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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.



Nina Irani Surya

Founder and CEO

Nina Irani Surya 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 17 countries on 5 continents.


Mark Bernheimer

Executive Partner

Mark Bernheimer, the founder of MediaWorks Resource Group, 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.

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