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Meridith Elliott Powell

Business Growth Strategist | Keynote Speaker

Thought-provoking, Inspiring, Highly-Engaging, Programs Packed With Cutting-Edge Content, Gets Your Franchise Team To Do The Impossible – Take Action! – that is how franchise audiences describe Meridith Elliott Powell. A master-certified business growth strategist, and award-winning author, Meridith helps franchises and franchisors round the world gain the sales and leadership strategies they need to turn uncertainty to strategic advantage.

Meredith Elliott Powell – Thrive!

Travels From:

Asheville, NC

Fee Range:

$17,500 – $25,000

Favorite Food:

Sweet Potatoes

Meridith Elliott Powell's Bio

CPAE – Council of Peers Award for Excellence Recipient
Speaker Hall of Fame Inductee

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, a  Top Sales Experts To Follow by LinkedIn, and  Top 41 Motivational Sales Speakers. Meridith has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She  is the author of six books, including “Cut Through The Excuses – Send Sales Through The Roof” , and her latest “Thrive: Strategies To Turn Uncertainty To Competitive Advantage,”

Meridith is regularly featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Investment News, and American Banker among others. High energy and highly interactive, Meridith’s helps franchises and franchisors learn the new rules of success today, and the strategies they need to build their business, engage their team, and leave their competition in the dust.

Meridith is a Certified Speaker Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, as well as a Certified Virtual Presenter, having passed the rigorous certification standards to achieve this designation.

In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning.

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Partial Client List:

  • Bravo Brio
  • Caldwell Banker
  • Edward Jones
  • Farm Bureau
  • Interim Healthcare
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Nationwide
  • OneAmerica
  • Raymond James
  • Re/Max
  • Senior Care
  • State Farm
  • Subway
  • True Value
  • US Lawns
  • VOYA Financial
  • You were fantastic! It is so hard to find a speaker who can do it all – motivate and inspire my team, and give them solid ideas that will get results. You delivered!

    Connie Collins Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group/COO
  • She had me in the first 30-seconds, high energy, amazing content, stories so relevant to VOYA Financial– how she crafted her message to connect with such a diverse audience - fantastic!

    Barb Orvis Voya Financial/Senior Meeting Planner
  • Meridith was perfect – just the message we needed to kick-off our conference. Our Members and their Directors started giving us positive feedback the moment she stepped off the stage. Powerful content, great energy and funny – just perfect!

    Laura Webb Raymond James
  • You hit it out of the park again – session feedback is off the chart.

    Rick Davis State Farm
  • You were fabulous, just awesome - so much more than we even expected, thanks a million!

    Diane Oreck NetJets / SVP
  • The best in the series hands down. Our first virtual standing ovation! You more than delivered. I have gotten so much positive feedback - our team and clients LOVED you!

    Mitch Haber OneAmerica / Regional Director
  • Your message was exactly what we needed - hope, inspiration wrapped with concrete and specific ideas of exactly how to navigate this level and speed of change. We have been through so much in this industry and you were the perfect speaker for our conference.

    Regina Dalesio Senior Care Summit
  • "You were FANTASTIC!! Truly!! Thrive" is such a great message.....there was so much from that session, we have years of thankful to have you. You are a POWERFUL virtual presenter!

    Becky Bongiovanni CEO, CarePatrol
  • "I absolutely loved your session. You are AMAZING. Your message is super strong and your delivery on point. I want you back next year!" 

    Colleen Sieber COO, CarePatrol
  • "Hands down one of the BEST Speakers we have had in ten years. Our owners LOVED you - - we have never had a speaker who had capacity attendance for both keynotes. Your energy, your message, and your ability to engage our members - the best we have seen."

    Bruce Phibbs VP, ABM Franchising
  • "You are exactly who are "pros" needed right now!  Your message on how to turn uncertainty to competitive advantage is so relevant and so strong. Love the research you have done, your proven methodology, and the energy and value you bring when delivering. Putting your ideas into action right now."

    Alexa Greenberg Director of Meetings & Events, HouseCall Pros
  • Meridith had our Advisor/Owners captivated from start to finish and the positive feedback has been tremendous.  We’ll definitely ask her back.”

    Ken Adams Managing Partners, Edward Jones
  • “She had me in the first 30-seconds, high energy, amazing content, stories so relevant to VOYA Financial– how she crafted her message to connect with such a diverse audience - fantastic!”

    Barb Orvis Senior Meeting Planner, Voya Financial
  • Our franchisees LOVED you. Cannot thank you enough for how much time you invested in getting to know us. It showed in your presentation – your techniques, your stories, your strategies for the team were so customized and exactly what our team – corporate, owners and team members needed.”

    Ken Hutcheson CEO, US Lawns
  • “WOW – LOVE your energy!  Our franchisees loved you and your message so much.  The perfect way to wrap up our conference. Thank you so much for investing so much in us.”

    Julie Klinger SVP, Human Resources, Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • “Amazing job today – love your confidence, enthusiasm, and your ability to engage everyone. Such an awesome message, and presented so well – YOU CRUSHED IT.”

    Michael Gilpin FASTSIGNS

Meridith Elliott Powell's Keynotes

Sales Redefined: Virtual Sales Strategies to Engage, Sell & Leave Your Competition in the Dust

Just because your sales team has gone virtual, just because cutting through the white noise is more challenging than ever. And just because virtual has created another hurdle to customer engagement.  None of that means this cannot be your best sales year on record.

