Portland Success Story: Growing a Brand and Finding his Voice

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Terry Beard grew his single Portland store into a 37-location regional chain with hundreds of employees in the Pacific Northwest competing with national chains. However, a fear of public speaking made meetings, boardrooms, and even social gatherings a nightmare.

Public speaking is overwhelming the most widespread personal and professional fear. In his new book Squelched: Succeeding in Business and Life by Finding Your Voice (Feb. 2018), Terry equips readers to overcome self-doubt and take ownership of the small and large stages of their lives. Drawn from his experience as a Portland entrepreneur, Terry offers readers valuable advice for overcoming their fears and finding confidence.

Terry Beard will help listeners find their voice and share his empowering entrepreneurial journey:

How did you grow your Portland business in spite of your tremendous fear of speaking?
What role do mindset and self-perception play in projecting yourself as a leader?
· What fuels people’s fear of public speaking? How did you begin to overcome your fear?

How should you handle voices of discouragement in your life?
Why should everyone hone and improve their storytelling skills?
How does belief play into the impact you can make as a speaker?
· What advice do you have for others who feel their voice has been suppressed?

Terry’s story will inspire listeners to find their voice and live a happier and more confident life.

Terry Beard is the founder of Beard Frame Shops and Frame Central Stores, and Beards Online Picture Framing. Terry grew Beard’s Frame Shops from the single store company into a 37-location regional chain with hundreds of employees in the Pacific Northwest competing with national chains. In 1999, Terry merged Beards with NW Framing in Seattle. Terry is actively involved in Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN). He serves on the Board of Directors for several local organizations and in October 2015, was the founding charter member of the Portland Rotary Toastmaster Club.

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