Finding the right speaker for an event can be a challenging task. A speaker will literally make the event successful, or cause a variety of headaches for the event coordinator. This is why I never approach two events in the same way. Each event is going to be different - different demographics, different themes, different timing - even if the speaking topic is the same.
My roots in public speaking go back to junior high when I first tried out for the school play. I only had a few lines as a lost boy in Peter Pan, but I fell in love with the stage. I wanted more. However, there was a problem: I couldn't sing. An accomplished instrumentalist in my high school jazz band, I was not a singer and there was nothing I could do about it. Our school produced musicals, so I didn't even try out my first year in high school. When I finally mustered up the courage to try out, I discovered something interesting; the musicals my school produced had a role which required very little singing. And the directors recognized this and placed me in these highly important, supporting roles. But that is as far as my acting career went.
Once I entered the professional world, I soon found that I still had a knack for the stage. But this was different. I wasn't pretending to be someone I wasn't. I had the job of communicating complex topics to others in a way they could understand. At first, I found this to be an extremely challenging task. The good thing about speaking is that you are able to learn from your experiences, and over time I found that I had a natural ability to put myself in my audiences shoes.
A graduate of the SCORRE Conference, I have had the opportunity of speaking all over the country and in various settings. From keynote speeches, to training seminars or break-out sessions, I do my best to integrate interesting stories with practical learning.
What to Expect
I understand the importance of hitting a home run on each speech, so you can expect me to be planning for it. This means that I will want to have a conversation with you about the audience, and your objective for the speech. We will probably do this through a combination of e-mail and phone conversations.
You will have my personal mobile number so that you can reach out to me with any matter of concern. My assistant will always be available too, but I want to ensure that you and I are on the same page. So feel free to contact me. Communication is the only way to ensuring alignment.
I give speeches and present seminars on many different topics. For a listing of all available topics, contact me here.