Dianna Booher is the author of 47 books (available in 60 foreign-language editions, with nearly 4 million copies sold). She is pleased to be published by some of the top publishing houses in the world: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson, McGraw-Hill, and Berrett-Koehler.
PBS, Encyclopedia Britannica, SkillSoft, Nightingale-Conant, America Media, ModelOffice, InterCom, and MADE for SUCCESS have also made her work available in many other formats for today’s audiences: audio, video, DVD, and online training.
Dianna’s work has also won its share of recognition. Several titles have been major book club selections, and others have won national industry awards and recognition:
- Axiom Awards Silver Medalist 2018
- American Library Association: Best Young Adult Non-Fiction of the Year
- Executive Soundview Summaries: Best Business Book of the Decade
- Richtopia’s Top 200 Most Influential Authors of the World (2017, 2018)
- Newbridge Executive Book Club—Main Selection
- Macmillan Executive Book Club Selection
- Fortune Book Club Selection
- Writer’s Digest Book Club Selection
- Business Week Book Club
- Book-of-the-Month Club (alternate selection)
- Money Book Club
- C-Suite Book Club
Read her blogs on Forbes, HuffPost, and The CEO Magazine.
As Speaker, Trainer, Course Developer
Dianna Booher has been delighted to speak at venues all around the world, including numerous international conferences in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Consequently, she has received the highest awards in the professional speaking industry, including the following honors:
- IBM’s Star Quality Award (for highest-rated outside speaker during the year)
- Frito-Lay’s Minority/Woman-Owned Supplier of the Year Award
(overall impact on the organization for her training, coaching, and keynotes)
- Speaker Hall of Fame® (induction by National Speakers Association)
- Legend in the Speaking Industry (induction by Veteran Speakers Group)
- Top 100 Thought Leaders in America (Leadership Excellence magazine)
- Top 100 Minds in Personal Development (Leadership Excellence magazine)
- 21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century (list by Successful Meetings magazine)
- Cindy Award in the New York Film Festival–Corporate Training Division)
- Top Leadership 500 (by Leadership Excellence–multi-year lists)
- Global Gurus Top 30 Communicators (multi-year lists)
As Media Guest
Communication flaps and mishaps regularly make the news. That’s when the media solicit Dianna for opinions on critical workplace and family communication issues. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, USA Today, Forbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, FOX, CNN, CNN International, CNBC, NPR, Dr. Laura Radio Show,The New York Times, The New York Post, Washington Post, New York Newsday, Bloomberg, Boardroom Reports, Investor’s Business Daily, Industry Week, Success, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Real Simple, Working Woman, among other national radio, TV, and newspapers.
On any given weekend when Dianna’s not spending time with family or friends, working on her next nonfiction book or novel, writing a blog, she’s researching. As she explains it, that research takes many forms: Reading the latest research study from academia. Combing through social media for the latest stats on her keywords. Listening to an interview. Watching a movie to analyze structure and character development. Visiting a new culture or setting for her next book.
In Dianna’s own words, “I’m a mediocre cook, a dreadful decorator, and a deadly gardener. So I might as well make better use of these hands and eyes.”
Founder of Booher Consultants, a communication training firm, and then more recently founder of Booher Research Institute, Dianna has worked with more than a third of the Fortune 500 organizations and more than a dozen federal agencies to improve the way they communicate. Clients have included IBM, Exxon Mobil, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, PepsiCo, Raytheon, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, NASA, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army.
Dianna’s Personal Story About How She Began Her Writing Career
I haven’t always been a professional writer and public speaker. Far from it. In fact, I started this business as a young mom with two small kids and a husband struggling with severe depression. Although I was substitute teaching a few days a month, I feared that my husband wasn’t going to be able to hold his job much longer and that I was about to become the sole support for our family.
“So what do you like to do?” a friend asked me, as we began brainstorming full-time job possibilities.
“I liked to write English compositions back in school. But how do I make a living doing that?”
“I suggest you find out,” my friend responded.
So I did. I drove to the library and checked out every book I could find on writing—from writing mysteries and romance novels, to writing inspirational articles and press releases, and even creating greeting card verses! Reading almost around the clock for about 3 weeks, I taught myself the principles of good writing––all the things that I failed to pick up in high school and college English classes—along with the process of writing and publishing a book.
Then over lunch with an engineer friend at Exxon, I told him my plan to write a business book on communication. “Do you think there’s a need?”
He burst out laughing. “Engineers can’t write! Do you have any idea how much time and money we waste rewriting reports?” He spent the next two hours over lunch on war stories.
So I put together a book proposal from what I’d learned in my reading. And viola! I got an agent and sold the book to Facts on File (hardcover) and Random House (paperback). Once the book was scheduled for release, I developed a training course around the book’s contents.
When the publisher sent me on an author tour, my phone began to ring. People called, asking if I could come speak to their organizations on the book’s topic.
To date, I’ve repeated that process 47 times—and built a team behind me to present the programs so that I could devote even more of my time to writing––both fiction and nonfiction. That’s my calling—my passion and the purpose God put me on earth to accomplish. To create life-changing communication that connects with people is my signature work.
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To Book Dianna for Your Organization
To book Dianna Booher for a keynote or breakout session, or for an executive coaching assignment, call Booher Research at 817-283-2333.
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