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  • Elk Grove Village, IL

Elizabeth R.

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Carrie was a great speaker. We turned part of her talk into a print that everyone in the office got.

Rachel E.

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I haven't heard a speaker this good in a long time. We thoroughly enjoyed Carrie's talk.

Peter W.

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Great speaker! I would highly recommend hiring her for your future events.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 34 min

Charlie A.

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I am currently working with Pat to help me finish my dissertation and to support me in growing my business. He is an insightful and caring coach. He is personable and easy to talk to about the challenges I face as single mother of 5 children. Initially I wanted to find someone in my immediate area however I appreciated his style from our first phone conversation and there was really no question in my mind that I had found the right coach. We do our sessions via Skype and it has worked out brilliantly. I have not found this mode of communication to be a hindrance - in fact it is actually more convenient because I don't have to physically drive somewhere to meet. It spares me a great deal of time and stress in that regard. I am truly grateful I was able to find Patrick and look forward to our continued work together.

John B.

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Pat and I have been working together for more than a year, now. He is professional, collaborative, and very thoughtful. I truly look forward to each of our coaching sessions, and have been amazed at how valuable phone and skype sessions are! In the hustle and bustle of the everyday life of an educational leader, I have learned how important it is to have a coach who is there to listen, help me advocate, and is solely focused on my personal and professional growth. In a nutshell, this has been the most beneficial professional growth of my entire career!

Jack O.

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Very good! Pat is an outstanding guy with great insight, whose coaching succeeds on multiple levels. Pat does a great job of developing a rapport with his pupils, which allows the conversation to flow and for the student to feel comfortable discussing their concerns and ideas with Pat. He is also a very effective planner; he gives students challenging yet achievable goals to complete, and tracks their progress to make sure they are achieving them. With great organizational and motivational skills, Pat is an excellent coach!

  • 5 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Adonya C.

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She is an inspiring motivator to your child. She is warm, caring and very knowledgeable of all subjects. I would recommend her to anyone (child or adult). She not only helped my daughter with learning subjects for the ACT, but also with helpful hints and techniques. Lastly, my daughter also suffered from anxiety during testing. I'm happy to say she did not experience any anxiety when testing!!!

Jennifer W.

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Not only was Wendi a knowledgable tutor, she made the whole experience easy. Just from our first lesson I've gained confidence in multiple subjects. I'm looking forward to continuous progress and development pertaining to the ACT.

Kemi S.

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My son feels really comfortable with Ms.Wendi and enjoys the sessions. My husband and I have seen growth in our son's reading and comprehension skills.

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 12 min

Virginia D.

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Barry is the most knowledgeable, dynamic and outstanding speaker I know! He is always professional, passionate, has a wonderful sense of humor and is a great story teller. He is genuinely interested in others and can converse with people of all ages and backgrounds. Barry regularly speaks at our library for the over 3 years, and always to a packed house!

Eric S.

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Barry Bradford is a very engaging and charismatic speaker. He made several presentations to my classroom on various topics via Google Hangouts. He went above and beyond on every presentation and really engaged the students from start to finish. His speaking and storytelling skills are impeccable.

Tom W.

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Barry was outstanding and very easy to communicate and plan with! Great speaker and great officiant, very friendly guy too. Thanks again Barry !

  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Hazel Crest, IL

Eric M.

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I highly endorse Michael "MVP" Jennings to be booked as a motivational Speaker at any School, Community or Private Event. I have enjoyed hearing him at a suburban Library Event, at his Booksigning Private Party and as a supportive softball Teammate. He is prompt, professional, engaging and very personable. He will get your crowd "fired up and ready to go!"

Felice B.

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Mike Jennings is it true motivator. after attending one of his motivational seminars.I started my own photography company I had 30 years of experience in with other photography with no desire or plans to start my own photography company. Until Mike Jennings got me fired go and ready to go!

Alan J.

