Matthew Kohut is the managing partner of KNP Communications and co-
author of Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential. He has coached public figures for events ranging from live television appearances to TED talks, and has served as a speechwriter for CEOs as well as top executives in government and advocacy organizations. He has taught at George Washington University and served as a fellow at Bennington College. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Newsweek to Harvard Business Review. He previously worked as a writer, a teacher, and a professional bassist, touring the United States and Europe with numerous pop music acts.