Public Speaking and Keynotes

Joan uses storytelling and humour to deliver relevant talks based on her award winning books and other topics. She brings her skills as a professional speechwriter and former radio show host, to engage, motivate, and entertain.

A frequent presenter, Joan spoke at a United Nations Environmental Program talk concert—A Special Rendezvous of the Environment and the Arts—in Seoul. Her speech, The Nature of Night, revealed the relationship between art and science in our Earth and sky environment. Also in Seoul, Joan took part in an international book festival, where she presented on the Korean translations of her Dot to Dot in the Sky book series.

Joan’s topics often reflect her captivation with science, stories, and the night sky. A professional storyteller, she is devoted to promoting literacy, scientific interest, concern for dark skies, and appreciation for the environment. Joan encourages aspiring authors with talks on publishing and the writer’s life, and offers a motivational keynote based on her stress-reducing book, Give Yourself a Pep Talk

Consider Joan as a speaker at professional development sessions, conferences, conventions, star parties, public libraries, graduations, school functions, and other events. Inquire about booking a keynote speech on the topics described here, or ask for content to suit your theme.  

Speech Topics

Joan uses storytelling and humour to deliver relevant talks based on her award winning books, and other topics. She brings her skills as a professional speechwriter and former radio show host, to engage, motivate, and entertain.


The Journey
Joan Marie Galat shares her journey from 12 year-old weekly newspaper columnist to best selling, internationally commended award-winning author.

Big Picture Storytelling
Stories communicate, build leadership skills, and enhance workplace communication. An effective and meaningful method for sharing facts and ideas, storytelling can be harnessed to help others remember and care about your message.


The Nature of Night
Expanding scientific knowledge makes it increasingly apparent that our environment extends beyond the landscapes of Earth and into the celestial world. Explore the relationship between art and science in our land-sky environment.

Dot to Dot in the Sky
Connecting ancient cultures and modern science, this blend of astronomy and storytelling leads from the northern lights and our familiar Moon, to stars that explode and disappear.

Dark Matters, Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution
From nesting turtles, to migrating birds, light pollution affects more than just humans. Discover how our need to light the world affects species that take their cues from the moon and the stars.


Give Yourself a Pep Talk 
A gripping dialogue offering practical strategies for coping with unsolved problems.


Joan is a great guest speaker who has a passion for and knowledge of the environment. She captivated the audience with her engaging and inspiring speech at the United Nations Environment Programme Rendezvous of the Arts. It was a pleasure to work with Joan and I would definitely recommend her.
Sue H. Kim, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Korea

Joan Galat provided excellent presentations for Glenbow Museum’s Terrific Tuesday Talks. Joan is a very engaging speaker who maintained the rapt attention of her audience throughout her presentations.  
Michale Lang, Former Vice President, Access, Collections and Exhibits, Glenbow Museum

Joan is an quintessential speaker for a post-secondary audience. She has a natural eloquence, a gift with relevant anecdotes, and an impressive store of experience and knowledge to share. She really made a difference for my students.
Christina M. Grant, MA English Instructor MacEwan Professional Writing program, MacEwan English BA program, and NAIT Liberal Arts program. 

Joan Marie Galat knows how to engage her audience and works hard to deliver entertainment as well as informative and educational material on the writing process and depending on which book she’s speaking, astronomy. Her enjoyment of the audience is obvious and in return, the response is excellent.
Sylvia McNicoll, Author and Past President, Canadian Society of Authors Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), Features Editor of Today’s Parent 

“Your contributions as a presenter made it a positive educational experience for the many attendees who put great efforts and resources into attending. Thank-you!
Conference Organizer, Grant MacEwan University

On behalf of the Soroptimist Club of Edmonton, I would be happy to recommend Joan Marie Galat for a presentation on astronomy and the history of star gazing and the myths behind the constellations. Her presentation was excellent and informative and kept participants of all ages entertained while we waited for the summer sun to set — to try our new skills at identifying the constellations.
Jaynne Carre, Soroptimist Club of Edmonton 

Joan’s original and imaginative ideas punctuated her well-prepared speech, and kept myself and the rest of the audience attentive throughout the time that had been allotted to her. As a story teller, she was relaxed and easy to hear, with a healthy dose of humor mixed into her well-researched talk. 
Janis Schole, Freelance writer


Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)
Children’s Issues Interest Group and Edmonton Area Coordinators (ACSW)
Alberta Human Services   
Alberta Teachers Association Science Council
Calgary City Teachers' Convention Association
Calgary Public Libraries
Devonian Botanic Garden
Elk Island National Park

English Language Arts Council
Family and Community Support Services
Franklin Children’s Garden
MacEwan Dreamcatcher Aboriginal Youth Conference
MacEwan Educational Assistant Conference
North Central Teacher’s Association
Northern Lights Library System
Ottawa Children’s Literature Roundtable
Ottawa Public Libraries
Rural Libraries Conference
Saulte Ste. Marie Public Libraries
Seoul International Book Festival
Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton
Telus Spark
Telus World of Science
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Vancouver Public Schools
Western Canada Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference (WestCwic)
Yellowhead Regional Library System