About Barnes Team Media
Do your knees knock when you have to speak in public?
Are you afraid of looking dumb on camera?
Many executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs are hiding from opportunities to talk in public or be on camera because they’re nervous, uncomfortable or don’t know what to say.
We’re Kim & Mike Barnes. We’ve spent decades on the air (even anchored together!) and we’re here to help!
We teach you strategies and coach you to shorten your learning curve and help you be the most impactful and effective communicator you can be!
However, it didn’t always come naturally for us.
One of us was so shy he couldn’t even stand up in class to introduce himself. One of us had a terrible twang.
If we learned to overcome our challenges to have a career presenting ourselves, you can, too! And, it doesn’t have to take years like it did us!
Kim Barnes brings 30 years of on-camera experience, including 15 years of news reporting experience, to clients on the other side of the microphone. She knows what to look for in an interview, how to ask questions and how to get the best answers. She’s been able to use these abilities to help those who are being interviewed look better, sound better, and say the right things.
Before becoming a trainer in 2004, Kim spent 12 years at KVUE-TV in Austin and 3 years at KWTX-TV in Waco. She covered many national stories including the Branch Davidian Stand-off near Waco and the Olympic Bombing in Atlanta. Barnes was the primary reporter covering the Austin City Council and other city issues for many years. She’s interviewed thousands of people during her career. During her seven years as weekend anchor, she was called to be the newsroom leader in putting together top-rated newscasts.
Kim has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, with honors. She has also taught broadcast journalism classes at her alma mater.
Kim has worked with tech companies, non-profits, doctors, company owners, authors and others to train them for public speaking and television and print interviews, locally and nationally.
Kim is a Community Advisor for the Assistance League of Austin, serves on the Advisory Board of the Communication Department at Concordia and is an active member of her church. She also still appears on camera regularly, including an interview segment she hosts, “FYI Austin” on KVUE. She also does on camera and voiceover work for corporate clients.
Mike Barnes brings more 30 years of communication expertise to clients. He knows how to tailor your presentations to the audience, how to connect with the viewer of your video and how to stand out from the crowd.
Mike spent thirty years as an award-winning television sportscaster, including 29+ at KVUE-TV in Austin. During that time Mike was honored as “Best in Austin” 17 times and won several Associated Press awards for “Best Sportscaster” and “Best Sportscast” in the state of Texas. He also won a prestigious Murrow Award for Sports Reporting. Mike has been a sought-after speaker or emcee for prestigious events.
Mike is ready to help you tackle your big event. He covered four Super Bowls, three NCAA National Championship games, five Final Fours, nine College World Series, 12 bowl games and 24 Texas-OU games during his time as a sportscaster.
Mike is a master at many skills that you can use in communication. He has advised “Ted Talk” presenters on the best methods, helped business owners understand how to connect on-camera, and uses a “block system” for presentations that helps scripted situations keep the high energy of an ad-lib style. Mike knows presentations are about more than just your Power Point and his tips can help you win over the audience, the client, or the company.
Mike has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kim & Mike have been married for 27 years and have two young adult children. With their crazy schedules they've always cherished family time. Mike is affectionately known as “Clark Griswold” from the movie “Vacation” always looking for unique attractions and experiences, especially on summer road trips.
The family has lots of stories (and pictures) to show for them.