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What You Can (and Should) Expect from Me as a Speaker
- Prompt, professional replies to your online inquiries and your phone calls and email messages.
- A personal phone consultation with me and/or a member of my team prior to your event, in order to put together the best program for your audience.
- A customized presentation prepared and delivered (typically 60 minutes in length but available between 15 and 90 minutes) with energy and professionalism in order to achieve the objectives you’ve identified for your event.
- An customized online page on my blog for your event and your attendees that includes my presentation materials and links to relevant books, articles, and other resources I’ve put together or produced.
- A telephone debriefing after the event with myself or one of my team members, to address an follow up requests and to ensure your event expectations were met.
As a Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator and author of Everyday Money for Everyday People, I have a decade of experience speaking as a personal finance expert for large and small groups. I have facilitated nearly 900 presentations, classes and workshops for thousands of participants, been interviewed for television shows, newspaper columns and magazine articles, and have served in financial literacy leadership positions across the country.
Since 2004, I’ve served as Director of Education for the National Financial Education Center at Debt Reduction Services Inc, a nationwide nonprofit credit counseling agency. As Author of Everyday Money for Everyday People (2014), I also develop educational programs and produces materials that teach personal financial skills and responsibilities. I currently serve as president-elect of the Idaho Jump$tart Coalition, chair of the Ethics Committee for the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and as a member of the Council for Certification of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. I am also a member of the program coordinating committees of several affordable housing authorities.
Whether speaking to large groups (such as to 600 women at the Smart Women Smart Money conference in Boise, ID in 2012) the general session of annual conferences (such as to 250 members of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education in Jacksonville, FL in 2011) or school classrooms and small business employee training meetings, I take great satisfaction and professional pride in inspiring others to make financial changes for the better in their lives. I have published articles and booklets addressing topics ranging from marriage and money to raising financially smart children, from recovering from bankruptcy to controlling holiday spending.
I also served in 2009 as a volunteer Spanish and French language interpreter at the Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games in Boise, in 2008 as an evaluator of the Pre-Professional Certification Test for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and have served frequently as a financial education awards judge for various conferences and associations. In 2007, I helped to draft the course standards for Idaho’s Mathematics of Personal Finance high school course. An eagle scout myself, I have also served in multiple adult leadership positions in scouting.
Here’s a link to our Everyday Money Academy “Course Catalog” that lists and describes our various classes, certificate of completion programs, and course materials:
Top Everyday Money Presentation Topics
- Everyday Money for Everyday People
Great for the general audience, from teens to seniors, beginners to the rest of the 60% of Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck (or worse). This presentation addresses Values, Generosity, Expense Planning, Credit, Debt and Savings. By the way, HOW do you move your household budget from Friend to Frenemy? And WHY does good credit still matter, even if you’re not buying a new home anytime soon.
- Everyday Money for Everyday Zombies
Like our Everyday Money for Everyday People presentation, but for Zombies. Get it? Financial Zombies, like the rest of the undead, wonder about seeking only to consume, without apparent reason or rationale, and are never satisfied. But is it possible to bring one back from the financial undead? There is always hope!
- Credit and the Interest Insomniac
Credit is one of the least understood topics related to personal finance, yet still one on which we tend to fixate as a society. This enlightening presentation reduces this complex topic to a single word while also providing details of what to look for on your credit report and what the most influential factors are of a credit score.
- Project DEBT-o-nation
This surprisingly enjoyable and insightful workshop provides practical, “how to” advice and tips for dealing with current debt and for identifying signs of impending financial challenges in just about any household.Find motivation and feel empowered to take (back) control of your finances by envisioning a practical and achievable debt free existence without complicated theories and forced lifestyle changes.
- From Financial Crisis to Financial Stability: Dealing with Unemployment
Unemployment, along with impossibly high medical bills and divorce, tops the list of household financial crises. While these situations are extraordinarily challenging, all hope is not lost. Learn what you can do before, during and after unemployment to improve your chances of short- and long-term financial recovery.
