Christie James

Since 2008, Christie has designed and facilitated professional development training in public speaking, communications, creativity and leadership skills for clients such as AgFirst Bank, BCBS of South Carolina, BrightStart SC., SC Departments of Health & Human Services, Health & Environmental Control, and Transportation, among others, primarily through Midland’s Tech’s Corporate and Continuing Education program.

She is particularly interested in the psychological and emotional aspects of speaking and communications, and in using skills and insights developed in her early career to help others become more comfortable, natural and dynamic in their self-expression and to facilitate understanding and community.

Christie’s career began in advertising account management and communications strategy at NY ad agencies BBDO and Lintas: Interpublic Worldwide (SSC&B). In the years since, she has worked in small and mid-market radio and television broadcasting, as an actor, and in communications roles where she helped grow a statewide children’s education program and successful launch of an original ballet (Columbia City Ballet), grew a corporate training program in electronic controls and mechanical equipment maintenance and repair (Trane Commercial), and helped regional businesses strategize their transition onto the newly formed World Wide Web (Syneractive Internet Development).

Regardless of forum or geography, getting to know each other, collaborating, building trust, envisioning and achieving goals rely on the same basic abilities to create and communicate. It is knowledge and skill with these basics that Christie seeks to impart.

Christie is a member of the American Association of Media Photographers, the SC Film Alliance, Columbia Museum of Art, University of South Carolina Alumni Association, Conservation Voters of SC, Surfrider and Oceana environmental organizations, and of Trinity Cathedral. She is a host of the annual I Believe Anita Hill celebration and an alumni of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia program.

“Comfortably speaking out, whether with a whisper, loudly, or through artistic expression, is fundamental for fulfilling the purpose of our lives.”

“Public speaking is just another way of having a conversation.”

“Active listening is your communications multi-tool. It’s key to growing knowledge, solving problems, and building relationships and trust”