It was at
State University, 4 decades ago, that I
discovered I had a knack for Communication, Advertising,
Marketing and Promotion...CAMP. (You'll find that I have a
propensity for acronyms.) Initially I had attended a
Liberal Arts college in Ohio (Hiram College), then
transferred to Kent to major in Home Economics (now
and Consumer Science). But after 4 years of
university I realized that not only had I been studying
with only smart women, but now my career would be mostly
with women. As a still-single woman I decided I wanted to
be around smart men, too. So I chose not to graduate with
my class, 1971, but stay on and take business classes for
another year. More below.
management professor, Dr. Mulvihill, announced at the
beginning of his class that he hadn't given any A's to his
students in 10 years. I decided that as the
woman in the class of 100 men - I loved those odds -
that I would get an A. I had to work doubly hard to meet
the challenge and I did it. I earned
the A by really knowing the material. If he asked the question
and nobody else knew the answer, I did. I enjoyed reading
the material and still love reading a business book over
any other kind of book. Who knew that a girl who once
wanted to design clothes would one day be sought out for
her marketing advice by Fortune and Financial Post 100
companies and have clients in several countries? More
For every client who
retains me I make that kind of effort. I want to
win...but win for my client. I work hard - smart,
really - to make my client visible for the right reasons,
turn the challenge into a victory, and turn a crisis into
the best possible outcome for all, no matter what and how
long it takes.
In high school I was a quiet, unpopular, and mediocre student. Looking back it was probably because I wasn't very interested in the subjects I was required to take. I never raised my hand, never knew the answer, and became flustered if I was called on. Back then, I blushed very visibly. But when I had to take two Speech and Communications classes in college in order to graduate, I discovered I had a gift for public speaking and could make audiences laugh... intentionally. Years later multi-national corporations like Coca-Cola hired me to work privately with their CEOs to help them master the art of presentation skills. Not bad for someone who was once terrified to speak, even at the dinner table.
Andrea Reynolds was - and still is - a pioneer in the field of advice empire-building. She has mentored and promoted hundreds of consultants, experts, best-selling authors, practitioners, spokespeople, and specialists since 1979. She has been retained by clients as far away as London, Cairo, Dublin, Sydney and Singapore; and by Fortune 100 and Financial Post 100 companies.
Andrea's objective has been to increase her clients' credibility, visibility, and level of prestige, so that target markets seek them out and they need never knock on doors. To maintain her own visibility she often becomes her own client. Andrea markets her expertise by using the same methods she teaches to her clients.
She has hosted talk radio and appeared as a guest expert on countless radio shows including CBC's Morningside with Peter Gzowski, and "Basic Black" with Arthur Black. She has appeared on "Frost Over Canada" hosted by British interviewer Sir David Frost and appeared multiple times on "Breakfast Television", "Shirley", the Dini Petty Show, and 4 programs on the Life Network.
She has authored numerous books, manuals, reports, and booklets and published 5 newsletters, written for national magazines and newspapers, led seminars, and addressed many professional and business associations. An outspoken critic, Andrea has been quoted in many periodicals: Time, USA Today. Globe and Mail, National Post, The Korea Times, The Financial Post, Canadian Business, Canadian Living, and Sales and Marketing Management. She has critiqued candidates for Canadian Prime Minister and Premier of Ontario for Canadian Press wire service, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun and The Globe and Mail. Her first book received a tongue-in-cheek Connie Award from Canadian Business Magazine "for outstanding contribution to Canadian Capitalism."