Are you flexible? Does it throw you off if things don’t go your way? How do you feel about getting lost? Do you love the adventure or get frustrated by the disruption? Step 4 be flexible as you become Exceptional! As I speak, teach and encourage I know one big key to living a full and exceptional life is being flexible. If you are the presenter or the audience being open & flexible are keys in getting the most out of any presentation.
The Importance of Testimonials
There’s no better business, sales or marketing model that shows a job well done than one that ends in a referral or testimony. I love when I get done speaking and I receive a lead to another speaking opportunity.
I’ve supported a team recently who was starting with a new product, and they went from zero sales to a growing and thriving business because they learned to slow down, build relationships, and care about their clients. They discovered that the sale closed more often when clients got to know the sales team, and knew the sale was the best product for the buyer, not for the person selling. They took time to educate, develop and grow before being worried about closing a sale.
I support others in starting and growing their business but I know for myself the best sales technique is a wonderful, honest testimonial and referral from someone I have worked with who has heard me speak. These testimonials tell others, “you must hire her, she will inspire you,” which they’re giving from a place of first-hand experience.
Below are just a few of the encouraging words I’ve received after speaking:
I had the pleasure of hiring Annie Meehan as a presenter…. The information, resources and videos on Annie’s website (www.anniemeehan.com) indicated she was the type of speaker we were looking for…. From my first conversation with Annie – through her second presentation – she clearly understood our audiences and presented program content that appealed to them. The size of our geographical coverage area is large – so Annie agreed to give two back-to-back presentations in two communities. At the end of both events every evaluation for Annie showed a rating of excellent or very good!
In addition to an energetic, fun and engaging talk, Annie was an active forum participant…. It was obvious that she connected with our clients and enjoyed speaking with them as much as they appreciated the insights she provided.
I highly recommend Annie Meehan as a presenter. The success of our forum was directly related to the quality of her presentation and the valuable message she delivered to our audience of women leaders and entrepreneurs. It was a pleasure to work with Annie and I’m happy to speak with anyone regarding our event and her contributions.
-Meg T. (Women’s Business Center Director at The Entrepreneur Fund)
“What a great morning..the speaker Annie was AMAZING!!”
“This morning was amazing and emotional for me. Loved hearing Annie speak, her talk really hit home with me, I was able to take a lot from it.”
“Annie Meehan is one of the most impactful powerful speakers I have heard in a long time!”
“After hearing Annie Meehan speak I was able to walk away feeling refreshed, loved every minute of that morning.”
“Annie Meehan’s talk was powerful, so motivating and encouraging! She is a powerhouse, a bright light in the room. She has the ability to touch everyone in the room no matter what age. You will definitely walk away wanting to hear more of Annie. She is such a blessing!!”
-Kathryn A. (Executive Director- M.O.M.S. Program)
Inspiring and full of wisdom! Shares her moving life story that causes the listener to make the decision to: change their life through positive thinking and choices or bogging down with the victim mentality.
-Ashley Y. (Executive Director at Northern Lakes Senior Living (Ebenezer))
I was at the ” mandatory” all-staff meeting at Northern Lakes Senior Living in Baxter. When I first heard there was going to be a speaker, I “inwardly” groaned.. …. I am semi-retired and have worked in the Senior Care industry for most of my career…close to 20 yrs…. Your presentation was the first I have attended where I was totally unaware of how long you had been speaking! I did not ONCE look at the clock to see how much longer I had left before I could leave! I found your presentation, the message, the content of it so “real”…. You had been through much the same things in life, if not more, than most, and have come out on the other side with a perspective on life that needs to be shared to help others get through the ups and downs of “this thing called life.”
Thank You for what you do!
Are you more focused on closing a sale or delivering service?
What is the best testimonial or referral someone has given you? What did it lead to?
Have you ever felt driven to leave a testimonial for someone? Did you follow through on that desire?
Annie wants to know! E-mail her at:
Oh, how I love the love: love letters, romantic movies, falling in love, staying in love, brotherly love, and the friendship of deep love.
Don’t you just love the love? On Valentine’s Day I think more people are aware of loneliness than love and it always makes me feel a little sad. All of us make comparisons at times, but it seems on Valentine’s Day many focus more on what’s lacking for them rather than focusing on what they have. Even if they’re in love, someone else’s love looks more fun, more romantic, or more exciting. If they’re single, they focus on disliking Valentine’s Day and feeling bad about what’s missing in their lives.
Today I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and share some love, because everyone can use a little more. My challenge to get you out of your comfort zone is this: share ten Valentines before you go to bed tonight. I’d love to see you make homemade cards or gifts, but you can be creative and do whatever works. While you’re out, hand them to people walking down the street, leave them at someone’s door anonymously, surprise attendees at your next networking event and share a treat there, or buy ten gift cards at the local coffee shop and hand them out as customers come in.
Can you imagine all that could change in a day if we chose to intentionally share love, see people, and make them feel special? If you can’t think of anyone, my inbox is always open. I love receiving love notes. I keep them all and re-read them to motivate me on my long days and weeks.
This Valentine’s Day, share the love with a stranger and make their day! If each of the 4,000 subscribers on my list shared a little extra love this month, we might change the world. Please join me in spreading the love!
Who did you share love with? How did you spread a little love in the world today?
What is your favorite Valentine’s gift?
What is your favorite way to be loved? Is it through touch, conversation, quality time, acts of service, gifts, or words of affirmation?
Annie wants to know! E-mail her at:Annie@AnnieMeehan.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfOuGF_KMVY
Who are you going to Mentor this weeK? Who will Mentor you? Who has been the most influential person in your life? A Coach? Boss? Teacher? Hero? Role Model? A Light on your path? What lesson did they teach you? What have you done with that lesson, do you live it out today? Have you ever sent them a note to say thank you and told them what a difference their influence has made on your life? Can you take a moment this week to write a hand written note to appreciate them? Make it a Marvelous Monday!!
the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution.“he is revered by his employees for his mentorship and problem-solving qualities”
a period of time during which a person receives guidance from a mentor.“a two-year mentorship with an entrepreneur in a tech start-up”
Be Courageous…Step 6 from Be the Exception
When was the last time you felt truly Courageous and took a big risk?
Are you living a mediocre or Courageous life? Are you taking risks and going after the challenging things in life? Personal and professional life can have there share of challenges but if we face them head on and do the the hard work we can find amazing Success and Satisfaction. Are you up for a big goal, a challenge? Are you ready to start your own business or join me on the MS150 ride? Starting a business can be scary but if you are willing to commit to the hard work it can also be very rewarding. What challenge will you be courageous about this week?