as a door-to-door salesperson at age 11, selling burglar alarm warning stickers to people
who could not afford a real system! At age 16, I became known as "The Peep-Hole
Boy" of Ft. Lauderdale. When I knocked on your door and you asked, "Who is it?"
I would reply, "For $10 I'll install a peep-hole in your door, and you'll never
have to ask that question again!" Since then, I've learned that we're all
My first audience was in
junior high school—Mrs. Weir’s Sixth-grade English class. It was an oral
book report. Remember those days? I approached the front of the room,
clenched the lectern for support and managed to squeak out five words:
"Good afternoon, my name is . . ." I completely froze, forgot my name,
and never even started the book report!
Years later I realized the importance of
being an effective communicator, and in 1985, I joined a Toastmasters
club. During my "Icebreaker" speech, I saw the club President turn to
another woman and whisper, "He’s a natural!" I felt so proud, even
though I knew it was not all natural ability—I had practiced that speech
at least twenty times!
evening I realized that if one learns how to prepare and practice,
public speaking could be a wonderfully rewarding experience. Though
still nervous, I sought every opportunity to speak. Eventually I won
several speaking competitions and Toastmasters International declared me
the 1st place winner of my home state's Presentation Evaluation
Championship. Oglethorpe University in Atlanta hired me to teach their
executive presentation skills classes and people from all types of
organizations called me to help them improve their communication skills.
In 1988, my company, Simply Speaking, Inc.®, was born. A decade later in
1998, the National Speakers Association honored me with their
highest-earned award, the Certified Speaking Professional. The "CSP"
designation is held by less than 7% of the organization’s four thousand
a powerful communicator has a tremendous transfer value to everything we
do. Through my company’s workshops, I have witnessed transformations
going far beyond improved presentation skills, including increased
self-esteem, greater self-confidence and an increased desire to tackle
I have personally felt the debilitating fear
of public speaking, and I know what it is like to bask in the applause
and "great presentation" accolades. That is the feeling I want all
of our program participants to experience. Please
contact us to discuss your situation.