Member Spotlight: Mainstream PR/ Top Communication Coach

Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber provides connections, resources and solutions that help small businesses and Fortune 500 enterprises grow Central Ohio's economy.

Each week, the Columbus Chamber will spotlight one of our member
businesses, their presence in the Columbus Region, what they do and how
they’ve involved at the Chamber. To submit your member business for a
member spotlight contact the Chamber's marketing department.

About Mainstream PR: Mainstream was founded five years ago by principal John Millen, former VP of communications for Nationwide.  Mainstream helps businesses and individuals position themselves and break through the clutter with a clear story, compelling messages and the confidence to deliver.  Mainstream has two divisions: Mainstream PR, for public relations, branding and marketing; and Top Communication Coach, for keynotes, coaching and training.  John works with expert partners to serve every size of organization from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

Given today’s economy, small businesses and professional services firms have been most interested in coaching on how to effectively sell their services as a team. For most professional services and many small businesses, they’ve not had to make truly effective presentations as a team to sell themselves until now. It’s a new era.

Why we are Members: As a sole proprietor, belonging to the Columbus Chamber of Commerce gives me the opportunity meet and stay engaged with other business people facing similar challenges. This is a great resource.  I think of the Chamber and staff and other members as partners in one big mastermind group, where I reach out to find answers and support. I try to help others in the same way.

Featured Services:  How to pitch your business as a team; using social media to brand yourself and your business; and improving your communication skills to get or keep a job.

Representative Clients:  Allstate, Wells Fargo, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, the Columbus Chamber, The Ohio State University, the California State University System and

Cool Facts:

  • Studies show that peoples’ number one fear is not death, it’s public speaking.
  • John coaches and trains at every level in business, from front line sales to CEO.
  • The average sound bite on TV is six seconds long—shorter than an elevator speech.
  • John has done media training with clients prior to appearances on Dateline and 60 Minutes.
  • Even 13 years after moving to Columbus from Los Angeles, John still gets seasonal mood disorder from a lack of sunshine in the winter.

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