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It's your story.
Tell it well.

 

Oratorio: 
Media and Presentation Training for Leaders

Oratorio principals Susan Tomai and Bill Connor and the rest of the Oratorio team are award-winning broadcast journalists who show senior officials from around the world the power of persuasive sound bites and compelling presentations. In our TV studio located three blocks from the White House in Washington and in locations from L.A. to Bangkok to Dubai, we serve senior-level clients from business, government, politics, associations and more.

"Bill Connor and Susan Tomai, both former TV journalists, have spent 20 years building Oratorio, a media training outfit in downtown Washington that caters to prominent executives, politicians and the scandal-ridden. Together, they train decision-makers ahead of their big moments on CNN or CNBC and in front of Congress. Their clients include a mix of Republicans and Democrats on the Hill, the heads of Fortune 500 companies, and scientists, economists and lobbyists."

 

What We Do

Media interviews, presentations, speeches, meetings, conferences, webcasts and other types of public communications are all golden opportunities to advance your agenda and your career - but only if you’re well-prepared. Oratorio’s experts show professionals how to deliver their key messages with style, confidence and discipline. 
 

 
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Media, Crisis, and Presentation Training

The best reason to give an interview is to advance an agenda – and controlling the outcome is crucial. One favorable soundbite can produce huge bottom-line benefits to an organization; a poor performance can mean a waste of resources at best and disaster at worst. 

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Message Development

Oratorio has developed a specialized methodology for turning essential information into powerful messaging. Using a proprietary brainstorming technique and a series of worksheets and templates we’ve developed, participants learn how to rapidly organize their thoughts and put them into clear and compelling language for interviews and presentations.

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Storytelling

The simple fact is that people respond to stories. People aren’t moved to action by lots of dry data, or complicated PowerPoint slides. They are moved and engaged by storytelling. And that is why storytelling is so important in your presentations. Storytelling makes it easier for you to engage people and get their attention.

What Our Clients Say

 
“Oratorio is absolutely the one and only media training company that we use.”
— Allison Sitch, VP Communications, Ritz-Carlton Hotels
“Outstanding media training… focused, well-organized, with excellent “how-to” and “how not-to” messages that I know will help enormously when dealing with the press in the future.  Some of the best and most focused training I have received.”
— Nick Krafft, Iraq Country Manager, The World Bank
 “If you’re going to ask me to take eight hours out of my day, it had better be worth it. This was worth it many times over. The single most productive day I spent of any kind all year.”
— Simon Cooper, President, Asia Pacific, Marriott International
“Oratorio helps me and my partners present our core ideas to audiences in powerful ways I never thought possible.”
— Diane Hoskins, CEO, Gensler Architecture
 “I underwent on-camera media training with Susan Tomai and Bill Connor of Oratorio just prior to my move to Stockholm. It was not only one of the most useful training sessions I’ve experienced in my career, it was absolutely essential for me to have this training prior to my arrival to Post. Susan and Bill showed me how to develop and deliver my key messages much more effectively in news media interviews and other kinds of public speaking situations; I rely on their tips almost every day in my job as Ambassador.”
— Mark Brzezinski, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden

Our Clients

Our clients range from the Fortune 500 to startups, from U.S. federal agencies to international governments, from K Street to Main Street. Here’s a snapshot:

Corporate

Ritz-Carlton Hotels
Goldman Sachs
UPS
Marriott
Saudi Arabian Airlines
USA Today
Yum! Brands
Lockheed Martin
Thomson Reuters
LendingTree
Kaiser Permanente
Discovery Networks
SunLife Financial
Mitsubishi
Nike
National Geographic
Gensler
NPR
PBS
SC Johnson
Hilton Hotels
General Motors
Six Senses Hotels and Spas

Academia

The Brookings Institution
Georgetown University
Harvard Business School
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business
The Johns Hopkins University
The University of Kansas

Government

The White House
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. House of Representatives
Freddie Mac
Sallie Mae
National Institutes of Health
The European Union
Saudia Arabia General Investment Authority
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
The Dubai Lands Department
The National Transportation Safety Board

International Development

The World Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank
The International Monetary Fund

PR & Legal

Porter Novelli
The Harbour Group
Ogilvy
Ketchum Public Relations
DBC Public Relations
Manning, Selvage and Lee
Mullen
Chambers Lopez Gaitan
PCG Campbell
Mindshare Interactive Campaigns
Brodeur Worldwide
GCI
The Harbour Group
Strat@Comm
Hyde Park Communications
Morrison Foerster
Kilpatrick Stockton
Leo Burnett

Political

Democratic National Committee
National Republican Congressional Committee
National Women’s Health Resource Center
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Associations

Mortgage Bankers Association
National Association of Manufacturers
American College of Cardiology
Humane Society of The United States
American Lung Association
American Diabetes Association
Public Relations Society of America
Associated Builders and Contractors
The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association
National Council of La Raza
American Apparel Association
United States Telecom Association
U.S.-China Business Council
The National Education Association
The Consumer Technology Association
American Academy of Actuaries

Foundations

The Fulbright Foundation
Fannie Mae Foundation
The Ford Foundation