This is a new marketplace with a new set of obstacles and a whole new set of opportunities. Know how to use the tools for virtual selling is only half the battle. You need a sales team that understands what made them exceptional at traditional sales and use those talents to create a unique and compelling virtual experience for your customers.

Every sales team is going virtual. Every sales team is embracing the technology.

But not every sales team is going deeper to learn what opens doors truly, engages customers, and gets deals to close in a virtual world. The sales cycle has changed – and you need a new set of strategies to turn this uncertainty to your competitive advantage.

In this innovative and cutting-edge program, Meridith Elliott Powell delivers a sales keynote, as you have never heard before. Her power-packed, paradigm-shifting content will leave your team inspired, motivated, and ready to master the art of selling virtually.

Audience Will:

  • Deep-dive into getting you and your team virtual sales-ready – camera tips, tools, and technology, how to read your customer’s cues, how to look natural and sound experienced
  • Receive Proven strategies for differentiating yourself in a virtual world
  • Receive The 5 step methodology for engaging, connecting, and getting customers to say yes
  • Get their guide to what virtual customers want, and how to overcome the most common objections they will have
  • Learn the Innovative techniques for taking price off the table and opening the door to deep and expanding customer relationships
  • Learn the Cutting-edge ideas for how to use virtual to be more productive, more efficient and more effective at mastering sales
  • Have a  plan of action using virtual sales strategies to Engage, Sell & Leave Your Competition In The Dust

Available as a Webinar or Virtual Presentation

The Powerful Lessons of Struggle: Your Path Forward, Your Secret to Success

Confidence, Hustle, Drive – what do those words have in common? They are the essence of the most successful among us. Traits gained when you have the depth and courage to do whatever it takes. Imagine having the power to push through any obstacle. The resilience to overcome any crisis. And the creativity and endurance to thrive in the face of adversity.

To emerge successfully from struggle demands you turn excuses into solutions, and you dare to “go for it” and fly with “no-net.” The struggle is the best teacher. Better than any leader, coach, or mentor. But only when you embrace it. Understand the powerful lessons in it. And you’re willing to commit to going the distance.

Join us for this power-packed session, where keynote speaker Meridith Elliott Powell, will walk you through the ground-breaking research on how struggle transforms leaders, organizations, and lives.

No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just the proven strategies you need to find the path forward and turn to struggle to success.

Audience Will:

  • Hear the Powerful statistics of how struggle expands learning and creates opportunity
  • Learn the Secrets to building a confident mindset that fuels curiosity and discovery
  • Receive 5 Proven strategies for emerging successfully from crisis
  • Learn The facts as to why businesses survive, and some don’t
  • Receive Customized plan of action to overcome struggle & find the path forward

Available as a Webinar or Virtual Presentation

Emerge Successful: 7 Strategies to Redesign, Rebuild, Relaunch Your Business

Who would have thought a virus could so drastically impact our marketplace. Social distancing has become the norm, businesses are shutting down, and it has us all wondering when and if things will ever return to normal.

As business owners and leaders, we have some tough questions to face. How can we do business in this new environment? How do we engage and attract customers? Is our business model viable? How can we remain relevant? Can we rebuild?

At this moment, we are redefining success. As leaders and business owners, how and where you focus your time and energy will determine not only if you make it, but if you and your business will emerge successfully.

In this power-packed, cutting-edge online keynote, business growth strategist Meridith Elliott Powell walks you through her proven formula to PIVOT your business. Whether you need to breathe new life into the company you have, expand into new markets, or completely reinvent your business and your strategy, this keynote covers it all.

Based on research from her book, “Thrive: Turning Uncertainty To Competitive Advantage.” Meridith studied organizations and leaders who redesigned their businesses, reinvented their products, and positioned themselves to emerge successfully from adversity.

Audiences Will:

  • Learn innovative techniques for quickly assessing market changes and your business model
  • Gain insight into how the market is shifting and where the opportunities are
  • Hear real-world stories of businesses and leaders who pivoted to success
  • Receive a customized plan of action to Rebuild, Reinvent and Relaunch

Available as a Webinar or Virtual Presentation

Change Redefined: Turning Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage

Competitive, challenging, and constantly changing – that is today’s uncertain marketplace! To survive, you need a new set of leadership strategies and a new approach to business growth. In this high-energy, power-packed session, Motivational Speaker Meridith Elliott Powell shares the strategy you need to understand the new normal, master uncertainty and create your path forward.

In this program, Meridith walks you through the steps you need to develop your strategy, proactively prepare for future disruptions, standout from the competition, and dominate your marketplace. You’ll leave this session with a personal plan of action that ensures you have what you need to stay razor-like focused, highly flexible, and ready to turn uncertainty to competitive advantage.

Audiences Will:

  • Gain Insight into the three phases of this crisis, and the strategies you need to navigate them all
  • Receive Proven techniques for keeping your team calm, motivated and moving forward
  • Learn the Secrets to anticipating change and proactively preparing for disruption
  • Learn the Robust techniques to understand the changing buying cycle, and how to master sales in the new normal
  • Get their quick-start, customized strategy for thriving in uncertainty

Available as a Webinar or Virtual Presentation

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