Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE

Franchise Motivational Speaker and Master of Ceremonies

Franchise Motivational Speaker, Master of Ceremonies…and So Much More!

Connie shows franchises how to LEVERAGE their biggest asset and turn it into millions…..of dollars, customers, ideas and fans….with substance, humor, style and pizazz.

Clients Include:

  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Hilton Hotels
  • RE/MAX International

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Speaker Bio

Connie Podesta is a game-changing, sales-generating, revenue-building, leadership-developing ball of fire whose rare blend of humor, substance, engaging personality and unique delivery style creates an unforgettable StandOut experience that has her audiences buzzing long after she leaves the stage.  Definitely NOT your typical rah-rah motivational speaker. The numbers tell the tale: 25 yearsTwo million people. 1,000 organizations. Seven books. Zero boring power point presentations. Thousands of incredible, interactive presentations. Ten million American Airlines miles. Six pounds to lose (which is harder than getting the 10 million miles!)

An award winning author, her latest Ten Ways to StandOut from the Crowd won a gold medal for “Best Business Book of the Year.” Former Radio/TV personality. Experienced in Human Resources, Human Relations, Sales, Marketing, and Staff Development. Licensed Therapist for 30 years. An expert on the psychology of sales, leadership, change, and, basically, getting your act together!  Plus, what we all probably need in today’s crazy, 24/7 world… she’s laugh-out-loud funny!

Combine all of that with her diverse entertainment background in comedy, theater, media, and toss in a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Human Behavior and you’ve completed the Connie picture. There you have it… a speaker that’s ready and able to tackle some of the toughest business issues facing organizations today. And she does it with class, wit, and style.

Connie’s niche is people and her brand is Connie Podesta. She is right at home speaking to all industries and very diverse audiences: corporate, real estate, franchises, insurance, real estate, direct sales, finance, retail… just to name a few. She has what it takes to get people in all walks of life to pull together, defy limited thinking, challenge the status quo, let go of excuses, and out-perform the competition.

Note: There’s no one quite like Connie. But then again, there’s no one quite like your audience either! What a perfect fit.

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  Fee Range: $20,000

“AWESOME! You were a great Master of Ceremonies. Your professionalism punctuality, ability to keep things on time, running smoothly, adjust on a moment’s notice and rally the crowds...was truly AMAZING! Plus, your unbelievable live auction skills allowed us to raise $40K for our charity, Muscular Dystrophy Association, in just 90 minutes. – 7-Eleven”

Program Information

Understanding People (Including Yourself) Like Never Before! 

Difficult people?  No problem!  Manipulation?  Won’t work anymore!  Connie Podesta is fearless when it comes to helping people understand people—especially the ones that drive us crazy.   If your goal is to develop quality relationships that will impact your team’s ability to…Learn. Connect.  Network.  Lead. Sell. Produce. Enjoy life. Stay healthy.  Experience success. Then you’ve come to the right place.  Connie is the #1 Standout Relationship Speaker of choice for franchise systems serious about leveraging their best and strongest asset — their PEOPLE. 

Good relationships are: 

  • More about win-win, than about always getting your own way.
  • More about being willing to have honest conversations, than keeping score and holding grudges.
  • More about being open to other opinions, than about always being right.
  • More about respecting others’ differences, than about being annoyed and irritated.
  • More about concentrating on changing what you can about yourself, than about trying to change others.
  • More about realizing there are always two sides, rather than believing everything you hear.
  • More about helping, mentoring and coaching, than about fixing, rescuing and enabling.

Award-winning author, comedienne and expert in the psychology of human behavior,  Connie Podesta has shared her fearless life strategies and helped more than two million people figure out how to get along better.  Book Connie and get ready to “decode” the mysteries of what makes people tick and get right inside the minds of every type of personality so you and your franchise can be winners in the relationship game.

Connie customizes every talk to integrate your company’s culture, goals and message.  There’s no one better for creating an event that has people on the edge of their seat, engaged, entertained and eager to adopt positive, powerful change into their career and lives.

