Since there’s a marriage between speaking and writing, I also write books and magazine articles about child behavior and guidance. If a person is going to speak to audiences about a topic, it’s natural to put those words on paper and publish. Most of my colleagues do both speaking and writing.
With my education background, I’m contracted to teach Ohio Health & Safety curriculum to childcare providers, and I am adjunct faculty at an Ohio university.
How much travel does all of that require?
What topics do you address?
Those are just a few of my presentation. I posted a menu of topics on my website so event planners don’t have to think up a topic, they can just select.
So, what has prepared you for this career?
I’ve also been a Psychiatric Chaplain, Certified Parent Educator, and Educational Consultant with Discovery Toys. Every one of those experiences funnels into my work today. For example, teaching preschool helps me empathize today with childcare providers and preschool teachers – been there, done that – and I understand what can be frustrating and what is fun. Being a chaplain gave me valuable training in counseling and public relations. While my daughters were young and I was a SAHM, I sold Discovery Toys to benefit my daughters and supplement our family income. That job helped me be tenacious and to learn more about quality education products for children.
My most recent job was serving as a parent educator for the Kansas City, Missouri school district. There I visited with parents one-on-one and shared specific child development information, answered questions, provided resources and support for the parents, did health screenings, and modeled parenting skills. As a requirement for the job, I took hundreds of hours of continuing education in child development and parent education. That job was the springboard into what I do today.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to start speaking professionally?
At first, speak to small groups and get comfortable in front of people. The best piece of advice I heard early in my career was to make mistakes before small audiences. Improve, then go on to the larger audiences.
If anyone wants advice and encouragement, my published speaking articles are now all together in a booklet, You Can Speak. I offer it for $10, to those who want to launch and maintain a successful speaking career. Anyone can receive this booklet by mailing $10 to me at: PO Box 1302, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.Finally, all work and no play isn’t healthy.
Thanks for this opportunity to share with your readers. It’s been fun, and I hope helpful to everyone.