My speech at our annual fundraising dinner went well. The message was more clear than it ever has been and I was able to utilize many of the techniques that we worked on. I had many people tell me that I did an excellent job. Most importantly, I was able to connect in a way that encouraged attendees to donate and our donations were double that of any year in the past.
Gunnar Liden, Executive Director, Youth Farm
Spoken Impact’s presentation training is head and shoulders above other programs we’ve experienced. It’s fun and engaging. Our team stretched as speakers and became more confident in their capabilities. It was exciting to see noticeable improvement.
Jim Lindner, Director of Business Services, Great Clips
Thank you for all your support and input. My presentation at the conference went really well based on all the very positive feedback. I got many requests afterwards for my card, my ideas and input for an article. I will definitely be in touch for my next presentation.
Trish Ura, Principal, Cahill Dental
I highly recommend the Business Edge Speaking Group! It’s a safe environment to practice presenting and receive organized, constructive feedback from the facilitators and your peers. I am not shy about getting up in front of a room full of people, but I definitely wanted to polish my presentation style. The videos, practice and workshops provided during the program have given me that edge I was looking for when delivering an effective presentation, whether for 1-2 people or a room-full!
Marybeth Weisberg, Membership Manager, Minneapolis Downtown Council
Spoken Impact’s model works! They are organized, knowledgeable, creative and I get built-in time to practice. I love that I can tie my speaking group presentations to my current professional work and as a bonus, presentations by other members have introduced me to a wide-variety of new topics.
Mary Kay Delvo, Director of Membership and Development, MN AgriGrowth Council
Whether you’re an accomplished speaker or a beginner, Business Edge Speaking Groups will make you a significantly better presenter. By learning best practices, delivering a variety of presentations in different formats, and receiving valuable feedback, Business Edge will make you more confident and more effective when speaking to your staff, your board, your clients and in proposal meetings.
Steve Stoup, Business Development Manager, BDO
Since joining a Business Edge Speaking Group, I learned how to be a more poised and prepared speaker which leads to much more confidence and a marked difference of improvement in my speaking skills. It is a safe and constructive environment to practice speaking skills, learn tips and speaking techniques, all while meeting and networking with professionals at a variety of organizations in the Twin Cities. I would highly recommend the Business Edge!
Noelle Hudak, Business Development Manager, Parameters
Everybody gave your program very high marks. Most importantly we got a lot out of the training. I saw a lot of improvement in the presentations the next day.
Patrick Ingle, Director, North American Sales, Aeration Industries
Thank you for all your fantastic work on the investor presentation. It clearly articulated the key messages and the investors “got it” right away. I look forward to working with you again. Let me know if you ever need a reference, I’m happy to share all good things about Spoken Impact.
Sara Russick, Director, Russick Group
Our Annual Meeting was a huge success! I delivered one of my best speeches to date. The work with you was truly transformational and I look forward to developing our next talk together.
Marnie Wells, CEO, Camp Fire Minnesota
Our team found the training to be very valuable. We especially like the tools you provided to help us better prepare for new business presentations. In fact, we were selected as the general contractor on a recent project where we applied the principles that we learned during the training.
Chris Zuspann, President, Frerichs Construction
The “Become a More Confident Speaker” program is one of the best workshops I’ve taken in a long time. Really well done.
Katherine M. Curran, Ph.D., President, Resources for Creative Change, Inc.
We had very positive feedback to your sales presentation training. In fact, of all the training we have done, this is the one program that has had the greatest value. After the session we applied the learnings to a big pitch we had coming up and won the project. Looking forward to working with you again.
David Ketcham, Vice President and National Sales Manager, Reliable Property Services
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for a VERY successful training session these past two days. This was one of the most practical and applicable learning events that I have ever attended – the takeaways are invaluable. As instructors, you were more than excellent. I will certainly recommend this class to others.
Joyce Olson, Finance Manager, Valspar Corporation
Thanks for all your help. I got a lot of great feedback about my presentation – that it was very professional and well presented!
Christina Borglund, Product Manager, SPS Commerce
Thanks for your help with our most recent presentation – it made a big difference. Everyone was fully engaged and we received good feedback throughout.
