- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
- Masters of Science in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment
- Advanced Professional Speech Educator and Coach Accreditation
- National Federation of High Schools Arizona Educator of the Year 2008
- Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer in Speech Communications
I went from avoiding speaking to inspiring thousands to use their voice as the game-changer in their life and business.
As an immigrant growing up between two cultures, I felt firsthand the rejection and the ridicule that came with being different. I learned that not having the “right” words, the same knowledge as everyone else, or the ability to say what I wanted to, meant being outcast.
A crippling fear of being judged changed me from a confident, communicative kid to someone comfortable with staying quiet. Until in high school, when through a series of unexpected and fortunate events I joined the speech and debate team.
My first time on stage didn’t end with a standing ovation. In fact, I was kindly informed I was “doing it all wrong.” I could have walked off that stage, out the door and never put myself out there again. And I almost did. But in a single moment, I realized, I had a choice.
I could either choose to play it safe by protecting myself from criticism or I could open myself up to failure, commit to learning the tools and techniques, and give myself the best chance to be seen and heard. I chose to be heard.
That is one of the toughest choices that we can make for yourself. And I know that it is not an easy one. That’s why my life’s mission is to support others to speak up through speaking, storytelling, and emotional intelligence straining. And not just the generic and technical tips most coaches and speaking courses teach but the guidance, tools, feedback, accountability, and encouragement you need to overcome your crippling fears and speak up confidently.
I’ve helped thousands of people discover how to use the power of their voice to not only deliver unforgettable keynotes and presentations but to:
- Gain clarity in their message
- Speak with confidence
- Be seen as original
- Gain momentum with your business
- Earn trust
- Inspire your mission
- Motivate your team
- Enjoy speaking as a thrill
Everything I teach is the best of what I’ve learned and practiced over 25 years in the field. I still feel the fleeting fear of rejection that can come from speaking up for myself. But I embrace the risk and joy that comes from sharing my voice because even though those doubts whisper in my ear, my voice is more powerful than I fear I face.
Just because you’re afraid, doesn’t mean you don’t have something to say and the power to say it.