Decker Communications Announces Top Ten Communicators of 2005

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“The effectiveness of your communication determines the effectiveness of your life,” says Bert Decker, and his annual list of the Ten Best and Worst Communicators proves his point. President Bush, Steve Jobs, Bono, and Mark McGwire: are they among the Best or Worst Communicators of 2005?

Decker Communications, Inc. (, a leading communications training and executive coaching firm, announces its annual list of Top Ten Communicators. This year’s list highlights notable individuals from business, politics, sports and entertainment – and shows how their communications helped make or break them in 2005.

The Ten Best

1. Steve Jobs – a unique, energetic and dramatic business presenter – his MacWorld announcements have become an anticipated experience, with this year’s unveiling of the video iPod a classic Jobs job.

2. Oprah Winfrey – she has had her own TV show since she was 21, and has never been better. Open, vulnerable, funny and compassionate, Oprah has become a conglomerate largely because of her communication ability and larger than life presence.

3. Pope John Paul – the Pope has departed, but not his memory, nor his dramatic impact on the world. Although infirm in his later years, his forceful and energetic speaking and travels changed millions, and left a legacy that will be remembered.

4. Condoleezza Rice – she didn’t rise to the top just because of her advice to George Bush. This Secretary of State has always been a great communicator – articulate, firm, smiling in adversity and animated. And she plays classical piano to boot.

5. Patrick Fitzgerald – this prosecuting attorney did an outstanding job in well over an hour of announcing the indictment of Scooter Libby. He did NOT use a teleprompter, but he talked without a non-word in detailing a lot of details! Very impressive. And although controversial, because of his powerful and persuasive performance, not one peep of commentary attacked him.

6. Charles Schwab – “Talk To Chuck” is their new ad campaign, and there’s a reason for it. Chuck Schwab is likeable and trustworthy – the key marks of a person who connects at the emotional level. He is all of that, and for his consistent display of values and success, he deserves a spot on the Top Ten Best.

7. Bono - a true rock star both in and out of concert venues. Direct, charming, and endlessly energetic – he is known for bringing world leaders together (from the right and the left) to make philanthropic miracles happen. Time Magazine took notice and noted him as a Top Person of 2005.

8. Janet Parshall – talk show radio host of Janet Parshall’s America, she is quick thinking and glib, yes, but more. Having seen Parshall speak at conferences, she is even more animated and energetic in person. If you get the chance, don’t miss her. There’s a reason Talker’s Magazine listed her as one of the all time Top 100.

9. Nido Qubein – a remarkable success story, Nido arrived in America as an 18 year old with $50 in his pocket. He worked to go to High Point University in North Carolina, where now he is President. He has had a remarkable first year, while also working as Chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company, and several other organizations. A major philanthropist, Nido rose to success from speaking, both professionally and in business.

10. Malcolm Gladwell – although known for his books The Tipping Point and Blink, Malcolm is also a great communicator in person. A storyteller with a wry wit, he is in demand for corporate business conferences, and at very high fees! He also deserves a place on this list because of the profound importance and impact of his book Blink on the unconscious communication process.

To view the Top Ten Worst Communicators of 2005, please visit

For additional information on the subject of this release, contact Kelly Decker or visit For information on Decker Communications' programs, please reference the attached pdf documents.

About Decker Communications, Inc.:

Decker Communications, Inc. ( is an executive development firm, specializing in communications training and coaching for executives and leaders. The firm’s methodologies make up the leading communications training program in the United States, and have produced hundreds of thousands of confident graduates.

Bert Decker is a national communications expert, commentator on NBC’s TODAY Show, author, professional speaker and founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Decker Communications, Inc. Read Bert’s blog at for insights on creating and enhancing a communications experience.


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