Jeff Stoner, VP – Strategic Accounts & Product Strategy, Data Solutions Inc.
Your Executive Speaking Development program was off the charts. The feedback was on target and very helpful. I especially appreciated all the new tools and concepts that will be very useful. We look forward to having you work with other members of our team in the future.
Brad Boring, Central Area Sales Manager, Sirtex
We have just completed 7 webinars that we felt were fantastic! Thanks for all of your insight, we would not have come close to creating such great webinars without your involvement!
Scott Kieland, Amerpride
The sales presentation training program was amazing! Everyone who participated saw significant improvement in their confidence, delivery and content. Your program was one of the best investments we’ve made in a long time. We are already planning to have you back.
Judy German, Vice President,Chief Marketing Officer, Cachet Financial Solutions
You did a spectacular job preparing our speakers, myself included, for our Customer Council. Thanks again, you are a truly talented professional!
Peter Zaballos, VP Marketing, SPS Commerce
Thanks for playing a key part in the success of our annual sales meeting. Your assistance in my opening speech was very much appreciated and it resulted in a much improved presentation. In addition, the presentation training for the sales team was very well received. We look forward to working with you again.
Betty Kauffman, National Sales Manager – Permeation and Testing Services, Mocon, Inc.
The training was an overwhelming success. The feedback from everyone who participated was extremely positive, but more importantly, they were engaged throughout the program and walked away with more confidence and a better process for communicating to our customers and prospects. Your program was well worth the time and money.
Doug Roberts, CEO, Global Traffic Technologies
We have worked with your organization for a number of years. Over that time, we have received a lot of value from your presentation coaching and training. We especially appreciate that you have taken the time to understand our business and make each program relevant to our needs.
Mike Beddor, CEO, Japs-Olson
The presentation was very well received. They requested a copy after the meeting to share with those that could not be in attendance. Thanks for all your help. It felt good going in with such a high quality presentation. Will call you again when the opportunity presents itself.
Camila Drahn, Account Manager, Express Messenger International
Your training and coaching has been invaluable to our Social Entrepreneur’s Cup finalists. With your help the presentations at our annual conference have been more engaging and compelling. We look forward to working with you again this year.
Brad Brown, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners of Minnesota
My presentation was very well received. You did an excellent job of taking a highly technical topic and turning into a story both researchers and practitioners can understand and find interesting. Not to mention all the great PowerPoint tricks I learned in the process!
Mary Ellen Berger, Business Process Analyst, Winfield Solutions
Land O’Lakes, Inc
What you have done for our participants is fantastic. At the grand prize review board, the judges were universal in their comments that the finalists had delivered great presentations. It was clear that the coaching you provided made a huge impact on the performance of these presenters.
Scott Litman, Co-Founder, Minnesota Cup
The commencement speech you helped me write and rehearse for the Graduate School of Banking was extremely well received. I had countless requests to forward the speech after the talk. One long term board member commented that, ‘this was the best commencement speech I’ve ever heard at the school.’ Thanks for helping make this speech a success and please feel free to use me as a reference.
Brad Meier, President & CEO, First Commercial Bank
The attendees from all the training sessions were unanimous in their evaluations and said that the training was excellent. We are more than happy to be a reference and are looking forward to working again with you in the future.
Juergen Jahn, Global Executive Vice President – Human Resources
Because of our work with you, our clients are getting more out of our training sessions. We have used many of the tools, tricks and techniques that you taught to us to really excel at delivering our message. We look forward to working with you in the future.
Megan Rooney, Environmental, Health, and Safety Division Manager,
What a difference! I wanted to improve my ability to connect and engage with very large audiences (1000+ people). Not only did you greatly increase my impact with large groups, you also gave me very valuable skills for any size audience. Your process was very effective and enjoyable.
Chuck Chapman, Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Queen International
Unbelievable! That’s the impact my presentation had at our annual conference. Your process for building rapport with the audience really worked. You helped me craft a very clear message that people understood and responded to. Call me anytime you need a reference.
Susan Lund, Director – Global Learning and Development, ev3
We’re thrilled with the program. Our group had only positive comments. They felt the program touched on all the issues they struggle with regarding creating and delivering more interesting and effective presentations. Everyone was excited to implement the ideas they learned.
