Speech Coach Chris Jahnke

A compelling speaker who shares behind-the-scenes insights, Chris will help you earn the respect of any audience.

  • Speech Coach
  • Media Trainer
  • Author
  • Keynote Speaker

A nationally recognized author and consultant on effective public speaking skills, Chris Jahnke is passionate about helping women raise their voices. Chris has helped heads of state, top executives, philanthropists, entertainers, and grassroots activists earn standing ovations at TED Talks, town hall meetings, and campaign rallies.

In the watershed 1992 “Year of the Woman,” Chris began prepping candidates for live TV debates and stump speeches. She has coached First Lady Michelle Obama, advised Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and worked with more women candidates and elected officials than any other trainer. In 2016, Chris’ speech and debate coaching was featured in Politico, NPR, US NEWS, Elle, and Washingtonian Magazine.

Chris founded her training firm in 1991 and has provided executive coaching for women at Avon, eBay, Intel, and NASCAR. She advises leading nonprofits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists. As media trainer for the Women’s Media Center, Chris coaches policy experts and advocates to speak out on campus sexual assault, equal pay, climate change, #blacklivesmatter – the headline issues of the day.

Right out of college, Chris was a local TV reporter in Minnesota inspired by Mary Richards of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Chris has said overcoming her own fears about public speaking forged her determination to help others raise their voices. She is the author of The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best (Prometheus Books, 2011.)