Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Colette Carlson

February 14, 2014
Colette Carlson

Colette Carlson

Expertise:   Communication, Stress, Sales, Motivation

Speaking Style:  Funny. Frank. Friendly.

Travels From:  San Diego, California

Nancy Says:  “Colette’s presentations are a joyous combination of jocularity, warmth and straight-talk. Who wouldn’t benefit by getting real with ourselves? I think it’s imperative if we’re going to excel.”


Speak Your Truth to Maximize Results, Revenue and Relationships!

Speak Your Truth. That’s business communication expert Colette Carlson’s mantra. Only by stepping into the Truth Booth was she able to break through her fears, lose 50 lbs. and take healthy risks. Today she inspires audiences to say what they mean, mean what they say and back it up with action to lower their stress and increase their professionalism, productivity and profitability. Colette’s laugh-out-loud programs are filled with practical strategies to build trust, resolve conflict, influence others, and ask effectively…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

Colette earned her stripes as the #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins, followed by joining Brian Tracy’s international organization, becoming a National Sales Trainer. She has been featured in Success and Working Mother magazines, has a monthly column published in Business Management Daily, Tactfully Speaking, and serves as Leadership Faculty for Executive Women International.

Learn more about Colette Carlson...

As a crowd-pleasing speaker with proven results, Colette Carlson’s clients include Boeing, Cisco, Microsoft, New York Life, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and the United States Government.  She serves as Leadership Faculty for Executive Women International and writes a monthly column, “Tactfully Speaking,” published in Business Management Daily.  She is a contributing author in Conversations on Success, along with Deepak Chopra and Mark Sanborn and The Book of Riches, along with T. Harv Eker, John Demartini and Brian Tracy.  Colette’s work has been featured in Success, Working Mother and Personal Development Magazine, as well as the motivational movies, Pass It On and Riches: 7 Secrets of Wealth You Were Never Told.

With a master’s in Human Behavior and a fascination with communication trends, Colette delivers the latest research letting the facts support the fun.  She engages an audience with her energetic style, inspirational anecdotes and quick sense of humor.  At the core of Colette’s presentation is her passion for sharing the tools, terminology and techniques that encourage people to excel.

Colette learned her message the hard way. She started out a big, fat liar. Literally! Only by telling the truth on herself and admitting her fears did she break through her complacency, lose over 50 pounds, embrace healthy risks and enjoy success.

Colette found the courage to leave the safety net of a monthly paycheck and boldly step into the livelihood of commission-only sales.  Working for sales legend Tom Hopkins, she quickly ascended to become the #1 sales producer.  Her immediate success led to an opportunity to join sales guru Brian Tracy’s international organization, and shortly thereafter she became a National Sales Trainer for US West.

Knowing that it is more fun to learn through play, than to discover truths the hard way, Colette eases the audience into a heartfelt, humorous look into their own lives, bringing about the self-awareness that begins real change.

Laugh and learn with Colette as you step in the Truth Booth and receive the tools to create positive, long-lasting change.

“You will learn, earn, and be able to return more when you think, speak and live the truth as brilliantly taught by my speaker-friend, Colette Carlson.” Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator of the New York Times#1 Best-Selling Chicken Soup for the Soul Series®


Presentation Topics

Stress Less: YOU Management vs. Time Management 

The truth is most businesses today expect managers and employees to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying positive and engaged. The reality is we are stressed out, tightly wound, and exhausted trying to meet and exceed expectations. We have the best intentions that seem to go out the window before lunch as we are constantly changing schedules, demands and priorities. It’s no longer about time management, it’s about YOU management. After Colette’s humorous program, you will walk away ready to make positive, long-lasting change the next day. Laugh out loud and stress less as you learn how to:

  • Replace multi-Tasking with multi-Asking
  • Know when to let go or take control
  • Eliminate unrealistic expectations and energy vampires
  • Banish the guilt button. Seek connection over perfection.
  • Dare not to compare. Focus on what is truly important TO YOU
Why choose this program?
  • Beneficial for morale, absenteeism and “presenteeism” issues
  • Customized to your organization’s unique internal culture, challenges and terminology
  • Also available as a corporate wellness program where Colette shares her story of losing 50 lbs.

The bottom line: Truth brings connection, which remains the #1 stress reducer.And remember, from start to finish, it’s laugh out loud funny!


The Language of Leadership: Five Truths that Drive Results! 

Successful leaders understand nuances in communication that make a big difference when inspiring action and cooperation. Leaders know the power of their words and understand that words alone do not generate allegiance and loyalty. A leader must be authentic and exhibit the behaviors conveyed in their message to maintain respect for their authority. Advance your communication style, increase your credibility, earn respect, and gain support by learning how to:

  • Communicate specific directions and clear expectations that guide your team to achieve remarkable results
  • Develop phrases that dissolve conflict and inspire cooperation
  • Engage, persuade and influence others through strategic storytelling
  • Exhibit integrity and build trust when you walk your talk (especially under pressure!)
  • Be a human highlighter and champion the accomplishments and strengths of every individual on your team

Can be customized to your organization’s unique internal culture, challenges and terminology.  For example, focus can be on the art of feedback, or conflict resolution.