Maryam Peters, Chief Executive for Human Resources, Sebesta Blomberg
I was impressed with the significant improvement I saw in just one day with our group. All their comments about the program were very favorable and the group felt they learned a great deal. We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Jackie McMartin, Group VP of Human Resources, Wagner Spray Tech
I had an opportunity last week to use the PowerPoint you created for us. It was my first solo flight with our presentation and it went fantastic because of the great visuals. Thanks very much.
William Tindall, PhD, RPh,
Professor of Family Medicine, Wright State University
Your presentation coaching was really valuable. Our group responded well to your approach and therefore seemed to really understand the concepts and applied them. By the time we wrapped up our series, the team had gotten better and better. Some presenters were terrific.
Sandy Lien, Customer Experience Team, Deluxe Corporation
I can’t thank you enough for your help. The first comment we received after our presentation was that ours was the best Power Point the group had ever seen. The delivery coaching was also invaluable. This may be the best money the company ever spends. Thanks for your outstanding work.
Paul Knapp, CEO, Rapid Diagnostik
Ever since we engaged Spoken Impact to create our PowerPoint slides, people have been commenting on how great our presentations look. I find the audience is far more engaged because the slides are very visual, interesting and different. Our audience can’t wait to see what is on the next slide. Best of all you are responsive, flexible and great to work with.
Diane Barr, Business Development Director, Travelers Global Insurance
I just received a card from the president of the association, letting me know that from the survey results, I had the highest rated session of the conference! I have been invited back to speak at their next conference in San Francisco. Thank you again for all your help in making my presentation have so much impact.
Jennifer Veesenmeyer, Sr. Marketing Consultant, Evantage
This has been a terrific process. Now I have a really professional and visually dynamic presentation. Without a doubt this has been some of the best money we have invested. My new presentation will carry me far.
Audrey Thomas, President, Organized Audrey
My talk at the Green Bay conference was great. I was very pleased with the reception I received. Thanks so much for guiding me in being able to carry the message in 30 minutes.
Bernie Saunders, Founder, Center for Living Art
The comments from your presentation were excellent, and on behalf of the IIBA board, I want to thank you for doing such a great job for us. The evaluation numbers were stellar, and the verbal comments were complimentary.
Richard Larson, President, Watermark Learning
Your individual coaching sessions and presentation skills training has exceeded my expectations. We’ve had a very favorable response to the entire program. One participant put the learning to work right away with an excellent presentation that helped win a new client. Well worth the time and money.
Robin Carpenter, Managing Partner, Evantage Consulting
Out of 23 speakers, your scores were some of the highest at the 11th Annual MNCPA Management and Business Advisers Conference. You received a lot of great comments. We look forward to having you speak at our 51st Annual Tax Conference.
Karen Griffith, Conference Coordinator, Minnesota Society of CPAs
Going from good to great with my most recent workshop was totally attributed to your helpful suggestions and ideas. The evaluations were raving. Thank You, Thank You!!!!
Diana Gabriel, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach
To say our project with Spoken Impact has been a success thus far would be an understatement. We used an early version of our new presentation at a critical meeting with a prospective new client. I know for certain the presentation itself played a role in us winning the deal. We are absolutely delighted with the results.
Kevin Mitchell, Executive Vice President, OPIN Systems
I was impressed with what I observed and have heard nothing but positive comments about your programs. The PowerPoint training kept a good pace while covering all the topics. The presentation skills session engaged the participants and the content was right on target. The one-on-one reviews are a unique and very effective feature of your program. We look forward to having you back.
Dennis McGreevy, Organization Development Manager, GMAC – RFC
Enjoyable and very productive media planning session. You were very effective in helping us hone the message and guiding us in how to communicate it. Very worthwhile.
Jeff Baumer, VP Sales & Marketing, Powel-MiniMax, Inc.
Thank you for your presentation at Financial Women International. Out of 30 responses, you received 25 Excellent and 5 Good ratings, both on the quality of the speaker and the topic. That is one of the highest rated programs in the last two years.
