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Serving hospitals, healthcare and women's groups

Colette Carlson, MA, CSP

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"I can't tell you how grateful I am to you for closing our conference with a bang! From an event planner perspective- you couldn't have been easier to work with. When there's so many details to worry about, knowing a keynote speaker isn't one of them takes a load off my shoulders and also gives me time to enjoy the day that I have put my heart and soul into. You were a hit for sure with many attendees commenting specifically about your humorous address. I think you were able to relate to every woman in the audience - how special is that? Rating the keynotes on a 1-5 (5 being the best), you received a 10!" --
Director of Programs and Events, Worcester Women's Conference

Human Connection Expert, Motivational Speaker

If you are looking for a fun speaker to bring awareness and insight that inspires accountability and action to your attendees, Colette Carlson is the real deal.

As a crowd-pleasing speaker with proven results, Colette’s clients include Boeing, Cisco, Microsoft, New York Life, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble and the United States Government. She serves as Leadership Faculty for Executive Women International and writes a monthly column, “Tactfully Speaking,” published in Business Management Daily. She is a contributing author in Conversations on Success and The Book of Riches. Colette’s work has been featured in Success, Working Mother and Personal Development Magazine, as well as the motivational movies, Pass It On and Riches: 7 Secrets of Wealth You Were Never Told. She has joined just 10 percent of speakers worldwide in earning the coveted Certified Speaking Professional designation through the National Speakers Association. Achieving this credential indicates a proven record of professionalism and success.

With a master’s in Human Behavior and a fascination with communication trends, Colette delivers the latest research letting the facts support the fun. She engages an audience with her energetic style, inspirational anecdotes and quick sense of humor. At the core of Colette’s presentation is her passion for sharing the tools, terminology and techniques that encourage people to excel.

Colette learned her Speak Your Truth message the hard way. She started out a big, fat liar. Literally! Only by telling the truth on herself and admitting her fears did she break through her complacency, lose over 50 pounds, embrace healthy risks and enjoy success.

Colette found the courage to leave the safety net of a monthly paycheck and boldly step into the livelihood of commission-only sales. Working for sales legend Tom Hopkins, she quickly ascended to become the #1 sales producer. Her immediate success led to an opportunity to join sales guru Brian Tracy’s international organization, and shortly thereafter she became a National Sales Trainer for US West.

Knowing that it is more fun to learn through play, than to discover truths the hard way, Colette eases the audience into a heartfelt, humorous look into their own lives, bringing about the self-awareness that begins real change.

Laugh and learn with Colette as you step into the Truth Booth and receive the tools necessary to create positive, long-lasting change.

Laurie is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional, an earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association to recognize demonstrated commitment to the speaking profession through proven platform experience. Less than 10% of speakers worldwide have this designation.
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Laurie is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional, an earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association to recognize demonstrated commitment to the speaking profession through proven platform experience. Less than 10% of speakers worldwide have this designation.
– See more at: and learn with Colette as you step in the Truth Booth and receive the tools to create positive, long-lasting change.

Most Popular Programs:

Stress Less: YOU Management vs. Time Management!

The truth is whether you are in leadership, sales, or the front line you are expected to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying positive and engaged. The reality is we are stressed out, tightly wound, and exhausted trying to meet and exceed expectations. We have the best intentions that seem to go out the window before lunch as we are constantly changing schedules, demands and priorities. Too often lunch gets skipped or inhaled while hunched over our desk. Enough already! Create the focus, energy and mindset necessary to make healthy choices in our 24/7 world. It’s no longer about time management, it’s about YOU management. Get ready to laugh-out-loud and walk away ready to make positive, long-lasting change the next day.

Learn how to:
• Know when to let go or take control
• Train your brain to stay cool, calm and collected in stressful situations
• Eliminate unrealistic expectations and energy vampires
• Beat the stress and temptation of everyday life in healthy ways
• Build a positive mindset to increase mental toughness

The bottom line: Stress kills. Work-life balance is dead. It’s time to face the truth and employ do-able strategies to take back control of your life to gain focus and energy!


