Patricia LaRussa

Patricia LaRussa has been delivering presentations her entire life. From the age of 11, when she read Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, she studied the psychological principles that allow a speaker to reach an audience. An alumna of the Vass Communication School, she uses this set of core values to develop her clients’ ability to reach his or her goal, employing humor, life experience and interaction to engage the audience.

Patricia spent ten years with the commercial real estate firm of Julian J. Studley, Inc. as a leasing broker in New York City. Her presentation skills garnered the attention of management. She was recruited by the firm as a presentation instructor to both new and experienced brokers and in dozens of classes at Studley’s annual, companywide conferences.
As a successful trainer and coach, she developed a guide for keeping the audience interested that employs tactfully applied humor, eye contact and audience participation.

She is currently the Presentation Coach for Chapter 62 of Business Networking International, Inc. (BNI) in New York City, a group of over 100 people dedicated to their own and each other’s success. Her work involves individual and group instruction to the BNI membership on successfully conveying ideas to an audience of one or to a group of thousands and include building team spirit and cooperation, creating stronger client relationships, instilling confidence in buyers and investors and understanding how to know what customers really want.

What Our Clients Say

The [Women’s Seminar] was very well received by all those present, was excellent in content, and very well delivered. Your advice on speaking up, expressing ourselves assertively and eliminating weak language has had an immediate impact on me, personally, and I am certain on all women who attended the seminar. (Since the seminar, I have become much more conscious of my choice of words and delivery style, and have been successful in substituting “weak” verbs for more effective and powerful ones.) GAWN members were privileged to have you with us.