Eliot M. ShapiroCo-founder

Eliot M Shapiro of EMS CommunicationsThe second co-founder of EMS Communications, Eliot has spent over 20 years building the communication skills of both teams and individuals as a trained facilitator and presentation coach. He is often described as “the good cop,” denoting the way his coaching style complements Eric’s “tough love” approach as the two work together to build clients’ confidence in their abilities.

Before EMS, Eliot left a career in sales to earn his MBA in Marketing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he then taught as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Business. His passions for mentorship and public speaking began at an early age when he watched his father deliver sermons as a rabbi, and he continues to engage those passions as a frequent conference speaker, religious school teacher and avid networker.


  • Creative Ways to Prepare

    One thing we always tell our clients: do whatever it takes to get yourself prepared to give your next speech. Of course that means practicing your material, but preparing can also be about getting used to the space you’ll be using—the angles of the room, the sight lines, even the A/V system you’ll be using so you won’t run into any surprises.

    August 22, 2019
  • The EMS Combination Platter

    According to the gospel of EMS, there are eight essential Fundamentals of Public Speaking. Let’s recite them all together, loudly if you can: Energy, Eye Connection, Facial Expression, Gestures, Movement, Non-words, Pauses and…Bueller, Bueller…Speaking Pace.

    July 29, 2019
  • Memorandum to the Democratic Candidates

    The good folks at CNN are promising us a 20-candidate field (10 on each night) for the presidential debates coming up on July 30 and 31. With a handful of days left to prepare, we wanted to share some suggestions based on our observations during the first set of debates. So if you think these sound like ridiculous scenarios, keep in mind that we are literally discussing things we saw from real candidates for president.

    July 29, 2019

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I highly recommend EMS if you are looking to improve not only your presentation skills, but also your phone voice, presence, attitude and confidence. Eliot and Eric are masters at creating a trusting and fun environment.

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