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Humorist Jeanne Robertson is North Carolinian of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ruth Sherman  203-698-2512  ruth@ruthsherman.com

First Lady of Public Speaking to Give “How-to” Seminar
Master Teaches Art of Creating an Outstanding Keynote

Greenwich, March 20, 2006 – By the time she was 13, Jeanne Robertson had already reached her 6’2” stature. Perhaps it was an indication of a future career that would soar to great heights. On Tuesday evening, April 4 at Norwalk City Hall, Robertson, one of the funniest, busiest and most successful professional speakers in America, will deliver a presentation on the art of crafting and delivering a keynote speech. The National Speakers Association Connecticut Chapter is sponsoring the meeting.
 
Robertson’s speaking career began when she was named Miss North Carolina and competed in the Miss America Pageant. Although she lost, she was named Miss Congeniality. As a result, she was asked to travel her native state for one year speaking at pageants and addressing civic clubs and corporations. When that ended, she found that people were willing to pay her to come and address their groups and conventions. She focused her efforts on becoming a full-time professional speaker and humorist and her rise to the top was nothing short of phenomenal.
 
As a member of the National Speakers Association, Robertson has served as the national president of the organization and was the first woman to be presented with “The Cavett,” the most prestigious honor in professional speaking. She has also been awarded every other top honor and designation including induction into the Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor she shares with such luminaries as Art Linkletter, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and President Ronald Reagan. She has also been awarded the Toastmasters Golden Gavel also held by Walter Cronkite, Tom Peters and Dr. Ken Blanchard.
 
More recently, Robertson was named 2001 North Carolinian of the Year by the North Carolina Press Association and 2003 Woman of Achievement by the Miss North Carolina organization. In 2005, Southern Lady Magazine named her Southern Lady of the Year. She is also the author of several books on humor including the bestselling “Don’t Let the Funny Stuff Get Away.”
 
The title of Robertson’s presentation is “It Works for Me: How One Humorist Puts Together a Keynote.” During the presentation, she will show audience members what works and what doesn’t when delivering a speech by using examples from her own work.
 
The presentation is open to the public. For more information and to register, please go to www.nsact.org.
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Ruth Sherman
Ruth Sherman Associates, LLC
341 Sound Beach Avenue, Ste. B
Old Greenwich, CT 06870

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For former beauty queen, laughter is part of the job

By Kathleen Johnston

    Former Miss America contestant Jeanne Robertson ‘67 is a tall drink of water, but it’s laughs she’ll fill your belly with.

    As a speaker and humorist, the North Carolinian employs G-rated comedy grounded in stories about her Southern heritage,.  She wants audience to chuckle - then she wants them to think.

    Building on speaking experience gained on the pageant circuit, Robertson teaches people to understand the importance of a sense of humor - something she distinguishes from being funny.

    Making people laugh requires comedic talent.  Have a sense of humor, Robertson explains, is “a choice about the way you live your life.”

    At age 13 and a height of 6-foot-2 inches, Robertson realize her height st her apart from her friends.

    One Halloween, the other kids told Robertson they didn’t want an “adult” with them.  So, with her mother’s help, she threw on some sheets and grabbed two sacks, posing as a trick-or-treater atop another’s shoulders and doubling her candy opportunities.

    Thanks to similar stories and years of speaking about them, Robertson now towers at the top of her profession, having earned every major award in the motivational speaking field – many as the first woman recipient.  But she’s as practical as she is funny.

    “The truth is I got in it early,” she drawls, crediting her four decades of experience.

    At an age many would consider time for retirement (“I lie in bed at night, and I hear myself wrinkling”), Robertson is venturing into satellite radio and other new media to hawk her brand of humor.  She still spends 23 days a month traveling, outlining her self-practiced steps to developing  sense of humor, such as learning to laugh at yourself and taking “humor breaks.” 

Auburn Magazine, Winter 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alamance Magazine

Southern Lady of the Year award

North Carolina's funniest woman is now officially one of the South's most celebrated ladies. Southern Lady magazine, the only magazine published exclusively for southern women, presented humorous speaker Jeanne Robertson with its "Southern lady of the Year" award recently. Robertson, a Burlington resident, is an Auburn University graduate. She served as Miss North Carolina in 1963 and was named Miss Congeniality in the Miss America Pageant.  For more than 42 years, she has spoken to thousands of audiences throughout the United States, entertaining them with her down-home stories while emphasizing the importance of humor.  The first woman to be presented "The Cavett," the most prestigious honor in professional speaking, she has also been awarded "The Golden Gavel" by toastmasters International, "2001 North Carolinian of the Year" by the North Carolina Press Association and “2003 Woman of Achievement” by the Miss NC organization.  Past president of the National Speakers Association, she has authored numerous books on humor.  The Southern Lady of the Year award recognizes Southern women who exemplify the charm, poise and hospitality for which Southern ladies are renowned, and are successful role models and mentors who positively impact their community.

Jeanne Robertson, professional speaker and author, can be reached through
www.JeanneRobertson.com.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July, 2001  
For Release At Will

For More Information Contact
Teri Saylor:  North Carolina Press Association
                   919-787-7443 ext. 2090

Humorist Jeanne Robertson is North Carolinian of the Year

   Award-winning humorist and former Miss North Carolina has been selected as the 2001 NCPA North Carolinian of the Year.

