Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen, CSP energizes, motivates and inspires business owners and managers to make positive changes to increase business growth and build profits. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and humor make her a dynamic presenter. She has built and sold numerous highly successful companies in diverse industries and now teaches the lessons of success with her insightful business-building strategies to companies around the world. Debbie teaches others how to move past limited personal beliefs that may be holding them back from reaching their peak potential in business and in life.

As an international business speaker for 13 years, Debbie Allen has presented before thousands of people in 15 countries around the world. She is one of less than 10% of professional speakers worldwide to have achieved the honor of CSP, Certified Speaking Professional by the National Speakers Association and International Speakers Federation. Debbie was also honored by the National Chamber of Commerce with the prestigious Blue Chip Enterprise Award for overcoming obstacles and achieving fast business growth.

KEYNOTES, SEMINARS and WORKSHOPS:

Discover the Secrets of Wealth Attraction Branding
Redefine, Reposition & Re-energize your business and explode your results fast! Business has changed and the time is right for Reinvention. When you are constantly evolving in a way that serves your clients and positions your business for the future, Reinvention is a natural evolution.
Reprogram your business brand to stand out from the competition with an improved awareness. Learn how a powerful, targeted brand will breathe new life, energy and income into your business. Seize more opportunities to expand your business with a solid brand foundation and Internet domination.

Learn How To:

  • Redefine your overall business and brand strategy
  • Reposition your brand identity for fast growth
  • Reinvent your business to attract customers like crazy
  • Reprogram your marketing to target your best customers
  • Refocus your marketing efforts to dominate the Internet and social media

Reinvent Your Online Marketing for Maximum Results
Uncover the secrets to Re-Define, Re-Position and Re-Energize your website for rapid fire results. Discover innovative and creative online marketing strategies that will get your website working for you fast. Learn how to create internet domination around your expertise by instantly connecting with your target market. Stand out online by sweeping your brand effectively on to social media sites. Discover how to use social media to draw more traffic to your website and online database. Create more leads and business opportunities by utilizing the power of the internet and social media.

Learn How To:

  • Quickly implement online marketing strategies that get you fast results
  • Build a proven success strategy for social media
  • Market and sell more effectively online with a powerful brand platform
  • Dominate your competition online
  • Sweep your brand effectively throughout the internet

Shamelessly Successful Self-Promotion
Are You Holding Yourself Back From the Success You Deserve?
If you avoid self-promotion because you don’t feel comfortable with the concept … this presentation will give you a new belief system and the skills to promote effectively. You will discover how to remove limiting beliefs and obstacles that may be stopping you from reaching your peak potential.
Maximize your opportunities and build shameless success with the power of persuasion and the art of professional promotion and personal branding. Learn how to promote in the service of others and attract prospects to you like a magnet. Discover the three traits that highly successful promoters possess and learn how to implement them into your business plan.

Learn How To:

  • Remove barriers around limited beliefs and reach your peak potential
  • Overcome mindset obstacles that may be holding you back
  • Promote yourself in the service of others and build powerful connections
  • Use the power of personal branding to excel in business
  • Sell yourself and your business more effectively

Building Brand YOU Successfully
In today’s competitive business environment, personal branding has never been more important. The way we present ourselves, our experiences, skills and talents is all an integral to our success.
Being part of a brand dramatically affects the way others view you and your business. You are a brand, and that brand is continually being assessed both online and off. What you put out as your persona creates perception from others of what you are to them, in other words “your perceived value.”
Learn how your personal brand stands up against the competition and how to make the most of it. Discover real opportunities to use your brand to create more value and build more trust. Learn how to feature yourself as “the expert of choice” and move miles ahead of your competition.
Debbie Allen says, “Personal branding reflects how you represent yourself online from both a personal and business point of view. I believe that in this social media age everyone needs to pay more attention to his or her personal brand if they want to make an impact on the world.”

Learn How To:

  • Position your brand effectively online for maximum exposure
  • Add more trust, quality and interest from your prospects
  • Develop a consistent image that supports your brand
  • Feature yourself as the expert of choice
  • Monetize your business more effectively by building brand value

 

Full Biography

Debbie Allen, Business & Brand Strategist has built and sold numerous million dollar companies in diverse industries. She has been a successful entrepreneur since the young age of 19, never having to apply for a job in her life. For the past 20 years Debbie has presented before thousands of people around the globe in 28 countries.

