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Bill McGowan
Bill McGowan is the Founder of Clarity Media Group, a leading communications coaching firm dedicated to enhancing the reputations of corporate executives, celebrities and athletes through more clear and effective communication. Among the clients McGowan has coached: Jack Welch, Mary J. Blige, Eli Manning and American Idol winners. He is a two-time Emmy Award-winner, having reported, written and produced for shows such as ABC News 20/20; CBS News 48 Hours, Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel,, The Fox News Channel, among others. He has devised interviewing strategies for news figures including Connie Chung, Bryant Gumbel, Charlie Rose and Bill O’Reilly and has himself conducted thousands of interviews in his 30 years in the television/media business.

Entries by Bill McGowan

To Hug or Not to Hug in the Workplace?

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 10:36 AM

An Important Question to Embrace

On a daily basis, the coaches in our firm grapple with a question that is not likely addressed at Harvard Business School, unless I'm overlooking in the course catalogue something called Physical Boundaries in Contemporary Corporate Culture.

When is it appropriate to hug a client,...

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Belichick Under Pressure

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:58 AM

Perhaps the line that could be most contested from Bill Belichick's surreal and hastily called press conference on Saturday was, "I'm not a scientist." But the New England Patriots head coach used as much complexity and detail in describing the physics of football inflation as Walter White used to explain...

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Less Is No(t) More

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 7:18 AM

Let's start with the most important information first, albeit the most obvious: Domestic violence is a crisis in this country. It is corrosive to the fabric of our culture, and needs to be stopped. Dedicating substantial resources to eradicating this scourge is a necessary priority.

But, is the series of "Speechless"...

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No Rays of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:30 PM

If you get your jollies from watching organizations dig themselves deeper into a brewing crisis, then what's going on right now in the NFL is giving you the biggest endorphin spike of your life.

It's hard to believe that the omnipotent National Football League, the sports-league-turned-money-printing-factory is finding itself so...

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Sterling's Airball Apology

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 2:12 PM

What I would have given to be a fly on the wall during the media prep session Donald Sterling presumably had prior to his interview with Anderson Cooper last night. I say presumably because based on his performance, it's entirely possible he skipped that step.

Several friends and clients have...

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Oscar Acceptance Speech Awards

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:45 AM

For those of us who displayed the ultimate stamina last night and braved three-and-a-half hours of glitzy ho-hum, here is a recap of those who distinguished themselves at the microphone while holding their Oscar:

The Miss Malaprop Award goes to Cate Blanchett for telling Daniel Day Lewis that receiving the...

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The Three Putz-kateers

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 12:29 PM

I'm truly sad the New York City primaries are over. For a communications coach, it was a daily feast of the absurd.

First we had Eliot Spitzer appearing on The Tonight Show, giving Jay Leno a chance to do his Mike Wallace impersonation and treat the former governor like a...

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Dolan's Cardinal Communications Sins

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Just as political conventions present a grand stage for keynote speakers to strut their stuff at a podium, the recent induction of Pope Francis provided a handful of cardinals the opportunity to bask in the media spotlight and show us what kind of communication skills they have.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan,...

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Lame Apologies

(12) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 10:34 AM

So now it's Helen Thomas' turn. You'd like to give the ol' gal a break and blame it on the fact that she's 89. But as my wife keeps telling her fabulously youthful and razor-sharp mother, "90 is the new 70." So much for the senility defense. Thomas' remarks about...

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Anecdote = Antidote to Health Care Bill Foes

(7) Comments | Posted March 21, 2010 | 11:18 AM

The Obama Administration is poised for success on health care reform. If the vote tonight unfolds as many of the pundits now say it will, it will be an historic achievement. But how will the history books analyze the topsy-turvy and bumpy ride to the finish line? What will historians...

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The Al Haig Communication Lesson

(3) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 2:58 PM

If you ever doubted the damage one ill-advised and poorly-executed public statement can make, just read some of Alexander Haig's recent obits. Years ago, Ronald Reagan's former advisor Lyn Nofziger predicted that the third paragraph of Haig's obituary one day would detail the "I am in control here" communications blunder...

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