Brief introduction to Bobbie

Bobbie Staten is a nationally known motivational humorist. She holds the coveted Certified Speaking Professional credential from the National Speakers Association, an earned designation held by less than 10 percent of the professional membership.

Bobbie’s background prior to speaking was in nursing. Bobbie holds both a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From her life experiences, Bobbie learned that many people are in pain, both physically and emotionally. This pain is based on fear of change, of loss of security, trouble with relationships, parenting, health and work.

Bobbie believes that laughter lets out little “Puffs of Pain.” When you watch and hear Bobbie, you will enjoy her humorous presentation style. You will experience a “puff of relief” first hand.
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About Bobbie

Bobbie has been speaking full time since 1986. She has faced everything that can go wrong in a presentation and kept on going.

Picture the Energizer Bunny.

Ask her about the time:

      1. She spoke outdoors in the rain and lightening while holding an umbrella.

2. A train was in the background blaring its whistle at 5 minute intervals.

3. A garbage truck was backing up bleeping while emptying the dumpster 50 feet away.

4. She spoke and hour after a tornado touched down in Alabama- in the dark. The show went on.

5. She turned a one hour talk into 2 hours when the next speaker was no-show.

6. She drove all night to get to an engagement when the flight was cancelled.

7. A fire drill started in the middle of the program.

8. An elderly lady fell and Bobbie jumped down from the stage to treat her broken leg.

9. She slept in the “nursing home” to help out with the budget.

Bobbie also has many tips to help new meeting planners avoid pitfalls in:

– stage setup

– buffet lines

– table presets

– seating

– lighting

Bobbie will do all she can to help make your event perfect!


Bobbie is a funny, funny lady. She is a rare talent with spontaneous, creative, contagious humor. She delivers clean, original material that leaves the participants laughing, thinking, reflecting, and growing. Her timing is superb; her message upbeat; her style entertaining.

Bobbie’s background as a nurse and business entrepreneur allowed her to see first hand the pain, stress, and frustration that so many people experience at home and work. Her message reflects a universal theme as old as time, yet fresh and relevant for today’s hectic lifestyle. When you have your health, family, and priorities balanced, life just seems to fall into place. For the few times when it doesn’t- laugh! Learn to use laughter to let out little puffs of pain.

Bobbie is a nationally recognized professional speaker. She speaks over 90 times a year at association and business meetings. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional credential of the National Speakers Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a member of the American Nurses Association and the Scholastic Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.

Bobbie Staten bases her presentations on a paradoxical foundation: graduate health degrees combined with a healthy and sometimes irreverent sense of humor about people and the lives they lead. In her witty way, she manages to have audiences laugh through topics of wellness, happiness, life and stress management, customer service, and people skills.

Bobbie’s topics are a result of her personal battle with life, health, and finding happiness. For years Bobbie felt unfulfilled, working in positions that didn’t especially match her talents or natural tendencies. She was unhappy and it showed. She talks of turning life around; having the courage to take responsibility for finding one’s own happiness.

Once a chronic dieter (the rhythm method of girth control), and an ex-two-pack-a-day smoker, she understands how hard it is to make lifestyle changes. However, firsthand knowledge provides her with a special insight that helps audiences find the courage to take the plunge! Bobbie’s health philosophy is based on each individual’s responsibility for self-care, guided by -but not controlled by -health care professionals.

Bobbie began her career as a nurse and has held positions of head nurse, nursing supervisor, and psychiatric nursing instructor. She opened a nursing practice in 1988 to help others caught up in the “I can’t” mode, where she helped thousands reach their personal health goals. Bobbie’s natural humor emerged while speaking before groups and as a result, more and more groups began asking Bobbie to appear as an after-dinner humorist. Bobbie has a message … one of finding balance in life. The message is simple and as old as time…If you have your health and your family, you just about have it all. So lighten up. Take your work, but not yourself, so seriously!

Bobbie has been speaking professionally since 1986 and pursues this full time. Bobbie is married and has one son, Steven. She lives in the beautiful South in a 130 year old farmhouse with her family, 7 spoiled-rotten dogs, and a flock of chickens.

Bobbie’s Resume


M.P.H. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983

B.S.N. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982

Diploma, Rex Hospital School of Nursing, Raleigh, NC, 1971


Professional Speaker: 1986 – present
Humorist/Motivational Speaker and Trainer for various industries and associations throughout the nation.
Topics include life balance, wellness, stress management, communication, goal planning, and customer service.

Clinical Weight Reduction: 1988 – 1995
Owner and developer of a medically monitored clinical weight reduction corporation.
Practice included physicians, nurses, and paramedical personnel.

Director, Wellness Center: 1984 – 1988
Responsible for the development of a hospital-based wellness program. Duties included: Program development and day to day operations.
Budget preparations and financial management
Coordination of multi-disciplinary instructional teams

Nursing Education Instructor: 1976 – 1981
Lecturer and clinical supervisor for psychiatric nursing students and multi-disciplinary staff of 1500. Prepared and delivered lectures on various human relationship topics.

Clinical nursing: 1971 – 1976
Hospital nursing in various specialty areas. Positions held included staff nurse, head nurse, and nursing supervisor.

Professional Memberships:

National Speakers Association

Sigma Theta Tau (National Nursing Scholastic Honor Society)