We hired Joanie as the keynote for a volunteer recognition event. Her topic was volunteerism, something she knows a lot about, since she founded and runs an all-volunteer arts organization. Because she always goes the extra mile, Joanie called several board members and got their inside view of our organization and its mission. When she gave her talk, she included a hilarious poem about the board members, a surprise to each and every one of us. It was the perfect way to call out our accomplishments, without it being too long-winded, as those things so often are.
Joanie is that speaker who takes your mind off the boring nature of speechifying by taking you on a word odyssey, painting landscapes and details in equal measure. Who needs PowerPoint when you have Joanie Bigwood. She is a master storyteller, inspiration and wit. I can see how she would appeal to even very young audiences because she is so energetic and creative. She is like a stand-up comedian, but with much more to say.