A native of Berlin, Germany, Mr. Schmidt has more than 25 years of consulting, training, and coaching experience in the areas of strategic communication, crisis management, and organizational leadership. He speaks multiple languages and has lived and worked in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Due to his international background, Mr. Schmidt possesses a rare sense for cultural differences and their role in multinational corporations. He is capable of both quickly assessing complex business issues and guiding a comprehensive response while providing culturally diverse client partners with a depth of understanding and competence.
Mr. Schmidt routinely advises business leaders including CEOs and members of the board of directors of large corporations regarding high stakes business problems. On the consulting end his focus is on working with domestic and international client partners in the areas of crisis and risk communication, employee and change communication, issues and stakeholder management, and reputation and crisis management.
In confidential executive coaching sessions Mr. Schmidt helps senior managers improve their interpersonal communication and public speaking skills as well as achieve greater intercultural knowledge and reach a better understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader. This holistic approach is not only geared toward enhancing verbal and physical delivery, but also at learning how to win over stakeholders and becoming a more confident and effective leader.
Mr. Schmidt is frequently invited to make presentations and conduct management trainings. He has addressed professional audiences in several dozen countries on topics ranging from crisis and risk communication to issues and reputation management and leadership coaching. While he often speaks at conferences that focus on corporate communication and crisis management, Mr. Schmidt is also regularly invited to present to corporate boards and senior management teams in the areas of organizational resilience, effective leadership, strategic communication, and crisis management. Additionally, Mr. Schmidt conducts recurring Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes on topics including crisis communication and crisis management and teaches an online course on Harnessing the Power of Social Media in a Crisis.
A former global affiliate of the Center for Global Public Relations (CGPR) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mr. Schmidt has been active in a number of professional organizations including the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and the German Public Relations Society (DPRG). He is currently serving as a member of the Global Affairs Committee within the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Mr. Schmidt possesses a Master's degree in Communication Science and Business Administration and has been a guest lecturer at leading universities in several countries. A Friedrich Naumann scholar, Japanese Foreign Ministry fellow and recipient of a Fulbright Grant, Mr. Schmidt has been interviewed by various industry and mainstream media and contributed to trade and peer reviewed publications including The Business Communicator, Communication World, Continuity Insights, Disaster Resource Guide, PR Week, Risk and Resilience HUB, and Smart Business Magazine.
In his free time Mr. Schmidt enjoys biking, swimming, and soccer with his wife and his children. His interest in learning about and exploring foreign cultures has turned him into a fan of travel literature. An avid fly fisherman, Mr. Schmidt can be found wading the streams feeding Lake Erie, preferably going after steelhead.