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Professional Inspirational Speaker

 

Susanna Dussling

Inspirational Speaker

Author

Personal Development Coach

Keynote Speaker 

“Anything is possible if you believe.”


Susanna Dussling is your “Positve Mental Attitude” expert.  In spite of her deafness, she purposely lives life to the fullest and persistently
follows her dreams with a winning attitude and a heavy dose of patience.

Let Susanna, of CENTER RING PRESENTATIONS, help you live your most extraordinary life by taking you on an incredible ride!  She will inspire you with compelling, heartwarming stories infused with a touch of humor.  And she will help you overcome adversity by sharing the tips you need to achieve victory over your personal setbacks. 


Susanna was born deaf  but  lives in a hearing world as a hard of hearing person and uses her experiences to teach us that being different is okay and that it’s not the end of the world.

By using her professional business experience in combination with her experience in the show ring with her performance horses, she will teach you about competition and goal setting.

She makes use of her past failures and setbacks to teach about being grateful, with grace, and successful with a positive “can do” attitude.

In spite of adversity – if Susanna can lead a successful life – she believes you can too!

CENTER RING PRESENTATIONS will customize and tailor a presentation for your unique social and business needs. 

Do you need a speaker for you next event? Let Susanna present on Change, Success, Goal Setting, Overcoming Adversity, and/or Hearing Loss.

Please feel free to pass this message on.  Thank you.

As Always, Have a sunny day!  Susanna

 

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Happy New Year

Hello All

Whew, this year flew by.  It was a busy one. 

 In Spring of 2010, I was busy getting my first book, “Sunny and her Cochlear Implants”  ready for print.  Finally, after much back and forth between the publisher, illustrator and I, the book finally went to print and was released in June 2010. 

Meanwhile, I was busy showing and riding Chance throughout the spring.   We finished the show year at Region 9 in Forth Worth.  Chance and I had our ups and downs.  The winning moments were especially priceless and emotional because it goes to show that hard work, perserverance, with persistence doe pay off!!!!!! 

As we moved in to fall 2010, I was very busy with Toastmasters.   Even competed in the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest.  The highlight was winning in both.  

In addition, I took the next step in advancing  my professional speaking career by speaking outside of Toastmasters and Hearing loss Association meetings.  I spoke for a quite a few organizations and I had a blast doing it.  I love speaking as much as I love showing horses.  I became a member of the National Speakers Association Pro Track program.

Finally, ended the year by taking Chance to the xmas show in Katy 2010.  We had a great show!  Even received a first place in a large class with a flawless ride.  My trainer Jennifer Goslin told me that was probably the best ride of my life with Chance.  To receive that first place ribbon was the “icing on the cake.

I know 2011 will be an even better year!!!

I wish everyone a sunny new year don’t forget to book Susanna for your next event at www.susannamdussling.com or buy “Sunny and her cochlear implants” at www.sunnyandhercochlearimplants.com

As always,

Susanna

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Tomball Potpourri

This is my first newspaper article about my new book.  I was so excited.  Anna-the reporter did a great job covering it and her photographer captured some great images!

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Twice-deaf woman uses challenges to teach through childrens’ books

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Susanna Dussling, who got cochlear implants after experiencing sudden hearing loss, is now raising awareness for cochlear implants through a book series she’s written.

Find Sunny

The first book in Susanna Dussling’s ‘Sunny’ series is available for purchase online through her web site, www.susannamdussling.com, and through the publisher, at www.authorhouse.com/bookstore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=71912

By ANNA SCHUMANN
Updated: 07.18.10

When her parents realized she was deaf at three-years-old, they had to decide whether Susanna Dussling would grow up hard-of-hearing in a hearing world, or deaf, in deaf culture.

Growing up in deaf culture would have meant not hearing, not speaking, and learning sign language. Growing up hard-of-hearing meant hearing aids, struggles with hearing and speaking, and being teased by classmates.