Debbie started her speaking career as a retail expert and quickly became one of world’s top professional speakers to the retail industry. She teaches the lessons of ‘shameless’ success with her innovative business-building strategies. Her contagious enthusiasm for business and professional speaking began in 1995.

She has built and sold numerous highly successful companies in diverse industries. At the young age of 19 she became a successful entrepreneur and part owner of a car rental business in northwest Indiana. The rental company expanded into multiple businesses including mini-storage facilities, used car lot, camper sales, towing company, car wash, body shop and a towing company.

After learning how to build multiple businesses from the ground floor up, she sold her shares of the family business at age 30 and purchased her first retail clothing store. Buying a small fledgling retail business with no retail experience is not a wise move for most people, yet Debbie was determined to make it work. Within three years she turned her new passion for retail into a highly successful company, growing it 10 times over to a multi-million dollar business with multiple locations. After 15 years in the retail industry she sold her successful stores to three different owners, all for full asking price without a business broker.

She is one of less than 3% of professional women speakers worldwide to have achieved the honor of CSP, Certified Speaking Professional by both the National Speakers and International Speakers Federations. Debbie is also an international marketing mentor and business builder with clients all over the world. She is a bestselling author of five books on business and personal development including her best sellers, Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters and Skyrocketing Sales.

Debbie has been honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the prestigious Blue Chip Enterprise Award for overcoming business obstacles and achieving fast business growth. Her expertise has been featured in dozens of publications including, Entrepreneur, Forbes, USA Today, Selling Power and Sales & Marketing Excellence. She is also a regularly featured columnist in Personal Branding Magazine and has been featured in four motivational movies including The Opus and The Compass.

For the past 14 years Debbie has presented keynotes, seminars and workshops for diverse industries before thousands of people in 12 countries around the world. She presents motivational sales and marketing presentations for retail, mortgage, real estate, direct sales, franchises, entrepreneurial business conferences and women’s groups.

Debbie is a best-selling author of five books on business and personal development including Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters and Skyrocketing Sales. She is also a featured expert in four motivational movies including “The Opus and The Compass”.

“If you want the best in your personal and professional life … never settle for less than you deserve!” – Debbie Allen

Michelle Rosado

Michelle Rosado has a message of inspiration and empowerment for your audience, as well as an engaging style that will make your entire organization strive to new heights by helping them to discover their own inner strength both personally and professionally. Internationally recognized as “The Woman of Empowerment“, Michelle has overcome some incredible life obstacles, including surviving a physically and mentally abusive relationship, as well as escaping the World Trade Center just seconds before her offices were destroyed.

With more than 15 years in financial services, and over 20 years of business experience, Michelle Rosado has been influenced by some of the most successful people in business. Her message delivers innovative and unique empowerment strategies to enthusiastic audiences around the country. Industries from self-help, real estate, multi-level marketing, higher education and many more have been moved by Michelle’s powerful message. Michelle knows how to accelerate personal achievement and life fulfillment, and has created a definitive method to help people to reach their goals in record time as she has done.

PROGRAM TOPICS

9/11
Michelle Rosado shares her message of hope and perseverance beyond the unthinkable trauma of her ordeal and escape from the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. On 9/11/01, Michelle Rosado was on the 95th floor of Tower 2 of the World Trade Center when there was a crashing sound causing the windows in her office to shatter. The decisions she made in the moments following 9/11 changed her life forever.

Michelle is co-author of “Pursuing Your Destiny,” a book based on the true story of her escape from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Empowerment Strategies
Learn the tools, tips and resources to empower and inspire you organization. Your audience will be inspired and motivated to achieve greater success, by establishing a greater appreciation for life. Michelle will provide the tools necessary to achieve goals, find inner strength and adapt to change. Learn the techniques that allowed her to retire from corporate America by age 30 to become a full-time business owner, and then a professional speaker, author, and mentor.

Full Biography

MICHELLE ROSADO

Michelle Cruz-Rosado was born in New York, New York, to Filipino and Honduran immigrant parents, grew up in Queens, New York, and returned to New York City in 2000. Michelle began her financial career early in her life during the “irrational exuberance” on Wall Street in the 90′s and into the 2000′s. Her first article, “Will I Recover” tells of her personal experience as a survivor of the attacks of 9/11/01, was released in October of that same year and became the thought which led to her co-authored book, “Pursuing Your Destiny.”

In 2006, Michelle received a Lifetime of Achievement award from New York’s Madison’s Who’s Who, and is recognized throughout the business world as the “Woman of Empowerment.” Rosado’s remarkable story of survival has been featured on networks such as CNN, NBC Nightly News, FOX and more.

