Jim Comer is a seasoned, multi-faceted communications consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and startups. What sets Jim apart is his ability to create and sharpen content, his collaborative, supportive and candid approach, and the extraordinary range of skills he brings to clients.
Jim is a speech coach, speechwriter, author and speaker. He has worked with CEOs of billion dollar companies, written two nationally published books, and speaks internationally on communication skills and his 14-year journey of caregiving for his parents.
Jim brings a depth of experience and creativity to his speech coaching and presentation skills workshops. As a published writer, his turnkey approach to coaching, writing and editing speeches is especially valuable to busy clients who don’t have time for extensive rehearsals. He knows when a presentation needs revising, shorter sentences, clearer language or personal stories – and is often able to make changes on the spot.
Whether working with the CEO, a sales manager, political leader, nonprofit board member, or someone who wants to overcome a paralyzing fear of speaking, Jim treats clients with respect, integrity, and a determination to meet their needs. His coaching philosophy is based on these simple principles:
Find the client’s strengths and build on them
Get agreement on those areas that need work
Celebrate breakthroughs and push for even higher levels of achievement
Emphasize the power of individuality and authenticity
Model individuality by demonstrating that there is no “right way,” only your way
Encourage clients to share stories and experiences that make points memorable
Jim’s experience as a writer is diverse: a book that landed him on the “Today Show”; articles on the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Dallas Morning News; jokes for Joan Rivers; a monologue for the legendary Bob Hope; creating a comedy act that played “The Improv” in New York; a book, When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents, that was nominated for Best Non-Fiction Book by the Writers’ League of Texas; and editing his father’s best-selling World War II journal, Combat Crew, currently a best-selling eBook on Amazon.
Earlier in his career, Jim honed his skills as an actor and writer in New York and Los Angeles. His corporate writing experience includes speeches, video scripts, conventions, sales meetings, recognition events and shareholders’ letters for annual reports. He has worked with executives for companies including Avon Products, Rockwell International, Advanced Micro Devices, Emerson, IBM, Universal Studios, Shaklee and Lowe’s.
Jim is active in the Austin chapter of the National Speakers’ Association, the Writers’ League of Texas, an award-winning speaker in Toastmasters, and sings in the choir of his church. He enjoys travel, theater, movies, politics, reading, roller coasters, and is a great dinner guest.