speaking

Why have me speak?

Why have anyone speak?

In this era of powerpoints and video on demand, of tabbed browsing and multimedia everything, why speak?

Why bother to have a person in the room at all?

Because there’s something about it; a real person, with real presence, will take you on a journey.

Speaking is storytelling that means something.

It gives you a chance to listen, to truly hear, to be cracked open in a world that heralds open doors but prefers to slam them shut.

Because when you are open, anything is possible.

And possibility is the window

where you feel the wind of change begin to blow.

Not everyone is ready.

Not everyone is willing.

But if you are,

you’ve come to the right place.

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Why me?  Why not someone else?

Because this isn’t just a job for me, it’s a calling, and it shows.

 

I absolutely adore public speaking.  I love giving talks, I love sharing ideas, I love making them compelling and real and interesting in ways that they didn’t seem to be.  I love giving old concepts new twists, and I love leaving my audiences with something to chew on.

People have called me powerful, magical, energetic, passionate, engaged.

But it’s more than that.  It’s a craft I’ve honed despite myself–because I had to, because it’s not something I could turn away.  I came to love it later, and I never disconnect from that power.  I can’t phone it in.  So I’m always all-in, all-there, all-present.  I get to have that feeling of wonder, of triumph, of transformation every time.

I used to be petrified of speaking. I was that kid who couldn’t raise my voice above a whisper.

If you had told me in seventh grade that public speaking would become one of my favorite parts of my work, I would have laughed…or burst into tears.

In fact, if you’d told me at the beginning of seminary that speaking was going to be something I loved, I’d have smiled and shaken my head.

But it is.

 

I take risks and bring everyone with me, because I’m still amazed every day by the power of the spoken word, and I use it for all it’s got.  I’m an edgy speaker with a touch of slam poetry style, a strong sense of mischief, and an equal dose of depth.  My talks have strong didactics, useful examples, and memorable stories.  But there’s something else:

I  take people right up to the brink, one step further, and then we go flying.

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I can speak on a wide variety of topics; click here for the list.  Typically I speak between 20 minutes and an hour, but other lengths and topics can be arranged; let me know when you contact me and we can discuss it.

how to hire me:

Contact me using the form below.  Tell me how long, what your audience and organization are, and the topic you’d like to hear.  My speaking fees vary depending on a number of factors, including context, topic, and length.  One hour corporate keynotes start at $4300 plus expenses.