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Michael has been a great motivational speaker for Score Chicago volunteers. He gets them"fired up and ready to go". He also has been a keynote speaker for our events. He become a good friend for the chapter and we consider him a valued resource.

  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Naperville, IL

Stephanie P.

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In mid-September, Positively Naperville received a letter to the editor from Loren Michaels Harris regarding an NPR.org story about the Ohio police release of graphic overdose photos featured on Sept. 12, 2016. As publisher of the hyper local monthly publication in a city focused on fighting addictions and drug abuse of all kinds, I was struck by Loren’s thoughtful, timely and meaningful words, especially as they related to local initiatives such as “Connect for Life,” “KidsMatter,” and Project H.E.L.P. His reference to being a motivational speaker and his never-ending story of survival prompted my wondering about a presentation to our Rotary Club of Naperville-Downtown. Our small Rotary club is always looking for 30-minute programs. Speakers are invited to present educational topics such as the one addressed in his letter. We talked, we met, Loren agreed and the date was set for Oct. 26. Though electronics failed to connect that afternoon, preventing members from viewing Loren’s video introduction, he punted ably, landed on his feet and started from the very beginning of his 54 years. The trials and tribulations that have contributed to Loren’s strength of character and determination live within an engaging story of surviving one birth mother, one adoptive mother, and 20 foster mothers. Against so many obstacles, Loren is a survivor of the foster care system who says his only source of continual healing from the scars of foster care comes from addressing the need for better protection of all children, especially from social media, neighbor to neighbor. Rotarians experienced a very compelling presentation by a man who appears to be at home with his powerful story, one that needs to be told over and over—with or without the video introduction.

Cheryl W.

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Loren Michaels Harris excited my school audience of teachers, therapists, social workers and paraprofessionals! ! He is a vibrant speaker that uses examples we can all relate as well as to clearly articulating his point. He mixes music, video with real world experiences that can certainly perk up an audience. His message was relevant to our needs and he does his homework. Not only was he a "Motivational" speaker, but we all can walk away with something that can be applied in our everyday lives in and out of the workplace. My staff is requesting that he return mid-year for the "boost" they need to motivate and inspire them to assist in completing a successful school year! Double thumbs up for Loren! Outstanding!

Debbie F.

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Loren Michels Harris was absolutely amazing. I will recommend him to the moon and back! He is talented, professional, and a very nice, genuine person. Our audience loved him. He engaged with the attendees, and became an integral part of our program. We will hire him again.

  • 20 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Marnie H.

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I was looking to make a change in my life, and all of my searches brought me to Gaby. She was excellent to work with! I always felt like I had a great workout. We always changes things up so that I didn't get bored. I highly recommend her!

Andrea H.

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Gabriella is great ! She motivated me. She is very knowledgeable about exercise and nutrition. She helps me to be my best by always keeping track of what I doing . Thanks Gabriella.

Julie K.

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* Gaby is the best. Great at helping me polish up my resume. Gave me helpful tips for job interviews. Had great insight into helping me find happiness in my professional live.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours
  • Chicago, IL

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Sarah was wonderful! I reached out to her to prepare for a presentation with very short notice, and she was able to offer two different times. I wasn't sure what to expect of our session but I walked out feeling more confident for my presentation.

Kat H.

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If you long to get unstuck and build the life and career you want, make an investment in yourself and book a session with Sarah. She is my go-to life coach to keep me inspired, motivated and empowered.

Amber K.

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Sarah is such a positive and energetic person. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. She is a wonderful sounding board and a great listener. She is fantastic to work with.

  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Palatine, IL

Jill F.

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Denise did an amazing job speaking to out YPF group - she engaged the audience and kept things interesting while giving a keynote on passion vs. purpose - would recommend her in a heartbeat!

Jen C.

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Denise was amazing to work with. She was flexible with our schedule and engaging with my staff. She went above and beyond to make sure my staff was inspired.

Julie G.

