Kathy Partak has had many interesting jobs and careers, but none she’s loved as much as storytelling and public speaking. Being an avid reader of motivational, self-help, and non-fiction books, a career in writing seemed to be the natural progression. In 1993 while working as a telecommunications professional Kathy’s first paid writing assignment was a monthly column in a trade newspaper. This led to several written reviews of large phone and voicemail systems for numerous private companies, scripting Voice Mail trees, ‘dos and don’ts’ for answering the phone, and even writing company policy and procedure manuals. In 1999 Kathy started a weekly email column called the Monday Motivator. She has penned this personal column every single Monday since then with the exception of one time her husband made a guest appearance when Kathy gave birth to their son on a Monday, of all days! In addition to her weekly column, Kathy has contributed to many Chicken Soup for the Soul books including Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son’s Soul, New Mom’s Soul, Working Mom’s Soul, and Love Stories. Among the many book titles on the list of things to write, Kathy has completed a unique motivational book, several children’s books, and a lovely little gift book. She has been published in numerous local newspapers and magazines, primarily related to being the wife the soldier. She also speaks at local colleges, service clubs, and to private groups on topics ranging from Effective Communication, When Quitting and Failure are Good, to Winning on the Radio and in Life. Today Kathy is speaking to larger audiences, training salespeople to communicate more effectively, all while still working with individuals.
Kathy has a unique perspective on communication and a talent for connecting and engaging with her audiences. She is setting a new standard for how to speak with intention, specifically how to view conversations differently and communicate with confidence. Her commitment to sharing her techniques is changing the the way people handle difficult conversations. Kathy spends most of her time continuing to learn about communication via many different avenues, including real-life sticky situations to formal education platforms.