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Coaching Testimonials

Carl Wehmeyer, Executive Vice President at Niagara Conservation: "There's no way I could have done that a year ago. Thanks for all your wisdom and coaching. (Editor's note: "that" = impromptu short presentation to a room of 2,500!)"

Carolyn M. Matthews, MD, DABOG, DABIHM, DABMA: "The talk was FANTASTIC. I used all your suggestions and it was very well received…lots of questions during as well as after, and everyone seemed very interested! Many many thanks for your help!"

Court Westcott, Managing Partner at Westcott LLC: "My speech in Munich was amazing! I could not have done it without your coaching. It was very well received." Note from Speak For Yourself©: Court Westcott's investment, augmented reality software firm Metaio, was bought by Apple.

Eric Hahnfeld, Founder of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects: "We got the $25 million dollar project. Thanks for helping our team communicate our message."

Joshua Austin, DDS MAGD: "Karen helped me with a big keynote. She took me to the next level from a communications perspective by structuring the message and tailoring my stories. She was invaluable to the success I had on stage. I think she is an amazing coach and I look forward to working with her for many years to come!"

"I had a TED-Talk style presentation on the main stage in Vegas. 8000 people in the audience. It was unreal. My material killed and your principles helped me through it. I was never more nervous, but it killed. Thanks to you!"

Mynan Feldman, SVP Bank of Texas: "My year as Chair of the Dallas Wildcat Committee has been great. Working with you on how to present to the 300 leaders in our Oil and Gas Industry was instrumental to my success."

Lu Truong, former Southwest Airlines Director of Business Transformation Solutions: "Karen — working with you has been a turning point for me regarding giving presentations. Your 'best practices' including how to outline, how to prepare, and how to convey presence have helped me move my career forward."

David Cohen, Esq. — Cohen Law Firm: "After working with you I am getting business from these speeches and my presentations are relevant to my audiences. Your creativity really helps me come up with clever and concise titles, program outcomes, and good speech material."

Linda Marquis, Dental Assistant Instructor: "Karen, your books have helped me more than any others. I also went to several of your seminars in San Antonio - you are my mentor."

Susan W. Kannarr, J.D., Chief Clerk of the House, Kansas House of Representatives: "I recently heard you at the ASLCS meeting and loved your presentation. Your presentation was one of the few that I felt I had true takeaway things I could actually use in everyday life. I'm planning on using the presentation outline you gave us on a regular basis."

John Holderman, Telecom: "Your PMI presentation was great! You provided a lot of insight other speaking programs miss."

Telesa Walton, C.V. M. - Community Engagement Director at Reading Partners: "Our team is already putting your communication tips into action."

Simone Ikonomides, BioPharm Regional Director, Novo Nordisk Inc.: "Karen was able to help me turn slides of data into a colorful and impactful presentation by creating a story that engaged a variety of leaders from different departments. I have learned several new ways to communicate information that now makes presenting really enjoyable."

Loui Dobin, Director, URJ Greene Family Camp: "Karen - We received a lot of practical advice and wisdom where we all need improvement. Your practical experience really gave us the opportunity to think about how we communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. You were a great keynote."

NCH Corporation: "Presentation went very well! Didn’t move around or fidget, didn’t mow the lawn, and used the outline to formulate my thoughts and key points."

NCH Corporation: "Katie did a killer job starting off with a great story, you would have been so proud."

Bart Stephan, President & CEO - Lerch Bates, Inc. : “Karen provided valuable instruction that was very practical enabling our people to put these actions to work immediately. For example: do one business development action daily, smile, begin with “you” rather than “I” on email, fix Google search issue, don’t block the light, more praise.”

Mike Robichaux, DDS: "The way you had me organize my thoughts created a flow that I've never before experienced. My old nemesis, time management, did not become a factor. Finishing on time has always haunted me and now it seems it will not be a problem again. Hopefully you will also touch, through your work with me, those individuals that attend my lectures."

Jeff Campbell, D.M.D.: " You took me to a level I never thought I'd get to. I got a standing ovation for my inaugural address as President of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society!"

Emma Parker, Training Coordinator - MAPP Construction, LLC: "You provided us not only with skills for use in our daily business but skills for everyday life. Your Speak For Yourself Workshop Series gave our group the presentation skills to win projects."

A. Taylor, CPA, CFA - Plains Capital Bank: "Karen– I was called upon to give a presentation to the Board of Directors today, and was given 30 minutes to prepare.  I did a great job.  I was very confident, calm, and made a lot of eye contact.  Most of that was because of our training. Thank you for all of your help!"

Glenda Swearingen, Attorney at Law, Marianna, FL: "I'm taping my next TV program today and I'm excited about my new opening and closing. My work with you has moved me to a different level. You've exceeded my expectations."

Well-known Community Leader: "You have unleashed a monster! This speech was one of the highlights of my life - every person who came over, called or emailed, said I was 'so poised and calm' - I loved every minute and cannot wait to do it again."

Attorney at AT&T: "Karen - I rocked it!!! Yeh! Heading to our reception and dinner. A million thanks."

David Wilner, VP - LaQunita Hotels: "Hi Karen, I Killed it!!! Everyone said that I stood out as the best speaker during our conference. Who would've thought?"

Mike Robichaux, D.D.S.: "I am experiencing some personal positive feedback from that talk. It felt right. No doubt, it was the best talk I've ever given."

