Meet Ed Barks

As a communications strategy consultant and author, Ed Barks works with comEd Barks colormunications and government relations executives who counsel their C-suite leaders, and with businesses and associations that need their messaging to deliver bottom line results. As a result, they gain an enhanced reputation, greater confidence, more opportunities for career advancement, and achievement of long-term business goals.

His clients say he “knows how to elicit peak performance.” They call him “a master at connecting with his audience” and “an effective educator,” and give his communications training workshops “two thumbs up!”

Ed has served as President of Barks Communications since 1997. He has taught more than 5000 business leaders, association executives, government officials, physicians, athletes, entertainers, and communications staff how to work with the media, deliver great presentations, and present winning legislative and regulatory testimony.

He is the author of the book The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations and the training guide Face the Press with Confidence: The Media Interview Companion. He also wrote the research reports Can We Talk Off the Record? Resolving Disagreements, Increasing Understanding Between Reporters and Public Relations Practitioners and The Lasting Effects of Media Training: Lifelong Learning or Temporary Phenomenon?

He is also the former monthly “Speaking Sense” columnist for the Washington Business Journal, and a frequent contributor to publications targeted toward today’s executives and professionals.

Ed holds several other leadership roles including service on the Board of Governors of the National Press Club and the faculty of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Consultants National Capital Region and as a member of the Consultants Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE).

Ed earned his expertise in the Washington, D.C., communications arena, where he has directed efforts dealing with such critical areas as media training, media relations, public speaking, and Congressional testimony.

In addition, he logged over a decade as a radio broadcaster, news director, talk show host, and reporter. That knowledge allows Ed to share the inside scoop on how reporters work, what they need, and when they need it.

Also of note, he frequently collaborates with public affairs agencies, helping their clients effectively communicate their messages before the media and Congress.

Ed also created The Media Training Blog community, providing commentary, analysis, and advice to help executives communicate in public.

Contact Ed at (540) 955-0600 or by e-mail.