We had the good fortune of connecting with Ramona J. Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ramona J., how does your business help the community?
Glossophobia is still the number one fear in the world. People fear public speaking more than death! While we don’t yet have the cure to stage fright, we offer other helpful solutions. Our trainings and coaching services provide the one ingredient most people lack when speaking in front of an audience; CONFIDENCE. What’s our formula for building confidence? Existing knowledge + extreme preparation. We are changing lives globally by showing our clients how to communicate messages and ideas efficiently and effectively.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an educator. After finishing undergrad, I never thought I would become a teacher. I started out subbing, then earned two teaching certificates in Speech and Family Consumer Science. Shortly into my teaching career, I became the World Champion of Public Speaking. I took a brief hiatus from the classroom to travel the world speaking. Now, I do a little bit of both. Teaching is my profession, speaking is my passion, inspiring is my purpose. My biggest challenge was seeing the value in myself and following through. Before obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, I dropped out of college four times. After becoming a mom, I buckled down and finished. I’m currently pursuing an Executive MBA. I want the world to know that once you see the value within yourself, the world will be blinded your light.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Houston, TX. There are innumerable hang outs in this great and vast city. As far as restaurants, we would visit the Turkey Leg Hut, The Breakfast Club, Lucille’s, and Soul Vegan. We would visit the Waffle Bus and grab a daquiri from one of the cool daquiri shops. Of course, shopping and ice skating at the Galleria. At Trader’s Village we will see what hidden treasure we can dig up from local entrepreneurs. As far as night life, Washington Heights and Prospect Park. Hiking at Kickerillo would be on the list too. Maybe hit the beach down in Galveston!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister Ashley Smith-Jackson definitely deserves a shout out. She motivates me and pushes me beyond my perceived limitations. She’s an asset to my success. She is my role model and a phenomenal leader.