Sample Bio – Vicki Hitzges
Here is an example Vicki’s bio:
With my past, it’s an absolute miracle I’m a successful keynote speaker. I grew up with a gracious mother and an articulate, loving father. But their skills with people and words eluded me! Here’s what I mean: At Lake Highlands High School, I was without question THE worst student in Speech class. I felt nervous, panic-y and self-conscious. Almost always, I’d get so anxious, I’d forget my speech!
Even worse, I didn’t have friends. I didn’t know how to make conversation, follow my mother’s baffling advice to “just be yourself”, or know how to fit in. I felt so uncomfortable, I skipped senior year and headed to college.
But, get this! After a lot of hard work, five years later, I was anchoring TV news in Dallas, Texas. I interviewed U.S. Presidents, business titans, professional athletes and movie stars! Then, things got even better! Zig Ziglar, the world’s top motivational speaker, hired me as his publicist. Zig admired my creativity and launched my speaking career! Me!
As a keynoter, I teach people what I’ve learned – how to have crucial “people skills”, how to be hard on yourself so the world will be easier on you, how to risk enough to get ahead, and how to exude a positive attitude. I travel the world to conferences, walk alone into crowded hotel ballrooms, start conversations, and make friends.
Corporations around the globe book me to teach their people to wow their customers, work together and thrive, conquer change, and clobber deadlines. I’m good at it and I love it! That’s a miracle.
“The day flew by however, the content is STILL remembered and getting results at Ford. Attendees want to hear you again…I’m getting a LOT of pressure from them—and that’s WONDERFUL! Thank you for sharing your up-beat personality with us.” —MG, Dealer Development, Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Co.
“Yesterday you were in the Omaha Office. Everyone there is PUMPED! My husband, Mark, (shorter, balding, crazy guy) works there and he went on and on (and on) about your program. He said you were exactly on target and made the learning fun as well.” –CH, Market Claim Manager — Allstate Insurance
Texas Farm Bureau
MetLife (GenAmerica Financial)
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Northwestern Mutual Life
New York Life Insurance
“Many sales professionals came up to me afterwards to thank me for booking you. The ability to speak to a large audience near the end of a long meeting and still get rave reviews speaks volumes about your skills to motivate and entertain.” — R.S. Regional VP–GlaxoSmith Kline
Miami Children’s Hospital (Nicklaus Children’s Hospital)
Medical Plastics Lab
Baylor Healthcare Foundation
HFMA (CEO and CFO Regional meeting)
Medical City – Dallas
Berlex Labs—Hospital and Therapeutic Divisions
VHA American Red Cross
“What more could we ask for, especially since this was a three-hour workshop that sped by?! We appreciate your professionalism and sparkling attitude. You were truly a pleasure to work with.” — KG, Events Coordinator, Associated General Contractors of Alaska
Texas Society of Assoc. Execs
Drug & Alcohol Testing
American Business Association
Associated General Contractors of Alaska
Int’l Assoc of Admin Professionals
In’t Assoc of Assembly Managers
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals
VNA (Visiting Nurse Association known as VNA)
American Foundry Society
RETAIL / DIRECT SALES
“Our managers soaked up everything you had to say. Your presentation really hit home. As our closing speaker, you gave everyone renewed energy and focus on what truly is important, in both a work environment, and their personal life.” — CM, Dir. of Public/Gov. Affairs, Safeway
Merle Norman Cosmetics
RTM Restaurant Management Assn
Dillon Stores (Kroger’s et al)
FINANCIAL / INSURANCE
“We needed to end the day on a high and yet remind our team to give outstanding customer service. You accomplished both. We had a large number of new associates. You helped us get to know them. We left feeling energized, supported and connected.” — JJ, Market Executive, Bank of America
MDRT—Million Dollar Round Table
GTE Credit Union
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
JP Morgan Chase Bank
M&T Securities Bank of the West
Guardian Savings Bank
Wells Fargo Bank
Bank of the West
M&I Brokerage Wisconsin
Institute of Internal Auditors
National Credit Union Admin.
Prudential Mortgage Capital Co.
PNC Equipement Finance
ACCOUNTING / AUDITING / STAFFING
“Your talk was a great blend of laugh-out-loud humor coupled with wonderful and practical take-home value…and our folks are still talking about it!! Mission accomplished big-time!!” – RM, NRI Exec. Staffing Services, Washington, D.C.
