About SpeechSkills, LLC

Behind The Credibility Code


SpeechSkills
is a San Francisco, California–based communication training company, founded by Cara Hale Alter–president and principle trainer. Since 2000, SpeechSkills has provided thousands of workshops throughout the United States and Europe on how to project credibility and confidence, especially in high-stakes conversations.

The SpeechSkills Difference


Our training is always practical, action oriented, and behavior based. We firmly believe that executive presence and communication excellence are not innate talents, but learned skills–skills that anyone can develop. We explicitly define the behaviors required to project credibility and then provide the direct feedback and expert coaching necessary to perform those skills when it matters most.

We know that in today’s highly competitive business environment, time is in short supply. That’s why we require that all of our keynotes, seminars, and workshops provide content-rich information that is immediately applicable. In short, we don’t feel we’ve done our job unless we have an impact on how you do business in the real world.

Our History


While working on her MFA in theatre, Cara Hale Alter became intrigued with how actors could embody traits ranging from authority to approachability simply by shifting subtle behaviors. She became convinced that she could apply these principles to the business world. Her goal was to solve a vital business problem–the divide between being credible and looking credible. By identifying the explicit behavioral cues that influence the perception of credibility, Cara created a step-by-step process to teach business professionals how to project the credibility they deserve.

What We Offer


We can bring the core messages of The Credibility Code directly to you in live presentations, seminars, and workshops. Whether you’re looking for a dynamic one-hour keynote or a week of intense interactive coaching, we can provide a program of any length, for any size group. Additionally, we are happy to customize our content to support the key themes of your company retreat, sales meeting, professional conference, trade show, or on-site team training.
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“Before SpeechSkills, our company struggled to leverage our significant sales expertise. Now, not only can our sales force articulate the value of our company, we are sought after speakers in the industry.”
—Tom Bagwell, Director, Peterson University & Power Marketing, Peterson Power Systems
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WHAT’S AVAILABLE AT SPEECHSKILLS?

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Live Courses

Our live workshops and seminars combine content-rich information with hands-on skill building. Whether for a small internal team or a large international conference, our expert trainers can travel to your location to provide interactive, personalized training options. LEARN MORE

Open Enrollment Workshops

For individuals interested in live small-group workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, the schedule of upcoming programs can be found here. LEARN MORE

Online Training

In 25+ video lessons, Cara Hale Alter expands upon the core concepts from her book The Credibility Code – complete with behavior demos, skill drills, practice ideas, worksheets, and self-assessment tools – to give you a comprehensive self-study guide to cultivating your personal presence. LEARN MORE
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The Credibility Code Online Training

In 20+ video lessons, Cara Hale Alter breaks down the core concepts from her book The Credibility Code – complete with behavior demos, skill drills, practice ideas, worksheets, and self-assessment tools – to give you a comprehensive self-study guide to cultivating your personal presence. LEARN MORE
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Books & Games

In her book The Credibility Code, Cara Hale Alter outlines the specific “codes of conduct” that influence the perception of credibility. Additionally, our boxed set of SpeechSkills SoundBites cards provides an effective practice session in a box by combining fun with skill building. LEARN MORE
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One-on-one Coaching

Whether you want to increase your overall skill level or prepare for an upcoming event, one of our highly qualified SpeechSkills trainers can provide personalized coaching in hourly sessions via video chat or onsite in our San Francisco office. LEARN MORE
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Keynotes

With a focus on leadership presence and projecting credibility, Cara Hale Alter’s keynote presentations provide the perfect blend of substantive material and tangible takeaways, delivered in a playful, energetic style. LEARN MORE
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Train the Trainer Program

Our Train The Trainer certification enables corporate trainers and independent coaches to facilitate the SpeechSkills 1.5-day “Projecting Credibility and Confidence” workshop and provide one-on-one coaching support using SpeechSkills’ materials and methodologies. LEARN MORE
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