SPEAK! supported us in finding the perfect speaker for our annual franchise convention and it was a great experience from start to finish. They provided a targeted selection of speaker options that were a perfect fit for the timing of the session, our system culture and the message we wanted delivered. The speaker we chose was prepared, easy to work with and delivered a memorable and engaging message. I cannot think of one thing that SPEAK! could have done to improve their service and we look forward to working with them again – soon!
–- Gloria Stock-Mickelson, Travel Leaders Franchise Group
Director of Training & Education
We love SPEAK!’s franchise conference tips and tools that they send out in their Kwik Clips newsletter. I save all them all in my ‘conference folder’ and they’ve really helped me pull together all the details for a successful event and I deeply appreciate that. If you are a franchisor planning an event for your system and you are not getting these tips, you should sign up quick or should I say ‘Kwik’!
–Marina Leos, Pita Pit Canada
Director of Special Projects
Working with SPEAK! is an absolute pleasure in every way. They listen carefully and provide the perfect solutions to meet our learning objectives, timing and budget. We consider Katrina and the entire SPEAK! team a valued partner in helping us help our franchisees succeed. If you are a franchisor and are not working with SPEAK!, you should be!
–Heather Lane, FOCUS Brands
VP of Training & Development
SPEAK!’s expertise really shines through. For the third year in a row, we put our trust in Katrina’s knowledge of great franchise speakers and successful franchise conventions. That expertise coupled with her knowledge and understanding of our culture and our brand really paid off. I can’t think of anything they could have done better!
–Rob Weddle, The Cleaning Authority
Working with SPEAK! was great. Their organized process made the relationship between our team and our speaker totally seamless; in fact, I can’t think of a thing I would change! SPEAK! was proactive and totally on top of all the details with the communication was always flowing. These folks really have it together!
–Jimmy Shewchuk, Host Edmonton
Manager of Hospitality
When I make an investment in a speaker, we get one shot; it’s a sizable investment in what could be a HUGE miss. As it turns out, working with SPEAK! was one of the best decision of my professional career! Katrina’s guidance and expertise took the guesswork out of the process, and ensured that my investment was a HUGE HIT instead. The value the speakers brought to the conference was incredible. Almost all of our franchisees came up to us and said, “This is by far the best conference we have ever had!” and they are a pretty discerning bunch. There isn’t anything SPEAK! could have done better – and we’re already looking forward to working with them next year!
–Allan Young, ShelfGenie Franchise Systems, LLC
SPEAK! has helped us hit a home run with our annual franchise Reunion speakers three years in a row! They helped me move quickly to find the perfect speaker and kept us on track through the entire process. We rely on SPEAK! as a trusted partner in helping us create a great experience for our franchisees and I really appreciate that we don’t have to worry about the speaker element of our event in any way – from overall fit, to preparedness, to seamless management of the logistical details, SPEAK! nails it for us every time!
–Alex Bingham, The Little Gym International
Senior VP Operations
SPEAK! is a joy to work with. We had an event to put together very quickly, and SPEAK! was right on point, with fabulous attention to detail. Katrina’s concern, not with just finding us a speaker, but finding the RIGHT speaker for our culture, made all the difference in really connecting with our franchisees. I can’t think of anything they could have done better!
–Kara Bowen, Honey Dew Donuts
SPEAK! is a fantastic resource for any franchise group looking for speakers and trainers. In the past, I have spent many, many hours looking for the right speaker to address our franchisees. This year, with SPEAK!’s expert guidance, we invested a fraction of the time and came up with an truly exceptional speaker. I couldn’t be more pleased and look forward to using SPEAK! as a valued resource for future events.
–Cam Inglis, Marble Slab Creamery, Canada
Working with SPEAK! was, in a word – PERFECT! The process was organized, simple and clean. The speakers they provided were exactly the kind of professionals we were looking for and had the credibility we needed to connect with our franchisees . They listened, and brought exactly what we wanted to this conference. I never worried for a moment about the impact and success of these breakout sessions.
