CMG has been a valuable long-term partner to us, starting in the early days of the business to help us shape a solid media strategy and guiding the messages for our IPO in 2000. In the decade since, CMG has helped us refine our messaging, positioning and communications, and launch new products.
Time after time we have been impressed with CMG's insights and results, and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone looking for a trusted and accountable communications partner.
Doug Lebda, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tree.com (LendingTree)
Colleen has an incredible command of complex issues and subject matter. She immerses herself effortlessly into your business issues and provides invaluable guidance and skills to handle and prepare for a variety of outcomes.
I've had the pleasure of partnering with CMG on a variety of business issues, including FDA Advisory Committee meetings, top-tier media interviews and overall product issues management. CMG's broad knowledge and experience has been instrumental in helping to prepare spokespeople, presenters and external experts to deliver credible, compelling and accurate information.
On more than one occasion, Colleen's ability to translate messaging and intent ensured a better outcome than someone could have achieved on her or his own. CMG is a tremendous asset to have in your corner.
Julissa Viana, Director, Communications / Marketing, Sepracor Inc.
CMG has a proven track record of high-level engagement with our senior executives, CEOs and other C-Suite members, built on trust, expertise and a broad network. Colleen brings strategic vision and deep understanding of the playing field resulting in meaningful global market positioning.
We want to be number one in our strategic positioning and Colleen Growe of CMG Productions has for many years supported this ambition. We have seen tremendous results coming from her work with us. This adds great value to our recognition as The Professionals First Choice for our customers.
Caroline Wouters, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Wolters Kluwer
Colleen is so much more than a cookie cutter media trainer; she is a media strategy partner. From her preparedness beforehand to her personalized attention during the session to her detailed follow up, no one out there covers all the bases like CMG does.
Meg D'Incecco, Executive Director of Public Relations, Golf Digest Properties, Condé Nast
We repeatedly turn to Colleen for our messaging, positioning and media training. Her ability to translate very complex scientific information into an engaging and intelligible story makes her a tremendous asset to our communications team. In addition, our executives trust and enjoy working with her because of her professionalism and comprehension of our issues.
Alyssa Zeff, Director, Worldwide Public Relations, BD
Colleen has impressive insights and a very unique way of simplifying key messages. She gives effective and actionable advice and, as a result, I feel more confident and better prepared after working with her.
Steve Macri, Chief Financial Officer, Warner Music Group
Your session "Answering The Press' Tough Questions" was rated as an outstanding success. This was due in great part to your flawless performance. Thank you very much for bringing to the session a vibrant sense of life, dynamic clarity and extreme usefulness to the people who had come to learn.
Mike Yocum, The Council of State Governments
What truly differentiates Colleen is her focus on the broader art of communication. Her ability to become fluent in our science built credibility with our management team, some of whom have a skepticism about their need for training. By immersing herself in our story, Colleen was highly effective in facilitating the development of our key messages. She knew where our story was vulnerable which led to challenging - and productive - Q&A training.
In the realm of speaker training, Colleen is the best person with whom we have worked. Time and again, Colleen has improved our spokespersons' effectiveness. Colleen gives each speaker direct, actionable feedback on both the verbal and non-verbal elements of their presentation.
I would note that this kind of training can be difficult. Colleen strikes the delicate balance of pushing those receiving the training to their limits, but not beyond. This balance has made her effective and popular with our management team.
William Baird, III, Chief Financial Officer, PTC Therapeutics
I always know I can depend on Colleen and her team to give no-nonsense, strategic coaching, and broadcast services that produce results. I've turned to CMG many times over the years and they will continue to be a key partner in my Rolodex.
Amy Bohutinsky, Vice President, Communications, Zillow.com
Colleen is, quite simply, the best - whether she's working one on one with a Fortune 50 top executive, with the entire staff of a non-profit organization, or in small groups with senior scientists who, though brilliant in a lab, may need some fine-tuning to meet the media.
I have repeatedly found her to be an amazingly quick study. She "goes deep" into your substantive issue in short order. She does her homework, so she can construct realistic role-playing scenarios and then prepare you to manage them.
Frankly, I find Colleen's communication skills extraordinary. She is a born teacher and coach - the right blend of critique and support. Her complete understanding of how the media really works is put to your full advantage.
I've worked with Colleen in many different kinds of situations over the years. Her techniques are solid and proven to work. Her experience is vast. And her enthusiasm for her work just never seems to wane.
Margaret Maruschak, Vice President, Fortune 50 Company
I've had the pleasure of working with Colleen for nearly ten years for a variety of clients. Colleen's preparation for each session is utterly thorough and exemplary. She is thoughtful, engaging, idea provoking and always brings something fresh and useful to the table. Every public facing executive should have the opportunity to work with Colleen in order to best represent his or her company.
Deborah Roth, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Pandora
If you want to improve your Company's, your non-profit organization's, your department's , or your own personal ability to communicate in any situation, in my view there is simply no one in this business better than Colleen Growe and CMG Productions.
We have found that CMG sessions are transformative and, when Colleen is done, our message is clearer, our thinking sharper, and our communication more compelling. While there are many highly competent trainers available to us, we turn to Colleen Growe to work with us when the stakes are high and we need to be at the very top of our game as communicators.
Georgia Pollak, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Yeshiva University
You did your usual splendid job of media training one of the most challenging breeds - a physician. Not only did he learn a great deal, I know he truly enjoyed the session. (The entire rest of the trip, he kept saying how wonderful you were!) In fact, every physician we've ever worked with has had the highest praise for you and your media training.
Patricia A. Morrow, GSK
You have raised media training to an art form in my mind, and I look forward to working with you again in the future.
David Koretz, President and CEO, BlueTie, Inc.
Thank you so much for the incredible and enthusiastic sessions yesterday. We have received overflowing gushing reviews. Everyone was equally impressed by your knowledge of our products and remarkable talent.
In fact, some of the editors are interested in doing follow-up sessions. I sincerely appreciate your hard work in preparation and execution.
Amy Peck, Ziff Davis Media
Just a quick note for all your help in making the Satellite Media Tour for the launch of Disney's Big Time a success. I couldn't have done it without your thorough media training and coaching.
Phyllis Ehrlich, Editor-in-Chief, Disney Adventures
We could have never been this confident without all the work we did with you. Our CEO had a couple of tough questions from CNN/fn and he sailed through them thanks to our prep with you. Thanks so much!!!
Carol Wallace, Vice President, Public Relations, Gartner, Inc.
I was impressed by the professionalism with which you conducted the process: simultaneously tough, kind and persistent. I was impressed, too, by the thoroughness of your homework and extent of your comprehension of our story.
John Fitchen, CEO, Epitope Medical Products
I wanted to let you know our launch in Pittsburgh was an unqualified success. Media coverage was extensive and your snapshots, road maps and messaging points came in handy, especially with all the media attention. I noticed that our CEO was constantly referring to your material in preparation for his media interviews and others on the team found the materials useful both as a refresher and as a guidepost to the company's position on different items.
Jim Smith, Mobility Technologies
A personal note to thank you for your considerable efforts in putting together "The Competitive Edge" video. I am particularly pleased with the final product. I greatly appreciate your assistance in coaching me through the studio ordeal and for your professionalism in weaving the strands into a perfectly edited master tape. My team also told me of your forbearance in working with us through our many last minute changes.
Robert Falkner, Executive Vice President NA, British Airways