Dr. Charles Petty

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.

Available Presentations Include:

Work-Life Balance Speaker
He offers humorous insights on juggling work-life balance and managing family responsibilities while handling business. Ideal for all audiences, this talk resonates even more when guests or spouses are present, blending laughter with relatable life lessons.

Recent Reviews

Mineola Hay Show Speaker | Mineola FFA Alumni Association

"Charles 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, TX

Staff Development Speaker | Sanford-Fritch ISD

"Outstanding presentation skills. Subject matter was spot on for an educational audience. Charles shares a wealth of knowledge through personal and professional experiences. As a superintendent of a school district, I highly recommend Charles for your next in-service."
- Superintendent, Fritch, TX

Graduation Event Speaker | Wyoming Leadership Education and Development

"Charles' 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 Charles to other organizations!"
- Director, Casper, WY

Training Event Speaker | Savers Marketing

"We had Charles back this year for an encore performance. Once again, he did a great presentation for our group. He tailored his comments to the attendees and everyone enjoyed and appreciated his comments."
- Executive Vice President, Winston-Salem, NC

Annual Training Event Speaker | Savers Marketing

"Charles did a great job. The audience was totally captivated by his humor and the message that he delivered."
- Executive Vice President, Winston-Salem, NC

Summer Conference Speaker | Texas Rural Education Association

"Charles 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, Fort Worth, TX

Annual Learning Seminar Speaker | SciMax Solutions

"Everything with Charles 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, Des Moines, IA

Annual Meeting Speaker | Sioux County Dairy Board Promotion

"Charles 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, Sioux Center, IA

 Speakers and Entertainers in Elizabeth City, NC
Annual Meeting Speaker | North Carolina Potato Association

"Charles 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, Elizabeth City, NC

Agriculture Appreciation luncheon Speaker | United Bank

"Charles 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, Atmore, AL

40th Annual Southeast AeroCultural Fair Speaker | Florida Agricultural Aviation Association

"Charles 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, Savannah, GA

Annual Meeting Speaker | Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc.

"We were very pleased with Charles!!! He was wonderful."
- Executive Assistant, Decatur, AL

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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, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, just to name a few.

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