About Us

Who are the Communication Guys?
Basically, we’re two long-time friends who can’t seem to decide on a single job.

Here are just a few of the things we’ve done professionally:


We’ve spoken thousands of times to audiences as large as 20,000, in venues from small meeting rooms to sprawling civic stadiums. When it comes to communication in all its various forms, we’ve been there, done that, and probably made every mistake a communicator can make. Needless to say, we’ve learned a few lessons along the way.


Together, we’re the authors of 17 books on topics such as entrepreneurial thinking, the psychology of success, conflict resolution, and business skills. Our books have sold more than a million copies in nine languages and have been honored with two national writing awards.

Teach and Train Others

For years we’ve passed on our experience and expertise by training corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, senior management and sales teams, political leaders on Capitol Hill and in the White House, as well as pastors, professors, and a wide variety of other professionals.

And we can teach you too

We share a common belief and two privileges: Our belief is that your ability to communicate effectively impacts every area of your life. It’s where futures and fortunes are determined. Our privilege is to be able to help you learn this vital skill while we work together as lifelong friends.

You might say, we’re two men who have learned to be serious about their work without taking themselves too seriously.

We are the Communication Guys.

Hi, I’m Tim Downs.

I have a degree in Fine Arts, because Art was the only major I could find that didn’t bore me. I’ve worked as a freelance graphic designer, cartoonist, novelist, and professional speaker. At the age of 25 I was an internationally syndicated cartoonist. My work has appeared daily in newspapers from the New York Post to the Los Angeles Times, and as far away as Sumatra. No kidding—Sumatra.

I’m a speaker, an artist, and a compulsive doodler. I love all things creative, and I’ve taught hundreds of students from age 18 to 70 how to be more confident, compelling, and creative speakers and storytellers.

My wife’s name is Joy, and we’ve been married for 36 years. We have three grown children, a son and two daughters, and we’re blessed to live in beautiful North Carolina. Eat your heart out.

Hi, I’m Dr. Tom Barrett.

I hold two master’s degrees and a PhD in psychology. I spent 20 years as a “shrink” in private practice and now specialize in teaching communication skills, emotional intelligence, and business development to entrepreneurs and business leaders. In the defense industry alone, my training has been instrumental in generating over $30 billion in new business in the past ten years alone.

As an internationally recognized expert in the psychology of success, I have the honor of speaking to organizations around the world. Additionally, I’ve spent over 10,000 hours meeting one-on-one with Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.

My wife (Linda) and I have been married since the early part of the Cenozoic Era. We have two grown daughters and live in Leesburg, Virginia. I love all things outdoors: golfing, skiing, hunting, or outdoor dining with family and friends.

Contact the Communication Guys

If you’d like to find out more, you can contact us by email, and you can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About our Website

Our website uses Michael Hyatt’s outstanding Get Noticed! WordPress theme, and our WordPress site is hosted by BlueHost. Our web developer is Tommy Downs in Arlington, Virginia.

Our graphic design is done by Kels & Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. She uses Poppins as the font for the main headings, and Lora for the body text. Most of our website images are taken from AdobeImages.