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From the moment I first spoke with Denise, she was enthusiastic, honest and open. I could not imagine having had a better speaker for my event.

  • 22 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 15 min

Patrick M.

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I've seen Jeff perform onstage at several meetings over the years and have found him to be entertaining, engaging, and an integral part of the attendee experience. He can play a character and interact with speakers and the audience, or he can be the emcee with the quick joke between speakers, or he can be serious and moderate impactful discussions with industry leaders. He does it all with grace, humor, and intelligence.

David J.

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I have worked with many professional speakers, presenters and comedians over the years. Having Jeff was like having the best of all three rolled up into one person. Smart, funny, and so on point with his remarks and insights that some people in the company thought he must have worked here!

Carrie S.

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Jeff was an excellent speaker for our event. He got the audience laughing and engaged right away and by the end of his presentation they were hanging on every word. Easy to work with and I would highly recommend him! He's also a snappy dresser.

  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 32 min

Sarah C.

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I have been meeting with Joe Bush for close to four years now, but I've known him for longer. It didn't start off as a formal mentor program. He is an ex teacher and a friend, which really works for me because of how organic that is. We have remained in contact after all these years. When he transitioned into Leading Through Service, it just made sense with the relationship we already established. It's easy. We grab coffee and meet for an hour at a time. We spend a lot of time going over the professional realms of my life. We talk about where I see myself. Joe believes in people and their dreams. He has always seen something in me even when I have doubted myself. He asks the right questions. He gets you thinking about your levels of comfort and where you want to be in your life. Ultimately it is up for the individual to decide, but he helps plants the seeds. I enjoy reading his articles. He offers practical advice about day to day life. Topics include spending quality time with your loved ones, putting down the phone, and letting go of those who have the potential of hindering personal growth. He is also quite receptive to feedback. I told him once he had to work on being more vulnerable with those he reaches out to and connects with. And he has been working to do this and it shows in our interaction together.

Nicole F.

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I had the opportunity to hear Joe speak at the 2015 IDSA conference. I found Joe to be very inspiring to start a leadership program at my own school. He was exactly the speaker I was looking for, because not only did he elaborate on his great program, but he offered a multitude of resources to be able to start your own program. Better yet, there were no gimmicks, or "If you want to know more just purchase this"...he just offered the help and guidance for free! Joe was also very helpful in following up on questions that I had asked on the exit form, and did this is a very timely matter. I would recommend Joe Bush as a speaker to anyone seeking out information on student motivated leading through service programs.

Erica C.

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Joe recently came and led a workshop for our Youth Leaders (ages 12-18) on "Dealing with Different Personality Types." As usual, he came fully prepared with a plenty of visual aids and props to engage the youth the entire time. It was not a boring lecture, but rather an interactive experience where the youth gained valuable life lessons. His energy and passion is contagious. Joe is the best!

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 54 min

Tony M.

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Let me start off by saying, Gina Bell is amazing! Gina came highly recommended by a family friend so we decided to give her a shot, let me tell you, I'm so glad that we did! We have a production company and our creative writing team seemed to be in a bit of a slump, which isn't good for our business. We were lucky enough to have her speak to our employees, Gina even went as far as working with our staff's work schedules to accommodate more staff in attendance, this really made things more convenient for us. About thirty seconds into her speaking, I could already see the wheels turning in our employees heads and I knew that I had made the right choice by booking her. By the end of her presentation I could tell that she had made a huge impact on our staff, and if I'm being honest, even myself! All and all, Gina Bell was incredible, we're definitely planning on bringing her back in the future! It really was a one of a kind experience. I would definitely recommend Gina to anyone interested in booking her, you won't be disappointed.

Gina B.

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I am disabled Veteran with PTSD and TBI. Gina's Motivational services are very up lifting and helped me greatly in improving my outlook on life. Her way of reaching people comes from the heart and I recommend her to whoever is looking for a new positive outlook in their life. God Bless Gina Thank you.

Bonny B.

