"You can have a marvelous life or you can marvel at life - the choice is yours."
- Deb Sofield

Speaker

Matt P. says, “Deb gets my high praise as a speaker. She has a no-nonsense, uplifting, can-do message that encourages, cajoles, and pushes you to reach your fullest potential. She really convinced me that I could live my best life ever.”

Whether you’re 16 or 60, Deb’s presentations offer insight, inspiration and a winning message to anyone who wants to get ahead and make a positive difference to change the world. Deb’s common business sense and southern sense of humor makes for entertaining, information-packed and fun-filled presentations that leave the audiences wanting more.

 

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15 Rules for the Road™

Fear of public speaking is the number one phobia in the nation, according to Advertising & Marketing News’ Book of Lists. Yet there is probably no business skill more important than the ability to speak to an audience of any size.

The rules are changing and this refresher course is all you need to bring you up-to-date on what works in today’s fast paced, 24/7 Twitter infused marketplace. Deb’s 15 Rules provides a tool kit and a wide range of guidelines and tips for your success – everything from personal presentation to communication and strategy for women who want to craft their speaking skills for rock star status.

Join nationally known speaker and trainer Deb Sofield and re-learn at least 15 Rules for the road that will keep your audience awake as you make your next presentation memorable.

Public Speaking Skills for the Professional™

Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression, Executive Speech & Presentations Coach Deb Sofield shows you how to win your audience from “hello!” This experienced politician and savvy businesswoman has faced aggressive editorial boards, hostile political opponents, indifferent customers, and an audience of thousands – inspiring all with her entertaining and information-packed presentations on success and leadership. Deb knows all the tricks of the trade and shares them with you! Whether you’re making a presentation before city council or interviewing for that perfect job, you’ll learn tips of the trade on everything from gathering material for your remarks and speaking confidently to dressing for success. Deb even shows you how to deal with hostile questions and technical difficulties. In “Public Speaking Skills for the Professional” let the Sofield Strategy work for you. Come bolster your self-confidence and leave your next audience wanting more!

Media Savvy Presentations ™

Today’s top executives have a lot more in common than mastering the boardroom and the bottom line. The most elite in the field – those we read and hear about – have learned the art of mastering the media. They have no other choice. In our high-tech, high-speed, media age of Twitter, blogs, Facebook, Tivo and 24-hour, up-to-the-minute news cycles either you move quickly and decisively to define yourself, your product, and your company – or you allow others to define you. Let Executive Speech Coach, winning politician and successful business-owner Deb Sofield, show you how to craft a meaningful message and keep one step ahead of a frenetic media in her cutting-edge seminar for busy executives. In Deb’s Media Savvy Presentations, leaders like you will learn to view the media not as an adversary but as an ally in promoting your product, your message and your point-of-view. Using the Sofield Strategy, you’ll learn how to craft a message that will resonate with skeptical reporters and their audiences, build a rapport with live audiences, and connect with the camera during a videotaped interview. If you’re ready to take your leadership skills and your company to the next level, mastering media strategy that will leave people talking – Call Deb Sofield today!

The UnSpoken Rules of the Game™

Feeling overlooked, ignored, or invisible at work? If you’ve ever secretly wonder what you’re doing to sabotage your own career, or why others enjoy all the lucky breaks – it’s time you learned Deb Sofield’s amazing, “Unspoken Rules of the Game – 5 Habits That Will Change Your Life.” In this lively discussion, Deb Sofield examines the five foundational bad habits that keep women from realizing their amazing potential. You’ll laugh a lot and learn more as you:

  • Explore ways to take advantage of every opportunity for leadership in both your personal and professional life
  • Change the way you communicate
  • Exploit your natural abilities and attributes
  • Strengthen others’ perceptions about you and maximize your message in the marketplace using the Sofield Strategy

If you’re ready to take charge, be noticed and move upwhile maintaining your natural leadership style, join Deb Sofield and change the course of your career!

Misfits, Mavericks, Renegades & Rascals™

(Good luncheon or after dinner talk) History is chock full of leaders who started out as losers, loners or laggards. But when their time came, they answered destiny call. And in many cases, changed the course of our lives. In this powerful message on leadership, National Speaker Deb Sofield delivers one of her most insightful and sought after presentations on the essence of leadership drawing from real-life examples and lessons from history. Deb examines the common characteristics that all dynamic leaders share and leaves today’s leaders with important tips for leaving a lasting legacy. Leaders answered the call and so too, changed the fates of countries, companies and people. Hear the stories of those who have gone before and left a legacy we all know. Come join Deb Sofield for an exciting lesson on the qualities of lasting leadership with history’s misfits, mavericks, renegades and rascals.

