I’m an interpersonal communications consultant. In plain English that translates to “soft skills expert.” I specialize in presentation skills, storytelling, business writing, feedback skills, impact and influence and executive presence.
I’ve worked for a whole bunch of companies that I can’t list here. Mostly in finance, law and technology. (With a dash of aviation, engineering and insurance thrown in for good measure.)
I’ve written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Observer, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Daily, The Week, Los Angeles Magazine, South China Morning Post, Hemispheres, HK Golfer, Golf Tips, Golf Living, Fore Magazine and Modern Humorist, among others. No, actually, I think that’s it.
A story I once wrote about people who fish golf course water hazards was selected for inclusion in the Best American Sports Writing. From late 2009 to early 2011, I reenacted my way through 2,000 years of Western civilization. The end product is the book, Man of War. Please read it. It nearly killed me.
As an actor I’ve appeared in the films 13 Conversations About One Thing, Whatever, Blackmale, Never Again, The Last Act, Strange Fruit and the strange and compelling material conditions inner spaces material spaces inner conditions by Finnish artist Erkka Nissinen; the TV shows Ed and Sex and the City; and onstage with Elevator Repair Service, The Civilians, The Ridiculous Theatrical Co. among many others.
For public radio I’ve produced segments for the programs The World, Marketplace, Only a Game, The Next Big Thing, Weekend America, Soundcheck, Day 2 Day, Performance Today and On the Media.
I’m a graduate of Bates College (Maine) and live in a small village about seven miles south of China with my wife, Wendy. My cat recently passed away. His name was Duster and he liked to read books and eat dried fish. Here’s a picture of him engrossed in a book.
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I like your work.
Just saw you on Sex and the City this evening…you were so, so cute in that episode…do you personally eat figs?! LOL
Enjoyed your “Man of War”! Now.. ! Get busy, write and publish another please.
If you are in China, perhaps you could bring some of your astute observations of the culture you now explore to we who are USA mainstream/land bound?
I will buy that book!
Thanks for your kind words, Thomas. I’ll try my best to deliver a worthy sophomore effort!
I’m sitting on the beach with your Uncle Jay! I’m definitely going to watch the episode of sex and the city that you are in lol
Your inspirational example is my chief motivation for remaining alive. If ever I could gaze again upon your beatific visage, my earthly troubles would surely melt away.