Expert Spotlight: Polly Letofsky

Polly Letofsky, the only woman to walk around the world, shares with audiences the details of her daunting journey started in 1999 to raise breast cancer awareness, and she provides inspiration and clarity on how each of us can make it through our own private daunting journeys.

Through a series of interview questions, Polly shares some of her most enlightening moments, insights into her life as a speaker, or personal quirks just for the fun of it.

What’s your favorite topic to present on, and why? 

My favorite topic to present on is “Little Steps, Big Feat,” because everyone can relate. Sure, not everyone has to — or wants to — take on a daunting journey like a walk around the world, yet we’re all going through our own individual journeys: getting out of debt, losing weight, raising teen-agers, starting a business. And they all have the similarity to a walk around the world in that you take one, small, manageable step at a time.

Three words that describe your presentation style: 

Lively. Inspirational. Fun.

What are some things that surprise you or inspire you about your interactions with clients/participants? 

I have yet to meet an audience member who has walked around the world (ha ha), yet it seems everyone tells me a part of the speech that they could relate to in their life’s journey.

Do you have a favorite quote? What/why? 

“Be yourself, who else is better qualified?”

What’s the most unusual location (or circumstances) you’ve presented in? 

The manager of an event center never showed up for an annual teacher’s convention I was speaking to. A group of 200 school teachers were standing outside the parking lot fretting and making last minute contingency plans.  A Marriott Hotel up the road took the group and scrambled to set it up. The teachers were naturally upset about the upheaval, and I knew that being the opening keynote speaker, I had my work cut out for me. I quickly re-planned my speech to use this episode to draw a parallel to the unexpected hurdles I met on the road. When they laughed uncontrollably, I knew they had climbed over that hurdle and went on to have a productive, albeit memorable, convention.

Standard Starbucks order?

Ooh, I love Pumpkin Spice Latte season! Decaf!

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