Client testimonials about my recent appearances of all kinds:

Women's Leadership Conference Keynote Speech

Speech at Ferrum College
on language and technology
(Watch video below)

“Martha Barnette sparkled as our Sacramento commencement speaker.  She was the kinetic center of the ceremony.  Her sincerity and straightforwardness allowed our graduates to connect to her and to her words.  And because she is such a mistress of words, the audience was, at turns, enthralled, amused, and educated.”

Patricia Potter, Interim President, National University

“What a joy it was to have Martha Barnette as the keynote speaker at Ferrum College’s Women’s Leadership Conference!  She is a terrific, engaging, and animated speaker.  Her insight is keen, her wit is quick, and her intellect adds both depth and dimension to her presentation and her interactions with participants. Martha notices. She pays attention and is attuned to the nuances of the audience and to the culture of a place, choosing to learn about it and immerse herself. She is not a fly-in/fly-out speaker, but a partner in assuring an event’s success.  Faculty, community members, and students alike were energized and enlivened by her interactions with us.  Her presence with us was a gift, indeed.”

Leslie T. Lambert, Ph.D., Provost/Executive Vice President, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia


NU Commencement 2012

National University Interim President
Patricia Potter presents Martha with
the Award of Distinction for
promoting lifelong learning.

“I had the pleasure of arranging for Martha to speak at the international conference of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. She was terrific — knowledgeable, relevant, engaging and funny. And she did her homework, making sure that her remarks were focused just right for this group. As a result, she immediately connected with the audience, and her speaker evaluations couldn’t have been better. I enthusiastically recommend Martha as a speaker, and hope we can bring her back to a future event.” Robert Lavigna, Assistant Vice Chancellor-HR (Director of HR), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

“Martha Barnette gave a most delightful presentation to our group of approximately 40 lawyers regarding the informality of e-mail communication and its impact on grammar and professional correspondence. She was engaging, funny, and did a wonderful job of encouraging audience participation. Thank you Martha!” — Charmaine Buehner, former Senior Associate Attorney & Associate Committee Chair at Baker & McKenzie, LLP, San Diego, California

“As Emcee for the annual Women’s Hall of Fame event, you were positively brilliant—connecting with each of the award winners, and with the highly diverse audience, following the elaborate script and still offering your wit with words. All of the organizers offer their hearty thanks.” —Bonnie Scott, Chair, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Martha at the Women and Technology Conference at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia

“Martha Barnette is clever, smart and entertaining. With humor and intelligence, she charmed the crowd and assured a successful fundraiser. I can’t recommend her enough. Her wit, wisdom and enthusiasm ensured our fundraiser would become a ‘must do’ annual event.” — Kelly Deveney, Buena Vista Audubon Society, Oceanside, California

“The San Diego Museum of Art is so proud to have collaborated with Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett of A Way with Words.  Their ability to connect language with visual art in a cohesive and witty manner was impressive and thought-provoking. Their capacity to genuinely connect with our audience made for a meaningful program that neither the staff nor the visitors will soon forget.  The Museum feels lucky to have these two talented and indefatigable individuals here in San Diego.” — Alexander Jarman, Manager, Public Programs, Department of Education and Public Engagement, San Diego Museum of Art 

“Words Alive could not have chosen a more perfect team in Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett to emcee our 2011 Annual Authors’ Luncheon. Held every year as the centerpiece event of our organization, the luncheon celebrates literacy, Words Alive’s role in the community, and its supporters. Few speakers have been able to connect their message to Words Alive’’s audience in a more passionate, impactful way as Martha and Grant. We’re truly grateful for their participation and are convinced that their participation played a significant role in making the event a major success!” — Patrick Stewart, Executive Director, Words Alive literacy organization, San Diego, California