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Volume 1, Issue 26
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This week, so many of us here in America are contemplating what we are thankful for. My big list is probably a lot like yours and includes loved ones, health, community, work I love, enough food to eat, and a warm place to call home.

This morning, I’m really savoring how lucky we are here at SPEAK! to help so many business owners through the work we do.

The franchise community welcomed us whole-heartedly six years ago and some of our dearest friends are both customers and strategic partners who share our vision of helping franchisees succeed.  

So today, I’m sending out a great big THANK YOU for your business, your friendship and your ongoing support. We love this community and are deeply grateful to be part of it.

Now a little gift for you…

When I started to write this week’s post, I got to thinking about GRATITUDE and what that means.


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I ended up on a Google treasure hunt for the meaning of GRATITUDE and found several delicious tidbits to share.  

Here they are, “Katrina’s Top Five GRATITUDE Links” for the day:

1.     Why Gratitude Works, by Christine Carter, PHD, of the Greater Good Science Center in Berkley, CA

2.     Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

3.     Gratitude Expert Robert Emmon’s new book, Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

Here’s an excerpt:

“This the paradox of gratitude: although the evidence is clear that cultivating gratitude in our life and in our attitude to life allows us to flourish, it can be difficult to accomplish. Developing and sustaining a grateful outlook on life is easier said than done because the choice for gratitude rarely comes without some real effort.  We can put the science of gratitude to work for us, however. A number of evidence-based strategies, including self-guided journaling, reflective thinking, letter writing, and gratitude visits have shown to be effective in creating sustainable gratefulness. You will find the each time you make the choice for gratitude; the next choice will be a little easier, a little more automatic, a little freer. In doing so, we open ourselves up to the limitless possibilities for a fullness that life has to offer us.”

4.     Love this image from www.gratefulness.org


5.     And finally a quote from a great collection found on the Huffington Post

“Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” — Tony Robbins


I hope you enjoy these links as much as I enjoyed finding, compiling and sharing them with you!


More soon…



Katrina Mitchell

Chief Match Maker
Franchise Speakers That Deliver!
We know the Franchise World. It’s all we do.

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Published on Friday, November 27, 2013


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“Working with SPEAK! was a great experience from start to finish. We made a last minute decision to bring in an outside speaker for our Area Developer Retreat and Katrina and her team found us the perfect match. SPEAK! anticipated every detail and the entire process was fabulously smooth and easy. Overall working with SPEAK! was an awesome experience and we’ll absolutely continue to make SPEAK! our first call for future events.”


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“Working with SPEAK! was a great experience from start to finish. Katrina and her team went above and beyond in helping us find the right speakers and entertainers for our annual franchise convention. The relationship was fantastic – easy and stress-free just as SPEAK! promises! From bringing us speaker options that fit our content objectives and our budget to tracking all the logistical details for our speakers, the SPEAK! team nailed it. Our franchisees enthusiastically and repeatedly have been telling us this was by far, the very best convention they have ever had and having SPEAK!’s help was a big part of our overall success. We will continue to work with SPEAK! for any future speaker, trainer, emcee or entertainer needs.”


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“We recently worked with SPEAK! to find the right speaker for our annual convention and what a great experience. Katrina and her team helped us find just the right speaker to deliver a truly inspiring message on teamwork. Though we have an excellent convention management process in place that has served us very well over the years, adding SPEAK!’s services to our convention team to manage the speaker portion was a great asset. We look forward to continuing to work with SPEAK! for any of our upcoming speaker needs.”

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“SPEAK! helped us find the perfect speakers for the annual Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit. Katrina took the time to really understand our attendees and made her recommendations based on the event culture and our learning objectives. SPEAK! knocked it out of the park for us and my only concern, is Katrina, how are you going to beat this next year!? Overall an outstanding experience. If you are a franchisor looking for franchise-savvy outside talent to support your franchisees, SPEAK! should be your first call.”

Brian Schnell, Partner
Faegre Baker Daniels



“We just had, by far, the very best convention speaker we have ever had and you made it possible. I cannot think of a single thing I would change in my experience of working with you and your team. You delivered everything as promised, you were consistently prepared and most importantly we felt well cared for with your proactive communication and follow-up. This is the first time we have ever worked with any outside organization to help us with our speakers and you absolutely knocked it out of the park. You have earned a customer for life!”

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“This is the 3rd year in a row we have counted on SPEAK! to help us find the right speaker for our annual sales meeting. And as always, working with Katrina and the SPEAK! team was PERFECT! I just love that we can completely turn the speaker portion of our event over to SPEAK! and know that everything is taken care of. I appreciate the care that SPEAK! takes to understand what we have set out to accomplish for the event and matches us with the perfect speaker. SPEAK! makes it so EASY!”


Amy Tolley, Marketing & Sales Communications Manager, Event Planner
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“SPEAK! surpassed our expectations and made the process of finding the perfect dinner speaker incredibly easy. Katrina listened carefully to what we wanted to accomplish, responded with three really appropriate choices that fit our needs perfectly, provided us with concise information and clips to review for each of the three choices and scheduled an interview with our final candidate to be sure we were completely comfortable before going to contract. Our past experience with bureaus has not been all that great and I was delighted with how proactive, responsive and relaxed the experience of working with Katrina felt – not pushy in any way!  What was really impressive about our experience working with SPEAK! is that we had less than three weeks to find the right speaker.  Katrina did a great job of responding, guiding, recommending and proactively coordinating the process. We couldn’t be more pleased with our experience and I’d highly recommend Katrina and her team at SPEAK! to any franchise company looking for speakers, trainers, or entertainers. This was an OUTSTANDING experience!”


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Fantastic Sams Hair Salons



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