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Debra Peppers        

Emmy Award-Winning TV Host; Motivational Speaker and Educator

Debra D. Peppers Ph.D., is an educator, motivational speaker, television host on WTJR and radio co-host on KJSL/KYFI.

Dr. Peppers was one of only five teachers inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame upon her retirement from teaching English, speech, and drama in St. Louis, Missouri. Among her honors is the Emmy Award-winning play "Choices," as well as outstanding alumni at Webster University where she is on the adjunct faculty in the Master's program.

Peppers hosted a daily three-hour drive-time radio talk show, "Talk from the Heart", a call-in interactive radio program with uplifting Christian topics from 1996-2006. Currently, she hosts a weekly TV program, "The Outreach Connection," where her tagline is Shakin' the Salt with Dr. Peppers. In February 2011 Peppers' Television Program "Outreach Connection" produced and aired their 200th episode on WTJR In Quincy, Illinois on affiliated Christian Television Network.

As an author she is in over 20 publications, including "Living Your Dreams," "God Allows U-Turns," "A Father’s Embrace,"Best Practices," five editions of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" and her own books, "It’s Your Turn Now".

Peppers is a member of the National Speakers’ Association and has traveled to all 50 states and 60 countries. Her speaking often incorporates her personal story of a 100-pound weight loss and having been a former high school dropout.

Speech Topics


Motivation/Humor/Keynote

If you are looking for a high-energy keynote speaker or emcee for your next event, Dr. Peppers is your choice. Debra brings humor and wisdom tailored especially for your group as she “does her homework” in advance . She devotes herself to finding the specific needs and intentions of each particular group and incorporates stories, quotes and research specifically relevant for your audience. Debra brings fun and passion as she loves to interact with the audience, often speaking with several members in advance in order to incorporate their story during the program. As a ten year radio and television host, Dr. Peppers has a knack for spontaneity and interaction with the audience. She will have your participants both laughing and yet deeply moved and inspired as she shares “her story “ and those of others as well . One of her unique abilities is writing hilarious poetry specifically for the group addressed and weaving it in at the perfect time! Because of her expertise in the area of humor, inspiration and motivation, Debra is often invited back year after year by many groups and organizations as every presentation is an original!

Stress Management

In this fast-paced society, in which we live, everyone needs practical tools and guidelines for getting or keeping the momentum going. Dr. Peppers has the right prescription by incorporating both research and humor, while leaving the audience with real guidelines for personal as well as professional application. Learning how our physiological and intellectual responses are often dictated by our emotions, we learn to realize the enormous amount of time and energy we spend on the petty things that don't really matter. Dr. Peppers incorporates the "urgent vs. the important", rekindling enthusiasm, and practical tools for not internalizing situations. Most content, peaceful, joyous people have several traits in common, and most are acquired not innate. The audience will learn how to play upon their strengths, find their niche, and develop the style best suited to them to enjoy where they are on the way to where they’re going!

Communication

We often hear the saying, “ It’s not what you say but how you say it.” Dr. Peppers demonstrates in this program that both are important! In today’s society it is more crucial than ever to develop plans to be proactive rather than reactive in any interaction with others, whether in the workplace, at home or in the community. Dr. Peppers teaches the audience have strategies for remaining professional and calm, while responding with confidence. She also shares how to establish positive relationships, to de-personalize and redirect conversation when needed. In our fast paced and highly technical world, Debra emphasizes that both written and oral communication must be addressed. She stresses the importance of. both verbal and non-verbal communication “do’s and don’ts” in the areas of tone, body language, facial expression and gestures. We all have areas of communication where we can improve and in today’s society it is crucial we learn to integrate them both personally and professionally.

Leadership

Like it or not, each of us is called to be a leader in some capacity-in the home, the workplace, or the community. If leaders are "born" that way why do so many who achieve leadership status seem the most unlikely? Most great leaders have several traits in common: and most are acquired not innate. In this motivational presentation Debra teaches the audience how to play upon their strengths, find their niche, and develop the style of leadership best suited to them. From an office worker to the president of a company, from a teacher leading a classroom to the superintendent leading a district, the measure of one's success as a leader, is not in what you get others to do but how well you can lead them to do it. Dr. Peppers encourages the audience to realize that the particular leadership role we each hold, is both a responsibility and an exciting opportunity to encourage others by example as we all achieve a higher degree of success!

Health/Wellness

All of us sometime feel like our lives are chaotic and out of control. But we cannot properly function when we are constantly overwhelmed and overextended. Dr. Peppers compares our hectic lives to a balancing act as she shares practical information for much needed relief. Whether you’re a stay at home mom managing a household, a career person balancing work and family, Debra presents keys that will help you learn to dissect your time and as you value experiences, and find time to live with more joy, vitality and peace in the midst of a chaotic world. Debra will provide you with the keys to reduce stress and find greater balance in your complicated, stressful life. Most of us are more able to help our friends and family than we are ourselves and need to bring ourselves back into the equation. Even when we think we have no time, me must begin to attend to our forgotten needs and longings. Dr. Peppers teaches we must balance our responsibilities to others with responsibility to ourselves, obligations with enjoyment, work with play, and activity with rest. The audience is inspired to reduce stress, restore sanity, and find greater balance and fulfillment in everyday life.

Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones

If you are looking for a high-energy, humorous keynote speaker or presenter for your next event, Dr. Peppers is your choice. Debra mixes wit with wisdom tailored especially for your group, for she “does her homework” in advance. She devotes herself to finding the specific needs and intentions of each particular group and incorporates stories, quotes and research specifically relevant for your audience, some of it contributed by audience members themselves beforehand. Sponsors as well as the audience love how Debra brings a timely relevant message of overcoming obstacles, wrapped in fun and passion. Interacting with the audience comes easily for her as a ten year radio and television host. Dr. Peppers has a knack for spontaneity and will have your participants both laughing and yet deeply moved and inspired as she shares “her story “ of former high school dropout to Hall of Famer Teacher, TV and radio personality. She has the audience both laughing and crying with the precision of a 20 year member of the National Speakers Association and now International Speakers Association. Because of her expertise in the area of humor, inspiration and motivation, Debra is often invited back year after year as every presentation is an original!

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News


From High School Dropout To Missouri-Recognized Top Educator

Dr. Debra Peppers was a high-school dropout and troubled youth who overcame the many obstacles in her path to achieve tremendous success as a teacher. She earned a doctorate, induction into the Teacher Hall of Fame, and eventually taught on the masters level...

Keynote speaker motivates teachers

The only thing we really know that works in schools, Debra Peppers says, is to help people one at a time. “How many of you had a teacher that believed in you?” Peppers asked. “I did.”...

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