With over 30 years of experience in developing leadership and communication programs for fortune 1000 companies all over the country, Terry emphasizes the importance of a person’s natural style, strengths and mindset for effective communication and establishing an influential presence. His interactive and entertaining keynotes engage, energize and offer practical tips in how to improve your brand and how you are perceived.
Terry, author of “The Art of Pitching”, is the founder and President of CommSkills Group, a national leadership, communication and presentation training organization as well as an established executive coaching resource. His clients include, Disney Studios, Dreamworks, Mattel, Allergan, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Abbor Pharmaceuticals, Pulte Homes and many others.
Terry believes by coaching professionals to access their own natural style, unique abilities and valuable attributes they can have increased influence and deliver powerful messages that change beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. The theme of Terry’s new book The Art of Pitching – rethinks the word “pitch” as it applies to all communications. During his work as a writer in Hollywood, he became highly skilled at the fine art of pitching and realized that “pitching” was a critical component of everything we do in life. “It all boils down to our power to connect with people, whether in leadership, business or our own personal lives.”
Terry's programs are ideally suited for executive and management teams as well as anyone who can appreciate that gaining influence is about the art of the communicating and that leadership, regardless of title, is about influence and inspiration.
Terry developed his expertise through his many years of work in Improv, theater, and advertising where he worked as an actor, writer, teacher, and coach. He was also a film and television writer in Los Angeles, and a playwright in the San Francisco area, where his critically acclaimed play Bar None was hailed as the longest running comedy in San Francisco.
Terry graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences and began his career as an advertising copywriter and account executive in Northern California.