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New Mexico Municipal League

“The ‘Real Heroes Don’t Wear Spandex’ General Session was so popular, I have already received calls asking if by any chance we had video-taped it! Unfortunately we did not, but lesson learned! Great job, we couldn’t have ended our conference on a better note!”
Colette Schobbens, CMP, CMM
Meeting Coordinator
New Mexico Municipal League
Santa Fe, NM

Charles Marshall speaks many times a year to California audiences as a California humorous motivational speaker, delivering his innovative ideas and open style of communication to California businesses and associations. Charles is a very well known California funny speaker, enlightening minds by his creative perspectives on life and how to handle everyday circumstances. Charles is a one of the most successful California funny keynote speakers and his motivational insights encourage others to be positive minded using the techniques recommended in his best selling book Shattering the Glass Slipper. As a humorous speaker, meeting planners appreciate that he is able to involve meeting attendees in his program, demonstrating his comedic talent of spontaneity. California crowds can’t seem to get enough of Charles’ clean, interactive style! Charles Marshall is well-known as the California keynote speaker who adds enthusiasm, thought-provoking ideas, and energizing zeal to corporate events. Charles offers exactly what the people of California are looking for—a quality program that informs, entertains, and enlightens!

California Association of Pest Control Advisors “We want to tell you how much we enjoyed your presentation to our group. Your talk gave a great boost to our members who work in the agriculture environment in California. The insights and understanding of what Pest Control Advisors face on a day to day basis was much appreciated. Thank you very much for an enlightening and stimulating presentation.” Michael Kropp and John McClenahan, Conference Chairs California Association of Pest Control Advisors Sacramento, CA   California bankers“From the minute I met Charles, I knew he was going to be great. Charles was incredibly funny and connected with our bankers immediately. He brought a very thoughtful message all the while with a down-to-earth sense of humor. I look forward to having him back next year!” Cynthia DeOliver, Event Planner California Bankers Association Sacramento, CA

California audiences have been encouraged by Mr. Marshall’s positive and informative programs. The following is an example of Mr. Marshall’s business principles in one of his motivational columns entitled, “The Four Be’s.”

The Four Be’s

How many times have you ever said, “If I knew then what I know now!” I was taught so many things in school but sometimes it seems that the more important things were left out. One thing I wish somebody would have told me is what I call the Four Be’s. No matter what business you are in in California or what your job is, you can become successful by applying these four simple principles. Be good at what you do. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were known as the best at what you do? What would that reputation mean in terms of money, position and affirmation? While it is impossible for everyone to be the best in the world, or even California for that matter, it is certainly attainable for you to become the best within your circle of influence. In a world of mediocrity, those who choose to rise above the crowd have an advantage over their competition. Be seen doing it. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best at what you do if nobody knows about it. In other words, if you have a trumpet, blow it already. I was speaking to a friend of mine who is a writer and learned that he has close to five or six books written. Not only has he not submitted his work to a publisher, he lets very few people even see it. How can you ever shine if you’re hiding your light?Ohio State Chiro Assoc-1A This is especially difficult for those who suffer from a poor self-esteem. A person with a poor self-esteem avoids exposure because he is afraid of encountering rejection — rejection that will confirm his unworthiness and prove his lack of value. Be consistent. Everyone knows that even a blind squirrel can find a nut every now and then. But in order to be truly successful, you need to strive to be like an obstetrician and be able to deliver regularly. I once heard a singer in California say that you’re only as good as your worst performance because someone in your audience will judge you on that performance alone. On your worst day, how good are you? Can you deliver when you’re sick, in a bad mood, hungry or tired? To be counted among the achievers of this world, you need to allow yourself no excuses and be able to perform consistently at a quality level no matter what. Be bold! Life is short. Take a risk! Why not at least try? It has been said that the greatest risk in life is taking no risks. The man who refuses to invest his money because he’s scared of what the stock market is going to do is risking having nothing to sustain him in his retirement. The guy who is afraid of rejection and never takes a chance on love is risking winding up a lonely old man. It is impossible to live without risk. Why not utilize its power instead of being intimidated by it? Any successful person you have ever known has implemented the Four Be’s. No, it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, effort, and persistence, but the Four Be’s always triumph. © 2013 Charles Marshall. Charles Marshall is a nationally known humorous motivational speaker and author. Visit his Web site at or contact him via e-mail at Community Associations Institute “The Charles Marshall staff was easy and friendly to work with and Mr. Marshall was entertaining and insightful. Many positive comments were shared with event planners and Charles’ book/DVD table was wiped clean by our attendees.” Wendy Van Messel, Executive Director Community Associations Institute Palm Desert, CA

You might be from California if:

  1. You make over $300,000 per year and still can’t afford a house.
  2. You take a bus and are shocked at two people carrying on a conversation in English.
  3. Your child’s 3rd-grade teacher has purple hair, a nose ring, and is named Flower.
  4. Gas costs $1.00 per gallon more than anywhere else in the U.S.
  5. Unlike back home, the guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney… really IS George Clooney.
  6. Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment.
  7. Your co-worker has 8 body piercings and none are visible.
  8. It’s barely sprinkling rain and there’s a report on every news station: “STORM WATCH.”
  9. You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cells or pagers.
  10. The Terminator is your governor.


Charles has performed at:

San Diego Convention Center 111 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA  92101
Portola Hotel & Convention Center Two Portola Plaza Monterey, CA  93940
Renaissance Esmeralda 44400 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells, CA  92210
  Charles is based out of Georgia but is available to speak in: Los Angeles, California, San Diego, California, San Jose, California, San Francisco, California, Long Beach, California, Fresno, California, Sacramento, California, Oakland, California, Santa Ana, California, Anaheim, California, Riverside, California, Bakersfield, California, Stockton, California, Fremont, California, Glendale, California, Huntington Beach, California, Modesto, California, San Bernardino, California, Chula Vista, California, Oxnard, California, Garden Grove, California, Oceanside, California, Ontario, California, Santa Clarita, California, and Salinas, California.

California Humorous Motivational Speaker – California Keynote Speaker – California Comedian