Lynda Koren, Branch Manager, American Bank
Thanks for making facing one’s fears about public speaking easy. I gained a thorough understanding about how to structure more inspiring and effective speeches and gained many tricks on how to present a better talk. I look forward to working together on future speeches.
Women’s Foundation of MN
Thanks for making facing one’s fears about public speaking easy. I gained a thorough understanding about how to structure more inspiring and effective speeches and gained many tricks on how to present a better talk. I look forward to working together on future speeches.
Lee Roper-Batker, President, Women’s Foundation of MN
Spectacular program. We enjoyed your fun and engaging format and all the examples for how to take our sales presentations to the next level. The group was buzzing with ideas afterwards and ready to make their next presentations more interesting and memorable. In fact, we applied creative presentation ideas we learned and we were able to close a very large contract. We were told afterwards we were selected because our creative presentation held their interest. Your training was a great success.
Mary Niemeyer, Director of Sales, Infinity Broadcasting
I was extremely pleased with my annual sales meeting presentations. Spoken Impact helped me on my keynote address and it was one of my best. More importantly, the talk created the impact with my team that I was looking for. Spoken Impact also created a new PowerPoint presentation detailing our 2005 offerings. The presentation has received lots of compliments for its professionalism and its ‘wow’ factor. Your work is outstanding.
John Poulter, Area Sales Manager-USA, Dupont Crop Protection Products
Your program gave our team a chance to discuss and learn what makes an effective presenter and then practice those skills. Enjoyable format with lots of examples. Spoken Impact’s programs have been super.
Stephen Dupont, Marketing Manager, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP
We can’t wait to use the presentation you created for us on our upcoming sales calls. The process Spoken Impact uses to identify the interests and needs of the audience and then help us create a key message is immensely helpful. Your unique approach to PowerPoint ensures our presentation will be memorable! We’re looking forward to seeing the results after using the new presentation.
Karen and Ed Mason, CEO and President, The Travel Concern
In today’s world where customer service is a lost art, Spoken Impact goes above and beyond with their masterpiece of services, support and expertise. They more than met my needs, they exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend Spoken Impact for a job superbly done.
Sheba Coffey, Publisher, Women’s Business Minnesota
Thanks for the great presentation on networking. We loved your energy and appreciate all the hard work you put into delivering a great program.
Shelby Zavoral, President, Media Communications Association Int’l-MN
You are a real pro to work with and expert at all the elements of a successful presentation. The time with you resulted in a more relaxed and engaging delivery. I’ll be back.
Sima Griffith, Founder & Managing Principal, Aethlon Capital, LLC
Let me say again, how very grateful we are for your contribution to our national sales meeting. We believe your work not only improved our PowerPoint slides, but raised our presentation delivery as well. You did a fantastic job in a stressful atmosphere. You are such a pro — a million thanks.
Ingrid Mattsson, North America Marketing Manager, Uponor USA
My team came back bursting with new ideas and enthusiasm after attending your program. There has been a noticeable improvement in everyone’s delivery and material. Without a doubt, a worthwhile investment in presentation training and coaching.
Nancy Patton, Vice President, US Bank Retail Payment Solutions
Thank you for a great presentation last week! I’ve had very good comments. We hope to have you back again in the future for a more extensive workshop.
Grace Ward, Executive Director, Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
With Spoken Impact’s help we were able to develop and deliver a very effective presentation that ultimately secured an important contract for our firm. This is the second time that I’ve worked with Spoken Impact. Both times we got the business and received very positive comments from all those who attended our presentation.
Bryan Gatzlaff, RSP Architects
Spoken Impact helped us put together a presentation that was very professional and met our needs. There’s no question working with them was worth the money. The presentation has helped us close new business while also providing us with a clear message we can all communicate.
Paul Jennings, Chief Executive Officer, Jennings State Bank & Jennings Home Mortgage
You helped us learn to communicate the essential elements of our message to our audience. I would recommend you to any professionals who are truly interested in improving their presentation skills.
David Bromelkamp, Sr VP, RBC Dain
With Spoken Impact’s guidance, everyone’s presentation at our annual meeting was vastly improved. My keynote address received accolades from all in attendance. You do an excellent job identifying what is important to an audience, how to make the content interesting and coaching us to be dynamic presenters.
