- More than 20 years experience working in corporate communications, including 10 years with AT&T, 12 years with Cisco, and, most recently, as a consultant advising senior executives in high tech, from startups to Fortune 100 companies.
- Areas of expertise include coaching senior leaders on brand and executive presence, communications strategy, strategic messaging, presentation development and public speaking.
- Experience in coaching and mentoring includes co-authoring a book with career advice for young women to be published Fall 2014.
- With a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, emphasizes simple, clear communications to achieve greater impact.
- All 7 Best Practices
- Pre-Meeting Discovery Process
- One-on-One Call with Expert
- Meeting Summary Report
- Post-Meeting Engagement
Executive Communications - Strategies for Connecting Internally with your Employees
In the past 15 years, executive communications has emerged as a discipline within corporate communications.
The executive communications role involves developing the communications platform, strategy, messaging and brand on behalf of an executive in support of his or her leadership, influence and results. A key element of executive communications is internal, centering on sharing information in a way that engages a company's workforce to support the company's mission, vision and culture.
Very few people are natural public speakers who can make flawless presentations in a high-stakes environment. A company executive can learn the science of public speaking by working with communications professionals to improve presentation skills and become a more powerful, successful leader.
It is difficult for a person to coach him or herself to become a more adept communicator. It is possible, though, through a structured approach, to:
- Build an effective story.
- Create an authentic and powerful public presence.
- And, use proven techniques to engage with your audience.
Successful public speaking is based on technical skills and psychology. An inspiring presentation requires an emotional connection between the speaker and the audience. Understanding the audience's needs is essential in making that connection, as are tailoring your message so it's relevant for your audience and easy-to-learn practices such as making eye contact and how to use floor space to connect with didn't parts of the audience.
As Lee Iacocca once said, "You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” Effective executive communications is about enabling executives to get their ideas across -- and one of your most important audiences is your employees.