‘The TED Talk Whisperer’ Embraces the 4-Day Workweek in Launching International Communications Firm
BOSTON - December 17, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )
From Boston to Atlanta, Paris to Ottawa and beyond, HUTCHINSON, MARKS + COMPANY, a new speaker messaging and story training firm, is embracing the 4-day workweek. It will be closed on ” Thinker Thursdays.”
Founder Devin D. Marks — known by his clients as “ The TED Talk Whisperer ” — has coached hundreds of speakers on a compressed schedule, including viral TED speaker Dr. Robert Waldinger, whose “Good Life” TEDx Talk has tallied 30 million views on TED.
Since 2014, Marks has practiced the 4-day approach while running an award-winning, on-line training consultancy: myTEDtalk.com. With HUTCHINSON, MARKS + COMPANY (HM+CO), he’s bringing his personal flex-schedule and rolling it out team-wide, from day one.
“In recent years I’ve benefited from an ‘analog’ day each week,” Marks shares. “My full day off — ‘Thinker Thursdays’ — has long involved a trio of off-line priorities: reading a real book, connecting with a ‘thinker’ over lunch, and reflecting with pen in hand. It has been a game-changer for my creative flow and I want the same thinker- and family-friendly benefits for my new team.”
To date, the 4-day workweek has been tested by major companies like Microsoft Japan, which realized a 40% productivity jump. But HM+CO is among the first small business start-ups to embrace the next-gen model from the outset. And none include Marks’ THINKER THURSDAYS™ model.
Headquartered in Boston, HM+CO offers service locations in four U.S. cities, Canada, and Europe. The six-person leadership team includes Marks, the coach of leading TED speakers, and Atlanta’s Luke Boggs, the longtime, award-winning speechwriter to recently retired Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.
“Forming a partnership of veteran communications superstars isn’t a novel concept,” shares Marks. “But we’re breaking new ground in shaping the company culture around nurturing creative thinking and family life. We believe the compressed workweek will become a potent recruitment and retention tool — all of which will continue to benefit our clients.”
ABOUT HUTCHINSON, MARKS + COMPANY:
HM+CO offers comprehensive speaker messaging and story training services. From TED Talks to keynotes at the World Economic Forum; technology speeches at NASA to Series B funding pitches … We’ve been there as speech whisperers, helping presenters just like you advance culture-shifting stories. You have insights. We can help catalyze them. Learn more at www.HutchinsonMarks.com.
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