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Meet...The Presentation Coach™

About Schatzie

Schatzie Brunner spent nearly a decade at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. In that fast-paced, communication-intensive environment, she produced programming, dealt with sensitive celebrity talent, and wrote and anchored the news. 

As Associate Producer of a live daily two-hour news and commentary show, her intuitive communication skills were honed and refined. They were put to the ultimate test when she partnered with Turner Executive Vice President Gail Evans to create the Booking Department for CNN. Among other assignments, Schatzie became the Talent Coordinator for Larry King Live and the entire network. In this role, she dealt on an hourly basis with the subtle and important communication issues revolving around daily celebrity interviews, touching on logistics, human sensibilities and egos. 

Schatzie was known as Barbara Brunner on the air writing and anchoring the daily CNN news, interview and commentary show NEWSNIGHT. In addition to her work at CNN, she performed freelance assignments on-camera and voice-overs for Bellsouth, ACOG (the 1996 Olympics), Texaco, IBM, Coca Cola, and Kimberly Clark among others. Along the way, she discovered that she was using her own “system” to analyze and structure all of her communication activities. And she was achieving great success. 

She moved into the world of business communication as a communication and media consultant for an Atlanta corporate training enterprise. Subsequently, she formed her own company to focus entirely on bringing her system to the broadest possible audience in American business. Schatzie offers communication workshops and personal executive coaching services to all levels of management. Her philosophy is grounded in the belief that corporate America can use the same techniques used in broadcast journalism in order to maximize buy-in. 

Having presentation skills is not limited to being able to present with poise after practicing for weeks. Schatzie teaches her clients how to present themselves each and every day using written and spoken communication skills. Knowing how to effectively use your appearance, your voice, your facial energy, and your body language as well as knowing how to craft a message that is memorable are just some of the skills her clients take away from their work with her. 

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Schatzie Brunner has worked with several divisions of Siemens over the past fifteen years coaching colleagues from entry level engineers in a workshop setting to C-Suite level executives.  We called upon Schatzie to develop subtle, nuanced styles of communication for high level executives across cultural barriers with lasting success.

Her warm and experienced style has been especially helpful when dealing with sensitive personalities whose expertise is of great value to Siemens.

I recommend Schatzie's work for any high level executive needing to polish and develop presentation and professional communication skills for the internal or external markets they serve.

Very truly yours,

Bruce N. Petterson
Sr. Director
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Mobility Division 

“It is my pleasure to share with you how Schatzie assisted us in our CEO succession planning process. Her specific task was to work with the leading candidate to improve his overall communications ability. She worked with him in improving his presentation skills to a large audience, one on one meetings, and addressing the Board of Directors. She must be good; he got the promotion to CEO effective 12/13/2011.”

Norm Johnson
Chairman & CEO

“I have worked with Schatzie Brunner for over 10 years. I have personally benefited from her training techniques and coaching style. I have enrolled over 100 people into her seminars and I have seen immediate and sustained improvement in their communication styles. You will see a increase in performance of your staff once they experience Schatzie and her training techniques. She is simply the best in the business.”

Gil Benjamin
Senior Vice President
Wachovia Insurance Services. 

“Schatzie's astute business mind makes her uniquely skilled in diagnosing more than your communication gaps. My 10+ year partnership with Schatzie has resulted in quantifiable business results; better relationships with customers that have a direct impact on the bottom line.” 

- Denise Lewis
Assistant Vice President, Regional Human Resources Manager
Chubb & Son 

"It has been my great pleasure to engage Schatzie Brunner to provide a variety of coaching and training assistance over a period of some eight years. "Many times, Schatzie has led workshops designed to help my team hone its edge with respect to effective communication and project leadership. On all these occasions, the feedback on the sessions has been overwhelmingly positive, and I invariably hear references to specific things learned long afterwards."  

- Richard G. Wilde
Director of Marketing & Business Development

"With Schatzie on your team you will work hard, have fun and (probably) surprise yourself at how good you can be. . ."

- Cal Turner Jr.
Former Chairman and CEO
Dollar General Corporation

"Thank you for speaking at our ...conference. Comments received from attendees indicated that your session was very informative and the conference was a success." 

- Anne M. DeBeer
Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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