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Charles Petty  

Humorous Professional Motivational Speaker

Charles Petty... is a funny, educational and inspirational professional speaker. He has the rare ability to package profound, life-changing truths in humor. He has a soft southern accent and uses original humor that is never off-color.

Dr. Petty says, "My job as a speaker is to put: A smile on faces; Information in minds; Motivation in hearts; Inspiration in spirits; and Make the program planner look good!"

Charles’ programs range from 15 minutes to 3 hours. He is at his best doing keynotes and speaking after a meal. Opening and closing sessions are his specialty. He also does multiple presentations.

Over 30 years ago, Charles Petty’s father was inducted into the National Sports Hall of Fame for his ability to shoot a gun. Charles entered the National Speaker Hall of Fame for his ability to shoot off his mouth – which should give hope to every parent whose child fails "Conduct" in school, as he did.

Charles Petty has spoken enough to earn the designation, "Certified Speaking Professional" (CSP) from the National Speakers Association. That same organization thought Dr. Petty spoke so well it elected him into its CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, along with such legends as Art Linkletter, Zig Ziglar, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Earl Nightingale.

The CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is the prestigious lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism bestowed by the National Speakers Association. It is the highest professional speaking award given to speakers who have been evaluated by their peers and judged to be among the top professionals in the speaking profession. From thousands of speakers, only five can be inducted each year. There are currently only 168 Hall of Fame members.

Speech Topics

"Climbing The Ladder of Success AND Taking Your Family With You"

Hilarious insights on how to take care of family while taking care of business. Dr. Petty (1) helps audiences understand the impact of family relationships upon job performance, (2) shares some principles that help achieve success in balancing one’s job and family, and (3) motivates people to put these principles into practice. Perfect for all groups and especially when guests/spouses are in the audience.

"Roaring Fires, Flickering Flames, Dying Embers Or Cold Ashes?"

Some people have an enthusiasm for life, family and work. Others just go through the motions, dislike what they do, or constantly look for a new job or relationship. This presentation focuses on the importance of maintaining energy and purpose in one’s life and work, and suggests some ways to achieve and maintain a healthy productivity. Helps managers, sales people and employees to "keep the fires going."

"Ambush At The Generation Gap"

This presentation examines the difference in mind-sets of each generation, the origin of mind-sets, and the implications these mind-sets have for business and industry, as well as for one's personal and professional lives. The premise is that one does not manage people or sell goods or services but rather manages/sells mind sets. Profound truths are packaged in humor. Audiences laugh and learn.

Chambers of Commerce:

"Winning Communities Are Made Of These: Strong Economy, Caring Volunteers And Stable Families"

This humorous presentation highlights the three areas necessary for every great community: strong economy, caring volunteers and stable families. Dr. Petty affirms the role of the Chamber in each of these areas. Especially appropriate at annual meetings.



Dr. Petty presents hilarious insights on how to help students achieve their dreams. The purpose of this presentation is to (1) remind participants of the impact educators have upon students, (2) share some principles that help empower students, and (3) motivate/inspire educators to put these principles into practice. Serious career and life-changing message packaged in funny stories and illustrations.

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