   Robertson will accept the honor from the North Carolina Press Association for her popularity on the speaking circuit, her award-winning ways, and her representation of North Carolina on Friday, July 27.  The presentation will take place during the association's 128th annual convention in Pinehurst.

   Professional speaking might not have been predicted when Robertson was a 6'2" seventh grader in Graham, NC, where everyone would have been able to predict that she would be the most likely to make the basketball team and least likely to be a contestant in the Miss America Pageant.  She did make the team, averaging more that 30 points per game in her junior and senior years,
but as Miss North Carolina in 1963, she also competed in the Miss America Pageant where she was named Miss Congeniality.

   She graduated from Auburn University and started her career as a physical education instructor, but the speaking bug had bitten during her reign as Miss North Carolina, and her popularity as a speaker was unmistakable.

   Robertson went on to serve as president of the National Speakers Association and was the first woman to receive that association's most cherished honor, the Cavett Award.  She is also a Certified Speaking Professional, a member of the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame and a Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award winner. 

   She has published three books on humor: Humor: The Magic of Genie, Mayberry Humor Across the USA and Don't Let the Funny Stuff Get Away.

   The North Carolina Press Association begin honoring its North Carolinians of the Year in 1993, when Elizabeth Dole received the first annual award.  The award goes to an individual who reflects pride in North Carolina and who has brought honor and recognition to the state.  Other recipients of this award
have been Meadowlark Lemon, Rev. Billy Graham, Hugh Morton, William Friday, Bob Timberlake, Doc Watson and Dean Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2009
All Aboard for New Comedy, Great Music, More Fun!

Carl Hurley and Jeanne Robertson – two of America’s favorite motorcoach entertainers – are headed your way with a l2-city tour in 2009 called “Carl Hurley’s Comedy Coach Express.”

The show features new comedy from Carl and Jeanne and music from baritone Jim Rittenhouse – together providing first-class entertainment designed and performed exclusively for senior adults! Among the things that make them a perfect match is that both performers specialize in clean, uplifting humor. They share the philosophy that audiences are for entertaining, not embarrassing.

Says Carl, “You’ll feel better when you leave than you did when you came in – and you will say that was a ride to remember. The Comedy Coach Express is loaded with rib-tickling, knee-slapping laughs and feed-sack philosophy.

“I don’t want to get too serious here, but we must never take for granted the freedom we have to come together and laugh at ourselves and to laugh with those around us. It’s one of the freedoms that makes America so great, and that’s what the Comedy Coach Express is all about.”

The tour begins March 3, 2009, in Lakeland, Florida, and ends December 9 in Louisville, Kentucky. In between are shows in Bessemer, Alabama; Rome, Georgia; Anderson, Indiana; Bryan, Texas; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Columbia, Missouri; Dubuque, Iowa; Canton, Ohio, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. All shows are at 2 p.m., except for dinner shows in Louisville.

For no-deposit reservations and more information, contact Sue Monarch-Fox at 1-800-955-4746, or email sue@mckinneyspeakers.com Additional information also is at www.carlhurley.com. Signups receive promotional comedy packets to help generate interest in the shows.

Additional background bio information about Carl and Jeanne…

Carl Hurley and Jeanne Robertson – “the two go together like sausage and grits, sunshine and flowers, George and Gracie”

He’s 5’6” standing on tiptoe. She’s 6’2” with her hair “mashed down.” He grew up swapping homespun stories in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. She’s a former Miss North Carolina who finds comic inspiration in everyday events.

He’s rotund and jolly, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, a sublime sense of the ridiculous and an ever-ready punch line. She’s willowy and elegant, with a flair for weaving a tapestry of humor as colorful and lovingly constructed as a country quilt.

He’s Carl Hurley. She’s Jeanne Robertson. The two go together like sausage and grits, sunshine and flowers, George and Gracie.

Among the things that make them a perfect match is that both performers specialize in clean, uplifting humor. They share the philosophy that audiences are for entertaining, not embarrassing.

CARL, drawing from his roots in the tradition of such other American humorists as Andy Griffith and Garrison Keillor, delights audiences with his reflections on life as viewed by a native of Appalachia with a singular sense of the absurd. Carl’s unique comedy style, coupled with a background in higher education, has earned him the title “America’s funniest professor.”

Those who don’t believe that beauty and comedy go together should reconsider. Think Lucille Ball. Think JEANNE Robertson. Named Miss Congeniality in the Miss America Pageant of 1963, Jeanne has since been awarded every top honor in the speaking profession, including the Toastmasters Internationals 1998 Golden Gavel Award. In 2005, Jeanne was named Southern Lady of the Year” by Southern Lady Magazine.

Both Carl and Jeanne have a series of comedy recordings that have become popular with senior adults traveling on motor coaches across America.

 



 

 

 

 


April, 2002
For more information, contact:
Juanita Bryan, General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina
                        Centennial Committee Chairman 919-790-8705 or,
Kim Pearce, Executive Director of GFWC-NC 919-790-8705

NC Woman's Clubs naming Jeanne a Woman of Achievement
   Humorist and author Jeanne Robertson of Burlington is among 23 women who have been named North Carolina Women of Achievement by the General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina. The award was presented to Mrs. Robertson during the group's centennial convention in Winston-Salem in April.

   GFWC-NC is the oldest volunteer service organization in the state, currently with approximately 200 clubs in local communities throughout the state.

Photo:
Teresa S. Lee, President, General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina, honors Jeanne Robertson as a North Carolina Woman of Achievement.