“Pursuing Your Destiny,” is based on the true life story of her escape from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As a successful business owner, professional speaker, and coach, Michelle has inspired people around the world with her message of hope and perseverance. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New York’s Madison’s Who’s Who, and is recognized throughout the business world as the “Woman of Empowerment.”

As a public speaker, Michelle presents passionately on a wide range of topics. She has presented to women’s groups, multi-level marketing companies, juvenile detention facilities, and has hosted all-day motivational training seminars. Her story has been featured on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and CNN along with a photo of the towers taken by Michelle on September 7, 2001.

The inspirational story of her personal victory, entitled “Will I Recover” was featured in an article on the fifth anniversary of that fateful day. As a follow-up to the recollections of her victory, her second article, “The Recovery” was published in Envision Magazine’s October 2006 edition. The first article was written in the weeks following the tragedy for personal healing purposes, however the popularity and overwhelming feedback from readers worldwide would become the inspiration behind writing “Pursuing Your Destiny.”

Michelle is the co-founder of Rosado Companies, an organization dedicated to providing an array of top-notch services in the areas of technology, finance, and overall personal growth.

Charles P. Garcia

Supercharging audiences with positive energy, Charles P. Garcia provides invaluable takeaways for individuals, which will help them break through their perceived limitations and pursue extraordinary success. Speaking from true experience Garcia has a life story that is both eclectic and inspiring. He grew up in the Republic of Panama, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, founded an investment banking firm that grew from three people into 60 offices in 7 countries and serves as one of the youngest members of a Fortune 500 board, among other accomplishments.

Today he is an established leader in the business, Hispanic, military and government worlds. This highly decorated military officer is also a Columbia Law School graduate, a former White House Fellow and a best-selling author. Garcia is a living example of the philosophy he preaches and the lessons he teaches. Hailed as one of 14 Latino role models for the nation in the book Hispanics in the USA: Making History and as one of the nation’s 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine, Garcia’s leadership abilities have earned him a role in the administration of four U.S. Presidents.

For Garcia, success in life means finding your passion and following it. Using motivational tools and valuable takeaways presented with an energetic style, he encourages his audiences to look within themselves to discover their life’s passion.
His lessons stay with audiences long after they’ve left. Bold, provocative, and inspiring, Garcia’s message serves as a catalyst to help people dream big, set written goals, and take action.

A true speaking sensation, Garcia enlightens, empowers, and energizes every audience, every time.

PROGRAM TOPICS

The American Way of Leadership—10 Life-Changing Secrets From Great American Leaders
Garcia imparts 10 timeless tenets of successful leadership derived from over 200 interviews with America’s top leaders while researching and writing Leadership Lessons of the White House Fellows: Learn How to Inspire Others, Achieve Greatness, and Find Success in Any Organization. He encourages audiences to challenge their preconceived notions of leadership while helping them absorb the practical, tactical qualities of truly great leaders and apply these principles to their own lives. At the same time, he will illustrate these lessons with personal glimpses into how America’s super successful leaders work, how they think, and how they reached ultimate success.

Awaken the Sleeping Giant: Tap into Your Subconscious Mind and Program Yourself to Succeed
As part of this dynamic presentation, Garcia will share the story of Dr. Charles Kelman, the eye surgeon who invented the modern day procedure for cataract surgery. In order to achieve his goals and make his groundbreaking discoveries, Dr. Kelman followed a daily technique that utilized the power of his subconscious mind to drive him to exceptional achievements. “You must write down all your dreams, prioritize the top ten into a life plan, and look at them three times a day,” says Dr. Kelman. “This way they become ingrained in both your conscious and subconscious mind.” Garcia will reveal how you too can implement Dr. Kelman’s techniques to achieve your life goals—and he’ll share many other examples of individuals that have followed these strategies with extraordinary results. To help audiences create their own life plan, Garcia has created a FREE web-based interactive software program that he provides to the audience members. On the site, individuals will be guided through a series of questions about their future goals in ten areas of their life. Once their top 10 goals are written down, then the software program assists them to develop navigational action steps to achieve each one. To inspire them to take action, they will receive “reminder emails” to their computers three times a day.

Catch the Latino Wave: How to Reach (and Profit From) The Latino Customer
There are only a few speakers who truly understand how to successfully market to the Latino consumer, and Charles Garcia is one of them. In this presentation companies and audiences will learn many of the unique and interesting cultural complexities and nuances of the Latino culture and mind set and how corporations that want to target this booming demographic can do so successfully.

