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Bill Hoogterp      

CEO & Founder / Own The Room

As it relates to public speaking, I was lucky to have the chance to become a paid speaker relatively young (including doing my first commencement speech in my 20’s). As I went on to other work in the non-profits and internet, I developed a niche, tips and tricks for teaching other people to become great speakers– the system which has become Own The Room™ ™.

It has been my pleasure to deliver Own The Room™ to companies on five continents, across many sectors, along with other leadership trainings and executive coaching. I have been asked, which is the most fun group to train; business executives, celebrities, athletes, lawyers, others? My answer is ‘high brain speed.’ Whenever you meet smart people who want to gain a powerful skill quickly, it’s a joy to work with them.

I have been fortunate to draw on real business examples for speaking through my experience co-founding CMI Marketing with Michael Sanchez and Andrew Shue. CMI’s website CafeMom has become phenomenally successful because of their and many other’s leadership. I have also worked with amazing partners like Jim Mustacchia at Mountain Lakes International, Jim being one of the best thinkers and trainers I have ever met. This work has also allowed me to volunteer with wonderful non-profit efforts like Into the Streets, Do Something, The LEAGUE and now the biggest volunteer network in the nation, Points of Light/HandsOn Network, where I am honored to serve as a Senior Advisor to Michelle Nunn, the CEO.

My wife, Maria, and I reside in New Jersey. My greatest career achievements include getting to coach Peter'’s little league team the last few years and teaching Anna to be the youngest kid to dive off the Verona community pool big diving board. Bringing it back to speaking, we would love to help you and your company make a splash in your field. You will be surprised how fast you can become terrific presenters, so why not jump in and find out.

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