About Me

Nancy Buffington

Nancy Buffington

Communication has always been my thing. I taught literature, writing and public speaking for more than twenty years, and worked in publishing before that. I have lived and worked literally coast to coast–most recently, I taught public speaking at Stanford for six years before leaving academia, moving back to Boise and opening Boise SpeakWell in 2011. I’ve worked closely with TEDxBoise since its first show in early 2015, coaching speakers as they shape their ideas and get ready to grace the red famous dot on the stage. Helping people with public speaking is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I know from experience how scary it can be–but I also know the joy of facing that fear, figuring out how to be yourself onstage, and really connecting with people in the audience.

A few of the companies I’ve coached in

A Short Resume

Education PhD, University of Arizona, American Literature, 1998. MA, University of Arizona, American Literature, 1992. BA, Idaho State University, English, 1986 (magna cum laude). Boise High School, 1982.

Teaching Boise State University, English Department 2010-2012. Stanford University, Program in Writing and Rhetoric 2004-2010. University of Delaware, English Department 1999-2004. Youngstown State University, English Department 1996-1998.

Administrative Owner, Boise SpeakWell 2011+. Board of Directors, TEDxBoise 2016+. Advisory board, BSU Venture College 2015+. Assistant Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford 2007-09. Resident Fellow, Stanford 2006-10. Coordinator, Community Writing Project, Stanford 2007-09. Coordinator, Honors Service Learning, U Delaware 2000-02.

Website Credits

Headshot by Celia Southcombe Photography, 2016.