John Neffinger

Senior Advisor
Crisis Communications, Media Training & Speechwriting
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John is a communications strategist and coach who specializes in preparing speakers for high-stakes public appearances. As a founding partner at KNP Communications, John has coached corporate executives, political figures, television personalities, TED talkers, Nobel prize winners, and citizen advocates to engage and move their audiences. John also has extensive experience with communications strategy, message development, branding, and visual storytelling.


John has taught on the faculty at both Columbia Business School and Georgetown University. He is the co-author of Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential, the first non-specialist account of contemporary social judgment theory, which was published in twelve languages. He’s also co-written a Harvard Business Review cover story and had his coaching work has featured in a Harvard Business School case study. John’s previous work includes serving as Communications Director of the Democratic National Committee and work as a management consultant and attorney.


As a nationally recognized expert on how people judge and influence each other, John has provided commentary featured on broadcasts including The CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, Hardball, Fox News, and NPR, as well as in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Politico. John holds honors degrees from Harvard College and Columbia Law School.