The Speaker's Choice

Our Team



The Speaker’s Choice

Our Team

Our highly experienced staff of training consultants and coaches come from varied industries and backgrounds including: Insurance, Sales and Marketing, Tax (IRS), Technology, Consulting Services, Executive Recruiting, Higher Education, Training & Development, Automotive, and more. The common thread between all of us is our commitment to quality, consistency, and a strong passion for making a significant positive impact on the people and organizations we work with. All have a minimum of 15 years of training, coaching, consulting, and/or business experience.


Jeff Hornstein | Founder & CEO

With more than two decades of experience in communications coaching, sales, management, engineering, and training, Jeff Hornstein has worked directly with over 16,000 clients helping them achieve greater impact and influence by developing their spoken business communication skills. Almost all engagements involve very interactive coaching with extensive video-recorded practice along with real-time feedback. Clients walk away feeling more confident when dealing with all communication situations: conveying stronger leadership presence, communicating greater credibility, and producing more results with less effort.

An entrepreneur who built his business to a thriving national training organization serving clients such as Allstate Financial, American Academy of Pediatrics, Baxter Healthcare, CME Group, Discover Financial, Exelon Nuclear, Gallup Consulting, McGraw-Hill, Morningstar, Oracle, Spencer Stuart, IRI Group, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where Jeff and the team have worked with more than 1600 MBA students. We combine analytics and creativity to give each client a highly effective training experience PLUS individual private 1:1 coaching.

Jeff’s career began in the engineering world. Recognizing the need for client education, Jeff created a training function and associated curriculum which provided new revenue streams and a seminar series for Dukane Ultrasonics. Through this, he discovered his passion for training and began the transition from engineering to communications.

Jeff has a BS in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University and a Masters level certificate in Organization Development from Benedictine University. He has also spent the past 20+ years steeped in various forms of transformational education.

Jeff and his wife, Kathleen, have 4 children and live in the suburbs of Chicago. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for the BHARE foundation – a non-profit organization committed to funding autism research and education. The Speaker’s Choice™ is also a proud sponsor and coach of the St. Charles Angels girls softball team. Oh, and he decided to take up ice hockey fairly recently with no prior experience…and has fallen in love with the sport!

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive coaching
  • Presentation Skills
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Conflict Management
  • Effective Feedback
  • Communication Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Group Facilitation
  • Learning Strategy, Design & Development

Assessments & Psychometrics

  • Social Styles
  • Realise2 Strengths Assessment
  • Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode
  • Instrument (TKI)

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