She has nothing against deaf culture, she said, but Dussling can’t imagine growing up without sound. She got hearing aids as a child and said all things considered, really had great hearing and speech.

She made great grades through elementary school and Klein Forest High School, and succeeded at what was then called Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

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–>She went on to work in retail management, and though tasks such as answering the phone were difficult, she made it through and has been successful in the field ever since. She never disclosed her hearing loss, but she suspects now that people could tell.

In June 2005, when Dussling had just gotten new digital hearing aids, she realized she couldn’t hear with her left ear, her best ear. She just figured it was her new aid acting up, and made it through the rest of the day.

She came to her parents’ Tomball home very upset, tried on her old hearing aid, and still couldn’t hear. She realized she’d become deaf a second time after sudden hearing loss syndrome.

Many thoughts ran through her head: she’d been supporting herself for years and now she’d lose her job. She wouldn’t be able to support her expensive hobby, training Arabian racehorses. She wouldn’t be able to hear and now would have to learn sign language and other elements of deaf culture.

She went to the audiologist the next day to confirm the diagnosis. When she walked up to the receptionist to pay for her appointment, she got her first taste of what life was like without hearing. She couldn’t communicate and got by only by reading lips.

The next day, she returned to work depressed. Her speech got worse and her duties were cut back.

Though she’d explored the possibility cochlear implants before, she hadn’t needed them before her sudden hearing loss and hadn’t been eligible to get them.

Cochlear implants are electronic hearing devices implanted into one’s head to produce hearing sensations. One piece of the device is worn on the outside of one’s ear, like a hearing aid.

“With implants you lose all hearing in your ear,” she said. “I thought, ‘What do I care?’”

The implant in her left ear became active in February 2006, and at first she was disappointed in the results. She couldn’t hear sound right away and had to retrain her brain to adapt to this new object.

She also had extreme tinnitus, which she explained as a symphony going off in her head. The sound in her head was competing with the outside sound and it was frustrating.

She did hearing exercises, and in Summer 2006, one year after her loss, she began to really hear again. In December 2006, she got her other ear implanted, and she said the transition for her right ear was much easier than with her left ear. She could hear better than she ever could before.

Cochlear implants changed her life in more ways than just being able to hear better.

“I was in denial my whole life about my hearing loss,” she said. “I didn’t want to hang out with other hard-of-hearing people. I didn’t want to be seen as different.”

Once she got her implants though, she joined the Hearing Loss Association and served as the organization’s co-president in 2009.

She didn’t like the way cochlear implants and hearing loss were portrayed on television and in the hearing world, and she wanted to do something about it.

She is a member of Toastmasters and hopes to grow her speaking skills. She’s passionate about speaking and often speaks on goal-setting and overcoming diversity when she’s not working her full-time management job.

Another new passion of hers is writing.

In June she released the first book in a series about eight-year-old Sunny, a happy-go-lucky girl who gets cochlear implants. The book, Dussling said, is semi-biographical, but from a child’s perspective.

The book is available through her web site, www.susannamdussling.com, and through her publisher, www.authorhouse.com.

“My goal, Sunny’s hope, is to show that no matter what challenges one faces, they can still have a purposeful, meaningful life,” she said. “The ‘Sunny’ books are about hope, acceptance and positivity.”

Dussling hopes to place the books in hospitals, doctor’s offices and schools and hopes to open conversations between adults and children. She hopes to fight what she considers a hearing loss stigma.

Through Sunny, she hopes to draw attention to different aspects of hard-of-hearing culture, such as assistive devices including flashing lights on phones, doorbells and smoke alarms.

She continues to lead a normal life: horse racing, snow-skiing, and being outside. She will write more Sunny books in racing season’s downtime, she said.

“Everyone has challenges in life whether they have a disability or not,” she said. “I’m not going to let life be stopped just because I have cochlear implants.”

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Sunny and her Cochlear Implants

 

This is my first children’s book.  I just published it this summer at Author House. 

