"Dr. Straight Talk"
Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt
Why Dr. Straight Talk, you ask?
A marketing expert and business advisor friend of mine conversed with me one day, and he suggested that I become Dr. Straight Talk for publicity purposes. He liked the title and content of a book I wrote, "Straight Talk - How to Survive as a Young Man of Color."
We thought this new title would enhance my book sales for my book, The use of the name Dr. Straight Talk would help me to market my ideas about spiritual connections to God, living in joy and peace more effectively locally, nationally, and internationally.
This name would also give me a connection to the community I have worked in for decades. As noted in Merriam Webster's dictionary, the definition of straight talk is speech that is very honest and direct. People connect and have always connected to my straightforward talk, style, and truth-telling.
I thought his idea had merit, so I became Dr. Straight Talk in workshops sponsored by the Hunnicutt Foundation for the reasons stated above.
As Dr. Straight Talk, I will be leading discussions and sponsoring workshops about real-life issues that impact boys and young men. I will spread the messages in my book about God and living righteously and authentically in a confused and chaotic world. These ideas and topics of substance, based on actual conversations and work with men, are what young boys and men need. This spiritual wisdom makes a difference in young men's lives.
Currently, I am working on the Straight Talk book for girls and young women. I have found that girls, women, and older gentlemen have read my first book, and they have told me that the book was very inspirational, insightful, helpful, and enjoyable to them.
As God provides opportunities, I will find other ways to help young men and young women, so they can step out and become the leaders we need. I also hope to provide financial support, mentoring, tutoring, work experience, and college stipends for young men AND young women through new programs, so they can matriculate successfully and step into leadership positions.
More Straight Talk would do us all good - in our relationships, our partnerships, and our friendships.
Dr. Straight Talk
Straight Talk is a mindset, a skill set, and an experience:
Mindset: understanding the right questions and system(s) are more powerful than correct answers. The structure to guide focus on what matters with an emphasis on value.
Skillset: a set of actions and the manner in which you offer and get straight talk – for yourself and with others. It is an acquired skill. And it gets better with practice.
Experience: choosing the process over cut and paste.
Embracing the experience to get Straight Talk.
Realizing that offering Straight Talk is an experience. Especially when you use it to bring people together.