Deloitte & Touche
Ernst & Young
Two standing ovations. Two! — GTE
Alcatel (formerly DSC)
Southwestern Bell Wireless ATT
“She made us laugh, think, and feel better about what we do and how we do it. I can’t recommend Vicki enough! She’s not just the best, she’s what the best aspire to be.” — Dr. J. Yates, VP of Academic Affairs, Carl Albert State College
Richardson Independent School District
Dallas Independent School District
Texas Agriculture Extenuation Service
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Votech—Oklahoma Dept. of Vocational & Technical Education
Northern State University –South Dakota
College of the North Atlantic—Qatar
“I’ve never see our people respond like that. Ever. You need to raise your fee!” — George X, National Security Agency
U.S. Dept of Defense
Exec. Women in Government
Nat’l Assoc. of Women Judges
Defense Commissary Agency
US General Services Admin.
American Society of Military Comptrollers
National Weather Service
National Security Agency
Internal Revenue Service
Federal Prison—Carswell AFB
MANUFACTURING / INDUSTRY
“Evaluations were unanimous—the highest rating!” — CG, Newell-Rubbermaid
Grainger Industrial Supply
Nalge Nunc Int’l
Steel Service Institute
National Association of Elevator Contractors
PHH Arval Polaroid
Crompton Corp (formerly Union Carbide)
Deere and Company
Bryant Air Conditioning
ENGINEERING / BUILDING
“Your program was superb! I truly appreciate the time you took to contact outside sources and provide us with feedback on a personal and company level. Your positive motivation played a key part in the success of our retreat.” – FB, President, Hillwood Residential
Technical Assn of Pulp & Paper Industry
Home Blders. Assoc of Greater Chicago
Int’l Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Assn.
REAL ESTATE / TITLE COMPANIES
“You were mentioned a lot at the Georgia Realtors meeting this week!!! The talk was that you were one of our BEST SPEAKERS EVER!!!” ☺ ☺ ☺ -AR, Owner Rivoli Realty / Georgia Realtors
Oregon Assn. of Mortgage Brokers
First American Title
Home Builders Assn of Greater Chicago
ERA Real Estate
Society of Ind. & Office Realtors SIORs
“Your presentation was the highlight of our firm’s retreat. Your ability to drive home a message, while invoking laughter and tears, evidences your ability to truly connect with an audience. This is the third time I have heard you speak and each time I leave totally energized.” –RM, Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP
Locke Purnell Raine Harrell
Gardere & Wynne
Association of Legal Administrators
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
National Court Reporters Assoc.
COMPUTER INDUSTRY / SOFTWARE / INFO TECHNOLOGY
“A dynamic close to our weeklong meeting!” –MP, General Mgr., Microsoft
CSC (Computer Sciences Corp)
Sabre Travel Info. Networks
“Vicki, It was such a pleasure meeting you! Your message stuck I can assure you as I have had several colleagues bringing it up in emails and texts!” –KS, Nat’l Restaurant Assn’s Marketing Exec Study Group
Holiday Inn – InterContinental Hotels
San Diego Convention Center
Women’s Foodservice Forum
SABRE Travel Network
National Restaurant Association
Women’s Foodservice Forum
OIL & GAS / POWER & ELECTRIC
“I had the pleasure of hearing Vicki speak at an Oil and Gas Conference. She was awesome. Oil and gas professionals at every level loved her positive, inspirational presentation. Can’t wait to hear her again!” – JS, Exhibit Sales Mgr., Penn-Well, Oil & Gas Ind. Exec. Conf.
Southeastern Electric Exchange
Fina Oil and Chemical
PennWell – Oil & Gas Journal
“WOW! What an unforgettable presentation! I sent out a staff evaluation. You rated ‘Excellent’. Thanks for making me look so smart!”-AB, CFE, Vice Pres., Baylor Health Care System Foundation
Be the most admired executive at your next conference! Book Vicki Hitzges
My goal as a corporate keynote speaker is to help you energize your business and leave your people with “first day” enthusiasm.
I’ll teach them skills to connect…at the conference…back at your office…and with your customers. I won’t just speak to them, I’ll reach them. Years after I speak, audience members remember and practice what they learn. Executives are thrilled with the results.
I look forward to doing the same for your team and you!
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