Presenting “Life is Short” at the International Contest of Toastmasters International where I finished in the top 1% of those vying for World Champion.



“The Bare Truth”

If I could give one presentation for the rest of my life it would be this one.

A powerful presentation on Positive Body Image for women  of all shapes and sizes. No BODY is perfect. Sharing the stories of the women I have photographed  inspires every perfectly imperfect woman to re-shape her thinking so she can re-think her shape.

I didn’t plan on this path, it chose me. I have a photography background and decided to try my hand at artistic, high contrast, black and white nudes. These women bared their souls. From the 19 year old who tried to commit suicide at 14 to the size 24 who is often told “you are awfully pretty…for a fat girl” I heard a plethora of stories. I know a good story when I hear one and I heard so many from these ladies ranging from size 6-24 and they had a common theme: They disliked their bodies. That leads to so many other issues such as depression, lack of self esteem, anorexia/ bulimia and so much more.

What do I, as a man know of this issue? I have been married to a plus sized woman for 23 years and have watched her struggles and felt her pain. I can tell her she is beautiful 1000 times a day and she won’t hear me but let someone say something negative and she hears it 1000 times.

This presentation isn’t about Lewis Chaney. It’s about the women who are sharing their stories in hopes of inspiring others to not let anyone else set their value or their worth.

(click the tab THE BARE TRUTH ASSIGNMENT for more information)

“Growing up Redneck

 If your father never shot a snake, in the house, with a .22 caliber pistol, well now, you just haven’t grown up redneck! Having a sense of humor, learning to laugh at yourself, your past and your mistakes will do wonders to guide you to your future. What I present will  fill audience with laughter and smiles and leave them appreciating the humor in their own lives. See the two speeches on my main page “Vega 1 Excerpt” and “Life is Short”.

“Hone Your Funny Bone”

 I once read that “Humor is a rubber sword, it allows you to make a point without drawing blood” and I have practiced that. But not everyone knows how to work humor into their work, their presentations or their lives. Let me show you how.

“Media Coaching”

This is a perfect fit for Charities,  Public Information Officers or anyone who has to deal with the press. I teach you how to use the news as a PR tool and teach you tips and tricks on how to present yourself better and some tricks the media will use to catch you off guard. I know, I have used some of them in my career.

With powerful stories and humor, I share my experience of 25 years in Television to improve your ability to get valuable TV news coverage that translates into ad dollars. I know because, as Assignments Manager, I helped one business in one year earn over $90,000 in ad value with just one TV station.

News is a beast and it needs to be fed. Look at the amount of news content on local TV stations to see what I mean. They have hours to fill. To feed that beast, they need stories and my goal is to make you one of the most appetizing things on the buffet.

In one hour or less, I give you real world, insider information from someone who has dealt with those in Public Relations and Marketing  who sought airtime that you can immediately put to use.  I spent many years on the streets as a photojournalist and several years as an Assignments Manager, so I have lived it.

What I present is akin to the old adage of “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” What I offer will show you how to get and sustain free media coverage that will result in more donations and more volunteers for non-profits simply because it will increase your exposure.

You will want this as part of your Public Relations and Marketing plan because advertising is harder now than ever with so many other things competing for attention. Can you imagine being  the content , not the ad, and at no cost to you?

This material will cross over to other forms of media as well.

“I was really impressed with the job you did as Emcee.  What you did was as professional as I have seen. You are good enough to do something like that at the International Convention and you should continue to take opportunities such as this.”

-Alan Shaner- International Director Toastmasters International


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