Meet Eleni Kelakos.
Presence and presentation expert.
Advocate for human potential.

My company, The Eleni Group (formerly known as SPEEK and part of Eleni Kelakos Enterprises) has been in operation since I officially hung up my shingle as a presentation skills coach and trainer back in 2003.  I’ve coached hundreds of individuals from CEOs of large corporations to solo-preneurs, spoken to countless groups and associations, written several books, and generally carved out a niche for myself as not only a presence and presentation expert, but as a passionate advocate for the development of human potential.

I started my business just after coming off the road as a nationally touring singer-songwriter, having written and recorded several well-received CDs of original songs.  Prior to that, I’d spent years as a professional actress in New York and Los Angeles, learning how to show up, speak up and step up genuinely and thoroughly in auditions and performances so I could use my own gifts and abilities to advantage.

The work I do reflects my passionate belief that –metaphorically speaking—like everyone, you have a song worth singing…a purpose, tailor-made for us, with talents and abilities to match. I also believe you’re meant to develop and share that song (your big idea, your talents, your unique message) to the best of your abilities, in spite of limiting beliefs and behaviors that can make you play small when people are watching. Because keeping your song to yourself doesn’t serve you, your customers, or your world.

Sharing techniques to help you to overcome your limiting beliefs, amping up your Transformational Presence, and helping you create and deliver a clear, compelling message around your product, service or big idea is my way of supporting the song in you and helping you share it with the world.

What’s it like to work with me?

Well, I’ll let a couple of clients describe it:

“…In depth, thoughtful, strength-based support to take your public speaking to the next level … using the gifts and skills you already have. Eleni doesn’t ask you to become someone you aren’t … she helps you grow to your full you. Lively. Fun. Informative. Affirming. Dynamic.”


Aimee Sterk
Program Manager, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

“… a warm, supportive guided tour of self-discovery… Each encounter leaves me stronger, more confident and more of who I innately am. When I am stuck, when I am scared to present or share my heartfelt work, I hear Eleni’s voice encouraging me…I am more “me” because of Eleni…”

Karen Andrews
Chief Development Officer, McKinley, Inc.

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I felt frustrated and a little scared that my career as a speaker might have plateaued. I knew that to take it to the next level I needed a signature speech--something I could present at the regional and national level. I had no clue where to start. That’s when I called on Eleni. Eleni’s “Filling in the Bones” process made creating my new keynote program easier than I ever expected. She not only helped me narrow down the topic and select the perfect stories, but coached me through several run-throughs in order to bring out the best in my presentation. With her help, I now have my signature speech. I feel like my business is poised to take off. In fact, I’ve already been able to incorporate some of the material into my existing training programs. Thanks to Eleni, I’ve seen my evaluations and reviews--and my bottom line--improve almost overnight.

Greg Peters Credit Union Keynote Speaker / Networking Expert at The Reluctant Networker, LLC July 19, 2016

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