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Yes! You Can!
4.5
from 37 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Nathalie B.
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I came to see Laura to work on public speaking skills but soon realized I had fears and anxieties - even physical symptoms - speaking up just in professional meetings and being in social situations. I realized I had lost my self-confidence and comfort being with people in reality due to too much time in virtual contact - on my phone or computer, etc. Now, I look forward to speaking in public again, going to meetings to challenge and feel the return of my confidence -- but also the good feeling it is to be in real contact with people and not just through text messages and emails. Through our sessions, I realized it was just a temporary loss due to bad habits I let develop.

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Barry Bradford
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Laura F.
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Barry Bradford is one of the most popular speakers at the Highland Park Senior Center. He is easy to work with, and always professional yet very personable. We are truly very fortunate to have him as a part of our lives.

Jeff Rogers Unlimited
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
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 Grace
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Jessica S.
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    Carrie was one of the best speakers I've heard in a long time. She had the perfect amount of humor and empathy weaved into her talk. I got great feedback about her from the audience afterwards.

    MJ MVP TEAM
    5.0
    from 9 reviews
    • 18 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    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.

    Connie Hurtado
    4.8
    from 6 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Tonicka L.
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    I thought Connie was a great speaker with good energy. She knew exactly the message she wanted to convey to her audience. It was a pleasure to listen to her speak about living your dreams and being passionate about helping others.

    Matt Mayberry Enterprises
    4.8
    from 6 reviews
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Molli H.
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    I have had the pleasure of seeing a lot of motivational speakers over the past twenty years, and I can honestly say that Matt Mayberry is the absolute best that I had seen yet. His passion, content, and engagement is one of a kind!

    Coaching2Dream
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 11 hires on Thumbtack
    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.

    Donohue Consulting Inc
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    Maura Z.
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    Pat has provided a myriad of professional development in my district, from keynote speaker on the opening Institute Day to 1:1 coaching sessions with staff. Pat always delivers a message with realistic expectations for outcomes backed by current research on change in organizations. Pat has been the catalyst to help staff collaborate in a professional learning community.

    GoPositiv
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    Shane Y.
    Verified review

    Don was a keynote speaker for the Human Capital Institute (HCI) and did a fantastic job! Attendees loved his dynamic stage presence and especially his research on the neuroscience of happiness. Don's content was very helpful and insightful, with simple ways everyone could incorporate his clever strategies into their organizations as well as their lives.

    • 26 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Jim E.
    Verified review

    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.

    Tina P. Schwartz
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 15 years in business
    Laurie S.
    Verified review

    Without a doubt, Tina is one of the most professional author representatives/agents that I have met within my professional career. She is also an effective and inspirational speaker who cares enough to share her many years of expertise, experience, and wisdom with her clients, potential clients, and all writers. She understands writers and often goes above and beyond her role as an agent. Her enthusiasm for the world of writing shines through all of her work. Everyone should be so lucky to work with Tina.

    Events by Vanessa
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Amber O.
    Verified review

    Vanessa was great at managing our event. We had 100 attendees. She handled everything from the hotel room block, to prepping speakers, to handling all the food, beverage, flowers, and decorations. It was great to rely on her keen eye to attention. The event was in excellent hands and I didn't have to stress with any of the details! Thank you!

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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.

    • 28 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    I give personal attention that get results instead of relying upon a bunch of time-consuming profiles and instruments

    • 20 years in business
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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.

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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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    I am a professional clean humor motivational speaker and comedian. My humor is as inspiring as it is funny. Each of my presentation includes clean family humor, music and audience participation that can be tailored to your needs. My family-oriented stand up comedy has been seen on Showtime, A&E and ABC. I have authored three illustrated humor books for women, and my writing has been featured in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.

    • 4 years in business
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    Cheszerae is a personable, vibrant, innovative and skilled motivational speaker, Doctor of Education candidate and life coach who helps people 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 Cheszerae. As a role model, professional recording artist and doctoral scholar, Cheszerae 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, Cheszerae 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, Cheszerae 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.

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    Doug Dvorak is a professional motivational speaker for business, offering laughter programs that combine an inspirational message with humor. Doug Dvorak uses unique topics and humorous presentation to encourage listeners to excel and achieve personal and business success.

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