Diversity in Action: Making Your Employees “Differences” Work for You
Never has it been more important to capture the ideas, innovations, and energies of every employee in your business. The rapid globalization of business and our nation’s own changing demographics are sure to have a profound and growing effect on America’s corporations. Those who embrace diversity with a strategic approach and an eye toward economic benefits and return rather than as a socially mandated, “feel-good” directive based on keeping the company politically correct will be able to compete more effectively in the future. In today’s economy, companies must take a holistic approach to diversity, one that incorporates employee recruitment, supplier/affiliate relationships, marketing, community involvement and more. Diversity is not just a way to remain competitive in our changing world but can and will give you the competitive edge in seeking out new customers and increasing revenues.

Thriving in the Business World: A Crash Course in Entrepreneurial Success
Even in today’s tough economy, you can be a successful entrepreneur. If starting your own business is your passion, then you won’t find a better person to show you the ropes than Charles Garcia. In this fast-paced, informative presentation, Garcia pulls from his 15 years of experience starting and growing his own businesses to help audiences avoid obstacles and achieve greatness on their paths to entrepreneurial success. He knows what he’s talking about. Garcia started a small company with three people out of the broom closet of another firm and grew it to sixty offices in seven countries. His firm was named by Inc. magazine as the #8 fastest growing, privately held company in the country. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by three national organizations. You won’t find a better mentor for entrepreneurs anywhere else.

 

 

 

 

 

Full Biography

Charles P. Garcia is the bestselling author of “A Message from Garcia”. His personal story is as dynamic and inspiring as his books. Whether he’s serving as a key advisor to some of the world’s most important business, military, and political leaders, founding his own highly successful company, surfing a towering wave off the Hawaiian coast, or racing his Dodge Viper, he does it with a refreshing blend of gusto, style, and down-to-earth approachability.

Since graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy and earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma as well as a law degree from Columbia Law School, Garcia has made a mark in business, government, the military, and education—and as a role model to the Hispanic community. In 1997, at the age of 36, he founded a global business that was ranked eighth on the Inc 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in the country. Hispanic Business identified Garcia as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and Univision Television selected him for their series Orgullo Hispano (Hispanic Pride), which spotlights Hispanics who have made an exceptional impact on the culture and life of American society.

In 1988 at age 27, Garcia was selected as one of 14 White House Fellows that year. He later received two more presidential appointments: the first was to serve on a national education commission, and the next was to serve as chairman of the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, which oversees all operations at the military academy. Additionally, the governor of Florida appointed him to serve as the only Hispanic member of the state’s Board of Education. Garcia has worked in three presidential administrations and has advised a Cabinet secretary, a governor, and a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander on diverse issues ranging from education, drug interdiction, Latin American politics, counter insurgency training, and more. A highly decorated military officer, Garcia was tapped to be the behind-the-desk military analyst for Telemundo during the Iraq War and has appeared as a commentator on Crossfire, Fox News, CNN,CBS, Univision, CNN en Español, and The Cristina Show.

Garcia has attended corporate governance courses at Harvard Business School, the Wharton School, Columbia Business School, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He currently serves on two Fortune 500 company boards—the board of directors of the WinnDixie Stores, Inc. and an advisory board of Aetna—and has become a highly sought-after speaker, presenting talks on leadership at Fortune 500 companies, professional associations, government agencies, and other organizations worldwide. By using anecdotes to illustrate character-building lessons learned throughout his lifetime—from his childhood growing up in Latin America to his thrilling years in Washington, D.C., working along-side the world’s most respected leaders, to launching his own successful global firm from an empty broom closet—Garcia shares inspiring stories of leadership, public service, entrepreneurship and family life that motivate and energize audiences in powerful ways. His deep sense of peace, his commitment to public service, and his infectious zest for life have inspired thousands of people around the world—his trademark takeaways can change your life or transform your organization.

Mike Frank

“Little Ideas Pay Big Dividends in Sales”

While Mike Frank speaks on a number of business related topics, sales is his background and his strongest suit. He worked his way up from a fledgling salesman to vice-president of sales for an international company – he did this within four years and by the age of 26. His strength is in customizing the presentation, based on the client’s requests. He provides a high energy style, yet with solid practical, real life sales information.

He has been a straight commission salesperson his entire life. Mike is one of the very few people that Zig Ziglar asked to provide outside input in his best selling book, SECRETS OF CLOSING THE SALE. Several years ago, ENTREPRENEUR Magazine featured him in an article on several of the top sales trainers in America.

