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Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

Turning a Fear into a Career by Carmie McCook Recently, I was talking with the CEO of a technology company about helping him develop and deliver a keynote speech at an upcoming conference. He confessed that he hated giving speeches or presentations because the very thought of speaking in front of a group of people […]

Carmie McCook Podcast Guest

Overcoming Your Public Speaking Anxiety – My Podcast with Amy Rosenberg

I was a podcast guest about a week ago with Amy Weinhouse Rosenberg at Veracity, a public relations agency in Portland Oregon, and they released the recording last night.  I had a great time talking with Amy, and I hope you’ll listen to the podcast below, as I give tips for easing your on-stage nerves, […]

Ted Cruz

Media training 101: When you do dumb things, admit it and don’t blame others!

We’ve all heard about it and seen the news clips by now. Senator Ted Cruz jetting off to Cancun from a Houston airport with a bag packed with flip-flops and suntan lotion while his constituents were fighting for their very survival during one of the most devastating winters in Texas’ history. Shocked travelers Tweeted photos […]

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How You Can Help the World Food Programme Bring Peace to the World

The best part of my job is all of the inspiring people I have the privilege of working with. I recently had the honor of working with Barron Segar, CEO of the World Food Programme USA. I was thrilled when I heard the WFP was given the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat […]

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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 […]

Charlie and AJ Pool

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 […]

Carmie and attendees in a public speaking class

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 […]

Carmie McCook speaking at Hogan Lovell's conference

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 […]