Our Founders

Deborah ShamesFor fourteen years, Deborah Shames ran Focal Point Productions, a production company based in Sausalito, CA, that won over 60 national and international awards for directing and producing. Deborah personally directed luminaries like Danny Glover, Angela Lansbury, Wendie Malick and Rita Moreno.

Soon after forming Eloqui in Los Angeles, Deborah was voted “Consultant of the Year” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. She has since coached Hall of Fame athletes, political candidates, entrepreneurs, and many corporate Presidents.

Deborah’s directing expertise allows her to quickly identify a client’s strengths and challenges, and deliver the specific communication skills they need to be successful.


David Booth was a classically trained actor on stage and film. In addition to guest starring roles on television, David headed the Advanced Acting Program at PCPA/Solvang, performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, acted in the original ensemble of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and was Managing Director of the Tennessee Williams Center in Key West, Florida.

David has represented global companies in the trade show arena throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Cisco, Siemens and Chevron. David has served as spokesman, on-camera narrator, and consultant for hundreds of training videos for banking, technology, energy and telecommunications corporations. His broad spectrum of expertise includes voice-overs and singing, which gives him the ability to repair accents or improve clients’ diction.

David’s theatrical training allows him to deliver command presence to Eloqui clients, so they have the tools to engineer audience perception. And his background presenting programs for technical, financial services and banking concerns allows him to quickly assess the strength of a firm’s message, re-tune it, and train clients to deliver it, using performance tools translated for the business professional.

David and his partner Deborah are authors of the best-selling business book Own the Room: Business Presentations that Persuade, Engage and Get Results published by McGraw-Hill, as well as the Speaker Survival Guide and Briefly Speaking.