A former newspaper reporter, college journalism teacher and chief learning officer for a global public relations firm, and for 20 years now an independent consultant, I can help you get quickly to a few clear points and illustrate them with compelling examples. Whether you're speaking in media interviews, meetings or presentations to groups large or small, I can keep you from boring your audience or burying them in detail.
I provide media training and presentation coaching for individuals and small groups, and interactive workshops for larger groups. First I listen to what the people I coach want, then we work on doing more of what works and less of what doesn't. In one-on-one sessions or in small groups, I record and play back participants' videos of something they're currently working on and provide tips and tools to improve. We work on structuring and streamlining messages and on delivering them with the presence and passion I draw from each person I coach. I'll fly anywhere for in-person sessions or work with you over Zoom, etc.
My curiosity has always driven me to learn and discover, and I love helping others do the same. I learned how to think critically and learn on my own at New College, an experimental college in Florida, and gained skills and practice through a master's in journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota. I now am privileged to work with talented, motivated people who are smart enough to know how crucial communication is to everyone's job.
I've worked with CEOs and organizations' newest hires, with scrappy startups and multi-billion-dollar global companies. I've learned from them all. Clients past and present include Amway, Best Buy, Borg Warner, Cargill, Citrix, Ecolab, JM Family Enterprises, Land O'Lakes, Medtronic, National Indian Gaming Association, Royal Caribbean, Thomson Reuters, UPS, and the University of Minnesota.
After too many winters in Minnesota, my wife, Lisa, and I moved to the Tampa Bay area with our felines in 2010. I love travel, Spring Training, reading and writing (author of three books so far) and the lush natural world of the Gulf coast. My 10 years as a daily newspaper reporter and 20 as a college journalism teacher (full-time and adjunct) taught me to digest and analyze information and present it in clear, concise, conversational language. And that helps me help you.