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“This poignant and beautifully recorded tale is both inspiring and hysterically funny! You won't want to stop listening it's so brilliantly done. Her story ties the reader to the player. Without pity, Kathy portrays herself and shows her life through wit and humor that can bring a tear to your eye without making you feel sorry for her. Instead it helps you see your life in better perspective and inspires the listener to attain higher goals. Excellent read.”
BarnesandNoble.com customer review
“What an amazing book! Kathy Buckley is a divine light; her life story is one of courage over tragedy, love over fear, forgiveness over hate and the spirit of who we truly are over the labels we accept. She uses laughter to heal the soul of everyone she meets whether in person or in the words of this outstanding book. Do your heart and soul a favor and read, 'If You Could Hear What I See,' and then tell your friends to buy it, because the world needs another couple of million Kathys.”
Dov G. Baron... A.B.M.P.P. (www.DovBaron.com)
“Kathy has you crying one moment, the next you're laughing. She brings down the house!”
The Today Show
“You are an inspiration.”
Colin Powell, Secretary of State
“Kathy Buckley is audacious, funny, moving, and inspiring. If I didn't already have a job, I would devote my life to kissing her feet.”
David Hyde Pierce
“Laughter is one of the most powerful factors in how our lives turn out, and Kathy Buckley reveals its power with love and wit. She is a miracle you must experience.”
Anthony Robbins
“You are truly an amazing woman, comedian and motivational speaker. Every individual you have encountered you have touched his or her life in some form or another.”
Patricia Yost / Clinton County Children Services
“Your keynote speech left all our employees leaving knowing that we can over come anything thing and the best is yet to come. What a gift to give our company. Everyone is still talking about it. You made me look G-R-E-A-T! Thanks.”
Holly Teutemacher / Kellogg
“Again, we thank you for an outstanding presentation and for being with us at this special time. You bring in a whole new meaning on the word communication, which we all could learn from.”
Mary Riemersma / California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Educational Foundation, Inc.
“Thank you for your speech, which was a big hit! Everyone I spoke with said it was the Best Reynolds Society Dinner ever.( We have had some very good ones, if I say so myself) But you made this one special, thank you very much for sharing your gift with us.”
Bruce Jordon Vice President / Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
“Thank you for sharing your extraordinary wit, wisdom and warmth with all who attended The Wellness Community West Los Angeles "Celebration". Every Heart in the room was touch and all been gifted from your passionate message of hope and joy. We believe that Kathy Buckley and TWC are powerful partnerships that can bring great help to thousands of cancer patients.”
Audrey / The Wellness Community
“An emotional roller coaster...awesome, heartwarming and appealing...Kathy Buckley is a force to be reckoned with.”
Los Angeles Independent Newspaper
“What a story! What a lady! One remarkable Hollywood survivor. A tale of courage from a silent world. Mesmerizing and humbling...”
Entertainment Tonight
“She mines almost every one of her tragedies for laughs and eventually hits pay dirt. Don't Buck is just one step in a virtually timeless career.”
People Magazine
“Kathy Buckley hasn't experienced a mundane moment in her genuinely extraordinary lifetime. Rest assured that her poignant, funny play needs no credentials.”
Los Angeles Times
“Enclosed is the plaque that the McCormacks gave you during our conference. Just wanted to let you know how much great feedback we got from everyone. I think it touched a chord in all of us to realize how thankful we need to be and how blessed we are and don't even recognize it. Thanks for making us stop and smell the roses.”
Daurice White Visible Changes
“"We produced a program to thank our employees for a year of taking care of our guests. We wanted to fill them up with inspiration so they could share it with their families and our guests. Kathy was our keynote and she hit it out of the park. We have had several speakers over the years and they've all been well received. Kathy made an exceptional impression that will stay with our employees for the rest of their lives vs. just a few hours or days. She connects in a remarkable way that leads to profound "aha's" with her audience. She's a most gifted speaker and human being.”
~David Wagner Owner/Daymaker Juut Salonspas
“I want to personally thank you on behalf of myself and the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference Steering Committee for being our keynote speaker for our Saturday luncheon. You reinforced for us the importance of what we do everyday. I have reviewed the evaluations and found them to be overwhelmingly positive. Participants used adjectives such as wonderful, amazing, incredible, funny and brave. One individual even said, Thank you for thinking outside the box, very inspiring. Yours is the only keynote speech in the history of our conference that ended in a standing ovation.”
