My first coaching gig was in high school, when I was asked to tutor other kids. Those who know me today will be surprised to learn that I was painfully shy back then, and preferred my wallflower status. But tutoring taught me I had a knack for explaining things and helping others do their best. Even as a waitress in college, the restaurants I worked for asked me to train new employees. So my training career was apparently inevitable.
My first job out of college was on a TV news assignment desk, where I saw a communications gap between the people who cover the news and the people who want their news covered. Most everyone had good stories to tell – they were just incapable of telling them in a way any normal person would care about. Once I arrived in corporate America, I saw the same problem – good messages getting lost in a lot of muck.
After a career in TV news, public affairs and public relations, I struck out on my own in 2003. I have been listening to clients rehearse their speeches and presentations ever since: Keynotes, investor meetings, introductions, emcee scripts, quarterly earnings calls, product launches, strategy updates, motivational talks, acceptance speeches; you name it, I've heard it. My clients are in finance, banking, investments, insurance, agriculture, food and healthcare. Clients started asking me to take the microphone and do the talking, launching my speaking-about-speaking career. Today, I give speeches about speeches, coach individuals and teams and provide online courses.
Founder, What's Your Point?
Sole Proprietor, Minneapolis
VP, Media Trainer
Weber Shandwick, Minneapolis
For Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III
KSAX-TV, Alexandria, MN