Open Programs

For three decades, SW&A has provided custom programs to help companies and teams improve the results of their spoken communications. Our open program format provides individuals with an introduction to the fundamentals of spoken communications and gives managers an opportunity to evaluate programs for their group.

These one-day programs are held in Atlanta, Georgia and San Mateo, California.

Connecting Stories to Storylines

Everyone is a storyteller whether you’re on a stage, across a conference table or on a video conference. Impactful presentations leverage the power of storylines to reach an objective. The best approach is to start with a compelling message, and then learn to develop a storyline that proves it out. Specific stories are tied to points within the storyline to engage the audience. This program introduces the fundamentals of a compelling storyline and memorable stories.


Understanding Listener Expectations
Creating a Powerful Message
Developing a Storyline/Framework for Communication
Creating Stories to Support the Storyline


Atlanta, GA           San Mateo, CA
April 23, 2020           June 24, 2020
June 18, 2020           August 19, 2020
August 27, 2020           October 7, 2020
October 15, 2020           December 2, 2020
December 10, 2020            

Leading Executive Conversations

More than any other listener, an executive wants to know the bottom-line benefit or decision that needs to be made right up front. This program teaches how to create a compelling message and how to develop a framework for an executive conversation.


Understanding the CEO Perspective
Developing a Conversation Framework
Aligning Needs with Solutions
Presenting Yourself with Confidence and Conviction


Atlanta, GA           San Mateo, CA
April 23, 2020           June 25, 2020
June 18, 2020           August 20, 2020
August 27, 2020           October 8, 2020
October 15, 2020           December 3, 2020
December 10, 2020            

Strengthening Personal Brand & Impressions

It doesn’t take long to notice that some people stand out and get noticed in a business setting. Whether it’s a staff meeting, a client discussion or even a social hour, we notice people who seem confident and comfortable. It’s why they get heard when they speak and noticed when they enter a room. Confidence isn’t just a skill for leaders; it’s a differentiator that strengthens any employee’s personal brand and impact in an organization.


The Power of Your Personal Brand
Intention behind Impressions & Impact
How You’re Seen: Confident and Relaxed
How You’re Heard: Clear & Credible


Atlanta, GA           San Mateo, CA
April 24, 2020           June 23, 2020
June 19, 2020           August 18, 2020
August 28, 2020           October 6, 2020
October 16, 2020           December 1, 2020
December 11, 2020            

Mastering Executive Presence

As managers progress in their careers, executive presence becomes an expectation of leadership. Presence isn’t something you give yourself but something you earn from those around you who come to respect your right to speak and your ability to lead. Presence isn’t a technique but an embedded skill that becomes a personal brand trait and helps a communicator influence a group of listeners.

This workshop is a follow-up to our Strengthening Personal Brand & Impressions course and is aimed at seasoned managers or new leaders who want to strengthen their ability to engage and influence listeners.


From Information to Communication
Owning the Front of the Room
Turning Techniques into Habits
Engaging an Audience of One or One Hundred


Atlanta, GA           San Mateo, CA
April 24, 2020           June 26, 2020
June 19, 2020           October 7, 2020
August 28, 2020            
October 16, 2020            
December 11, 2020            

The Master Storyteller

SW&A’s Master Storyteller program is a new next-level experience for storytellers who want to engage every audience. This two-day program is focused, personal and practical, and takes a participant through a tiered approach to accelerate impact and ultimately develop the skills that make communication memorable and repeatable. 


Communication Style as a Differentiator
From Competent to Compelling
Storylines that Engage the Listener
Memorable and Repeatable Stories

Atlanta, GA           San Mateo, CA
July 30-31, 2020           August 20-21, 2020
September 14-15, 2020            

Effective Remote Meetings

This virtual workshop introduces a framework for structuring and leading an effective meeting using a remote medium. Participants will experience a scenario around a meeting simulation to show best practices and facilitation techniques as they relate to experiences within their company. This session also focuses on the power of the spoken word in a virtual meeting.  The voice drives commitment and a level of energy and involvement behind your words.  We’ll show the technical skills of articulation and projection that help any communicator to say it like you mean it and engage an invisible listener. Group exercises illustrate the power of the voice and the ability to engage even a distracted listener.


The Three P’s of Remote Meetings:  Preparation, Participation & Presence
Understanding Meeting Technology & The Environment
Best Use of Remote Mediums
What You Said Isn’t Really What I Heard
Turning Non-Verbal Cues into Verbal Ones

March 31, 2020      10-12pm     2-4pm        
April 2, 2020   10-12pm     2-4pm        
April 6, 2020   10-12pm     2-4pm        
April 9, 2020   10-12pm     2-4pm