Speaking Engagements/Seminars

Are you looking for a dynamic, exciting and entertaining speaker for your next communications conference? Does your organization need to improve its business writing, news writing or communication skills? Do your senior leaders or spokespeople need media training? If you’re interested in him presenting a workshop to your organization, contact Tom at (503) 213-0327.

Below is where Tom has spoken in the past:

April 7, 2021: Tom presented a 60-minute Internal Communications workshop to a client’s staff via Microsoft Teams.

Feb. 24, 2021: Tom presented a 90-minute Business Writing workshop to a client’s staff members via Zoom.

Dec. 10, 2020: Tom presented a three-hour Business Writing workshop to a client’s staff members via Zoom.

April 6, 2020: Tom presented a one-hour Business Writing workshop to the staff of a nonprofit organization via Zoom.

Oct. 24, 2019: Tom presented his two-hour News Writing 101 workshop for PR, corporate communications and marketing professionals at the Reed Opera House in Salem, Ore. He shared some of the knowledge he’s gained during his 40+ years working in the news industry.The attendees included staff members of the City of Salem and Marion County.

Oct. 17, 2019: Tom worked with the Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) to present his News Writing 101 workshop in Portland for PR, corporate communications and marketing professionals. Andy Giegerich, managing editor at the Portland Business Journal, was a guest speaker at this workshop.

Tom also moderated a panel earlier that day for OBA members that featured current and former members of the press. The panelists from the Portland Business Journal, the Cascade Business News and the Portland Bureau of Transportation discussed how marketing and public relations professionals can best work with the news media.

Feb. 5, 2019: Tom shared career advice with members of the Washington State University’s PRSSA chapter in Vancouver. Other PRSSA members on WSU’s Pullman and Everett campuses attended via video conference.

Feb. 1, 2018: Tom spoke at the monthly meeting of the Metropolitan Business Association in Portland about how to use the media to boost your business.

Oct. 6, 2016: Tom spoke at the annual Spotlight Awards held by the Portland chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. His topic: former chapter President Olga Haley and the role of mentoring in the organization.

May 2, 2016: Tom spoke at the 20th annual Portland Communicators Conference, an event he helped create. The title of his presentation was “Eight Internal/External Communications Lessons I Learned from Two of the Best & Worst Mergers in U.S. History.”

Feb. 5, 2015: Tom spoke about media training to the Safety Net Communicators Peer Network of the Oregon Primary Care Association in Portland.

Jan. 28, 2015: Tom was one of the three presenters at a workshop in Portland about how to apply to become a Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America.

May 2014: Tom spoke at the Portland Communicators Conference where he introduced Oscar Suris, Wells Fargo’s national head of Corporate Communications. The conference theme was storytelling. Tom told a story about Oscar and the journey he has taken in life. Oscar later said he almost cried and congratulated Tom for having given him the best introduction ever.

October 2012: Tom was one of the breakout session speakers at the annual PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco. The topic: news writing for PR pros.

October 2012: Tom was among the lineup of speakers at the District 7 Conference of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations in Salem. Topic: news writing for PR pros.

May 11, 2011: Tom was one of the breakout session speakers at the annual Portland Communicators Conference hosted by the local chapters of IABC and PRSA. The topic: “Supercharge Your News Writing.”

March 22, 2011: Tom moderated a meeting of the Public Relations Society of America chapter in Portland, which featured two members of the Portland Trail Blazers staff.

January 2011: Tom was the featured speaker at a meeting of the Portland chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. The topic: “Supercharge Your News Writing.”

May 2010: Tom was the featured speaker at a meeting of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon in Portland. The topic: “Savvy Media and PR: Put Your Best Face Forward.”

October 2009: Tom was among a panel of speakers at Marylhurst University. The topic: “Recession as Opportunity: Managing & Developing Your Communication Career in Difficult Times.”

February 2009: Tom was the featured speaker at a University of Oregon class in Portland. The topic: “Media Relations Advice for Event Planners.”

January 2007: Tom was among the lineup of speakers at the Marcus Evans “Financial Sector Communication Strategies and Crisis Management” Conference in New York City. The topic: “A Tale of Two Mergers.”