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People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou


Contrary to what most people believe, the data and logic behind your message are just part of an effective presentation. People have to buy off on you first. This is especially true when your job is to influence and motivate your audience – be they clients, donors, team members or the board. I've worked with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and Non-Profits helping them deliver their messages with confidence, authenticity and influence. There are two main elements to my approach:

  1. You learn a simple, flexible and powerful template for crafting all your presentations and messages

  2. You identify and remove the behaviors and habits that undermine your delivery of the message

Using video and coach feedback, you will see yourself from the audience's perspective and then – through practice and guiding support – become the credible, focused and effective presenter you always wanted to be.

My clients come from many different sectors, including: 

  • Non-profits - helping increase fundraising, presenting advocacy issues to government ministries and motivating volunteers

  • Financial - working with analysts to prepare and present to shareholders

  • Engineering  - building internal collaboration and presenting at conferences

  • Healthcare - launching new devices and drugs



These one-on-one sessions are for executives and managers who have an upcoming high-profile presentation or simply want to improve their executive presence and delivery when speaking before a live audience or over video-conference. The format is usually 4 x 1-hour sessions and is customizable. 


When several people need to hone their presentation skills, a one-day group session is available. With a limit of 10 people per session, each participant is videotaped several times and then given feedback by both the instructor and peers. A side benefit of this class is the team building experience it provides.

The coaching experience is tailored specifically to the needs of the individual or group. Customizing can include:

  • Follow-up sessions for practice and reinforcement

  • Q&A and dealing with awkward questions

  • Putting together a compelling PowerPoint deck

  • Fundamentals of effective listening

  • Managing difficult conversations


  • AT&T

  • Marriott Hotels

  • American Express

  • Microsoft

  • Lufthansa

  • The British Government

  • Avis

  • Bank of America

  • World Vision International

  • Apple

  • Bristol Myers Squibb

  • Dupont

  • SC Johnson Wax

  • Oracle

  •   ... and many more

I have been coaching executives in communication and message development for over 30 years. I have been a Senior Consultant at Decker Communications for the past 8 years and prior to that was the  co-founder of Sterling Consulting Group, a communications company specializing in customer service improvement.


I have helped several clients prepare their TED talk and my expertise has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Newsweek and Time.  I've also been interviewed on ABC, CNN, NBC, Fox and many other affiliates. 


I have published 5 business books to date, and have a BA in communication. I live in New Mexico with my wife, Deborah.

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