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Connie Podesta      

Expert in Changing Lives; Author of "Life Would Be Easy If It Weren't For Other People"

Using a masterful combination of comic talent, dramatic flair and warm human insight, Connie Podesta tackles the make-or-break issues that control productivity and morale.

Podesta is not just a speaker—she is an experience! She is a game-changing ball of fire whose rare blend of laugh-out-loud humor, killer take–away strategies and interactive, no PowerPoint (How cool is that?) delivery style has made her one the most unique and memorable speakers on stage for the last 25 years. She is a Hall of Fame Speaker to over 1,000 organizations and award-winning author of seven books. Podesta is an expert in the psychology of Human Behavior as it applies to sales, leadership, change, accountability and engagement. She appeals to all audiences with her comedic and entertaining delivery and her no-nonsense ability to tackle even the toughest of issues that organizations face in an ever-changing environment. Podesta is an experience full of fun and amazing ROI that your audience will not soon forget.

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Leadership…Like You’ve Never Heard It Before!: The Power of Accountability, Empowerment, and Ownership

In a perfect world all employees would be: high achieving, self-motivated, engaging, team players who see the big picture and always strive to do their best to get the job done on time without complaining. In the real world many employees: simply “meet expectations,” lack initiative, bring their personal life to work, stress over every change and whine about having to WORK….on the job! “Enough!” says Human Behavior and Leadership Development expert Connie Podesta, who has empowered thousands of leaders worldwide with the attitudes, mindsets and strategies necessary to create a team that’s willing, able and excited to get the job done THE RIGHT WAY! With her signature blend of comedy and “tell-it-like-it-is” delivery, Connie takes you inside the minds of even your most difficult employees so you can turn negative attitudes into positive, entitlement into accountability, complacency into productivity, complaining into solutions and “that’s not my job” into ownership. Isn’t it time to learn how to change even your worst nightmare into your star performer (or send them to your competitor as a new hire?) Now there’s an idea!

Sales…Like You’ve Never Heard It Before!: The Power of Persuasion, Passion and Personality

Think you’ve heard everything there is to know about SALES? Then make way for some game-changing, money-making, customer-attracting ideas that will literally blow the roof off “sales done the old way.” Connie Podesta, an expert in the psychology of human behavior and sales strategies has helped millions of people take sales to a whole new level…and have more fun while getting there. First step– no more excuses. If you believe that PRICE, PRODUCT, MARKETING or TERRITORY are the main reasons for not closing the deal, think again. Customers tell a different story. Connie takes you right smack inside the mind of today’s new breed of customer. Bargain-hunting. Demanding. Indecisive. Internet savvy. Overwhelmed with choices. And, very SELECTIVE about WHO they CHOOSE to do business with. With her tell-it-like-it-is delivery and laugh-out-loud humor, Connie is ready to help you sell like never before so you can sit back and watch both your business and your bank account grow and GROW!

How To Get People On Board…So You Can Make Things Happen Now!: The Power of Influence, Persuasion and Teamwork

Successful people are GREAT influencers. They know how to get consensus, ownership and buy-in from the people who count–without manipulation, intimidation, sacrificing relationships, or stepping on toes. Bottom line: Getting the job done the right way hinges on your ability to “sell” yourself and your ideas in such a trusting and positive way that people will CHOOSE to: Follow your lead. Cooperate with you. Learn from you. Buy from you. Partner with you. And…support you so you can make things happen! With a rare blend of laugh-out-loud humor, uncanny insight into human nature and killer persuasive strategies, Human Relations expert Connie Podesta, will take you right inside the minds of the people you need to influence and impress. You will learn how to negotiate differences, influence behaviors, change attitudes, overcome objections, and close the deal so you can create an amazing network of PEOPLE who have one common goal: to willingly help you GET THE JOB DONE NOW!

