Authentic Speaking U was launched by Norma T. Hollis, a professional speaker, trainer and coach for over 20 years. Norma’s passion is to help people find, live and share their authentic voice and make a difference in the world. She was the first African-American woman to own a speaker bureau for ethnic speakers and ushered in a flood of bureau focus on African-American speakers. She is also an expert in authenticity as it relates to self-awareness. Norma researched human nature from personal, professional and spiritual perspectives for over 30 years to understand what it means to be authentic, then created programs and processes to help people connect with their authenticity.
In Authentic Speaking U Norma combines her passion, experience and expertise to offer a training program that helps people who have a gift or a calling for speaking. If you have something to share to make the world a better place, Norma wants to help you become successful. She designed Authentic Speaking U for new and emerging speakers to help you gain clarity on your message and earn income through speaking.
One of Norma’s core beliefs is that each of us have a purpose. When people decide to embark on a speaking career the message that they share as a speaker is generally aligned with their life purpose. Authentic Speaking U helps speakers gain clarity on their purpose, align it with speaking and teaches you how to turn that purpose into paying speaking opportunities.
Norma entered the professional speaking arena in 1996 and for 12 years booked speakers on college campuses as well as local, national and international events. She learned two important lessons during this time. The first was the nature of speakers. She found that 99% of those who came to her for speaking assistance had a desire to make a positive difference in the world. She learned that speakers are heart-centered people with great passion for humanity.
Her second important lesson was that people come to speaking from many different places. Some wake up one morning with a clear calling that they are to speak. Some have been struggling with the decision to speak while trying to figure out how to make it happen. Others were ready to leave a corporate job and leverage the experience as a speaker. Then there were those who had been speaking for some time yet still had not found success.
When a speaker approached her she first had to identify where they were on the journey to become a speaker then adjust her perspective to meet the needs of the speaker.
As a result, she created a system to help speakers, no matter where they were on their journey. This system is called the R.A.P.I.D.S. Speaking System. Using her system, you will learn the process to become a professional speaker and shave multiple years off your learning curve while gaining clarity and direction to launch or expand your speaking career.
Over the years of running the speaker bureau Norma created lots of products, produced many events and met many icons within the industry. Authentic Speaking U contains the best of what she has found and learned about the speaking industry, organized in a way that is easy to follow and easy to learn from. As you learn to find, live and share your authentic message you will also learn more about yourself and become more authentic.
According to Norma, the most memorable speakers are those who are authentic. You should be one of them.
Welcome to Authentic Speaking U. Enjoy the journey to find, live and share your authentic voice!
Watch this video and learn the basic components of the R.A.P.I.D.S. Speaking system.