Tamara Hall is a motivational humorist and seminar presenter. She has spoken for educators, business people, volunteers and youth in 49 states and 9 Canadian provinces.
Tamara has a B.A. in Speech and English Education and a Masters Degree in Education/Counseling from Montana State University. She has diverse background in education and business that includes work as a college instructor, speech coach and account executive for a Television station and film company. She owns her own business, Communications Plus.
Tamara is a recipient of the National Speakers Association's Certified Speakers Professional (CSP) designation. The Montana State University Alumni Board and the Chamber of Commerce chose her Businesswoman of the Year in 1990. Tamara was also selected as a finalist for the Outstanding Young Woman of America Award. She is most proud of being a finalist for Montana's First Lady Award for service to Montana's children with special needs. Tamara writes a regular column for her local newspaper and presents television commentary for the evening news. Tamara also hosts a bi-weekly radio talk show.
Tamara was elected four times to the Bozeman school board and served as chair. She also served on numerous state and national educational committees including three terms on the Montana School Boards Association. She served on Montana's Sex Equity Council and co-chaired a four state conference for Women in Sports.
Tamara is married and has three children. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.
WHAT'S RIGHT WITH EDUCATION? PLENTY!
This presentation will offer an inspirational, humorous tribute to those educators who have dedicated themselves to helping young people learn.
These are not easy times for educators. The basic tenet of education is that each child has a right to a free education that addresses the child's unique needs. This ambitious goal has inherent rewards but it also has the potential to create high stress. Attacking education has become a favorite pastime, conflict is inevitable and never-ending calls for reform often result in discouragement.
Although it is important to evaluate the present educational system in terms of statistics and numbers, it is equally important to remember that successes with the individual child are often not reflected in those numbers. This presentation will be a humorous and motivational celebration of today's educational system which recognizes the wonderful diversity of children and staff alike.
"I haven't been able to get anything done since your speech of Tuesday morning. There are so many calls, e-mails and personal notes about "that wonderful speaker." And it's hard to walk down the hall because I get stopped by people who want to talk about your impact on them. It's absolutely a great way to start a school year, and I thank you sincerely for sharing your experiences, your travails, your good spirit and your humor. You have made a lasting impact of the people who work in the Roanoke County Virginia Schools."
LEAD THE PARADE OR GET TRAMPLED: Handling No Child Left Behind Accountability and student assessment are not passing fads. They are a reality. Educators, administrators and school board members can chose to lead the reform or stand on the sidelines wondering what happened. This humorous, motivational and practical presentation will inspire you to take charge of change in your schools and community. Tamara addresses the challenges and solutions of educating a constantly changing population.
"Thank you for the electrifying keynote speech you presented at the Florida School Board Association/Florida Administrators Association Annual Spring Training Conference. The theme of the presentation was very uplifting for school board members and school district personnel who are currently struggling to meet the numerous legislative, community and business demands on education. I appreciate your conscientiousness, advanced preparation, engaging message and the follow-up of the conference."
EDUCATION ONLY WORKS IF WE WORK TOGETHER: Involving Parents In The Education Of Students
Parents, educators and business people share the common desire to see children become productive healthy citizens. Schools have inherited a myriad of social problems and, in spite of financial and emotional commitments, it has become clear that schools alone cannot solve all societal problems. This humorous, motivational presentation will show community leaders, educators and parents how they can work together to help kids be all they can be. Participants will discover that it is imperative to work as a team in order to help children be successful.
"BURNOUT IS NOT A WAY TO KEEP WARM!"
The Road To Life Is Paved With Purpose
Too many business leaders have forgotten how to laugh and keep their lives in perspective. Tamara reveals how to stay focused and successful while handling the myriad of challenges facing today's employers and employees. Audiences learn through the healthy process of laughter how to define success and keep their lives in balance. Tamara's humor and humanity will help you rediscover your priorities and take charge of your life.
"It was day four of our conference and weariness was twitching about the corners of semi-glazed eyes. Then you took up the microphone. An hour later the weariness was gone, replaced by diaphragm-driven adrenaline and laughter. You held up a mirror so we could see that we are all concerned about career progress, job security and family. To paraphrase a slogan, "Try her, you'll like her...and so will your group!" -BHC Securities
TAKING CHARGE OF CHANGE
Technology is exploding, organizational change is the status quo, downsizing is a daily event and job loyalty is a thing of the past.
The unknown is always unnerving and yet the unknown has become the norm in the stress-filled environment of the new millennium. This presentation will give you practical skills for handling change, stress and communication challenges. You will learn to be an inspirational leader who builds a successful team.
"You worked extremely hard to ensure your presentation for the Northwest Florists' Association was valuable and relative to our industry. You received the highest ratings we have every experienced. It was wonderful to witness a standing ovation of the 400 plus in the audiences. In all my years in this industry this was only the second time that audiences responded in such an enthusiastic manner." -DJL Jones Wholesale, LTD, Canada
"STAYING UP IN DOWN TIMES"
Developing a Resilient Spirit
We know life isn't fair. We know relationships, both professional and personal, are imperfect and difficult. However, knowing this does not always make it easy to accept life's tough challenges. This presentation will give you practical skills for turning adversity into opportunity.
"You had over 100 management personnel at the conference sitting on the edge of their chairs listening intently to topics relative to our business environment." -Blue Cross and Blue Shield