Pamela Thompson, Ambit Energy: "Thank you very much for organizing my thoughts into a wonderful speech. You really gave me confidence."

Dr. Joel Small: "Your input helped me get over the top. I was stuck and you unstuck me."

Ron Drez, New York Times Best-Selling Author "Karen lived up to all expectations and was creative in arranging my speech to an impressive stage delivery. Her coffee cup theme was brilliant. After our two-day session we were both excited about the power of it."

Hector Cantú, co-author of the nationally syndicated Baldo comic strip: "Great examples on how to sell and communicate!"

Sally Hewett, DDS: “My day in Dallas with you was invaluable as I gear up to speak at national dental meetings.” On Sally’s second coaching experience with Karen: " I feel great about the speech, the coaching support about the moderation piece, and the presentation practice with your world-class skills!"

Lesley Chambless, entrepreneur: "Your additions, revisions, and the way you captured the theme and threaded it throughout my message upgraded the speech to EXCELLENT. Not only are you an expert at what you do, but you brought the best out in me. I had a great time - before, during, and after my presentation."

Mark Murphy, DDS: "Let's face it. I thought I was pretty hot stuff BEFORE a day with you....and now I realize I have much more to learn. After your coaching I received my first ever 100% perfect scores on evaluations, when I spoke the very next day."

Joseph A. Blaes, DDS, Editor, Dental Economics: "Karen, working with you was an outstanding experience and I look forward with enthusiasm to our next training session."

Jim Boso, Division President - USA Mobility: "With your coaching I felt like a million bucks. It went great! I hardly looked at my notes, I stood still, and I had a much better opening and closing."

Suzanne Boswell: "You have a real gift in guiding the client in a positive, nurturing manner, and encouraging growth and confidence. You have had an impact on the way I make ALL of my presentations and I believe that I've progressed to the next level of professionalism as a result."

Gerard J. Chiche, DDS, Chairman Dept. of Prosthodontics, LSU: "Accept my deepest appreciation for your professionalism and for helping me improve my lecturing skills. This was a superb course."

Mitch A. Conditt, DDS: "Your great personality and your enthusiasm not only places people at ease from the first minute they meet you, but magnifies your passion for your work. You gave me outstanding information that is more and more useful with every presentation."

Steve Daniel, DDS: "Karen was well organized and gave solid information without any wasted time. I will incorporate more stories, use more visuals, and reduce the text."

Hank Duffy, President of JHD Group, Healthcare Management Partners: "My vice president gave her presentation today, and she did an excellent job. She was well organized, had the right content, had a good use of specifics and examples, was quick and effective on her feet in addressing questions, her voice was confident, she was engagingly animated, she leveraged her team, and she projected "Executive Presence". I appreciate you help in making this successful."

Thomas M. Dunning, Chairman/CEO, Lockton Dunning Benefit Company: "While I am accustomed to public speaking and to writing my own speeches, I found your assistance invaluable. You were able to help me with continuity, correct phrases, the most descriptive words, and in reshaping my content into a concise, organized message. Most of all, I was impressed by how easy it was to work with you and how quickly you became in-tuned with the message I was trying to convey."

Greg Fisher, Sr. Vice President, CFO and Controller, Elk Corporation: "It's the structure that has helped with my nervousness. The structure works. I'm comfortable with it."

IMCO Recycling Inc. Don V. Ingram, Chairman of the Board and CEO: "Thank you for your expert communication coaching for my top corporate executives."

Tom McDougal, DDS: "Thanks to Karen my seminar has taken a giant step in quality. I'm delivering my message with joy and passion as never before. She guided me toward higher quality handouts, customized very powerful opening and closing remarks, and engineered the addition of Power Point to the 35mm visual presentation."

Eileen Morrissey, Hygienist and Speaker: "Karen's had attention to detail, enthusiasm, and helpfulness, and she customized to meet my needs. I will follow through on her critique, add to my visuals, and watch my delivery styl.e"

Dr. Barry Polansky: "I am committed to becoming a public speaker and that is why I went to see Karen Reisman. In one weekend with Karen Reisman's coaching, I accomplished more than reading all the books on public speaking. If public speaking or case presentation is something you would like to learn to do better, check out Karen on her website."

Risa Pollack-Simon, CMC: " Your coaching provided me with straight forward feedback that I could easily use - for which I received immediate results! Thanks for showing me how less is more."

Dr. Steve Ratcliff: "Just wanted to let you know that Chicago went really well. I got great reviews and felt comfortable all day. Thanks for the help, it really paid off!"

Michelle Rodriguez, Attorney: "Thanks to you, all of my speaking engagements have gone just great. I cannot thank you enough for your input."

Albert S. Roslyn, DDS: "Your tutoring transformed me from feeling like a frightened rabbit in front of a few people to conducting a large 400-attendance seminar with confidence and control."

Avishai Sadan, DDS: " ... I was able to implement most of the changes at the start, and it was extremely well received by the audience. The conclusion also worked out great."

George J. Sheehan, President - American Academy of Dental Practice Administration: "You covered ALL the bases: pauses, content, intonations, hand gestures and facial expressions. The thought of public speaking nearly paralyzed me. But, by the fourth line I owned that room."

Dr. Brian Vence: "It was well worth what we did. I’m really happy we worked on this and it wouldn’t have turned out as well without our phone coaching. It went absolutely fabulous."

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