I am excited about this story.  It is a story based on my life as a deaf child, who was a lifetime hearing aid user, until I suffered sudden deafness in 2005.  Then, I became a successful bilateral cochlear implant wearer.

Sunny is about a happy-go-lucky deaf girl, who lives her life in a hearing world, with hearing aids.  Then her life changes when her aids no longer help, but there is a solution.

Sunny in an educational book about hope, acceptance, cochlear implants and a positve “can do” attitude. 

To learn more about Sunny go to www.sunnyandhercochlearimplants.com

Go to http://www.authorhouse.com/bookstore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=71912  to order or contact me directly at susannadussling@yahoo.com to order in volume bulk.

I discoved my life’s purpose is to share my story with others to inspire hope that we all can overcome our personal setbacks in life with lots of hard work, perserverance and a positive attitude.

Not only do I help others with my book, I also speak to groups, associations, school groups, etc with my uplifting motivational messages.  Go to my speaker website at http://www.susannamdussling to book me for your next event.

In additon, please forward this blog entry to others who might enjoy this book or enjoy an inspirational presentation.

As Always, Have a Sunny Day.

Susanna

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ATIA Video Contest Results

Hello Everyone

The results came in for the ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) video contest.  I am happy to say that ATIA was very very happy with their contest.  They were able to accomplish their goal of increasing awareness of Assistive Technology for those of us that utilize them in our daily lives, through the youtube video contest.

I was delighted and honored that my video received an “honorable mention” award.  Furthermore, I was glad to do my small part in creating awareness of using Assistive Listening Technology as a hard of hearing person.

Please do not be ashamed to use Assistive Listening Technology.  They only enhance our listening experience and make our life  a little easier. 

The following link is the “The LifeSaver”  the award winning “honorable mention” video about using my Fm Listening System, to compete with at Horse shows.  Share with anyone that needs more information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP8TTMI0OkU

 

BROADCAST AT

Congratulations on your award winning video entry!

The ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest closed on 8/31/09. There were 29 videos posted in the ATIA Group Contest area with over 95 members joining the group.  The goal of the contest was to Broadcast AT and raise awareness around the world of the power of assistive technology.  With over 20,000 views recorded the contest achieved its goal!  The videos show a broad range of assistive technologies and feature individuals of different ages from toddlers to adults.  Each video tells a story of how an individual with a disability uses assistive technology to communicate, learn, work, play and live independently. 

ATIA congratulates everyone who participated in the contest.  Their inspiring stories are seen and told in the videos.  

 Your video, The Life Saver, was given the ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest Honorable Mention.  

We will be posting your award winning video with the following short description on the main ATIA web site with a link from the YouTube Contest area: The Life Saver video – featuring Suzanna who was born with Profound Hearing Loss and recently became a bilateral cochlear implant wearer. Suzanna is able to compete in the highly competitive world of Arabian Horse Shows with a Personal Fin System.

All of the award-winning videos will be showcased at the upcoming ATIA 2009 Chicago Conference (October 28-31, 2009) held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. ATIA and Easter Seals are hosting special Halloween activities for kids with disabilities and their families on Saturday, October 31 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  If you are able to visit with us at the conference, please let us know ahead of time so we can meet with you and give you our personal congratulations.

 Thank you once again for participating in this contest and for helping ATIA Broadcast AT around the world.

www.atia,org

As Always, Have a Sunny Day Susanna

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“The LifeSaver”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP8TTMI0OkU

Hello Everyone!

I can not believe Summer is almost over.  Where did the summer go? I guess that what happens when you keep yourself busy.

Well, the above is yet another video that I created for another video contest.  This contest was presented by ATIA – Assistive Technology Industry Association. www.ATIA.org   This organization is all about creating awareness of Assistive Devices for those that have physical disabilities.

Many people  are not aware that their are all kinds of awesome devices to make one’s life a little easier, no matter what kind of physical disability one has.

