Charles LeBeau was once an aspiring jazz musician a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Since landing in Japan in 1982, he has taught in both the university and corporate worlds. Currently, he teaches at two universities and is on the faculty of the Toshiba International Training Center, where he has taught for over 20 years.
He is co-author of Speaking of Speech, a step-by-step guide for non-native presenters, based on his experience as a corporate trainer in the 80s and 90s at IBM Japan. Charles also co-wrote Speaking of Speech New Edition (Macmillan, 2009).
He is co-founder of Language Solutions, an organization dedicated to developing simple models and metaphors that make presentation, debate, discussion, and other critical thinking skills accessible to beginners.
His interest with critical thinking was first planted at the University of Chicago, home of the original Great Books program and of the Committee on Social Thought, where he managed to escape with a M.A. from the Humanities Division.
In lucky moments, he has been inspired by audiences to be a moderately successful presenter at conferences in Japan, China, Korea, and the U.S. He was a Featured Speaker at JALT 2007, where the audience was particularly kind to him.
He divides his time between Yokohama, Japan and Eugene, Oregon, where hippies with VW buses and tied-dyed shirts still flourish, and facilitates his two-day Power Presentation and Power Negotiation seminars throughout Japan.
Charles is co-author of several books including Speaking of Speech, Discover Debate, Getting Ready for Speech, Listen Kids, and Discussion Process and Principles.