TORONTO, December 2001 - The Canadian Speakers Hall of Fame has inducted Peter Urs Bender, one of the country's best known business authors and speakers, into its ranks. He is one of only 11 Canadians ever so honored.
Founded by CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) the Canadian Speakers Hall of Fame includes such well known members as comedian Dave Broadfoot, one of the founders of the Royal Canadian Air Farce TV series, and Harold Taylor, Canada's time-management guru, owner of Taylor Enterprises Association Managers.
Peter is also a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the highest earned designation awarded by the International Federation for Professional Speakers. Less than 7% of the Federation's 5000 speaker members are CSP's. Membership in the Federation is comprised of speaking associations worldwide.
In 1995 he was awarded the Communication and Leadership Award from Toastmasters International, joining the ranks of award winners such as astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, and former Ontario Lieutenant-Governor Lincoln Alexander.
Critera for membership in the Canadian group include excellence on the platform, and a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise. The speaker is also expected to use his speaking skills to make a positive contribution to the community at large.
Mr. Bender is also well known for his business books, all of which are best sellers, and which have been translated into 14 different languages worldwide. Many of them are required reading by the top 500 companies.
His first book Secrets of Power Presentations, saw him designated by the media as "Canada's Presentation Guru." Published a decade ago, the book has just been newly revised.
His other books include Leadership from Within, Secrets of Power Marketing, and Secrets of Face-to-Face Communication. A new book, Gutfeeling, is forthcoming in 2002.
Speaking didn't come easily to Mr. Bender. Swiss-born, with a banking and accounting background, he didn't even learn English till the age of 23, when he emigrated to Canada in 1967.
More importantly, he overcame an extreme fear of public speaking, and learned to live with dyslexia (a learning disability) to become one of the most successful business speakers in the country.
He has made dozens of appearances on national radio and television. His down-to-earth philosophy and practical tips are quoted extensively by Canada's national newspapers, magazines, and in many other North American and European publications.
© Peter Urs Bender
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