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PRSA 2017 International Conference

How to Communicate Better: Compelling Messages and Engaging Stories


Jay Sullivan, managing partner of Exec-Comm and author of Simply Said, will host a workshop at the 2017 PRSA International Conference on October 10th.

How to Communicate Better: Compelling Messages and Engaging Stories

You are a leader, a corporate rising star, a student, or an expert in your field. But how do you stand out from the crowd? How can you consistently project poise and conviction when the stakes are high? If you seem nervous or uncomfortable, your credibility drops. Good communication skills are essential for successful professionals. Calm, confident and credible professionals adapt to the environment and form an immediate and lasting impression.

After attending this session led by award winning author, Jay Sullivan, you’ll have the skills to manage your presence, craft a compelling message, and tell stories to support your message.

Participant Benefits

  • Learn to focus on the other person to make a more solid impression.
  • Craft a clear message about yourself and your abilities without bragging.
  • Appeal to the five senses to best deliver your messages with authenticity.
  • Map out supporting stories in a logical, simple format.
  • Jay Sullivan

    Jay Sullivan is the Managing Partner at Exec-Comm, and leads the firm’s Law Firm Group. He is an award-winning author and columnist, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center and Fordham University School of Law. His book, Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond, was released by John Wiley & Sons in 2016, and has since been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian.  As a contributing writer for, Jay brings relevant and timely advice on enhancing one’s communication skills to the business community.

    Whether working with groups or in one-on-one coaching arrangements Jay helps professionals have greater impact by teaching them to focus on the needs of their audiences. Jay works closely with the learning and development professionals at many global law firms and financial services firms to customize communication skills solutions.

    Jay joined Exec-Comm after nine years as a practicing attorney. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. That year, Jay was named among the first class of Skadden Fellows by the Skadden Foundation. As a Skadden Fellow, Jay acted as in-house legal counsel at Covenant House, a crisis shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers. Following his Fellowship, Jay spent seven years practicing insurance law on behalf of Lloyds of London.

    After graduating from Boston College in 1984, Jay spent two years in the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps, teaching English. His book about that experience, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, was named the 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association. Jay was a featured columnist on communication skills for the New York Law Journal, and has been published in Readers Digest, Catholic Digest, Parents Magazine, The Golfer, and The New York Times.

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