Cheryl Kirking tickles the funny bones and tugs at the heart strings of audiences nationwide through her Ripples of Encouragement(TM) Keynotes, Concerts and Workshops. She weaves her unique blend of original songs, home-spun humor and personal anecdotes. A popular Keynote speaker for women's, business groups and educational conferences and is available for seminars, retreats and concerts.
She is the award-winning author of six books, including Ripples of Joy (Shaw/Random House), All is Calm All is Bright (Revell/Baker), Teacher You're an A+(Harvest House), Crayons in the Dryer: Misadventures and Unexpected Blessings of Motherhood (Cook). Her newest Christmas gift book with CD What Can I Give Jesus?: A Christmas Message for All Ages, recieved the Moombeam Book Award and the silver Benjamin Franklin Award for literary excellence. She is a frequent contributor to many of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul books and numerous other books. A Certified Personality Trainer, she is a contributing author to the personality book, Getting Along With Almost Anybody and has discussed the topic on numerous radio and television programs, including LIFE TODAY. She is featured in the book MISSION POSSIBLE, alongside eleven other misson-minded authors, including Steven Covey and Dr. John Gray.
A songwriter and recording artist, she has recorded six albums of original songs, but considers her college-age triplets her greatest production! They have inspired her writing, and also sparked her interest in studying personality types. As a Certified Personality Trainer, Cheryl helps others improve their relationships and gain a better understanding of themselves.
Cheryl is a member of the National Speakers Association and is listed in "Who's Who in Professional Speaking." She has been twice nominated for "Best Female Performer" by the Independent Entertainers Association. She draws upon her background in teaching, public relations and psychology to enhance her fast-paced, uplifting presentations. She is a proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and enjoys small town life in Wisconsin.