~ Beverly Eagle Advantage Learning Center
“With sincere appreciation visible changes is deeply grateful to Kathy Buckley for sharing her soul and teaching us that we can alter our life by altering our attitude and giving us the vision to see obstacles as opportunities! Great leadership is about human experiences and emotions lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard and the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. We thank you today for your presence here and sharing with us your heartfelt message. You have truly made a difference in many lives.”
John, Maryanne, and Johnny McCormack and the Staff of Visible Changes
“I've seen Kathy Buckley at Paul Mitchell a couple of times and every time I laughed, I cried, and I was overwhelmed with her generosity in sharing her personal life in a comedic way. However, this is no 'comedy'. It's a trip through the life of an amazing woman who turned a disability into a positive message that leaves you feeling there's nothing you cannot do if you put your mind to it. So I hired her to be the keynote speaker at our Millennium Experience. She blew us away and got a standing ovation. Several of my staff told me after Kathy left the stage that it was the most emotional and motivational hour of their entire lives! Kathy is truly an amazing, giving, and special person!”
John Harms ~ Founder and CEO of Millennium Software
“It is with the highest regard that I recommend Kathy Buckley as a motivational speaker for you organization or event. Her speech was among the most memorable I have ever heard. She spoke at an event my company John Paul Mitchell Systems hosted for over 700 sales professionals. When she spoke, she was engaging, original, and hilarious, all while remaining relevant to what we were trying to accomplish. Her story of how she overcame her inability to hear was truly inspiring and showed our group how hard work and perseverance really do yield amazing results. Ms. Buckley's speech rated exceptionally well with the audience, resulting in many of our customers claiming she was the best speaker we have ever shared with them. Most importantly, she made a difference in the lives of each and every person in that room. If you are looking for someone to motivate and inspire, or even just to entertain, then Kathy Buckley is among the best there is.”
Brent Golden ~ Vice President of Sales John Paul Mitchell Systems
“Kathy was the opening keynote speaker at the 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference. It's difficult sometimes when planning conferences to find just the right speaker for your audience. This can be especially true when you have a room full of families whose children who have gone through so much in their lives, many of whom have had at least twenty surgeries, experience both vision and hearing loss and live with many other serious and ongoing medical issues. You worry if the message will come across okay, if the families will connect with the speaker, or even if humor is the right way to go. After listening to and watching the audience during Kathy's performance and reading through all of our conference evaluations after the conference, any worries I might have had completely melted away. Families, professionals and individuals with CHARGE syndrome themselves LOVED her, crying and laughing throughout the performance, pleading with us to bring her back again in the future and resoundingly letting us know that her talk was an incredible way to kick off our conference. Kathy's humor, her story and her message about celebrating abilities was a monster hit with our crowd and we are so thrilled that she could come and share her story with us.”
Lisa Weir ~ 2013 International CHARGE Syndrome Conference Chair
“I live and thrive in the world of education. In fact, my "product" is education: with over 100 Paul Mitchell Schools across the United States and over 16,000 students attending our schools, I am very aware of what does and does not work. Over the past 25 years, I have sought out the best of the best in both content and presentation style. Kathy Buckley has ranked at the highest of that list for several years, which is why I continue to bring her back to my schools and events over and over again. Not only that, but I have pleaded with friends in other companies to bring Kathy in for their events, and I now reign as "king" in their worlds for making such a recommendation, because Kathy is nothing less than brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! If you turn her over to your team or audience, you only need to sit back and let her work her magic and love. One more very important thing about Kathy: I love speakers who can deliver a powerful message on stage, but I always watch to see their performance "off stage," too. Are they credible? Do they behave with integrity and practice what they preach? Do they make everyone around them feel loved, safe, and included, no matter the role they play? Well, rest assured that Kathy is and does all of these things. Her sincere love for every member of her audience - whether it's 30 people or 3,000 people - makes Kathy Buckley one of the most influential women in my life.”
Winn Claybaugh ~ Dean & Cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools
“"Kathy Buckley is not only extremely funny but she delivers an inspiring message of hope, determination, and success. Once you are exposed to her, you realize the importance of not sweating the small stuff and ignoring the 'trivial many.' Kathy is a must for every human being to experience. I am her fan!"”