As most of you know, I was born deaf and now I wear cochlear implants.  I love using Assistive Listening Devices, they come in all shapes and forms.

In this video, I share my personal favorite Assistive Listening Device and how it helps me to compete at horse shows.

I hope you enjoy the video, even if you don’t have a physical disability.   I encourage you to watch it, because you will be learning some great information, that perhaps you could share with someone in your life!

Here’s a little more information about ATIA direct from their website.

About ATIA
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities. Its mission is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. For more information about ATIA’s educational opportunities and conferences, visit www.atia.org.
Since 1999, ATIA has held an annual conference that provides a forum for education and communication to professional practitioners serving those with disabilities. In conjunction with its conferences, ATIA holds a Leadership Forum and Workshop on Accessibility which provides corporations, government agencies, and higher educational institutions with the information needed to expand their accessibility efforts. In addition to the Chicago conference, ATIA Orlando will be held January 27-30, 2010.
 
Goals of ATIA
ATIA’s goals include:
  • Establish and manage an annual Assistive Technology (AT) conference. The conference provides a forum for education and communication to professional practitioners serving those with disabilities (teachers, occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, physicians, psychologists, etc.), with the overarching goal of providing enhanced benefits and opportunities to people with disabilities. The ATIA Conference has been held every year since 1999 and is now established as the largest, broad-based AT conference in North America.  In 2009, ATIA added a second AT conference to be held in the Midwest in the fall, (October 28-31), at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. The ATIA 2009 Orlando Conference had over 2,300 attendees, more than 300 educational sessions and 125 exhibitors.
  • To “speak with a common voice” for the AT industry, and work closely with Electronics & Information Technology (EIT) companies and government, on matters of common interest such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and comparable continuing issues.
  • Support publications of itself and in conjunction with non-profit partners.
What is Assistive Technology?
·         Assistive Technology (or AT) is any item, piece of equipment, product or system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

As always, Have a sunny day!  Susanna

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Busy, Busy,Busy!

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Hello Everyone!

What a week!  This past Thursday, I was a contestant in an “IceBreaker” Speech Contest for Toastmasters.  This contest was held by a local Toastmasters club called “Story Tellers.”  Eleven of us, from various clubs around the Houston area participated.  Wow, it was awesome!  I heard eleven outstanding speeches.  Just like people come in all shapes and size, great speeches are presented in just as many ways!  I enjoyed listening to the others and I learned alot about the various contestants.  After all, an Ice Breakers speech is a short speech about you!  How hard can that be?  It is not that hard to talk about yourself; however, you still have to organize it, make it interesting, and make it not seem like it’s all about you.  After all, you are also trying to make the audience feel good about themselves too and perhaps learn a thing or two!

My speech was called “Dare to Be Different.”  It was about a challenge, I presented to the audience, utilizing my experiences as  a “Hard of Hearing” person.  It was a positive speech, it really was not about my story, it was about what the audience can do for themselves to live their lives in a more fulfilling manner.   I received lots of compliments, although I did not win.  I may not have won, but I felt great after the presentation with the good feedback.  I enjoyed the contest, it was my first Toastmasters contest and I hope it is the first of many more speech contests.  As y’all know, I am competitive and I have a new challenge to conquer,  winning a speech contest.  There will be a contest in the fall, and I will be back.

Writing of competition, I will be off to the Region 9 Horse Show in Fort Worth tomorrow.  I can’t wait!  It’s been 6 years since I had shown at the Regional level.  Chance and I are ready!  We have been practicing hard and we had an awesome lesson this past Friday.  Hopefully, we will repeat that same awesome ride!

I will be showing on Tuesday in Half Arabian Hunter Select Rider and on Wednesday in Half Arabian 40 and over! 

Stay tuned, as I will post a new blog entry on how it went.

If you are in Fort Worth, stop by the John Justin Arena and watch the show!  Lots of Gorgeous horses and incredible riders, with their patient trainers!

As always, have a sunny day!  Susanna

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