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Rick Shurtz

Over the past 30 years, I have been fortunate to work in both business and ministry settings. A common thread through all of this has been the need to refine and re-refine my communication skills. After receiving a BA in Speech Communication from Baylor University, I entered the job market teaching software classes to everyone from administrative assistants to CEOs. I went on to multiple sales roles where I was pitching technology services both in person and through webcasting (before Zoom existed!). In time, I would jump into church leadership and was fortunate to serve as a Teaching Pastor at Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas, and as midweek Teaching Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. In both of these settings I was consistently teaching and presenting to audiences of multiple thousands. Through all of this, I have learned through both success and failure, that clear and persuasive communication is essential in everything we do. Whether you are pitching your new idea to company leadership or teaching a class of junior high students, distilling your message to its essence, and communicating it with both authority and confidence, is a whole lot harder than it looks! I look forward to working with you to refine your skills toward maximizing each and every opportunity that you have.

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