Mike speaks with authority, credibility and experience. Mike believes that is the little things we do or don’t do that makes the difference in sales success. He focuses on that concept and unless the client prefers a different title, he calls the program, LITTLE IDEAS PAY BIG DIVIDENDS – whether he is speaking for one hour or four hours. Mike is just as effective with retail salespeople as he is with ‘outside’ salespeople.

Among the pieces of the sales process that he can address are:

  • Prospecting skills
  • Working effectively with the gate keeper
  • Building rapport/positive relationships with clients
  • Organization/time management
  • Qualifying the prospect…the effective use of questions
  • Making an effective presentation
  • Overcoming objections
  • Closing the sale
  • Follow up after the sale or missed sale
  • Marketing ideas
  • Getting and using testimonials
  • Going the extra mile in customer service
  • Using creativity to the utmost, even if you’re not creative

PROGRAM TOPICS/TITLES

SALES, MARKETING, BUSINESS

Mike can speak for:

  • Outside Sales
  • Retail Sales
  • Trade show sales

Among the topics he can include in any sales or marketing directed presentation are:

  • Prospecting skills
  • Building rapport/positive relationships with clients
  • Organization/Time Management
  • Qualifying the prospect
  • Making an effective presentation
  • Overcoming objections
  • Closing the sale
  • Follow up after presentations
  • Marketing goes way beyond selling
  • Getting and using testimonials
  • Creative marketing and sales concepts

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

  • Managing Change
  • Leadership by Example
  • Ethics in Today’s Business World
  • Creative Management and/or Marketing Concepts
  • “Entrepreneurism…Today and Tomorrow
  • Excellence in Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Time
  • Finding, Hiring, Motivating, Training and Retaining Good People
  • Enhancing Productivity

CUSTOMER SERVICE

  • You Can’t Separate Effective Customer Service from Effective Sales Skills
  • Effective Customer Service Starts at the TOP
  • Every Department is the Customer Service Department
  • How to Avoid Customer Complaints
  • How to Deal with Customer Complaints
  • Building Strong Client Relationships

EFFECTIVE SPEAKING AND PRESENTATION SKILLS

  • Speaking Skills for the Amateur
  • Speaking Skills for the Professional Speaker
  • Speaking Skills for Business Executives and/or Salespeople

MOTIVATION AND ATTITUDE

  • Coping with Change
  • Realistic Thinking and Positive Doing
  • Teamwork Makes the Difference

COMMUNICATION

  • Communicating Effectively
  • Communicating with Confidence

Full Biography

Mike worked his way up from salesman, to manager, to district manager, to regional manager, to national sales manager, to vice president of sales of an international corporation – within 4 years and before he was 26 years old.

He has spoken to over 3000 audiences in the United States, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Mexico and co-authored two books. In 1995, Mike published his first solely authored book.

He was the 1980-81 President of the 4000 member, National Speakers Association. He has made over 19,000 “cold-call” field sales presentations and has “field trained” over 100 salespeople.

Mike has been featured in many corporate “in house” video tape training programs. In 1980, he received the CSP designation (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speaker’s Association. Fewer than 8% of the membership has received this distinction. In 1990, Mike was the first speaker to ever receive both of the National Speakers Association’s highest honors in the same year:

• The CPAE Hall of Fame Award (Council of Peers Award for Excellence), presented to him by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (only 135 other speakers have received this prestigious award)

• The CAVETT AWARD, the most cherished honor in the speaking industry
Mike attended the University of Georgia where he attained his BBA in Insurance/Real Estate.

Amy Lynch

Author, speaker and entrepreneur, Amy Lynch specializes in high-energy, interactive keynotes and workshops that help companies motivate Generations Y and Z, turning them into productive team players. A Baby Boomer herself, she understands the differences between generations as well as the key needs and values that bring us all together.

She specializes in helping managers appreciate and respect the gifts that generation Y and Z bring to the team, and will train groups to work together collaboratively for better bottom line results. She is the author of the award-winning, How Can You Say That?, about parent-teen communication; and she is Generation Y columnist for Biz Journals, syndicated to business newspapers in more than 40 markets. Her ideas have been featured in USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and NBC Nightly News, among others.

Today, as these 20-somethings enter the workplace, she helps organizations attract, engage and retain young professionals. Amy is Generation Y columnist for Biz Journals, syndicated to business newspapers in more than 40 markets; and her columns on strategic diversity management appear online in HR Hero.

