Theola DeBose

Chief Communications Officer

Washington, United States of America (-05:00 UTC)Englishfrom Brooklyn, United States of America
$85 / hour
Content Marketing

Another strategy for attracting journalists. We can talk about how to figure out what topics to write about | Creating your message | Message and content review | Structuring the article | Promotional ideas | Creating an overall content strategy plan that meets your business goals

Public Relations

I've been a journalist so I know exactly what they want and how to engage them. I also have led national PR campaigns and have pitched to journalists. Whether it's a PR launch strategy, or new/ongoing reporter relationship building, or editing content, I am a media value add.

Social Media

Social media is a major part of your media strategy. Journalists use it to scout companies and find new topics to write about. Most founders leave this piece of their media plan behind or don't know how to include it.

Venting Frustration

Listening with a compassionate and strategic ear | Getting to the heart of the issue | Finding the opportunity in the pain point | Putting a plan together for next steps | Being an empathetic partner to the difficulties since I'm on the startup journey too

Mindset Coaching

Figuring out what's in the way | Addressing limiting beliefs that keep you stuck | Giving your goals an identity | Setting up rhythms for success | Separating the essential from the non-essential

Mentor Toolkit
over 8 years of experience

Using this public relations software to search for media on a topic, create a media list, engage with the reporters on the list through email and digital platforms for relationship-building and pitching.

Founding Partner
GraySide Media Group
Washington, United States of America
- present

We teach storytelling with purpose that moves others to action so that startups and founders in tech and social impact ventures can change the world through their work. Creator of Life After Journalism, a 10-week online for journalists to launch new careers.

Staff writer
The Washington Post
Washington, United States of America

Where I developed my spot-on filter for effective and action-oriented storytelling. I edited stories, interviewed people from all walks of life (35,000+), and wrote thousands of stories. Traveled the world – Haiti, England, France, Iraq, Jordan.

Reviews (10)
Wangene Hall
1 session
16 Jun 2020

Fantastic session with Theola! From the first few minutes, she provided incisive insight into our company, from the brand name to our strategy. Once we’d talked about the fundamentals, she suggested several thought-provoking frameworks for how to approach the media. She provided resources we could use and she suggested several clarifying, actionable exercises for us to complete. After that, we reviewed ways we could improve our internal processes to make our press strategy more efficient. Finally, we ended with next steps and time-based success criteria. I enjoyed her warmth, professionalism and keen insight. I’d highly recommend her for anyone looking to grow their media presence. If you want to level up, work with her!

Nadir Ziat
1 session
8 Jun 2020

Good session with Theola. Thanks.

1 session
7 Nov 2019

My session with Theola was simply great! I left our chat with a solid plan for how to approach my marketing and how to integrate myself and my goals more fully. I'm very grateful that she took the time to understand me and my business and tailored her advice to my specific situation. 🙏🏽

1 session
24 Oct 2019

Theola understands the needs and struggles of a self employed solopreneur and can relate to the issues one has to face with starting on their own. She helped me realise that clients journey is more important than we care to admit, which is crucial for success.

Geoffrey Bressan
1 session
11 Oct 2019

I came out of my session with Theola with actionable insights and actions to apply to my PR strategy right away. Really loved her advice about identifying and building our key messages by using "We believe" statements.

Aidan Goltra
1 session
19 Sep 2019

Had a great session with Theola! She has a really unique and compelling way to approach content strategy by focusing on the essential and core human drives first. We also talked about brass tacks stuff, of course, but I'm really excited to see how much more relatable and human this approach makes my clients' content.

Jessica Lynch
1 session
9 May 2019

Theola was the storytelling maven I needed to review an investor-facing demo video my startup is producing. Her input was thoughtful, inquisitive, and creative. She gave both high level messaging feedback and tangible steps to improve our video.

Henry Hernandez 👍
1 session
8 May 2019

Theola is great! Excellent insight into story telling and overcome some roadblock / challenges that were arising. Thanks Theola so much for your time, insight, and wisdom. You've given me new insight and perspective that was brought to the forefront that is invaluable! Thanks so much!

Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré
1 session
23 Apr 2019

Theola provided very practical advice for a podcast I am planning. After my phone call with her I several takeaways/thoughts that I hadn't considered even though I've been thinking about this podcast for months.

Faheem Iftikhar
1 session
2 Apr 2019

The most important thing I would appreciate about Theola was that apart from being very knowledgeable, she was able to understand my challenges exactly as I had on my mind with some very simplified on spot ideas and solutions which seemed pretty easy to follow. It was a great session, highly recommended. Thank you!