My name is Dave Menzies and I’m an award-winning PR and media relations coach, consultant and trainer. Back in 2007, I walked away from a job at a PR agency that was squeezing money out of clients by making public relations into some incredibly complex, mysterious thing that requires a ton of cash.

Dave Menzies PR Coach Consultant Trainer
Dave Menzies, President, Innovative Public Relations

Since then, I’ve run my consultancy — Innovative Public Relations — with an eye toward educating clients about PR as well as providing them with proven effective strategic messaging, PR, and media relations consulting services.

I enjoy the education thing so much I’ve started mentoring young startup companies in my home state of North Carolina, and have branched-out into offering coaching and training services to individuals, groups, businesses and nonprofits who want to learn how to do PR themselves.

“Dave helped us launch a brand-new product into the marketplace. The key messages and plan of attack he built were on the money, enabling us to reach prospects by getting stories about our product and company in national industry publications.” – Product Design Firm

As far as my background goes, I’ve spent 27 years on both sides of the PR fence — as a newspaper editor and public relations professional — which I rely on for developing and executing targeted publicity and branding campaigns for clients. In addition to mentoring startups I try to keep up as an active blogger, as well as serving as editor/publisher for Startup TechWire, reporting on business, innovation, and education for America’s vibrant startup community.

Over the years I’ve served a wide variety of B2B and B2C clients in numerous industries including:

Manufacturing | Healthcare | Biometrics | Defense | Datacenter | RFID | Clean Energy | Biotechnology | Analytical Instrumentation | Pharmaceutical Manufacturing | Contract Research Organizations (Pharma) | Professional Services | Pharmacovigilance | Nonprofit/Trade Associations | Intellectual Property/Patent Law | Information Technology | Retail | Product Design and Engineering | Software

News Media Resource

I continue to write opinion pieces for high-profile business and technology news outlets, and from time to time I’m interviewed on subjects ranging from publicity and branding to important issues affecting specific industries to challenges facing entrepreneurs. I’m available to news outlets to serve as a quotable expert or to author opinion pieces from 500-1,500 words.

If you are a member of the news media looking for an op-ed or quotable resource, you can reach me directly at (910) 899-8935 or


I’m happy to help businesses, events, and organizations looking for an engaging, approachable public speaker by leading interactive sessions on public relations strategies. From intimate gatherings of a half-dozen people to crowds of 50 or more attendees, I can deliver insights and real-world examples of do’s and don’ts with actionable takeaways that make a difference.

For information on booking me as a speaker, presenter, or panelist at your event or corporate retreat please fill-out the form below or call me (910) 899-8935.