Steve Allen is a strategic training partner with Carmie McCook & Associates. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Steve has provided communications consulting for more than 18 years, specializing in message development, media and public speaking coaching as well as confrontational debate preparation. Steve has coached spokespersons representing more than 90 ballot campaigns in 13 states on gaming, taxation, environmental and public health protection, nuclear energy, tort reform, mining, health care, stem cell research and policy, governmental reform as well as telecommunication and electricity deregulation issues.
In addition, Steve has counseled U.S. presidential and gubernatorial candidates, university leaders, coaches and professors, professional athletes, Fortune 500 Company executives, citizen’s groups, corporate marketing departments, non-profit organizations, and Indian tribal councils in preparation for television/radio interviews, debates, editorial board briefings and speeches.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Steve holds a BS degree from Virginia Military Institute and MS degrees from Tufts University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"Carmie gave our team the tools to both prepare our message properly and to execute it with conviction. Since then, each speaking opportunity has been better than the one before. It took my abilities to a new level."
Rabbi Phil KareshDirector of Education and Alumni Coordinator, Midwest National Conference of Synagogue Youth
"Carmie was incredible. I learned how to organize my speeches in a way they will be most impactful. I am now less reliant on my notes and am a more confident and poised speaker. I have received incredible feedback from my talks since the training. It was worth every dollar!"
Meira SpivakDirector, Oregon National Conference of Synagogue Youth
"Carmie, you were a major contributor to the success of our conference. Evaluations from all 300 attendees were consistently in the 'excellent' category."
Allen R. Brinkman llFormer Regional Senior Vice President, Wachovia Bank (Now Wells Fargo)
"Carmie gains the confidence and trust of the audience and connects them with the subject matter in a very effective way. We are still getting rave reviews of the presentations she gave at our Business Expo."
Berta W. MaginnissExecutive Director, Manchester Vermont Regional Chamber of Commerce
"I have attended other media training workshops at national meetings and this was by far the best and the best instructor. Carmie was fantastic!"
Linda TillyExecutive Director, VOICES for Alabama Children
"Your program, 'You're Talking but is Anyone Listening?' was a big hit. Immediately following your presentation we were flooded with e-mails regarding how much the attendees enjoyed themselves. We look forward to seeing you again."
Lori DerkaySr. Vice President, American Society of Association Executives
"Carmie helped me understand that a presentation is not just providing information, but how the message is delivered is equally important. I saw a marked, and almost immediate, improvement in my public speaking and how to package a message. I highly recommend her training to anyone that is looking to become a more influential and powerful presenter and speaker."
Dan LeFeversVice President Federal Affairs, Waste Management
"Carmie's interactive and thoughtful training to key members of our staff really made a positive impact. She reminded us of the value of having a structured, strategic approach to handling the media. Her energetic, personable program helped us build a successful plan and her interview training allowed us a unique way to evaluate our personal skill sets."
Keith LaughlinPresident, Rails to Trails Conservancy
"The research Carmie had done on my company and the industry was painstaking and proved quite useful. The difference she made between the before and after was remarkable. Her style is engaging and personalized. I highly recommend her services."
Alexa RaadCEO, .ORG, The Public Interest Registry
"Your approach to communications training has proven invaluable to me. I know I will be a more dynamic speaker in the future. I look forward to our future sessions. Thanks so much!"
Linda Mae SoutherlandVice President, ALLTEL
"Anyone who has to speak to a crowd-whether it's a crowd of 5 or a crowd of 500-should call Carmie. She is funny, puts you right at ease and gets results quickly."
Jada Keye HebraDirector of Admissions, St. Paul School
"Carmie's focused approached to communications training insures success. Her professional style and attention to the details creates the difference in achieving a positive outcome. I would highly recommend her program."
Sam SchreiberWashington, DC Regional Executive, Wells Fargo
"You provide insight into the workings of the media that is dead-on, not an academic view…in a word, you were excellent."
Susan MoorePast Director, Georgia Medical Care Foundation
"Carmie's presentation on public speaking and communication is perfect for undergraduates headed into professional settings ranging from job interviews to work-related presentations. The audience loved her engaging, warm style, and sharp insights. We look forward to having her back every year!"
Meng Jia YangWomen's Leadership Initiative Speakers and Workshops Chair, Yale University
"Carmie's techniques are very subtle yet extremely effective. The instruction was very precise for each person. Most important is the results were evident in practice when presented with the opportunities."
Robert HiltonVice President, Power Technology, Alstom Power Corporation
"This was a tremendously valuable experience. Carmie has given me the skills and knowledge to be a much more effective public speaker. I would recommend her to anyone seeking to improve their communication skills. She's great!"
Michael G. HirshfeldVice Rector for External Affairs, St. Pauls School
"If you have a key audience to reach and want to make sure you do so effectively, call Carmie McCook.. She can teach you how to communicate with real impact. She helped us tremendously at UPS and I know she can do the same for others."
Oz NelsonFormer Chairman and CEO, UPS
"Carmie strikes tremendous balance in her approach to media coaching. She pushes trainees to their limits in the all-important 'worst-case scenario' while keeping them actively engaged with her charisma and enthusiasm. To the surprise of many, even our most apprehensive senior executives walked away feeling far more confident and better prepared to meet the media. To make that big of an impact on members of our senior management speaks volumes about her abilities."
Nicole AndersonDirector, Public Relations, Ciena Corporation
"Before I met Carmie, I had no idea how much I didn't know about preparing for interviews with the media. Carmie showed me how to simultaneously answer questions with effective sound bites that speak to the viewer. Her advice definitely helped face the press with confidence and get my book sold."
David RossAuthor, "The Engagement Ring Secrets"
"Carmie is fabulous. Enthusiastic and well-prepared, she works easily and effectively with everyone, from the CEO, to scientists, to policy types. We were particularly impressed with her aptitude for helping us develop strong messages. We look forward to having her back for refresher courses in the future."
Katie MandesDirector of Communications, Center on Climate & Energy Solutions
"Carmie is by far one of the best media trainers in D.C. Her individualized training techniques help both novice and experienced spokespeople enhance their media interview skills and comfort level. I recommend her highly."
Carole RoperPublic Affairs Manager, National Apartment Association
"Your presentation training program was informative and extremely beneficial for our executive management team. As a matter of fact, the conference evaluations rated you as the overwhelming favorite aspect of the conference."
Joseph Persichini, Jr.Former Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation
"Excellent at teaching what you really need to know when meeting the media! Carmie has really done her homework on our subject!"
Karen JohnsonPresident/CEO, United Way of Texas
"Carmie is an absolute pleasure to work with and her public speaking training goes far beyond what most expect…Among other things, she helped me methodically think, and in much greater detail, what different audiences want to get out of my speeches or business presentations, then crafted my content and delivery to suit. I would have told you I was doing this already, but she helped me see there was significant room for improvement!"
James RepenningPartner, ShiftGear, Hartford CT
"Carmie is absolutely fantastic. Some instructors are experts in their field but cannot convey their knowledge effectively and produce results. Carmie has the special talent of being able to apply her wealth of experience in presenting/public speaking to make her students successful. One session with Carmie gave me more insights into my personal speaking and presenting style than years of experience in school and at work. Thanks so much Carmie!"