Bestselling author of "Public Speaking Super Powers," Carma Spence is a "geek who speaks."
Because she’s been there, she knows that you can be a decent speaker despite being introverted, shy and socially awkward.
Carma is fiercely committed to supporting her clients as they unleash their inner speaking superhero and boldly communicate their message with confidence. Her superpower is to help people see what is possible for them and guide them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, Vanquishing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt and second-guessing that keep them stuck.
The speaking bug first bit Carma in High School while on the Speech Team. Her activities earned her several awards, a Letter in Speech, and a Degree of Honor with the National Speech & Debate Association.
After college, she joined Toastmasters and earned her Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters earned through a variety of speaking and leadership assignments.
People often comment on Carma’s strength and courage, but these qualities were hard won. In 2010, she left an emotionally abusive marriage, only to fall into another bad relationship. That one ended the night her boyfriend attacked her.
It was that fateful night that woke her up and got her to do the inner work she needed to do. After a year of counseling, training and studying Universal Laws, she met a good man who loves her as she is.
But the trials weren't over.
Just as they announced their wedding date, Carma was hit by a car while crossing the street, resulting in multiple broken bones.
It is the combination of all these experiences—both good and bad—that makes Carma a good mentor to those struggling with owning their gifts.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My top favorite books are: - Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. I love Bradbury's lyrical prose and how he made the characters feel real and authentic. - Raptor Red by Robert Bakker. This insight into the mind of a female velociraptor had me so engaged, I kept finding myself thinking like a raptor myself while reading it! - Rich on Any Income by James P. Christensen. I read this book when I was still in high school and I’ve been creating and (for the most part) sticking to budgets every since. Knowing where your money is going and how you can manage it is so empowering. I think this book should be required reading in high school and/or college. - Writing for Story by Jon Franklin. This is not only an excellent primer for learning how to write engaging creative nonfiction, but can inform your fiction writing as well. Well written and engaging. - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. I’ve read this book three times and listened to it on tape two times. I’ve even seen the TV mini-series. Bradbury’s soft poetic style has been a great influence on my own style. I feel blessed to have seen him speak several times and actually met him in person. In fact, when I did, I handed him a letter telling him how impactful his work has been on my life. (Good thing I had that letter, because I was struck speechless in his presence.) He wrote me back! I plan on framing that letter some day.
What do you read for pleasure?
At one time, to help me read through my library in an organized fashion, I divided my books into six categories: - Science Fiction - Fantasy - Other Fiction - Science - Books about Writing - Other Nonfiction
These days my go-to books tend to either fall into the speculative fiction genre or the self-improvement/business genre.
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Author Carma Spence spoke with numerous speakers to find out, "If speakers were superheroes, what would their superpowers be? And, could you develop those superpowers yourself?" The result is "Public Speaking Super Powers." This book provides you with the foundational skills needed to be an effective speaker. Pick up your copy and start improving your speaking skills today!