Testimonials

“Mike is one of the best business writers I have ever worked with. He has a very unique blend of skills that is rarely found in b2b writing: creativity and deep domain expertise. The content Mike produces is interesting, on-point and strategic. In other words, it gets read and effectively communicates our customers’ messaging while educating readers. That’s not easy. And it’s why clients repeatedly ask for Mike by name. But the main reason I like Mike and would recommend him to anyone is his personality. He’s fun to be around and a super human being.”

Mark Willaman
HRmarketer Founder

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“fisher VISTA’s clients make special requests for Mike to work on their projects. Why? They’ve told me time and time again they value his perspective and his intelligence. He quickly understands the essence of their business, and his writing reflects that understanding. Mike is able to help companies tell the story of their brands in plain, simple language. Many times, clients came to our agency with a tangled mess of concepts and copy, and Mike made it all clean, understandable and true to their brand.”

Katrina Busselle
Chief Relationship Officer, fisher VISTA

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“I have had the great pleasure of working with Mike for the past five years and his work product, ethic and enthusiasm for his projects is nothing short of spectacular. His contribution is so much more than an article or corporate communication because he takes the time to research his topics to the fullest extent possible and asks the important questions needed to develop and implement a complete strategy. Mike is an A plus performer in my book and anyone would benefit from his expertise.”

Nick Fishman
Vice President of Communications, Sterling Talent Solutions

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“Michael is a talented storyteller and advisor on executive level business content. He has been invaluable in brainstorming and coming up with critical content for our presentations, speeches, keynotes, and websites. I personally love working with him because of his positive energy and the expertise he brings to every conversation.”

Sunil Bagai
CEO, Zenith Talent Corporation

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“In more than two decades of marketing communications work, I’ve never collaborated with such a business-savvy copywriter the likes of Mike Civiello. Even in verticals outside of his primary expertise, Mike is highly attentive, ramps quickly, understands business and marketing, and delivers seasoned prose — a skill sorely lacking in too many business writers today. And when it comes to subjects he knows intimately, look out — he is a quality wordsmith force to be reckoned with. He’s written press releases, articles, white papers and more and each first draft is practically the final draft. I highly recommended his copywriting services.”

Kevin W. Grossman
Founder of MarcomHRsay.com

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“Michael humbly describes himself as a brand storyteller. His skills, insight, and editorial prowess extend far beyond that title, but storytelling is at the heart of his many talents. Michael is an engaging, articulate, and keenly intelligent writing professional who can transform the most mundane project into a compelling masterpiece. As a strategic business partner, his attention to detail and commitment to customer care are unparalleled. In short, Michael delivers—consistently, on time, and with exceptional results.”

Bret Bass
Director of Content Strategy, Crowdstaffing

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“Mike is the best writer I’ve worked with and it’s not by accident that he’s so good — he works at his craft. He totally educates himself on the material and takes a thoughtful approach, which is evident in his writing style. Working with Mike is like working with a staff colleague versus a freelancer. Mike has written everything for us from a one-page letter to a 3,000-word article. He’s a great asset.”

John Bell
President & CEO, reThinkData

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“I enthusiastically recommend Mike Civiello as an excellent writer, executive speechwriter, and multi-talented corporate communications professional. Mike and I have worked together for about 15 years. I first recruited Mike internally to help me provide speechwriting support for GTE’s extremely busy Office of the Chairman. We continued our collaboration after I launched Ovations International. Mike also provided invaluable help as I was brainstorming ideas for my books HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium. He is an exceptionally gifted and creative writer with a sharp intellect and a refreshing sense of humor. I highly recommend Mike to any client or organization in need of an accomplished writer and an experienced communications executive.”

Matthew Cossolotto
Executive Speechwriter at UCLA

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“I have been fortunate to work with Mike in two different companies, GTE and Contel. He is a complete communications professional, focused on results, and always willing to explore new ways of doing things. Mike is a very strong team player and works hard building strong relationships up and down the organization. He would be a terrific asset in any corporate communications operation.”

David Damalouji
Executive Director at Verizon

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“During my tenure with LifeCare, I worked with Michael on several projects. His experience and consistent drive to succeed helped me to focus our team while ensuring that we were placed in the best position to succeed. Michael’s thoughtful approach and attention to detail were only surpassed by his creativity and innovative thinking when tackling industry-wide challenges. I would recommend Michael to both lead a team as well as recommend him for a position where it is required for him to engage in projects at a tactical and creative level.”

