Erik Palmer is an author and consultant from Colorado. In his previous careers, he managed a commodity trading office for a major Chicago brokerage firm and was the national sales leader of the company. He spent time as a floor trader on a major Chicago commodity exchange. Erik moved into the classroom, primarily teaching English but also math, science, and civics. He was the teacher of the year in one of the nation’s top school districts. Now in his third career, Erik brings his unique experiences to his work as a consultant, speaker, and author. He is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences for educators, educational leaders, and training professionals. He has led workshops across the United States and around the world. Erik focuses on communication skills. He shows adults how to communicate well in business and social situations with an emphasis on teaching leaders how to become more effective speakers.
Erik’s most recent book is Own Any Occasion: Mastering the Art of Speaking & Presenting (ATD Press, 2017). Other book include Well-Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students (Stenhouse Publishers, 2011); Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations with Technology (Stenhouse Publishers, 2012); Teaching the Core Skills of Listening & Speaking (ASCD, 2014), Researching in a Digital World (ASCD, 2015), Good Thinking: Teaching Argument, Persuasion, and Reasoning (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016). Erik is a program consultant on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s reading and language arts programs.
Erik grew up in Detroit, Michigan. His educational background includes degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Colorado. He lives in Aurora, Colorado, with his wife, Anne. He spends a lot of time traveling: for work, cycling vacations, and visiting grandchildren.
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