The first person in my family to attend college, I've always been the guy who took risks and pushed boudaries, and those are also perfect traits for a communicator. As a result, I have many great successes and boneheaded failures to discuss and for you to learn from. Thinking of myself first and foremost as a writer and being a first generation college grad, I've always approached my career and interactions with others as an outsider. It's given me great insight and perspective. I approach every situation with humor, competitiveness and a drive to solve problems. This approach has served me well for my entire career.
I've taken my experience, insight and natural fearlessness out to launch my own consulting practice. Public speaking and talking about what I've learned is a natural extension of that. I think I have a lot to share and I can show people what goes on "behind the curtain" of the communications department or a public relations or advertising agency. By the way, it's nothing like TV and the movies. There are a lot of myths around how communications works and I like giving up the juicy details. I think of my topics like a magician would who is telling everyone how the trick is performed.
My early professional years were spent in a high-flying public relations agency where I worked on everything from chemicals and airlines to Native American Tribes, Playboy, Mother Against Drunk Driving and MasterCard. I was recruited to work for the chemical industry and I worked on very difficult communications issues for an industry that isn't always well-regarded. I was able to do national advertising and launch cool new and for the time, cutting edge digital communications. I then worked for the aluminum industry and then for a non-profit in the pharmaceutical space.
I love sharing what I know, mentoring and making people laugh. I love wine. I take improv comedy classes. My wife and I live on Capitol Hill with our two dogs.