About Us

When it’s your turn in the spotlight, the training professionals at Positive Communications will help you tell your story.

With over 20 years of experience we’re ready to help you communicate with confidence the next time you stand before an audience.

Chris Jahnke

Speech Coach, Author, Consultant

Chris is an inspiring coach who shares her behind-the-scenes insights and strategies on how to earn the respect of any audience. She provides one-on-one coaching for senior executives and her highly engaging speaking style is a great addition to workshops, conferences, and annual meetings.

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Executive Coach

Senior leaders at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deloitte, Intel, National Geographic, Planned Parenthood, and Union of Concerned Scientists have turned to Chris for guidance on telling their stories. She prepares clients for major media interviews and speeches and are proud that they’ve earned standing ovations at TED Talks, campaign rallies, and convention speeches.

Keynote Speaker

Chris is available to provide a keynote address, moderate a panel, or lead a training workshop at your next event. Popular keynote and workshop topics:

  • Power Communication Skills for Women
  • Executive Presentations Skills
  • Conquering the Camera: Media Training Skills
  • The Well-Spoken Candidate: Preparing for Speeches, Interviews, & Debates

Author of Skill-Building Books

The Well-Spoken Woman Speaks Out is for activists, disruptors, and candidates who are raising their voices to drive progressive change. It is your guide for changing the conversation.

  • Be heard in your workplace and town halls
  • Speak out in meetings, panel discussion, and media interviews
  • Inspire action at rallies, conferences, and conventions
This book is filled with practical wisdom, exercises, and exactly the right advice to help you overcome barriers to becoming a welcome, passionate, effective speaker.”

— Gloria Steinem

The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best

Chris showcases pioneering women who’ve used their voices to create change, ignite imaginations, and advocate for justice. The insights and practical pointers will help you present your best self.

“Strategic advice on everything from messaging to hair and hemlines will allow you to come across as polished and prepared. The author includes easy-to-follow exercises so you can try out techniques immediately, from the use of sound bites and secrets to establishing eye contact to what not to do with your hands.”

— goodreads, 4-star review

Our Training Team

Sarah Hagen Doud

Sarah Hagen a former Emmy award-winning TV reporter and anchor brings her writing, producing, reporting, and anchoring skills to media training. As a lead reporter at CNN affiliate New 12 Networks and WCNC-TV in Charlotte, Sarah covered the Boston Marathon bombings, Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and protests over police shootings. At CNN in New York, Sarah worked as a news assistant at the national desk and researcher for CNN’s American Morning.

Adrienne Lawrence

An award-winning commentator and attorney, Adrienne regularly appears across TV and digital platforms discussing legal issues, inciting thought-provoking conversation, and putting her stamp on the controversial topics of the day. Adrienne can be seen streaming on The Young Turks and Buzzfeed’s AM2DM, as well as connecting with audiences as a public speaker at large events like South by Southwest. She has counseled billion-dollar clients and advised the everyday entrepreneur on a range of matters from presentation skills to message management. Her first book about advancing women in the workplace will be published Penguin Random House’s imprint TarcherPerigee in 2020.

Becky Fleischauer

A former journalist turned public relations and advocacy strategist, Becky is devoted to making the complex simple and compelling. Her creative ideas are reflected in speeches, op-eds, and social media campaigns. Executives and leaders from diverse companies and organizations such as Avon, Deloitte, HBO, The Institute of Medicine, Brookings Institute, and USA Surfing have turned to Becky for strategic advice. Prior to leading advocacy client work at Boardwalk Public Relations, Becky was a U.S. Senate press secretary and spearheaded communications for organizations like the National Governors Association, the Gates Foundation’s education initiatives and NeighborWorks America.

Shanelle Matthews

Shanelle helps social justice activists, organizations, and campaigns inspire action through storytelling and communications. From the Sierra Club, to the ACLU, to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, she’s worked alongside influencers and changemakers to help people with less power and visibility access media opportunities to state our established truth and organize people with shared experiences. Shanelle developed Channel Black, an immersive training program that prepares progressive spokespeople to make critical, real-time interventions on racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and power through the media. In 2017, she joined The New School, a University in Manhattan as its inaugural Activist in Residence and is a faculty member in the social justice scholarship program.

Jim Hall

Jim Hall is the former Associate Director of the St. John’s University (NY) Speech & Debate Team. He has worked with 1000’s of clients on message development, delivery skills and Q&A techniques. Jim has been a valuable resource training and coaching CEO’s, leadership and middle management teams for media interviews, town hall meetings, annual leadership, sales and investor meetings, earnings and analysts calls, conference presentations and internal communications.