Our Commanding Presence Founder: John Plank

John Stewart Plank (1943-2016)

Coach & Founder of Commanding Presence


John was one of the most highly qualified and respected Executive Coaches in Public speaking, communication, and presentation skills in North America. 


John spent 25 years of his life coaching and helping others. He was a director of workshops and actor training at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. He taught at universities in Canada and the U.S. and was a popular keynote speaker for conferences. He coached senior executives, lawyers, accountants, broadcasters and professional speakers.  As performance coach for CBC Radio and Television, John worked with reporters, news anchors, hosts and Olympic commentators. 


In his relentless pursuit of perfection for his clients, John used compassion, humour and ingenuity.


His internationally acclaimed Commanding Presence™ programs are accredited by law and accounting associations in North America and the U.K.  The programs focus on essential public speaking, presentations, and meeting skills for all professionals who wish to elevate their career.




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Location: Toronto, ON

Two-Day Advanced Communication Skills & Presentation Skills Training in Toronto for Executives & Leaders

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