About Our Founder - Media Trainer, Presentation Trainer, Investor Pitch Coach, and Speaker Lisa Elia
Expert Media Training is led by Lisa Elia, who has prepared clients for keynote speeches at major conferences, internal and external presentations, investor pitches, and interviews with media outlets that include The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Good Morning America, Today, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, ESPN, and hundreds of others.
From an early point in her career, which began after she earned her bachelor’s degree in communication with a public relations focus from the University of Delaware in the ‘80s, Lisa’s clients have turned to her for business advice and strategies that extended far beyond those provided by a media trainer or PR professional. Her training is always conducted with deep thought given to the client’s goals, brand and initiatives.
In the mid-90s, clients began requesting her training to prepare for speeches, presentations and investor pitches. Eventually, Lisa shifted her focus solely to training, where her business savvy, deep knowledge of the media, and understanding of communication and psychology enable her to train clients to deliver their messages confidently, clearly and compellingly.
Known to many who have seen her sharing her expertise on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, E! Entertainment, FoxNews.com or in Inc., or on the thousands of stages from which she has spoken over the years, Lisa has firsthand knowledge of the situations her clients encounter.
Lisa is comfortable working with people who have heavy accents, and she is sensitive to the influences that cultural differences have on a client's communication style. She gained exposure to people from all over the world during her formative years, when as a child she and her family lived in Geneva, Switzerland and traveled throughout Europe. Educating and training people to make sure their step into the spotlight is smooth and effective is her passion.
Nonprofit organizations that Lisa is involved with include Minds Matter, PeaceNow, and Youth Business Alliance, among others.
Our Trusted Camera Operators
We work with several trusted professional videographers to capture your sessions on camera, ensuring a distraction-free training session and quick delivery of your training-session videos.
Every team member who works with Expert Media Training in any capacity, from support staff to camera operators, to trainers, signs a confidentiality agreement. It's important that our clients feel free to share freely, confident in the knowledge that what happens in our sessions stays in our sessions.
We're Kind, But We Will Challenge You
We are sensitive to how vulnerable some people may feel during training, so our approach is gentle, proactive and positive. However, we continue to provide refinements and feedback to help training participants reach their personal best in terms of message delivery, nonverbal behavior and energy, and staying on point with the strategy behind their responses to even the toughest questions. We are kind but we will challenge you to be your best.
Our Strategic Approach
The best media trainers and presentation trainers do far more than just improve performance and delivery; they also help clients create strategies and messaging that will move them toward the achievement of their goals.
All of the clients we train, whether actors, athletes, executives or thought leaders, are in business in one form or another. Even if they don’t think of themselves as business people, we know that there is a business aspect at the core of almost any public figure’s interviews and presentations.
We work with each client, and sometimes the client’s staff or publicity or management team, to gain a clear understanding of specific goals, overall goals and desired positioning. This ensures that when we train and provide corrections and messaging direction, the client’s responses to questions, key message points and behavior is in sync with the direction of the client’s career, company or endeavor.
Our media training and presentation training sessions go far beyond correcting the style of one’s delivery and creating good sound bites, ensuring that our clients deliver the messages that will help them to attract the opportunities they desire and the positions they seek to hold in their respective markets.
We believe that this is what good media trainers and presentation trainers do.
Expert Media Training® is registered with several government agencies and qualified to act as a government contractor or subcontractor. The firm is certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and a Community Business Enterprise (CBE), certified by the County of Los Angeles.