Being able to communicate clearly, either spoken or written, has never been more challenging than it is today. After all, if you don’t master the mechanics of effective communication, the content of your message won’t much matter!
This book is a catalog of anecdotes relevant to different subjects designed to support your speech and help you make your case. The podcast, 15 Minutes with Charlie, further reflects on these anecdotes with stories from professionals like Jack Nicklaus, Juli Inkster, and Annika Sörenstam.
Tommy Thayer | Rock Legend, Lead Guitarist of KISSTommy Thayer is an American musician and songwriter, and lead guitarist for the American hard rock band KISS. Tommy was raised by his mother, a classically trained violinist and singer, and his father, a community leader, businessman, and Brigadier General in the US Army during World War II. Tommy gives a unique perspective as he reacts to anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer,” by reflecting on stories from his interesting life and career.
Pete Blackshaw | Digital Advertising Pioneer: Investing in the FuturePete Blackshaw, newly appointed CEO of Cintrifuse, a fund of funds and startup incubator created by Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Western Southern, and other major entities in the Greater Cincinnati region. Pete uses his marketing and management expertise to react to anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.”
Christine Brennan | Highly Respected Sports JournalistChristine Brennan is a highly respected sports journalist who has worked with USA Today. She also works with ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and NPR. She reacts to anecdotes from Charlie Mechem’s “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” Christine raises awareness on sexism inside of and outside of her industry, and shares memories about her late father, who is one of her greatest inspirations.
Mike McCarley | American Broadcasting Executive and President of Golf for NBC Sports GroupMike McCarley is a successful American Broadcasting Executive and President of Golf for the NBC Sports Group. Mike has a deep passion for what he does, and loves to inspire others to be just as passionate as he is. By using his passion, deep connections, and experiences in the golf and sports world, Mike responds to anecdotes from Charlie Mechem’s “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.”
Jay Stockwell | Courage and Adaptability: From Submarines to SalesJay Stockwell has made the transition from tracking submarines as a naval officer to tracking mucus viscosity for Puffs tissues to senior executive of three companies. With the help of anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer,” Jay is able to detail how adaptability, risk-taking, and courage enabled him to achieve such a career metamorphosis.
Tom Keckeis | Hard Work, Patience, and Persistence Always WinsTom Keckeis is the CEO of Messer Construction, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. and a firm believer in working hard, asking for advice, and learning from those around you. Using his experience in the construction world, Tom reacts to anecdotes from Charlie Mechem’s “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.”
“His collection here inspires you, makes you pause and think and even makes you laugh- thought provoking and entertaining. Thank you Charlie.”
-Jack Nicklaus, Golf Legend