Professional speakers are experts who have honed the craft of presenting in a meaningful and effective manner for the benefit of the hiring organization and the audience. They study, develop and practice platform mechanics, story telling, meaningful audience participation, adult learning and much more.
In addition they operate from a principled standard. Members of the Canadian Association for Professional Speakers (CAPS) have a code of ethics as described below:
The CAPS member shall accurately represent qualifications and experience in all oral and written communications. The CAPS member shall not exaggerate his/her qualifications and experience. Promotional materials in any format must include descriptions that are based in truth and fact.
The CAPS member shall conduct his/her business in a professional manner and will not use language or materials that would be offensive to others or discredit the speaking profession.
The CAPS member shall not use the intellectual property of another unless granted written permission by the originator and/or owner of the material, save and except for where the fair usage of material applies under copyright laws.
The CAPS member shall treat other professional colleagues with the highest standards of professional courtesy, dignity and respect.
The CAPS member shall maintain and respect the confidentiality of all business or personal affairs of clients, agents and other speakers.
The CAPS member shall be vigilant against fraud or unfair practices and shall endeavour to eliminate from the speaking profession all practices that might bring discredit to the profession.
The CAPS member shall not participate in any agreement to unfairly limit or restrain the access of others to the marketplace, in accordance with the rights and freedoms guaranteed by Canadian law.
Hiring a Professional Speaker not only makes your task easier but protects you and your event from unethical behaviour. Patricia is an active member of the CAPS. Should she not be the perfect and right presenter for your event, her CAPS colleagues are readily available with a broad range of presenting styles and expertise. Learn more at www.canadianspeakers.org
Patricia with her Woe to WOW message is the Professional Speaker for you and your event if you are ready to engage in self-awareness, meaningful connection and action that will increase authentic happiness at work and home. She is also a good fit it you and your group want to take your work and life seriously and yourself lightly. Meeting planners and audience members describe Patricia’s professionalism best:
“We appreciated Patricia’s professionalism, her humor and her flexibility to change the content of her session to meet the people’s needs. We recommend Patricia for any group building community spirit, building individual goals and working with families.”
Diana Hyndman and Teri Smerychynaski, Drug Task Force
“She is professional and energetic. Patricia engages: physically, emotionally and cognitively. Audience members provided strong feedback, noting she was, ‘funny’, ‘wonderful’, ‘entertaining, to the point, not too long’, and ‘a brilliant speaker who captivated her audience.’”
Pat Worthington, Director of HR, Rocky View School Division
“We wanted the staff to celebrate the good in life, think they are fortunate to be with the organization, feel good about the work that they do and to laugh more often at themselves and others. Patrica was the right presenter to help us achieve this.”
Debbie MacArthur, Chinook Learning Services
“Refreshing and enlightening, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Patricia, where education meets entertainment to benefit learning.”
Jolaine Kochisarli, The Alberta School Councils’ Association
Patricia reinforces the use of positive communication to help overcome confrontations, and stressful situations. We appreciated her enthusiasm and knowledge on the subject. Our team left the session wanting more. We are hoping to have her back to further educate our team on “Pressure Proofing”.
Kerrie Blizard, Sales, Calgary Stampede
“She was absolutely fantastic! Some of the feedback from her keynote and sessions were: “Listen to your body and learn that it is OK to say no”; “Inspiring, helped me realize that I am normal”; “A real spirit lifter!”
Judy Carney, Grasslands School District
The results and feedback from participants indicate their desire for more of Patricia! . . . to take better care of themselves, using positive self-talk and listening to their body . . . We have already booked Patricia for another presentation!
Doreen Nasr, Primary Care Network
“The difference she made to our people was they walked away strengthened, taking themselves a little more lightly; with additional knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in the lives of children, families and our communities.”
Karen Pulla, YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka
“She is a very relaxed, down-to-earth presenter that really personalized her message for her audience. People walked away feeling happy, confident and empowered to face the changes coming their way.”
Carrie Pfab, Washington State Women, Infants and Children Conference
“Patricia was a definite hit with our audience! She combined enthusiastic humour and practicality to deliver an enjoyable and inspirational keynote address.”
Leslie Sorenson, Seniors Services Conference, Alberta Government
“Comments from participants included ‘You’ve changed the way I look at life,’ and ‘I will try to focus more on the positives from now on.’ The audience really loved your use of humour together with your down to earth way of presenting.”
Kim Bridgland, West Moreton Women’s Health, Australia
“Our participants described your presentation as enlightening, helpful and practical with touches of humour. Thank you for giving our community tools and hope for challenging relationships.”
Marian Ewing, Drumheller Drug Coalition
“Patricia’s inspirational and insightful information helped make our conference one of the best we have had. Our support staff truly enjoyed her humour and they took valuable information back to their jobs and personal lives. I highly recommend her to any group, anywhere, as a VERY POWERFUL SPEAKER!”
Sandy Chinski, Red Deer Catholic School Division
“Patricia was funny and positive. Her information was impressive and boosted our morals. She gave us the encouragement we needed to create a positive home environment for our children. Patricia was very easy to work with, and accommodated all our needs, including content and timing.”
Parin Teja, Ismaili Council for Prairies
“Patricia’s messages about resilience resonate long after her sessions are over. I still hear from participants how they are implementing Patricia’s tools to look after themselves and manage stress in their lives.”
Elizabeth Scott, University of Calgary
“Your energy and enthusiasm were outstanding. You have touched each of us in a very special way—sharing yourself and your struggles. I have seen positive changes in many of the individuals who were in attendance.”
Doris Gudz, Gerontology Conference
“You have a fun and informative way of sharing and encouraging the value of appreciation in our lives as you’ll see from the following excerpts:
- I’ve never had so much fun learning at our ADVR meetings!
- I will listen more and smile more.
- I will find more ways to show random appreciation for volunteers and other staff.”
Cherie Tetz, The Mustard Seed
“Thank you for so artfully reminding us of the need for self care, nuturing our personal relationships and taking the time to simply enjoy our lives.”
Norm Brownell, Canadian Foster Family Association