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Colette Carlson

Colette Carlson

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

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Fee Range: 10000-19999, 20000-39999
  • Humorous Motivational Speaker
  • Human Behavior Expert
  • Communication Specialist

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Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc., is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. How to create effective connections, and leverage them for greater success, is the thread woven into every one of Colette’s presentations.

With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, a fascination with communication trends, and extensive experience in the personal development industry for over 20 years, Colette knows the difference between trendy topics and timeless truths when it comes to successful business practices.

Colette is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. In 2017, Colette was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall Fame®, a lifetime award that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.

Her articles have been featured in Success, Business Management Daily, and Working Mother magazines. Clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Cisco, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Great Clips, Davidson Hotels, the United States Government. Laugh out loud while you learn how to form and sustain connections that drive productivity, engagement and collaboration.

Connection Culture: Create a Cohesive Team That Thrives

Your business is only as strong as your people. Workplace culture often lacks connection, empathy, and collaboration – which leads to a toxic environment of unmotivated and under-performing employees. Purposeful, aligned organizational cultures allow individuals to do their best work as they feel safe, seen, heard, and valued. These types of workplace environments honor people, not just profits, which drives loyalty, productivity, and a sense of belonging. This program teaches companies how to create teams that feel psychologically safe, supported, engaged, inspired, and motivated to perform at their highest potential.

Attendees will learn how to:

– Prioritize the human experience to build trust, cooperation, and commitment toward an inclusive workplace

– Effectively communicate who matters, what matters, and why it matters to create meaning and purpose

– Foster an open and honest exchange of feedback, ideas, and insights to support individual and organizational growth

– Make workplace connection a ritual in a distributed workforce to break down silos, deepen relationships, and increase overall employee well-being

– Support the growth and development of the whole person to attain and retain talent

Connected Leader: Drive Positive Change Through Intentional and Impactful Communication

The future of leadership is human. The ability to create a connection that is real, emotional, and personal drives employee motivation, engagement, and outcomes.

Connected leaders, through their own transparency, inclusion, and accountability, create a psychologically-safe environment where individuals feel like they belong and matter – which is key to job satisfaction and mental health.

The demands of new hybrid workplaces require that leaders be compassionate and conscious communicators who can lead change, and influence and impact their teams.

In this engaging, uplifting, and research-based program, leaders will master their ability to communicate and connect on deeper levels by learning how to:

– Strengthen emotional intelligence to maximize impact and influence

– Invest time to grow and develop the whole person to attain and retain talent

– Create intentional rituals to build a healthy, engaged, and committed team

– Learn specific, human-centric conversations that inspire action and cooperation

– Champion the accomplishments and strengths of every individual on your team

– Create a culture of growth where individuals flourish and thrive

Workplace Wellness: Strategies to Build Resilience, Beat Burnout, and Accelerate Performance

Given the volume of change, uncertainty, and relentless pressure in today’s modern workplace, it’s time to take employee health seriously. We need to grow beyond the outdated concept of work-life balance, or that self-care is a day off or a bubble bath. More importantly, we must move past the belief that exhaustion is a requirement of success.

The digital environment collapsed the boundaries between work and home, leaving people juggling opposing demands for time, energy, and attention – while others experience isolation and disconnection. And levels of stress and burnout for every title and role are only intensifying.

Without the strategies and support to manage these situations and emotions, even the most-resilient individuals can experience chronic stress, anxiety, or burnout. When left untreated, these feelings impact motivation, engagement, and productivity.

In this program, Colette shares practical, powerful, science-based strategies to remain resilient, create a healthier workplace; and accelerate performance during the most challenging of circumstances. Attendees will learn how to:

– Control the controllables to preempt worry, stress, and emotional exhaustion

– Implement science-backed steps to master your mindset, increasing mental toughness and emotional regulation

– Reprioritize well-being. The relationship you have with yourself, and how you take care of yourself, affects all your relationships and your work.