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Gina was an inspirational delight to all who attended.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Riverside, IL

Dan M.

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While working with a life coach, you can expect to confront issues that have been holding you back and preventing you from creating a reality you love to be in. As uncomfortable as confrontation can be, it’s often necessary for healing. Recognizing your issues, strengths, and weaknesses is a first step to wholeness and can provide invaluable guidance while on the path to living the life of your dreams. I have been a client of Mija's for over a year now and I can say that those uncomfortable situations have allowed me to stop seeing myself as the victim. Her guidance and motivation has given me the strength to change my life for the better. The change can be seen by me and those around me. The investment in me was the best thing I did for myself.

Sharon G.

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It was great and refreshing, wow.... I will call again for sure..

  • 26 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 min

Jim E.

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John was excellent to work with in every facet. He was quick to respond and engaging in the process leading up to his presentation, and his engagement (I wouldn't call it a "speech", as there was so much audience participation) was excellent. I would highly recommend.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 hours
  • Montgomery, IL

Adam G.

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Overall, Darlene did a great job. There was some positive feedback from some of the members of the Association.

  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Wheaton, IL

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  • 4 years in business
  • Chicago, IL

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Cheserie Emanuel is a personable, vibrant, innovative and skilled motivational speaker and life coach who helps today's youth and other audiences reach their highest potential in the emotional, spiritual, professional and social areas of life. She applies sound biblical principles to any situation. Radical, cutting-edge, wise, and trailblazer lady with a heart for people are some of the words/phrases used to describe Cheserie. As an ethical Christian, professional recording artist and doctoral student, Cheserie decided to start her coaching business following the voice of God to serve and equip people of all walks of life to build a journey and pathway in the marketplace that is pleasing to Him. Prior to her role as a life coach, Cheserie served the public in various sectors, such as nonprofit, entertainment, religious and hospitality markets. With an overwhelming love for Christ and passion for personal growth in others, Cheserie invests quality one-on-one time with each client and/or heart-to-heart intimate group training. She will continue until your goal is clearly discovered and successfully completed.

  • Downers Grove, IL

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I am a Chicago-based motivational speaker. Are you looking for a speaker who will motivate, inspire, and educate your audience, while keeping them laughing and engaged? You've found me. I’m a professional speaker who shares practical, realistic information about a variety of topics, ranging from healthy lifestyles to stress management to goal-setting, with audiences both large and small. I speak about a variety of topics, and will customize a presentation to meet your group's unique needs. Some of my most popular topics include: * Break your Bad Habits—and Replace Them with Better Ones (health/wellness) * Beyond Deep Breathing: Beat Day-to-Day Stress (health/wellness) * Make the Most of your Minutes: Time Management that Works (work/motivation/productivity) I've been speaking professionally for more than a decade, and I have appeared as a keynoter, breakout session leader, and in-service presenter at dozens of events, both in the Chicago area and throughout the country.

  • 20 years in business
  • Naperville, IL

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You are your choices. Dan is an inspirational speaker and author who has a hard-hitting message that changes peoples lives. He is a quad amputee who will reach and move your audience to understand that choices and attitude determine results.

  • 14 years in business
  • Cary, IL

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Heidi Kramer is a registered and licensed dietitian with a B.S. in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science from Northern Illinois University. She is a nutrition consultant, inspirational speaker, and author/writer with over 20 years of experience in public speaking and the healthcare industry. Heidi is the owner of Life Inspired Speaking, where as a nutrition expert and breast cancer survivor, she has inspired audiences of 10-10,000 with the message of hope and healing, and achieving one's personal health best. Currently, she resides in Cary, Illinois where she meets clients for consultations, teaches weekly classes, and facilitates her widely popular "Inspired Living: A Healthy Weigh of Life" programs. Heidi is a contributing nutrition writer for McHenry County Living Magazine, where on a local level, she is inspiring health and wellness in her own community. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association. Heidi has always believed that creating balance and wellness in your life happens one healthy choice at a time! For more about Heidi's philosophy on nutrition and fresh food living, visit her website.

