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Speaking For Themselves...

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 in 2015.

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 FAGD: "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!"

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."

Jennifer Craig, Co-Founder & Director e-Den Education Pty Limited: "Great to have Karen's "Speak For Yourself" Webinar as part of our program here in Australia."

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?"

*Deloitte: "All of our candidates made it through! We are very excited and proud of their accomplishments. Thanks for all of your support throughout this process. We can't wait to work with you again for our next round of candidates!"

*Jim Boso, EVP - USA Mobility: "I'm now president of sales for the entire country. I credit my work with you as a major factor for my success."

*Mark Schroeder ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation: "Karen's program was the highlight of our week of sales training, and that's why we're bringing her back. Everyone enjoyed her workshop."

*Bob Tafaro, President & CEO GAF-Elk: "Feedback from both contractors and employees at our Wealth Builder Conference in Chicago was very positive. You will be remembered."

*American Heart Association "This was the best professional training course that I have ever taken . . ." "Thank you again for being a part of our 2002 ECC National Staff Conference in Washington, D.C....It was well-received by our staff and made for a wonderful, powerful start to our meeting."

Webinar for Australian based E-Den Education - Online Education for Dental Professionals:"As a speaker Karen is very engaging, her delivery is warm and friendly and her presentation is bursting with valuable information which was extremely relevant to the audience. The information Karen delivers is an asset to any professional, anyone who engages with the public in their work life, in fact...anyone. I look forward to working with Karen in the future. She is a true professional, with an enormous amount of knowledge to share and a valuable addition to my education platform."

*Mesa Design Group: "Your work helping prepare our principals for our national conference really made a difference. Several firms have inquired about sharing projects with us as a result."

FASTSIGNS: "Using Karen's personal and customized approach to one-on-one coaching, I now know how to communicate with greater success and less frustration."

Texas Instruments: "Each and every one of the presenters was impressed with your ability to draw out their best skills giving them an edge over standard seminar presenters."

*Staubach: "We were very impressed with your ability to zero in on the little details and show us ways to enhance our uniqueness. Our client told us that this was the best presentation they've ever heard."

*ELK Corporation: "Your workshop received outstanding ratings. We plan on making your workshop a permanent part of our program."

"I had the opportunity to listen to your message in Indianapolis, Hartford and Salt Lake City last year, and I can see why your portion of the program was rated the highest on all 24 seminars. This is no easy task given the makeup of our audience."

*Kerry Food & Beverage Group, Corrie Byron, Business Director - National Accounts "Thanks again for your help in getting our speakers well-prepared! Our symposium allowed us to solidify our strong relationship with current clients and to demonstrate the value we provide to new contacts."

Hinman Dental Meeting: "Wow! You managed to keep a standing room only crowd completely captivated on a Saturday morning."

Pizza Hut: "Everyone enjoyed the real-life examples and clear and memorable way you communicated the key concepts. It's apparent from the feedback that everyone in our organization who attended your program will benefit from using the techniques you described."

*The Pankey Institute, Dr. Irwin Becker, DDS – Chairman, Dept. of Education: "Karen Reisman is one of the most energetic and entertaining speakers we have encountered here at the Pankey Institute. She gets the audience involved and at the same time brings a critically important message. Very clear objectives are achieved each time she has presented to our quite sophisticated classes. These practical practice objectives include but certainly are not limited to COMMUNICATION skills, LISTENING skills, achieving EMPOWERED staff, MOTIVATIONAL strategies/staff exercises, and perhaps most importantly how to speak and present yourself with PANACHE and POWER. I sincerely believe she is a must see and can make significant changes in you, your organization, and how others begin to perceive you."

*Sterling Commerce: "We are all now very confident that we can stand up in front of our customers and express ourselves with more vigor than we ever thought possible."

*Citigroup (formerly The Associates): "The attendees gave you the highest evaluation ratings possible."

*Fannie Mae Corporation: "Whether it's been through seminars or individual coaching, you have helped many of our senior level managers to be more confident, comfortable, and articulate speakers -- Thanks for being a part of our team for the past five years."

Williams Cos.: "We've enjoyed having you speak and train with us at our corporate headquarters, here in Oklahoma."

*MPI (Meeting Professionals International): "Thank you for one of the best and most educational programs we have ever had."

*NARDA (North American Retail Dealers Association): "Karen Cortell Reisman captured and engaged the full attention of our audience throughout her presentations. More importantly than receiving excellent marks from her audience, her strategies will have an impact on how NARDA members inspire, manage and lead in the future."

*Texas Dental Association: "The participants enjoyed your presentation, and we have received many positive comments."

Judith Salisbury, Executive Director – Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry: “You made me look good!”

Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry attendee: “Enjoyed the interactive nature of Ms. Reisman’s presentation. Great for team building.”

Dr. Melissa Rozas - SWSPD (Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry): "I truly enjoyed your talks on Friday. I have the vision of your grandparents at the train station embedded in my memory forever. We have a monthly staff meeting tomorrow and we will be discussing all the great changes or extra’s we can do within our practice that we learned from you."

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women): "Thanks for one of the best seminars we have presented to our members. I have received nothing but raves from the attendees."

Implant Innovations, Inc. (3I): "Karen, your presentation was fantastic. I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed having you down to West Palm Beach and spending some time with our mentor doctors. You thoroughly understand your subject matter and aren't afraid to get involved in taking risks with your audience."

National Contact Lens Group: "Your keynote speech in Sante Fe was great. Your program was exactly what I was looking for."

Go/Dan Industries: "We enjoyed your keynote speech at our national meeting last month. We were especially pleased that you took time to learn about our company and were able to relate so well to the audience."

Commercial Credit Reports, Inc.: "I liked your presentation because instead of being motivational hype, you gave us a 'road map' in a motivational way. Even my natural born salespeople gained from your workshop."

Versata: "The inside sales team has been on fire ever since our meeting. They are getting to more people on the phone and we have seen over a 400% increase in successful appointments being set by the inside sales team."

Dental Study Group: "You did a fantastic job and you are definitely good at what you do."

Dallas Wholesale Builders Supply, Inc.: "Your presentation hit the bullseye and I contribute this to your effort to understand the audience and apply yourself 110%."

1:1 Coaching Client Testimonials:

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.”

*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 style"

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."

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."

* =  Repeat Clients

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