 

TOPICS

Managing Four Generations in Turbulent Times
It’s all about how to engage four generations of employees when the outlook is challenging.

Leadership: Bringing Out the Best in Every Generation
Provides strategic insights into each generation’s unique leadership style as well as on how each wants to be led.

Make Way for Millennial’s
As a new generation shows up for work, managers and employees need to understand them so they are productive and engages from day one.

Marketing and Selling to Four Generations
One size does not fit all! We help energize salespeople and marketing teams with dynamic new tips on how to contact with four uniquely different generations.

Getting to Give: Engaging Donors and Volunteers
Help for foundations and other non-profit organizations connect with four generations of members, donors and volunteers.

Attracting and Retaining Four Generations of Association Members
We teach associations ways to attract new members and keep current members active and engaged even in an economic downturn.

Customer Service and the Generations
Each generation defines customer service differently; tapping into these difference can create a competitive advantages.

Full Biography

Baby Boomer Amy Lynch is a respected authority on aligning multi-generational teams in the workplace. She specializes in high-energy, interactive presentations that help leaders and managers fully engage the talents of each generation for better bottom line results.

Audiences remember Amy as a masterful storyteller who helps each generation recognize its own behaviors with humorous, insightful anecdotes drawn from her experiences as a speaker, author and entrepreneur.

Her keynote speeches and workshops have entertained and enlightened groups in the US and abroad. Her audiences have included Comcast, MTV, Tetra Pak, Executive Women International, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, various state governments and federal agencies, and a host of engineering, accounting and financial firms. She also lectures regularly at the business schools of Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities.

For more than a decade, Amy researched and wrote about Millennials as they moved through the educational system and into the workplace. She authored the award-winning “How Can You Say That?” about parent-teen communication, as well as numerous articles in publications, including First for Women, Success, Ms. and Self. Her ideas about generations have been featured in USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and NBC Nightly News.

Along with other members of the BridgeWorks team, she is currently writing a new book about strategic sales and customer service in a four-generation marketplace.

Amy holds an M.A. in literature, with an emphasis on cognitive theory and composition. She began her career as a curriculum designer and then a magazine editor, a position that required managing all four generations. She has launched and sold publications, and is the recipient of Parents Media Awards and an Utne Alternative Media Award, along with writer-in-residence grants from the Ragdale Foundation, Hambidge Center and the HedgeBrook Foundation.

She lives in Minneapolis and enjoys Skyping with her Millennial daughters and her next generation granddaughter. She has completed three triathlons, with a fourth planned for this summer.

Jimmy Cabrera

Jimmy Cabrera is ranked by the research firm, Market Data Enterprises of Florida, as one of the top three Hispanic Motivational Speakers in the Nation. He is a creative, on the edge, speaker, consultant, and author. Cabrera’s expertise includes personal development, empowerment, motivation, and leadership and he is known for his high-energy presentations and interactive workshops. Cabrera’s keynotes are filled with fun, and insight and with real world content that is on the money. Read more

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career/life coach and one of the industry’s leading experts in sales strategies, leadership development, relationships and change. Using her talents as an author, board certified therapist, comedienne and TV/radio personality, Podesta delivers customized high-energy presentations that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight with real-world strategies and solutions. She has inspired millions of people to increase sales, attract and keep more customers, build longer-lasting, healthier relationships, strengthen their leadership skills and become more profitable and successful than they ever thought possible.

 

TOPICS

Stand Out From the Crowd: How to Out-Think and Out-Perform the Competition
“Business as usual” is no longer enough. The game has changed and the competition is closing in with new strategies daily. If you want to succeed in an environment where dramatic change happens at the click of a mouse, then ask yourself: What do you bring to the table that is so memorable that people would CHOOSE to be your customer, colleague, employee, leader, or partner? Your success will depend upon your ability to differentiate and be recognized as a “one-of-a-kind” brand that delivers more than expected in the areas of added value and amazing service. Entertaining, yet insightful and refreshingly candid, Connie has the answers you need to accelerate past your competition and truly STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!

Stand Out SALES: How to Out-Smart and Out-Sell the Competition
“Selling as usual” won’t close the deal anymore. Prices, products and services have begun to look alike in the eyes of your customers, and the competition is “cutting deals.” If you want to succeed in sales today, you must set yourself apart and be recognized as a unique, “one-of-a-kind” brand. Ask yourself: What do you offer in the way of added value, extraordinary customer service and creative business consulting that would cause a customer to CHOOSE to buy a product or service from YOU rather than your competition? With wit, wisdom and captivating insight into the mind of both the buyer and the seller, Connie will show you how to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD and look at “SALES” from a whole new perspective. Get ready to sell like you’ve never sold before—and enjoy a flood of new customers and bankable profitability!

