Tell us about yourself; who are you and what do you do for fun?
I live in San Diego and get a kick out of exploring the ocean beaches and the mountains. I also go to a great many yoga classes. I love nourishing deep friendships as well as meeting new people.
What got you into speaking? Is it what you expected?
I spent most of my life hating the fact that I have a speech impediment and coordination differences as the result of cerebral palsy. It seemed so unfair. About eight years ago, I started to open up and try new things like traditional yoga and laughter yoga. Then the opportunity to speak at a conference presented itself. As I spoke to that audience, I noticed they were deeply moved by my message and presentation-style. At that moment, I realized that the voice and body I had spent so much of my life despising was in fact a profound gift. From that point on, I’ve been determined to share that gift
Tell us about your hardest moment as a speaker so far.
Actually years of moments. That moment that used to repeat over and over again was knowing I had what it took to speaker, but having no idea how to market myself or make a living as a speaker
What has been your biggest success as a speaker so far?
My biggest success by far is when people take big new actions as the result of hearing me speak. For instance, several years ago, a woman heard me speak who had had a dream of putting on a one woman show for twenty years. She had given up on this dream. Somehow, my words inspired her into action and within a few months of hearing me, she had put on her first one woman show.
What was your biggest struggle before finding The Speaker Lab?
Before I bought and started going through Booked and Paid To Speak, the speaking profession seemed deeply confusing to me. There are so many books, so many trainers, so many programs, so many services. It was hard to see how anything fit together in the coherent way.
How has The Speaker Lab helped you and your business?
Booked and Paid to Speak has helped me appreciate all the different aspects involved in being a successful professional speaker and to take consistent actions towards achieving competence in each of them.
What is your number one goal over the next 6 months to a year?
My number one goal over the next 6 months to a year is to launch my new brand, website and book. The tagline of my new brand is Go Do Your Imperfect Best. My book is entitled “Awkwardly Awesome- Doing My Imperfect Best.”