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I have been playing chess for 35 years. I play generally three times a week and win regularly. I have taught the game to over 100 people in my life. I mentor a number of young people who strongly believe that my chess instruction and the applicable thought logic lessons I inculcate have escalated their job options. I prefer students at the introductory levels to eliminate bad habits.

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Joshua teaches



Joshua passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Joshua delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1999

Mr. S is an accomplished public speaker (Third place in the Regionals for the 2006 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking and over 40 wins in various speech contests). He is also an avid, and successful poker player.

By profession, Mr. S is a distinguished corporate, communication and sales trainer (numerous companies) and has been coaching since 1999. He is now available for online coaching sessions for a number of varied and essential subjects.

Some of Mr. S's most requested business skills to learn? Sales and Public Speaking, and even Poker! How to command the poker table and the boardroom to increase your hourly rate, by effective communication and reading people well. He integrates Public Speaking Skills or "Speaking in Public Skills" as he likes to say, to illustrate how that essential ability changes everything in your game, your book of business, and your personal life.

He has helped students of ALL ages and backgrounds, including people with English as a Second Language, develop their communication skills. This is essential to prepare them for important school and job interviews and for promotions and opportunities in life.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received a BFA degree in Theatre, and also the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Mr. S is an expert in the art of the spoken, presentation and performance word.

He looks forward to helping new students achieve their communication and business goals. His teaching style is focused, practical and useful, and incredibly entertaining and educational!

His classes are truly edu-train-ing!

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Corporate, Sales and Communication Trainer
Jul 2009 - Present
Private business

Award winning Public Speaker, distinguished ESL Business, and Sales Coach, who teaches presentation, sales, hard and soft skill training, motivational and real (not simply rah rah) inspirational workshops, commencement, keynote speeches, and emcee related event programming.

Programs include the training and building of sales teams, coaching professionals, realtors, engineers, and business executives specifically how to use dynamic public speaking skills to build a book of business and to manage teams through effective presentations. Key interest for new and frustrated salespeople to learn how to use the "bee to the bee hive" speaking technique as an effective prospecting methodology.

Variety of training programs and presentations conducted: Sales Training courses (VULY, TELL ME MORE, IAC, et al), ESL business programs (RAYTHEON, DIRECTV, AT&T, COLDWELL BANKER, KELLER WILLIAMS, FARMERS INSURANCE, et al.), Soft Skills training, Social Media marketing, Motivational, Educational, Humorous, Obtaining Referrals Sales programs, Executive Coaching, Children/Teens/College Prep, Workshop Facilitator, UCLA PHD Fellow Public Speaking Seminars and at CITY OF HOPE: “Before the PowerPoint” MICROSOFT initial Retail Store Opening Emcee, LAPD Law Enforcement Seminar: “Become a Better Listener.”

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Coporate Sales Director
Sep 2003 - Jun 2009
Berlitz Languages, Inc.

Director of Sales
Jan 1999 - Sep 2003


BFA Theatre
Sep 1987 - May 1991
University of Southern California
Sep 1985 - Jun 1987
American Academy of Dramatic Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Third Place, World Championship of Public Speaking - Regionals
May 2006
Toastmasters International
District Speech Champion
Apr 2006
Toastmasters International


Toastmasters International
Nov 2005

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jun 1987

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

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College Commencement Speaker

UCLA PHD Fellows Public Speaking Seminar "Before the Power-Point"

Business ESL language training

Third Place for the Regionals, 2006 World Championship of Public Speaking

Training LAPD Recruits "Become a better Listener"

Campaign Keynote Speaker

Sales Training
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36 Reviews

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YUKI ITO Sep 15, 2019
Public Speaking · Online

Joshua is the most amazing teacher that we have ever met. His teaching style opened my daughter's eyes wide to figure out what the real public speaking stands for.

YUKI ITO Sep 11, 2019
Public Speaking · Online

Sofia Aug 30, 2019
Poker · Online

Joshua is engaging, smart and a great teacher. It was my daughter's first poker lesson and she was so engaged. Highly recommended!

Nina Aug 13, 2019
Poker · Online

I learned a lot towards playing the game!

Jose A. Jan 4, 2019
Poker · Online

Joshua Is Amazing

Jatinderpaul Oct 10, 2018
Chess · Online

My nine year old daughter had a super time learning chess from Josh. He is a great teacher and is very good at teaching chess. The lessons were money well-spent - my daughter has started to finally like chess and wants to play chess with her dad more often.

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John M. May 1, 2018
Acting · Online

Josh is awesome to work with. After just a couple classes both my strengths and weaknesses have noticeably improved. And the classes are really
enjoyable - thanks Josh!

Ksenia Mar 8, 2018
Speaking Voice · Online

The first lesson was great - I already got some useful tips in public speaking which I can use in my work

jorge Mar 1, 2018
Public Speaking · Online

Great first experience! Very inspiring!

Tamar D. Feb 20, 2018
Poker · Online

Had a great time with Josh, he's very knowledgeable and fun and sensitive to setting the pace.

Rob Feb 15, 2018
Public Speaking · Online

Joshua is very energetic, engaging and full of life. After just one session I learned several tips that will help me immediately. Great stuff!

