Hooked on the power of the spoken word
“We were given a peek inside the strategic process,” Eric recalls. “I'll never forget the moment I heard the news that Calgary had been selected to host the games. It was a defining moment of my career. I was hooked on the power of the spoken word. ”
Eric started his communications career as a government public affairs officer in June, 1982, and wrote his first speech for a senior government executive less than a year later. “It was a retirement speech, so it was fairly low risk,” he says. “But I worked almost five hours to craft that five minutes. I received a lovely note from the speaker, which I still have.”
He left government in September, 1985, and set out on his own as a freelance communication consultant. For the first eight to ten years of his freelance career, he wrote hundreds of speeches for executives in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, earning local, national and international awards for his work.
In the 1990s, he began providing presentation skills training and one-on-one coaching. Over a span of thirty years, he has helped thousands of clients from six continents develop effective, compelling, meaningful content for a host of speaking challenges. He has helped them deliver that content memorably with a conversational style, delivered one bucket at a time into the long-term memory of those listening.
Eric holds a bachelor of professional arts in communication studies from Athabasca University and a two-year diploma in advertising and public relations from Grant MacEwan College (now Grant McEwan University).
He is an accredited business communicator (ABC), an accredited public relations practitioner (APR), and a master communicator (MC)—which is the highest distinction that can be bestowed upon a Canadian member of IABC. In 2014, he was named a member of the College of Fellows of the Canadian Public Relations Society (FCPRS).
Most importantly, however, he and his spouse enjoy travel via motorcycle. So far, he has logged more than 230,000 kilometres traversing the width and breadth of North America on two motorcycles, a Honda ST 1100 and a Honda Gold Wing.