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GLENN VAN ZUTPHEN
Founder, Lead Trainer

Glenn also gives keynote speeches about Communication in the 21st Century.

Glenn van Zutphen, Founder & Lead Coach. Glenn is a career international journalist and the Founder of VanMedia Group Pte Ltd, a worldwide media consultancy. Over twelve years, he has coached more than 3000 high-performing business leaders, journalists, government officials across ASEAN,  AMEA, North America, Europe - to deliver confident, credible, and clear spoken & written communication across digital & news media platforms, TV, conferences, and business meetings. Glenn is a recognized communications expert, keynote speaker, and meeting facilitator. He also hosts the “Weekend Mornings” radio show every Saturday & Sunday on MoneyFM 89.3, Singapore’s only business-news station.

Working more than 25 years as a professional journalist, Glenn has worked in print, radio, television, and online news based in the US, Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore. His work has appeared in countless print and broadcast media outlets. As both the Regional News Editor for CNBC Asia/Pacific in Singapore, and as Anchor and Producer at CNN International, he covered stories ranging from the Balkan War and Millennium celebrations, to the War Against Terror. Glenn also covered local and regional stories before, during, and after the 1997 Handover to China in Hong Kong. While based In Tokyo, he was a television and radio broadcaster for public station NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) including producing and hosting the first English-language TV broadcasts of Japan’s National Sport, Sumo wrestling. An active writer, he co-authored Happy Customers Everywhere, The American Journey in Singapore, and contributed to five editions of Living in Singapore Reference Guide. He is the inaugural recipient of the East-West Center's 21st Century Outstanding Service Award for his volunteer work across the region. Glenn holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Management from Teesside University (UK)/Hyper Island Singapore and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

MELINDA MURPHY
Senior Trainer

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Melinda has had a storied career as a multi-faceted, award-winning American television journalist with vast experience in a wide variety of genres 

including network and syndicated programming. She has worked in many capacities in television with titles such as executive producer, writer, editor and on-air network television correspondent. In Singapore, Melinda’s work at Expat Living magazine earned her the prestigious Journalist/Writer of the Year Awards from the Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS).

Melinda’s television career saw her earning several EMMY awards including recognition for her work at a New York City reporter on 9/11. Melinda has interviewed people from all walks of life, including many top level executives and government officials which makes her an excellent trainer. She knows exactly how to prep you because she knows just the kind of questions journalists will ask.

Melinda completely understands what it’s like to be new in front of the camera. Truth? She was nervous and not very good at first. Simply, on-camera performance didn’t come naturally to her. But with the help of coaching, she made it to the network as a correspondent for CBS’ national morning show.

In the US, Melinda taught many others what she learned from her various coaches along the way working with private clients and guest lecturing at New York’s
New School. She’s thrilled to be able to do the same in Singapore.

Additionally, Melinda is a passionate volunteer. She uses her training skills as a Master Global Facilitator for USA Girl Scouts Overseas, traveling to different parts of Asia to train leaders.

Melinda and her husband Thomas Hiemstra have been living in Singapore with their two children since 2012.

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