Kathleen Phillips, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Fargo Electronics
Our presentation was a smashing success. We are extremely pleased with how well it was received. Your counsel regarding how to make our talk both exciting and inspirational was just what our presentation needed. Thanks for all the help.
Marsha K. Millonig, President, Catalyst Enterprises
The feedback on your course is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone enjoyed the exercises, the opportunities to speak and the methods for putting together more persuasive presentations. The real benefit is the delivery of better presentations by those who attended the program.
Mark Westman, Marketing Director, RSP Architects
Excellent program packed full of useful presentation ideas that we can all use. We especially enjoyed your fun and energetic presentation style.
Ken Stone, VP Programs, Frontline Forum
I wouldn’t change a thing regarding the presentation I gave at the HOW Design Conference. With your help it had all the elements I hoped for. The personal stories, key message and audience activity all helped assure it was a memorable and interesting presentation.
Deb Fiorella, Principal, Franke+Fiorella
Thank you for a great program. You delivered a very educational, informative and enjoyable presentation. The comments from our participants were overwhelmingly positive.
Janice Feinberg, President, Sales & Marketing Executives
Lots of great information on how to present our ideas and be more persuasive. We loved the humorous, “real life” approach with compelling examples of what to do…and what not to do. Your program is a must for business executives.
Dave Sorenson, President, American Marketing Association, MN
Thanks for helping us develop a more compelling business presentation. Our story is now easier to understand and more visually engaging. You do super PowerPoint work.
John Sullivan, CEO, SEI Services
Spoken Impact did a fabulous job. The staff provided excellent quality and quick turn-around! I received numerous compliments on my PowerPoint presentation, including the content and delivery.
Heidi Welsch, Attorney, Welsch Law
Your workshop on Creative Sales Presentations had lots of terrific concepts. I loved the creativity and audience interaction. We have implemented a number of the ideas and received very good reception to the updated presentations.
Sher Van Cleve, Sales Consultant , Professional Litho Inc.
Thank you for your help last week. The presentation went very well at the conference. Hope to work with you in the future.
Dave Montecalvo, Vice President – R&D and Operations, Urologix
With your assistance I delivered a much more visual and attention-holding presentation. All of your help was greatly appreciated.
Mike Stolte, President, Asset Allocation Incorporated
Spoken Impact has a variety of tools to help all speakers sharpen their skills. You were particularly helpful in repositioning an important keynote address to make it more persuasive and powerful.
Dorothy Light, Author, Into the Boardroom
I was satisfied with our sales presentation until I worked with Spoken Impact. With their help we have dramatically improved our sales message and PowerPoint slides. Now our presentation creates enthusiasm and really moves prospects to take the next step towards working with us. What a difference! Many thanks.
Andrew Eklund, CEO, Ciceron
Your services were very much appreciated. Thanks for helping us make our conference a success.
Rick Brimacomb, Partner, Sherpa Partners
Thanks for all your help. Not only did Spoken Impact do a great job helping me construct a professional looking presentation, but you were able to do it in a highly efficient manner with minimal impact to my busy schedule. You guys know what you are doing! I will definitely use your services again in the future.
Dennis Wahr, CEO, Velocimed
My time and investment was well made with Spoken Impact. After working with you, I received the most positive feedback ever, from the audience. Your communication and coaching skills are as good or better than your excellent analytical skills. If you need a reference just have them call me.
Scott Ward, Director of Software Products, Smead Manufacturing
We really like our presentation after working with Spoken Impact. The time and money was well spent.
Karen Arnold, President, Nanocopeia
I really enjoyed the process of working with Spoken Impact. Their feedback and ideas really helped me deliver a more exciting and effective presentation.
Eric Strauss, President, Entrepreneurs for Hire
Spoken Impact understands what it takes to create an effective investment presentation. I would heartily recommend your services. I also found the quality of your presentation and materials to be very high. You are right on target for meeting the needs of investors. Thanks for such a great presentation.
