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Ms. Jeanne Robertson reached her 6'2" stature at age thirteen. Perhaps it was an indication of a future speaking career that would soar to great heights. Professional speaking might not have been predicted when Jeanne Robertson was in the seventh grade in Graham, North Carolina, when and where she would have been voted most likely to make the basketball team and least likely to be a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. She did make the team, averaging more than thirty points per game in her junior and senior years, but as Miss North Carolina 1963 she also competed in the Miss America Pageant where she was named Miss Congeniality.
It was her participation in the Miss America pageant that turned Jeanne Robertson's life into a succession of events, which led her to be one of the funniest, busiest, and most popular professional speakers in America today. Because she was asked to speak every day as Miss North Carolina, Jeanne Robertson traveled her native state for one year speaking at pageants and addressing civic clubs and corporations. When that time was over, she found that people were willing to pay her to come and address their groups and conventions and that they enjoyed every laughing minute of it. They wanted Ms. Robertson, not just a titleholder, and they wanted her because she made them laugh.
Jeanne Robertson received her degree at Auburn University and taught physical education in high school and college, a career she enjoyed for nine years. However, throughout those years, the requests continued to pour in for her to speak. In 1976, she stopped teaching and entered professional speaking full time.
In addition to a full speaking schedule year after year, she has been awarded every honor and designation in her profession including the Certified Speaking Professional designation (CSP) in 1980 and being inducted in the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame in 1981. A member of NSA/Carolinas, she served as President of the National Speakers Association in 1985. In 1989, she became the first woman to receive that association's most cherished honor, the Cavett Award. The Cavett is awarded annually to one member "whose accomplishments, integrity and reputation are a credit to NSA and the speaking profession."
Toastmasters International named Jeanne Robertson the recipient of its 1998 Golden Gavel Award. In recognition of her professional expertise, experience, and competence, Ms. Robertson was honored by the NCAA Southeastern Conference as Auburn University's "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2000." The North Carolina Press Association named Jeanne Robertson as its 2001 North Carolinian of the Year for "her popularity on the speaking circuit, her award-winning ways and her representation of North Carolina."
Jeanne Robertson has written three books on humor, Humor: The Magic of Genie, Mayberry Humor Across the USA and Don't Let the Funny Stuff Get Away.
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