Charles Petty

America's Leading Family Humorist

In-Person Fee Range
$5,000 to $10,000
(Inquire for virtual fee)

Travels From
North Carolina, United States

America’s Leading Family Humorist

Charles Petty is a funny, educational and inspirational professional speaker. He has the rare ability to package profound, life-changing truths in humor. He has a soft southern accent and uses original humor that is never off-color.

Professional Motivational Speaker

Dr. Charles Petty, a professional motivational speaker, was reared in the farming communities of England and Stuttgart, Arkansas. As a native of Arkansas he does indeed know President Clinton. In fact, when President Clinton was eleven or twelve years old, Dr. Petty was his rifle instructor at a Boy Scout camp! This is the man who taught the President to shoot straight!


Charles learned about the importance of family from the school of hard knocks. His parents divorced when he was six. His mother died three years later and he then lived in a blended family. When he was sixteen, his father and younger brother were killed in a car accident. He lived by himself for a year and then became a foster child.


Humorous keynote speaker Dr. Charles Petty learned about family formally and was educated in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas for 22 consecutive years – which means he is either well educated or a little slow! Dr. Petty has been a counselor, visiting professor, on the staffs of large corporations in Texas and North Carolina, and for seven years was on the senior staff of the North Carolina Governor. He is founder and President of Family Success Unlimited, and since 1985, all he does is “eat and speak”.


Charles’ programs range from 15 minutes to 3 hours. He is at his best doing keynotes and speaking after a meal. Opening and closing sessions are his specialty. He also does multiple presentations. Program planners comment on how easy Dr. Petty is to work with. He makes no demands, adapts to any circumstance with a smile, has no special needs, takes care of his own travel, and has never gone ballistic over details.

Humorous Presentations

Each presentation is tailored to meet the needs of the audience, with the mix of humor, motivation and message depending upon the objective of the program. He uses humor in every presentation because he believes audiences learn better if they are enjoying themselves. Profound truths are packaged in humor! Laugh! Learn!

Climbing the Ladder of Success and Taking Your Family with You

Hilarious insights on how to take care of family while taking care of business. Dr. Petty (1) helps audiences understand the impact of family relationships upon job performance, (2) shares some principles that help achieve success in balancing one’s job and family, and (3) motivates people to put these principles into practice. Perfect for all groups and especially when guests/spouses are in the audience.

Roaring Fires, Flickering Flames, Dying Embers, or Cold Ashes?

Some people have an enthusiasm for life, family and work. Others just go through the motions, dislike what they do, or constantly look for a new job or relationship. This presentation focuses on the importance of maintaining energy and purpose in one’s life and work, and suggests some ways to achieve and maintain a healthy productivity. Helps managers, sales people and employees to "keep the fires going."

Educators: Shapers of the Dream

Dr. Petty presents insights on how educators can help students achieve their dreams. He reminds participants of the impact educators have upon students, shares some principles that help empower students, and motivates/inspires educators to put these principles into practice.

Winning Communities are Made of These: Strong Economy, Caring Volunteers and Stable Families

This humorous presentation highlights the three areas necessary for every great community: strong economy, caring volunteers and stable families. Dr. Petty affirms the role of the Chamber in each of these areas. Especially appropriate at annual meetings.

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"Preliminary post-meeting critiques have rated you a 5 out of 5. It doesn’t get any better than that. Your delivery and style was as professional as they come. I never thought I would see so many people laugh for so long. Yet, your message came through loud and clear."

- | Metal Treating Institute

"In 25 years of association management, I have never heard a better or more effective presentation than [yours.] Your remarks, humor, and delivery were perfect."

- | North Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association

"Your message, thoroughly wrapped in humor, was well received by your audience. You provided just the right note on which to conclude our three-day meeting."

- | Cotton States Insurance

"Your presentation at our Annual Meeting was absolutely fantastic – a day has not passed that we have not been complimented for having you as our speaker."

- | Delaware Contractors Association

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