Stand Out LEADERSHIP: How to Influence Others in a Positive Way
You have the power and opportunity everyday to lead others to success. Leadership is not defined by title or corner office, but rather by how you DECIDE to live your life. Your personality, beliefs, character, values and intent are reflected in your choices, words, actions – and your ability or potential to INFLUENCE the thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and lives of the people around you either positively or negatively. Ask yourself are you the type of person that others would CHOOSE to imitate, follow and respect? Do you STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD because of your skills, talents, ethics and expertise? With humor, insight and her “no-nonsense” style, Connie will share the secrets of being the leader others can’t WAIT to follow.

LIFE WOULD BE EASY…If It Weren’t For Other People: How To Deal With Stressful People and Situations
Understanding the complexity of human behavior leaves most of us confused and frustrated! Ask yourself What could my team and I accomplish if we were able to decode the “mystery” of human behavior and use it as a powerful, pro-active force in every area of our lives? Successful personal and professional growth hinges on your ability to learn as much as possible about yourself and others, including why people do what they do and say what they say – so that you can ACT rather than REACT to whatever life throws your way. Learn to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD so people will CHOOSE you to be their friend, colleague, leader, salesperson, partner and employee. Connie’s funny, on-target and intuitive presentation will reveal the secrets to dealing effectively with every type of personality (including the ones who drive you crazy) so you can enjoy a new level of success, happiness and satisfaction at work and at home!

ACHIEVING BALANCE…In a Crazy 24/7 World: How To Stay Sane When There is Just Too Much To Do!
In Today’s hustled and hurried world, striking that all important life balance (and staying sane in the process) can seem like an elusive and lofty goal! Ask yourself What if I was able to manage all the demands of employers, customers, co-workers, family, and friends while also taking care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally? Wouldn’t that be the perfect, life-affirming way to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD? Connie Podesta, an expert in the psychology of human behavior, helps people do just that in a world where seemingly no one sleeps, and even sane people are turning into the workaholic they promised they would never become. Connie deftly combines laugh-out-loud humor, inspired insight, and a realistic take on life to help people re-assess what is important, re-align their priorities, and re-adjust their thinking so they can enjoy the life they work so hard to achieve.

Biography

Connie Podesta is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career/life coach and ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING EXPERTS in sales strategies, leadership development, relationships, and change. Using her talents as an author, board certified therapist, comedienne and TV/radio personality, Connie delivers customized high-energy presentations that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight with real- world strategies and solutions.

Connie has inspired millions of people to increase sales, attract and keep more customers, build longer-lasting, healthier relationships, strengthen their leadership skills and become more profitable and successful that they ever thought possible.

Connie Podesta has both the passion and credentials needed to speak to educators. With a bachelor’s degree in communications and business, and a master’s degree in human relations and counseling, Connie Podesta has been a well-known and trusted educator for more than 30 years. Her classroom experience at all levels (elementary, middle school, high school, and three state universities), is in addition to her being a Board Certified Professional Counselor, an organizational therapist, and an expert in the psychology of human behavior. Connie Podesta has been a keynote speaker to thousands of educators and has presented standing-room-only sessions at the National Elementary School Association, National Secondary Association, and the American Association of School Administrators. Her ability to tackle the toughest educational issues, coupled with her first-hand experience of the rewarding but often complex, frustrating, and stressful nature of the education industry, will leave your audience with a renewed sense of commitment to educate by example and teach with passion

Alan Parisse

From garbage collector to Wall Street executive, Alan Parisse’s diverse background enables him to present amazing keynotes on leadership, sales, and cycles of change to executives, marketing and sales teams throughout the world. Named one of the “Top 21 Speakers of the 21st Century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Alan’s mission is to help individuals and organizations ranging from healthcare, to financial services and real estate, create and follow a blueprint for success. He works with numerous organizations, many in transition, to help them re-position their thinking, let go of the past, formulate a vision and take action while confronting their successes, challenges and opportunities.

Alan’s audiences benefit from his sound business judgment, hard won expertise and practical solutions for dealing with reversals and taking full advantage of booms. He is an expert in change, leadership, selling and sustaining success.

