Melody Kimmel brings more than 20 years of experience to media training, presentation coaching and other kinds of message training. MK Media Training LLC can tailor a substance-based session that teaches you how to tell the story of your organization, brand, product and position with skill and confidence.

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We train across industries
with particular depth in:

  • Healthcare

  • Agribusiness

  • Financial Services

  • Energy

  • Tech

  • Travel and Tourism

  • Manufacturing

  • Not-for-Profit/Public Affairs

  • Consumer Goods

  • Beauty

Melody Kimmel

One of the nation’s most experienced communication trainers, Melody Kimmel custom-designs and conducts media, presentation and other types of message training programs. These prepare spokespersons to be more effective in media interviews as well as for outreach to customers, regulators, investors, employees and other stakeholders. Melody previously led national training programs at MSL and FleishmanHillard.

Her trainees are C-Suite, other corporate leaders, subject matter experts and other spokespersons. They learn how to prepare for and stay on track in interviews or other persuasive conversations about the organization, brand, product or position. Training occasions include onboarding, product launch, crisis prep, labor relations communications and IPO/other road show practice. She can lead practices in Spanish as well as English.

Earlier in her career, Melody worked nine years as a journalist, around the country and overseas, with assignments ranging from television news anchor and producer to magazine and newspaper reporter. Her articles have been published in Newsday, Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Cosmopolitan and What’s On In London; her six-part series on the medical malpractice liability crisis in West Virginia was awarded Year’s Best Journalism Series by that state’s Trial Lawyers Association. She ghostwrote the book Unseen Elvis: Candids of the King (Little, Brown) for Jim Curtin, a well-known collector of Elvis memorabilia. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Melody double-majored in English and International Relations.



Communications Training Capabilities:

  • In-depth interview preparation and skills development

  • Broadcast boot camp

  • Presentation coaching

  • Customized programs

  • Labor relations

  • Crisis preparation

  • Team leader communication skills

  • Brand/retail-focused and crisis communication prep

Types of Trainings

Individualized training sessions for one person or small groups.  Scalable workshops can be designed for any size group. All programs are substance-based and customized to the organization’s and individual trainees’ needs.

Media Training

Onboarding C-Suite, other leaders
Prep for any kind of interview: general, business/financial, trade/specialty
Broadcast boot camp

Presentation Coaching

Internal talks e.g. to board, senior leaders, employee town halls
External keynotes, conferences
TEDx talk
Analyst or investor conferences
Quarterly earnings calls
Medical talks at conferences, poster presentations
FDA AdCom regulators, public affairs settings
Congress, EPA prep

Message Training

Elevator pitch
Analyst or investor meetings

Leadership Communications Training

Skills and tools for leaders at all levels, including inside manufacturing facilities

Brand Training

Ensure public-facing employees are telling your story
Recognizing and handling a potential crisis-type interaction


Examples of current and former clients

General Motors
JPM Chase
Estee Lauder
Entergy Nuclear
Peabody Coal
NYC Food Bank




How To Draft Compelling Communications

How to Draft Compelling Communications

Messages are what all spokespeople must include in every pitch, interview, employee pep talk or other internal or external communication about your brand, product, position or campaign. They convey its who, what, why and how. To help you craft compelling messages, picture yourself building a house.


Melody has enormous range in resources, skills, customization of material, flexibility, and an ability to encourage, train and bring the best out of people of widely varying personalities, temperaments and subject areas. This range enables her to bring a great deal of additional value and nuance in her work with each client. I came away from our time a total devotee, and I recommend Melody to you enthusiastically and without reservation.
— Juanita Rilling, Director, Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)
The media training for our leadership team had a big impact on me professionally and personally. I especially marveled at how time-efficient it was. I learned a lot in a compact period of time. So a big big thank you for having this positive influence on our team and how we talk about our company and its services.
— Omar Madi, Head of Performics Middle East/North Africa


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