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It’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it. Everyone must give a variety of presentations – one-on-one, group, board sessions and more.  Join us as Andy Likes, Senior Vice President of The Vandiver Group in St. Louis, helps us identify opportunities to ensure messages are understood, action items are set and timewasters like “um” and “so” are minimized. Whether you are an accomplished presenter or relatively new, Andy will discuss content, nerves, confidence and gestures to help you better connect and deliver powerful presentations.

With more than 22 years of experience between broadcast journalism and strategic communications, Andy has a unique understanding of the story preferences of local broadcast media and a producer’s insight into the best possible timing for pitches. He leads The Vandiver Group’s media practice area, which covers media relations, community engagement, crisis communications and corporate reputation, public engagement and training. He has served as lead facilitator for stakeholder listening sessions and organized press conferences garnering local, regional, national and global attention.

Over the past 25 years, The Vandiver Group has been recognized with hundreds of regional, national, and international awards and accolades, including Emmy Awards, Communicator Awards, MarCom Awards, AMA Marketing Excellence Awards, Mercury Awards, Tellys and more. TVG has been voted “Best PR Firm in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly for ten years in a row and has been named a top PR Firm in Missouri by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for the past two years.

Before Vandiver, Andy was a fixture in the newsroom at KSDK-TV in St. Louis, as well as in other markets as a news producer in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga. He has a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.