Managing Change Like Never Before! 

Status quo?  Move over!  Change?  Bring it on!  Connie Podesta is fearless when it comes to helping Franchises successfully maneuver through change—without going insane!  If your goal is to create a team that understands that their ability to adapt to change quickly and effectively will determine their future and the future of your franchise, then you’ve come to the right place.   Connie is the #1 Standout Change Speaker of choice for franchise systems who are serious about integrating change, being relevant and increasing their competitive edge. 

Managing Change is… 

  1. More about staying ahead of the game rather than simply staying in the game.
  2. More about embracing new ideas than fighting for the status quo.
  3. More about leveraging technology, including social media so you can communicate the way OTHERS want – not just the way that’s comfortable for you.
  4. More about living FOR the future, rather than FIGHTING to stay in the past.
  5. More about taking risks and being creative, than playing it safe and watching from the sidelines.
  6. More about understanding that change is not an option, but an asset. 

Award-winning author and motivational business speaker, Connie Podesta uses her tell-it-like-it-is personality, laugh-out-loud humor and right on target strategies to help your franchise successfully manage change. Book Connie Podesta and get ready to have a team ready and willing to seek solutions, take risks, and stay relevant so they can be an active part in helping your franchise out-think and out-perform the competition. 

Connie customizes every talk to integrate your company’s culture, goals and message.  There’s no one better for creating an event that has people on the edge of their seat, engaged, entertained and eager to adopt positive, powerful change into their career and lives.

Sales Strategies Like You’ve Never Heard Before!               

Tough economy?  No problem!  Competition?  Move over! Connie Podesta is fearless when it comes to taking franchise sales to a whole new level.  And don’t even try to use the economy, territory, or price as excuses.  If your goal is to increase sales and “own” the franchise market, then you have definitely come to the right place.  Connie Podesta is the #1 Standout Sales Speaker of choice for franchise systems who are seriously interested in going right smack inside the mind of today’s new breed of customer. Bargain-hunting. Internet Savvy.  Indecisive.  And very selective!

Great Sales is… 

  • More about the ability to connect with PEOPLE in a positive way than it is about product, price or service. 
  • More about influence than pressure.
  • More about relationships than convenience.
  • More about fulfilling a promise than simply closing a deal.
  • More about listening to what the customer needs than talking about what YOU want.
  • More about sharing and consulting than scripted dialogues and canned responses. 

With a rare blend of substance, style, killer sales strategies and laugh-out-loud humor, award winning author and motivational speaker Connie Podesta shares amazing insight into the mind of both the buyer and the salesperson.  Book Connie and get ready to increase market share, grow your business, develop long-term customers and…blow the roof off of sales done the “old” way! 

Connie customizes every talk to integrate your company’s culture, goals and message.  There’s no one better for creating an event that has people on the edge of their seat, engaged, entertained and eager to adopt positive, powerful change into their career and lives.

Leadership Strategies Like You’ve Never Experienced Before! 

Problems?  Turn them into solutions!  Respect?  That’s where the power is!  Influence?  It’s the name of the game! Connie is fearless when it comes to taking franchise leadership to a whole new level.  If your goal is to increase the power and influence of each person in your business so they can lead others to success, then you have come to the right place.  Connie is the #1 Standout Leadership Speaker of choice by franchise systems who are seriously interested in leveraging their biggest asset:  their PEOPLE and creating influential leaders others would choose to follow.

Successful leadership is: 

  • More about “empowering” people than “managing” people.
  • More about charging people up than being in charge.
  • More about TAKING ACTION and making good choices for the “long-term” than REACTING and putting out fires for the short term.
  • More about mentoring, teaching, and coaching than barking orders and giving negative feedback.
  • More about being the person others would choose to follow out of respect than using fear and intimidation to get the job done.
  • More about SERVICE than wielding power.

