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.
Daniel is the Bureau Manager at Talk Boutique, and with an insatiable curiosity to explore the ever-evolving world of business- Daniel began his career within the fitness industry and concluded with a pivot into business development. Always having been keen and methodical, his approach towards business development stems from an eye for capturing hidden truths and through it, finds what a person needs, to truly engage with you. Daniel is enamoured by how the ideas of Thought-Leaders and Changemakers can transform an organization.
Ian Keeling is an author, actor, speaker coach and all-around creative generalist. His first novel, The Skids, won the Copper Cylinder Award and was nominated for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. He’s 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 his work, both independently and with organizations like Bad Dog Theatre and Talk Boutique, he’s facilitated thousands of sessions in person and online, and hosted hundreds of shows. He’s taught tens of thousands of kids in a variety of educational settings, and facilitated/coached in professional fields such as finance, tech, medicine, entertainment, government, academia and more. He’s taught improv in Spain, won a poetry slam at Lee’s Palace, and once got a room of executives at Rolls-Royce to play penguin tag.
Specializing in presentations that will get your messages across in memorable, motivating and innovative ways, Beth has written for and coached clients from senior executives and leadership teams through every level of an employee base. This includes Fortune 500 companies, sales and marketing leaders, physicians, keynote speakers, talent, TEDx speakers and patients who have very emotional stories to share. Whether presenting live or on any one of todays digital platforms, Beth will have you presentation ready to deliver talks in more meaningful and effective ways. Her 20+ years of coaching experience is grounded in a visual design and speech writing background, so knowing what will work on screen and what will ring true makes her an asset to any presenter.
Katie Paterson, has 10+ years supporting SaaS startups define their marketing strategies by building agile and robust marketing machines that drive revenue-generating lead creation in both San Francisco & Toronto. Previously, Katie managed marketing teams & programs at Achievers, Traackr & Espresso Capital. As an executive consultant, she advises businesses on how to build, scale and optimize their marketing & marketing lead generation strategies.
She resides in Hamilton with her Husband and her two dogs, Daisy & Pickles. As a family they enjoy visiting local craft beer breweries and trying the newest foodie hotspot.
Whether tackling front-page issues or getting the celebrity scoop on the red carpet, Liz West has been informing and entertaining television viewers for well over a decade. Most recently Liz could be seen asking the tough questions and sharing her opinion as co-host of the long running daily current affairs show Square Off. Today she can be heard world-wide as producer and co-host of the infotainment podcast “Unplugged” with Mark Hebscher.
Liz began her broadcast career producing and hosting long-form segments for the original entertainment program eNow on CTV. After interviewing the Who’s Who of music along with regular guest appearances on Canada AM, Liz moved to Citytv in January 2000 as the lead Entertainment Anchor on Citypulse @ 6. She went on to become Host of Star! At The Movies, Entertainment Reporter for Star! Daily, co-host of specials such as the TIFF Star! Schmooze, Citytv’s New Year’s Eve Bash, and “Live! At the Genies” along with regular guest appearances on Breakfast Television.
Liz resumed her lead position on the red carpet at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival for CP24 and can be seen on Cosmo TV as host of the lifestyle series “Rags To Red Carpet”.
Liz is also a part-time instructor at Centennial College, The Centre for Creative Communications, and received the Alumni of Distinction Award in 2011. She is a published author on bettering personal communication, a guest host on Newstalk 1010, and offers on-camera, public speaking and media training.
The mother of two, who sings in a band, is a volunteer speaker for Canadian Blood Services and lends her support to several charities including Accessible Media Inc., OneXOne, Autism Ontario and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.
Patricia Andraos is an explorer – a multilingual, passionate world citizen who continually challenges herself to learn, experience and grow. As a Speaker Coach at Talk Boutique, she encourages others to do the same. Passionate about learning, Patricia has earned an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University, a Teaching Effectiveness Certificate and most recently, is earning her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) accreditation through The International Coaching Federation. In the past 20 years, Patricia has applied this learning to creating uniquely effective marketing communication strategies and highly successful live corporate events for Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, automotive, technology, finance and retail sectors, to name a few. 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. Now as a Speaker Coach, Patricia guides others to explore effective and engaging communication techniques for business and personal growth, instilling the confidence and skillset needed for successful presentations.
John is the Director of Sales at Talk Boutique, in this role he has advised C-Suite Executives for some of the top companies in the world such as Google, University of Toronto, United Way, amongst others. He began his professional journey twenty-plus years ago when he was selling Real Estate in Toronto, followed by beach properties in Costa Rica and Panama. Writing has always been a passion of his, so during this time he authored and published the Joy & Love eBook. After 15 years in Real Estate he made a hard shift, and managed a SaaS (Software as a Service) team in the Higher Education Technology vertical. It’s a cultivation of all his experience in Real Estate, Tech, and Personal Development that enabled him to develop his methodology to advise executives to work at their peak performance, while empowering others!