–Alicia Cowell, CK Franchising, Inc./Comfort Keepers
Director of Learning & Development
SPEAK! helped us quickly find a great speaker for one of our two main franchise conferences. The SPEAK! representatives were easy and fun to work with. We look forward to working with the SPEAK! team to provide our franchise system with quality learning delivered by great speakers in the future.
–Becky Seiler, BrightStar Franchising, LLC
Manager of Learning & Development & Events
We contacted SPEAK! to help us find the right sales trainer for our semi-annual sales meeting with a very short time frame and Wow! – did they ever come through! I loved how fast they responded and from our first outreach, to receiving 3 great options, to final selection and contract, they helped up turn the entire process around in just a few days. Katrina and her team really delivered just what we were looking for and made the process fast, easy and fun. I’d highly recommend SPEAK! to any franchisor looking for trainers or speakers to support home office teams, franchisees or front-line staff. This was a great experience!
–David Lewis, Express Employment
Vice President of Franchising
SPEAK! made finding the perfect speaker for our annual Spring Meeting SO EASY! Katrina listened to what we wanted to accomplish and quickly presented us with the perfect options to choose from. I felt confident from the start that we would have a first-rate speaker to really support both our franchisees and our vendor partners. As a conference planner with so many details to manage, I loved SPEAK!’s proactive checklist and timeline — logistically, they were amazing to work with. The entire experience couldn’t have been easier nor produced better results and I’d recommend Katrina and her team at SPEAK! to any franchise company looking for outside talent!
–Karen Cady, FranNet
Conference & Event Director
We worked with SPEAK! to find the right keynote speakers for our recent franchise convention and loved how easy they made the process for us. I very much appreciate that the speakers they helped us secure understood franchising, were easy to work with and did their homework to genuinely connect with our franchisees. We look forward to working with Katrina and her team for our next event!
–Adam Stiles, City Wide Franchise Co.
Director of Operations & Support
We love working with SPEAK! They made it all so easy and we really appreciate how they helped us manage the speaker process with their proactive systems. We have already started working with them to find another great speaker for 2015 and we just finished our 2014 event!
–Lynn Chapman, Showhomes Franchise Corporation
Regional Director of Field Operations & Event Manager
Katrina Mitchell, CEO & Chief Match Maker at SPEAK! Franchise Speakers Bureau is knowledgeable and easy to work with. She listens, analyzes, and then presents truly workable solutions. If you have an event on the horizon then I strongly suggest you have a conversation about it with Katrina. She can provide just the right speaker to make your meeting a helpful and memorable moment.
–Tom Yuhas, Sparkle Wash International
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.
–Karen Halman, Liberty Tax Service
Director of Training
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.
–Chris Buitron, Senior Helpers Franchising
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.
–Brian Spindel, PostNet
President & COO
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, Faegre Baker Daniels
Selecting our keynote for this year was a challenging process. As a result of some exciting new initiatives, we changed directions several times in planning our convention and Katrina and her team never missed a beat. She continued to work with us every step of the way and ultimately helped us select the very best speaker possible! This year, we used SPEAK!’s services in a new way by having Katrina research specific speakers we were interested in, check their references and manage all the negotiations and details on our behalf. I love how easy she makes it for us and appreciate being able to hand the speaker portion of our annual convention off to someone I trust. This is the 4th year in a row we have worked with Katrina and her team at SPEAK! and I would never consider looking for a speaker or trainer without Katrina’s support and expertise backing us up!
Director of Training and Events
This is the second consecutive convention that we have used SPEAK! to help us with our keynote speaker and once again, Katrina and her team did a great job. They are easy to work with, their attention to detail is timely and they are extremely professional. We consider SPEAK! a valued partner in helping us create a successful franchise convention.
–Bill Sims, Steamatic
I really appreciated working with SPEAK! to help us find the right convention speaker. Katrina was very easy to work with, engaging, and friendly and being new to this role, I really appreciated her guidance and professionalism. We are already talking about what we want to accomplish for our 2013 event!
