Nelsonville woman featured in book
Kramer lends talent to Voices of the 21st Century
By Kris Leonhardt
A Nelsonville woman will be featured in the fourth volume of the Voices of the 21st Century book series.
Paula Kramer is a speaker by profession, noted for promoting positivity, a trade she discovered while obtaining her education.
“When I was 12 years old, a boy in school pulled my chair out from under me. I landed hard on my tailbone. Medical professionals misdiagnosed my spinal injury for 33 years. By my late 20s, normal sitting and standing was becoming more and more painful. I started college when I was 35. To attend my classes I used an adapted chair that was low to the ground, sat with my feet on another chair, sat on the floor with a lumbar pillow against the wall, or lay on the floor,” she recalled.
While attending UWSP for women’s studies/writing and communication, Kramer realized a talent for giving speeches.
“I became a professional speaker in 1997 for two reasons. First, I didn’t have to sit or stand normally to speak because I could lean against a tall stool. Second, I was good at it. I did talks for a number of church groups, business groups, women’s groups, as well as family groups on two U.S. Army bases in Germany.
“I worked at my career until 2003 when my teeth went bad. I had no insurance and was not getting enough speaking engagements to pay dental bills. I managed to work in home healthcare, but the work was still hard on my back.
“In 2016, I got so poor that I qualified for Medicaid and got my teeth fixed. Afterwards, I discovered the Women Speakers Association, which helped me restart my speaking career. They also invited me to write a chapter for their fourth Voices of the 21st Century book.”
In “Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Difference, which will launch in February 2021, Kramer contributed the “Resilience against Stereotypes” chapter.
“Keep negative stereotypes outside you by bringing positive reality inside you,” she said is the focus of the chapter.
Kramer believes that life is the “most effective teacher.” She said that her life of “one tragedy after another” taught her that failure flares failure and success sparks success.
“Negativity creates costs,” she states.
For more on Kramer, visit www.speakingfromtriumph.com.