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Judy Carter

Find purpose in a stressed-out world with Judy Carter’s message of using comedy techniques to decrease stress makes her an in-demand speaker for Fortune 500 companies, as well as Women’s, Business and Leadership, and Healthcare events where Judy’s keynotes entertain and inspire.

Endorsed by Oprah Winfrey and featured on over 100 TV shows, Atlantic City’s Entertainer of the Year Nominee, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on CNN.

As a speaking coach, she teaches people how to improve their presentational skills by finding their authentic message and making it funny. Her private clients include TV stars, pro wrestlers, celebs, non-celebs, and a United States senator.

Judy’s best-seller, The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career (St. Martin’s Press, Feb 2013), teaches readers how to use life stories to inspire others – The Power & Humor of Your Story.

The Comedy Bible (Simon & Schuster) and Standup Comedy: The Book (Dell Books) still rank in the top 100 for Comedy books on Amazon. Oprah Winfrey recommended The Comedy Bible to anyone who wants to lighten up.

Speaking Legend Patricia Fripp

 

When your message must be memorable, your presentation powerful, and your sale successful, call Patricia Fripp. One of the few professional speakers who can transform the presentation skills of others, she is an executive speech coach and sales presentation skills trainer. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance wrote that one of the best investments you can make in your career is Patricia Fripp’s presentation skills training. Patricia simplifies and demystifies the process of preparing and presenting powerful, persuasive presentations. She delivers her message through keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and in-depth customized training and coaching. Patricia is now virtually everywhere with FrippVT, her interactive, learn-at-your-own-pace, virtual presentation skills training. Named “One of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America” by Meetings and Conventions magazine, Patricia delivers high-content, entertaining, dramatically memorable presentations. She has won and been awarded these designations by the National Speakers Association: Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), CPAE, Hall of Fame keynote speaker, and the Cavett Award (considered the Oscar of speaking). Patricia is a past president, and the first female president, of the over 3,500-member National Speakers Association. She is a member of the highly prestigious Speakers Roundtable, an invitation-only group of highly regarded professional speakers, authors, and consultants. 

Storytelling expert Michael Hauge

 

According to actor Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.” Well-told (and well-written) success stories not only create a powerful connection between you and potential clients, they establish your skill and your credibility as a consultant. In this presentation, Hollywood story expert and best-selling author Michael Hauge will give you the six simple steps you must employ to create vivid, emotionally gripping stories that will transform your audiences and readers, move them to action, and ultimately increase your client list and your revenue. Michael is the author of Storytelling Made Easy.

Bill Stainton

 

Bill Stainton is a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer; an author; a business humorist; and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert. He blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he garnered from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Bill Nye the Science guy to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world!

As the executive producer of Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show Almost Live!, Bill led a talented and highly creative team to unparalleled success: a #1 rating for ten straight years, and over 100 Emmy Awards (29 of which went to Bill). At the same time, he also owned his own corporate training company, authoring nine training programs in subjects ranging from Office Politics to Customer Service to Team Motivation. He’s been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes, and is a regular columnist for Seattle Business magazine.

From Maine to Malaysia, Bill is committed to helping his audiences achieve their highest potential— while maintaining a sense of fun along the way!

Dez Thorton

 

Dez was professionally trained at the University of South Carolina and Dale Carnegie. Dez  is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association and the winner of Speak Tank, a speaking competition hosted by the NSA. He has been a speech coach for TEDx Peachtree, coached hundreds of professionals and corporate clients, and even taught a public speaking class for 7 years at a federal prison. At the tender age of nine, Dez forgot his lines in a church play but he never forgot the embarrassment and humiliation that followed.  Since then, he’s dedicated himself to learning and teaching the art of speaking and helping thought leaders say the right words in the right way when they matter most.

Kathy McAfee

 

Kathy, author of the book Stop Global Boring, is America’s Marketing Motivator, a professional speaker and executive presentation coach. She has helped thousands of corporate leaders and consultants to grow business success by mastering the arts of high-engagement presentations and effective networking. Kathy is a graduate of Stanford University, a published author and an award-winning blogger.

Marketing with a book expert Henry DeVries

 

Henry is the CEO (chief encouragement officer) of Indie Books International, a company he cofounded in 2014. He works with independent consultants who want to attract more high-paying clients by marketing with a book and speech. As a professional speaker, he trains business development teams and business leaders on how to sell more services by persuading with a story.  In the last ten years, he has helped ghostwrite, edit, and coauthor more than 300 business books, including his McGraw-Hill bestseller, How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett—now in five languages, including Chinese. He has a monthly column with Forbes.com.

Marketing with a speech expert Mark LeBlanc

 

Mark, the founder of Growing Your Business and cofounder and chairman of Indie Books International, has special expertise on the core issues that independent consultants face on a daily basis qualified to address audiences of five to fifty to 500, and more. He can deliver an inspirational keynote, a content-rich general session, hands-on workshop, and/or a multi-day program. His little book Growing Your Business is an underground bestseller, averaging a quantity order of 25 books or more every week for the past 12 years (more than 70,000 copies in print).