John Neffinger has more than a decade of experience preparing politicians, corporate executives and others to communicate confidently. He has worked with executives at more than a hundred major companies in the U.S. and overseas, including GE, IBM and HBO, as well as several dozen candidates for and Members of Congress and numerous educational and non-profit institutions. John has been featured discussing voter psychology, body language and political communication on Hardball with Chris Matthews, The CBS Evening News, Fox News and NPR, as well as in the Washington Post, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
John previously served as Director of Communications & Outreach at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he worked with the national security and science faculty to facilitate their communications in the media. As an attorney, John practiced litigation and intellectual property law with a top-ten New York firm. He has degrees from Harvard College and Columbia Law School.
Matthew Kohut, a co-founder of KNP Communications, has twenty years of professional experience writing and preparing speakers for both general and expert audiences. In addition to conducting media and public speaking trainings with KNP, he has served as a communications consultant to organizations including NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Harvard University. He is also currently a Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College. He previously worked at Harvard University as Research Specialist to the Dean of the Kennedy School, serving as Professor Joseph Nye's speechwriter and researcher.
Matt holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his career in communications, he worked for several years as a professional bassist, touring the United States and Europe with numerous pop music acts.
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