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Christine Clifford, CSP



“Thank you for being a world class speaker! You were everything we could have hoped for and more. From our very first contact, your professionalism and warmth were evident, and you showed a genuine interest in what our organization is all about. You took the time to find out as much information as possible about us, and what we wanted you to convey to the audience. From a logistics standpoint, you could not have been easier to work with. We are pleased to give Christine the highest endorsement possible." -- Margie O’Krent, VP Membership, Cancer Center Council

Cancer Club Creator, "Don't Forget to Laugh"

Breast cancer survivor Christine Clifford, is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and founder of  The Cancer Club,  the world’s largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer.

All of us have read or heard stories about people who turn lemons into lemonade. It is not often that we get the privilege of meeting such an individual. Before her bout with breast cancer, Christine Clifford had definitely cracked the “glass ceiling”. By 40, she was Senior Executive Vice President for The SPAR Group, an international marketing firm in New York.

Once the top salesperson in the multi-billion retail services industry, Christine’s accounts included Kmart, Toys ‘R’ Us, Wal-Mart, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon. Taking her company from a million dollar per year loss to over $54 million in sales, Christine signed the largest contract in the history of her industry with Procter & Gamble, doubling the size of her company overnight.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in December of ’94, Christine went on to write eight award-winning, humorous portrayals of her story in books entitled Not Now…I’m Having A No Hair Day! , Our Family Has Cancer, Too!, Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams, Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope & Laughter, and Your Guardian Angel’s Gift.

YOU, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself was released March, 2007 by Warner Books. It has been named a “Notable Book of 2007” by the American Booksellers Association. She also appeared in Masters of Sales (August, 2007).

Her most recent books are: Laugh ‘Til It Heals: Notes from the World’s Funniest Cancer Mailbox and The Clue Phone’s Ringing… It’s for You! Healing Humor for Women Divorcing, (October, 2011).

In 1994, Christine faced a life-changing experience and began her own company, The Cancer Club, the world’s largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer.

Christine is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Survivor’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, and is featured in the books The Courage to Laugh and The Triumph of the Human Spirit: Real Cancer Survivors, Real Battles, Real Victories.

Featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, MORE, Self, American Health, Golf Digest, as well as The Singapore Women’s Weekly and the Hindu in India, CNN Live called her “one of the world’s leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor”. She has also appeared on Lifetime Television Network’s New Attitudes show, and the Leeza Show.

Host of The Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf Tournament, a benefit for breast cancer research, Christine’s inaugural event raised over $100,000, making it the most successful first-year event in the history of the American Cancer Society. Her contribution has been over $1,000,000 and she has received the Council of Excellence Award for income development from the American Cancer Society.

July, 2002 Christine was awarded her “CSP” (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association. The letters “CSP” following a speaker’s name indicate a speaking professional with proven experience who brings a proven track record of experience and expertise. Less than 7% of the 5,000 speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation.

Christine is a member of the Minnesota Speakers Association, the National Speakers Association, the American Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and the National Association of Breast Cancer Organizations.

Christine has two sons: Tim and Brooks and is grandmother to Siberian Husky, Skylar. Christine divides her time between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Bonita Springs, FL.

Most Popular Topics:

Laughter: It’s Good Medicine!

If you are looking for a keynote address that will teach your audience a new way to look at life’s adversities, this is it! Christine’s immediate family has dealt with heart disease, diabetes, dialysis and kidney transplant, hepatitis, chronic depression and drug abuse. Her success stories are powerful and humorous examples of survival in the face of adversity. Don’t forget to laugh!®


An Afternoon of Hope, Laughter & Positive Thinking

Using her world-famous cartoons, stories and audience participation, Christine helps people release their tensions and relax into the moment. With a powerful message of hope and inspiration, Christine reminds us that we can’t always change what has happened to us, but we can change our attitudes. Christine helps individuals rediscover the healing power of humor.


Prescription for a Cure: Laughter

In her immediate family, Christine has dealt with heart disease, diabetes, dialysis, and kidney transplant, hepatitis, chronic depression and drug abuse. Let her customize her presentation for your group’s area of focus. Her success stories are powerful examples of survival in the face of adversity.


Am I Out of Sick Days Yet?

Illness, especially chronic disease, wrecks havoc on employers and the people left back in the office trying to fill the gaps. Christine helps corporations and their employees learn to deal with changes in the office, ways to offer support, and methods to deal with the challenges that occur when a valued employee becomes ill. No down time here!


BUSINESS TOPICS for Healthcare Clients

You, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself

Do you think because you are in healthcare, that you aren’t salesperson? Everyone sells for a living, and in healthcare, you’re not just selling a product – what you are really selling is you. International sales expert Christine Clifford provides a treasure trove of selling and marketing insights that everyone in your organization will benefit from and that will help distinguish you from all your competitors.


Selling the Invisible: Four Keys to Marketing Your Healthcare Organization

What are the four keys to marketing and selling your hospital, service or cause? Price, and what is yours saying about the quality of your service? Brand, and what are you doing to promote yours? Packaging, and can you afford not to take a complete visual inventory of yourself, your company, and your marketing materials? And Relationships: how do you create extraordinary client/patient relationships? Christine Clifford explores these with colorful, humorous real-life examples and years of expertise.


Spinning Ideas Into Action

Ever heard the expression, “He started at the bottom of the totem pole?” Did you know that according to Indian legend, the character at the bottom represents the strength and leadership of the pole? How do you climb up the corporate ladder? By spinning your ideas into action. Whether you are in sales, management, marketing, or human resources, Christine Clifford’s philosophies will inspire and motivate you to get going today!


What Patients Love: Business Development for Healthcare Professionals

Christine Clifford teaches your healthcare organization how to stand out from the crowd and attract more patients/clients. From making a pitch to building a brand, from designing a logo to closing a sale, this program will lead you to the front lines of today’s business battles in the healthcare industry with the ammunition to succeed by doing the little things right and the big things even better.


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