Don't just wow the crowd. Change them.
Part "idea whisperer," part message strategist, and part magpie, I help people and organizations find the throughline of their ideas to create change.
AS A SPEAKER
“Entertaining" isn’t enough.
You need entertaining AND effective,
because ovations mean nothing without action.
That's why my goal as a speaker is to help you achieve YOUR goals for your event.
AS A STRATEGIST
You have power. Let’s find it.
There’s a reason you want to speak:
there are goals you want or need to achieve.
I’ll help you find the best version of you, and your idea, to get you there.
AS A HUMAN
Rather than have you read yet another bio (and because I’ve always wanted to be on “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” even though I’m not an actor), I asked a friend to create a questionnaire for me to fill out:
Where were you born?
Subic Bay, Philippines
Where did you grow up?
Mostly Virginia Beach, but I’m a Navy kid, so that’s not a simple question.
Brothers or sisters?
Sister. She’s a screenwriter.
Delightfully so. He’s my partner, my other half. He’s a market researcher, and a speaker, too. Our conversations are filled with actionable takeaways.
Where do you live now?
How long have you lived there?
Long enough to have a Boston-accented alter ego named Karen O’Sullivan.
What made you decide to do the work you do?
I wanted to make it easier for other people to do the work they do.
What was your most unusual job?
What’s one thing you can do that might surprise other people?
Score a baseball game.
What animal’s daily existence best aligns with your professional day?
A magpie. I find and build.
How about your off-the-clock moments?
Cat. Curious, but snuggly, spastic, and still, in turns.
If you could only ask ONE question to learn as much about someone as you possibly could, what would it be?
“What proverb or quote best describes your approach to life?”
What’s your answer to that question?
“A stitch in time saves nine.”
You see a thread hanging from someone’s sweater. Do you want to yank it or snip it off?
Snip. I know what happens if you keep pulling….
What one thing do you do every single day/week/month/year to maintain your sanity?
Dark chocolate after lunch.
What book have you read again and again?
“Stranger in a Strange Land,” by Robert Heinlein.
What color is most prevalent in your wardrobe? Is it a conscious choice or an irresistible pull?
What’s your theme song?
Edith Piaf: “Non, je ne regrette rien”
What always has a place in your medicine cabinet? In your pocket? In your junk drawer?
Lip balm. It’s in all three.
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