Speaking for Success Boot Camp: Edmonton!

Speaking for Success

March 9, 2012
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

In support of a fundraiser for the CAPS Foundation, I was invited by colleague, Bob “Idea Man” Hooey, to co-present with him at the Speaking for $uccess Boot Camp on Friday, March 9th in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. CAPS-Edmonton is one of esteemed Chapters of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, in alignment with the National Speakers Association (US and abroad), based in Tempe, Arizona.

It was a PACKED meeting room for the full-day event! One attendee, Ved, commented at the end of the day “We walked in strangers, and are now Family.”

In additional to the 90-minute training sessions Bob and I conducted, the day also showcased four 18-minute TEDx-style bonus sessions over the day:

  • Barbara May: Microphone Techniques: 7 Mistakes Speakers Make and How to Avoid Them

  • Nadine Riopel: Making Slides Work for You 

  • Shirley Borrelli: Business Casual Made Easy: Look Polished and Put Together

  • Greg Gazin: Gadgets for Speaking & Your Speaking Business

After a lunch break – complete with working assignment – the class of 50 reconvened for on-the-spot speaking and authenticity coaching – following my lead. Attendee-after-attendee had brilliant breakthroughs – right before our eyes! Here is a partial group shot of the Boot Camp’s Graduates!!!


Bob ‘Idea Man’ Hooey, CKD-E: The current President of CAPS-Edmonton, Bob proudly serves in leadership, and was recently honored with “The Spirit of CAPS” Award – the highest honor bestowed on a member in all of Canada. In 1998, in Palm Desert, Toastmasters International recognized Bob “for his professionalism and outstanding achievements in public speaking.” He was the 48th speaker in their history, and only the 5th Canadian, to earn the prestigious designation of Accredited Speaker. He has served Toastmasters with distinction. He is the prolific author of 35 business and career success publications and his content rich articles have been featured in association, corporate, on-line, consumer and trade journals across the globe. In addition to speaking colleagues and fellow Toastmasters, he has coached leaders from Canada’s Top 50 best managed companies. A few of Bob’s clients include, Subway, Intuit Canada (Quick Books), The Brick, OK Tire, Indigo/Chapters Bookstores, Saputo Foods (Dairyworld), SKF Canada, Grand & Toy, Agruim, CN Rail and SimplexGrinnell. Speaker information.

Sheryl ‘Sparkle’ Roush, is the CEO/President of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., a professional speaker, top-rated int’l trainer, speaking coach, and a 13-time author. She was only the sixth female (and youngest) to earn the elite Accredited Speaker designation from Toastmasters International (from 4.4 million people in 116 countries), honored for outstanding public speaking skills. She earned her Accredited Speaker (#28) in 1993 at the Toronto, Ontario, International Convention. Sheryl holds the Golden Microphone Award from the National Speakers Association, and was selected “Member of the Year” from two Chapters in Southern California. A top-rated international trainer in 9 countries, with 3,000 presentations, international clients include: 7-Up, IBM, Intuit/TurboTax, Mitsubishi, Sheraton Hotels, Sony, Southwest Airlines, Verizon Wireless, plus the World-Famous San Diego Zoo. As a sought-after conference speaker, Sheryl has opened for Marie Osmond, closed for Geena Davis, and has presented on programs alongside Olivia Newton-John, Jane Seymour, Joan Lunden, Vicki Lawrence, Suze Orman … and to audiences as large as 5,000 receiving standing ovations. A Past President of the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance (ICF affiliate), Sheryl coaches all levels of speakers and top-level leaders in organizations. A 13-time published author, her books include: Sparkle-Tudes!®, Heart of a Mother, Heart of a Woman in Business and Heart of the Holidays. Her Solid Gold Newsletter Design book is a course book at the University of Ottawa for graphic communication classes. Videos and information at www.SherylRoush.com

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