John Paul DeJoria ~ Co-founder, Paul Mitchell Salon Haircare and Patron Spirits Company
“Thank you for sharing your amazing story with us. I would just like to say on behalf of myself and the entire NeuroHealth Division, we were very moved, many to tears, by your presentation and the compassion you have and show towards others. Kathy, I think you are an angel in bringing my team such great inspiration and confidence to know that they can overcome anything that comes their way. Our motto is Dream It, Believe It, Do It, and there could be no better example than you to light the way. You are truly an inspiration to them and everyone you meet. I wish you a very happy and healthy life.”
Stephan F. Stefano ~ GlaxoSmithKline - Senior Vice President Managed Markets & NeuroHealth Divisions.
“"I cannot tell you how excited we are - it is insane. You are without a doubt one of the best I have ever seen, and I am 57 years old, and have taught for 31 years and gone to tons of leadership conferences, events, etc. You stand out like a beacon of light. How can I thank you enough? Your speech today was absolutely the highlight of the conference. You could see by the multiple standing ovations that we were all, students and adults, moved by your words that touched all of us. Your message was powerful and wonderful. All students should hear your message of love of others and seeing their beautiful souls. And loving oneself, because without that, there is no loving others. Your wisdom is astounding - what a gift you have for the secret of living a beautiful life. You fulfilled every dream of mine. You were the number-one hit of the conference, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Every parent I have talked to, every student I have chatted with - the first thing they loved about CSLC was YOU. You touched the lives of 850 students and 250 teachers. You have a gift of connecting in such a personal way, so that each person feels the message was for them. The messages you give are so beautiful, it makes me wish I could just have you reach every student in every province and state. Your message of love and understanding is universal and the way you share your stories is real, personal and beautiful. There was not a dry eye in the house, and at the same time, I saw laughter on the faces of everyone. That is what struck me when I saw you in Reno at CADA (the California Activity Directors Association). I knew you were a special and magical person who has a soul that is what all of us need to strive to achieve. I really don't know how to thank you enough. CSLC 2015 will always be associated first and foremost with Kathy Buckley, and that will make me proud and happy for years to come. Thank you for your generosity as well Kathy. Heavens, you really live the conference theme: When giving is receiving. What you put out into the universe truly makes the world a better place. If we could only clone someone as special, smart, empathetic, giving, energetic, witty, loving, entertaining and beautiful as you - the world would be an even more amazing place. You have a special vision and instinct that you learned all by yourself. You really are a genius, and a kind, sweet genius at that! Sending you the world's biggest hug. I will never find the words to thank you enough for the gift you gave to the conference and to me. You are the best."”
~ Sandra Starratt, French & Social Studies Department Head, Student Government Advisor, CSLC / CCLE 2015 Conference Co-Chair, Ha
“"Thank you so much for speaking to our audiologists and hearing aid dispensers! I was completely blown away by your talk; I am still astonished that you were able to make me double over with laughter even while my eyes were filled with tears. You took me on an emotional roller coaster that I was not expecting or prepared for. Your story is truly amazing; you have inspired me to keep our focus on the human element of what we do as hearing aid dispensers. We have had many excellent speakers over the years at our conference. Until you, never have I seen our staff give a presenter a standing ovation. This and the praise I am receiving from our conference attendees on your presentation is a true testament to the motivational power of your message."”
~ Mark Christian Anthis, Manager of U.S. Hearing Aid Operations, Costco Wholesale
“"It was such a joy and privilege to meet you. Thank you for coming to our Convention and for being you. You made me laugh and cry all within a few minutes. You were warm and genuine. You're the kind of person I want to hang out with all day long. Thank you for your time and your openness. Your keynote speech at our 2015 CAPED Convention was bold, inspiring, and of course wildly entertaining. Kathy, you fearlessly addressed and joked about sensitive topics faced by people with disabilities without ever veering from your central tenet of looking at the heart of all people, not their outer appearance. Present throughout all of your humor and somewhat irreverent wit is an invitation to question accepted social norms, and remember that all people are created equal."”
~ Denise Simpson, M. Ed., Director, Disability Support Services, President, CAPED School of Continuing Education
“"A heartfelt thank you for your dynamic, wonderful, motivational message in the midst of a hectic, last-minute request to speak at the Zetz Family Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation. You're a gifted speaker and entertainer with a unique and inspirational story. Your one-of-a-kind message is right on target and talking from your experience is very powerful. Your presence made the gala memorable and fun with your hilarious jokes and comments. The foundation gala was a resounding success, and we couldn't have done it without you!"”
~ Grace Zetz, Founding Director, Zetz Family Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation