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About Kerry Barrett

Kerry Barrett: A blond woman with large curled hair, shoulder length, smiling at the camera. She has blue eyes and is wearing a green shirt and blazer.

I am an on-camera coach, corporate trainer and keynote speaker on a mission to help you level-up your on-camera skills and confidence so you can leverage video for authority, visibility and revenue. I’m the founder of The VIQ Academy and the founder MVP Your VIQ ™ training framework. After overcoming a debilitating fear of public speaking, I now use my 20+ years of experience in the TV industry to help clients break through mindset issues and cultivate a persona that exudes confidence and authenticity, whether on camera, standing on stage, or giving a presentation.

My dad was a civil engineer, and his job took us all over the world, from Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom. Shortly before high school, we moved back to the US, and I’ve lived all over the country since then.

These early years sparked an interest in learning about and connecting with other people — their cultures, how they lived and their personal stories. This influenced my career path, and also sparked an ability to recognize interesting stories in others.

My fear of public speaking wasn’t rational.

It didn’t just prevent me from public speaking—it sent me into a tailspin of anxiety and insecurity, unable to function. Starting in childhood and into my college years, even speaking in front of my classmates could be enough to send me into cold sweats… anxiety-ridden for months. 

So, how did I end up with a 20+ year career in the news business, speaking to an audience of millions every day and even winning an Emmy®?

Well, when you declare a major Speech and Communication Studies, you have no choice but to face your public-speaking phobia. I recognized that my fear was holding me back not just from success, but from living my life, and I was determined to find a new path.

Over time, with a lot of hard work, a lot of help from others, and probably a little too much ego, I got past my fear of public speaking and being on camera. In fact, I didn’t just kick that fear to the curb: I turned it into one of my core strengths.

Sometimes that’s a cheerleader waving pom-poms (metaphorical pom-poms only), or the coach blowing a whistle demanding pushups (these are also metaphorical). 

I pride myself on creating goals that fit the needs of each client—no one-size-fits-all here! Some of my proudest moments, though, are when clients themselves find success, whether that’s through measurable revenue increases or an improvement in their quality of life because they are more confident and happy in their role.

Kerry Barrett and her child sitting at her desk in front of an opened laptop and an iPad.

I developed my video skills on the ground, working in front of the camera for internationally renowned media institutions like NBC, ABC and Fox TV stations. I earned notable accolades, including a first-place award with the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), an Emmy® Award in Breaking News, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence, and more.  

I earned my degrees in communications: a BA in Communications from Clemson (Go Tigers!) and an MA in Telecommunications from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). 

I currently live in Sparta, NJ with my husband, three children, and our very old dog, and when I’m not helping my clients become video rockstars, you can find me outside, hiding from my children. Or drinking at the local bar (these are kind of the same thing).

Kerry’s reputation precedes her, particularly her guidance on connecting – from the stage or through the screen. Her platform resonated and aligned perfectly with Xerox Leadership Association’s (XLA) goals on what we wanted to share with our community this quarter/year. Kerry was very accommodating to our needs, easy to work with, very approachable and a great facilitator! She connected quickly and genuinely with our board members and panelists and was equally as engaging in a small setting as well as in a larger auditorium. Kerry models what she teaches and excels at creating immediate connection and familiarity. XLA has received wonderful reviews and feedback from attendees of our event with Kerry; we look forward to working with her again in the future.
-Nermine Zakhary (Director of Learning Enablement, Xerox)

I worked with Kerry over the last several months on media training, business strategy, and enhancing my presentation skills. Kerry is a consummate professional. Working with Kerry has been a pleasure and a privilege. She radiates positive energy and possesses a wonderful perspective on how to teach and counsel her clients to enhance their communication skills. I learned so much from Kerry. She exhibits a wonderful “can do” attitude and goes out of her way to give her clients her undivided attention and assistance. She has a rare skill set that enables her to customize training to fit both the busy schedules and range of needs of her clients. I thought I had solid communication skills, but Kerry improved my capabilities and helped me get to the next level. Along the way, we had fun in our training sessions and Kerry made the process painless and easy. I recommend Kerry to anyone who needs a great coach and professional to enhance their communication and confidence. She is an exceptional person and coach!
-Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. (Class Action Litigator, Duane Morris, LLC)

Kerry worked with our group on ways to improve our on camera effectiveness during virtual meetings and training sessions. In only one hour, we received some great tips and suggestions that we were never aware of previously. Kerry provides feedback in such a constructive and positive way that it was well received by our team. I would highly recommend her to work with your teams also!
-Leiza Brock (Director of Corporate Learning, GE)

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