For immediate release                                  Contact:    Ed Barks
Wednesday, April 1, 2020                                                (540) 955-0600

The coronavirus crisis has forced changes in the ways organizations communicate with audiences of every type, including the media and policymakers. Barks Communications has revised its pro bono scholarship guidelines for non-profit and charitable groups to reflect this temporary new environment.

“While the world has ground to an unforeseen halt,” said company President Ed Barks, “worthwhile organizations still need sound advice on their communications and public affairs strategy, perhaps now more than ever.

“We’re doing our part as we seek balance while the earth shifts beneath our feet,” he continued. “We’re still here for our clients and for charitable groups in which we believe.”

Barks has typically offered a 30- to 60-minute keynote as a pro bono contribution. The cancellation of in person meetings necessitates a change in tactics. As a result, Barks now offers video conferencing options such as an interactive session with top executives and spokespeople, or a mini-consultation with senior communications or public affairs staff.

Non-profit and educational organizations wishing to apply for scholarships are invited to contact Barks for further details. The company’s guidelines explain how to submit written scholarship requests.

Ed Barks serves as an advisor to communications executives to improve their companies’ messages and how they deliver them, and to government relations executives who want to reach their public policy goals. They gain an enhanced reputation, more opportunities for career advancement, and achievement of long-term business goals. He is the author of A+ Strategies for C-Suite Communications: Turning Today’s Leaders into Tomorrow’s Influencers and The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations. As President of Barks Communications, he has taught more than 5000 business leaders, association executives, and other experts how to succeed when they deal with the media, deliver presentations, and advocate before policymakers.

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