About Applause Inc.

Applause Inc. offers custom and off-the-shelf workshops for presenters and internal trainers, as well as individual coaching and licensing options so you can bring our content in-house.

"For over 25 years I have been helping people like you build skills and confidence for presentations so good you deserve applause."

Contact me and let's get started. 612-384-2790

Gail Zack Anderson, Founder

Gail leads individual presentation coaching and customized effective presentation workshops as well as effective trainer workshops.

Experience. After experience with a national training firm, Gail founded Applause Inc. in 1992 to focus on custom solutions for local clients. She has worked with a wide variety of industries and individuals and strives to make each learning solution unique and meaningful.

Education. Gail has an M.A. in Human Resource and Change Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and a B.S. in Business from the University of Minnesota. Gail has served six years on the Board of Directors of ATD -GTC, and is a Past President.

Constructive feedback. Since people are often their own worst critics, Gail’s goal is to help them see and build on their strengths and to help them build skills that will enhance their effectiveness. She believes that honest, constructive feedback can build confidence as well as skills.

Video feedback. New and less-confident speakers can begin to see their strengths with video feedback and to begin to believe in their abilities. Those who are over-confident or have a blind spot are able to see themselves as other do. Video makes it easier to accept feedback.

Flexibility. Applause offers training solutions for individuals, small groups, and breakout sessions or larger groups. Each program is customized to ensure the ideal blend of classroom, one-on-one and follow-up sessions. We work to ensure the program is “real” and realistic, so the skills can be applied immediately back on the job.

Blended Learning. Applause uses technology to enhance and condense learning, by using electronic surveys, pre-work, and evaluation. We also offer programs that have an electronic format, so that class time is shortened but learning is maximized.

Follow-up. Written feedback, practice videos for review and regular tips and reminders are just a few of the ways Applause ensures that what is learned is remembered and applied.


We "get it" because we have such diverse client experience.

Andersen Corporation
Boston Scientific
Campbell Mithun
Cargill, Inc.
Carlson Travel Network
Carver County
City of Minneapolis
Emerson Process/Rosemount Inc.
Faegre Baker Daniels
Metropolitan Council
Minnesota Society of CPA’s
Minnesota Twins Baseball
The Mosaic Company
NatureWorks LLC
Old Home Foods
Scott County
University of Minnesota
University of St. Thomas