For us everything is about having passion for who you are and what you do! We are very much target oriented coaches working on key issues related to communication and public speaking. Issues of passionate personal power & effectiveness, clear communication & authentic self-expression have become the cornerstone distinctions which over time have served individuals. We follow and empower the purpose of the speaker at all levels.
By focusing on the “public persona” rather than the “private” person, it becomes overwhelmingly clear what aspects of public speaking and performance to focus on. Public speaking relies on very simple yet wonderfully telling “dynamics” between the speaker and his or her audience. That is the true competitive edge of this style of coaching which targets “organic, spontaneous, and authentic” engaging techniques not outdated “external” body language and frozen gestures, postures, and various similes. ~Eric and Amy Stone
Eric and Amy Stone are the new Co-Founders of Speakers & Artists International, Inc.; a California Corporation delivering advanced courses and training programs in the arenas of business communication, public performance, and personal growth & development. He is also the Founder and Head Coach of Hollywood Actors Studio, in Beverly Hills, CA, where he has been developing talent and training actors for the film industry and lecturing for the past twenty years.
Eric’s background is as a professional stage, film, and television actor and director with major national and international credits to his name. Eric is a published author and an internationally acclaimed award-winning visual artist, represented in seven countries around the world.
Amy Stone is a multi-facetted and visionary spiritual guide and teacher. Her colleagues and clients call her an “inspirational and mystical psychologist”. Her talent lies in her ability to focus on the individual’s core identity and bring out truth and authenticity hidden behind the veil of unwanted conditioning. She’s a student of life and is passionate about studying and exploring the human condition. As she puts simply “A life with no confidence and trust is not worth living. Abundance, satisfaction and success are our birth right, not a dream that sadly never gets realized.”
Eric Stone owes his expertise and particular sensitivity to speakers’ concerns to a variety of training, experiences, and encounters with countless individuals and group dynamics. Eric began his career as a stage actor in New York City in 1976. Teaching and directing actors and performers was the first step in beginning a long second career as a public speaking skills trainer.
Back in 1987, his sheer passion for artistic expression and his relentless pursuit of freeing performers of all walks of life led Eric to establish a new field of practice dedicated to public speakers and business communication. A series of open invitations to work with individuals and groups outside of show business was the decisive element which contributed to the creation of Speakers & Artists International, Inc. The success and undeniable results it produced for people greatly encouraged Eric Stone to continue his journey as a teacher, director, and coach.
Methodology: In this method you learn by personal discovery and experiential wisdom using a large palette of processes, techniques, and distinctions to promote self-awareness. “You cannot practice what you cannot distinguish” is the core principle of this approach. If we see more what is at play, we can perform better. Superior communication in salesmanship, for instance, is a matter of distinction. All processes presented are creative in nature, and the creative realm is thoroughly distinguished as separate from the psychological, therapeutic, emotional and other realms.
There are four major areas of expertise this method delivers: (1) A thorough and creative inquiry into the nature of where we presently operate from when in comes to our communication situations. (2) The actual practice of exercises, tools, and techniques delivered which by “process” will create the desired level of proficiency and (3) By creating “openings for action” which usually the coach infuses gracefully and insightfully into the “moment” at hand, very much like a tennis coach. By simply pointing out one element of the game previously ignored, it will literally change the way you play tennis and improve your game instantly. It makes this approach not only innovative but organic. (4) Atmosphere is professional and supportive to allow personal risk taking.