About Don

Don E. Smith, “The Speech Wiz”, is the “go-to” coach for high-level executives who need to be the trustworthy face and voice of their business and brand. He is a leading expert, innovator and coach of executive presence and presentation skills. He has a proven track record, using his M.A.G.I.C. coaching method, of transforming executives, entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and professional speakers into highly fluent and confident speakers.

Don began his speaking career as a speech major at Curry College (Milton, MA) where he captained its champion debate team and competed in collegiate speech tournaments. A former independent TV and film producer, he was the driving creative force behind the full-length animated feature film, Gallavants (1985, Mediafare Entertainment). Don has also held ownership, sales, marketing and communications management positions in a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, exposition services, graphic arts production, and IT services. He has been coaching and training since 1999.

Don's coaching style employs a holistic combination of established and proprietary techniques designed to produce memorable speeches and effective presentations. A subject matter specialist in communications, he holds both an MA (Fairfield University) and a BA (Curry College) in Communications. Don is a graduate of CoachU, a Certified Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) and a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Don is also an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and a speech coach for Jane Doe No More, a non-profit organization using public speaking to change the way society responds to victims of sexual assault. In addition to his coaching, training and consulting practice, he teaches Public Speaking and Communications at universities and colleges both on-campus and on-line, and is currently a American Management Association (AMA) faculty member.