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.
One of his current significant business clients is The Young Presidents Organization, the leading association of CEOs in the world. After a standing room only presentation in Singapore at their 2012 Global Leadership Conference, the largest gathering of CEOs in the world at that time, Richard has been invited to and has trained thousands of YPO and WPO members and their corporate teams in Russia, Turkey, The UAE, Egypt, The Philippines, Australia, Kenya, South Africa, Panama, Venezuela,, Peru, Belgium and throughout The United States.
Richard’s uncanny ability to “read” “body language” and analyze all aspects of human communication propelled him to the forefront of television coverage of key news events. Making well over 500 personal appearances on over 30 national and international programs, including CNN, NBC and ABC News, “Nightline”, “Good Morning America”, The BBC, and Sky Channel. As one of the very few Americans to attend Princess Diana’s funeral, Richard provided live commentary from London for NBC and Fox.
As many of the networks’ political speech analyst, Richard covered the 1996 – 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and has analyzed presidential debates for USA Today.
Richard has also been on the other side of the microphone as a talk show host interviewing Senators, Congresspersons and other major news personalities” and providing commentary for ABC Radio Networks and others.
Richard has conducted over 100 international lecture tours, leading workshops and doing consulting for The United Nations, The World Health Organization, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Wharton Business School, The Young Presidents Organization, The House of Lords, and such worldwide corporate clients as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Bridgewater Associates, SAP, Sandia National Laboratories, Lockheed Martin, Kirkland & Ellis, KLM Airlines, NBC, ESPN, The Chicago Cubs, The Hollywood Reporter, Village Road Show, Starwood and Sheraton Hotels, Leading Hotels of The World, and The Walt Disney Company.
Impressed by the relevance of his work to and for attorneys and judges, Richard was invited to conduct workshops for The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference and The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, where his presentation followed a keynote by Justice Samuel Alito.
In July and August of 2006, Richard himself served as a Judge, the Senior Judge on the TLC (The Learning Channel) series, “The Messengers”, dedicated to finding America’s next great motivational speaker.
Richard addressing The First Lady of Columbia, María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera, at the launch of his YPO Public Speaking Workshop for women in Bogota, Columbia.
The First Lady of Columbia opening Richard’s YPO Public Speaking Workshop in Bogota, Columbia.
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. His passion for sharing 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 led him to establish a 501c3 corporation dedicated to helping high school students learn to find and contribute their voice and has given away over $200,000 in scholarships with the participation of celebrities like James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Sting, Noah Wyle and Jason Mraz.
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