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.

Christine K. Jahnke

Speech Coach & Media Trainer

Chris is an inspiring keynote speaker who shares her behind-the-scenes insights and strategies on how to earn the respect of any audience.  Chris’ highly engaging style would be a great addition to your next leadership conference, retreat, annual meeting, or convention.

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Popular speech topics

  • Powerful Communications Skills: Inspiring Action
  • Executive Presentations Skills: How Leaders Inspire
  • Conquering the Camera: Media Training Skills
  • The Well-Spoken Candidate on the Stump

Executive Coach

Senior leaders at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, Deloitte, Intel, National Geographic, and NASCAR have turned to Chris for guidance on owning the stage. Her clients have earned standing ovations at TED Talks, keynote addresses, and campaign rallies.


Right out of college, Chris was a local TV reporter in Minnesota inspired by Mary Richards of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Chris has said overcoming her own fears about public speaking forged her determination to help others raise their voices.

Chris is the author of The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best. The book is a step-by-step guide for anyone who wants to improve their speaking skills:

  • Project with Confidence
  • Express Ideas Clearly
  • Be Polished and Prepared
The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best by Christine K. Jahnke (Prometheus Books, 2011)
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Our Training Team

Positive Communications works with these and other talented trainers around the country.

Stephen Allen

Stephen Allen has 20-years of experience in media, public speaking and confrontational debate preparation. He has trained spokespersons for more than 50 ballot campaigns in 12 states on gaming, taxation, environmental, tort reform, telecommunications, health care, stem cell research, and governmental reform. Steve has counseled U. S. presidential and gubernatorial candidates, college presidents, professional athletes, Fortune 500 Company executives, citizen’s groups, and non-profits.

Karen Friedman

Karen Friedman has spent 20 years in front of the camera. As a television reporter and anchor, Karen interviewed Presidents, covered breaking stories from Hurricane Andrew to the Space Shuttle Discovery, and reported live from two World Series.  She works with a wide range of corporate and nonprofit clients. Karen also hosts a live television telethon and anchors local election night coverage.

Sarah Hagen

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.

Jim Hall

Speech coach Jim Hall has conducted presentation skills coaching and training, media training, crisis communications, and message development for a wide spectrum of clients since 1992.  Jim is the former Associate Director of the St. John’s University (New York) Speech and Debate Team. During his seventeen years, his team was ranked nationally and won the New York State Championship.

Edward Segal

Edward Segal is the author of “Getting Your 15 Minutes of Fame – And More!” and a leading authority on how to achieve and manage fame and public recognition.   Ed presents seminars on how to use media and public relations techniques to promote products, services, or expertise.  Ed has written the “Marketing Strategies” column for The Wall Street Journal’s Web site for entrepreneurs.