- Fighting for Our Financial Lives: Surviving Medical Bills
Whether they result from accidents, short-term illnesses, or chronic conditions, medical bills from hospitals, doctors, and service providers can seem like a blow to us when we’re already down. Learn your options, with or without insurance, for minimizing the frustration and for maximizing your long-term financial recovery.
- For Richer or for Poorer… but Hopefully for Richer: Newlywed Finances
Money is the single most common subject of arguments in marriage and can quickly end the honeymoon even for newlyweds. Forget the crystal punch bowls and the matching dish towels, give your newlyweds the gift of a lifetime of financial teamwork and cohesion by sending them to this class
- Spending by Color
This fun and insightful workshop begins with a brief 30-question self-evaluation of each our own spending personalities (yes, most of us have a multiple spending personalities, and that’s okay).
Together we’ll identify six major spending tendencies and motivations to which we may be susceptible. Each is assigned a color and discussed in depth. There’s not necessarily one color to which we should aspire over another. Rather, each color is a part of us throughout our lives. However, some colors do present greater enticements for overspending than do others.
- Roadmap to Financial Stability
The foundation of our legacy series of personal finance seminars, this workshop employs a new, fun and practical approach to everybody’s least favorite financial topic: Budgeting.• Why don’t most people know what their annual net income is and why is this so critical?
• Why are $1,000 house or rent payments easier to make than a $800 car repair bill?
• What key step is missing from virtually every single household budget that fails?
• What are 5 myths that non-budgeters use to justify their lack of attention to their finances, and what are the realities that debunk these myths?
• What are 8 small and seemingly inoffensive expenses that tend to add up to what we can “Dollar Dumps?”
• How can two otherwise rational adults (spouses) sit down together and discuss finances without coming to verbal blows?
Other Popular Topics
- Painful Finances: Convenient but Excessively Expensive Borrowing Options
- Simple Savings Systems for Everyday People
- Dollar Dumps and Spending Barriers
- Everyday Money for Everyday Teens
- Everyday Credit for Everyday Teens
- Everyday Money for Everyday College Students
- Everyday Credit for Everyday College Students
What Presentation Hosts and Attendees are Saying Hosts
- “Best presentation of the conference!” – August 2014 Teacher Training
- “Super engaging, helpful information!” – August 2014 Teacher Training
- “He had really good rapport with the [first grade] students. The kids…integrated the curriculum into their lives. I overheard a student say, ‘Mom I want the toy. I know I don’t need it, but I want it.'”
- “We definitely will recommend you to our partner agencies” – University student support services center
- “This is one of our most loved classes!” – Income improvement services organization
- “Very informative and enthusiastic to help people understand.” – Refugee orientation agency
- “Todd did on amazing job. Thank you very much.” – Housing authority
- “This presentation was so worthwhile & will greatly benefit our clients! Thank you!” – Counseling center
- “We greatly appreciate Todd & the professional manner in which he works with our facility.” Community work center
- February 13, 2014: Smart Women Smart Money Conference, Boise ID (3 Financially Fatal Mistakes that Keep us in Debt Forever)
- June 27, 2013: American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Houston TX (You Need a Value-Added Credential)
- October 13, 2012: Smart Women Smart Money Conference, Coeur d’Alene ID (Who Wants to Live Like a Millionaire?)
- October 26, 2012: Smart Women Smart Money Conference, Boise ID (Who Wants to Live Like a Millionaire?)
- September 8, 2012: Your Money Matters, Meridian ID (Painful Finances, and Debt: The Ball and Chain)
- August 30, 2012: Idaho Coalition against Identity Theft, Boise ID (Identity Theft and Your Credit)
- June 25, 2012: American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Indianapolis IN (Creating Personal Advantage through Certification)
- November 17, 2011: Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, Jacksonville FL (Professional Ethics)
- November 19, 2010: Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, Denver CO (Resistance Is Futile: Financial Education Momentum Building)
Previous and Ongoing Presentation Hosts
- Baby Steps at St Michael’s, Boise ID
- Brown Mackie College, Boise ID
- El-Ada 2nd Chance Housing, Boise ID
- English Language Center, Boise ID
- Easter Seals/Goodwill/Working Solutions, Boise ID
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