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A stage play...
A television commercial...
A boardroom presentation...
A press conference...

Each of these informs, persuades, entertains, inspires...in short, each communicates. Their venues, audiences and content surely differ, but the skills required of the actor/speaker/business person to reach his or her respective communication goals are virtually identical.

So, my segue from a 20-plus-year career as a stage, television and voice-over actor to a public speaking instructor was a natural one. Classically trained in acting, I have worked with and studied under some of the most respected directors and voice and speech coaches in the country.

This training has given me an extensive vocal and physical vocabulary and an awareness of how my presentation impacts my audience on all levels. Preparation, organization of thoughts and utilization of problem-solving strategies have all factored into my professional experience. Yet I maintain these skills can be learned and crafted by anyone, with the proper instruction and guidance.

I started The Speaker's Edge in 1999 to give business professionals communications training that went beyond preparing them to do an isolated presentation or media interview. Helping clients develop a visual, physical and spoken image that establishes instant credibility, in every business situation, is essential to the training. Clients play an active role in defining their goals, giving them ownership of the training process and outcomes.

My work with CEOs, executives, and attorneys of major corporations and law firms has proven to be invaluable support in helping these clients focus their thinking, direct how their message is perceived, and transform the way they view being in the "spotlight." Clients emerge from my training as skilled communicators capable of navigating any speaking situation with confidence and ease.

Diversity inclusion training is yet another area of my expertise and passion. I am a certified Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an assessment tool used to build intercultural competency for individuals and groups within organizations.

I am currently an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), a former board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners—Minnesota chapter, and a former member of the Guthrie Theater’s Community Advisory Committee.


 

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