Rob Jan 30, 2018
Public Speaking · Online

Joshua did a great job of mixing my needs with his instruction style. I learned several new ideas. I can't wait for our next conversation!

Colt Jan 30, 2018
Speech · Online

Fantastic! Wonderful to work with.

Alexander Jan 18, 2018
Poker · Online

Great experience! Josh is very personable and attentive. Definitely signing up for more classes

Jack H. Jan 18, 2018
Speech · Online

Tanna Jan 16, 2018
Speech · Online

This guy is awesome!

Clark Jan 4, 2018
Speaking Voice · Online

Oscar .. Dec 27, 2017
Poker · Online

If your looking for someone with energy and that will be 100% straight up honest with you this is the man you want teaching you ! Has great energy, easy to interact with and makes learning easyer then usual ! Highly recommended !

TAYLOR F. Dec 1, 2017
Poker · Online

Great teacher and super personable.

Cory Oct 26, 2017
Poker · Online

Joshua is a fabulous teacher. He keeps the lesson moving, answers all your questions, and is funny to boot! My previous review mentioned the on-line system that Take Lessons.com has set up, which has nothing to do with Joshua's excellent teaching. In fact, he had a good quick solution for the course, which probably works best-Facetime. In 48 hours I feel I have absorbed years of poker knowledge from him. Hopefully it will all help at the tables :)

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Cory Oct 25, 2017
Poker · Online

It was wonderful. I need customer support to help though the link to the lesson doesn't work!

James Jun 26, 2017
Poker · Online

So far very informative. Looking forward to more classes . I enjoy conversing with Joshua as well. Great dude.

Jesse Samuels May 30, 2017
Poker · Online

Joseph May 18, 2017
Poker · In home

He knows when to hold them and knows when to fold 'em.

Yaz E. May 18, 2017
Public Speaking · Online


Patricia May 9, 2017
Poker · Online

Kris Apr 27, 2017
Public Speaking · Online

Josh is a brilliant speaker and coach and I can’t recommend him enough! Lessons with Josh are not only useful but fun & dynamic. Not only does he supply you with truly valuable strategies, he also supplements them with unforgettable stories and examples from experience. It is evident he loves public speaking and he has helped me to shift my perspective from dread to anticipation. Beyond learning, if you are looking to interact with a powerful communicator/story-teller worthy of emulation, Josh is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

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alex Feb 11, 2017
Public Speaking · Online

Tara Jan 23, 2017
Poker · Online

Great !!!

Ian Jan 3, 2017
Public Speaking · In studio

If you have an issue with regards to your confidence when it comes to speaking in public, fear of maybe being misunderstood due to pronunciation of words, and how to create a proper presentation, then this person is whom I would recommend. I remember having all of these issues before joining his class. After all the sessions, you yourself will feel that growth in all of those aspects and the class was seriously entertaining too! The way he lectures in class will make you eventually think that doing presentations and speaking in public will eventually become a "walk in the park" with enough exposure and practice!

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William Dec 30, 2016
Poker · In studio

Joshua has been a coach of mine for many years. He has helped me build my public speaking, business, and poker proficiency as well as countless personal and professional skills. Joshua has an uncanny ability to make difficult concepts easily understood which has enabled myself to perform at a higher level in a myriad of subject matters. If you are interested in learning a new skill or further improving your expertise in a particular area, I could not recommend a better person than Joshua.

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Jonah Dec 30, 2016
Poker · In home

I owe all of my poker success to this man! From a very young age, he taught me the game. Showing me the importance of being patient, awareness, and how to play the player in front of you instead of the cards in your hands. I would extremely recommend taking this course to any serious poker player who is looking to improve their game in any way!

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Chris Dec 29, 2016
Poker ·

What a very insightful coach one can have for any skill. In particular, Joshua helped my game of poker tenfold on two levels: technical and psychological. My technical skills were fairly strong before working with Joshua. He help me tweak a few aspects to a modest increase on success. Where the biggest jump came was learning the psychological part of the game. Hands down, he brings worldly experience to the game (i.e. how to read the crowd, tells, etc.). I've learned a wealth of knowledge of which I apply at the poker tables as well as life in general. Joshua...thank you!

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Mark Dec 28, 2016
Public Speaking · In home

I've known Joshua S for over a decade and every time we talk, he brings something new and exciting to the conversation. He has helped our company with many group events; from talking with a large group of Girl Scouts to helping our staff of 12 become better communicators. He has had many interactions with our customers too, representing our business to hundreds of clients. Joshua S. provides a product with such quality that you never forget your interactions with him.

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Summit Dec 28, 2016
Public Speaking · In studio

Joshua is a very skilled orator. The depth of his knowledge of English, idioms and cultural connotations is profound. Having attended his lectures, I'd put him among the top public speakers in the world.

I like his delivery style, sense of humor and breakdown of elements of speeches. He has helped me see public speaking in a different light. Something that can be learned and mastered.

He focuses on everyone and brings your attention to unspoken elements in public speaking which I believe is difficult to learn without having a teacher who is invested in your success.

Thank You Josh for your teachings and terrific courses.

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Monica Dec 20, 2016
Poker · Online

Great for giving me confidence that I can do this. I'm ready to move up to bigger tables now. I could NOT have done it without Joshua.

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