Ed Palmer, President, The Minnesota Entrepreneurs
What a great model for convincing others of your proposals. I had an important meeting immediately following your workshop. I applied what I had learned and successfully pitched a program that was a long shot to a funder. I highly recommend your workshop.
Mary Hartnett, Executive Director,
Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
With Spoken Impact’s presentation help we were able to secure the funding we needed in a very short period of time. We now have a professional presentation with a clear message investors can understand.
Roark Schwagerl, CEO, Gabatan
Spoken Impact helped us quickly communicate a very difficult concept to a lay audience. We now have a tight message we can take to potential investors. I would absolutely use Spoken Impact again for their consulting and PowerPoint services and highly recommend them to those making investment presentations.
John Bjelland, CEO, Information Bionics
Spoken Impact gave a very insightful presentation to our group of CEOs and CFOs. They provided numerous helpful hints for powerful, concise and meaningful pitches and PowerPoint presentations. All too often, presentations are missed opportunities Spoken Impact is the missing link for entrepreneurs to tell their story so that it is heard!
Andy LaFrence, Partner, KPMG
Working with Spoken Impact enabled me to develop a top-notch Board presentation that put into motion the kind of change we need. I was able to accomplish a great deal in a short period of time with your assistance. Your process is very effective and personal. THANK YOU!
Kathy Larson, Executive Director, St. Francis Foundation
Working with Spoken Impact enabled me to strengthen both my presentation content and delivery. I would definitely hire them again.
Mark Summers, CEO, Medmar
I just saw the new PowerPoint presentation that you developed for our client. Excellent! Very powerful and clear presentation. I am very impressed with your work.
Pat Grinde, Principal, Strategic Business Group
You gave our group of CEOs a real education on public speaking and, specifically, presentations to prospective investors. Your company is a valuable, very experienced executive coaching resource I can highly recommend.
Rich Daly, President, CONSATECH
The excellent interactive process of preparing our investor presentation with Spoken Impact was both fun and very productive. The experience and skill of the team at Spoken Impact was valuable in helping us to us to stay focused on the critical components and the result was a presentation that was attractive, informative, concise and effective.
Jonathan Dancing, Partner, Pure Innovations
Your workshop kept our group actively involved throughout. You had effective visual prompts, great questions, and a super sense of humor. The tips were practical and immediately applicable. We’d definitely recommend you to others.
Jane Plihal, Director, University of MN Dept of Family and Children
Thank you for your assistance with our investment presentation. I have had excellent feedback from the attendees. I wanted to send my personal thanks for helping make it special.
Fred Haase, CEO, EduMed
The counsel was enormously helpful.
Crystal Yngve, CFO and Founder, FreightStats.com
Thanks for all your input and help in making our presentation. I don’t know if we could have pulled it all together without Spoken Impact.
Doug Gwost, VP, Triton Systems
Attendees responded very positively to Spoken Impact’s Investment Presentation workshop. We would definitely have Spoken Impact back to conduct the program again.
Pat Dillon, Director, MN Project Innovation
Spoken Impact’s process helped us deliver a more meaningful and successful presentation.
Bruce Volkart, President, Volkart May
Thanks for your fantastic presentation. I’ve shared with a number of people your model for how to make a great presentation. It truly was food for the soul.
Julie Wylie, Eagle’s Flight
You are a dynamic presenter and instructor who not only connects with your audience, but provides them with top-notch content and ample opportunities to expand their own presentation skills. I have thoroughly enjoyed your professional, yet easy going style and would hire you back in a minute.
Sarah Coppok, Program Manager, University of St. Thomas
I used many of the tools you covered in your seminar when preparing for my next speaking engagement. The final presentation went beautifully. Thanks again for a terrific learning experience.
Robin Neidorf, President, Electric Resource
Spoken Impact has a unique ability to quickly understand a complex business and help develop the key message that customers and investors can understand. Their help made all the difference in our ability to give a great presentation to investors at the annual Venture Capital Conference.
Greg Crow, President, Magnum Technologies
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to present to us last night. I had many people come up to me afterward and say that this was great information and you were a great speaker. Someone else said, “Now this is what professional development should be about in our club every meeting.”
Ryan Kanne, Programs, TC Rotary