Thursday, April 24, 2014

Speaking 101

April 24, 2014 
Hey All:

You know I love you, right?  My blog post this week is Speaking 101.  I don't post a blog post every week but only when I have something really relevant to say or when I reach some type of milestone in my life. 

I can officially call myself an "audio producer" and "audiobook narrator."  I have 35 videos at Cathy Harris TV and I just finished my first audiobook "Diabetes 101: 3rd Largest Killer."   Wow...what an experience!!!  I can't believe I did it!!!

The audiobook will be available soon at, and and with me at my events especially since Diabetes is the number one killer of African Americans.  

At this point in my life, I really wasn't looking for anymore titles, but as a business owner, you will find out that you will end up doing a lot of the work your ownself especially if you want it done right.

I use to hate how I sounded on recordings.  But remember most people are their biggest critics.  Sometimes your biggest enemy will be that brain between your two ears telling you what you can or cannot do. 

Remember the old voice recorders, I thought my voice sounded like a frog but as I grew older -- I learned to love my voice.  We all have things that we don't like about ourselves and sometimes those things can become our greatest assets.  However, I still cringe sometimes when I hear my voice but at this point in my life, it's as good as it gets.

What everyone need to understand is that everyone is human and you should never give up on yourself and the possible talents you might have that can help others.  Remember everyone has some type of talent or passion which is of value to others.

Becoming a speaker was hard work along the way.  After being on anti-depressants for one year after I blew the whistle in 1998, not only did I have memory loss, but I had to work with a speech coach from a college just to learn how to talk again.  

I also attended which was very beneficial in helping me present to an audience which I recommend for any business owner especially all up and coming speakers and authors.

Medications of any kind will not only mess you up, all medications (especially antidepressants) will have side effects and will sometimes take away abilities that you may never get back again.  However, I am happy to announce my memories eventually returned and that was the only time in my entire life that I have ever been on medications.

When I retired from U.S. Customs in 2005, and launched my company,, I was a speaker but not an Empowerment Speaker.  So my company at that time was only a publishing company - not empowerment company. 

The only topics I was well-versed in was "workplace discrimination" and "international traveling" -- but most people don't fight back so I knew I could not build a second career on the topic of workplace discrimination or even international traveling -- so I had to gain access to topics that people really wanted to hear more about.

So how did I do that?  In order to gain valuable knowledge and put myself in a position to have access to great information, not only did I continue with a national e-newsletter that I had launched in 1998 to expose U.S. Customs, National Black Agenda Online, but my home and car literally became a learning center.

In 2012, I launched an initiative to show others what they needed to do to take control of their own lives and gain valuable information

Every step I have taken in my life up until now seem to have been in divine order to put me where I really needed to be to bring peace, joy, and happiness into my life and the people's lives that I care deeply about.

I want to thank everyone who have known me over the years for your support and others who are getting to know me now.  I wish you nothing but peace, joy, and happiness and as an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, I will continue alongside of you in the fight to make your lives and the lives of the people you care deeply about heaven...on earth.  Just remember "All in Divine Order."