About Kathy Buckley - Hearing-impaired Award-Winning Comedienne:
Kathy Buckley is a gifted comedienne, award-winning actress, accomplished author and renowned inspirational speaker - who is a force like no other. Billed as 'America's First Hearing Impaired Comedienne', Kathy is also a five-time American Comedy Award Nominee as Best Stand-Up Female Comedienne. As an actress, she is known for her guest starring roles on shows such as Touched by an Angel, and for her critically acclaimed one woman Off-Broadway show, Don't Buck with Me/Now Hear This!. As a motivational speaker, she inspires hundreds of thousands of people around the world, sharing her story of overcoming some of the most difficult obstacles one can imagine in life - and how she met those challenges with dignity, courage, and laughter.
Kathy's book If You Could Hear What I See will have you laughing and crying as you experience the amazing story of her life. She has received thousands of letters and emails of thanks and praise, regarding both her book and her original PBS special, No Labels, No Limits! She was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle Award as the writer and executive producer of the special, and the Media Access Award for Outstanding Television Special. Her highly acclaimed autobiographical theater play, Now Hear This! had its Off-Broadway premiere at New York's Lamb's Theater - and not only brought the comic actress a legion of faithful new fans, but a wealth of critical praise from New York media.
In record time, she became one of the most popular comediennes in the country with material based on, among others things, her hearing loss. That impairment, however, is only one of the many hurdles Kathy has encountered in her life. Her poor performance in second grade landed her in a school for mentally and physically impaired children. It took school administrators, psychologists, and audiologists nearly a year to discover it was just a hearing loss - and not a lack of mental acuity that was impeding her speech and language development. Today, Kathy shakes her head as she quips to amazed audiences, '... and they called me slow?'
She was featured in the HBO Television Special, 'Women of the Night', shot on location at the U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She was included in the E! Entertainment Television Special, The World's Most Intriguing Women. Kathy was also the focus of I Can Hear the Laughter, an Emmy award-winning documentary.
What Kathy Buckley Talks About:
No Labels, No Limits – Unlock your Potential by Taking your Labels Off
Kathy talks about the labels that society puts on us, and the labels we also put on ourselves. She addresses the fact that we subscribe to the labels that society places on us – and they can even modify our own self-awareness. Kathy inspires her audience to remove the labels that society has placed on them, as well as those they have self-imposed; empowering them to make a change, become self-confident, self-aware, and empowering self-growth. Kathy’s message will free you from the limits of labelling – awakening the unlimited potential inside each of us.
Making your Words your Best Friend – Be Conscious of your Language
Kathy shows us how to make our words our best friends. She promotes listening to your vocabulary, finding the meaning of your words; and, Kathy demonstrates this with her amazing anecdotes. Understanding your words, and those of others, will help you understand the importance of respect, not only for yourself, but for those around you.
Your vocabulary can be your best friend, or your worst enemy. How you speak and what you say controls your attitude and the aura your radiate to the world. Kathy notes that most of our vocabulary and how we speak comes form our environment; our parents, our peers, and what we are exposed to. However, unlike a genetic trait, your vocabulary can be changed. It takes a conscious effort on your part, but you can change the way you feel by changing the way you speak. Kathy knows this all too well; spending the beginning of her life entirely without speech.
Change your vocabulary to change your life. Remove negative words, and even neutral words for positive ones. Speaking positively will create a positive attitude inside you, which will then spread to others. Remember to be respectful, remember to say please and thank you, remember to be polite, and remember that chivalry is not dead. These simple things can change your life, and the lives of those whom you touch.
Simply putting these little things into practice will make your life more positive, and spread positivity to others. Choose to choose your words wisely and choose to change your life!
The Gift of Choice – Choose Wisely
Kathy talks about the wonderful gift of choice, recognizing opportunities, and making wise choices. By opening your eyes to the opportunities presented in your life, and making the choice to become empowered to make decisions, when the choices are presented. Kathy notes that 90% of the negativity in our lives, is directly created by negative choices we make. Kathy’s message shows us how to accept the gift of choice, and how to choose wisely. Her unique perspective will have you counting your blessings on a regular basis!
Choice is a gift; the gift of freewill. Kathy was in a terrible accident when she was just out of high school. While she was sunbathing on a beach, a lifeguard ran over her in their Jeep. Kathy was severely injured, as the Jeep ran over her face and chest – she was pronounced dead.
That day, laying on the beach, Kathy was given the gift of choice. After being run over she made the choice to fight for her life – and live her life to the fullest. You can choose to live your life in a way that makes you happy, and choose to live your life in a way that supports and inspires others.
The Gift of Forgiveness – A Gift you Give Yourself
Kathy addresses forgiveness, and the healing qualities it provides, mostly to the person doing the forgiving. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself, freeing you of the burden that comes along with holding onto transgressions committed toward you. Kathy’s message uncovers the true meaning of forgiveness, and how it can set you free!
Holding onto trangressions that others have made against you – hurts you exponentially more than the original affront; that which you have not forgiven. Holding onto discontent, and holding grudges against others does not hurt those that you will not forgive, it hurts you. Through forgiveness you will free yourself from the burdens that go along with holding onto, and reliving bad things that have happened to you.
Free yourself from the weight of discontent; give yourself the gift of forgiveness.
She has you crying one moment. The next you're laughing.
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