Public Speaking Topics

Randal is also a public speaker who is more than willing to share his research and experience with your group.  Potential topics are shown below, but Randal can prepare a topic tailored to your association too!  Please contact him for availability and pricing.



Rediscovering the Doughboy Experience Through Artifacts

A fun and interactive presentation in which participants get to “guess” the role that everyday objects (from 1917-18) played in soldiers’ lives.  This is a great presentation for those who have little knowledge of WW1!


Bringing September 26, 1918 to Life

Randal uses first-hand accounts and photographs to talk about the first day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.


The Meuse-Argonne Then and Now

The “then and now” photograph posts have been one of the most popular parts of Randal’s blog/website.  In this presentation Randal combines these photographs with individual accounts of the fighting to bring the Meuse-Argonne back to life.


Understanding the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Putting one of the least-known and least-understood American battles in the context of winning WW1.  (Hint:  It wasn’t the USA’s effort alone.)


Putting History into Practice:  Visiting the American Battlefields of WW1

Randal shares his many years of experience visiting and guiding tours on the WW1 battlefields.


La Vie en France!  The Good, the Bad, the Different!

A tongue and cheek look at cultural differences in France and America as encountered during Randal’s eight months living in France in 2017-18.


Stepping out in Faith:  One Person’s Journey to Pursue his Passion

In March 2017 Randal quit his high-paying job as a financial analyst to live in France for six months as a freelance tour guide.  He was 53 years old at the time.  Ever consider leaving the real world to pursue your passion?  Randal outlines his planning and experience in this motivational presentation.