Jay Speyerer has been a speaker, a writer, a trainer, and an educator
for more than 100 years*, successfully helping people achieve
their goals in book publishing, email issues, cross-cultural communication,
and presentation skills. (Part of presentation skills means realizing
that the audience is not to be feared. They're just tickled to
death it's you up there and not them.)
*according to carbon dating
Owner of Legacy Road Communications, Jay edits and produces people’s
books because he believes we are defined by our stories. Abducted
as an infant and raised by a clowder of feral house cats, his
story-telling skills were solidly established at an early age.
Now he helps others get their stories out. What happened to you
-- good and bad -- and how did you deal with it? Those are your
stories. Collect enough of them and you have a memoir.
Jay was on the faculty of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for
25 years, teaching photography, communication theory, non-linear
scriptwriting, page layout, grapefruit sculpture, and full-contact
taxidermy. Having been a professional photographer, he is known
as a stunningly visual writer. Sadly, he admits to being an overly
wordy photographer. A Pittsburgh business guru has christened
him "Pittsburgh's Mark Twain," and he plans to dine
out on that forever.
Jay is the past-president of the National Speakers Association/
Pittsburgh chapter, and he is the author of five books: The
Stories of Our Days, Cat Got Your Thumb?, Cat Got Your
Treadmill?, Home Cats: A Camera Phone Documentary, and
his latest release, Home Cats 2: Diary of a Mad Catter.
Jay is proud and honored that his friend and colleague, Jill Cueni-Cohen,
used Stories as the text for her award-winning memoir-writing
class in Switzerland.
To the left, you can see the cover of Home Cats. Weighing
in at 84 pages of full-color photographs and cunning captions,
it carries the designation of "industrial-strength cute."
Both editions measure a compact and convenient 6.5x6.5 inches,
so call them de-caf coffee table books.
Recently, Jay succeeded in getting pi to come out even.