– Create healthy boundaries through intentional rituals to stay focused, present, and productive

– Ask for and create the support you need to perform at your best and improve your quality of life

Connected Conversations: Essential Skills to Increase Engagement, Build Trust, and Deepen Relationships

To build relationships that close sales and earn customers, you must first make a connection. In today’s selling environment, where trust has become more fragile, the ability to quickly connect and captivate is paramount. The way in which sales are made today has drastically changed. Salespeople must humanize and customize their communications, show up prepared, and demonstrate empathy to build an emotional connection. In this engaging, research-based program, learn how to adopt the skillset and mindset to cultivate authentic relationships and partnerships that lead to increased sales, repeat customers, and powerful referrals. As a former national sales trainer, who cut her teeth in straight commission sales, Colette will provide practical, actionable strategies to maximize relationships, revenue, and results.

Customized for each audience and their unique objectives, attendees will learn how to:

– Stop transacting and start connecting to build deeper, richer relationships

– Deliver a personal experience in all communications allowing your customer to feel seen, heard, and valued

– Ask deeper, richer questions to identify the customer’s needs and challenges

– Listen empathetically to create a collaborative environment conducive to problem-solving

– Demonstrate value and gain emotional connection through the power of story

– Leverage your physical and digital body language to clearly communicate and build trust

Costco Wholesale
Colette’s infectious spirit, passion for her subject, and humorous delivery engaged the audience which is why we would highly recommend her as a speaker for your next event!”
Great Clips University
“ Colette is an amazing speaker! She did a keynote for 2300 franchise owners, general managers, and managers and a breakout session for 1500 general managers and managers. She did a great job researching our business and sharing stories and examples that the participants could relate to. The participants found her funny and insightful. The vast majority of the participants rated her as Excellent! She was also a delight to work with in planning the conference as well as on-site. I highly recommend Colette as a speaker!”
Texas Roadhouse
“ Colette was a huge hit at our Leadership Series, and people are still talking about it! We were all so impressed by the way she researched and got to know us. As a result, she nailed it, gained immediate credibility and connected with everyone! Colette was knowledgeable, relatable and down to earth... what more could you ask for.”
National Association of School Nurses
“ Your presentation exceeded our expectations as a keynote speaker. The attendees and NASN staff are impressed that you tailored your presentation to school nurses, including your school nursing visuals — the slide of IEP blocks and the props used in the busy nurse skit on stage. Conference participants including school nurses in the health office and school nurse administrators commented to me that you truly understood them and the challenges they face. Your presentation was a fitting conclusion to our conference as you empowered the audience and provided them with insight on how to take action when they return home.”
National Assn. of Women Lawyers 8th General Counsel Institute
“ Colette’s enthusiasm, humor and very practical advice were a huge hit with our group of women General Counsel and senior level in-house counsel. Colette fully committedto our program – spending time with our attendees and other speakers to gain a deep understanding of our challenges and goals. She made sincere personal connections —as a result, her session fit perfectly within our program, and our attendees left energized and better prepared to address the obstacles that impede their success and the success of the organizations they serve.”
“I have been working with guest speakers for company events for over 10 years and Colette was one of the best and easiest we've worked with. She is not only professional to deal with and an exceptionally engaging and funny presenter, she also took the time to research our company and interview some of our people to customize her remarks to our audience. I have found that level of preparation rare in the professional speaking circuit. Colette spoke about becoming a woman leader to a group of our company's women, and the reviews were fantastic. I would strongly recommend Colette!”
Hello Colette, I don't think I've ever enjoyed a keynote speaker as much as I enjoyed you! I was more than impressed by how well you hit the nail on the head with the daily struggles of our positions. Thank you for not only an entertaining presentation but one that left us with a lasting impression and words of wisdom!
Association of Otolaryngology Administrators
“Colette is by far one of the best opening speakers we have had. Congrats to AOA for finding her.”
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