Dr. Dennis Becker is a well-known speech coach and communication consultant who has over 40 years of experience in corporate, public, and private settings. He is a Principal of THE SPEECH IMPROVEMENT COMPANY, INC., a Boston based firm specializing in training and coaching professionals in all aspects of communication effectiveness.
Dr. Becker has helped thousands of men and women from all backgrounds. He is a highly sought after coach and consultant to executives worldwide. He coaches professionals for appearances on all the major broadcast networks as well as CNN, CNBC , and CFN . In addition to the list of individual political, sports, media personalities, and business professionals his clients include: ABU DHABI INVESTMENT AUTHORITY, BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION, LIBERTY MUTUAL, NAVISITE, HJ HEINZ CORPORATION, CONCEPTUS, ABU DHABI TOURISM AUTHORITY, TJX COMPANIES, BANK OF AMERICA, ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL BANK, LANDS END , and TOWERS WATSON, HASBRO INC. . His areas of expertise include: leadership/management communication, presentation skills, IPO/VC coaching, interpersonal effectiveness, conference planning & coaching, and media coaching.
As a speaker, Dr. Becker has appeared before hundreds of clubs and organizations, from local community groups to national associations. He is often featured on radio and television programs as guest expert or motivational speaker and was host of the syndicated radio series TALKING ABOUT TALKING. In addition to his consulting, Dr. Becker has taught at both Harvard and MIT.
He has developed a unique and insightful approach to help clients overcome their fear of speaking and refine their communication skills. He is recognized worldwide for his leadership in the research, invention, and use of Virtual Reality for the treatment of the fear of speaking. Dr. Becker has written a book and CD series, NO FEAR OF SPEAKING, which talks about causes and controls for the fear of speaking. He has also authored a number one college text entitled SPEAKING SKILLS FOR BUSINESS CAREERS, as well as two training books titled POWERFUL PRESENTATIONS and CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THE TELEPHONE He is currently working on his next book on strengthening personal communication style. His style is informal, informative and interactive. His shirtsleeve practicality and humor relaxes even the most nervous speakers or anxious communicators.
Dr. Becker completed his undergraduate study in Speech Communication and Broadcasting at Emerson College in Boston, his Masters work in Rhetoric and Public Address at Emerson, and went on to his Ph.D. in Media Communication from The Union Graduate School in Cincinnati. He has served as President of both The Massachusetts Speech Association and The New England Speech Association, and is currently an active member of several professional organizations, including The National Communication Association. He is respected as a leading expert in his field.