Wayne Turmel has been writing about how to develop communication and leadership skills for almost 20 years. He has taught and consulted at Fortune 500 companies and startups around the world. And for the last 15 years, he’s focused on the growing need to communicate effectively in remote and virtual environments.
With a background as a trainer and training manager, he is able to access both the strategic and functional level in organizations from Singapore to Europe and across North America. It was his role there that led to his contributing to his first chapter in a book, The ASTD Handbook of Instructional Technology, in 1998. In the years following he’s contributed to other books in the field by organizations such as the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD) and the American Management Association (AMA) as well as written 8 titles on his own. His best-known titles include ASTD’s 10 Steps to Successful Virtual Presentations and Meet Like You Mean It – a Leader’s Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings. He also co-authored The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership (Berrett-Koehler, 2018) and The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere (Berrett-Koehler, 2021).
In 2008, Wayne formed GreatWebMeetings.com, and worked with hundreds of organizations to help people sell, present, train and lead people and projects through communication tools such as WebEx, Skype for Business, and GoToMeeting. In 2016, he merged with The Kevin Eikenberry Group, to create The Remote Leadership Institute, where he serves as co-founder and Product Manager.
Wayne Turmel has been a thought leader for many years in other areas. For six years, his podcast, “The Cranky Middle Manager Show” was one of the first global podcasts, with thousands of subscribers and a reputation for frankness, candor and tough love. This led to his association with Management Issues where he’s written for over 10 years, first with “The View from the Middle,” a regular column on issues facing middle managers, and for the last 7 years, “The Connected Manager,” writing hundreds of columns on the challenges of communicating and leading in a remote team environment. Currently he is the co-host of the Long-Distance Worklife podcast.
In addition to his writing, Wayne Turmel is a sought-after speaker at business and leadership conferences and events. Besides delivering over 100 classes a year, he’s a frequent guest at events such as ATD’s International Conference and Exposition ATD’s TechKnowledge, The European Digital Learning Expo and countless ATD, SHRM, and Project Management Institute chapter meetings and professional development days.
Marshall Goldsmith calls him “One of the most unique voices in leadership today.”
Among other places, you can find Wayne in dozens of online interviews including:
Wayne lives and works in Las Vegas with his wife, Joan, and Mad Max, the manliest of poodles. For fun he watches the hummingbirds on his back deck and is the author of five novels.
Wayne has been named among the 2021 and 2022 Top 50 Remote Influencers and has been included on similar lists by multiple organizations including Running Remote and Management Issues.
If you’d like to hear from Wayne, check out the podcast playlist below or his Amazon page.