With her comedic wit and trademark no-nonsense style, award winning author and leadership speaker Connie Podesta is known worldwide for helping FRANCHISE leaders create teams that are healthy, happy, motivated, productive and proud to represent their franchise, their product and their brand. Book Connie and get ready to go straight inside the minds of most common leadership styles and see which one fits you to a tee and which one would be YOUR first choice to follow and respect.

Connie customizes every talk to integrate your company’s culture, goals and message.  There’s no one better for creating an event that has people on the edge of their seat, engaged, entertained and eager to adopt positive, powerful change into their career and lives.

STAND OUT Teamwork Strategies Like You’ve Never Heard Before! 

Ego?  Move over!  The blame game?  Not for you!  Connie Podesta is fearless when it comes to taking  franchise teams to a whole new level.  If your goal is to create a team of people who work together, laugh together, help one another, communicate openly and honestly, and respect one another, then you’ve come to the right place.  Connie Podesta is the #1 Standout Team Building Speaker of choice by franchise systems who are seriously interested in leveraging their biggest asset:  their people!  Teams that work will allow you to out-perform, out-sell, and out-think the competition.  Teams that don’t work weaken morale, production, profitability and will send customers running to the nearest competitor.

Great teams are:

  • More about people talking to each other, not about each other.
  • More about mutual respect than individual ego.
  • More about what’s best for the team, rather than what’s best for themselves.
  • More about “owning” their job, not just “doing” their job.
  • More about individual responsibility and accountability, than about blaming and making excuses.
  • More about privilege and hard work, than entitlement and complacency.
  • More about exceeding expectations than about simply meeting expectations.
  • More about creating a happy, healthy, trusting workplace, than about creating chaos and conflict. 

With power-packed insights, laugh-out-loud humor, and a tell-it-like-it-is personality, award winning author and motivational speaker Connie Podesta will definitely shake things up—in a good way.  Book Connie today and she will help you take your team from ‘business as usual’ to the “sky’s the limit!” 

Connie customizes every talk to integrate your company’s culture, goals and message.  There’s no one better for creating an event that has people on the edge of their seat, engaged, entertained and eager to adopt positive, powerful change into their career and lives.  

Customer Service Solutions Like You’ve Never Heard Before! 

Demanding customers?  No problem! Tired customers?  Let us take care of you for a change! Connie Podesta is fearless when it comes to delivering “Rock-Your-World” franchise customer service. If your goal is to have customers who absolutely RAVE about you to everyone they know, then you’ve come to the right place. Connie Podesta is the #1 Standout Customer Service Speaker of choice for franchise systems who are seriously interested in being the talk of the town by raving fans. 

Great customer service is:

  • More about listening to what customers are not saying, than what they are saying.
  • More about feeling confident that you can handle whatever happens, than expecting things to go wrong.
  • More about the ability to “play the part” of a happy, courteous person on a bad day, than bringing your problems to the table.
  • More about seeing the big picture: if the customers don’t come back—YOU don’t have a job!, than always having to be right.
  • More about learning how to handle difficult people so you can take positive ACTION, rather than REACTING before thinking it through.
  • More about the relationship than about the product or price.
  • More about how you view yourself than how you view the customer. 

Expert in the psychology of human behavior, and award-winning author and motivational speaker, Connie Podesta uses laugh-out-loud humor, great insights and a captivating personality to literally take you into the mind of the customer.  Imagine how much easier your job would be if you understood why people say what they say and do what they do.  Book Connie today so she can help you lead the way in your market area—with a continuously building fan club of customers in your corner. 

Connie customizes every talk to integrate your company’s culture, goals and message.  There’s no one better for creating an event that has people on the edge of their seat, engaged, entertained and eager to adopt positive, powerful change into their career and lives.

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Sample Client List

  • A&W Root Beer
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • NW KFC
  • Papa John’s International
  • Race Trac
  • 7-11
  • Subway
  • Coldwell Banker
  • RE/MAX International
  • Century 21
  • Massage Heights
  • Goddard Systems
  • Coram