The Language of Leadership

Successful leaders understand the nuances in communication that make a big difference when inspiring action and cooperation. Leaders know the power of their words and understand that words alone do not generate trust, allegiance and loyalty. A leader must be authentic and exhibit the behaviors conveyed in their message to maintain respect for their authority. Advance your communication style, increase your credibility, earn respect, and gain support by learning how to:

• Communicate with candor and clarity to guide your team to achieve remarkable results
• Develop phrases that dissolve conflict and inspire cooperation
• Engage, persuade and influence others through strategic storytelling
• Exhibit integrity and build trust when you walk your talk (especially under pressure!)
• Become a human highlighter who champions the accomplishments and strengths of every individual on your team

*Can be customized to your organization’s unique internal culture, challenges and terminology. For example, emphasis can be on the art of effective feedback, customer service-focused phraseology, employee engagement, effective meetings or conflict resolution.


3 Truths Female Leaders Need to Know

Want to be recognized, respected and rewarded in your career? Want to be tapped for your leadership potential? The world seeks more women leaders. Why not enjoy the perks and adventure of being one? Now is the time to take an honest look, access and advance your leadership skills. Join Colette as she delivers the latest research and strategies specific to women in leadership. You will gain the self-awareness and success-skills necessary to become an authentic, credible and confident leader — and laugh out loud along the way. Deliver positive results for your company or organization by learning how to:

• Identify and change communication patterns that limit your influence
• Employ the art of self-promotion to express your success in a manner that gains supporters and censors critics
• Build a persuasive case to back up your ASK for maximum impact

*Truths can be substituted based on your desired goals and program takeaways. Options include:

• Cultivate connections that count: identify, access, and develop strategic relationships
• Give and receive feedback so it lands as a gift
• Increase risk taking and choose to fail forward
• Strategically say no to grow to the next level
• Stay resilient through constant change and challenges


What Does Sex Have To Do With It? The Truth about Gender Selling

The truth is there are small, subtle behavioral differences between the way men and women communicate that create misunderstandings, frustrations and judgments that can cost you the sale. Using humorous examples, research and real case studies, Carlson unlocks the secrets of gender selling to help you present, persuade, and communicate more effectively with the opposite sex. Increase your revenues and customer loyalty by attending this relevant program where you will learn how to:

• Leverage gender selling for maximum understanding and impact
• Build appropriate rapport that creates incredible credibility
• Influence and engage the opposite sex without offending anyone
• Implement specific strategies when selling to couples for an immediate buying
• Stop the simple mistakes each gender makes and win the sale

Why choose this program?

Men: Women earn, spend and influence spending at greater rates than ever before. This market is key to any businesses’ success and one you can’t afford to ignore. Considering that over the next decade women will control two-thirds of consumer wealth, it’s clear that understanding how to engage, persuade and influence female consumers is essential. Already women purchase more than 50% of traditional “male” products – including autos, consumer electronics, and home improvement merchandise. The good news? There are sales skills you can adopt that will assist you in reaching this powerful female demographic.

Women: Increase gender intelligence to best capitalize on your strengths to be seen as an industry expert and solution-oriented adviser.



Stress Less, Laugh & Achieve More!

The truth is healthcare workers today are expected to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying positive and engaged. The reality is we are stressed out, tightly wound and exhausted trying to meet and exceed expectations. In an overworked, frenetic-paced environment like healthcare, we all need to stress less and laugh more.

With a heavy dose of humor, Colette shares her magic prescription to build resiliency, prevent professional burnout and deliver compassionate care. Learn how clear, healthy boundaries and thoughtful choices lead to greater satisfaction and stronger results. Gain strategies to manage expectations, maintain a positive mindset and make healthy choices to lower your stress and increase your joy in both your professional and personal life. You will howl with laughter and walk away inspired to make long-lasting changes after witnessing Colette’s signature, visual close that brings it all home.


3 Simple Steps to Clean, Clear, and Compassionate Communication

In healthcare, communication is critical at every level. From leadership to staff or caregiver to patient, we must modulate what we say and how we say it in order to meet with the right results. Join Colette in a hands-on session that helps you make small changes that can have a big impact in both your work and personal life. Learn how to DEAL with any communication confrontation with confidence and grace using Colette’s proprietary and practical technique. Most importantly, recognize defeating behavior and embrace positive mind, mouth, and motions that allow you to speak your truth and facilitate understanding.


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