The Pocket Mentor: Insider Tips from America's Most Successful People

What one piece of advice do you wish you had received when you were starting out in life? Vince Reardon interviewed 101 notable Americans and provides their answers in his new book. This treasure trove of wisdom provides a source of guiding principles and virtues for young people on the cusp of adulthood and the parents, mentors, and teachers who are guiding them. More

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About Vince Reardon

Vince Reardon is an adjunct professor of Communications, a noted author, a professional speaker, a mentor, a husband, and a father.

Vince is a storyteller of vision and craft. He offers glimpses into the lives of leaders who stand at the crossroads of a life-altering decision – from a NASA Flight Director struggling to help the crew of Apollo 13 return safely to Earth to a former street thug turned "violence interrupter" mediating a potentially explosive conflict between rival gangs. Continually, he reminds listeners of their abiding need for integrity, courage, audacity and grit in both their business and personal lives.

In addition, for more than 30 years as an award-winning communications professional, Vince has taught more than 10,000 people the art of public speaking. His friendly, practical coaching prepares workshop attendees to speak more clearly, comfortably and confidently in both small- and large-group settings.

Whether it’s a keynote or a workshop, Vince performs with energy, conviction, and humor, sure to entertain but more so engage your audience.

Vince is an experienced speechwriter and journalist. He has ghostwritten numerous keynotes for CEOs and other senior executives. He also has written numerous bylined and ghostwritten articles in newspapers and magazines, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, and the Arizona-Republic in Phoenix. In addition, he was a producer, on-air reporter, and radio personality at KJQY-FM 104 in San Diego.

He is a board member and Secretary of I Love A Clean San Diego and a mentor at the Preuss School, a charter school for low-income students whose parents never graduated from college. Vince is a longtime member and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) of Toastmasters International and a member of the National Speakers Association.

He has a master’s degree in Strategic Communications from National University in San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in English from Queen’s College (CUNY) in New York.

The Pocket Mentor is his second book.

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