COACH WHITE AS A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
As an academic faculty member at Georgia Tech (1989-1996), Carol A. White took an active part in the professional chapter of Toastmasters International. Already a frequent speaker at teachers’ meetings, the years as a football coach at Georgia Tech (1985-1988) had brought requests to appear before business and civic groups. Invitations to national and regional coaching clinics, as well as huddles of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, exploded. Serving on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Educators increased that demand. Expanding the role of speaking to educate into the art of speaking to motivate was a natural progression. She now has ten topics which can be modified to suit the needs of civic and professional groups, and she is willing to travel throughout the fall and winter months or on spring evenings during the week.
Coach White’s ice-breaker speech at Toastmasters, entitled “And Gladly Teche” from a Chaucer quotation, recounts three strong professional influences in her life and leaves a message designed to promote mentoring. She has used it many times to get the attention of young adult audiences before giving presentations on leadership, empowerment, goal-setting, and overcoming adversity. She speaks with passion, rarely reading prepared statements, and moves from the podium to “work” the audience.
Not surprisingly, many of Coach White’s speeches deal with believing in yourself. In the corporate world, she addresses success as a non-traditional worker, success as a new hire, success as a supervisor, and handling stereotyping. The recruiting seminar provides direction on finding the best opportunities for college scholarships. For women’s organizations, she uses stories of unlikely heroines to provoke creative thinking.
“People must motivate themselves. The role of the speaker is to serve as catalyst for action. If I can help people remove barriers to activity, they will be free to design new approaches. This is also the basis of successful coaching.” This philosophy and the following extract from Coach White’s resume’ embody the message she brings to diverse groups.
Success is something over which you have control. Prepare adequately for each day, set realistic goals, and do your best for the people you encounter that day. A good reputation is based on positive one-on-one interactions, not on mass appeal. Take pride in what you produce. Do not feel that you must meet other people’s expectations for your life. Evaluate yourself. As long as you know your business, you are what you say you are. Do not wait to be invited to be a success. Set your own goals, and strive daily to achieve them.
Contact Carol A. White at 706-549-2695 in Athens, Georgia, to schedule speeches for civic, business, and athletic functions.