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Diane DiResta MA
"Expert on the Art of Public Speaking and influence"
Diane DiResta Expertise: Behavioral Styles • Communication • Executive Coaching • Listening Skills • Presentation Skills • Team Building
Fee Range: $5,000 to $10,000
Location: New York     Video
Diane DiResta, author of Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver your Message with Power, Punch and Pizzazz,, is more than just an author who likes to speak. Rather, she is really a speaker … who just happens to have written a book.

As one of the leading presentation trainers in the country, Diane knows exactly what it takes to give a knockout presentation --and she is committed to helping others deliver them, as well. With more than 15 years of experience in providing public speaking training to Fortune 500 company executives, celebrities and sports figures nationwide, Diane has built a solid expertise in helping a wide variety of high-level professionals improve their communications skills and become more effective public speakers. And as a knockout presenter herself, Diane has become a sought-after speaker, facilitator and coach for some of today's largest businesses and organizations.
What do we offer?
Diane is president of a New York-based company that offers programs in presentation skills, facilitation, listening, train-the-trainer, interpersonal communication, personal coaching, mediation, team building, voicemail, and media training. Her dynamic and inspiring training techniques have helped thousands of professionals in companies across the board improve their communication skills and advance their careers.

Whether providing spokesperson training to a CEO, or training a sales representative on emerging telephone/voicemail communications strategies, Diane provides people with seasoned advice -- and practical solutions - to give them the tools they need to become more effective communicators. Her clients include leading businesses throughout various industries, and include companies such as AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, CNNfn, Grey Advertising, IBM, Intuit, Merck Medco, Tiffany & Company, Meeting Professionals International, the NY Society of Association Executives, as well as media training programs she has conducted for the NBA/WNBA.

What Makes Diane Diresta Different?
Her Style
Diane has a unique combination of "New York shark expertise with a down home style." Her talks are high content, filled with practical tips that are immediately useable.
"She practiced and embodied exactly the message that she conveyed…I learned just as much from observing Diane as I learned from the content." International House, Columbia University.

Diane Really Cares
She will spend time getting to know your organization to tailor her programs to your specific needs. Diane has an ability to see the uniqueness of each individual and to make them feel special. She is able to inspire a high trust connection which enables her audience to take risks.
"We really appreciate your generosity with our conference and all the referrals for speakers that you have given us." Leadership Board.
"Your timely advice was imparted with your usual warmth, humor and compassion…" Worktalk.

Diane is Multi-Faceted
While some speakers do one thing well, Diane's eclectic style enables her to excel whether coaching an individual, speaking to hundreds from a stage, facilitating a meeting, conducting a seminar, media training athletes, or giving an online presentation. She does it all. She is equally comfortable working across levels from secretaries to executives and has worked with a broad range of industries including accountants, athletes, lawyers, engineers, entertainment celebrities, exterminators, financial analysts, pharmacists, physicians, realtors, retailers, sales professionals, stockbrokers, and underwriters.

Diane Connects with International and Multi-Cultural Audiences
Her love of foreign cultures stems from childhood when she lived for four years on military bases in Germany.
She has spoken on three continents and speaks to people from diverse cultures. She and her associate pioneered communication courses for Non-native populations. These courses help level the playing field for foreign-born professionals who work in U.S. corporations. Knowing that most U.S. audiences are multi-cultural, she weaves cultural communication into her presentation skills program.
"While it was not my first presentation class, it was the first which addressed cultural aspects of presenting." IBM.

Diane is Interactive
Diane believes that the learning is in the doing. So even in large audiences, she pulls volunteers on stage to demonstrate her techniques. People must have an experience if learning is to stick.
"Your presentation was pragmatically useful, well paced, interactive and entertaining." NY Society of Association Executives.
"Diane's high level of energy and her enthusiasm riveted the audience from the start. She kept their attention with her interactive approach and keen sense of humor." Bermuda Insurance Institute.
"Well you certainly earned your Standing O! Great information, well presented, with a masterful use of audience involvement." Liberty Bell Speakers Association.
"To get 250 people to willingly participate in your exercises was indeed impressive." Gloria Nilson Realtors.

