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Joseph Sommerville  

As the leading authority on the language of influence, Joe Sommerville shows professionals how to increase sales, visibility and credibility by creating more persuasive messages. He founded Peak Communication Performance in Singapore in 1997 and moved the company to Houston in 2001. 1,500 audiences from 25 countries have benefited from Joe's programs on topics such as designing powerful presentations, the language of influence and using speaking as a rainmaking tool.

His unique system, The 7 Keys To Creating Powerful PresentationsTM is based on research from over 8,000 presentations in a variety of contexts . Joe's experience in business, international agencies and associations makes his approach field-tested and results-driven.

He serves on USA Today's Entrepreneurs Advisory Panel. In addition to his regular column for New Business Today, he is the author of several articles on effective presentations, business communication and working productively in cross-cultural environments. He has been featured as an expert on communication in numerous trade and professional journals and appeared on CNBC's Smart Money Program.

He received his AB from Wabash College and his MA and PhD from the University of Iowa. In addition to his performance consulting, he has held academic positions at The University of Iowa, Indiana University, Wabash College, Nanyang Technological University and the MBA program at Houston Baptist University.

He enjoys outdoor sports and photography. His photographic work has taken him to several Southeast Asian countries where he documented the lives of rice farmers for a book and CD Rom Project. In 2001 one of his photographs was awarded the Wee Memorial Award at the International Salon of Creative Photography.

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