Life Would Be Easy If It Weren’t For Other People: The Power of Relationships-Personal and Professional

Reality: Difficult people and situations can certainly drive us crazy—at work and home. Imagine what you could accomplish if you understood what makes people do what they do and say what they say. Bottom line: Your ability to communicate, negotiate and mediate effectively and assertively affects not only the quality of your relationships, but your ability to learn. Lead. Sell. Produce. Create. Work as a team. Enjoy life. Stay healthy. Luckily, Connie’s got the answers you need to “decode” the mystery of human behavior so you can handle whatever life throws you way.

Solution: With a rare blend of laugh-out-loud humor, engaging personality, and fearless life strategies, Connie has the uncanny ability to get right inside the minds of every type of personality so you can be a WINNER in the relationship game. Get ready to learn more about yourself and others than you ever thought possible.

Standout From The Crowd: How to Out-think and Out-Perform the Competition

Reality: “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 STAND OUT and succeed in an environment where dramatic change happens at the click of a mouse, then you will have to out-shine past performance, out-think old ideas and out-maneuver anyone who says it can't be done . In order to close the gap between where you are NOW and where you want, need and deserve to be to achieve great results., you must:


Solution: Your success depends upon your ability and determination to be recognized as unique, vital, and “one-of-a-kind” person. Someone that consistently delivers more than expected in the areas of added value, creative thinking, managing expectations, leadership and amazing, proactive service to both internal and external customers. Entertaining, yet insightful and refreshingly candid, Connie has the answers you need to accelerate past your competition and truly STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!

Game-Changing Fearless Sales: The Power of Personality and Persuasion

Reality: The number one key to increasing your sales is to identify the gap between where your customer is NOW and where they need to be to achieve the results they want. Closing that “gap” is what closes the deal and no one can teach you how to do that better than Connie. Bottom line--"Selling as Usual" won’t cut it anymore. Pressure tactics and overcoming objectives is both outdated and irritating.

Solution: Connie is FEARLESS when it comes to taking sales to a whole new level. And don’t even try to use the economy, territory, or price as excuses. SELLING YOURSELF is more important than product, price or brand. Connie puts you right smack inside the mind of today’s new breed of customer. Bargain-hunting. Internet Savvy. Indecisive. And PICKY--especially when it comes to the buying process. With her tell-it-like-it-is delivery, laugh-out-loud humor and killer SALES STRATEGIES, get ready to increase sales, grow your business, develop long-term customers and.....BLOW THE ROOF off of sales done the "old" way!

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Dynamic Fearless Leadership: The Power of Influence and Empowerment

Reality : Leadership is a powerful privilege--open to everyone, regardless of title or job description. Connie has worked with some of the world’s great leaders and discovered two common traits: 1) they have the intuitive ability to identify the “gap” between where people (including themselves) are now and where they need to be in order to achieve powerful RESULTS and 2) they have the talent and desire to use that knowledge to mentor, train, and inspire others to be confident and successful in their own right. Leadership is more about service, than wielding power. More about empowering people than “managing” people. More about “charging people up” than being in charge. More about making good choices for the right reason than pleasing everyone.

Solution: With her comedic wit and trademark no-nonsense style, Connie is known world-wide for helping leaders create teams that are energized and FEARLESS in their quest for success. Get ready to go straight inside the minds of most common leadership styles and see which one fits you to a tee and which one would be YOUR first choice to follow and respect.

Absolute Fearless Success: The Power of Passion and Potential

Reality #1: Business as Usual is Over. We can’t continue to do things the way we used to and still be successful, competitive and profitable. Reality: people either get it or they don’t. They are either in crisis mode or forward-thinking growth mode. They either have a FEARFUL mindset that causes them to resist change and fight for status quo. Or they have a FEARLESS mindset and are moving full-speed ahead to transform themselves and do what it takes to get the results they want.

Reality #2: Your future success depends on two things: 1) your ability to “close the gap” between where you are now and where you need to be in order to achieve outstanding RESULTS—both personally and professionally and 2) Your willingness and ability to ADAPT quickly. To life. To change. To technology. To new ideas.

Solution: With laugh-out-loud humor and killer success strategies, Connie will empower you to develop the FEARLESS attitudes necessary to embrace new ways of thinking, leading, selling, balancing home/career, motivating employees, customer service and creating productive teams.

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