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Can Your Day Dreams Come True?

by | Nov 20, 2019 | 0 comments

Teenagers have more questions than answers. I was no different. When I was in high school, I loved to read history books. I’d often, lay across my bed—peering through my gold wire-rim granny glasses—and ask myself the same question: “How can I make a difference?” I wanted to impact many lives…to make a difference!

My first dream job was to be a teacher—to follow in the family business. My parents were university professors (they both taught at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA for more than three decades). So, when I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a history teacher. Teachers can make a difference!

Then, as a high school senior my father saw me struggling to pick a college major. “Roz, what do you like to do,” he asked. “I like to write,” I said. Then Daddy said, “You should major in journalism”. So, I spent the next eight years chasing that dream. I wrote for my college newspaper and covered higher education as a newspaper reporter in Charlotte, NC. Then I realized I liked writing, but I didn’t love writing! Journalism was not my dream job.

Have you ever found yourself doing something that pays your bills but doesn’t feed your passion? I found myself doing that more times than I care to recount. I spent more than 20 years in corporate communications—churning out monthly newsletters and helping company executives craft messages—before I realized I liked corporate communications, but I didn’t love it. Being an internal communications writer/editor was not my dream job, either.

I kept looking for a job that lit the fire of passion in my belly. Then, in the spring of 2003, I fell in love. When I joined the Darden Toastmasters Club, I discovered the sweet joy of writing and delivering speeches. For nine years, public speaking was my side passion. But life has a way of putting you on the right path.

In 2012, I retired from Darden’s corporate communications team. A year later, I hit the dream job lottery. In 2013, I became a public speaking coach and started my own business communications training company, Better Speaking Skills. Now, I make a difference and impact lives.

How do I make a difference? One coaching client and presentation audience at a time. I’m on a mission to change each client and audience in three ways. I use my 3-D (distinctive, dynamic, delivery) coaching philosophy to help business executives, especially women:

  1. DISTINCTIVE – Bring your distinctive or unique skills, talent and strengths into your presentations.
  2. DYNAMIC – Craft a dynamic presentation that touches hearts and moves your audience to take action.
  3. DELIVERYDeliver a message supercharged with your passion, power and personality.

Can your day dreams come true? Yep. My day dream came true. Now, I coach, present, and share tips, tools and techniques to help you make a difference in your company, community and the world! I’m living my dream!

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Rosalyn Porter

Rosalyn Porter

Rosalyn Gist Porter, MBA, founded Better Speaking Skills after more than 20 years in corporate communications as a manager, writer, and editor, for major corporations such as Lockheed Martin. Today, she helps coaches, business owners, executives, salespeople, sales teams, and other professionals increase sales, confidence, and influence with powerful public speaking and presentation skills! Rosalyn is Certified World Class Speaking Coach and a proud member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando.

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