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Anita Smith endeavors to coach adolescent girls and women in empowerment and healthier self-perception through supplying options for change, growth, and develop by way of workshops, mentoring, training, conferences and resources by the aid of quality products, services, integrity, reliability, faith, and hard work for the purpose of adapting or transforming their mindsets to break the unhealthy, pre-set rules governing their lives. * Crystal M. Gaines, client: Crystal M. hired me as a speaker in 2010 and hired me more than once. Top qualities: expert, on time, high integrity “We requested Anita to speak to our youth and women on personal development. She was knowledgeable, very encouraging, and our attendees came away with a new perspective.” * Quincy Bingham, client: Quincy hired me as a career coach in 2009 and hired me more than once. Top qualities: great results, expert, good value “Anita identified what messages I was trying to convey and helped me to effectively communicate those messages, verbally and non-verbally with my clients, friends, and family, especially when the stakes were high. We worked on my body language, pitch, tone, gestures, style of dress and the overall synergy of my presence. The sessions were fun, yet extremely informative! Now I use nearly everything I learned on an everyday basis. I feel like a new me!” * Veela Ammons, Owner/Founder, Image and Beauty Management, colleague She worked directly with me. “Anita Smith is a consummate professional, not only as a teacher, trainer, coach, but she is also a phenomenal speaker. I've had the pleasure of working with her on some projects and would welcome the opportunity again. Her enthusiasm is contagious. I'm glad that I know her. Sincerely, Veela Ammons” * Olguine Oriental, student, University of Saint Thomas - School of Business, colleague Olguine worked directly with me. “Anita is an amazing speaker and really inspires others when she speaks. I truly enjoyed your motivational talks and would love to attend more in the future. Thank you for making Miss Black Minnesota such a positive event.” January 5, 2011 * Arthur Horton III, educational counselor - TRiO, City Colleges of Chicago, colleague He worked with me. “Ms. Smith is one of the best motivational speakers that I have met. When we appeared for a speaking engagement without students, she performed so well that we had to bring her back a second time. She really connected well with students, and it helped motivate them to find out what they do well and move forward in their future endeavors whether it be college or technical school.” January 12, 2011 * Nancy Tennicott, client Nancy hired me as a model in 2003. Top qualities: personable, on time, high integrity “Anita was one of our models at Ford Models. She proved herself to be a very reliable and personable model.” May 12, 2010 I also do phone consultations.

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“Need motivational speaking”

Chicago, IL

Event type
Corporate or organization conference
Speaker theme
Theme (Sales / Motivational)
Audience age
Working professionals
Number of guests
51 - 100
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We will be concluding our 3 day National Sales meeting with a motivational speaker. This individual ideally would have a sales background and would utilize those experiences to help motivate and inspire the team to utilize all of the knowledge they took in over the previous 2.5 days.
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“Need a Motivational Speaker”

Chicago, IL

Event type
Corporate or organization conference
Age of guests
18 and older
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I am on the team at Hillshire Brands R&D and we are interested in obtaining a speaker to talk at our Annual Summer Meeting. We have allowed about 45 minutes at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 26th. The meeting will be held at the Chicago History Museum. Although I have had some motivational speaker recommendations, most were not in the Chicago area. A number of things could be relevant to the innovation work we are doing at our R&D center. I think my peers will relate to the topics about expanding their vision, exploring their passions and to embracing the journey. The talk might involve our central focus on Innovation. The personnel in attendance consist of Product Developers, Process Engineers, Food Scientists, Packaging Engineers, Sensory and Insights, Wellness and Nutrition, and Pilot Plant facilities personnel. Would someone be able to provide a rough estimate of speaker fees for an event like this? Since this is a relatively short talk we would like to find a local speaker for this occasion. My contact information is below. Please get in touch.
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