As a child I spent a lot of my early years escaping into any and every book I could get my hands on. I used to walk 3 miles to the public library on Thursday after school and check out the library limit (10 books). I would then walk home with my big heavy bag of new adventures and spend the rest of the weekend in my "Private" reading room that I designed in my closet becoming one with the characters in my books.
By the following Thursday I was ready for a new supply of stories. Because I had such a thirst for knowledge I immersed myself in every book I could get my hands on and by the time I started the 5th grade I was on a college reading level. In 6th grade I started writing poetry and short stories.
I am a self professed “why child”. I have always questioned everything in life and had a burning desire to figure out how things work and how I could use that knowledge to help myself and others. I am also an avid student of human nature and I became a student of life at an early age. It's not out of the ordinary to find me at a restaurant with a stack of books and notepad where I can study people, then meet them and listen to their stories.
I graduated high school in 1991 and went on to work full time at a nationwide consumer product company while going to college at night studying marketing and public relations. In less than a year I went from Customer Service Coordinator to the youngest Sales Representative in the company. In 1996 I moved to Corpus Christi, Texas and worked at a Marketing and Employee Development Firm as an Account Executive. As a prerequisite for being hired I had to take a DISC Personality Profile and attend a class that would help me understand my good traits and change my bad habits. This really helped to better enhance my natural skills and develop a balance in all areas of my life. I was so amazed at how much it changed my life that I went on in later years to develop a workshop of my own called "Successful Personal Productivity".
I left the firm in 1999 as a Senior Account Executive and moved to San Antonio. Because I has such a strong belief in taking care of my clients, I often rebelled against management telling me to close more deals and spend less time managing my accounts. Using everything that I had learned, I decided to hang out my own shingle as an Independent Consultant working for companies in the areas of Marketing, PR, Employee Development and Management Training. I also started giving free classes at the Small Business Development Center to help start-up companies find funding and market their new business.
In 2003 I had more clients in Austin than San Antonio and after falling in love with the city during my business trips, decided to move there and permanently plant my roots.
Over the last six years I realized I had a knack for sharing information and motivating people to reach their full potential. It wasn’t long until people started hiring me as their Life Coach. My friends and clients, who also call me the “Human Encyclopedia”, would often tell me that I should give speeches based on my training workshops and personal coaching.
Wow I thought! A Public Speaker!? Holy cow, that seems pretty scary, but I researched everything I could about it and proceeded to start embarking on that new path.
In my experience, people respond to sincerity and passion for what you believe in, so I knew that I could never give a canned speech. After much consideration, I decided to write my own material based on my learning experiences and how they had changed my own life and the lives of others I have helped in the past. I practiced for a year and even attended a 4 day public speaking boot-camp.
Oh my God, I was so scared the first time, but I got through it without too many bruises and it became easier each time I got up there to speak.
Soon people started asking me how they could purchase my books. All I could think was, “Are you kidding me? What books?”, I laughed. I thought about it and said, “Why Not?”. Think of how many people you can help with your speeches and books.
So I would have to say that my major influence in writing is to truly to help as many people as I can to know themselves, find their special purpose, live in happiness, abundance and with childlike enthusiasm.