Tom Burke


Schedule a 15-min "Chemistry Check" with Tom

Whether you're
Preparing a TED Talk,
Keynote for SXSW,
"Alignment meeting" with difficult stakeholders,
Product Launch, VC Pitch
or Wedding Toast...

This program is designed for busy executives like you.




Tom Burke is a speech-language pathologist and voice coach for some of the world's largest organizations. As a coach for the TED Institute, he has coached over 21 TED Talks and served as a strategic storytelling coach for Google since 2008. Tom is also a pianist, voice teacher and voice therapist for Broadway Singers and Hollywood Actors. 

During private, executive coaching sessions with Tom you'll learn how to:

  • Be bold, brilliant and brief in the boardroom and on the big stage.
  • Organize your thoughts under pressure.
  • Convey those thoughts concisely on the fly.
  • Deliver words in an authentic, confident, intellectually persuasive and emotionally engaging way.

Tom has coached clients in senior roles from some of the following organizations below. Keep reading to hear what some of his clients have to say...

"Tom was instrumental in transforming my talk into something powerful and emotionally resonant that I'll be able to give over and over again at various events. He developed a real narrative arc throughout the talk, made sure that the themes came across clearly, and gave me a great format that made the information memorable. In addition to his invaluable help with the content, he was also able to provide a lot of tips and coaching on the actual delivery that really drove home the impact of the speech. I'd highly recommend his services."

Melissa Livanos

""At the core of Tom's work is his ability to tease out the true stories of one's work and tie them together powerfully and meaningfully into one cohesive narrative.""

Abigail Posner
Head of Strategic Planning, Google

"Working with Tom Burke allowed me to build upon my public speaking foundation and ultimately take it to the next level. I cannot recommend him enough!"

Mike Kinney
Business Dev Supervisor, TED speaker

"Tom is an experienced advisor who helped us think about how we express the history and future of Boxed.
He helped us pull together our thoughts into a coherent message."

Chieh Huang
CEO of Boxed.Com

"Tom Burke and I have been working together for close to two years now. He has made my public presentation skills much, much better. In everything from body posture and hand movement to inflection and tone, he has detailed, subtle and amazing insight on how I can be better. More than everything else, Tom has taught me to really "feel" what I say in a way that makes my presentations genuine, exciting and appealing. (That he can do this with someone who would rather write software or poetry than speak to 5000 people is a further testament to his skill and ability.) Thank you, Tom!"

Sridhar Ramaswamy
Venture Partner, Greylock
Fmr. Senior Vice President of Ads & Commerce, Google

"As one who delivers many speeches, working with Tom on a TED focused speech was a very good experience.
Tom strives to help the speaker and the audience connect.
That is the essence of communication."

Musimbi Kanyoro
CEO of Global Women's Fund

 How Coaching Works


  • Designed with crazy schedules in mind. 

  • You & Tom check in/check out each week 

  • Sessions typically last 15-20ish minutes.

  • No abstract models/frameworks. Tom tailors specific, practical skills to your needs.

  • Together you focus on emergency wordsmithing for high stakes presentations or difficult stakeholder meetings.

  • Your own wordsmithery skills get faster and more independent with each coaching.

  • Coaching happens via Zoom, Hangouts, chat, text, Slack, phone, email, docs or in-person. Wherever you need to get the job.






It starts with an idea...

We begin with ideation sessions designed to help you get clear about your big idea (or ideas) and distill them into a cohesive vision.




A vision that is uniquely your own.

Then begins a highly personal, intellectual and emotional process that asks you to dig deep to unearth the deep insights that only you can bring to the table. 




A story structure emerges...

Which builds upon the tried and true "Hero's Journey." 





We cut.

Anything that isn't clear and concise.




We Rehearse...

To help you memorize
and take the words off the page
until you can...




Deliver with humility, humor and humanity.

Move the audience with more than words.
Use your voice and body language to help tell the real story.





Every step of the way.
From "shitty first draft" to the moment you end your time together with a talk in hand, a powerful voice, and new writing, delivery and communication skills to apply to any high stakes presentation.

See Some of Tom's Clients on the TED Stage

What's my investment?


Consider the cost of continued lack of clarity.

Consider the weeks or months spent revising & editing.

Consider the cost of being anything less than charismatic and concise on the fly.

Consider the endless guesswork about what works and what doesn't work on the big stage and in the boardroom.

Now consider the value & power of expert level coaching... 
guiding you step-by-step
through a tried-n-true process.






One Time Payment


Next Level Academy
Self Study Course: How to write and deliver a world class talk

a 15-min "Chemistry Check" with Tom

Quick Coaching


One Time Payment


Next Level Academy 
Self Study Course: How to write and deliver a world class talk

1 Coaching on writing your narrative

1 Coaching on delivering your narrative

a 15-min "Chemistry Check" with Tom

Comms Adviser


Per Month


Next Level Academy 
Self Study Course: How to write and deliver a world class talk

Monthly Coaching Retainer to cover multiple contexts

(i.e. All-hands, Boardroom Meetings, Product Pitches, Keynotes, Panel Interviews, and more)

a 15-min "Chemistry Check" with Tom



Need to develop a cohesive narrative for your conference?

Need help with multiple Keynotes, Mainstage Presentations, Breakouts, Fireside Chats, and more? 

Want to train your entire team? 

a 15-min "Chemistry Check" with Tom

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