Are you ready to book Colleen for an event?

Booking a speaker for an event is tough, and it’s important to get it right. I know how hard it can be. Throughout my teaching career I sat on local, state, and national committees and booked speakers, and planned events.

And speakers – whether keynotes or breakouts – can make or break an event.

So how do you find a great speaker?

A successful event depends on choosing speakers who:

  • are professional and present a polished look while showing up on time.
  • are real…they are real people telling real stories.
  • are natural in front of people. Great speakers just “have it.”
  • have a unique message or perspective and deliver it in a way that inspires.
  • hang out. The best speakers are there for your event. They meet with their audience, sign books, share stories, connect, and answer questions.

Speakers like this help make your event incredible. Whether your event is a three-hour workshop for a handful of attendees, or a conference with hundreds – or thousands – of participants, you need a great speaker.

My goal is to be that speaker – that great speaker – you need to make your event a success.

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What Can You Expect?

Here’s what you can expect from me:

  • Prompt replies to phone calls and email messages.
  • A personal conversation prior to your event via phone, Zoom, or email to help me see how I can best serve your needs.
  • An announcement on my blog and throughout my social media channels about your event if you’d like it publically promoted.
  • A custom resource link for attendees that may include handouts, articles, or links to books and other resources.
  • A brief email follow-up after your event. I want to make sure you are happy, and I’m always looking for ways I can improve.


Why Should You Choose Me?

As an author, speaker, podcaster, and educational coach, I love encouraging parents and kids. I am passionate about raising children to be critical and creative thinkers, lifelong learners, and to pursue their passions. I am an advocate for gifted kids, and believe that those who parent our brightest – and most intense – kids need support and understanding… and chocolate.

And I know what I’m talking about – I taught gifted kids for over a decade and a half, and now parent and homeschool three of my gifted/2e and outside-the-box kiddos, and have graduated my oldest from our homeschool.

I adore the written word and love spending my free time researching and writing books that inspire kids to learn more and parents to incorporate hands-on experiences in all they do in their parenting and homeschooling.

I’ve shared with schools, churches, homeschool groups, moms’ groups, and at writing, blogging, gifted education and homeschooling conventions. I’ve spoken at local, state, and national events, as well as through online webinars and podcasts.

As you can see, my experience is varied.

I have a lot to share.

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My Most Popular Topics

I speak on topics related to:

  • gifted kids: parenting, homeschooling, advocating, intensity, twice-exceptionalities
  • homeschooling: gifted kids, multiple ages, interest-led, hands-on/project-based
  • parenting: gifted kids, adventuring together, becoming a team, social/emotional skills
  • balance life, homeschooling, homemaking, working from home, large family
  • lifelong learning critical thinking, creativity, reading, science
  • writing for children, freelance writing, educational writing, eBooks, blogging, balance

My programs are always customized – you tell me what you want to create and what you want your audience to come away with.

Some of my recent presentations include:

  • The Homeschool Advantage: A Child-Focused Approach
  • Raising Resilient Families: Strength, Confidence, & Emotional Intelligence
  • When Worry Overwhelms: Helping Your Anxious Child
  • An Atypical Homeschool: Helping Your Neurodivergent Child Thrive
  • Executive Function Skills: Wiring Kids for Success
  • Parenting with Wonder and Exploration
  • If He’s Really So Smart… What to Do When Gifted Kids Struggle
  • Finding Peace in a Life Filled with Intensity
  • Smart Underachievers: Reigniting a Love of Learning
  • Following Rabbit Trails: Interest-Led Homeschooling


Check My Availability

If you are interested in starting a conversation about how I can meet your needs for your next event or would like to request my speaker information packet, please get in touch. I can’t wait to design a program for you!