Our Mission


Those, who have excellent communication skills, find that they achieve greater success in their business and personal life.   Everyone can improve in their speaking, even if they are more quiet and shy by nature and feel anxious about standing in front of the audience; but it takes more than wanting to be better

William Benkő was brought up in the United States, where he was exposed to many people with self-confidence.  He was surprised to see how many people are struggling with low self-confidence in Hungary, a country full of extraordinary talents struggling to find a voice. We are afraid to stand up for ourselves , to openly express our ideas in public and to defend them without feeling attacked. However, a successful country needs confident citizens.  We need people, who trust themselves. If they trust themselves, they  will take risks and dare to do things others only dream of. According to William Benkő, the shortest way to build and improve self-confidence is by practicing public speaking.  Most people detest speaking in public.  If you want to get ahead of your competition, do what they don’t want to do. That is the main reason why he has established the Speak Academy, because you need a tool to build the confidence.

Those, who have excellent communication skills, find that they achieve greater success in their business and personal life.   Everyone can improve in their speaking, even if they are more quiet and shy by nature and feel anxious about standing in front of the audience; but it takes more than wanting to be better.  You have to apply yourself. We agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words -impressive and influential speaker of the 19th century -, saying that:

„ All the great speakers were bad speakers at first”.

In the workshops at Speak Academy, step-by-step we help break down the discomfort associated with speaking. We find topics tthe students can not only identify with, but simultaneously encourages them to speak.  We provide ample feedback to guide them along the way.  We also coax emotions from them to add spice to their speeches. As for a topic, they are encouraged to talk about a personal experience, which had a profound effect on the speaker.  As these stories unfold, we realize again and again that we humans have a lot more in common than we may have thought.
The specific topic of the graduation speech can be a personal, inspirational response to an important social issue as well. The world is full of serious problems and conflicts, so our mission is to contribute to their solutions with the help and power of public speaking.
The training consists of 12 two-hour sessions.  We work in groups, listen to one another, and give feedback and support. At the end, we organize a Graduation Gala, where the students give their first public speech in front of their family, friends and guests.  After hearty rounds of applause, the students are presented with their certificates.

This site is intended to uncover the benefits of speaking in public. It helps you maximize the power of your personality and share your inner strength. For us the word SPEAK means the Speak Academy, where we teach the art of public speaking to those who need this skill in their career, in business or simply to better express themselves. You could be someone who wants to share your life experiences or wants to speak up for your fellow man in need. With the power of your words, you can shape the world.

The team behind Speak

WILLIAM BENKŐ
Businessman, investor, coach, past President of the American Chamber of Commerce, founder of Toastmasters Hungary. Since his childhood, he has felt the words can change a person’s direction in life, either in a positive or a negative direction. He has spent the last 30 years, along with others, to help people develop their speaking skills to boost their self-confidence needed for life’s challenges. Communication isn’t a business tool, it’s a tool for life.

ATTILA SZABÓ

Attila first met William Benkő during a public speaking training 9 years ago that changed his life. Over the following years he became devoted to the field of speaking, organized training sessions and won several speaking contests. He was elected as the president of Toastmasters Hungary and today he is works together with his mentor on SPEAK.

ATTILA SZIGETI

Attila met Vilmos Benkő as a member of Budapest Toastmasters in 2014 in line with public speaking related startup initiatives. Because public speaking and the example set by Vilmos Benkő greatly contributed to his career, he happily joined Speak in 2016 as a trainer. He also works as an internationally recognized startup studio expert.

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