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Yes! You Can!
4.5
from 36 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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

Carrie Grace
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Jessica S.
    Verified review

    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.

    Rev. Darrell Jones
    5.0
    from 10 reviews
      Donna S.
      Verified review

      Rev Darrell Jones is an awesome minister, teacher and speaker. His weddings are innovative, creative and inspiring. Hire him now!!!

      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.

      LBA Consulting
      5.0
      from 5 reviews
        Linda R.
        Verified review

        They were one of our guest speakers for our event and they were outstanding very personable. Definitely would do a repeat.

        Coaching2Dream
        5.0
        from 5 reviews
        • 6 years in business
        • 11 hires on Thumbtack
        Julie G.
        Verified review

        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.

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

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

        • 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.

        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!

        Kenney Creative
        5.0
        from 1 review
        • 26 years in business
        Nina H.
        Verified review

        Cindy is the best of the best! She is someone you just want to get to know. She handled everything so beautifully and led us through it each step of the way. Our wedding was better than we could have ever hoped for! She made the entire wedding so personal and even wrote the most incredible poem about our lives together. We are going to have it framed as a lifelong reminder! With Cindy performing our marriage, we always felt comfortable that everything was in control and would go well - and believe me, that's a great feeling! After all, your wedding is your most important day! Cindy doesn't only have a lot of experience marrying people, but she has been a speaker for years! So she is very used to talking to big crowds. This was so wonderful, because she came across so natural, she could be heard well, and really knew how to "present" the ceremony so that it all comes off without a problem. She is also great for those awkward "on the spot" moments where no one knows what to do or say. (We had one of those with my mother-in-law, but Cindy handled it beautifully!) Everyone was so pleased and very impressed. She led us through our rehearsal so we all knew what to do and what to expect. She helped us to write our vows without being intrusive or pushy. She was sooooo helpful! She organized our music for us, helped us to chose readings and just put together and overall ceremony that blew us away! Oh, and she also created our wedding bulletins! They were really awesome! I just loved them!!! I will recommend Cindy to everyone (and do). She is that on-in-a-million type of person you just hope will come into your life. We will always be grateful that she came into ours!!!!

        About

        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.

        • 20 years in business
        About

        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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        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.

        • 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

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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.

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        Do you need help with Accounting? Bookkeeping services etc? Contact me! Languages: English, Polish, French I am experienced in various industries.

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        Maureen Muldoon is a sought after spiritual counselor, speaker, creative life coach and corporate consultant. She has empowered and inspired thousands to find their authentic voice and claim and create and commit to living the life of their dreams. She has had the privilege of coaching both the developing artists as well as internationally recognized names. Her journey began in New York City, where as a young actress working in stage and TV, she facilitated and taught small groups on acting technique and how to breaking into the business without losing yourself. Her own career took her to LA where she spent 20 years in Hollywood as an accomplished writer, producer, director and star of TV and film. It was in California that she firmly developed her powerful intuitive ability to assist artists and became known as a creative midwife. As her coaching clientele grew, she slowly surrendered her own acting career to be more fully present to helping others soar. Her attention turned to adding spiritual technologies to her offerings, and in 2005, she became a fully licensed spiritual counselor. Her license and training from the United Centers for Spiritual Living is a nationally recognized certification. In 2008, she was hired by World Ministry of Prayer in LA to support individuals from around the world by using the healing power of prayer. In 2009, she was hired as the Director of Sacred Circles for the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago where she helped groom and support new spiritual leaders. Under her watch, the program tripled its size in 2 years. Her philosophy is steeped in the idea that spirituality and creativity are synonymous. Authenticity and humor are the pillars of her ministry. She is the creator of a monthly story-and-song night that provides the community with an opportunity to experience the healing nature of stories. Along with supporting artists, she is passionate about grooming and mentoring leaders and teachers. For the past 2 decades, she has established women's sacred circles across the country, specifically New York, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Chicago and LA. Maureen Muldoon is available for counseling by appointment in person or on the phone. She offers corporate consultation to help build authentic communication, conscious growth structures, productive processes and greater integrity in the work space. As a teacher, she has facilitated workshops and classes across the country to audiences as large at 8,000 people. Maureen is an avid student and sought after teacher of A Course in Miracles & Religious Science. Her music, stories, meditations, theatre productions and prayers have been entertaining and inspiring folks for the past 2 decades.

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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.

        • 14 years in business
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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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