In addition to classic presentation and communication techniques, the UniqueSpeak methodology consists of principles based in theater and cutting-edge neurological research.
With technological advances in neuroscience, more is known about the processing of information in the human brain than ever before. The results are turning previous notions about human thought, perception and audience reactions upside down. Findings from institutions all over the world, including Harvard, Princeton, MIT and UCLA, are having a major and meaningful impact on the way leading executives, politicians and other public ﬁgures approach presentations, one-on-one interactions and the art of persuasive speaking.
All of our coaching is backed by communication principles tested with target audiences and reﬁned over time.
Founder and CEO
Nina Irani is the President and CEO of UniqueSpeak Consulting and has served as the speech and communication coach to top level executives of Fortune 100 firms, politicians and public figures in the media and entertainment industry. Some of her clients have included individuals and teams from Microsoft, Google, HBO, NBC, Sony Pictures, Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Columbia University, Warner Brothers, PricewaterouseCoopers, UBS PaineWebber, Kraft Foods; as well as numerous directors, producers and public figures in the entertainment industry.
After studying fine arts and communications at New York University, Nina traveled around the world studying human thought processes and the neurology of communication and decision-making. She specializes in integrating cutting-edge neurological findings with time-proven communication techniques to create a hybrid approach to communication and presentation.
Nina is the creator of numerous leadership and communication techniques which are used by professional speakers, public servants and leaders in various industries. One of the processes she created, Ground of Being™, has received worldwide recognition and is used in over 15 countries on 5 continents.
Mark Bernheimer calls upon 16 years of journalism experience as the bedrock of his training approach. He spent the latter part of his reporting career as a national correspondent for CNN, assigned to the Los Angeles Bureau.
Reporting for CNN, Bernheimer covered many of the major news events of our time, including the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, the Columbine school shooting, and the Oklahoma City bombing trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Bernheimer was one of only a handful of reporters inside the courtroom when O.J. Simpson took the stand during his wrongful death civil trial. And during the late ‘90s, Bernheimer weathered ﬁve hurricanes on live national television.
Beyond CNN, Bernheimer was a reporter for KCAL Channel 9 in Los Angeles, a freelance contributer to the Orange County Register, and an anchor at the Orange County NewsChannel. As a freelance correspondent for the National Geographic Channel, he introduced viewers to an ancient ocean of fossils unearthed by the Los Angeles subway construction project. Bernheimer’s interview subjects included former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, two California governors, and various icons of the entertainment world.
Andi O’Conor, Ph.D. is an award-winning speechwriter, blogger and speech coach. She has coached attorneys, Nobel laureates, A-list celebrities, TED and TEDx speakers, Fortune 500 executives and for over 25 years. One of the specialties she is best known for is helping business, legal, scientiﬁc and technical professionals distill complex information and present in a clear and compelling manner, to offer more powerful and effective presentations.
Andi’s past and current clients include executives and staff from The US Army Research Institute, Vail Resorts, Crispin Porter Bogusky, Genentech, The Environmental Defense Fund, The National Center for Atmospheric Research, YesEnergy, The Trade Desk, Habitat for Humanity, The US Department of the Interior, First User Group, Special Aerospace Systems, Cancer and Careers, Naropa University, The University of Colorado and many more. Her blog, Burning Down the House, has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, MSN, Marketplace Money, Fox News and The Faster Times.
Andi holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Practice from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has been on the faculty of The University of Colorado at Boulder and Ohio University.