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance – Even You!™

Here is the truth – hard questions yield honest answers and that is what national speaker and trainer Deb Sofield will talk about in this powerful, life changing session. You can either marvel at life or have a marvelous life – but that choice is yours alone. And change only happens when the pain of remaining the same is worse then the pain of changing. Executive Speech & Presentations Coach Deb Sofield understands that at some point in your life you accepted limitations…most likely when you were you young… So join Deb to revisit some of those decisions with an adult perspective – with adult capabilities – to change your life for the one you deserve. The simple fact is you can decide what your life can be… so join Deb to lead you in this life changing discussion.

Your Campaign Speech – How to Wake Them Up – Win Them Over and Make Them Give You Money™

In today’s high-tech, fast-paced world, elected leaders and candidates for office need to be savvier than ever. From fundraising, to command of the issues, debate and speech prep – to appearing at ease with the media and constituents alike – today’s politicians need to present the total package to impact a mostly uninformed, uninterested and unresponsive public.

In this custom tailored program, Deb helps each client identify the reasons for seeking office. Deb then uses that as a base to develop a strategic communication package to help you sell your message to voters, the media and for use in speech, editorial boards, and debate prep. Deb’s strategy includes important techniques for building a political platform on serious issues and ideas, crafting your message, and dealing with negative opposition.

A few sessions with Deb Sofield and you will be running a campaign for the history books – a winning campaign defined by you – not by your opposition or the media. Call Deb today to get started on the path to victory!

Note: Deb Sofield knows that burden increases on the female candidates who also have to justify to a skeptical public why she wants to hold public office. That’s why Deb has developed a Campaign Strategy specifically for women – Call today to learn more.

Putting Advocacy into Action – 10 Tips On How To Talk to Your Legislator

Remember what Tip O’Neal taught us “that all politics is local” and today that is truer than ever. Times have changed with the advent of Twitter, Facebook, and My Space and the general warp speed of daily life. We are more connected than ever and if you are out of the loop it could cost you an election, cost your town precious funds, and harm your district.

You are in the driver’s seat, so do your town a favor and monitor what gets done on the federal, state and local level and make sure what you are expecting is really getting done and not just being given lip service. Come and learn how to put advocacy into action.

5 C’s of a Successful Political Campaign™

Money, Politics & Media in the 21st Century. To run for Public Office today it takes 5 C’s – Cash, Contrast, Conviction, Confidence and Communication. In the 5 C’s of a Successful Campaign, Deb provides a tool kit for any potential candidate looking to build their campaign from the ground up.  A wide range of guidelines and tips include everything from personal presentation to communication and strategy.

Learn and understand the skills, actions and attitudes needed to win your next campaign. Of all the useless books written on how to run for public office (by well meaning pontificators who have never run themselves) come and meet one who has run and WON. In this compelling, fact-packed seminar offered exclusively for candidates, Deb examines the reasons why politicians need to craft a message to find the money, contrast themselves with their opponent, carry themselves with confidence and power, have the courage of their convictions and communicate in a way that makes a profound and lasting impact in a on those who come to hear them speak.

Time with Deb Sofield could mean the difference on Election Day.  Don’t miss this informative and empowering presentation on the building blocks of a successful campaign. This seminar lays it on the line – no holes barred – no chads hanging. Prepare for battle.

Effective Management of Any Audience™

Why do people ask challenging questions? Because conflict creates drama…and we’re a drama society. Join Executive Speech & Presentations Coach Deb Sofield as she shows you how to establish a positive perception with your audience by giving them the confidence that you can manage adversity, show your audience that you can stay the course, and maintain control of your audience throughout your presentation. In this powerful seminar, Deb offers new insight on how to use your voice, your body and your words wisely – to defend yourself and your organization. Whether you are company president or political candidate come and learn the process to maintain control of every situation when a question is asked.

3 Bones™

(Good luncheon or after dinner talk) In science class you learn that when you were born your body had 300 bones. And as you grew some of these bones began to fuse together and the amazing result is as an adult you now have 212 bones. As important as all those bones are, Executive Speech & Presentations Coach Deb Sofield has learned that in life you really only need 3 Bones. Come learn the life value of your 3 most important Bones.

