Keynotes & Presentations
The goal of my keynotes is to motivate and inspire by sharing interesting ideas in the most engaging way possible. This means having a clear understanding of your audience and event objectives.
I speak about taking charge of your career, business, and life. I leverage my many years of experience in storytelling, entrepreneurship, human resources, and as a credentialed career coach to listen, facilitate, and teach.
Whether it’s a panel, a conference or a small special interest club, I enjoy dynamic conversations around the themes of inclusion, freedom, justice, marketing, business, career, and creativity.
I’m happy to speak at your book store event, small book club, large conference audience, retreat, classroom, special interest group, podcast audience, or contribute a customized article for your blog or newsletter.
I’ve given sermons at liberal places of worship, taught small group workshops for writer’s groups, served as a guest speaker in academic classes, and have spoken at large conferences. I appreciate speaking in-person, by phone or webinar with a customized topic or any of my signature topics below.
My topics are suitable for a variety of time-frames to fit event needs.
Discovering Your Dream Career Through Storytelling
Storytelling is tried and true right-brain creative process that enhances the factors most important for career management: imagination, innovative problem solving, and creative thinking. Leveraging this method, you’ll use storytelling to review and reflect on your career identity, values, needs, desires, strengths, and aptitudes to find meaningful work in a relentlessly shifting global marketplace. Through the use of personal stories, we will discuss past experiences, present situations, and future aspirations so that you leave the session with a realistic action-oriented plan to create an authentic career path you’re excited about.
Ideal Session Type: Workshop or Presentation. Ideal Audience: General
Your Creative Career: Mistakes You're Making and How to Fix Them
You’ve invested a lot time, money, and heartache into your creative career. You want to make sure your return on investment isn’t destroyed by mistakes you could easily avoid, but simply aren’t aware of. Learn 15 detrimental mistakes authors make and how to fix them. You’ll learn valuable strategies to grow your business, increase your sales, save time and money, and achieve your goals. Fixing just one of these mistakes can make a huge difference in your career; imagine if you fixed all of them. Your potential is limitless.
Ideal Session Type: Keynote, Workshop or Presentation. Ideal Audience: Writers & Authors
Getting Past Negative Experiences: Healing Through Storytelling
We can’t change the past. The good news is not only can we change how we perceive our past, but we can control our future circumstances regardless of our present situation. What you’ve done or what was done to you; does not define you: You are not your past. The past is written, but your future’s pages are blank. You are the architect and author of your future. How does your story end? Let’s write! Studies have proven time and time again that there is power in the written word. We will harness that power and energy for inspiration and deep healing.
In this session, you will learn strategies for turning your emotions into fuel to support your happiness, instead of holding you back. We will acknowledge the pain; its healthy to experience negative emotions for a reasonable amount of time. Afterwards, you will create a more positive mindset through storytelling. You will experience a proactive and healing “happily ever after” to the story of your life.
Ideal Session Type: Workshop or Presentation. Ideal Audience: General
10 Steps to A Powerful Author Bio: The Foundation of Your Author Platform
Despite what you may have heard, increasing your book sales is not a numbers game, it’s a people game. A “good” author bio will introduce you to potential readers, use keywords, and make your real-world accomplishments sing. This session isn’t about having a “good”, aka “average” author bio. You can’t afford to be just average in this highly saturated and competitive book industry.
This session is about having an outstanding and powerful author bio that gets results far beyond just introductions and sharing your credentials. Lots of people talk about how to build an author platform, yet they skim over the author bio, if they even mention it at all. Your author bio is the genuine foundation of your author platform. It’s the fountain in which every other aspect of your platform aligns with and supports.
Successful writers have a bio that works on multiple levels. Writers serious about building a long-lasting and successful author platform, make creating an outstanding author bio a serious priority. In this session you will learn ten steps to create a genuine author bio that resonates with a variety of readers, serves as a powerful marketing tool, and provides your platform with the solid foundation it needs to get results.
