Rick is the founder and chairman of PowerSpeaking, Inc. a speech communications training company in Redwood City, California. Rick’s coaching of more than 200 senior-level executives led to the creation of the award winning Speaking Up®: Presenting to Executives. Before starting his own company, Rick held quality assurance and communications management positions with Hewlett- Packard and Amdahl corporations in Silicon Valley. He is the author or two other books: PowerSpeaking®: How Ordinary People Can Make Extraordinary Presentations, and Jazz, Rock and Roll, and the Revolution in Psychotherapy, 1950–1975 (based on his doctoral dissertation). His articles on communication have appeared in magazines and newspapers nationwide. His PhD from Saybrook University is in humanistic psychology.