Why choose this program?
  • Research shows that even in highly technical jobs, success is determined more by human behavior, rather than technical expertise. Colette’s programs increase Emotional Intelligence and improve the softer skills inherent to successful communication.
  • Employees stay more engaged in work environments with sincere communication and clear expectations. After attending a program with Colette, your organization will benefit from managers who received the tools to lead and employees who are motivated to succeed.
  • Each of Colette’s programs act as a mini coaching session: blending the theoretical with the practical, sound research with qualitative reasoning, objective insights with descriptive applications. Every individual walks away with easily assimilated action steps to triumph.
  • Why not laugh while you learn?
This presentation can be delivered as a keynote, break-out session or full day program.



What Does Sex Have to Do with It?opic Three

The Truth About Gender Selling

The truth is there are small, subtle behavioral differences between the way men and women communicate that create misunderstandings, frustrations and judgments that can impact the bottom line. Using humorous examples, research and real case studies, Colette unlocks the secrets of gender intelligence to help you present, persuade and communicate more effectively with the opposite sex. Increase your revenues and customer loyalty by attending this relevant program where you will learn how to:

  • Leverage gender selling for maximum understanding and impact
  • Build appropriate rapport that creates incredible credibility
  • Influence and engage the opposite sex without offending anyone
  • Implement specific strategies when selling to couples to get immediate buy-in
  • He Sells, She Sells: Stop the simple mistakes each gender makes and win the sale
Why choose this program?

Men: Women earn, spend and influence spending at greater rates than ever before. This market is key to any business’s success and one you can’t afford to ignore. Considering that over the next decade women will control two-thirds of consumer wealth, it’s clear that understanding how to engage, persuade and influence female consumers is essential. Already women purchase more than 50% of traditional “male” products – including autos, consumer electronics and home improvement merchandise. The good news? There are sales skills you can adopt that will assist you in reaching this powerful female demographic.

Women: Increase gender intelligence to best capitalize your strengths to be seen as an industry expert and solution-oriented adviser.


Sincere Selling: ASK and You Shall Succeed

hesitate to consistently ASK for referrals, testimonials, additional business or the sale! Still others feel uncomfortable ASKing the powerful questions necessary to identify clients’ true needs, pains, wants and desires. Yet, without the ability to open that dialogue, you’ll rarely close the sale. Perhaps is time to turn the tables and ASK yourself what’s getting in your way of attracting the business required to survive and thrive. Join Colette as she delivers sales strategies to engage, persuade and influence others while still promoting you and your services honestly, assertively and authentically.

Why Choose This Program?

“Sincere Selling” helps entrepreneurs, sales representatives and network marketers save time, money and headaches by teaching them how to ask for what they need to be successful without offending a soul. It’s a motivational, honest, back-to-the-basis program that leaves attendees inspired to work smarter.

Customized material based on interviews and field time enhances your team’s willingness to implement ideas immediately.

“Sincere Selling” can be delivered in one-hour, half-day or full-day sessions to best accommodate your schedule and needs.

A separate module on He Sells/She Sells: How to Sell More to the Opposite Sex! can be included which looks at the psychological differences between males and females and how it impacts the buying/selling process.


Five Truths Female Leaders Need to Know

Straight Talk - Get Real, Get Heard, and Get Ahead

Women's Program

Want to be recognized, respected and rewarded in your career? Want to be tapped for your leadership potential? The world seeks more women leaders. Why not enjoy the perks and adventure of being one? Now is the time to take an honest look, assess and advance your leadership skills. Join Colette as she delivers the latest research and strategies specific to women in leadership. You will gain the self-awareness and skills necessary to become an authentic, credible and confident leader — and laugh out loud along the way.  Deliver positive results for your company or organization by learning how to:

  • Cultivate connections: identify, access, and develop strategic relationships
  • Employ the art of self-promotion to express your success in ways that gain supporters and censor critics
  • Boost your credibility when you eliminate self-deprecating and self-sabotaging behaviors
  • Master the power of the ASK
  • Speak Your Truth with integrity and grace to achieve authentic success


Liar, Liar, Skirts on Fire™: How to Stress Less & Enjoy Success

It’s time to take an honest look in the mirror. Are you saying what you mean, meaning what you say, and backing it up with action? Many women suffer in silence and hope something will change, while others talk a good game yet never achieve their goals. When our mind, mouth, and motions don’t match up the result is frustration, resentment, and stress. In this laugh out loud program, Colette shares her journey and inspires you to:

  • Reduce your stress by living your authentic life
  • Embrace your vulnerability, feel your fear and do it anyway!
  • Identify and eliminate L.I.E.S. that hold you back
  • Recognize that asking for help is a sign of strength
  • Master the power of Speaking Your Truth



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