Ideal Session Type: Keynote, Workshop, or Presentation. Ideal Audience: Writers & Authors, Creatives
LGBTQ+ Career Power: Using Storytelling to Solidify Values, Explore Opportunities, and Take Action
LGBTQ+ workers encounter unique challenges in the workplace such as identity confusion, guarding their sexual orientations, coming out at work, discrimination and prejudice, and gender transition. They also often face the lack of LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, benefits and practices at work. In this session, you will discover your dream career and ideal employer through storytelling. Storytelling is tried and true right-brain creative process that enhances the factors most important for career management: imagination, innovative problem solving, and creative thinking. We will discuss "how out do you want to be?” at work, how to research employers that are accepting of LGBTQ+ employees, resume writing, and interviewing.
By deliberately addressing the unique career management challenges of LGBTQ+ head-on, we debate and share meaningful solutions. You will also review and reflect on your career identity, values, needs, desires, strengths, and skills to find meaningful work in a relentlessly shifting global marketplace. Through the use of personal stories, we will discuss past experiences, present situations, and future aspirations so that you leave the session with a realistic action-oriented plan to create an authentic career path you’re excited about.
Ideal Session Type: Workshop or Presentation. Ideal Audience: LBGTQ+
Pull your passion off the back-burner! How to do what you love in life without being broke all the time - How to be financially free so you can pursue your passion (when your passion costs or doesn’t make money!
You should be able to afford pursing your creative expression! Money should not be a barrier to doing what you love in life. Life is just too short! You deserve better. When you’re not pursing your passion and purpose in life, it eats away at the core of your soul. For creatives, its particularly detrimental, because for many, our creative expression is also a spiritual one. A Starving Artist is someone who’s starving financially, emotionally, and spiritually.
The bottom line is your financial situation should not keep you from doing what you love. In this keynote, I share my story of transition from federal employee to creative entrepreneur. I share how I published my first book while working in Human Resources during the day and attending graduate school at night.
You’ll learn how I left a great paying federal job to work for myself in a career portfolio of multiple businesses. I’ll share my wins and fails. I’ll also share the specific strategies I used to earn money and create the time needed to enjoy a lifestyle that allows me to follow my passions. I’ll offer suggestions and tips on how you can apply this to your own life.
In most cases you will need “seed money” to get started and a stable income to allow you to continue to enjoy what you’re passionate about, even if it makes much less money or actually costs you money. The bottom line is you should be able to afford to do what you love in life. If you don’t have the money, then this keynote is for you.
Ideal Session Type: Keynote. Ideal Audience: Aspiring Creative Entrepreneurs, General
It’s about Time: Preciousness, Power, and Culture - Since the Mayans first developed three different calendars, notions of time and time management have had a cultural component. What does the way we regard time tell us about our culture? What’s the relationship between time and power? Time and balance? Time and our values? This is a 20 to 30-minute sermon or lecturette.
Ideal Session Type: Keynote, Sermon, or Presentation. Ideal Audience: General
Discovering & Growing Your Author Platform (can also be a five-part series, half day or full day. Each part is ideally 60-90 minutes)
In these sessions you will articulate the Why behind your writing and be excited about How you will get others to care about your Why. This matters because people don’t buy books: they buy entertainment, inspiration, or education. Believe it or not, the best time to build your platform is before you’ve published any books. There are numerous ways to build your author platform and you only need to do a few well to be successful.
This session is about creating awareness of many of the platform-building methods, discovering which you prefer based on your personality, comfort level, and goals, and growing your platform into a consistent and meaningful entity that attracts prospective readers and strengthens relationship with your loyal fans. This session emphasizes strategies that catered to platform building before a book has been published and for new authors with less than three books available for public consumption.
Part 1: The Foundation: Branding Fundamentals with an Authentic & Powerful Author Bio
Part 2: Social Sharing Online: Social Media, Quora & Blogging
Part 3: Connecting with Readers: Goodreads, Book clubs, and Conferences
Part 4: Author Website Asset: Content Decisions, Copy Writing, & Content Marketing
Part 5: Easy Self Promotion: Your Book, Business Cards, Writing Samples, & Networking
Ideal Session Type: Workshop or Presentation. Ideal Audience: Writers & Authors
In addition to my topics, I enjoy serving on panels around the following topics:
- Making The Most of Writers Groups
- Advanced Pre-Publication Marketing Strategies
- LGBTQ Issues in Fiction
- Diversity in Fiction (Diversity of all kinds such as gender, race, economic means, or religion)
- Motivational Inspiration & Career/Personal Development
- Business & Marketing of Writing & Publishing
- Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
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