I used to say that I talk for a living…
– which is partially true, but it’s so much more than that.
My keynotes and training sessions are (of course) mostly talking. In my corporate consulting, though, I do more listening than talking – so I can discern where the fractures are in communication that lead to poor productivity and petty, distracting conflict.
As the daughter of a career Air Force officer, I grew up being uprooted and relocated every couple of years. This imbued me with a profound independence and ability to adapt to changing circumstances, learning to adapt to new stations and new people. The lessons I learned from my dad, “The Colonel” have helped me make smart decisions and overcome adversity with humility and a sense of humor.
My personal journey has traversed some dark and scary roads that included battles with and recovery from eating disorders and surviving two personal assaults. I am proud to be standing on the sunny side of those dark roads in triumph. My life’s journey has brought me to the conclusion that what happens to you in your life is not as important as how you choose to respond to what happens to you in your life.
In my varied career, I have navigated just about every aspect of corporate America – from trucking to achieving top-tier Sales Director status for a global cosmetics firm to managing a non-profit foundation. Since stepping away from corporate America to work for myself, I have had the privilege to speak in seven countries to associations, organizations, federal, state and local governments, as well as Fortune 500 companies – helping them improve the effectiveness of their communication, increase productivity, increase employee engagement and reduce unnecessary conflict.
I lead by example, because I refuse to place limits on myself. I show others how to expand their comfort zones into a realm of personal and professional influence and fulfillment. The combination of my personal and professional journeys has brought me to a place where I can guide others – women, men, executives, managers, employees and entrepreneurs alike – in their quest for significance, passing through good to grasp great; passing beyond survival and into triumph.
I pride myself on my ability to relate to and energize everyone from the custodial staff to C-Level executives. I am a master storyteller, delivering insightful, inspirational and relevant content that empowers people to absorb and act upon what they’ve heard – and I do so in an entertaining manner with a dry sense of humor that keeps them chuckling while they’re learning.
I also make sure to have some fun along the way— because if you can’t have a little fun along the road, why travel it at all?
In all walks of life, there are those who talk and those who do. While both matter, the manner in which we do each is crucial. What we say matters. How we interact matters. How we treat others matters. You will have realized significance when people who describe you are not talking about what you have achieved for yourself but rather what you have accomplished for the benefit of others.