Jul 01 2011
- My intention is to guide and inspire leaders to be real and relevant heroes in their own stories and the stories of their organizations or causes, heroes who transform hearts and minds, and create solutions for a vibrant and peaceful world, every day.
I believe that everyone has something to say and everyone deserves to be heard and I have a passion for helping people express themselves. I also believe that everyone has moments and times where they are more alive, effective, and filled with opportunity, strength and potential than others and that a focus on the intention that creates that vital energy makes us stronger and more engaged and engaging. I want to find that for everyone and get the world pumped up on that vitality, sharing ideas and creating stuff that moves us all to more glorious lives. That’s why I do what I do, and that’s why I have this blog.
I lived and worked as a musical performing artist for the first part of my career life. About 18 years ago, my new life partner introduced me to the world of business, a world where many have trouble being heard and don’t even know it! At my first conference, I was horrified at the lack of engagement in the presentations and conversations I heard. Were they bored? Disinterested? Unprepared? Ever since, I’ve been working with business people as a public speaking expert to help them clarify and express their ideas and to deliver them with influential confidence so they can compete and win. Consider this: business people today are not prepared to be entertainers and yet, when you are on a video conference call in the morning, in the eyes of your colleagues, you are being compared to the news anchor they saw the night before, whether you want to be or not!
In 2005, I wrote a book, Can You Hear Me Now? 31 days to harnessing the power of your vocal impact. It’s a primer in vocal impact for the uninitiated. In addition, I have been the public speaking expert and communications trainer for many successful business clients at companies such as Cisco, Intel, Hyperion Solutions, Disney, Boeing, CA, British Petroleum, First American, Verify, Invensys, Symantec, and Nissan. I’ve coached speakers for TEDMED and TEDx, and been a guest on the KNX Business Hour, the Wayne and Jane Show, and other national radio programs. I also love to speak and have shared my ideas about vocal impact with organizations such as IABC, Women in Business, NAFE, E-Women, Rotary, The UCLA Alumni Association, CASE, and many others.
In my other life, I am still a performing artist. I am a Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Fellow, and I’ve performed my solo act in Southern California at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the world famous Cinegrill, The Gardenia, and in Las Vegas. My solo album, Sojourn, was released in 2000. Later, I got a crazy idea for a holiday album that celebrated diversity. Christmas Caravan was born. Another project I just love is Musical Stories, with composer/pianist Edward Barnes. My YouTube channel includes clips from various performances. Please check them out here.