Diane speaks your language
She has a unique ability to cut through the details and give you the bottom line message. Her communication style is clear and concise. Diane is able to translate her concepts and techniques into language your company understands.

"Your were quick in picking up our language and business purpose..." Helena Chemical Company.

"Your ability to do a quick study of the business and talk the language quickly is why I like to work with you…" Chase Manhattan Bank.

Diane Gets Results
Diane is not a talking head. She is an excellent role model, coach and a master of feedback. Like her book and seminars, Diane doesn't talk about it, she shows you how to do it.
"It's been two months since I attended your class. My training sessions were rated highest of the two days of classes in four cities across the country! " Helena Chemical Company.
"Your program helped to build my confidence…My speech was voted as the best presentation." Grey Direct E Marketing.
" The most significant point that can be said is that this program is clearly contributing to improved efficiency and productivity." Medco Containment Services.
"I credit you with my change in pre-presentation nerves. I presented 5 times over the past 2 weeks and there has been very little nervousness." Merck.

Diane has Diverse Experience
Prior to forming her own company, Diane was assistant vice president at Drexel Burnham Lambert, where she recruited and trained institutional sales and trading associates. As a training specialist at Salomon Brothers, she designed and delivered management and communication courses, and before that she was a senior associate for The Executive Technique, a Madison Avenue communications firm, where she trained managers and executives of Fortune 500 companies in presentation skills.
Diane worked for several years in the New York City public schools as a Speech Pathologist.
In addition to helping some of today's top business people master the art of presentations, Diane also is reaching students to help them become more effective communicators. She presently teaches speech courses for New York University and American Management Association. At New York University, she also was responsible for pioneering the first listening course for their Continuing Education department.

Diane is a Recognized Expert in her Field
Her expertise and powerful presentation style have made her a much-requested speaker at many national and international organizations. In 1993, she was invited by the Alliance for American and Russian Women, to speak to Russian women in Moscow and St. Petersburg about "Selling to the American Market." In 1996, she was the featured speaker for the Public Housing Authority Directors Association conference. Using distance learning technology, the conference was broadcast to over 500 directors and several satellite offices. She has been published in numerous trade publications and consumer magazines such as The LA Times, Entrepreneur, Business Start-Ups, Business Week Online, Cosmopolitan, Executive Female, Sales and Marketing, and Newsday. Her voicemail class was featured on CNN.

Education
Diane holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University and is a licensed and certified Speech Pathologist. Diane continues to upgrade her skills and is presently pursuing certification at CoachU, a training program for coaches.

Awards and Community Service
Diane is past president of the New York Tri-State chapter of National Speakers Association, where she was awarded the Golden Mike for professional speaking excellence and service and was voted Member of the Year. She serves on the board of NYCID, a community dispute resolution center in Staten Island, NY where she also volunteers as a mediator. Diane speaks at high schools to coach students in the much neglected skill of public speaking. She is listed in the World Who's Who of Women.

Client Testimonial:
Diane's presentation, Selling with Style, kept our attention with her interactive approach and keen sense of humor, her high level of energy and her enthusiasm riveted the audience from the start. The presentation was clear, concise, informative and very animated; she really captivated the group. Diane is a first rate presenter and the content was thought provoking and easily applied to real life situations."
-- Director of Education & Training, Bermuda Insurance Institute

Articles:
Voice Power - The Care and Feeding of the Professional Voice
How to Handle Difficult Audiences
Murphy's Law: How Speakers Can Prepare for the Unexpected
How to Stay Positive During Downsizing
Presenting Yourself for the Job Interview
Don't Call Us. We'll Call You.- Ten Ways To Lose a Job Interview Over the Phone.
Like, Um, You Know

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