Craig McKay
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Craig McKay

Craig M.

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Intermediate, Advanced
As a world traveler for the past 40+ years, I have had the privilege to share and work with foreign language speakers from around the globe, and have developed an ear for accents of those who speak English as a second language.

At the same time, my chosen professions as broadcast journalist, public speaker and business consultant have provided me with a unique ability to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds.

About Craig M.

I think being an effective communicator has always just come natural to me. Perhaps that's because growing up I was always the new kid in town -- so I had to find ways to break the ice with the "home team". You see, my dad was a traveling salesman who was constantly opening up new territories, so we moved a lot -- 9 times before I graduated from high school!

Don't get me wrong, I loved hearing and sharing stories with the friends I made at each new place -- sort of like being a celebrity. And after taking a public speaking course my senior year, I developed a knack for being able to speak off the cuff on almost any topic.

That's probably why, when I took a break from college to join the Navy, I chose to pursue the field of print and broadcast journalism. My first overseas posting was in Japan at an on-base TV station, where I worked as a news and sports announcer. During my off-duty time, I was given the opportunity to teach conversational English to local residents at the base recreation center and to also raise funds for a nearby orphanage.

But by far my greatest service experience was my time as a public affairs specialist onboard our diplomatic ship -- visiting over a dozen countries around the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. During 18 months of port visits, I got to explore and exchange thoughts and ideas with people from many diverse cultures -- seeing the "light bulbs come on" when we learned something new about each other... But the most amazing discovery was finding out how much we all had in common!

Returning to civilian life, I completed my college studies, earning my Bachelor's degree in Communications. Since then I have pursued careers in media, advertising, hi-tech sales and business coaching -- all with one common thread: the chance to communicate with others and to learn about their needs. And what I love the most is being able to have those conversations... sharing thoughts and ideas with them... and helping them master new concepts to develop better communications skills.

Semi-retired now, it is my goal as a teacher to pay forward my years of training and experience as a professional communicator... to help my student-partners build and polish their language skills... so that when they share their thoughts and ideas with others, they too will get to see those light bulbs come on!


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BA, Communications - Radio, TV, Film; Marketing; Journalism
Jun 1982 - Dec 1983

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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