Dr. Charles Petty
Hall of Fame humorous 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.
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Charles Petty, Ph.D., CSP, CPAE, is a humorist who has spoken to over 3200 different audiences in 50 states and 14 countries, primarily on work/life balance. Dr. Petty has the rare ability to package profound, life-changing truths in humor. He has a soft southern accent and uses clean, original humor. He 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
His presentations are perfect for a keynote or following a meal, and especially when spouses and guests are present. Dr. Petty is President of Family Success Unlimited, located in North Carolina, and since 1985 all he does is eat and speak. He was inducted into the National Speaker Hall of Fame in 1998, joining such speaking legends as Art Linkletter, Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale and Zig Ziglar.
Dr. Petty speaks to trade associations, businesses, chambers of commerce, volunteer and civic organizations, as well as teachers and educators.
Charles was reared on a farm in Arkansas and was educated in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas for 22 consecutive years, which means he is either well educated or a little slow! He has been a counselor, visiting professor, executive in large corporations and on the North Carolina Governor's senior staff. He is married and has two grown children, four grandchildren and a grand dog.
His presentations can last minutes or hours, be primarily funny or more educational, whichever the program planner wants. He has spoken to as many as 27,000 or as few as 3! His venues range from the 21 Club in New York City to Mr. Bs Buffeteria in Hiawassee, GA.
His presentations motivate, inspire, entertain and inform his audiences. The reason for his popularity is simple: Audiences laugh and learn!
Most Requested Topics
Climbing The Ladder Of Success And Taking Your Family With You
The purpose of this presentation is to (1) help participants understand the impact of family relationships upon job performance, (2) share some principles that help achieve success in balancing ones job and family, and (3) motivate people to put these principles into practice. Profound truths about work/life balance are packaged in humor. Program participants will laugh and learn!\
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 humorous presentation focuses on the importance of maintaining energy and purpose in one's life and work. Attention will be given to what happens when the fire goes out of a person's life; what are the stress points that cause flame out; and some ways to achieve and maintain a healthy productivity. Extensive humor is used to help participants laugh, learn and be motivated to keep the fire 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 ones 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 insights about the different generations are packaged in humor. Dr. Petty will explain why Grandma steals sugar from restaurants while granddaughter drinks Starbucks. Audiences always laugh and learn.
Educators: Shapers Of The Dream
Dr. Petty presents humorous 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. Dr. Petty reminds audiences that everyone, from bus drivers to administrators, from custodial to clerical staff, from classroom teachers to cafeteria staff, educates and influences the destinies of students. Serious career and life-changing message packaged in funny stories and illustrations.
Winning Communities Are Made Of These: Strong Economy, Involved Volunteers and Healthy Families
Dr. Charles Petty shares humorous insights on the three key ingredients that make up a winning community. These ingredients are: Strong Economy, Involved Volunteers and Healthy Families. Without money, there can be no services. Volunteers build and sustain the humanization of every community. Families are the foundation upon which every institution rests. Dr. Petty presents serious community-changing ideas packaged in humor. The audience will laugh, learn and be affirmed!
Volunteerism: The Building and Sustaining of America
The purpose of this humorous/motivational presentation is to remind participants that volunteerism built and sustains this nation; the importance of volunteerism today a what it takes to be successful; the difference it makes in their lives; and the difference it makes in the lives of those they serve. A major emphasis is for participants not to become victims of compassion fatigue. This presentation is motivational, affirmational, educational and inspirational in nature. Participants laugh, learn and receive encouragement to show up tomorrow.
Available for: Corporate Event, Trade Show, Convention, Conference, Awards Banquet, Staff Appreciation Dinner, Special Event, Festival, Fair, School, College, Country Club, Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Christmas Party, Benefit, Fundraiser, Concert, Private Party, Keynote, Association