IABC Philadelphia is excited to begin a new podcast series with communications experts from a variety of industries. Podcasts are a convenient way to learn from the best and brightest in our field. Our podcasts are hosted by IABC member Steve Lubetkin, an award-winning multimedia journalist and podcast producer.
In this podcast, Steve chats with Karen Friedman, a business communication coach who helps executives prepare for presentations, media interviews, and face-to-face employee communications activities.
About the Guest
Karen Friedman is a business communication coach, syndicated columnist, professional speaker and author of the best-selling book Shut Up and Say Something (Praeger Publishing) and newly released Ordinary People: Extraordinary Lessons. She heads Karen Friedman Enterprises, Inc, a leadership communications firm which has been teaching professionals how to become more compelling communicators for more than 20 years.
The firm has provided media, speaker and leadership programs to scores of high-profile organizations around the world. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, DOW Chemical, QVC, Villanova University, Toll Brothers, CSL Behring, Johns Hopkins University, Merck & Co, TEVA as well as airports and public utilities.
A specialist in message development, Karen works closely with well-known brands to help them turn words into powerful messages that resonate with key audiences. She is also a keynote speaker.
Karen’s expertise was recognized by former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton who tapped her to provide media and political training for women in South and Central America. Since then, her team has conducted numerous global speaker training programs across multiple industries, with a specialty in life sciences and pharmaceuticals. Their work includes coaching executives, key opinion leaders and teaching patient advocates how to share their stories with impact. Karen and her team have prepared scores of spokespeople for FDA meetings, investor presentations, high profile media interviews, IPO’s, congressional hearings, employee meetings, panel discussions and industry events.
Before launching her firm, Karen spent more than two decades as an award-winning major market television news reporter whose breaking coverage of local and national events aired on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the Today Show, Good Morning America and Nightline. Her last stop was 6 ABC's Action News in Philadelphia.
Today, Karen is adjunct faculty at Smith College’s prestigious executive education programs for women where she teaches leadership communications. Her columns for the Philadelphia Business Journal are syndicated nationwide and she hosts Speaking Of, on ReachMD.com, a communications program for healthcare professionals. She is also the co-creator of Presenters Pal™, the first on-line interactive tool to help professionals present like pros.
Frequently quoted by publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune and CNN Money, Karen is a professional speaker who has repeatedly received top rated speaker awards. Her articles on leadership and communication techniques are regularly published in business magazines and on-line sites and her popular monthly communication video tips are viewed by thousands of subscribers.
Other published works include Speaking of Success, which she co-authored with several best-selling writers including the late Stephen R. Covey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager) and Jack Canfield (co–creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul).
Karen earned her degree at the Pennsylvania State University and furthered her studies at the University of Manchester in England. She is a member of numerous organizations including the National Speakers Association, International Association of Business Communicators, Public Relations Society of America, American Society of Training and Development and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.
She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons. You can sign up for Karen’s monthly quick tip videos and other free resources at karenfriedman.com.