies including the pharmaceutical, automotive, technology, retail and finance sectors. This included a focus on the neuroscience of engagement and developing experiences to strategically promote higher engagement and better learning and retention through neuroscience.
Now as a Power Skills & Performance Coach, Patricia uses her extensive expertise to guide others to explore effective and engaging communication techniques for business and personal growth, instilling the confidence and power skills needed for successful presentations and business advancement.
Ekaterina is a renaissance woman passionate about cross-disciplinary studies. She is on a mission to create a better connected multicultural multilingual world. Linguist, a best-selling author of books on language learning and multilingualism. Ekaterina speaks 9 languages at various levels and understands another dozen. For over 10 years, she has been conducting academic research on the theory “Language Alter Ego”, her TEDx talk explores this theory showing how people can learn languages with theatrical techniques. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland for a few years, Kate has become an award-winning entrepreneur with her main project Amolingua, focused on language and cultural training. Amolingua (former EuropeOnline) was named among TOP 20 start-ups of the world in 2015 by CNBC and StartUp Open. In 2019 Ekaterina was featured among TOP 30 Global leaders in the region of Europe-Africa by the PanAfrican Foundation. At TalkBoutique she conducts group programmes and 1-1 sessions with international speakers helping them with phonetics, eloquence, and enigmatic performances. Using her theatrical background, together with the experience as a 3 Day StartUp facilitator, and mixing it with her teaching practice, she provides business and academic clients with insights on how their performance can be built for big multicultural audiences. She has been training top speakers across the world from TEDx to Singularity University to present their innovative ideas in foreign languages. Moreover, Ekaterina has become the first memory athlete with Russian roots competing at World Memory Championships, and she was featured in the TV Show “Incredible people”. Kate is a university professor leading executive programmes in effective communication and soft skills in foreign languages. She often plays the role of an advisor, mentor, or judge in international startup competitions and accelerators.