Elissa Bernstein - Bio - Speaker Training

 

Elissa has been training speakers, actors and singers for 20 years. She is a trained lawyer, has a DEC in health science and is a classically trained singer, actor and dancer. Her unique background and fascination with problem-solving brings great richness to her work. For over a decade, Elissa was a North American syndicated legal columnist. Based in Montreal, Canada, she has helped speakers around the world write concise, vibrant speeches and then trained them to deliver passionate and compelling presentations – whether in the boardroom, on the campaign trail, or on a TEDx stage. 

 

Professional Experience

 

  • Collaborated on design and content for a 3-day workshop4-hour workshop for for the European Environment Agency (Copenhagen, March 2016

  • Collaborated on design and content, and presenteda 4-hour workshop for La Banque Nationale du Canada (Montreal, March 2016)

  • Collaborated on design and content, and presented a 3-day workshop for the European Environment Agency (Copenhagen, September 2015)

  • Collaborated in the design, content and delivery of 8-month training program for The Jeanne Sauve Foundation for Sauve Fellows (Montreal, September 2015-May 2016)

  • Collaborated in the design, content and delivery of 6-month training program for The Jeanne Sauve Foundation for Sauve Fellows (Montreal, October 2012-March 2013

  • Design, content and delivery of 3-hour workshop for The Sauve Foundation Fellows

  • Design, content and delivery of 1-hour  workshops for Morgan Stanley 

  • Private coaching: speaking; writing; voice; vocal issues; dialect; performance anxiety

 

      Clients include:

  • 25 international environmental entrepreneurs: writing and presentation (YES      Summit, Sweden)

  • TEDx speakers (Montreal, London)

  • President of Edulution: writing and presentation of multimillion dollar proposal to CEO of Barclay’s Bank (South Africa)

  • Investment banker and venture capitalist: writing and presentation of multimillion dollar proposal (Monaco)

  • President of The Jeanne Sauve Foundation

  • Federal Liberal Party candidate: writing and presentation

  • International environmental lawyer (Switzerland)

  • Human rights activist (Iran) 

  • Human rights activist and Rwandan Genocide Survivor (Montreal)

 

Related Work

  • Training of actors (classical and contemporary),

  • Training of singers (broadway, classical, opera) 

  • Musical Theatre Workshops, Audition workshops, Choral Workshops

 

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Member of the Quebec Bar since 1985

  • McGill University, BCL (Honours)

  • Vanier College, DEC, Health Science (Gold Medalist)

  • Member of ACTRA (The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists)

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