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What's my story?
Growing up, everyone thought I was practically a mute because I seemed quiet and shy. I have two older sisters, and they are both very talkative (especially my oldest sister). I can remember trying to say things at the family dinner table, and sometimes no one would hear me except my middle sister who would just snicker and laugh at me because she knew no one heard me! Occasionally, my mom would notice me trying to speak up, and she would say, "Shhhhhhh!!! Everyone be quiet!! Carol has something to say!!" Then everyone would stare at me in shock as if they didn't even know that my vocal chords worked.
After my sisters left for college, I realized that I was not even close to quiet or shy. In fact, I've turned into quite the extrovert over the years. But one of my hurdles in life has always been the subconscious block that "no one listens to me." My stepmom (a psychologist), theorizes that is why I became a communication professor: so people would HAVE to listen to me. After all, students are a captive audience, right? I think there is a lot of truth to that on a subconscious level.
I now have a Ph.D. in communication (hmmm ... I wonder why I chose that field of study!). And I am deeply fascinated with how the messages we get from everywhere (our parents, our peers, our teachers, the media, ourselves, etc.) shape who we are. So many of our beliefs came from communication that we heard through our lives, and we internalize them as if the are fact. Many times, we aren't even aware of how our negative beliefs are holding us back (like my subconscious block that "no one listens to me").
That's why I want to help you. I want you to become happier and love yourself more. But it all starts with examining your thought processes and then committing to changing your way of thinking. I should know ... I'm living proof that it works. I have since overcome the block of "no one listens to me" (among many others). And if I can do it, you can too!
So that's my story. Well, the personal side of it anyway.
Now here's the "boring" part (the professional credentials):
My career in motivating people started when I earned my Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Nebraska, and it has continued to this day as a professor at Wright State University ... and now even beyond that. I love taking my knowledge outside the classroom. Besides teaching, I am a regular expert for the following: the Living Dayton TV show, eHow.com (video), Lifehack (writer), BrainSpeak Magazine (columnist), and Inspiyr (member of their expert network). I also co-host Live Laugh Learn TV (an online TV show), and I write articles for many other motivational websites, including The Huffington Post.
I have personally taught thousands of people many life-changing strategies in my classrooms, workshops, books, e-courses, videos, articles, as well as on the radio and television. I have seen individuals make great improvements in their lives by applying these skills. I thrive on helping people see new and better ways to experience life. See the 'Speaking' page for more information about the topics I speak and write about.
I have also spent many years presenting research at professional conferences, as well as doing consulting, training and workshops for businesses, schools, organizations, and the general public. I have been blessed to work with groups of all kinds - from companies like Advocare International to hostage negotiation teams (a sampling of the organizations I have worked with can also be found on the 'Speaking & Training' page).
I’m also the author of several books, Radical Relationship Resource: A Guide for Repairing, Letting Go, or Moving On, Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: 101 Motivational Ideas for Lasting Happiness, and We’re not that Different: Two Sisters’ Religious and Spiritual Journeys.
I hope my life's work has a positive impact on your life - whether you are part of one of my seminars, reading one of my books, taking an e-course, seeing me on TV, or following my web talk show. Because I want you to love life and be your best self!
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