Tom Henschel

Tom Henschel is an expert in the field of workplace communications and self-presentation. Over the past twenty years he has helped hundreds of senior leaders achieve The Look & Sound of Leadership.TM

His expertise as a communications coach has taken him into executive offices at Amgen, CitiGroup, Ernst & Young, HP, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Manhattan Associates, Praxair, Raytheon, Sony Pictures, State Farm Insurance, Symantec, Toyota and Warner Bros.

His typical coaching clients are:

  • High-performers who want to project a more credible, influential image;
  • Disruptive executives;
  • Rising stars who need to succeed in front of their most senior officers;
  • Employees passed over for promotion because of style, rather than performance, issues.

As an executive coach, he’s most often asked to help leaders achieve these goals:

  • Develop “executive presence”;
  • Repair damaged workplace relationships;
  • Deliver charismatic keynotes.

In addition to his coaching work, Tom also delivers training in the areas of presentation, interpersonal communications, influence and facilitation skills at companies such as Disney, Nissan, Taco Bell, Transamerica and NBC/Universal.

Tom’s podcast, “The Look & Sound of Leadership,” nearing its 100th episode, is among the most highly rated in the Business category on iTunes.

Classically trained at The Juilliard School, Drama Division, Tom was a professional actor for more than twenty years and appeared in over 100 plays, films and episodes of television. Also an award-winning director in the theatre, productions under Tom’s direction garnered thirteen theater critics’ awards, including five for him as Best Director.

Tom is President of the executive development Essential Communications, and a founding coach at the consulting firm Corporate Coaching International. He is a Past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society of Training and Development and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.

He lives in Southern California and is father to two daughters.