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. He 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. 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. B's Buffeteria in Hiawassee, GA. His presentations motivate, inspire, entertain and inform his audiences. The reason for his popularity is simple: Audiences laugh and learn!
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.
"Mr. Petty was a pleasure to work with. He is very professional, he is prompt, and he relates to the audience very well. His material was good and received well by our audience."
- Chair, Mineola Hay Show in Mineola, TX
"Outstanding presentation skills. Subject matter was spot on for an educational audience. Dr. Petty shares a wealth of knowledge through personal and professional experiences. As a superintendent of a school district, I highly recommend Dr. Petty for your next in-service."
- Superintendent, Staff Development in Fritch, TX
"Dr. Charles Petty's presentation was the highlight of our conference. He combines humor with a positive message to keep the audience engaged. Even though he was only hired to perform for an hour, he spent most of the day with us, getting to know his audience prior to his performance. We would highly recommend Dr. Petty to other organizations!"
- Director, Graduation Event in Casper, WY
"We had Dr. Charles Petty back this year for an encore performance. Once again, Dr. Petty did a great presentation for our group. He tailored his comments to the attendees and everyone enjoyed and appreciated his comments."
- Executive Vice President, Training Event in Winston-Salem, NC
"Dr. Petty did a great job. The audience was totally captivated by his humor and the message that he delivered."
- Executive Vice President, Annual Training Event in Winston-Salem, NC
"The feedback on Charles Petty from staff was very good and they connected with his overall delivery of a serious message in a light hearted way. He tailored his comments to fit nicely with our overall theme and he gave hilarious illustrations of the points he was making. I would give high recommendations to anyone looking good old fashioned uplifting yet meaningful keynote."
- CEO, Annual All Hands Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK
"Dr. Petty was a hit with our crowd. He geared his presentation to our audience which included students ,teachers, parents and school administrators. He was perfect for that event. He certainly has my recommendation for anyone looking for high level entertainment with a positive message."
- Executive Director, Summer Conference in Fort Worth, TX
"I want to thank Charles Petty for being a vital part of our conference. Among the feedback received was 'Charles was a great speaker. We need more positive, remind-us-of-our-mission-type speakers… He was wonderful!... I loved Charles Petty… good to be nourished in spirit… Dr. Petty was an outstanding combination of an entertaining speaker who educated us on soft skills… Mr. Petty was awesome!... Please bring Charles Petty back.' Thank you again!"
- Executive Director, Annual Conference in Little Rock, AR
"Everything with Dr. Charles Petty went very well. Our clients really enjoyed him and his presentation. I would definitely recommend him, and will also be in touch with you on future needs."
- Team Leader, Annual Learning Seminar in Des Moines, IA
"Dr. Charles Petty met our expectations. He did an exceptional job of communicating with me prior to the event. He told me after the event that the crowd was younger than he had expected and that was somewhat evident in the feedback that I got too. He was good for everyone but the older audience members seemed to like him more, they thought he was great! The younger of the crowd thought he was still good, but didn't enjoy him as much. His material was appropriate."
- Board Treasurer, Annual Meeting in Sioux Center, IA
"Dr. Petty did a great job of entertaining the crowd. He was prompt, professional, humorous and motivational. I've heard great comments on his performance from several that attended. You did a great job of helping us! Thank you!"
- Executive Director, Annual Meeting in Elizabeth City, NC
"Dr. Charles Petty said exactly what our people needed to hear. Our crowd consisted of people in their mid 30's to early 70's. Everyone got a new insight in dealing with someone in a different generation. I highly recommend Dr. Charles Petty as a keynote speaker for any group and all generations."
- Project Manager, Annual National Convention in Orlando, FL
Dr. Charles Petty has recently performed in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, just to name a few.