Ole miss Speaker's edge Competition

Performance Coach

January 2020

Taylor Wood addressing MBA, Accounting, and law students on competition day of Ole Miss' Speaker's Edge 2020.

2020 started off nicely with a major opportunity. I traveled to Ole Miss to serve as one of 5 instructors of 122 graduate students in Business, Accounting, and Law. I helped students improve their ideas and performance in three categories: Marketplace Pitch, Team Pitch, and Ethical Dilemma. The class intensives culminated in a 2-day tournament called Speaker’s Edge.

This annual competition allowed graduate students to compete for industry professionals, retirees, and alumni from across America. A student I had the pleasure of working with, Bea Tisher, was named tournament champion and received a cash prize. I am so proud of her, and of everyone who improved by leaps and bounds during this intense process. I love watching people grow!

To read more specifics about the program, visit https://speakersedge.olemiss.edu/.

Below is a picture of me and JoAnn Edwards, founder of Speaker’s Edge. JoAnn and her husband Dex have been such amazing forces in my life. I consider them mentors, and I can’t thank them enough. JoAnn and Dex officiated my wedding in June 2020!

JoAnn Edwards and Taylor Wood at Speaker's Edge Competition in January.
Taylor Wood addressing students on competition day of Ole Miss' Speaker's Edge 2020.
Taylor Wood addressing students on competition day of Ole Miss' Speaker's Edge 2020.