Telling stories to illuminate and elevate.

Christie James

Since 2008, Christie has provided training in public speaking, communications, professional development and leadership skills for clients such as AgFirst Bank, BCBS of South Carolina, BrightStart SC, SC Dept of Health & Human Services, SC DHEC, and SC DOT among others, primarily through Midlands Tech’s Corporate and Continuing Education division.

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

She is particularly interested in the psychological and emotional aspects of of speaking and communications, and in using the insights culled from her work as an actor and broadcaster to help others become more comfortable, natural, and dynamic in their self expression.

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

Christie’s early career in advertising account management and strategy, broadcasting, and as an actor includes work in Madison Avenue advertising agencies, small-mid market radio and television stations, small business communications departments, and commercial production studios. A South Carolina native, she has learned and plied her skills in New York, NY, Charlotte, Wilmington, and Boone, NC, and Columbia, SC.

“Active listening is your communications multi-tool.”

And yet, regardless of the forum or geographic location, she observes that the basics of getting to know each other, collaborating, building relationships rely on the same communications tools and approaches. It is knowledge and skill with these basics that she seeks to impart.

Christie is a member of the American Association of Media Photographers, the SC Film AllianceColumbia Museum of ArtUniversity of South Carolina Alumni AssociationConservation Voters of South CarolinaSurfrider 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.

Located in Columbia, the heart of South Carolina, serving creators and communicators across the state.