About Mark Kretschmar
Organizations and individuals hire Mark because they realize all their great ideas, opportunities, and projects only come to life when they are effectively communicated to others - whether customers or team members.
Mark is an engineer turned communication expert and professor. His engineering-based understanding of "process" with his knowledge of current academic research on communication in every form, combined with over 10 years experience troubleshooting communication problems make him uniquely qualified to provide proven communication practices that remove the limits on your ideas and opportunities.
As a professional speaker, consultant, professor, and corporate communicator, he focuses on increasing employee engagement, working together better, and a personal crusade to end bad business presentations - a plague currently afflicting the business community.
His work in corporate/internal communications and marketing communications has won IABC Gold, Silver, and Bronze Quill awards as well as an MRA HR Excellence Award.
As a communication and development leader, he has served as president of IABC Minnesota (International Association of Business Communicators) where he was awarded for his improvements to the organization’s ability to engage members and produce revenue.and served on the board of directors of ATD (Association for Talent Development - Great Twin Cities Chapter).
Mark is a multiple award winner with Toastmasters at the Club, Area, and Division levels for both speaking and evaluating others.
Mark holds a B.S. and M.A. in Communication Studies; he is also an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) with the International Association of Business Communicators, and a PMC-III certified marketer with Pragmatic Marketing.
Before pursuing communication, Mark was a design engineer creating industrial instrumentation and metrology sensors for the packaging, semi-conductor, and other manufacturing markets. He speaks "engineer" very well.
Mark is an adjunct professor of Communication Studies at two local universities.
He is a trained and authorized user of the I-Skills Zone Communication System for Companies (www.i-skillszone.com), and a certified user/trainer of the Conflict Dynamics Profile from the Center for Conflict Dynamics at Eckerd College (www.conflictdynamics.org/).
As an experienced corporate communication manager, Mark has created award-winning strategic communication plans for marketing and internal communication. His plans have increased market share from 40% to 90% in one year, increased employee engagement, and reduced quality problems by 50%. He also coaches executives and sales staff for important presentations.
"I’m so glad the organizer brought in this speaker. He was engaging, entertaining and educational."
Toastmasters Leadership Institute
A wonderful presentation for many fields of study who speak to any number of people.
Mark has an engaging and effective presentation style. He recently conducted a workshop for our law firm and I have personally started to incorporate his recommended communication goals to prepare for conversations that I anticipate could be difficult.
Sue Pearson, HKM