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Whether it’s an entertaining business presentation, conference keynote,  classroom lecture, fundraiser, commencement address, or private gathering, there are few things I love more than sharing the joy of language with a live audience.

Martha Barnette with a microphone striding in front of a large screen with the A Way with Words logo


"Martha Barnette sparkled as our Sacramento commencement speaker.  She was the kinetic center of the ceremony.  Her sincerity and straightforwardness allowed our graduates to connect to her and to her words.  And because she is such a mistress of words, the audience was, at turns, enthralled, amused, and educated."

-- Patricia Potter, President, National University

"What a joy it was to have Martha Barnette as the keynote speaker at Ferrum College’s Women’s Leadership Conference!  She is a terrific, engaging, and animated speaker.  Her insight is keen, her wit is quick, and her intellect adds both depth and dimension to her presentation and her interactions with participants. Martha notices. She pays attention and is attuned to the nuances of the audience and to the culture of a place, choosing to learn about it and immerse herself. She is not a fly-in/fly-out speaker, but a partner in assuring an event’s success.  Faculty, community members, and students alike were energized and enlivened by her interactions with us.  Her presence with us was a gift, indeed."

-- Leslie T. Lambert, Ph.D., Provost/Executive Vice President, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia

"I had the pleasure of arranging for Martha to speak at the international conference of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. She was terrific — knowledgeable, relevant, engaging and funny. And she did her homework, making sure that her remarks were focused just right for this group. As a result, she immediately connected with the audience, and her speaker evaluations couldn’t have been better. I enthusiastically recommend Martha as a speaker, and hope we can bring her back to a future event." 

-- Robert Lavigna, Assistant Vice Chancellor-HR (Director of HR), University of Wisconsin-Madison

"As Emcee for the annual Women’s Hall of Fame event, you were positively brilliant—connecting with each of the award winners, and with the highly diverse audience, following the elaborate script and still offering your wit with words. All of the organizers offer their hearty thanks."

-- Bonnie Scott, Chair, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University

I also do presentations with my amazing radio co-host Grant Barrett, so if you'd like to book the A Way with Words team, we can make that happen, too.

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