Author of the prestigious book, Words That Shook the World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events, used in high schools and universities around the world.

An attorney by trade from USC Law School, Richard left the practice of law to share his communication breakthroughs with Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Congresspersons, First Ladies, political candidates, CEOs and CFOs of Fortune 500 companies, attorneys, judges, Hollywood celebrities, and marketing professionals among others in over 40 countries on 6 continents.

The work includes branding and message development, media training, speech writing, and speech coaching. The work also extends to helping clients overcome the fear of public speaking, a service he provided to Princess Diana and continues to provide to major politicians, business leaders and professional speakers today.

“I learned more from Richard – in 2 minutes – about perfecting my presentation skills than I did by practicing for 22 years.”

Gavin Blakey, Past President of Toastmasters International, 2002 – 2005


Richard shares his work in private sessions, small group trainings, large group trainings and in online courses and created and conducted the first ever Virtual Educational Course in the history of The Young Presidents Organization, (YPO) in 2012.

He shares his new definition of public speaking and his revolutionary approach that allows anyone – regardless of their fear – to become confident and competent presenters in a very short time.

Interviewing The First Lady of Columbia at the beginning of a course for women in Bogota.
Workshop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Winning a ping pong bet with Cesar Millan after appearing on "Cesar 911"
Strategizing with Senator Cory Booker about a revolutionary piece of animal rights legislation.
Being interviewed about the communication secrets of Donald Trump by the amazing Thom Hartmann
Interviewing former student, Governor Matt Bevin, about his remarkable communication skills at a workshop in Louisville, Kentucky
A wave after a talk on "How to Literally Electrify an Audience" in Los Angeles
Let's see if we can put all these photos in that space. Here's another. Daughter and co-facilitator Chiara and me with clients for a full day workshop in Lagos, Nigeria
Backstage with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sven Lindblad and Jason Mraz after his concert in New York City
Speaking about the awesome power of non-verbal communication to National Geographic in Washington, DC

Words That Shook The World:
100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events

Words that Shook the World celebrates over 40 of the most extraordinary speeches of the last 100 years. Illustrated with dramatic black-and-white photographs, the book sets each of the speeches and speakers within a historical context that includes timelines and contemporary press commentary.

In addition, readers are brought inside every paragraph of 20 of these magical speeches to discover what has made these words so powerful. And, best of all, two audio CDs reveal the passion of many of these extraordinary individuals as they faced their audiences, opened their hearts, and spoke Words that Shook the World.