Author, Speaker, Humorist, Consultant
How you navigate through life’s journey is determined by how you steer your boat. You’re at the helm! The possibilities are limitless.
Debi is a firm believer in the idea that we’re at the helm of our life’s journey, and the course we take depends on the choices we make (or rather, how we steer our boat).
Debi was born in Macon, GA, grew up in Hanahan, SC (near Charleston), and currently resides in the West Cobb area of Marietta, GA, with her husband, Matthew. All the kids are grown, and they have been blessed with four grandchildren to date.
Well-rounded in her faith, Debi grew up a Southern Baptist. She joined the United Methodist Church in 1997, and is actively involved in the United Methodist Women, Agape Sunday School class, and the Carillon Handbell Choir at Due West UMC in Marietta, GA.
She enjoys grandkids, walking/hiking, reading, music, movies, comedy, family, sports, and tag-team cooking with Matthew.
She retired with over 34 years as a U.S. Civil Service employee.
She was a member of Toastmasters International from 1999-2016, when she decided to take a sabbatical to devote more time to writing. She attained her goal of DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) in June 2005. She has conducted several training sessions for Toastmasters at the local level as well as the state level.
Debi has been speaking publicly most of her life, beginning in church and continuing in other venues.
Her target audiences are schools, churches, civic groups, and businesses. She will present an entertaining but inspiring message that will ignite the fire within, that we have the power to make the right choices for our lives. We have the power to “steer our own boat”.
Debi is passionate about personal responsibility, utilizing common sense and common courtesy, being good stewards of the tax dollar, and living by a high standard of integrity.
From a Key Note Address, after dinner speech, or a seminar presentation, Debi’s speeches are sprinkled with humor and practical advice. She also offers speech writing and coaching to those wishing to give speeches.
Debi published her first book in 2007, and is currently working on her first novel as well as a devotional book. Please visit the “book” tab for additional information.
PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Due West United Methodist Church “Circle of Friends”
Your Retirement Coach Lunch Seminar
District 14 Spring Conference – Presenter
Due West United Methodist Church – W.I.N.G.S. Christmas Brunch
Life University (speech classes)
Testimonial for Debi as a Speaker
“Debi Merchant is an inspirational and informative speaker. She uses humor and personalization to build a rapport and engage her audience in her topic. I highly recommend her for your next presentation.” -Carol Neal, CCBE/MPCE, Past International President, Credit Professionals International