About SpeakEasy

A bit about what makes us tick...


Confidence + Clarity = Connection
We're heading for the green zone. At the start and end of our programmes each participant's place is identified on the matrix to the left. We use this to measure progress and identify further development potential.


Enabling sustainable learning outcomes that make a difference.
Yes, it can be learned


“She's such a natural” or “I'm just not an expressive person.” Sound familiar? Here's the thing. There is no secret to being a good communicator. Change is possible. Confidence can be nurtured. Anxiety diminished. We show people how.

We don't do fancy theories


The only way to get better at presenting or communicating is by doing it. There is no secret formula. And there's no quick-fire answer. That's why in our programmes participants are 'on your feet' practicing at least 60% of the time.

What we deliver


Our aim is to ensure all our participants see a demonstrable and sustainable improvement in their presentation and/or communication technique. In fact, we guarantee our training. If you're not satisfied we don't expect you to pay.

Russell Pickering


BA (Waikato), MFA (SMU), MBA (Auckland 2016)

Russell is one of New Zealand’s leading specialists in effective communication and presentation technique. He is an expert trainer, facilitator and coach who for the past decade has worked across a wide range of sectors creating impact in some of New Zealand’s most visible organisations. His warm and positive approach is coupled with a high level of business acumen and a dedication to sustainable learning outcomes.

Alongside running SpeakEasy, Russell is also a professional actor, director and singer/songwriter with sixteen years experience teaching acting and performance to students throughout the US and NZ.

After completing his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waikato in 1997 Russell went on to win a Bob Hope Scholarship to study for his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Meadows School of the Arts (SMU) in the United States. As an actor he has appeared in commercial television, feature film, and on regional theatre stages throughout the US and NZ. He also has taught acting, solo-performance and story-telling in the University of Auckland’s community education department.

Russell has also worked for two years as an agent assistant at Henderson/Hogan Agency in New York representing film, television and theatre actors. And in 2006 he won the CRM Awards ‘Outbound Salesperson of the Year’ while selling for Foster’s NZ.

Russell is currently a student in the University of Auckland’s NZ Executive MBA stream – graduating in 2016.

Call us today at +64-21-357750 or Email us at info@speakeasy.co.nz

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