Obligatory stuff you want to know about Terri Langhans. Plus a few things you may want to know, but aren’t supposed to ask.
|Here’s what I look like…|
|…in the jacket that matches my hair,|
|in the one that matches my eyes,|
|and sans jacket.|
You can download these and other photos in various sundry formats, high res and low res on the Say Cheese page.
This is where you usually read how smart, talented, entertaining, experienced and effective the speaker is, written in the third person. Like I’m supposed to pretend I’m not here and someone else is bragging about me? Ha! I bet you’re smarter than that.
Stuff you want to know. I can’t remember when I wasn’t working in marketing or advertising. I’ve been on all sides of the proverbial desk…client, consultant and CEO. In fact, with 20-plus years I’ll admit to, I’ve worked for or with the government, education, healthcare, banking, software, vaporware, sales, retail, non-profits, manufacturing, services, small business and big business.
The official story. I’m the former CEO of a national ad agency and marketing firm that I started from scratch and sold to a publicly-traded Big Boy in the mid-1990’s. I did the earn out, and the you’re-only-as-good-as-last-month’s numbers thing, “retired” and I hardly twitch at all anymore.
Lessons learned on the front lines. When you do all that, something happens. You either go completely nuts, or you learn a lot. Sometimes the hard way. In my case, it was the latter. (Although it could have gone either way for awhile.)
And that’s what I bring to my presentations. Creative ideas, useable information and tangible tools that work in the real world. Right away. I care more about results than rhetoric.
That was then. This is now. Now I am COE—Chief of Everything—at Blah Blah Blah, my speaking and consulting business. I’m also a CSP–Certified Speaking Professional. Fewer than 10% of speakers worldwide (and only a couple of hundred women) have earned the CSP designation awarded by the National Speakers Association and International Federation for Professional Speakers. That makes me one of the few and the proud, albeit too old for the Marines.
I wrote a book. It’s called The 7 Marketing Mistakes Every Business Makes & How To Fix Them. It’s a book you can read in about an hour, but it will change the way you go about marketing forever. The book is a buck a mistake. As a keynote or workshop, it costs more.
Stuff you want to know, but aren’t supposed to ask. I’m the mother of three grown children. I gave my oldest and youngest my “yes-I-was-born-with-it” red hair. The middle one got my initials. I’m still married, and have been, for well over half my life now, to their father.
If I’m going to boast at all, it’s for being a second generation native Californian and a Minnesotan-by-Marriage. So there then, dude.
My favorite activities all involve water: skiing, boating, SCUBA diving, really hot yoga, sitting in a spa or just lookin’ at a lake.
Did you really think I was going to tell you how old I am?