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lee_learnaboutmeYou’re probably agreeing with what I’ve been saying and understand that you want and need to learn the art of speaking, but you might be wondering why you should work with me. Well, let me tell you a story …

My nickname as a kid was “Motormouth”. I could talk to anyone, at any time, about anything. I would talk nonstop to friends, to teachers, to my family and even to strangers. I was the first kid to raise my hand to volunteer to read out loud or give a presentation in class. I was a cheerleader, enjoyed speech class, and never felt the fear (OK, terror) that a lot of people feel when speaking to a group of people, but something was missing. I could talk to anyone, but that doesn’t mean I was good at it. Because I was open and not shy, I sometimes came across as loud or bossy. Being outgoing could be off-putting to some people, and while I enjoyed being the center of attention, it didn’t mean that I had anything important to say. I had the voice, the confidence, and the habit, but I didn’t have the skills or finesse to communicate effectively. I needed to go from being “Motormouth” to being well-spoken. I needed to tone down a bit and listen as much as I talked.

At some point during my college years, I’m not even sure when or how, I went from loud, confident, and boisterous to quiet, awkward, and afraid to speak up. Why? Because it wasn’t ladylike or polite to talk nonstop.

I went completely the other direction, and even when I felt like jumping up and speaking out, I didn’t. I became the “good girl”. I spent a lot of years like that, but being quiet just wasn’t me. I had something to say, and I just needed to learn how to say it. I needed to find my voice and use it to my advantage, and so my speaking journey began. I just didn’t know it at the time.

I’ve never liked labels; I feel that they box people in and limit their lives–that they think more about what they should be doing, not what they want to be doing. Let’s face it, if you’re not doing what you love, you’re just marking time, counting down the days to the weekend, or to your annual two-week vacation. You might have started out with big dreams, but somewhere along the way, life got in the way.

I’m no exception to that. After college, I spent most of the early years of my career following the rules, learning how to do my job well, showing up to work on time, giving my career my time and energy, and doing everything by the book. But, honestly, it was sucking the life out of me. I needed to be my own boss. I needed to see something GROW and PROSPER. I needed room to breathe and the financial freedom to do what I wanted, when I wanted, and how I wanted. I took the plunge 20 years ago and started my own business. I haven’t regretted it for a minute (well, maybe for a minute, but getting through the speed bumps was part of the process). I found my voice, my confidence, and I fine-tuned my ability to speak well. I learned everything I could about speaking and presenting, and used those new-found skills to grow my business, but I still had a dream to take speaking to a new level and finally did in 2002, starting with sales presentations to leadership at hospitals and clinics, branching out to speaking at industry conferences, and, finally, speaking to outside groups.

It’s taken time and a lot of support from my amazing husband and a wonderful team of friends and employees, but I finally am in a place that makes my soul happy. Not just a little happy, but ridiculously, laugh-out- loud happy, the kind that I can’t hold inside, no matter how hard I try! So, I’ve stopped trying to hold it inside! I love sharing what I’ve learned, what mistakes I’ve made, what amazing people I’ve met and worked with along the way and want EVERYONE to experience that insane happiness through business growth training, one-on-one coaching, and professional speaking.

I’ve spent 20 years studying the best speakers and the best coaches, looking to see what they have in them that sets them apart from those that are mediocre, at best. I have taken courses, done workshops, have worked with coaches, and have taken dozens of notebooks worth of notes, all to learn how to be the best speaker I can possibly be. I’ve given thousands of speeches and presentations, have closed $1.8 BILLION in sales for my companies, have received awards for business growth, and have been in the INC 500 and INC 5000 lists of the Fastest Growing Companies in America seven times (so far)! I have given speeches to CEOs, department managers, boards of directors, VPs of Purchasing, entrepreneurs, people in MLMs, women’s groups, CEO groups, sales teams, and just about anyone you can think of. I have given presentations to two people and to 1,200 people. I have helped hundreds of others find their story, put together keynote speeches, improve their sales pitches (and increase sales), and have worked on countless slideshows, turning them from average to spectacular! I love what I’ve learned and I love speaking, but more than that – I LOVE helping others become the speakers they are meant to be, in whatever capacity fits them best.

