Charlie Mechem is a man of great experience, wisdom, and joy. His book, Total Anecdotal, and podcast, 15 Minutes with Charlie, were made to share some of those insights and help you become a better presenter.

Charlie’s accomplishments are great.  Here are some highlights from his career:



  • Native of Ohio. Graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1952 and from The Yale Law School, 1955.

  • Practiced law with the firm of Taft Stettinius and Hollister from 1955 to 1967 with three years hiatus while serving in the United States Army. Eighteen months as an enlisted man and eighteen months as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

  • Served as Chairman and CEO of Taft Broadcasting Company and its successor Great American Broadcasting Company from 1967 until 1989.

  • Returned to Taft Stettinius and Hollister for a brief time before being named Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association in October 1990.

  • Served as LPGA Commissioner until December 31, 1995.

  • Has acted as personal business advisor to the late Arnold Palmer and to golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Has also acted as personal business advisor to golfers Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam and Dottie Pepper.

  • Has served on numerous corporate and foundation boards. Served as non-executive Chairman of U.S. Shoe, Cincinnati Bell and Convergys Corporation.

  • In addition to his primary career, Mechem sat on the Presidential Board of Advisors on Private Sector Initiatives from 1985-1987. He was bestowed Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from both Miami University in 1980 and Ohio University in 1984. In 2000 he was named a Great Living Cincinnatian, the highest honor that can be awarded by the City of Cincinnati.

Charlie and his wife Marilyn have three children, Melissa who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dan who lives in La Quinta, California and Allison who lives in Boulder, Colorado.