Jaunty is the school for human life and interaction.
We believe everyone can successfully connect, communicate with and attract whoever they want.
We teach and cultivate the social intelligence and communications skills that help you truly thrive. We've taught business people, singles, leaders and the shy -anyone seeking a life beyond their current imagination and capabilities.
We bring the best from social science, psychology, the science of attraction, neuroscience and human behavior to make people skills learnable. Our instructors have logged in 1000's of hours of real life experimentation, research and development, and studying to put together curricula in the most clear and memorable way possible.
Our clients include Fortune 500 companies and over 3,000 individual students from all walks of life.
A few of the companies we've worked with:
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We are headquartered at the innovative WeWork space in San Francisco. We also have schools in San Jose and Santa Monica. Our spaces are built for creativity, comfort and a fun atmosphere which Jaunty students love.
Eric Waisman is Jaunty's Founding Instructor. A fourth generation entrepreneur, Eric left his corporate career with MetLife, Merrill Lynch and American Express to follow his true passions – teaching social intelligence. He has spent over ten years years studying social behavioral sciences as well as testing and experimenting social skills in the real world. Eric holds degrees in business and nutrition from the University of Northern Colorado and studied cultural studies at the University of Jerusalem.
A dabbling musician, in his spare time Eric enjoys traveling, playing his guitar, exercising and of course...socializing.
Craig Gibbons is a Head Instructor at Jaunty. Growing up in a small town near San Luis Obispo, Craig struggled with shyness. Wanting a change, he later delved deep into social and emotional intelligence through academic study and personal experiments. At college, he realized he wanted to work with people and switched majors from Computer Science to Human Performance. After years of self-training, Craig discovered Jaunty and became Eric's apprentice. Craig has coached people in social dynamics and dating through Jaunty since 2012. When he's not exploring positive psychology and self-development, he enjoys learning about metagames and being outdoorsy with his dad.
Both Eric and Craig spent thousands of hours experimenting and researching the limits of social behavior to create the tried and tested course material for Jaunty. They are tirelessly dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and become social dynamos.
Melissa Goldberg is the Lead Instructor and Coach for Jaunty's San Jose office. After learning how to introduce herself to anyone, she's shared good conversations and developed relationships with CEOs and VCs, politicians and nonprofit leaders, engineers and business professionals. Melissa has been a coach and trainer since 2012, teaching empowerment, interpersonal and social skills. She's taught at local tech companies, non-profits, festivals and workshops in Silicon Valley and around the country.
Outside of work, Melissa loves to dance, be out in nature, meditate, and meet new people.
Jacqui is the social growth consultant and event marketer at Jaunty. She has 8 years of experience as an event director managing conferences, workshops and trade-shows across various industries. She has been professionally involved in life coaching, photography and is a certified yoga instructor.
Jacqui holds a B.A. in psychology from Binghamton University and is considering a counseling career down the road. She is an avid reader who embodies a holistic approach to intellectual, emotional and spiritual wellness.
Ann Marie is Jaunty's Social Growth Consultant and Event Marketer. She also volunteers as an In-the-Field Coach for Jaunty and as an Alumni Event Producer and Organizer. She has been involved in coaching, customer service training, and class instruction for the gaming, entertainment and pet industries.
She also juggles another job as a Content Manager and Shipping Logistics Supervisor for a retail design firm, and produces events and workshops for SF Ethereum, a public forum for blockchain technology enthusiasts, architects and future users. In her free time (driving from Palo Alto to San Mateo to San Francisco and back), she likes to listen to books like "Introvert Power", and "How To Be A Power Connector".
We work closely with our local communities and our alumni to enrich the social lives of as many people as we can. We view meeting and engaging with people as an art, almost a dance, and it's way more fun when everyone knows how! We are currently working on a charity program to help fight social anxiety and bullying.