Program Topics

This Is Your Time
This is your time, not despite the considerable challenges and changes we are facing, but because of them. This is the time to Shift Into High Gear, optimize your business and position your organization for growing success. This “tough times” talk provides the perspective needed to Thrive In Turbulent Times.

Leadership in Turbulent Times
The traditional sources of power have all either disappeared or diminished. Today’s leaders must re-evaluate their style and master new sources of influence. Lasting success will come to those leaders who inspire new ways of thinking, being and acting.

The Doctor of Sales
Medical doctors are such great salespeople, that even they don’t know they are selling, but they are. Doctors tell us what to do and we are highly likely to do it. Why? Because doctors follow the 7 Rules of Selling. They start by Establishing Their Credibility and end by Taking a Chance and telling us what to do. They know that an expert who doesn’t get us to change our behavior hasn’t done anything. As one doctor put it, ‘nothing happens until the patient swallows the pill.’

In this program, Alan redefines selling in a way that turns the manipulative methods of old into a client-focused mission. Then he provides a roadmap of for advisors to sell and serve their clients and prospects.

Secrets of Successful Presentations
What you say is important, but how you say it often carries the day. This series of programs is designed to combat sameness, encourage authenticity, and expand the options presenters have to achieve their objectives. Formats ranges from a keynote speech to The Speaking Intensive (Two full days for up to 10 people).

Presentations for Financial Advisors

Questions Great Financial Advisors Ask
It is the questions you ask, more than the presentations you make that leads to success for clients and advisors alike. Based on the widely selling book of the same title, this presentation covers attributes of great advisors as well as the questions they ask.

A Lifetime of Saturdays
A successful retirement takes more than money. It takes understanding the human issues that arise and planning for them. Financial Advisors can serve current clients and attract new ones by expanding their client conversation to include more than money. This program will show advisors both the issues and the opportunity.

Complete Biography

Rising from garbage collector to Wall Street executive, Alan Parisse uses his diverse life experience to deliver relevant messages on leadership, sales, and cycles of change to executives, managers, marketing and sales teams throughout the world. Alan’s audiences benefit from his sound business judgment, hard won expertise and practical solutions for dealing with reversals and taking full advantage of booms. He is an expert in change, leadership, selling and sustaining success.

Combining insight and wit to penetrate the complexities of today’s marketplace, Alan has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Business School, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Business, UCLA Graduate School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

The first and only speaker to come out of the investment business to be inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame, his expertise, consistency, and client-centric focus led Successful Meetings Magazine to name Alan “One of the Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century”. An accomplished author, Parisse’s ideas have been quoted in numerous business publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Barron’s.

Alan has written and co-authored numerous books and audio programs including: This Is Your Time, Taking Charge: Lessons in Leadership, The Great Salesperson, Questions Great Advisors Ask, 101 Best Marketing Ideas and The Real Estate Investment Pocket Guide.

Parisse’s articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Executive Excellence, Advisor Today, Medical Product Sales, Life Insurance Selling, Financial Planning Magazine, Pharmaceutical Representative, The Stanger Investment Advisor, The Real Estate Review and The Bank Investment Representative.

Now a lifetime away from his garbage collection days, Alan works with the very best in financial services, healthcare, real estate, technology and more. Alan Parisse is the proven master, making lasting contributions to companies and industries undergoing major transitions throughout the world.

Alan Parisse also works closely with financial professionals enhance their client service and grow their practices by making timely and pertinent information accessible and actionable.

One of the Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century, Alan is the first person from the investment business inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame.

A seasoned financial service professional, Alan served as a senior executive for Oppenheimer and other national investment firms. In those roles, he was responsible for developing and marketing major investment strategies.

Some of Alan’s speaking clients include financial firms in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, he works regularly with clients in high tech, health care, retail and government. This wide-ranging experience allows Alan to consistently offer new and unique perspectives to financial professionals.

A graduate of SUNY Buffalo (B.S.) and the University of Arizona (MBA), he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Business Fraternity.

Alan lives with his wife Lisa in Colorado.

Nancy Friedman

Nancy Friedman

Nancy Friedman is America’s most asked back speaker. And there’s a reason… she’s that good! Her simple, common sense customer service and sales material is quoted by thousands as ‘the best’ around. Nancy’s programs are packed with humor, motivation, tangible tips and valuable information that your audience can use immediately. Nancy’s business background affords her, and you, the benefit of having ‘been there.’ She will have your audiences laughing and learning with tips, skills, ideas and techniques that will last forever.

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Mark Sanborn

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