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Shame-free communication strategies

Overcome Communication Barriers

Start your journey towards powerful, persuasive communication that connects and inspires. Dr. Heidi Petak offers customized coaching to transform your personal and professional interactions.

ABOUT ME: FOUNDER & COACH AT SPEAK EAGLE

Dr. Heidi Petak

Years ago, I worked for a leader who used healthy, trust-based strategies to correct me when I made a mistake. Contrast that with another leader who used shame to correct me, and I quit that job so fast I left skid marks. With 4.5 million employees quitting their jobs every month, we can’t afford to use shaming strategies anymore. It’s time to Speak Eagle.

I’m grateful to be a communication coach, adjunct professor, Dove Award-winning scriptwriter, and voiceover artist. I’ve been privileged to coach Fortune 500 staff teams and amazing leaders in a variety of industries and spoken to audiences across the US and around the world in Peru, Puerto Rico, Hungary, South Sudan, Austria, Japan, and Israel. I hold a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent U, an M.A. in Communication from the U of Arkansas, and a B.S. in Broadcasting from John Brown U. I love helping leaders and everyday people learn to be trust-based, shame-free communicators at work, at home, and on stage. My husband, Brian, and I parent four crazy boys, one jealous dog, and a one-eyed cat who challenge our communication skills daily.

Dr. Heidi Coaches

Leaders

Whether you lead a team of 5 or 500, it's time to deepen your intentionality with trust-based, shame-free communication strategies that help shape a healthy workplace culture.

Individuals/Employees

Enhance your professional and personal communication strategies in public speaking, navigating conflict, and giving constructive feedback for professional advancement and stronger relationships.

Faith-Based Clients

Explore the intersection of faith and communication by requesting coaching by Dr. Heidi from a Judeo-Christian worldview, either as an individual or for your faith-based staff team.

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With decades of proven experience, Dr. Heidi can help you grow your executive presence, strengthen your relationships, find your voice, and learn to soar as an Eagle communicator.

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H.B.Pasley

H.B. Pasley

As a business coach I gravitate toward leaders of strength. Heidi had my immediate attention at first meeting. I have since discovered that she has both the experience and the competency required to be a Communication Ninja! Even more, I find her genuine enthusiasm to help people succeed to be so very winsome. If you lead people then it is mission-critical to communicate effectively. You can’t afford dissonance between your intent and the actual outcomes. Heidi will be very valuable in helping you assess and improve … and succeed!

Jill Baird

Jill Baird MS, MA, LPC-MHSP

Dr. P has worked with my leadership teams on several occasions, and each time, my leaders have given rave reviews. She has helped them understand their own communication styles better and has taught them how to use creative and curious communication to effectively deal with difficult situations. I have seen a positive change in the way teams are managed with a more authentic, non-shaming style that uplifts the entire environment. It has been transformational for my leaders.

Lana Martin

Dr. Heidi’s feedback is nothing short of outstanding. She possess a keen eye for identifying strengths and areas of growth, offering insightful perspectives and practical strategies for improvement. Her constructive feedback is always delivered with tact and encouragement, motivating me to push beyond my comfort zone and strive for excellence. I am so grateful for the guidance and mentorship. From honing my presentation skills to enhancing my emotional intelligence, her expertise has been instrumental every step of the way.

Excellent
Based on 9 reviews
Lana Martin
Lana Martin
2024-02-12
Exceptional Communication Coach: Elevating Personal and Professional Growth I am delighted to share my experience with Dr. Heidi who has profoundly impacted my personal and professional development. From our very first session, it was evident that Dr. Heidi possesses a remarkable ability to listen, provide valuable feedback, and elevate individuals to new heights. One of her standout qualities is her attentive listening skills. She creates a safe and welcoming space where I had comfort expressing my thoughts and concerns. Her genuine interest and empathy allowed for open communication, enabling me to delve deeper into areas of improvement without hesitation. Her feedback is nothing short of outstanding. She possess a keen eye for identifying strengths and areas of growth, offering insightful perspectives and practical strategies for improvement. Her constructive feedback is always delivered with tact and encouragement, motivating me to push beyond my comfort zone and strive for excellence. I am so grateful for the guidance and mentorship. I have experienced significant growth both professionally and personally. From honing my presentation skills or enhancing emotional intelligence, her expertise has been instrumental every step of the way. Working with Dr. Heidi has been a transformative experience, I would highly recommend.
Erica Wilkerson
Erica Wilkerson
2023-11-16
Wow, just WOW! This class really makes you look at human interaction differently. I took her communications class, and it has given me the tools to have a better executive presence. Thank you Dr. Heidi Petak.
David Urlaub
David Urlaub
2023-10-07
This course has helped change the way I approached almost every conversation I have. I am able to more clearly identify how to communicate with different people and adapt to others’ communication styles. Working with Dr. Petak has helped me grow immensely in my leadership abilities. I would recommend for anyone that leads people.
Zandra Weisenfluh
Zandra Weisenfluh
2023-08-17
I went through Dr. Heidi's communication course and highly recommend it to anyone considering it! The content and strategies taught are very tangible to apply. The tools provided make a world of a difference. The course was engaging and interactive with real life applications/exercises! After 8 weeks I left with a new approach in my professional career as a leader. Dr. Heidi will help you significantly whether it is coaching, communicating or speaking!
Jenn Strehlow
Jenn Strehlow
2023-05-12
I recently took Dr. P's class and found it to be incredibly engaging. She used a variety of interactive activities and examples to explain complex concepts, and the role-playing exercises were particularly helpful in reinforcing my understanding of the material. Through these exercises, I gained valuable insights and skills that I was able to apply to real-world scenarios AND in Real-time! If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend taking this course in person. The in-person experience allowed for better opportunities for group discussions and hands-on activities, which added another layer of depth to the learning experience. This is the best course I've EVER taken!
Quentin Leighty
Quentin Leighty
2022-12-10
I can’t say enough about Heidi and the help she provided me. After a few sessions I had the confidence I needed to deliver a speech without anxiety. Her knowledge and experience allowed her to make meaningful adjustments to enhance my delivery. My only regret was not engaging her earlier in my career. I would recommend her to anyone!
Jill Baird
Jill Baird
2022-12-06
I would highly recommend hiring Dr. P to work with your leaders. Dr. P has worked with my leadership teams on several occasions, and each time, my leaders have given rave reviews. She has helped them understand their own communication styles better and has taught them how to use creative and curious communication to effectively deal with difficult situations. I have seen a positive change in the way teams are managed with a more authentic, non-shaming style that uplifts the entire environment. It has been transformational for my leaders.
H.B. Pasley
H.B. Pasley
2022-12-06
As a business coach I gravitate toward leaders of strength. Heidi had my immediate attention at first meeting. I have since discovered that she has both the experience and the competency required to be a Communication Ninja! Even more, I find her genuine enthusiasm to help people succeed to be so very winsome. If you lead people then it is mission-critical to communicate effectively. You can't afford dissonance between your intent and the actual outcomes. Heidi will be very valuable in helping you assess and improve ... and succeed!
Alice Arment
Alice Arment
2022-12-06
I've been not only the recipient of Dr Heidi's coaching expertise but so impressed with her ability to "see" people's hearts. She sees, hears and speaks well into where people are and asks such great questions that help you to think and go deeper, to discover or enhance just what you need to do to either begin or improve and move forward. She has such great wisdom in how to best help, teach and advise people in their speaking pursuits. I would highly recommend Heidi for any coaching, speaking needs!

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