Meet Ed Barks

Ed Barks leads communications training workshops for executives who want to enhancEd Barks colore their reputations, and for organizations that want to achieve their 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 public relations 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, the Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Consultants National Capital Region, and the faculty of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management. He is a former 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 relations agencies and government relations firms, helping their clients effectively communicate their messages before the media and Congress.

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