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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: $10,000-$19,999, $20,000-$39,999
  • Humorous Motivational Speaker
  • Human Behavior Expert
  • Communication Specialist

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.

Many Communicate. Few Connect.

The common denominators of the most successful people are the ability to effectively communicate and connect, regardless of the situation or audience.

In a competitive world filled with a global workforce, numerous communication challenges and daily digital distractions, getting your message heard has never been more challenging. Clear, concise communication is no longer enough to get results: connection must be part of the equation. Productivity decreases, collaboration stalls, accountability suffers and conflict and stress escalate when even the simplest of miscommunication occurs. Without connection, these outcomes are only heightened.

Connect and communicate on a deeper level to form crucial relationships that drive productivity, engagement, and collaboration by learning how to:

  • Awaken your personal awareness to foster healthy communication
  • Align your thoughts, words and actions to build trust and increase influence
  • Overcome conflict while maintaining a respectful human connection
  • Become a human highlighter who champions the accomplishments and strengths of every individual on your team
  • Increase rapport and leave a positive, lasting impression with everyone

Why Choose This Program?

  • Research shows that even in highly technical jobs, success is determined more by human behavior, rather than technical expertise. Colette’s programs increase Emotional Intelligence and improve the softer skills inherent to successful communication.
  • Employees stay more engaged in work environments with sincere communication and clear expectations. After attending a program with Colette, your organization will benefit from managers who received the tools to lead and employees who are motivated to succeed.
Up Your Connection Quotient

In order to make a sale and earn a customer, you must first make a connection. Wider and deeper relationships lead to increased sales, repeat business, and powerful referrals.

As a former national sales trainer, who cut her teeth in straight commission sales, Colette will show you how to up your personal connection quotient to maximize relationships, revenue, and results.

Every program is customized for each audience. Some of Colette’s most-requested lessons include:

  • Recognize that connection begins within
  • Focus on opening the dialogue, rather than closing the sale
  • Create a sincere selling mindset
  • Align your thoughts, words, and actions to build trust and confidence
  • Boost your sales team’s productivity, enthusiasm, and bottom line
  • Embrace change in your ever-changing marketplace
  • The power of ASK
The Connected Leader

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. Connection is the glue that keeps relationships, projects, and organizations together.

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
  • Effectively receive feedback from your team
  • 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
​Stress Less: YOU Management vs. Time Management!

The truth is whether you are in leadership, in sales, or on the front line, you are expected to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying positive and connected with colleagues, customers and clients. The reality is we are all stressed out, tightly wound, and exhausted trying to meet and exceed expectations. People have the best intentions that seem to go out the window before lunch as they are constantly changing schedules, demands, and priorities. Enough already! Create the focus, energy, and mindset necessary to make healthy choices and stay connected to those who count.

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.

Customized for every audience and their unique challenges, some of Colette’s most-requested lessons include:

  • Differentiate between time management and YOU management
  • Know when to let go or take control
  • Eliminate unrealistic expectations and energy zappers
  • Beat the stress and temptation of everyday life in healthy ways
  • Build a positive mindset to increase mental toughness
3 Truths Female Leaders Need to Know

The world seeks more women leaders.

Colette delivers the latest research and strategies specific to women in leadership, so they can be recognized, respected, and rewarded in their career. Participants will gain a bigger self-awareness and learn the skills necessary to being a credible and confident leader.

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
  • 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
The New Rules of Virtual Connection (virtual only)

The common denominators of the most successful people are the ability to effectively communicate and connect, regardless of the situation or audience.

In today’s competitive world filled with a global workforce, virtual meetings, numerous communication challenges, and daily digital distractions, getting your message heard has never been more challenging. Clear, concise communication is no longer enough to get results: connection must be part of the equation.

In this virtual presentation, designed for leaders and teams working remotely, Colette provides specific techniques to connect and communicate on a deeper level to form crucial relationships that drive productivity, engagement, and collaboration.

Take Control or Let It Go (virtual only)

Quarantines, travel restrictions, remote work (with children underfoot), isolation, and financial loss all contribute to a feeling of lack of control.

This overwhelming sense can increase stress, worry, and anxiety because you feel you don’t have the proper resources to handle what’s in front of you.

In this virtual presentation, designed for leaders and teams working remotely, Colette provides strategies to eliminate pressure and panic by learning how to take control or let things go.

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.”
ULTIMATE SOFTWARE
“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!”
SCENT
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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