Lesson from the Geese™

(Morning Challenge Session) People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. Sometimes we get so focused on our own roles that we forget the common purposes – caring for one another. Join Deb Sofield for a simple reminder of what we’re all striving for – to connect, to care, to encourage others at our best and highest level – come learn from nature how to direct your own path for success.

Swear, Steal, Cheat & Drink™

(This is a talk for youth) Parents beware: this talk is not for you! Starting tonight, Deb Sofield wants to encourage every teen to take a walk on the wild side, throw caution to the wind, let your hair down, lighten up and have fun, forget the rules, from this day forward and every day for the rest of your life Deb is going to teach you how to how to swear, how to steal, how to cheat and how to drink. Executive Speech Coach (and former successful teenager) Deb Sofield is going to rearrange those four bad habits to give you a fighting chance for an amazing life.

 

what deb’s fans say

Yours is the only newsletter I read to fuel my journey for success…thank you for providing my rocket fuel…   – NT

Deb Sofield was the most requested speaker year after year at our annual Southern Women in Public Service conference.  Women political leaders, seasoned and novice, couldn’t wait to hear her tips on speaking.   There is no better teacher of presentation skills than Deb Sofield, and we are fortunate she has compiled her knowledge in this book. – William “Brother” R., Associate Director, John C. Stennis Center for Public Service

Thanks for sharing your greatest tips for us to fight in the battle and change the world. – Kate F.

Not only did you do a fabulous job speaking with us, you took the worries we had about public speaking away. – Kianna M.

Thank you for the presentation by Deb Sofield that was given for the Women of the City. To be encouraged and motivated is one of the best gifts one can receive.Taking control of the mental game, especially of space and power, was intriguing and memorable because of Deb’s visual and comical portrayal. And we’ve all been told that body language speaks volumes; thus the tips for improvement were fabulous.Kudos to each of you for your involvement in supporting the women in our workplace. Fondly, – Lynn C.

What a pleasure meeting you, and hearing your presentation about using my voice when campaigning, last Sunday.  It was a wonderful, refreshing reminder of lessons I learned from voice classes during my acting days, many years ago.  Thank you very much for taking the time to come to Los Angeles and share your knowledge, insight, and wisdom! Thank you for being one of the many inspiring speakers that inspired me!  – Philip H.

I was an attendee at the Sister Giant conference in LA this past weekend. I have thought of you repeatedly since and just wanted to thank you for attending and contributing in the ways you did. I found your talk inspiring and practical. I especially admire and respect your presence given your political views vary so greatly from the majority of people in the room. It took a lot of courage to sit on the “party panel” and your willingness to come across the county to teach and share with us really made a big impression. Thank you for being such an excellent role model.  With thanks and love,  – Karie B.

I have taught acting and speech and was very impressed by your presentation!  – Joyce C.

Thank you, Deb, for your comments both yesterday and today at Sister Giant. I had literally stopped talking with my Republican friends because I couldn’t stand the anger, the fear, and the polarized opinions. I had become disillusioned and hardened by this election cycle. You got this Democrat to think warmly of a Republican and I agree that you earned a standing ovation. Thank you for that!!!  Carry on, friend! – Val V.

Just finished listening to your Sunday presentation at Sister Giant – I am listening from Louisville KY via live streaming – you were phenomenal – spoke directly to my soul and made me think more than twice (and I’m a democrat!)… – Kathy F.

Evaluations from Deb’s Speaking

You received the highest rating of any session at all three conferences. I only received a grade of 7.72 for my session, one session only received ratings in the 5’s so know that your 9’s are truly significant – i.e. our folks don’t just always rate everything high.

‘This was by far the highlight of this conference. The info was valuable and interesting.’

‘So much good info with loads of humor thrown in. Amazing speaker.’

‘Worth the money for the whole conference.’

‘Now this is professional development. Bring her back!’

‘If every presentation were this powerful and educational, we would truly see a difference in our organizations.’

‘Loved her logo! Dynamic message- Excellent choice to end! Feel sorry for those who didn’t attend.’

I totally enjoyed Deb’s presentation style (please don’t change a thing) – she brings herself to the presentation – which is a breath of fresh air!

Very well done. Kept it interesting – practiced what she preached. Dynamic and entertaining.

Deb’s enthusiasm is catchy. She really made me feel comfortable and important. She was funny and the presentation kept my attention all the way to the end.

Wow, what a surprise to hear about “valuing who you are.” I’ve made some amazing changes in the past two years so I totally agree with what Deb said. My friend sitting next to me was in tears as “Deb” spoke about taking care of yourself and being positive. Thank you for sharing this information.

As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big. - Donald Trump