Pierre leads the creation of presentations that need something extra special, always inventing new ways to surprise and amaze your audience. He was interviewed in the documentary “Le pouvoir des mots” for the Canadian television, and by several magazines, including Le Monde, Le Parisien and Management.
Phil Waknell is one of Europe’s leading experts in the new art of presenting, and speaks regularly at major corporations and conferences about better business communication. He teaches business presenting at HEC Paris Executive Education, Europe’s leading executive business school, and is co-author of The Business Presentation Revolution.
Phil has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and TED(x) speakers to prepare and deliver high-impact presentations, as well as coaching leaders at many of Europe’s top companies and delivering seminars and workshops around the world.
Prior to co-founding Ideas on Stage in 2010, Phil spent many years in leadership positions in Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard, and holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.
Initially a classically trained actor with 12 years of experience on stage and screen, Michael swapped his passion for acting in favour of business communication and design. Before joining Ideas on Stage, in parallel to his acting career, Michael spent many years creating and delivering original presentation training courses for some of France’s biggest companies.
Today, apart from training and coaching executives from all sectors and industries and helping them develop content, Michael also coaches speakers at hugely successful TEDx and WikiStage conferences. He has also coached many start-ups, notably for Microsoft Accelerator, Numa Sprint and Business France, and teaches presentation skills at Celsa-Sorbonne, IPAG Paris and INSEEC, both in English and in French. Michael still takes to the stage himself, but instead of acting, he delivers entertaining keynotes and acts as Master of Ceremonies for company events.
Coaching others to attain their personal and professional best is Marion’s passion. She is the driving force behind Women on Stage, a unique course to help women find their voice, communicate with confidence and enthusiasm, and develop fully as 21st century leaders. She involves creativity and play in every aspect of learning and discovering. Marion has developed a unique coaching approach using a constellation of archetypes from fairytales and comics.
Marion has over twenty years of experience in the Education Management field. She has been teaching and lecturing for the International Executive MBA in Leadership, Presentation Skills and Organizational Behavior at EM Lyon School of Management. She now teaches at HEC Paris Executive Education.
An experienced facilitator, consultant and executive coach, Marion works to unlock the potential of organisations and people to help them thrive and deliver outstanding results. Marion has two degrees: a BA in Sociology & Anthropology, and an MSc in International Management. She is also a Master Practitioner in NLP, a qualified SPM Practitioner in cross-cultural communication and a professionally trained actress.
Her clients today range from growing tech companies like BlaBlaCar to top executives from major companies like Clarins, l’Oréal and Imerys, as well as the French Overseas Development Agency (AFD) and major conferences like TEDxSorbonne.
Joe is a highly experienced writer, communicator, and campaign strategy designer; he has taught business writing and communication at Ecole Polytechnique as well in several business schools. Having a wealth of experience in the public sector and business, he has served in the capacity of Chief of Policy and Senior Advisor to prominent institutions, foundations, and governments including The Tallberg Foundation in Stockholm; PlaNet Finance in Paris; and the City of San Diego, California. He is also an internationally recognized author with over fourteen publications to his name. Joe truly understands business and communication and brings them together to help leaders craft and deliver effective communication strategies and individual presentations.
After graduating in History from Paris Sorbonne and Trinity College in Dublin, Vanessa Querville worked as a publisher and book designer before joining the startup world and running the Microsoft Accelerator in Paris. There, she was in charge of recruitment, operations, helping startups with their pitches, and acting as a bridge between startups and Microsoft clients. She joined Ideas on Stage in 2015 as Chief Pitch Officer, helping fast-growing companies with killer pitches, and helping established companies to pitch just as well as tech startups. Vanessa also teaches Masters students in a French business school.
Ricardo is the founder and manager of Ideas on Stage Spain, located in Barcelona. Combining more than 15 years of experience in executive roles in the telco industry and his experience teaching at the Escuela Politécnica de Ingeniería of the University of Oviedo, Ricardo knows first hand the challenging business environment and the importance of great presentation skills to thrive in it.
Laura is an experienced coach and communicator. Before joining Ideas on Stage, she worked as psychology therapist for more than 13 years. She earned a PhD in Psychology from University of Oviedo and EuroPsy certification. Her experience on therapy and coaching, as well as her ability to connect, are her foundations to help other people feel comfortable, gain confidence and perform to their best on stage.
After his diploma in classical studies Edoardo followed his passion for the arts and the theatre.
He graduated at the Drama Centre London, one of the most prestigious Academies of Dramatic Art in Great Britain and worked for many years as a professional actor.
He then brought his knowledge of verbal, non-verbal communication and public speaking skills to the corporate world.
After an extensive experience as a Sales and Marketing Manager in the International luxury market he completed the Executive MBA at the MIP school of management of the Politecnico of Milan, where he focused on General and Innovation Management, Luxury Marketing, Digital and Social Media Marketing finding a balance between his artistical background and his managerial experience.
He’s joined the wonderful team of Ideas on Stage as a business presentation specialist for the Italian market, with the aim of giving his own contribution to the Business Presentation Revolution.
Coming from a background in software development and technology, Dirk has made it his mission to help people express and present their ideas. He is the co-organizer and speaker liaison at TEDxStuttgart and the author of “Presenting for Geeks”.
Patricia Lane, a dual French & American national, holds advanced degrees in Political Science targeting the US-Europe-Asia triangle.
An intercultural communications specialist, she leads the Franco-American Quill, which provides creative copywriting, executive training, and cross-cultural strategic consulting. She has worked for clients such as Airbus, Groupe Bel, Aventis, McDonald’s Europe, Dalkia and Linkfluence, has taught at INALCO, and is a member of the SFT, IABC and Communication et Entreprise. Passionate about photography, she is rarely seen without her Nikon slung over her shoulder.
Visit Patricia at www.francoamericanquill.com
Specialising in value-based leadership and marketing through storytelling, and speaking fluent German, Italian and English, Roberto coaches and trains executives around Europe to broaden their charismatic leadership skills and their storytelling expertise.