Spokesmith | Power Your Public Speaking

Eileen Smith’s keen insight into public speaking performance is built on more than 20 years of policy and development experience at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.  She is an experienced senior leader who specializes in preparing experts to deliver their most effective message in public events.


Smith​'s clients include businesses​, think tanks, and law firms.  She has coached over 1,000 clients, from rising professionals to the top levels of media, shipping, and technology companies.  She is a regular contributor to Business Insider and Fast Company, and has been featured in Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Harvard Club of Washington, DC, and more.


Whether her client is preparing to stand before an audience, sit on a panel, give a media interview, or present virtually, Smith provides tailored, confidential coaching for groups and individuals in public speaking and executive presence.

In addition to preparing senior leaders for key policy speeches, Smith has spoken to a broad range of audiences, including international organizations, advocacy groups, members of Congress, and domestic and international press.


Smith understands firsthand the challenges of preparing to give a speech or presentation under the time constraints of a demanding schedule and last-minute inputs.

Smith has a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College, a Master of Arts in International Politics and International Business from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emory University.  

She earned the Distinguished Achievement Award and numerous Superior Honor Awards from the State Department.  She also has a certification to skipper a 45-foot sailboat from the American Sailing Association.

Spokesmith is experienced in coaching business executives, policy experts, lawyers, and non-profit leaders to promote the polished presentation audiences expect at their level. From the podium, to the panel, to the news studio, to the elevator speech, every appearance is an opportunity to establish credibility and advance your message. Contact Spokesmith below or press the button here to see great videos about public speaking.

My Story

A few years ago, I finished my 20+ year career in diplomacy, where I spoke in venues all around the world.  I have spoken to advocacy groups and international organizations.  I have addressed members of Congress and the press.  More importantly, in this context, when I was Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, I coached her for speeches at the State Department, the United Nations, and the White House.  She was the one who said I could do this professionally.  At the time, I said thank you and went about being fully engaged in my State Department career. 


Later, when I thought about what to do after, I realized I had been doing this my whole life.  I remember coaching my college roommate for interviews.  When I decided to do this, I wanted to rely on more than my natural instincts.  I studied public speaking, executive presence, and body language – because these are the skills that improve the success of every organization’s mission and increase the trajectory of every person’s career.  Now I coach business executives, policy experts, and rising professionals to deliver their message in daily and extraordinary events.

Policy focused coaching means tailoring your message to deliver it to your audience.  This skill reaches across all sectors in business, law, think tanks, and non-profits.  Click below to see testimonials from experienced sources.