Michael Smart is an independent communications trainer who helps PR pros improve their pitching success rate and enhance their PR writing. He is regularly among the highest-rated speakers at the industry's largest conferences.
Michael has placed positive stories on the front pages of the Washington Post, USA Today and Los Angeles Times, as well as placements in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and NBC's Today show. He has trained more than 5,500 PR professionals how to boost their communications results. People who have participated in his workshops have subsequently placed their own stories in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, People, CNN, and Today and national distribution on the Associated Press.
A former newspaper journalist, Michael has won national and regional awards for news release and feature writing. He has also taught public relations courses for five years at Brigham Young University, where he earlier earned bachelors and master's degrees in communications with an emphasis in public relations. He enjoys adding to his list of the nation's most underrated restaurants and exploring the mountains and national parks near his Utah home with his wife and four children.