Partial Client List
We Help Our Clients Do More with Less
- Abbott Labs
- Alcon Laboratories
- American Airlines
- American Electric Power
- Baylor Health Care Systems
- Ben E. Keith
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Boston Beer/Samuel Adams
- City of Arlington
- Development Dimensions International (DDI)
- HMS Host
- J.C. Penney
- Kaiser Permanente
- Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
- M D Anderson
- Mary Kay Cosmetics
- Pepco Holdings
- Pizza Hut/YUM
- PPG Industries, Inc.
- QHR - Quorum Health Resources
- Ryland Homes/Ryland Mortgage
- Sabre Holdings
- Spirit AeroSystems
- Target Corporation
- Texas Department of Human Services
- Texas Education Agency
- Texas Instruments Worldwide
- Trailblazers Health Enterprises, LLC
- Transitions Optical
- U.S. Treasury - Dept. of the Public Debt
- VHA, Inc./Novation
- Warrior Group
- Zale Corp
Your Most Powerful Asset Is Communication
“Intentionally craft communication so that it’s more effective.”
–Donna H., Leadership Trainer, Fortune 50 Company
The Cornerstone Connecting People, Ideas and Action
Purposeful, authentic, intentionally crafted communication can change the world. And that’s exactly what we’re doing—one Talk at a time.
Just as a cornerstone is the chief foundation on which something monumental is developed, Bergerac’s three-prong methodology is the building block for your organization to meet the vast challenges inherent in motivating, inspiring and creating a competitive edge.
Bergerac redefines communication through its totally innovative approach. We combine three key schools of thought into our learning methodology: the psychology of verbal interaction, neuroscience research and skills utilized in the performing arts. Why? Because delivering and receiving information presents specific challenges to the brain.
Our unique approach capitalizes on the rich, non-verbal training of actors, triggering mental clarity and confidence with the release of neurotransmitters and energy, while further capturing the subtle psychological exchange that must take place for words to translate into actions.
Today’s corporations are forced to do more with less. Bergerac makes it easier. In the war for results, communication can be your most powerful asset—or the reason for your defeat. Even the best information is worthless when communication breaks down.
Niki Flacks, award-winning actress and respected psychotherapist, founded Bergerac in 1986 based on a simple but groundbreaking concept: The core needs of your listeners are central to every powerful message. Only Bergerac approaches this seemingly simple idea with the depth and conviction that produces the remarkable results our clients count on.
The Bergerac methodology is integrated into your organization’s present culture and initiatives, because no one has time for another training session, another meeting, another process.
The principles behind the Bergerac suite extend beyond the corporate environment to influence every aspect of life. That’s why our clients continue to describe their Bergerac experience as life changing.
Niki Flacks Biography
Building Success Started with One Question
Niki Flacks—award-winning actress, respected psychotherapist and co-author—founded Bergerac in 1986.
With the launch of the groundbreaking PowerTalk, Flacks demonstrated that a presentation designed around the needs of the audience and driven by passion and energy produces results and drives decisions.
Flacks developed the Bergerac suite around the science of how human emotions drive interactions and a simple but groundbreaking question that speakers have been ignoring for too long: What are the needs of the audience? Flacks has adapted the skills of improvisational theater to help individuals gain agility of thinking and flexibility of response—no matter how challenging the situation.
“I want nothing short of a revolution to come out of this.” –Niki Flacks, Bergerac founder
Flacks, an assistant professor in theater at Southern Methodist University for several years, earned her bachelor's degree in theater from Northwestern University. As an actress she starred in One Life to Live and on Broadway, working with Maggie Smith, Sir John Gielgud and Harold Prince. As a theater director, she has worked both in London and in the US. To round out her understanding of the connections between theater, psychology and verbal communication, Flacks received her master’s degree in social work/psychotherapy from the University of Texas. Flacks has worked with noted family therapist Salvador Minuchin to enrich her understanding of how the brain receives and processes information, how it copes with performance anxiety, and how tapping into emotions can influence memory function.
Cyrano de Bergerac was a poet and swordsman in the seventeenth century known for his large, unattractive nose.
Edmon Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac captures Cyrano's transformation from social outcast to hero. His physical liability disappeared in light of his great wit and verbal brilliance.
To walk in my own way,
free to see things as they are
and never to speak a word
I have not heard in my own heart.
Bergerac harnesses these same transformative powers of verbal communication in our revolutionary suite of products.