Dr. Charles Petty

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.

Want to Bring Dr. Charles Petty to your Event?
Check Availability

Available Presentations Include:

Climbing the Ladder of Success and Taking Your Family with You

Hilarious insights on work-life balance and how to take care of family while taking care of business. Perfect for all groups and especially when guests/spouses are in the audience.

More About this Presentation

Roaring Fires, Flickering Flames, Dying Embers Or Cold Ashes?

This motivational presentation focuses on the importance of maintaining energy and purpose in one’s life and work, and suggests some ways to achieve and maintain a healthy productivity. Helps managers, sales people and employees to "keep the fires going."

Brochure PDF   

More About this Presentation

Ambush at the Generation Gap

Understand generational differences in the workplace from Baby Boomers to Generation X to Millennials (Gen Y). This entertaining and educational 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 one's personal and professional lives.

More About this Presentation

Performance Schedule

11/3/2018Casper, WYGraduation Event
9/5/2018Winston-Salem, NCTraining Event
8/15/2018Paris, TXCounty Wide Convocation
4/12/2018Nebraska City, NEMaterial Manager's Retreat
2/2/2018Kansas City, MOFundraising Banquet
10/23/2017Frisco, TXVendor Appreciation Luncheon
9/6/2017Winston-Salem, NCAnnual Training Event
8/23/2017Oklahoma City, OKAnnual All Hands Meeting
6/23/2017Fort Worth, TXSummer Conference
2/18/2017Norman, OKAnnual Convention
1/5/2017Wisconsin Dells, WIAnnual Dairy Producers Conference
9/10/2016Brinkley, ARAnnual Awards Banquet
5/26/2016Little Rock, ARAnnual Conference
2/5/2016Des Moines, IAAnnual Learning Seminar
1/14/2016Ruidoso, NMSouthwest Hay and Forage Conference
6/15/2015Sioux Center, IAAnnual Meeting
5/18/2015Elizabeth City, NCAnnual Meeting
4/10/2015Orlando, FLAnnual National Convention
2/5/2015Atmore, ALAgriculture Appreciation luncheon
2/3/2015Savannah, GA40th Annual Southeast AeroCultural Fair

Agriculture Reviews

15 Reviews: Association, Chamber, Corporate, Agriculture, Education, Finance, Transportation, Most Recent

SciMax Solutions

"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 (Des Moines, IA) 2/5/2016

Sioux County Dairy Board Promotion

"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 (Sioux Center, IA) 6/15/2015

North Carolina Potato Association

Agriculture Speakers and Entertainers in Elizabeth City, NC

"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 (Elizabeth City, NC) 5/18/2015

United Bank

"Dr. Petty did an outstanding job. He took the time with us beforehand to understand the event and audience and tailored the material to them perfectly."

VP Marketing & Business Development, Agriculture Appreciation luncheon (Atmore, AL) 2/5/2015

Florida Agricultural Aviation Association

"Dr. Petty was perfect for our group! He was very professional, on time and available to chat with our attendees. His family oriented message was spot on for our aerial applicators; humorous and inspirational. I don't think I have ever heard them laugh as much as they did Tuesday evening. He set the stage for a spirited auction and raffle that followed his presentation. Comments from our group were very positive. One attendee wanted the contact information. He thought he might be perfect for an upcoming meeting. Personally, I was extremely pleased! Thank you so much!"

Executive Director, 40th Annual Southeast AeroCultural Fair (Savannah, GA) 2/3/2015

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

"Dr. Petty was wonderful! He went above and beyond to make sure he communicated with me in advance, as well as on the day of the event to make sure he was dialed in and we were feeling good on our side too. It was also very nice to have him available for a conference call to talk to the events committee in advance. We have heard extremely good feedback thus far from those in attendance at the event. Thank you again for the recommendation."

Director of Events and Programs, SAIF Agri-Business Banquet (Salem, OR) 1/23/2015

The Andersons, Inc.

"Dr. Charles Petty was one of the highlights of our day at our Customer Appreciation Day Event! Our customers and our employees have only had wonderful things to say about Dr. Petty (in fact, one of our customers asked me to provide them with his contact information). Dr. Petty's humor, along with a very impressive motivational presentation were absolutely wonderful. The time that he spent with us was very entertaining and meaningful. I personally connected with Dr. Petty and found him delightful and very easy to work with! I would highly recommend Dr. Petty as a keynote speaker at any event."

Administrative Assistant, Customer Appreciation (Oregon, OH) 7/23/2014

Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc.

"We were very pleased with Charles Petty!!! He was wonderful."

Executive Assistant, Annual Meeting (Decatur, AL) 2/26/2014

Tennessee Association of Fairs

"I can't say enough nice things about Charles Petty. He was a pleasure to work with and the crowd loved him."

VP Middle TN Division, Annual Convention (Nashville, TN) 1/17/2014

Where does Dr. Charles Petty perform?

Dr. Charles Petty has recently performed in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, just to name a few.

Want Customized Recommendations for your Event?
Request a Free Proposal