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lee_learnaboutmeYou’re probably agreeing with what I’ve been saying and understand that you want and need to learn the art of speaking, but you might be wondering why you should work with me. Well, let me tell you a story …

My nickname as a kid was “Motormouth”. I could talk to anyone, at any time, about anything. I would talk nonstop to friends, to teachers, to my family and even to strangers. I was the first kid to raise my hand to volunteer to read out loud or give a presentation in class. I was a cheerleader, enjoyed speech class, and never felt the fear (OK, terror) that a lot of people feel when speaking to a group of people, but something was missing. I could talk to anyone, but that doesn’t mean I was good at it. Because I was open and not shy, I sometimes came across as loud or bossy. Being outgoing could be off-putting to some people, and while I enjoyed being the center of attention, it didn’t mean that I had anything important to say. I had the voice, the confidence, and the habit, but I didn’t have the skills or finesse to communicate effectively. I needed to go from being “Motormouth” to being well-spoken. I needed to tone down a bit and listen as much as I talked.

At some point during my college years, I’m not even sure when or how, I went from loud, confident, and boisterous to quiet, awkward, and afraid to speak up. Why? Because it wasn’t ladylike or polite to talk nonstop.

I went completely the other direction, and even when I felt like jumping up and speaking out, I didn’t. I became the “good girl”. I spent a lot of years like that, but being quiet just wasn’t me. I had something to say, and I just needed to learn how to say it. I needed to find my voice and use it to my advantage, and so my speaking journey began. I just didn’t know it at the time.

I’ve never liked labels; I feel that they box people in and limit their lives–that they think more about what they should be doing, not what they want to be doing. Let’s face it, if you’re not doing what you love, you’re just marking time, counting down the days to the weekend, or to your annual two-week vacation. You might have started out with big dreams, but somewhere along the way, life got in the way.

I’m no exception to that. After college, I spent most of the early years of my career following the rules, learning how to do my job well, showing up to work on time, giving my career my time and energy, and doing everything by the book. But, honestly, it was sucking the life out of me. I needed to be my own boss. I needed to see something GROW and PROSPER. I needed room to breathe and the financial freedom to do what I wanted, when I wanted, and how I wanted. I took the plunge 20 years ago and started my own business. I haven’t regretted it for a minute (well, maybe for a minute, but getting through the speed bumps was part of the process). I found my voice, my confidence, and I fine-tuned my ability to speak well. I learned everything I could about speaking and presenting, and used those new-found skills to grow my business, but I still had a dream to take speaking to a new level and finally did in 2002, starting with sales presentations to leadership at hospitals and clinics, branching out to speaking at industry conferences, and, finally, speaking to outside groups.

It’s taken time and a lot of support from my amazing husband and a wonderful team of friends and employees, but I finally am in a place that makes my soul happy. Not just a little happy, but ridiculously, laugh-out- loud happy, the kind that I can’t hold inside, no matter how hard I try! So, I’ve stopped trying to hold it inside! I love sharing what I’ve learned, what mistakes I’ve made, what amazing people I’ve met and worked with along the way and want EVERYONE to experience that insane happiness through business growth training, one-on-one coaching, and professional speaking.

I’ve spent 20 years studying the best speakers and the best coaches, looking to see what they have in them that sets them apart from those that are mediocre, at best. I have taken courses, done workshops, have worked with coaches, and have taken dozens of notebooks worth of notes, all to learn how to be the best speaker I can possibly be. I’ve given thousands of speeches and presentations, have closed $1.8 BILLION in sales for my companies, have received awards for business growth, and have been in the INC 500 and INC 5000 lists of the Fastest Growing Companies in America seven times (so far)! I have given speeches to CEOs, department managers, boards of directors, VPs of Purchasing, entrepreneurs, people in MLMs, women’s groups, CEO groups, sales teams, and just about anyone you can think of. I have given presentations to two people and to 1,200 people. I have helped hundreds of others find their story, put together keynote speeches, improve their sales pitches (and increase sales), and have worked on countless slideshows, turning them from average to spectacular! I love what I’ve learned and I love speaking, but more than that – I LOVE helping others become the speakers they are meant to be, in whatever capacity fits them best.

why work with me?

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