James V. O'Connor
Communicating with Civility
As a public relations professional, James O'Connor transfers his techniques as a corporate spokesperson to the individual. He believes people can strengthen their image and earn respect by communicating with civility. Byadjusting what they say and how they say it, they can improve their business and personal relationships, and find greater peace of mind.
O'Connor has cleverly packaged his thought-provoking messages under the banner of the Cuss Control Academy. Since founding the Academy in 1998, he has convinced thousands of adults and students that the problem with swearing is not the words, but the tone and the attitude behind them. A confessed occasional cusser who was once a chronic curser, O'Connor shares the humor
of swearing with his audience while advocating control and discretion.
James V. O'Connor has worked in PR for four Fortune 500 companies.
"Cursing Feels Good, But It Sounds Bad"
In his most popular presentation, O'Connor states that we need to cope, not cuss. He distinguishes between casual and causal swearing, and enlightens audiences on how both impact the way others perceive us. His tips for taming our tongue are
sensible suggestions that help us communicate effectively, demonstrate emotional control, be more pleasant, and reduce stress.
O'Connor is the author of CUSS CONTROL The Complete Book on How to Curb your
Cursing(Three Rivers Press). He has appeared nationally on Oprah, The View, the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, The Early Show, CNN, and dozens of TV news programs across the country. He has been interviewed on nearly 500 radio programs and featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, including USA Today, TIME, Biography, Investors
Business Daily, Forbes, ClO, Training, Successful Meetings, The National Enquirer, House & Garden, Redbook, and Family Circle.
What the media are saying about Jim O'Connor:
Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show:
"Jim O'Connor teaches people
how to stop swearing. I agree that swearing is terrible, and I'm going to quit."
Joel Stein, TIME magazine:
"I scheduled an appointment with Jim O'Connor of the Cuss Control Academy. Fellow student Jonathan Rix said it changed his life."
"It might be tempting to dismiss O'Connor as a crusader, but he comes across as rational, down to earth, and possessing an easy sense of humor."
Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post:
"O'Connor is a nice man. He used to curse himself until he thought about it. He argues that all the unleashed cuss words are chipping away at civility."
Rebecca Bovenmeyer, Smart Workplace Practices:
"O'Connor says employees want workers who are upbeat, can deal with daily aggravations, and can confront problems with an I-can-fix-it attitude."
Jacqueilyn Floyd, Dallas Morning News:
"O'Connor challenges people to
give up cursing. I agree with him. Cursing is tacky, offensive, pointless and make you look like a lout."
Karen Peterson, USA TODAY:
"O'Connor says profanity is lazy language that reveals more about the swearer than the subject of the cursing."
Deanna Isaacs, Reader's Guide:
"It's easy to think positively about O'Connor. He's funny and he's touched a nerve with a lot of people. Who can argue with a plea for a return to civility?"
Christopher Noxon, Los Angeles Times:
"To O'Connor, curbing your cursing is akin to fighting crime by ticketing vandals - you prevent
the big things from ever happening."
Ellen Creager, Knight Ridder News Service:
"The best reason to stop swearing, says O'Connor, is to raise other people's opinion of you. Others might not say anything when you swear, but are judging your personality and character."
William Norich, House & Garden:
O'Connor is a man whose time has definitely arrived."