Connecting You With
- Presentation & Media Training
- Story Development & Coaching
- Marketing Communications
Present your best self in informal talks, business presentations, keynote speeches and media interviews.
Find and amplify the stories of your brand, your mission, your community and your life.
If you were standing here in 1903, you would be in our company's newest factory, surrounded by immense steel rollers, hydraulic presses and a giant cooker...
— history wall, corporate headquarters
Paul's dad was an expert fisherman. When Paul was a kid, he used to watch his dad tie elaborate Dropper knots in his line just above the sinker. Paul remembers thinking, "I'll never be able to tie one of those..."
— creative brief for employee video
It was New Year's Eve. Pat was reading a book and sipping champagne when she felt a twinge in her breast, then found a lump. She just knew...
— fundraising letter
One of my absolutely favorite things to do in Minneapolis is to run by St. Anthony Main, past all the historic buildings, and wonder how many footsteps have preceded me...
—neighborhood mobile history tour
Capture the hearts and minds of your nonprofit, consumer or business audiences.
Why do you want to connect with your audience and how do you plan to do it? That's the question I help answer. Ever since pivoting from a career as a communication studies professor and launching my business in 1996, my goal has been to help clients do award-winning work that turns heads and touches hearts. Whether I'm working on my own or collaborating with talented individuals and agencies, my goal always is to apply creativity and strategy to clients' challenges.
I train, coach, consult, strategize, speak and write. I'm also co-author of Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference and proud to support the changemakers of the world. For more of the story, see work samples below.
A sampling of past projects and new offerings.
Since 2001, my team of trainers and I have had the honor of preparing 750+ WomenHeart Champions, the “boots on the ground” army of advocates fighting heart disease in women.
"You and your team provided these participants with an amazing amount of confidence and empowerment."
Stop re-inventing the wheel with each new communication. I'll help you create a message platform that can inform all your organization's communications: web copy, targeted campaigns, presentations, videos and tweets.
"This is the most complete plan I've ever seen for an organization"
The NSC is one of the many organizations tapping the power of personal stories to advocate for change. Tim Cage and I have helped NSC advocates tell stories about the dangers of distracted driving. Our training workshops are based on our book, Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference.
"This book is a must-have for all advocates."
YONECO, located in Zomba, Malawi, provides a "net" to catch the country's most vulnerable—youth, children and women. Together, we built a messaging platform to convey the importance of their work to their various audiences—from funders and government agencies to village leaders and children.
One of the joys of being a communication trainer: everyone appreciates becoming a better, more confident speaker, no matter the vocation or avocation.
Give me an hour and we'll design your presentation, talk, pitch or keynote.
"In the area of speaking, you’ve made me a much better ‘me.’"
The lobby of Valspar’s Applied Science and Technology Center uses color, text, sculpture and space to tell stories of the company's innovations. It includes this wall, which captures 200 years in word, image and artifact. I helped develop the stories and content as part of the team from Star.
"We rely on John as our subject matter expert when it comes to organizing stories and content."
They dreamt of a place where no one faces cancer alone. Working with Brandspeak and Bev Bachel, we helped make that dream reality by coaching advocates, creating videos, and writing fundraising appeals and web copy that helped Gilda's Club open their red doors in the Twin Cities.
"You helped us find our voice. Our messaging moved from ‘blah, blah, blah’ to being worth a half a million dollars (in one night!)."
"We came away empowered and enriched."
Working with the Walker's development department and its education and community programs, I helped tell their donors' stories, train sculpture garden guides and dream up taglines for events like their After Hours parties.
"You help us tell our story in fresh, engaging ways."
Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood is now one of its most vibrant—thanks, in part, to the work we've done with Bev Bachel and the MHNA: a website about living near your work, promotional materials, funding proposals and a mobile history tour app that won a 2014 Heritage Preservation Award from AIA-MN.
"John can distill a clamor of voices into one clear vision."
An employee-education campaign, delivered as a spoof of a satirical newspaper, including original fake content, horoscopes, comics and crossword puzzles. Dreamed up with the creative minds at The Electric Studio.
"John is always our first choice for high-priority projects...like fake newspapers."
Let's talk about your audience, your message, your story.
Capecci Communications, Inc.
Audience photo by Alex Barber, recolored, licensed under CC BY 2.0 - Website by Hellomoon