I have over 15 years of public speaking and facilitation experience. Originally I was trained at the Ministry of Attorney General's Office of British Columbia in facilitation and spent two years travelling around the province speaking to youths from 5-18 about racism and violence.
My speaking audiences were amazingly diverse. I might speak to 60 kindergarten students in the morning in an auditorium and 4 at risk teenagers in a youth detention centre in the afternoon and finish the evening in front of teachers and police officers.
I also had the great honour of representing one of Canada's top universities (McGill) internationally as part of their elite case competition team speaking to business professionals and fellow business students worldwide.
During this time I was asked by several professors at McGill Management to speak in front of their students and teach my techniques for public speaking. This is really where the concept of training others was born. Since then I have achieved an Advanced Toastmasters Gold designation from Toastmasters International, the highest designation available in communication under the Toastmasters system and was the president of the Walter Gage Toastmasters for 2 years; in which time we were awarded the Presidents Distinguished Club award from Toastmasters International and locally the District Star Award. I have also been a guest trainer at UBC Sauder School of Business Early Masters Program and The Interior Designers Institute of BC among many others. Most recently I was the Co-Host to the Vancouver International Salsafestival & the Shine Dance Festival speaking in front of over 1000 people nightly.
Currently I am working with the Dale Carnegie Group in Ontario delivering High Impact Presentation Training.
I am also currently a member of the Second City Conservatory Program.
WARNING: This guide, contradicts a lot of the accepted principles of "good" public speaking. I encourage you to maintain an open mind and challenge your beliefs you may like what you find. This book uses concepts developed from police interrogation, poker analysis, improv, acting and stand-up comedy to create a comprehensive guide to become not just good, but interesting, compelling and memorable.