Keynote speaker, media guest, and more

Nancy Grant is a friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging speaker. She works carefully with special event and festival coordinators and meeting planners to customize her appearances to meet the needs of each audience. All presentations feature real-world examples, practical tips, clear insights, and a question-and-answer session. PowerPoint slides are included as appropriate.

As a working journalist and researcher for more than 30 years, a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and a field naturalist for more than 20 years, Nancy shares her expertise clearly and concisely. Nancy’s speeches and media appearances are completely non-partisan with no political agenda.

For interviews with podcast and other media hosts she provides a complete advance briefing kit.

Nancy is now booking engagements (either in-person or virtual) for 2021 and 2022. Call Nancy now at 502 641-9614 to check for available dates and to discuss all options to meet your needs.

Nancy Grant speaks about three major topic areas:

  • Birdwatching and exploring nature for all levels of experience
  • Communications strategies for professionals and others
  • The electric utility industry for general audiences

Scroll down for more detailed descriptions of current offerings in each topic area.

Birdwatching and exploring nature

On the feathered trail
Birding the friendly way

In today’s high tech world, new birders can jump right in to access a vast pool of information on their cell phones. Photos, songs, digital maps–it’s all great. But where’s the human connection?

This entertaining presentation is designed as a keynote speech that keeps things fun and exciting, and includes plenty of time for questions and answers. Let’s go birding together!

Follow Nancy Grant on Twitter @FriendlyBirder

Field notes your way
Lists and photos and posts — oh, my!

In this fun and practical talk, Nancy Grant shares easy tips and tricks to help you organize your photos, life lists, and all the quirky little bits and pieces of information you’ve been accumulating. She shows you how to gather it all together in ways that make sense for your personal goals and can help you preserve memories that will always bring a smile.

This presentation is designed as a break-out session during birding festivals, and fits into a 50-minute slot with time for questions and answers.

Shhh! The secret worlds of nature in the Ohio River Valley
What can you discover along the 981 miles of the Ohio River’s banks?

This insider’s guide to the astonishing variety of birds, butterflies, beetles, and larger animals that live along the river will surprise you. You’ll explore forests, swamps, urban areas, fields, and marshes — and take a peek at what happens in these habitats during each season of the year. You’ll also learn about how regional weather events affect migration.

This program is designed as an indoor presentation and includes a slide show with photos by Nancy Grant. By special arrangement, Nancy Grant will also lead an outdoor nature ramble for up to 15 participants.

In addition, Nancy Grant offers these two special talks through the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

Where the Birds Are: Exploring Kentucky’s Varied Habitats

Sure you know the robin, hummingbird, and owl. But did you know that Kentucky’s bird life includes more than 300 other species? Who are they? Where are they? And why do they choose our state to nest and raise young during summer, visit during their long migration journeys, or spend a few winter months with us? If you’re a bird, what’s so great about Kentucky’s habitats?

How Do We Know That? Studying Nature in Kentucky, Then and Now

The study of natural history, understanding the lives of plants and animals, is not separate from human history. They are woven together. What we know about birds and butterflies, wildflowers and trees, is based on the work of people with muddy boots and sweaty faces and intense curiosity.

Beginning with stories of the lives and discoveries of internationally known naturalists working in Kentucky, this talk offers insights into the pioneering work done by John James Audubon, then 20th century scientists Robert M. Mengel, Mary Wharton, Roger Barbour, and Charles Covell—and brings listeners up-to-date on what today’s researchers and dedicated amateur citizen scientists are studying  in Kentucky.

Communications strategies for professionals and others

Transform your technical writing
Maybe it’s not rocket science, but it is really complicated. Here’s how to make your subject matter clear!

This seminar is designed for working journalists, as well as professionals in engineering and scientific fields, who need to provide accurate information to non-specialty colleagues or general audiences.

Do you need to explain highly technical concepts to people who don’t have your depth of experience? In this seminar, Nancy Grant gives practical tips and techniques to keep readers and listeners awake and engaged as you discuss your specialized topic. Nancy shows you how to balance precise terms with everyday language, how to organize material logically, and make your point clearly.

Before you answer that question
A practical guide for those times when you must talk to the media

This presentation is designed for business people who are not trained in public relations, but often end up in the spotlight.

Worried about putting your foot in your mouth? Accidentally giving away company secrets? Looking clumsy or unsure of yourself? If you’ve ever been caught off guard by a reporter, this session is for you!

During this presentation you’ll learn how the news media works, and understand how to be at ease giving appropriate responses to questions in any situation.

The electric utility industry

Keeping the lights on
What will the power grid of the future look like?

Nancy Grant researched and wrote the award-wining “Future of Electricity” column for an electric cooperative magazine from 2002 through 2016, and continues to cover developments in the industry for a variety of clients. 

This presentation is for general audiences, and works well for civic groups and professional associations whose members want to be prepared for change.

In this engaging look ahead, Nancy Grant draws on her in-depth knowledge and on-the-scene experience with the everyday nuts and bolts of every part of the electric power system. She discusses the small and large changes in power generation, distribution, and transmission that are most likely to occur during the next decade. She also talks about the potential environmental and economic impacts of changing regulations and consumer attitudes.

Nancy Grant provides accurate information about possible developments, but does not advocate for any particular course of action. This presentation focuses entirely on practical matters, and does not support or oppose any political proposals.

*All Photos by Nancy Grant unless otherwise credited.