Herald Journal, Jan. 5, 2004
Randall Munson given top honor for his speaking abilities
By Liz Hellmann
Randall Munson, a Howard Lake native, was selected as one of the World's Greatest Business Mentors, an honor bestowed on 50 individuals across the globe.
As a recipient of the award, Munson wrote a chapter to be included in the book "The World's Greatest Business Mentors."
His chapter is entitled "The Magic of Selling: How to Make Your Competition Disappear."
Munson, president of Creatively Speaking in Rochester, was chosen for his talent as a public speaker and his ability to make complicated subjects understandable to audiences.
He is also recognized as a top business consultant and helps companies improve their sales.
Munson, son of Lois Munson Kratochwill, grew up in Howard Lake and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1967.
It was during his high school career that Munson became involved in the speech team and participated in every theatrical production.
His speech teacher, Carolyn Johnson, coached him to the state competition and his first gold medal.
Now, Munson delivers keynote speeches and presentations at conferences and user groups all over the world.
He has spoken in more than 30 countries and in 47 of the 50 states and delivers presentations for computer companies, banks, universities, manufacturing companies, and others.
Munson is best known in the computer science world and by COMMON, which is the world's largest computer users group of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology.
Munson worked for IBM for 20 years designing computer software.
"Your career does not always take the path you expect, but by preparing yourself you can take advantage of the opportunities as they arise," Munson said.
He has spoken at every biannual conference COMMON has conducted since 1988.
More than 1,000 presentations are given at these conferences, and Munson has won 53 of the 81 gold medals, which puts his presentations in the top 1 percent of all the speakers.
Munson has also won the award for the best presentation in Europe, Australia, and Japan.
Munson attributes his success to his unique background in computer science, business, and entertaining.
While he is knowledgeable about his topics, he feels entertainment is the key.
"People remember ideas better if they are enjoying themselves at the time," Munson said.
Munson includes props, magic, and ventriloquism in his presentation.
"The World's Greatest Business Mentors" is set to be released in March 2004.
For information about Randall Munson visit the Creatively Speaking web site at www.creativelyspeaking.com or call 1-800-294-1331.