Jill Schiefelbein, formerly of Pittsburg, has already been sharing her communication expertise in every format from one-on-one personal coaching to university teaching to online training.
Today at 10 a.m. central standard time, her career will pass another milestone as she debuts “Communication Nation,” her new talk radio show about effective business communication. It will stream live over VoiceAmerica World Talk Radio Network, an Internet media platform.
Schiefelbein said she received an e-mail from VoiceAmerica executive producer Doug McCormack last November stating that they had an interest in speaking with her about possibly doing a show on the network.
“I was simultaneously humbled and excited,” she said via e-mail. “I had never thought about taking my expertise and broadcasting it through a radio talk show. Now, five months later, the show is a reality, and ‘Communication Nation’ will bring effective business communication practices to the masses each Tuesday.”
Schiefelbein said that what she likes most about VoiceAmerica World Talk Radio Network is that listeners have flexibility.
“They can listen to the show live each Tuesday, or they can listen to it after the fact at any time,” She said. “After a show airs, it becomes syndicated and you can get it from my host page, http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2188/communication-nation, by signing up for an RSS feed, or through iTunes and mobile applications. The potential reach of the show is limitless.”
The daughter of Claudia and Paul Schiefelbein, she did her first public speaking as a 4-H member. She is a 2000 Pittsburg High School graduate, and during her high school career served as sports editor for the PHS Booster and was active in Key Club.
“I was Key Club president for the state of Kansas and led workshops in motivation, leadership and community service,” Schiefelbein said. “Seeing how words can move people to action, that’s why I decided to study communication in the first place.”
After her graduation, she attended the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, earning a bachelor of science, a certificate in international business and a master’s degree. For the past nine years she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in communication and online education at the university.
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Schiefelbein before quit her full-time teaching position to start Impromptu Guru, a communication consulting company that was named the Rookie of the Year business for 2012 in Gilbert, Ariz.
Through her business she works with professional athletes, politicians, business executives and groups to improve their communication and messaging strategies, thus helping her clients gain confidence in their communication behaviors and preparing them to speak well any time, every time.
Schiefelbein also created the Office of Online Programs at Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and currently serves as an expert consultant in online education and training to universities and corporate organizations around the country.
She created a 52-video series called “60 Second Guru” that provides communication and speaking tips in a series of one-minute videos. A co-author of “Business and Professional Communication in the Global Workplace,” she currently has two professional communication books in the works.
Though she is an expert in the technology that now extends the range of communication, Schiefelbein has never lost her focus on the human aspect.
“I really pride myself on my ability to make the theoretical tangible for people,” Schiefelbein said. “I always wanted to be in a field where I helped others in some capacity, and learning to communicate can transform a person’s life.”