Posts: Thomas Barritt

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Tom Barritt is Partner and Managing Director of Ketchum’s Communications Training Network, a team of executive media coaches. He has helped executives shape stories that get noticed for more than three decades.

Get Ready for Your Close-Up: Looking Your Best on Webcam

by Thomas Barritt| April 16, 2019

The ubiquitous webcam is now a key tool for communicating with colleagues, clients and customers. But, do we truly understand its power? Whether it’s as a presenter on a webinar or in a one-on-one Skype conversation, a strong webcam presence can build engagement and strengthen important relationships. But, too often, our use of the webcam […]

Harnessing the Power of “I”

by Thomas Barritt| March 26, 2018

Stories by first-person narrators always grabbed me. The audacious Huckleberry Finn. World-weary Ishmael of Moby Dick. Ambitious Pip in Great Expectations. Bookish Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Sherlock Holmes’s meticulous biographer, Dr. Watson. The resolute Jane Eyre. A first-person narrator creates a sense of intimacy. We identify with the narrator and imagine ourselves […]

Truth or Fiction? Surviving a Summer of Alternative Facts

by Thomas Barritt| July 13, 2017

Some variation of “To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” has been a tenet of both theistic and democratic law since the inception of each. The repercussions of lying used to make kindergarten students tremble in their Buster Brown shoes, but lately has been open to a host of creative […]

Put on a Happy Face

by Thomas Barritt| August 3, 2016

Before the emoji there was the facial expression. And while there’s no denying the emoji is on trend with the global obsession over social media, the facial expression still ranks as the most powerful tool on the planet to convey ideas and emotions and connect a speaker to an audience. I’m paying a lot more […]

Tips to Keep Your Story Sharp in an Excessively Talkative World

by Thomas Barritt| April 13, 2016

Once upon a time, you might have known a small handful of people who were afflicted with the gift of gab. Perhaps it was Aunt Gloria who was famous for monopolizing holiday dinner conversation, your loquacious neighbor Kathy who verbally assaulted you as you lugged in the groceries, or Tony the dry cleaner who just […]