Executive Shine workshops blend comedy techniques with business to improve communication skills and build confidence for public speaking

London, 4 April 2019: Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy specialising in FinTech, RegTech and Capital Markets, has launched a new programme called ‘Executive Shine’.

Executive Shine is a series of workshops designed to help rising and senior executives improve their communications skills and build confidence in a variety of business scenarios: from pitches, panels and presentations to boardrooms, meetings and conference calls. The programme has been produced by Streets Consulting delivered in partnership with Lara A King, an award-winning comedian and highly experienced corporate coach.

As part of our focus on helping FinTech firms with their business development and communications strategies, we work with a variety of coaches to provide speech writing, 1-2-1 presentation support, executive coaching and mentoring. We have a deep and real understanding of business dynamics and a full appreciation of the value that comedy, acting and communications techniques can bring to help executives at all stages of their professional development communicate with confidence in all business scenarios.

With Executive Shine – which we have created in response to repeated requests for comedy and improvisation skills coaching – we aim to help drive change across the industry. Our workshops are designed to develop skills and confidence and play a part in helping the spokespeople representing our industry reflect the diversity of its workforce.

Julia Streets, Founder and CEO of Streets Consulting, and a stand-up comedian herself, said: “As with every new product, we wanted to put it through its paces to hone and refine the programme. We were proud to have tested the pilot with Innovate Finance and I’d like to thank Charlotte Crosswell and her team for all their support. The feedback from their members exceeded all our expectations in terms of demand, structure and post-workshop impact. We wanted to make this appealing for individuals who want to invest in their own skills, industry groups who want to support their members and organisations keen to develop, align and encourage communication within their teams. It’s not only effective, but also a very fun and bonding experience.”

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance, said: “At Innovate Finance, we are keen to see a reflection of our diverse FinTech community in the public eye, on panels and on stages. For this reason, we were delighted to partner with Streets Consulting to trial their Executive Shine training programme as part of our ‘Women in FinTech’ initiative. We have had phenomenal feedback from all of our members who participated and would absolutely encourage ambitious executives to invest in themselves.”

As the host of DiverCity® Podcast, now well into its fourth series, and a sought-after industry speaker, MC and panel host, Julia Streets added: “Having interviewed many industry luminaries and from our work with many entrepreneurs and successful business leaders, I have been struck how often the subject of confidence and communications impact comes up as a key success factor. If we want to support diverse rising talent in their career journeys, developing their ability to communicate with confidence really matters. In addition to the impact at an individual level, their contributions to the success of teams, organisations, industry initiatives and networks become even more valuable.”

Notes to editors:

Executive Shine is a series of workshops designed to help senior and rising executives improve their communications skills and build confidence in various business scenarios, from pitches, panels and presentations to boardrooms, sales meetings and phone calls.

Each workshop is crafted with a deep understanding of business dynamics, a full appreciation of the importance of effective communication in achieving success at a corporate and individual level, and the value of using comedy, acting and communication techniques in the world of business.

Designed for individuals, industry groups and corporate organisations, Executive Shine is produced by Streets Consulting and delivered by corporate coach and award-winning stand up comedian, Lara A King. Lara works with organisations and executives across the world, bringing a combination of improvisation and theatrical techniques to encourage participants to communicate effectively and perform with confidence.

For more information please visit or follow us on Twitter @StreetsConsult #ExecShine.

Streets Consulting is a business development, marketing and communications consultancy specialising in FinTech, RegTech and Capital Markets, working with companies at many different stages of corporate growth, from startups to world-leading stock exchanges.

As FinTech enthusiasts we spend every day helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses, build their brands and communicate what they do and why it matters. We advise innovators who are changing the way their industry works, and are honoured by the trust they place in them to represent their organisations.

At the same time, we are proud mentors with Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab; The Investment Association’s Velocity Programme; SWIFT’s Innotribe; Startupbootcamp’s FinTech and cybersecurity cohorts; London’s Cylon cybersecurity scheme; Anthemis’ Fellowship, Plexal’s Plexiglass and L39’s Fin4Fem programmes.

For more information please visit or follow us on Twitter @StreetsConsult.