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The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.

– Peter Drucker

ABOUT

Heidi Petak headshot standing_croppedI’m a communication coach, helping people communicate bravely on stage and in their professional and personal relationships. I coach clients privately and through Hippo Solutions, an actor-based corporate training company, as well as teach communication courses at Williamson College.

While I really am a “doctor,” my 4 kids are quick to tell you I’m “not the kind of doctor who looks in your ears.” I earned a PhD in communication specializing in Theatre Arts Studies from Regent University, an M.A. in communication from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in Broadcasting from John Brown University.

In my past life I was a radio DJ and went by April Kelly for country music (it sounded good with a southern accent) and Lauren West for classic rock (I could say it with a bit of “gravel” before I announced Zeppelin). I have voiced hundreds of commercials and other projects and unfortunately have been the voice of those phone systems that make you press “1” and then “5” then “star 3” and never let you talk to a real person.  Now, when I call them, I annoy myself.

I’m also a writer, with devotionals as well as musical and dramatic scripts published by Word, Brentwood Benson, Lillenas. One of my most-loved jobs was as the creative director of Fellowship Bible Church in Northwest Arkansas where I was given countless opportunities in acting, writing, and directing. I now serve on the board of Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) and still use drama and role-plays when I coach and speak.

I’m married to Brian, the pastor of Outreach and Missional Living at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN. We have four boys who challenge my communication skills daily with conversations about bodily functions.  And, in case you’re curious, my last name is pronounced “Pea-tack,”  but Siri thinks it’s “Pet-ick.”

SERVICES

COACHING

Improve your public speaking and interpersonal communication skills with executive coaching sessions.  See your options here.

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SPEAKING

I welcome opportunities to speak about communication when my schedule permits.  See some of my favorite topics here.

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VOICEOVERS

Need a voiceover?  My clients have included Walmart, Cadillac, Holiday Inn, Lifeway and hundreds of others.  Listen to my demos here.

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SHOP

Communicate biblical truth through unforgettable theatre. Find links to my 5 downloadable faith-based script collections and musicals here.

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 Each person’s communication becomes a legacy that influences how future generations will communicate.

– Quentin J. Schultze

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