A letter from Arynne

It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Let me introduce myself and then I hope you'll let me know about you. Perhaps we can get caught in each other's web ... which is perhaps a new way to describe contacts made over the Internet.

I'm Arynne Simon, sometimes called Dr. Simon to recognize my study and experience in the field of psychology. These days my work and interests are primarily focused on communications, management and strategic consulting, lecturing, speech writing and media coaching. The majority of the people who use my talents are corporate leaders, and political leaders. For over 21 years I've provided seminars and one-to-one training on a wide range of subjects in the areas of leadership, sales, customer support, service and satisfaction, problem-solving, communications for managers and trainers, public speaking, and leadership development.

In addition, my work includes the writing of speeches for corporate executives and political leaders. And frequently I'm asked to follow through in building the effectiveness of the delivery with presentation coaching and style polishing - a speciality of mine.

Coaching on press and media conferencing skills includes preparing a client for the all-important technique of handling questions or a Q&A session in ways that built media relations for the long term and also get the most beneficial messages articulated. These days I find it all important to teach technical and cerebral people how to speak in sound bites. With so much media coverage, I'm asked more and more frequently to polish audio and video presentation styles, and teleconferencing skills.

Some of my most exciting projects come at times when there's a corporate emergency need for damage control when something is negatively impacting the corporate image or when the business strategies have not valued the customer carefully enough and the feedback is less than positive. Prevention is still better than a rush for damage control but responding to reality is part of my every day list of things to do.

Negotiating skills, collaborative management methods, customer asset management, collaborative team building, mediation training for managers, managing change, merger management and other interpersonal courses that build productive relationships are among those seminars I've given in the past year. It seems that I have built quite a large following of people who do seem to admire the quality of my work; my new clients are all recommended to me after they've given up on the cloned consultants and ineffective courses.

I've always enjoyed business and thank my lucky stars for my university degrees in marketing and merchandising. I believe that my strong business, sales, and strategic skills are perceived by the pragmatic people I deal with, and I'm proud of the fact that I can combine them with my people skills. Any company is best supported by a balance between business and people; neither management nor consultants can wear blinders to one another.

I'm proud of my many long-held clients who express solid confidence in my work and generously recommend me to new clients. Among some of these clients:

ABC & CBS Networks, Advanced Micro Devices, Amdahl, AMD, Apple Computer, Bay Networks, Data Quest, EDS, Exponential, Rockwell International, Chiron Labs, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, InfoWorld, Intelliquest, Java, Landor, Live World Productions, Make Technologies, Mervyns, Miller/Kadanoff Direct & Interactive Advertising, National Semiconductor, Netscape, NetFrame, Oracle, SafeSkin, Seagrams, Sun Microsystems, Sunsoft, Taligent, Total Entertainment Network, DeVry University, VeriFone, VLSI, as well as the U.S. government, political leaders, and network newscasters. In England my accounts include members of Parliament, Harvey Nichols, the Burton Group, and the Mayor of Westminster.

I think that one of the main reasons for my methods attracting such a strong following is that I prefer to emphasize the need for polishing and packaging an individual's strengths and style. I see no benefit in demanding cookie-cutter personality changes or trying to force a standard management style of someone for whom it's not a good fit. Success for me is measured in terms of increasing the individual strengths and style.

I also deal in practical skills - ones that can immediately be put into effective use. My approach -in both group and one-on-one sessions - merges the business proposition, technology, and the human factors in ways that are productive, measurable and fast. Many people don't know that I like to highlight my schedule with appearances as a guest speaker and have been listed as one of the top 25 speakers in the U.S. My Simon Says audio tape cassette courses on inter-personal problem-solving techniques have been international best sellers for over 17 years. My management newsletter, Simon Says, is now being primarily published at this Web site on the Internet, along with weekly Arynne Simon mentoring messages.

  I'm currently working on a series for young people called Life Ed, which I hope will one day be as much a part of the education system as Driver Ed. This series will offer some practical ways for adolescents to develop a true and strong confidence level and learn how to think reasonably. It looks as if there will be a book, tapes, and on-line training as part of the materials.

  Now, please go on to read the Simon Says archive.

And if you want to reach out - click below and let me know who you are and how I can help. arynne@simon1.com