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Appendix A: The Who's Who of Presenters

Richard Bolles, Best-Selling Author

Richard Bolles is one of the world's most innovative presenters. He is also the author of the phenomenal best-seller What Color is Your Parachute?. This resource has sold more than 7 million copies.

Les Brown, CPAE, and Golden Gavel Award Winner

Les Brown is one of the world's most inspirational speakers. He was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he has been selected as one of the World's Top Five Speakers by Toastmasters International and has been awarded Toastmasters' Golden Gavel Award.

Mark Brown, a Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking

Mark Brown speaks to several thousand students each year. His ability to connect with children of all ages makes him in high demand by students, teachers, and school administrators across North America.

Bill Carr, Humorist

Bill Carr is one of Canada's most hilarious speakers who also helps his audiences see ordinary events in extraordinary ways.

Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP

Chris Clarke-Epstein is one of the most respected speakers in North America and past president of the National Speakers Association. She is noted for being one of the most authentic and natural presenters in the world. Chris is also the author of several books including The Instant Trainer.

Warren Evans, CSP, HoF (CAPS Hall of Fame Member)

Warren Evans is a powerful blend of "facts, hope, and fun." His presentations combine statistics with common sense and humor to help his audiences make sense of the numerous trends swirling around us. Warren looks at the interplay between economics, corporate restructuring, demographics, globalization, technology, and psychographics to provide insights into social trends and the future of work. Warren is also a past president of the International Federation of Professional Speakers.

David Foot, Author/Speaker

David Foot is an economic demographer. In most people's hands this would be a very dry topic indeed. Not so with David. David is one of North America's most creative thinkers on this topic. His sense of intellectual curiosity, passion, and sense of humor are infectious. David is known for both his outstanding content, his ability to customize his content to his audience's needs, and his rollicking good, fun style of delivery. Once you have heard David present, you will not forget either his message or his style.

Bob Gray, Author/Speaker

Bob Gray is among the most unique presenters we have seen. Bob is the only person in the world who can speak backwards and write upside down at the same time. His memory feats and style are absolutely unique. Bob's mantra is, "There is no such things as a bad memoryonly an untrained one!" Bob has appeared on Ripley's Believe It Or Not, ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC's Today Show, and on the CBC and BBC.

Rudolph Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani was mayor of New York City at the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It is because of his leadership during that time that he became known as America's mayor. You can learn more about Mayor Giuliani's approach to presentation by reading his best-selling book, Leadership.

Gene Griessman, Author/Speaker

Gene Griessman is one of the world's best character presenters, and the character he brings to life is Abraham Lincoln. In fact, Gene has played Lincoln so frequently and studied Lincoln's life in such depth, that Gene's friends and colleagues are never quite sure if it is Gene Griessman playing Abraham Lincoln or Abraham Lincoln playing Gene Griessman. The CareerTrack video starring Gene Griessman titled, Lincoln on Communication is a classic in the field and one of the best instructional videotapes ever made.

Lou Heckler, CSP, CPAE

Balancing wisdom, wit, and dynamic delivery, they just don't come better than Lou Heckler. Lou presents on Peak Performance, Customer Service, and Leadership By Example. Professional speakers throughout North America also ask Lou to help them create more effective presentations, focusing on speech organization and delivery techniques.

Jim Key, 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking

Jim Key is an example of persistence. He finished second in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in 2001 and again in 2002. Many people would be discouraged when coming up short the first time, let alone the second time. But with determination and resolve, Jim went after his goal a third consecutive time becoming the 2003 World Champion.

Darren LaCroix, Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking

Darren LaCroix is not afraid to stand up and say "I failed, and yes, it hurt." This message is what propelled Darren to the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking by reminding the audience that we all have "ouch" moments, but that the most important moment is when we take the step after the "ouch." Darren illustrates his message with powerful personal examples.

Peter Legge, CSP, CPAE, and Golden Gavel Award Winner

Peter Legge is a business owner, author, presenter, and volunteer extraordinaire. He is a Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award winner, and is an acknowledged expert presenter by such organizations as the National Speakers Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

Janet Laap, CSP, CPAE

Janet Laap is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world today on how to adapt to an information society, and how to develop the skills to thrive with current and future change.

