Gina Schreck was a successful regional sales director of a personnel company, managing and training their customer service reps and salespeople. But while she loved training people, she hated having to manage them. So, in 1995, Gina and her husband quit their day jobs and founded Pinnacle Achievement, a company that specialized in corporate training.
Training quickly led to speaking. For the last decade Gina has spoken about 100 times a year. Though she began in sales, her experience as a business owner and mother of four has given her the expertise to speak on everything from taking advantage of new technology to practicing “safe stress.” She has served as the president of the Colorado branch of National Speaker Association and continues to lead her training company, which was rebranded in 2006 as Synapse 3Di.
Below is an excerpt from volume 1 Finding Speaking Success: Mentoring Tips from the Masters, featuring Gina and 25 other highly successful professional speakers.
Q: What do you attribute your success to, and did you have a mentor?
A: My husband and I worked together in the training world. He’s extremely analytical and our differences have made it a very good business partnership. He helped me focus on things I hated to focus on. When I began speaking, I had a mentor my first year in Leanne Thieman. She is just fabulous. She was so kind and she really helped me see how important it is to clarify what it is that you want, and what you need to bring forward.
Q: Are you now or were you ever involved in NSA or Toastmasters? And if so, how have those organizations benefited you?
A: I’ve been involved with NSA for nine years. I was the president of the Colorado chapter from 2007-2008. I really jumped in with both feet, which is important in any association. Get involved. You need those mastermind groups. Whether it’s through NSA or on your own, it’s important to have another person to help hold you accountable.
Gina is all over the internet, in far too many places I could possibly begin to cover… but if you are on Twitter, should should at least follow her and ’emulate to learn.’
Here’s one thing most people don’t know: Gina was the first person I ever asked to be in the book. It was in watching her speak that the idea for my second title came to mind. Almost a year later, I was sitting down at her home for this interview… through many mutual acquaintances, we had become surprisingly good friends. I feel blessed indeed!