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12 Technical Dos And Don’ts For Making A Good Impression During Virtual Business Meetings

Working from Home: Lights! Camera! Professionalism! Although stay-at-home restrictions are relaxing in all states, workplace productivity experts say the concept of working remotely will grow and play a much bigger part in company culture for the foreseeable future. With Twitter and Square recently announcing that their employees can now work from home permanently, more business […]

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Virtual Communications: The Connection That Will Keep Your Business Running

Coronavirus has turned everyone’s world upside-down and delivered a real shock to our system.  As we navigate our way through these sudden and significant changes, resilience is essential. Good communication is at the heart of resilience. We believe resilience is the process of adapting to change. During this pandemic, reliable, regular, and effective communications with […]

Sir Richard Branson, delivers funny and engaging acceptance speech for the Transatlantic Leading Edge Award at the British Embassy in Washington, DC

Sir Richard Branson, delivers funny and engaging acceptance speech for the 2020 Transatlantic Leading Edge Award at the British Embassy in Washington, DC

Sir Richard Branson has often shared the fact that he is naturally an introvert and feels uncomfortable speaking at public events. When people first learn this, they are quite surprised, especially those who have seen him give great speeches and media interviews. But, Sir Richard is a shining example I use with my clients who […]

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My Inspirational Clients: Kids are Caregivers Too

One of the best part of my job is the great people I have the pleasure and often the honor, to work with. So was the case a few weeks ago when Sara Pool, the terrific mother of two amazing teenage sons, contacted me. Sara explained that her boys, Charlie, 17 and AJ, 15, had […]

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Five Tips for Persuading Your Company to Invest in Soft Skills Training

Professional Presentation Skills Improve Bottom lines I recently got a call from the sales manager for a large technology company based in Chicago. He was seeking information about our professional presentation training for his company’s key account executives based in four major cities: Montreal, New York, Washington DC, and Atlanta. The headcount was for 25 […]


Carmie McCook Keynote Speaker at GCPA Empowering Women Conference

Like a lot of women, I have worked in several male-dominated industries during my career. I had some great experiences, but I also had many challenges along the way. So, I looked forward to speaking at the Gulf Coast Power Association’s Empowering Women Conference in Austin, Texas January 17th. I had the honor of kicking […]

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Legally speaking: Carmie McCook is Featured Speaker at Hogan Lovells’ Global Conference

Law firms are realizing that learning outstanding presentation skills are as essential to building their business and their brand, as the ability to expertly analyze legal issues. This weekend I had the honor of speaking at Hogan Lovells’ annual conference in Baltimore to their team of attorneys from around the world practicing in the field […]

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Part 2: Seven more tips to help foreign businesses communicate more effectively with American business professionals

This article appeared in the August 2017 edition of The Business Matchmaker. You can read it here.   Carmie McCook is an internationally respected public speaking media interview trainer and coach based in Washington, DC. She has helped thousands of Global 500 business leaders, as well as start-up professionals, become more persuasive and engaging speakers […]

Attention Foreign entrepreneurs: When you present your products and services to U.S. businesses, you need to pitch like an American

Today’s business world knows no boundaries. From Beijing to Boston, Seattle to Seoul thousands of people make business presentations every day to audiences in countries who not only speak different languages, but also have different business cultures from their own. What may work beautifully in your home country could be a failure or, worse, an […]

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Got a media interview coming up? Here are some tips

Got a media interview coming up? If not now, just wait. Today, it isn’t a matter of “if” you are interviewed by a member of the media, but when. In this 3 minute interview with Simon Lock, President of, I was asked to give three good tips to help executives prepare for an interview. […]

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Fake news! What if you are a victim?

I was recently interviewed by Simon Erskine Locke, Founder & CEO of, as part of CommunicationMatch’s Insights video series. Check it out for a variety of short, yet highly informative, interviews with global communication experts on hot topics of the day : My topic: Tips for managing fake news. Click below and in 3 […]