Public Speaking

Introducing Fran Myers

If you are looking for a thought-provoking speaker willing to take on the topic of Advance Care Planning, then engage Fran Myers to speak at your next event. Fran offers an in depth exploration of Advance Care Planning, from the services provided by health care agents to ventilator dependence, dialysis, tube feeding and fluids, medications, CPR status, procedures and preferences regarding treatment duration, and other pertinent health concerns. In this most serious topic, Fran is able to spark interest and get conversations started around this serious topic, along with getting occasional laughter out of the audience.

Fran’s presentation’s are tailored to the needs of the audience. They range from more formal speeches, to intimate discussion groups. Questions during and after are always encouraged depending on the setting. The Ask Fran webpage on this website is another way to pose questions – CLICK HERE. These can be answered and viewed online or as a personal contact.

Ann Keeler, Director of Business Development – Visiting Angels of Boulder County has this to say about Fran …
“Fran Myers is a dynamic, engaging speaker with practical and important information on the art of advance care planning. Her presentation at the Northwest Senior Coalition in Denver, truly resonated with an audience who thought they already knew it all. In her very lively and energizing session, Fran told memorable stories, gave clear tips – and more importantly, actionable suggestions for making hard decisions for yourself and your loved ones.”

More about Fran Myers

As a clinical dietitian Fran spent many, many years working in hospitals and nursing homes. She managed tube feedings for adult residents who had never had a voice. These individuals taught her many valuable lessons about quality of life, family dynamics, the role of religion, state laws, and so much more.

Working in hospice came next and opened Fran’s eyes to realism, to futile treatments, to the beauty of good quality of life and being at peace with what’s to come.

Fran continued her journey in Advance Care Planning when she became the Manager of Faith Initiatives for The Conversation Project in Boulder. In this position she encountered people who had persistent fears about end of life. Fran found that they had absolutely no-one they could trust to say “This is the expressed wish of my dear friend or relative.”

At this time several people asked Fran if she would be their advocate. This lead to the founding of this organization, The Center for Advance Care Planning. The group is a nonprofit 501c(3) registered in the State of Colorado. The Center is dedicated to providing education and services centered around Advance Care Planning and Advocacy.

Public speaking is one of Fran’s passions, and end-of-life topics is another. A wide range of audiences have been grateful for the eye opening aspects of this topic. Most people are not well versed in all the areas of Advance Care Planning, and are often thinking they are “covered” only to then realize the most critical parts are untouched in depth Advance Care Planning.

At Fran’s presentations, audiences don’t shy away from the topic. Indeed, they are engaged and stay late to ask one question after another. These talks have relevance to ourselves, our loved ones and our friends.

 

The emphasis is on what matters to you, not what is the matter with you. Ellen Goodman

The Conversation Project