Wicked Smart People

Communication Skills for Wicked Smart People

Tailored programs

offered in-person and online

Speak confidently, clearly and compassionately

Masterclass in speaking

Group and individual tailored feedback and advising

Tailoring content for each specific audiences

Presentation drafting and editing

When your implementation is dependant on your presentation…..

Let us help you deliver your scientific message in a compelling way.

Enhance engagement with key stakeholders, key opinion leaders, and healthcare providers

Persuade and inform with both data and entertainment.


We will help you achieve your goal of not only getting your point across to your intended target but also making your presentation and work memorable.

Together we can help you

  • Improve engagement with target audiences
  • Obtain funding
  • Assist with quality recruiting
  • Improve speaking
  • Improve presentation of data


Our coaching will help you go from: 

  • Awkward to agile
  • Inane to interesting, and
  • Mindless to memorable.


Poorly crafted and delivered presentations hurt

  • Your company reputation
  • Your ability to raise funds
  • Your engagement with clients
  • Your dissemination of world-shifting information (research/product knowledge)
  • Your bottom-line

Let’s get started!

Program Benefits


Learn guiding principles of making effective presentations


Build confidence in your presentation abilities


Cultivate your personal leadership and communication style


Learn strategies on handling hostile audiences


Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education

What You’ll Learn

Delivering a presentation can cause even the most confident among us to break a sweat. Whether you are delivering a formal presentation, making a pitch, or leading a group discussion, communicating your message with poise, confidence, and conviction is essential in connecting with your audience and inspiring them by building trust and credibility.

Through oral presentations and small group activities, you will put proven techniques and tools into practice, test out new approaches, and learn to communicate clearly and confidently. Discover the powerful impact of storytelling and practical persuasion skills to authentically illustrate your message. Learn how to effectively organize materials to blend analytical and emotional content into a compelling story, and incorporate dynamic introductions and memorable endings into your presentations. You’ll leave the program with the skills needed to engage, inform, and inspire others—and improve your ability to communicate as a leader.

Topics Covered


Create a purpose statement and strategically refine your key messages


Learn effective delivery skills involving presence, vocal variety, body language, narratives and humor, and handling nerves


Crafting clear and concise messages


Understand your audience and genuinely connect

Select the most important content and visuals


Create a perfect blend of data and entertainment

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Alleviate nerves and harness your communication strengths


Effective handling of Q&A sessions

Understand persuasion strategies to gain buy-in and influence your audience

Meet  your experts:

Dr. Salman Bhai

is a neurologist and presentation enthusiast. He has worked across industries and managed to make people laugh while talking about neurons. He completed his medical training, residency, and fellowship at Harvard in Boston and now lives in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, with his wife and kids.

Carolyn Strauss

works with scientists, medical experts and business leaders to make their presentations applicable, relevant and impactful. She has spent most of her career on stage and on camera. She is a Certified Speaking Professional, and working with wicked smart people to get them good at presenting their ideas so they can change the world is what she does for fun. She is a former New Yorker who lives in Denver.

Our clients


“Carolyn was thoughtful, insightful and her message really resonated amongst our group. If you want to take your organization to the next level, and enhance sales, Carolyn is a fantastic resource and definitely worth engaging!”
Perry Kiefer

Partner, Felesky Flynn LLP

“I heard Carolyn speak (through zoom) and absolutely loved it. I thought the content was simple yet powerful and she was incredibly engaging virtually. I would absolutely recommend her to any organization or to consult with any business looking to take their team health and communication to the next level. “
Jared Mizrahi

CEO, PCI Auction Group

“Carolyn was a terrific speaker for our CEO group recently. She was lively, articulate, and most of all informative and interesting. Significantly takeaway value included information on gender relations, how to manage and lead others, as well as idea for better self management. I recommend her as a person of worth, authentic, and interesting!”
Phillip C. Thomas, Vistage Chair Boston Ma

Vistage Chair, Boston Business Group

“Your presentation was more than impressive and impactful!  Not only did participants benefit from your humorous information they were entertained as well. You are an amazing entertainer and trainer, a beautiful combination indeed. NCCR is looking forward to more collaborations with you in the future.”
Porcia Chen Silverberg

Founder, National Center for Community Relations

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