–Beth Riefert, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Inc.
Franchise Development Coordinator & Event Manager
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!
–Bob Bingham, The little Gym International
President & CEO
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!
–Cindy Gaudette, Fantastic Sams Hair Salons
Project Manager, Franchise Sales
I contacted SPEAK! to help us find the right speaker for a gathering of our field support team. We wanted a speaker who understood franchising and could really help our Business Consultants work more effectively with their Broker Owners. Katrina listened carefully, asked the right questions and ultimately recommended the perfect speaker. She and her team made the entire process easy from beginning to end. We had a great experience working with SPEAK! and will be utilizing their great service for future events!
–Paula Young, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC
Trying to find just the right person with the right message to address our franchisees can be stressful. Katrina makes it easy and stress-free and for the second year in a row has helped us hit a homerun. I think any franchise system looking for the right speaker should make SPEAK! their first call. Thanks for helping us make this year’s event the best conference we’ve ever had!
–Paul Erwin, Pita Pit
VP of Administration
I cannot think of a single thing that I would change about working with SPEAK! Katrina dug into what we wanted to accomplish at the event, thoroughly researched speaker options for us, and came up with several really appropriate recommendations. If I had to use one word to describe our experience working with SPEAK! it would be ‘EASY’! And in our world of planning and managing a large volume of franchise events, it doesn’t get better than that! If you need a speaker for your franchise conference, SPEAK! is the perfect resource.
–Rose Shifflet, Plan Ahead Events Tampa Bay
Founder & CEO
One word to describe working with SPEAK! – “EASY.” If you are in franchising and looking for expert guidance on how to find just the right speaker, Katrina should be your first call!
–Brian Sanders, i9 Sports
President & CEO
Working with SPEAK! was a 5 Star experience all the way around. From the first call to identify what we wanted to deliver to our franchisees, through tracking the myriad details involved in bringing an outside speaker in, SPEAK! was the perfect partner. Thanks Katrina for your great work and perfect recommendation!
–Greg Archer, Age Advantage
SPEAK! recently helped us find the perfect entertainer for our annual meeting. We especially appreciated the flexible options that Katrina offered for our group. She worked hard to find just the right fit and her recommendation was perfect. SPEAK! was easy to work with in every way and we very much appreciate having an event partner who really understands franchising and how to match just the right speakers!
–Kristi Keith, VP Marketing Communications and Amy Kuhn, VP Administrative Services/Conventions, National Association Management Group
We absolutely loved working with SPEAK! to find the perfect match for our annual franchisee convention. Katrina really dug into what we were looking to accomplish and quickly provided a short list of speaker options, with a strong recommendation of who she thought would be the best fit. And WOW was she ever right! I love having SPEAK! as a trusted resource whenever we are looking for outside talent. Katrina understands franchising and really does make the speaker selection process “fun, easy and stress free”. I highly recommend SPEAK!’s services to any franchisor looking for an outside speaker!
–Debbie Lefever, PuroSystems
Administration and Conference Planning
Working with SPEAK! to find the right customer service speaker for our recent annual franchisee convention was all around a great experience. They were thorough, efficient, timely and consistent in their follow up. Katrina and her team promise to make the speaker portion of a franchise event easy and stress free and I can say that was certainly our experience. We look forward to continuing to use SPEAK! any time we need a speaker or trainer to support our system!
–Martin Ferrill, Soft Pretzel Franchise Systems, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer
SPEAK! is a resource that every franchise system needs to know about! When I first contacted Katrina and her team to help find the right speaker for a recent franchisee meeting, it was immediately clear that SPEAK! understands franchising. Following a brief conversation, Katrina recommended Troy Hazard to help us achieve our desired outcomes for the meeting. I was completely confident in her recommendation and the end result was Troy knocked it out of the park for us in every way! SPEAK! was extremely efficient and even tenacious in helping us pull together all the necessary details in a very short period of time. I very much appreciate having such a valuable event partner and look forward to continuing to work with Katrina and SPEAK! for all future meetings – both live and remote!
