Kim Wolinski aka Dr. DeClutter "Never without a story"
Kim is one of the 26 professional speakers featured in Finding Speaking Success: Mentoring Tips from The Masters which is a wealth of information from those who have managed to turn public speaking into a full time career.
Q. When did you first start speaking? How long until speaking became your full-time job/primary source of income?
A. It took about two years to go from, “I’m going to be speaker,” to, “I am now a full-time speaker!” I first began presenting workshops and seminars while in college, completing a counseling internship at a chemical dependency rehabilitation center. By the end of my social work degree, I realized I loved educating.
Through my enlightened advisor, Mary Adams at the University of Omaha, Graduate School of Social Work, I was able to create a Special Studies class where I developed workshops for nursing continuing education classes (CEU) at local hospitals. Upon graduation I moved to Denver, Colorado, where I started speaking for free to Rotary Clubs and other social and civic groups, as well as providing adult and nurses’ CEU at five Denver Metro area community colleges.
Within just a few months of teaching nursing programs I was asked to offer in-services at hospitals and speak at nurse and healthcare conferences, conventions and retreats. Then, through a community college business department, I was chosen to be a member of a team of trainers who offered programs for IBM, DOW, Martin Marietta and other corporations in the Denver area. Each program offered new levels of speaking including “spin-offs” into national and international conventions and conferences.