About

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I am an author and speaker trusted by students and working professionals for my practical advice on writing, networking and interpersonal skills.

In 2015, I published Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, a collection of 100+ templates for networking, the job search and LinkedIn. The book is used in settings like high schools, colleges, workforce development programs and even the Pentagon where educators work with active-duty military and civilian contractors. And it continues to be a popular resource for college students, recent grads, entrepreneurs and others who need to “get out there” and form new business relationships.

I also maintain News To Live By (NTLB), an award-winning* blog that highlights the career advice in the latest headlines. My columns have appeared on Business InsiderThe Huffington Post and “The Learning Network,” the educational blog of the New York Times. Since I began NTLB in 2012, it’s been viewed over 1.5 million times. As a former TV news reporter and media consultant, I have also provided guidance on reaching millennials to NBC’s “Meet the Press,” MSNBC and USA TODAY.

I lead interactive communications workshops and webinars for corporate and college/workforce development audiences. Every session gives people practical skills they can apply right away. Event planners can learn more here.

Alongside the book and website, I am vice president of Rubin Communications Group, a full-service PR and marketing firm in Virginia Beach. I am a graduate of the University of Virginia and also received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland-College Park.

I am a member of:

  • Public Relations Society of America
  • National Career Development Association
  • National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
  • National Tutoring Association
  • Independent Book Publishers Association

My wife, Shikma, and I have a toddler-age son, Niv (pronounced “Neev”). I believe Niv is the cutest child on the planet (while freely admitting I am biased). But seriously, he is pretty cute.

*Winner of the 2015 Plank Center Award (public relations organization) for commitment to mentorship