citation of Ed's 1993 award as "Outstanding U.S.
Professor" by the National Speakers Association read:
"This award recognizes
outstanding commitment to understanding and enhancing
the spoken word shown through unusually effective undergraduate
or graduate teaching of presentation skills. Furthermore,
this award recognizes superior contributions through original
research and significant publications."
Wycoff¹s teaching, no his coaching, inspiration and attention
to my focusing were perhaps the turning point in my professional
career. He not only created
my intense curiosity about becoming an effective speaker, but
also directed my development of personal skills that would last
a lifetime. (I now own a million dollar corporation, publish
books and newsletters and have the largest dermatology consulting
firm in the country.) I
took a very expensive commercial presentation skills workshop
that lasted two days and cost well over $5,000.
It should come as no surprise that these "professionals"
did little to enhance the great job Dr. Wycoff had already done.
I guess it was worth five grand to know I was already a
seasoned professional via the "Wycoff Method"!
asked Dr. Wycoff about my addressing 600 physicians at the Winter
Park Hospital. I needed something great. Speaking to my peers was tremendous pressure.
He recommended building the speech around caricatures of
typical patient stereotypes. At his suggestion, I hired an artist to do
sketches to go along with the speech.
The attendees were in the aisles laughing and I received
my first standing ovation! What
a thrill! It has been comforting to know he was always only a
phone call away if I needed some advise, input or just encouragement.
I deeply appreciate his strong and continuing support in
launching my exciting and rewarding career."
Eric Van Stryland, Director, School of Optics, University of Central
"Our research assistant Michael Mielke won the top prize
of $10,000 with the New Focus Award competition at the International
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in Baltimore last week.
Also, the other student you coached, Joel Hales, won a runner-up
prize of $2,500. Both were, without question, the best presenters
in the field of international competitors. Your listening to their
presentations beforehand and coaching them on the fine points
of delivery apparently made all the difference."
Davis, Professor, University of Central Florida-Orlando &
former President, Florida Public Relations Association
"Shortly after the University of Central Florida was formed
in Orlando, Dr. Ed Wycoff was invited to teach a course in presentational
speaking. For 10 years prior to that time at the Lockheed Martin
Corporation, Ed had coached and trained executives in presentation
skills. Lockheed Martin had also sponsored his lecture on the
subject to other companies throughout the country."
Wycoff has always maintained his credibility by not only teaching,
but in practicing what he taught. In 1999, he won this College
and University's top award for excellence in professional service,
due to his many years as a popular conference and convention speaker.
In that same year, Ed won the only award to a University faculty
member by the Florida Board of Regent - a special recognition
for "distinguished community service" through the positive
impact of his many speeches outside the University for 28 years.
He is listed in the "Who's Who in Professional Speaking."
I have little doubt that Dr. Wycoff is one of the country's
leading authorities on corporate presentations and the effective
use of the spoken word in business. With two national awards as
a public information officer with the U.S. Air Force, Ed is also
fully aware of the importance of the spoken word in an organization's
General Manager, Orlando Magic
opportunity to draw from your expertise . . . has been invaluable
as we meet the public for the Orlando Magic in important presentational
programs. Your advice and counsel has helped us diagnose
and identify specific areas for growth. Also, your insights and
illustrations have dramatically increased our awareness of a number
of strategies to better reach our audiences Our discussions with
you have guided us toward a clearer focus of the critical points
in our message. Your assistance has contributed directly to the
most successful season yet for the Orlando Magic franchise."