Matt Sydney
Senior Vice President, East Region at HealthEquity

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“After two years of working with Michael, there are many reasons for me to endorse him as a writer. His marketing communications are stylish and informative, his advertisements are engaging, his press releases are focused, and he always meets the deadline. But those aren’t the reasons I’m endorsing him. I’m endorsing him because his stuff flat-out works. You get the results you want from his communications, and more. Compelling writing, completed on time, that really gets the job done, that should do it right? Oh, and I should mention he is fun to work with. Michael is a funny guy who puts people around him at ease and generally lifts the production of the teams he is on. Give him a shot—you won’t be disappointed.”

Chuck Green
Principal, GreenHouse Marketing Consulting

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“I’ve worked with Mike in a corporate capacity at GTE/Verizon. Mike has written major press releases as well as speeches for the CEO and COO. He is always a pleasure to deal with — funny, on-time and very capable. Additionally, I recently hired Mike to work with us a free-lancer for our small company. He is helping us with RFP responses, website work, marketing brochures and press releases. Mike’s work is absolutely first-rate.”

George Lieb
CFO – EVP Finance & Strategic Planning at CableNet Services, Unlimited

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“I’ve had the privilege of working with Michael on two projects. In each case, his ability to understand our complicated products was outstanding. Even more importantly, he was able to create content that was understandable by less technical people while still providing an accurate representation of our technologies. I offer my highest recommendation for this very talented person.”

James P. Kelly, Ph.D.
CEO & President, OptTek Systems, Inc.

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“Michael is a talented and gifted writer and easily adapted his skills to the corporate environment. He could take key messages of an important change initiative and communicate it in a manner that all employees could understand. His communications were straightforward and avoided the usual corporate hype that loses credibility with most employees. He is easy to work with and while he takes his work very seriously, he understands that everyone wants to help and provide feedback. For organizations undergoing constant change, having someone like Mike on the team is critical. It would be great to work with him again.”

Ric Mullis
Managing Director at Lodestar Connections

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“We redesigned our entire company website and Michael was point person for developing all of the copy — not an easy project, as our offers are highly technical and sophisticated. I worked with Michael daily for well over a month and couldn’t speak more highly. Beyond his outstanding writing skills, we found Michael to be extremely likable and easy to work with. Any company looking for an excellent writer and “storyteller” who gets along well with everyone would be fortunate to have Michael join their team.”

David Davino
Vice President of Client Relations, OptTek Systems, Inc.

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“I had the pleasure of supervising Michael at GTE. He is a highly talented communications professional and one of the best speechwriters and executive communications people I’ve known. He is also highly articulate, resourceful, intelligent and a team player. Michael would be an asset for any organization!”

Ed McCraw
Professor of Practice, Management and Corporate Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill

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“Michael was instrumental in raising awareness in the media, as well as through print and other publications, of the significant developments achieved by LifeCare, and of the many surveys and other studies conducted by LifeCare in the area of work/life balance, eldercare, childcare, and other areas. I worked directly with him in developing and coordinating the HealthMatters blog, in developing letters to the editor and other media communication, in reviewing content for company newsletters and other materials, in coordinating community and other presentations, and in other areas given his expertise. Michael consistently demonstrated excellent skills in design and development of print materials, in cost-effective use of resources, in effectively promoting our work through his numerous media and other contacts, and in creatively developing new and very effective communication tools which could be leveraged well within the company. He was a pleasure to work with, has an excellent sense of humor, is very engaging, and his work was always very professional, of the highest quality, timely, and achieved high impact. He was very well liked here, and was viewed as an important resource to many in different departments.”

Barney Spivack, MD, FACP
National Medical Director, Medicare Case & Disease Management at OptumHealth

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“When he was hired by Contel, Michael had recently started his professional communications career. He distinguished himself by being a quick learner, anxious to exceed expectations, and ready for any challenge. He had a natural ability to clearly communicate the primary (and hidden messages) in our written communications and executive presentations. These types of characteristics are ingrained and I am certain that Michael has continued to please internal customers and external clients. I would welcome the opportunity to have Michael work for me again.”

Jerome Giambalvo
Benefits Consultant

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