Vicki Hitzges gained her speaking skills during her career as an international motivational speaker and broadcast journalist. She was the first woman and youngest person to hold the title of Dallas Bureau Chief at KTVT in Dallas. At that time, KTVT was the largest, independent TV station in the nation. Later, she anchored the news for the NBC affiliate (KRIS) in Corpus Christi, Texas where she won the National Headliner Award from the Press Club in Atlantic City. After moving back to Dallas, she co-hosted the popular, Dallas Cowboy’s weekly TV show, Special Edition, before becoming a publicist.
As a publicist, Vicki’s clients included the world’s third-largest, direct sales, cosmetics company, BeautiControl Cosmetics, as well as the man then considered the world’s foremost motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar. Impressed with her creativity, Zig invited Vicki to be one of the few speakers he would personally mentor.
As a motivational speaker, Vicki uses a conversational style to reach audiences with stories and humor – never PowerPoint.
She speaks across the world to associations, companies, and universities who want a proven, strong message about teamwork, customer service, and how to build a culture of encouragement. She’s been interviewed by publications ranging from Entrepreneur magazine to the Chicago Tribune to the Dallas Morning News. She’s also been a guest on radio and TV programs internationally including a segment on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) where frustrated hosts called her when their team, Manchester United, was losing. (After the call, the famed soccer team won!)
Vicki holds a Certified Speaking Professional designation – an earned title given to less than 10% of speakers internationally and only a few hundred women.
She’s authored two books, the first of which sold out the first day it was on the market. That book, Attitude is Everything – 10 Steps to Staying Positive, sells internationally as does her second book, Stuck on Stop – How to Quit Procrastinating.
She has a passion for reading headlines, participating in lively conversations, and crushing opponents in board games. (Not necessarily in that order.)