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I am an executive coach, business writer, author, and speaker. I began my adult life as an actor, and taught theater, and voice & speech at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Michael Chekhov Studio, the Actors’ and Directors’ Lab, and the University of New Orleans.

My acting experience informs my work with clients. Like actors, speakers need to be stage-worthy, know their material, and create trust and belief in who they are and what they say.


I strive to understand the unique challenges that each individual client is facing and develop personalized strategies for each presenter, always taking into account my client's temperament, subject matter, target audience, and the forum in which he or she will speak.

I write a weekly column for Inc.com, and have been published in BusinessWeek, and C2M (Consulting to Management). My newest book, The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, was published in 2014 by W.W. Norton.

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Some of the companies we're proud to call clients

Sims Wyeth & Co. has worked with clients in companies of all sizes, in many different countries, that provide a wide variety of products and services to their customers. 

We know how to work with your people, what they need to say, and how they need to say it.

AIG Capital
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Deloitte Consulting
Federal Aviation Adminstration
Health Strategies Group
Littlejohn & Co.
Otis Elevator
United Technologies
The Patent and Trademark Office
Pearson Learning
White House Communications Agency
Wistar Institute
...many more
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This Cryptic Phrase Can Set Your Talk On Fire

By on June 20, 2017

Your presentation is not well organized unless you kindle a quick flame of spontaneous interest in your opening sentence. Smokers do not like matches that fail to light with the first scratch, and listeners don’t like speakers who fail to capture interest with the opening sentence. When you walk to the front of the room, don’t picture your […]

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Facilitating Ad Boards

By on June 5, 2017

David Luke was recognized by his colleagues at Pfizer as a great facilitator. He had a standard opening line: “I’m an equal opportunity abuser,” he’d say to the assembled physicians. “I will be calling on you at anytime on any subject during the meeting. So–heads up!” It takes a skilled and confident facilitator to use […]

19 Paradoxical Things Good Presenters Do

19 Paradoxical Things Good Presenters Do

By on May 8, 2017

Effective communicators are aware that persuasion is a high-wire act–it requires precision and balance. Or it’s like Olympic figure skating.  You practice your message until you know every micro move you’re going to make, and you pray that you don’t fall on your face on the final triple-lutz. Practice makes perfect, but since there is […]

The Best Way To Learn Is Hardly Ever Taught

The Best Way To Learn Is Hardly Ever Taught

By on April 4, 2017

The learning technique that science has proven to be the most effective is the one used the least. Spreading out learning over time is one of the most effective strategies. The technique is called “Distributed Practice,” meaning learning is broken up into short sessions. In my own practice as a communications consultant, I offer multiple […]

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