A few words from our clients…
"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 Anderson Vice President of Public Relations, Ciena Corporation
"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 Karesh Director of Education and Alumni Coordinator, Midwest National Conference of Synagogue Youth
"Carmie is the Jedi Master of public speaking training and coaching! I have given presentations for years, but she took my skills to a level I never thought about before. Her amazing creativity and excellent insights about the psychology of the audience taught me how to take ordinary information and turn it into extraordinary stories. As we rehearsed, Carmie masterfully orchestrated and coached me on every detail to ensure I didn’t just give a presentation; I gave a memorable performance!"
Louis Adam Corporate Director, Marketing, EXFO
"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 Repenning Partner, ShiftGear, Hartford CT
"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 Spivak Director, Oregon National Conference of Synagogue Youth
"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 Yang Women's Leadership Initiative Speakers and Workshops Chair, Yale University
"You provide insight into the workings of the media that is dead-on, not an academic view…in a word, you were excellent."
Susan Moore Past Director, Georgia Medical Care Foundation
"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 Raad CEO, .ORG, The Public Interest Registry
"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 Hilton Vice President, Power Technology, Alstom Power Corporation
"Asking Carmie to train and coach EXFO’s executive leadership team in preparation for our global sales kick-off conference, was a great investment we made. She helped each of them convert fact and data-based content into attention-holding stories, and turned the speakers engaging storytellers! The skills learned from Carmie will reflect well on them, their teams, and EXFO for years to come."
Philippe Morin CEO, EXFO
"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 ll Former Regional Senior Vice President, Wachovia Bank (Now Wells Fargo)
"Excellent at teaching what you really need to know when meeting the media! Carmie has really done her homework on our subject!"
Director, United Way of Texas
"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. Maginniss Executive Director, Manchester Vermont Regional Chamber of Commerce
"I learned more about giving strong media interviews and delivering engaging business presentations in the two-day intense workshop with Carmie than I had in 7 years with my PR department. She had very carefully prepared for the sessions by learning an impressive amount of information about my field of activities beforehand. I would highly recommend her training to anyone who gives media interviews, important business presentations, and keynote speeches. She is in a class all her own!"
Bruno Fulda High Council Member Ecology and Sustainable Development, Government of France
"Carmie is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. She tailored training to provide exactly what I needed and she follows up regularly to offer additional tips for my presentations. She’s also extremely personable and friendly! Would highly recommend her for speakers of all skill levels!"
Jessica Reed, Analysist United States Airforce, Washington, DC
"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 Southerland Vice President, ALLTEL
"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 Schreiber Washington, DC Regional Executive, Wells Fargo
"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 Nelson Former Chairman and CEO, UPS
"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 LeFevers Vice President Federal Affairs, Waste Management
“Even seasoned speakers will quickly notice the Carmie McCook difference! She is a gifted media coach who brings extraordinary commitment and a wealth of tested experience and proven talent to every assignment.”
Rosa Whitaker, President & CEO The Whitaker Group, Washington, DC
"Carmie is great at teaching and coaching you on how to draft and present a memorable presentation. She transformed my talk from a somewhat boring one to a presentation that captured the audience from the beginning to end. She helped me to be myself while maintaining focus on the audience. I strongly recommend her for individual coaching as well as group business presentation classes for any organization. Both are fantastic and produce great results.”
Esmael Dinan Founder and CEO Ofinno Technologies, LLC, Herndon, VA
"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 Laughlin President, Rails to Trails Conservancy
"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 Mandes Director of Communications, Center on Climate & Energy Solutions
"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!"
Jim Liu Yale University
"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 Derkay Sr. Vice President, American Society of Association Executives
"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 Roper Public Affairs Manager, National Apartment Association
"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 Ross Author, "The Engagement Ring Secrets"
"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 Hebra Director of Admissions, St. Paul School
"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. Hirshfeld Vice Rector for External Affairs, St. Pauls School
"Carmie, the public speaking tips and coaching you gave me really upped my skills! I’ve been through a few presentation classes before, and while they helped some, I definitely gained the most improvement from your coaching. I look forward to next time. I will absolutely recommend you to anyone looking to improve their presentation skills."
Michael Scheppke VP Sales, Asia Pacific Region, EXFO
"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
"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 Tilly Executive Director, VOICES for Alabama Children