–Ted Marlowe, 1-800-Flowers
Vice President, Retail & Advertising
We reached out to SPEAK! to help us find the right franchise speaker for our annual meeting. Katrina and her team worked diligently to help match us with the perfect speaker to inspire, educate and motivate our franchisees. The thing that impressed me the most about Katrina was her willingness to listen to what we were trying to accomplish and match a speaker with our specific needs. Her understanding of franchising and what we were hoping to accomplish was evident from our very first call. SPEAK! made the process easy and took all the stress and worry away. From our first call with Troy Hazard, it was clear that Katrina had found us a perfect match. Working with Katrina was an absolute pleasure – her attention to detail and genuine concern for our success was evident every step of the way. I can’t imagine every running an event without her help. If you are a franchisor looking for just the right speaker, SPEAK! should be your first and only call!
–Roger Murphy, Murphy Business & Financial Corporation
CEO & Founder
Our production partner, UME Productions recommended we work with SPEAK! to find just the right speaker for our annual franchisee convention. After determining our objectives, SPEAK! recommended T. Scott Gross and he was absolutely a perfect fit! His session on Positively Outrageous Customer Service really resonated with our franchisees. Not only was his content spot on for what we wanted to achieve, Scott was a great cultural fit for our organization and our franchisees really connected with him. SPEAK! helped us hit a home run and made it easy, every step of the way. We look forward to working with SPEAK! on future events!
–Shannon H., Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
Katrina Mitchell is a pleasure to work with from start to finish. I have never met an individual who listens so well to a potential client’s wants and needs. After the first 10 minutes of our conversation, she was asking all the right questions to dig deeper into our needs for our annual conference. Her knack for listening and then providing a plethora of options was astounding. The speakers she offered to us were exactly the type of people we were looking for. Katrina was able to pinpoint all of the details from our initial conversation to offer multiple and also perfect choices to fulfill our requirements. When you need to find the proper speaker, Katrina is the right person to work with first!
–Julie Rhodes,Young Rembrandts Franchise, Inc.
Director of Technology & Annual Conference Project Manager
SPEAK! has been our one-stop resource for an outstanding selection of dynamic speakers who really understand franchising. Katrina and her team have consistently over delivered in helping us develop the right topics, customer service, pre-program research and dynamic platform skills. We love working with SPEAK! and look forward to another year of fantastic content rich events featuring SPEAK! franchise speakers.
–LaShelle Fuller, Co-Chair Women’s Franchise Network, Denver
V.P. Franchise Support, Homewatch CareGivers
I wanted to thank you for bringing Troy Hazard to speaker at the FBN. He really got me thinking about my business and the current economic times. I appreciate how succinctly he was able to encapsulate the basic idea of ‘Change or Die’ and to focus on what we can influence, rather than worrying about what we can’t. He was by far the best speaker we’ve ever had at the FBN!
–Craig Dietz, CEO Special Ops
I met Katrina a few years ago at an IFA convention and immediately liked her style. We asked SPEAK! to help us find a speaker who would deliver a message of personal responsibility and empowerment to our franchisees for our annual conference. We wanted to make sure that the content was not just ra-ra motivational dribble, but had actionable tools to help our franchisees manage themselves AND their businesses from a fresh perspective. Solid business tools were a must.
Katrina recommended Troy Hazard, who I met last December. From our very first introductory call, I knew we had the perfect match. Troy ‘get’s’ franchising and related incredibility well to the challenges faced by our franchisees. Our event was a huge success thanks to Katrina and her team at SPEAK! We look forward to continuing to use SPEAK! to help us with our annual events as well as distance learning options for our team!
–Tom Bunchman, CEO & Founder Jump Bunch
Katrina – You got great peeps! We hired Ford Saeks to do a marketing consulting project for our company and we like it so much we hired him to do a second one specifically on franchise sales. The bottom line is that I liked him so much as a speaker that we became a client, twice!
-Roger J. Murphy, CEO & Founder Murphy Business & Financial