We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosemary Ravinal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rosemary, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After decades leading public relations for global companies and TV networks, I followed by long-standing dream of starting a consulting practice to do what has always fascinated me—excellent public speaking. I had coached many executives who seemed hopeless at first but responded to my personalized techniques. I collected those techniques into my Master Communicator Method and launched my business in July 2019. I believe that public speaking is one of the most important tools for leadership.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My family fled Castro’s Cuba when I was 8. I did not know a word of English, so leaning a new language –and speaking without stuttering –became key to my survival. The speech impediment haunted me throughout high school and college. I persevered as a communicator anyway—as editor of the college newspaper and—with difficulty–radio talk show host. Fresh out of college, I challenged myself to become a fully bilingual and communicator. I got a voice coach and practiced public speaking in Latin America and the U.S. I became a sought-after spokesperson for major brands, such as Avon, AT&T, Revlon and Ericsson. I believe that public speaking can change your life. That there is a natural storyteller in each of us, and that with the right coach anyone can achieve her fullest potential at the podium. That’s why today, I run a business focused on helping bilingual C-suite executives master high-stakes speeches and presentations.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A week wouldn’t be enough, but here goes. We would do a seaplane ride of Miami Beach and downtown because the view of the bay and islands is magnificent from above. You get a sense of the expanse of greater Miami. We would then do a historic tour of places like Overtown, the Art Deco district, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and The Biltmore. We would walk the Design District and take in music and cocktails in the Palm Court. And lastly, we would do a gourmet tour of Little Havana and Little Haiti. We would squeeze in Vizcaya and bike the Castlellow Trail in the Redlands.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Achim Nowak is my business coach and mentor. He guided me on the road to my best and highest expression of what I have to offer.
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