ABOUT NORMA T. HOLLIS
Human Development Specialist ~ Humanitarian
Author ~ Speaker ~ Coach ~ Trainer ~ Consultant
Human Development Specialist ~ Humanitarian
Author ~ Speaker ~ Coach ~ Trainer ~ Consultant
Everyone is born with a unique set of natural gifts and talents.
People are happiest when they embrace and develop their natural gifts and talents.
Being authentic means finding, living and sharing your natural gifts and talents.
Following my authentic voice
Sharing my natural gifts and talents to inspire others
Being a benefit to humanity
Norma helps individuals find, live and share their authentic voice.
Norma helps organizations develop the authentic voice of leaders so they can engage their teams.
Norma T. Hollis is a change agent and catalyst for transformational growth in people and organizations. She has a very unique type of creativity – an intellectual creativity that has enabled her to understand a lot about people and create a system that promotes self-awareness.
Her goal is to help individuals increase self-awareness and organizations create environments that foster engagement so that people enjoy coming to work.
It seems like everywhere in society that I look, people are wearing masks, being someone that they are not. I’ve studied this for over 30 years and have concluded that the masks are because people lose sight of who they are. It often starts when young children are discouraged from making the noise that comes from expressing natural gifts such as singing, talking and playing instruments. Or told to be still when all they want to do is dance, run or play with a ball. Over time, these young children let go of their natural tendencies and replace them with behaviors that they feel are dictated by society. And because these behaviors are not necessarily natural to them, they create masks to be the person they feel society wants them to be.
Norma helps people reconnect to the natural gifts and talents they were born with, learn how to use these gifts and talents to enhance their life and how to offer them to the organizations they work with.
For several decades Norma wrote programs for human development. The first one was an early intervention program for preschool children. This was during her first career directing preschool programs including Head Start, a government funded program to help low-income children gain the social and cognitive skills to get a ‘head start’ in life.
It was during this time that she realized, mostly intuitively, that one of the sources of people not knowing themselves was because as young children, they had temperaments, behaviors or intelligence that did not fit the norm. Norma created a program to identify the potential challenges these children would encounter and offered services to strengthen each child before they entered kindergarten. The program was offered in three cities in two states in the Midwest. This, along with her degree in Child and Family Life Sciences gave her a chance to understand people.
The second program that Norma developed was the R.A.P.I.D.S. Speaking System. This was done when she owned a speaker bureau. Norma was the first black woman to own a speaker bureau for black speakers and through this 14-year journey she learned that there are many rungs to the ladder of becoming a successful professional speaker. She now helps speakers learn the process through speaking, coaching and online developmental programs.
The third program is the Authentic Voice System. This is the program that’s getting all the accolades now. It’s a program that helps you gain self-awareness in a way that seldom takes place in our society. Where do people learn what it means to be human, and gain awareness of the components of themselves, and what drives them? It’s not taught in schools whose focus seems to be to educate people so that they are employable.
The churches don’t teach people who they are. Their focus seems to be to teach the religious doctrines that they advocate.
Recognizing a gap in society, Norma seeks to fill it by teaching people more about themselves. She learned this over a 30-year journey that started when she fled from her first marriage. She realized she had done everything her parents had said to do – husband with a good job, cars, a house, a teaching job – and she was miserable. She began to focus on ‘listening’ to herself from multiple perspectives and feeling the energies within. In a future book she will write about this, but for now, suffice it to say, she has a creative intelligence. She sees things differently than others which allows her to see others, differently.
The work that she has done with authenticity is amazing. People leave her presentations with great enthusiasm and focus. She impacts people’s lives and transforms them as they watch and listen to her.
Norma works with energy in a creative intellectual way, through books, poetry, classes, videos and especially, when she coaches or speaks on stage.
She is here to share this phenomenal system with the world. You should take advantage of it.
Norma T. Hollis, an international authority on authenticity and self-awareness, is a change agent who serves as a catalyst for transformational growth in individuals and organizations. She’s a coach, trainer, speaker and writer who is a former speaker bureau owner and has been coaching speakers, writers, leaders and organizations for over 20 years. Norma has written multiple books including, “Blueprint for Engagement: Authentic Leadership”, “Ten Steps to Authenticity” and “The Process to Become a Professional Speaker”. In addition to writing books she also writes programs for human development and turns them into learning systems that include workbooks, audios, videos and other educational materials.
Norma’s most significant system is based on her Authenticity Grid, a nine-dimension grid of characteristics of self-awareness that she discovered in the process of learning to understand herself. She completed the system when she owned a speaker bureau then presented it to speakers to help them find, live and share their authentic voice. Now she applies the system to multiple industries with a focus on authentic leadership and communication through self-awareness. She also certifies speakers and coaches to use the system. Aspects of her system have been offered for CE by The Center in Credentialing & Education. She is committed to making a difference in the world by helping people become more self-aware and claim their authenticity.
Norma’s understanding of self-awareness is grounded in her degree in human development and two decades directing large child development programs. In her second career she owned a speaker bureau and expanded her knowledge by studying speakers and how they shared their message. Now as a speaker herself, Norma consults, speaks, trains and coaches on the value of self-awareness and how it can be achieved through authenticity. She is committed to making a difference in the world by helping people gain the strength and well-being that comes from self-awareness so that they can positively impact society and the organizations they work with.
Her presentations are an original mix of teaching, touching and transforming audiences through her inspirational training keynotes and seminars. In her signature presentation she shares knowledge of the importance of authenticity, administers her Authenticity Assessment and uses the results to help audiences apply their findings to themselves, their organizations, careers, parenting and team building needs. In the process audiences learn their leadership and communication style and how to ‘tweak’ one or two areas of their life to increase their level of success. She is a dynamic, memorable and transformational speaker whose audiences leave her presentations with specific actions they can take to make a difference in their life.
In 2014 Norma was identified as one of the Top 100 Professionals in the Health Promotion Industry. She was also awarded the Collaborator of the Year award from the Professional Speakers Association. She is a Board Certified Coach and certifies coaches and speakers to deliver her authenticity process. She’s the author of “Blueprint for Engagement: Authentic Leadership” “Ten Steps to Authenticity” and “The Process to Become a Professional Speaker”. In addition, she has produced many workbooks, audios, videos and programs that apply authenticity concepts in multiple ways. Her signature accomplishment is the Authenticity Grid, a graphic representation of the nine dimensions of authenticity and the Authenticity Assessment, a self-assessment that provides an overview of an individual’s perceived level of authenticity and self-awareness.
Norma has translated her 30 years of research and writing into an online school at http://AuthenticityU.com. She offers a myriad of courses that assist with self-awareness and living with authenticity. She also certifies trainers and coaches to deliver her process to others. She’s the author of multiple books, articles and audios and has helped thousands of people with transformational change.