Bio—Dianna Booher

Prolific Author

As the author of 47 books, available in 60 foreign-language editions, Dianna Booher has published with Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, Warner, McGraw-Hill, HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson, and Berrett-Koehler.

Dianna’s work is also widely available in audio, video, and online training programs. Several books have been major book club selections and have won numerous awards.

  • Macmillan Executive Book Club Selection
  • Fortune Book Club Selection
  • Writers Digest Book Club Selection
  • A Cindy Award in the New York Film Festival—Corporate Training Division
  • Newbridge Executive Book Club—Main Selection
  • Business Week Book Club
  • Book of the Month Club—Alternate Selection
  • Money Book Club
  • Executive Soundview Summaries: Best Business Book of the Decade
  • American Library Association: Best Young Adult Non-Fiction of the Year

Recognized Communication and Productivity Expert
Dianna Booher has been interviewed by Good Morning AmericaUSA Today, Forbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, FOX, CNN, CNBC, National Public Radio, Dr. Laura Radio Show, The New York Times, Washington Post, New York Newsday, Bloomberg, Boardroom Reports, Industry Week, Success, and Entrepreneur, among other national radio, TV, and newspapers. She is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, the CEO Magazine, and Women in the Workplace at FaithHappenings.com.

Dynamic Keynoter
Dianna Booher has been honored to speak at venues all around the world, including numerous international conferences in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. Consequently, she has received the highest awards in the professional speaking industry, including the following recognition:

—CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® (induction by National Speakers Association)
—Top 100 Thought Leaders in America (Leadership Excellence magazine)
—Top 100 Minds in Personal Development (Leadership Excellence magazine)
21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century (list by Successful Meetings magazine)
Top Leadership 500 (by Leadership Excellence/HR.com)
—Global Gurus Top 30 Communication Speakers
—Legends in the Speaking Industry
—Richtopia’s 2017 Top 200 Most Influential Authors in the World

Dianna’s Personal Story—How She Began Her Writing Career

I haven’t always been a professional writer and public speaker.  Far from it.  In fact, I started this business as a young mom with two small kids and a husband struggling with severe depression. Although I was substitute teaching a few days a month, I feared that my husband wasn’t going to be able to hold his job much longer and that I was about to become the sole support for our family.

“So what do you like to do?” a friend asked me, as we began brainstorming full-time job possibilities.

“I liked to write English compositions back in school. But how do I make a living doing that?”

“I suggest you find out,” he responded.

So I did.  I drove to the library and checked out every book I could find on writing—from writing mysteries and romance novels, to writing inspirational articles and press releases, and even creating greeting card verses!  Reading almost around the clock for about 3 weeks, I taught myself the principles of good writing—all the things that I failed to pick up in high school and college English classes—along with the process of writing and publishing a book.

Then over lunch with an engineer friend at Exxon, I told him my plan to write a business book on communication.  “Do you think there’s a need?”

He burst out laughing.  “Engineers can’t write! Do you have any idea how much time and money we waste rewriting reports?”  He spent the next two hours on war stories.

So I put together a book proposal from what I’d learned in my reading. And viola!  I got an agent and sold the book to Facts on File (hardcover) and Random House (paperback).  Once the book was scheduled for release, I developed a training course around the book’s contents.

When the publisher sent me on an author tour, my phone began to ring. People called, asking if I could come speak to their organizations on the book’s topic.

To date, I’ve repeated that process 45 times—and built a team behind me to present the programs so that I could devote even more of my time to writing—both fiction and nonfiction. That’s my calling—my passion and the purpose God put me on earth to accomplish. To create life-changing communication that connects with people is my signature work.