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Tom Henschel grooms senior leaders and executive teams. An internationally recognized expert in the field of workplace communications and self-presentation, he has helped hundreds of executives achieve The Look & Sound of Leadership™.

His expertise as a communications coach has taken him into executive offices at companies such as Amgen, BP Indonesia, CitiGroup, Ernst & Young, Lockheed Martin, Symantec, and Toyota.

His expertise in group dynamics has taken him into the board rooms of companies such as DTS, John Laing Homes, Manhattan Associates, and Warner Bros

Tom also delivers training in the areas of presentation, communication, influence and facilitation skills at companies such as Nissan, Taco Bell, Transamerica and NBC/Universal.

Originally trained as a classical actor, Tom received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School, Drama Division. Before founding Essential Communications, he was a professional actor for more than twenty years appearing in over 100 plays, films and episodes of television. On the other side of the footlights stage productions under his direction garnered thirteen theater critics' awards, including five for him personally as Best Director.

Tom is Past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society of Training and Development. He lives in Studio City where he is dad to Samantha and Julia.

What people say about Essential Communications Team:

Your coaching team has been an important resource for our organization. The tools, techniques and feedback you’ve given us have benefited each member of our senior executive team and accelerated the positive change in our organization.

Jon Kirchner
President & CEO      |     DTS, Inc.


  1. The email beast - be gone! - Jeremy Irvine on December 2, 2015 at 3:42 am

    […] Tom Henschel from Essential Communications’ podcast The Look and Sound of Leadership takes this one step further and is well worth the listen. […]

    • Tom Henschel on December 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks, Jeremy. I really appreciate the support.
      It’s interesting to me that the podcast episode about email is one of the most downloaded in the whole library. That one touched a nerve for a lot of people!
      Great to be in touch with you, Jeremy.