I love helping others communicate purposefully, precisely, and persuasively

At an early age, I learned that a stage lets us share our voice, and everything we do on it is for our audience. Over the years, I’ve taken the stage to speak about topics ranging from evolutionary medicine to investment strategies to writing and publishing and have educated and entertained audiences ranging in size from 2 to 200.

Sample Topics

  • Master Communicator Skills: How to Talk Your Walk without Trampling Others
  • Say More, Sell More: Identify and Write to Your Ideal Reader
  • See and Be Seen: Power Networking for Introverts
  • Avoid Amateur Mistakes: Secrets to Writing Authoritative and Compelling Nonfiction
  • Memoir 101: Find The Story in Your Story
  • Master the Craft: Show, Don’t Tell
  • Set Yourself up for Success: How to Choose the Publishing Model that’s right for You
  • From No to Go! How to Write a Competitive Book Proposal
  • Write a Crowd Pleaser: Screenwriting Techniques for Novelists
  • Art and Ethics: How to Incorporate Your Values into Your Business
  • For the Love! Bringing Vegan and Omnivore Partners back to Their Table

all customized to appeal to your audience and meet your goals

Partial Client List

  • Smart Women, Smart Money
  • Idaho Health and Welfare
  • Boise State University
  • Idaho Writers Guild
  • Library! Boise
  • Library at Collister
  • Eagle Library
  • So Called Podcast
  • Nonfiction Authors Association (global teleseminar and local events)
  • Idaho Writers and Editors Association

upcoming events

past events


Is Blogging Dead? What You Need to Know Before Starting a Blog Library! at Collister October 2019


Memoir Writing 101: Finding the Story in Your Story Eagle Public Library January 2019

Setting the Record Straight: How Traditional Publishing Really Works and Why You Need to Understand It Meridian Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association January 2019

Author Panel Q&A Library! at Collister December 2018

Genre Specialization: The Key to Editorial Excellence Idaho Editors and Writers Association November 2018

Secrets to Writing Authoritative and Compelling Nonfiction Nonfiction Authors Association Teleseminar October 2018

Anthropology at Work: Education to Employment, College to Career Boise State University 2018

So Called Podcast Interview 2018

Idaho Writers' Corner Author and Editor Panel Library! at Collister 2017

Working with a Developmental Editor Library! Boise 2018

The Power of Precise Language: Choosing Words for Impact and Effectiveness Idaho Editors and Writers Association 2017

The Wind Up, the Pitch, and the Swing Idaho Writers Guild 2017

Point of View & Perspective Library! at Collister 2017

It's All About Pacing Library! at Collister 2017

Evolutionary Medicine and the Heterozygous Advantage Idaho Health and Welfare Spring 2014 Epidemiology Conference co-presented with medical anthropologist and epidemiologist Dr. Robert Graff

The Importance of Balancing Fixed and Variable Investments Smart Women Smart Money Conference

what meeting planners & Attendees say

"As a presenter, teacher, author, and Toastmaster, I am always delighted to find someone as talented, graceful, and professional as Cristen Iris. She exudes confidence, displays high organizational skills, while being able to deliver each person’s needs in a training setting. She’s a gem in our community, and I’m thankful to know and work with her." —Sherry Briscoe, author and workshop organizer for the Idaho Writers Guild

"Cristen Iris is an excellent speaker who is known for her editing skill and professionalism. She clearly expresses relevant material that I can immediately apply in my business. I appreciate Cristen’s ability to readily handle questions and offer well-researched methods and ideas." —Kim Foster, freelance book editor and co-founder of the Idaho Writers and Editors Association

"Cristen’s engagement with the audience was phenomenal. The information was well presented. She is a dynamic, knowledgeable, and engaging speaker. I highly recommend her as a presenter." —Renee Settle

"Cristen is a true professional on every level. As a leader for the Nonfiction Authors Association, she provided support, training and encouragement for her team. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she never hesitates to go above and beyond to exceed expectations. She has been a valued asset to our organization and will no doubt continue to dazzle all those she works with in the future."
— Stephanie Chandler, CEO and founder, Nonfiction Authors Association

"Thank you for sharing your insights during your Anthropology at Work: From Education to Employment, College to Career presentation. It was the most inspirational fifty minutes I've experienced since returning to university studies!" —Katherine Kappelman

"Amazing insight. Really appreciate the transparent, no-holds-barred presentation. Tremendous help!" —Jake Levya

"Cristen is an authority and gives a well-structured workshop. Really liked the comparison of nonfiction and fiction and what's at stake for the reader." —Pamela Thompson

"The handout is great and a good resource for later ... excellent talk. You're my role model. I want to be as informed and professional as you are." —CS Kjar

"Cristen's information and presentation are pragmatic. I walked away with gems I can use." —anonymous

"Cristen cares." —anonymous