Anne B. Freedman has coached business superstars in the U.S. and overseas. Anne is a trusted advisor to South Florida community leaders, politicians, and luminaries. Her new book, Public Speaking for the Genius (For the GENIUS Press) is due out April 2014.

Anne is founder and president of Speakout, Inc., a Miami-based company. She works privately and in groups to create customized, non-boring messages that propel those listening to action, while decreasing the fear, anxiety and discomfort often associated with public speaking, networking and business presentations. Additionally, she is popular speaker for conferences and events, and conducts team communication and leadership programs. Her clients range from new business start-ups to established experts in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Active in civic and business organizations, Anne is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, President of National Association of Women Business Owners, Miami Chapter, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Go for the Greens conference for Entrepreneurs.

A University of Florida graduate, Anne is a former journalist and freelance writer.


Achim Nowak is the author of Infectious: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within (Allworth/2013) and Power Speaking. An international authority on leadership presence, Achim has coached entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives around the globe.

Achim is an internationally recognized authority on Leadership Presence. His just-published book Infectious: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within (Allworth Press/2013) has been featured in Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and received praise from Publishers Weekly. His first book Power Speaking: The Art of the Exceptional Public Speaker has becomes an essential leadership development tool with Fortune 500 companies around the world. 


Influens, the international training and coaching firm Achim founded in 2004, is based in South Florida. 

Achim holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology and International Relations from New York University. He served for over a decade on the faculty of New York University and been a sought-after keynote speaker at industry events such as the 2010 ICF International Coaching Conference in Ft. Worth. 

Achim and his work have also been featured on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Fox News, NPR, and HLN. 


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Valeria Prado, Communications Manager, UPS Americas

Anne recently did a training at our office on networking and effectively developing an opening pitch. She did a fantastic job, was engaging, well-versed on the subject matter, professional and insightful. Our team truly enjoyed the session and left feeling more confident of their ability to position themselves and the company at external engagements. I recommend Anne to any company interested in developing their team skills in any area of public speaking.


Angel Lorenzo, P.E., LEED AP, Electrical Systems Manager, Affiliated Engineering, Inc.


In an hour, Anne can teach more about how to improve your public speaking and how to get your point across to your audience than most people have learned in their entire careers. Her seminars are packed with great, practical information and she makes learning the techniques lot of fun, too.


Jennifer Diaz, Becker & Poliakoff, PA  - Partner in Charge of Customs & International Trade Department/Board Certified International Attorney


Anne is simply FANTASTIC! She is witty, fun, captivating and truly an expert in her field. She keeps the group entertained and is wonderful at making the anecdotes used relevant. I would enthusiastically recommend Anne’s services to anyone who needs assistance creating and selling a brand image, speaking, networking, etc.

Brian S. Wallace, Senior Vice President, Learning and Development HSBC Bank USA

The ability to take your team to the next level is an economic advantage in any industry. Achim Nowak’s talent, coaching and instruction have led my team to a new level of delivery in the classroom, boardroom or anywhere they present. 


Bob Livingston, CEO, Dover Corporation

When we designed a program to challenge and develop the
next generation of Dover leaders, we knew we needed an exceptional instructor who would help unleash their individual leadership style and presence. Achim Nowak’s masterful coaching has transformed the program participants into more authentic, insightful and inspiring leaders. 


Heather McBrearty, Manager, Executive Training, Saks Fifth Avenue

Achim Nowak has a powerful ability to capture an audience
with his public speaking skills. He knows what it takes to be a great speaker,
and he has helped me to develop into a more confident presenter.