Speaking

Bob Welch keynotes conferences and other special events from coast to coast with messages of heart, humor and hope. He reminds audience members that they matter far more than they know — to the world in general and to their workplaces in particular.

Mirroring the great variety in his writing, Welch also encourages people with his comedy-sprinkled exploits of hiking Oregon’s 452-mile portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, detailed in his new book, Cascade Summer. And takes listeners to Bedford Falls to remind them of the nuggets of truth found in his new book, 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life.

Perseverance, the importance of depending on one another, the bedrock values of George Bailey’s world — Welch can take his presentation to where your organization needs it to go. He has led upper manager retreats for the likes of the Corvallis (Ore.), Clinic, made funeral directors laugh and managed to get teenagers at a state Rotary youth conference to stop texting.

He has spoken at the Massachusetts Statehouse, been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and delivered commencement for the University of Oregon Department of History. Among his other clients: Purdue University School of Nursing, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Oklahoma State Council of Perioperative Nurses, National Hadassah Conference, National Association of Personal Historians, Western Museums Association, Pacific Association of College Registrars & Admissions Officers, Oregon Library Association and Boston University Nursing Archives.

Welch draws on a rich well of material: 15 books, more than 2,000 newspaper columns and his personal experiences, such as hiking the PCT.

Welch with former ABC Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson.

With three new books out in the fall of 2012, Welch’s repertoire is expanding even more. He can touch the hearts of a hard-crusted audience with stories of Clay Conner Jr., the subject of his book, Resolve: From the Jungles of WWII Bataan, the Epic Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept. Or reach medical-oriented audiences with his Oregon Book Award-finalist American Nightingale (Atria Books), about the first nurse to die after the landings at Normandy.

Heart. Humor. Hope. Whatever you want him to emphasize, Bob Welch has a sterling record of leaving audiences better off than he found them.