“You should be well trained in whatever the topic about which you’re speaking, but to feel that you are the arbiter of all possibilities is not realistic. If you become thrown in your public speaking situations by a question with which you’re not familiar or the answers to which you are not familiar, you really have to find a way to share with your audience that that’s OK. And that either you’ll get back to them or if you at least give them credit for having asked an interesting question, you could possibly suggest that you’ll follow up later. There are so many options for how you can address that situation.”
– Pamela D. Straker, Ph.D.
from Public Speaking Super Powers
Dr. Pamela D. Straker, a licensed psychologist, life/business coach, certified school psychologist, and author of the book Let Me Stop You Right There and 28 Other Lines Every CEO, Manager, and Supervisor Should Know, has more than 25 years experience as a mental health and management professional.
In her current capacity as consultant, Dr. Straker serves as a Psychologist Peer Reviewer for the Optum Health/United Health Group. She recently served as a Trainer and Program Coach for Emotional Literacy within the Psychology Department of Yale University. She is also providing consulting services to the Special Services Department of the Hoboken, New Jersey Board of Education. She has served as a consultant to the Office of Special Programs for the City University of New York. As well, she provides evaluation, coaching, and psychotherapeutic services for a range of populations including those applying for Metropolitan Transit Authority special transportation services. During her career she has provided individual, family, and group therapy, offered technical assistance, and served in foster care, Head Start, and other human service agencies.
Dr. Straker’s knowledge has been sought and shared with the New York State Council for Exceptional Children, Child Welfare League of America, New Jersey State Department of Health, and the Medical Society of Kings County, New York. She has been consulted by and appeared on numerous television and radio programs, and she was recruited to teach social policy as it pertains to mental health in the graduate division of New York University’s School of Social Work. Her experiences also include work with Upward Bound and Educational Opportunity Programs as a counselor and as a consultant.
Dr. Straker was the recipient of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Humanitarian Award in 2006. She has served on the Courier Life and Caribbean Life Publications Political Forums at Kingsborough Community College; the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel of the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Kings County Democratic County Committee; and the New York State Assembly Mental Health Committee Task Force/Underserved Populations Subcommittee.
Dr. Straker holds a doctoral degree in School-Community Psychology from Hofstra University, where she also received a master’s degree, and has achieved alumna status at Columbia University’s Executive Level Institute for Not-for-Profit Management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Straker has been a member of the International Coaching Federation and is available to speak to the media and professional and community groups about management, mental health, and educational issues.
For more information: www.drpamstraker.com
Pamela D. Straker on Amazon
Listen to Dr. Straker’s Podcast Episode