Bill gave his first commencement speech while still in his 20s. As he built his career in the nonprofit and online world, he developed a niche: tips and tricks for teaching other people to become great speakers. This system evolved to become Own the Room.
Before Own The Room, Bill co-founded CMI, the parent company of CafeMedia and CafeMom, and worked with Mountain Lakes International. He has done nonprofit work with Into the Streets, Do Something, and The LEAGUE, as well as America’s largest volunteer network, Points of Light/HandsOn Network.
He has delivered Own The Room methodology, leadership training, and executive coaching to business executives, celebrities, and athletes on five continents and across numerous sectors.
Bill resides in New Jersey with his wife, Maria. His greatest career achievements include getting to coach his son’s little league team and teaching his daughter to be the youngest kid to dive off the Verona community pool big diving board.
"Bill Hoogterp is one of the best public speaking coaches in the world today. I have joined his seminars from Silicon Valley to the Middle East. Whether he is working with business leaders, celebrities or anyone else, he helps you become the star."
JOI ITO, DIRECTOR OF THE MIT MEDIA LAB
"Not like any other trainer I have ever met. Bill can help anyone feel more comfortable and succeed on such an important skill."
Elisabeth Shue, Oscar nominated actress
"Bill's Own the Room methodology has helped countless speakers play at a higher level."