Stephen Lewis, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Stephen Lewis has held the offices of the Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, special adviser to the UN Secretary General on Africa, Assistant Secretary General with UNICEF, and currently is the Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Mr. Lewis is a world renowned orator who uses words of eloquence to make the world, especially Africa, a better place.

Terry Paulson, CSP, CPAE

Terry Pallson is one of America's top-rated professional speakers who speaks on "Soaring on the Wings of Change." He is also a past president of the National Speakers Association. Terry has been rated as one of the top 50 speakers in the United States in The Speaking Industry Report.

Ian Percy, CSP, CPAE, HoF (CAPS Hall of Fame Member)

Ian Percy is an internationally acclaimed business and motivational speaker, registered organizational psychologist, author, Certified Speaking Professional, and member of both the U.S. and Canadian Speaker Halls of Fame. Ian has also been recognized as "One of the top 21 speakers for the 21st century!" by Successful Meetings magazine. Ian speaks about High Performance Leadership, Insightful Change, Corporate Vision and Purpose, Achieving Competitive Advantage, and Finding Meaning in Work.

Bob Pike, CSP, CPAE

Bob Pike is the master of participant-centered learning. He is known for his ability to get the audience involved even before the presentation begins. Bob believes that participants learn best when actively engaged in the learning process, and his participant-centered model unlocks that power to learn and to dramatically increase retention and application.

Nido Qubein, CSP, CPAE, and Golden Gavel Aware Winner

Nido is a keynote speaker, seminar leader, corporate consultant, successful businessman, and author of many books and cassette learning systems. Nido doesn't just talk business, he lives it. He is an entrepreneur with active interests in banking, real estate, and advertising. As a "business insider" with extensive boardroom exposure, he's in touch with the challenges confronting today's businesses and organizations.

David Ropeik, Author/Speaker

David Ropeik is the Director of Risk Communications at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis and is responsible for communicating the Center's approach of keeping risk in perspective to the press, policy makers, and the public. He is also the coauthor of Risk: A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You. With the world facing such challenges as West Nile virus, SARS, and terrorism, David and his research are in great demand. Prior to joining Harvard, he was a television reporter and news anchorman. He twice won the DuPont-Columbia Award, often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of television journalism.

Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE, and Golden Gavel Award Winner

Jeanne Robertson has been recognized by her peers with the top awards in speaking. She became the first woman to receive the Cavett Award, the highest award of the National Speakers Association. She became the first female professional speaker to receive the Golden Gavel Award, the top honor presented by Toastmasters International to non-Toastmasters.

Mark Sanborn CSP, CPAE

Mark Sanborn is known internationally as a "high-content speaker who motivates." He presents 90 to 100 programs every year on leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change. In addition to speaking, consulting, and training, Mark is president of Sanborn % Associates, Inc., an idea lab dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life.

Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Author/Speaker

Martin Seligman is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a best-selling author and was elected President of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history. His main area of research and practice is Positive Psychology and his mission is to Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment".

Tom Stoyan, HoF (CAPS Hall of Fame Member)

Tom Stoyan has served as a coach to sales and management professionals for more than 15 years. He coaches professionals to get the best out of themselves and others by breaking through the barrier from "knowing" to "doing." He is the founding president of the Ontario Chapter of the National Speakers Association that later became the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and was the first inductee into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame.

Ed Tate, Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking

Ed Tate is an "attitude-improvement specialist" who works with corporations and associations in transition. An international keynote speaker, trainer, and author, he has earned a reputation as a speaker who energizes, educates, and entertains.

Harold Taylor, CSP, HoF (CAPS Hall of Fame Member)

Harold Taylor is the president and CEO of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Inc., and one of a very few and select people to be inducted into the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers' Hall of Fame. He is also one of North America's leading experts in time management, having written 13 books and hundreds of articles.

Craig Valentine, Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking

Great presentations often use a metaphor. One of the best metaphorical presentations you will have the pleasure of listening to is The Snake Bite by Craig Valentine. Craig works with organizations on strengthening leadership and management in order to maximize effectiveness. His message stays with and inspires audiences long after he has walked off of the platform.


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