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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How far do you travel to speak?
Do you speak French or other languages?
What kind of humour do you use?
How can you speak to such a variety of audiences and deliver information pertinent to their unique organization?
Why do you speak to young entrepreneurs?
Do you mentor people?
Are your books being published in other countries?
How long do you spend at a client's event?
How do you keep your audiences' interest and really drive home your messages?
Why did you sell your accounting and tax public practice?


Q. How far do you travel to speak?
A. I've had invitations to speak in Bermuda, New Orleans, Texas, North West Territories and Toronto, to name a few. As long as it is logistically viable, I will make every effort to accommodate long-distance requests. I believe the message of succeeding in business talks a universal language. I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life, and being one- quarter French-Arabic-Hungarian circus gypsy, traveling is in my genes.

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Q. Do you speak French or other languages?

A. Non, I don't speak French, but I am multilingual. I speak English, Canadian and Australian.

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Q. What kind of humour do you use?

A. I am not a stand-up comic nor do I try to be. I have learned that in every audience there is someone of every minority, and I would hate to offend anyone. Therefore I prefer to laugh at myself or real-life situations that I have experienced, not at other people. I do believe that life is too short to be serious, and that a sense of humour - even if a little warped - is both a lifesaver and a necessity.

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Q. How can you speak to such a variety of audiences and deliver information pertinent to their unique organization?

A. Business is business the world over, and I've had over thirty year's diversified business experience. However, I spend a great deal of time researching my clients' needs, talking to people within their industry and researching and reading pertinent information. Each keynote or workshop is carefully customized.

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Q. Why do you speak to young entrepreneurs?

A. Our youth is the future of our nation, and young people have so much to offer. They are creative, eager, full of vitality, often unfettered by society's rules and regulations and refreshingly honest. It is our duty as adults to help them however we can. They inspire me.

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Q. Do you mentor people?

A. I believe that we should all mentor others and share our experiences and information. Therefore it is not often that I turn down a request for help. That is why I offer free on-line help and information and the many resources on this Web site. I've helped many people, from business to encouraging fitness to publishing and writing. The inner rewards of doing this are immeasurable.

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Q. Are your books being published in other countries?

A. Now that the new edition of Business for Beginners is available, I am looking to have both books published in other countries and North America. Any offers? Business for Beginners is currently being published in Russia, but it is taking time. It is also available through the U.S. in the Globalstar Software business plan software programs and through Amazon.com. I do hope to publish U.S. editions of both books. I've had some great feedback from people in the United States who have read the book, including a university self-employment program, a college professor, an international company's sales manager for Europe, a German writer and columnist, and a Hollywood movie producer!

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Q. How long do you spend at a client's event?

A. I don't just fly in and out. Where possible, I arrive at least the day before the event to familiarize myself with the venue and the attendees and to meet the conference organizers. I will attend conference events, be available to answer questions both before and after my presentations and by phone and e-mail when I return. I always follow up and send evaluation summaries and any other relevant feedback to clients.

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Q. How do you keep your audiences' interest and really drive home your messages?

A. I carefully structure each presentation - whether a keynote or an all-day workshop - so that it is a combination of techniques. Some people are visual learners, others are audio learners, and some have to learn by experience. Therefore I vary the presentation by using techniques such as props, audience participation, detailed handouts, true-life stories, audience brainstorming and sharing, and book and prize giveaways. The variety, motivation and participation builds group rapport and a positive learning environment. And I hope we have some fun too.

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Q. Why did you sell your accounting and tax public practice?
A. Because I preach doing what you love best and what you are passionate about, and I lost my passion because so many people failed in business or were not willing to change. I saw too many broken marriages through business failure, and children being used as the pawns. Why should they suffer? By focusing on doing what I love the most - speaking, and writing - the audiences for both books and speaking are usually positive and receptive to learning and change.

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