Friday, May 25, 2012

May 23, 2012 Testimonial for Sam Richter who ROCKED this week!

"Sam [Richter]’s seminar [May 23, 2012] was fantastic and practical. I walked away learning how to quickly gather and harness the power of data or information available through the internet to empower one with knowledge to best meet the needs of future prospects. Sam illustrated the power of the “4th R” in his seminar and made the application of this technique relevant to any sales driven organization to give them a competitive edge. The KnowMore Toolbar rocks!!! The toolbar has a wealth of information and bundling the websites makes using the toolbar quick and painless."
- Rudy Rodriguez, Freedomfromaccounting

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Want Sam Richter to WOW you audience like he did this Wednesday, May 23rd? Contact Standard Ovation to find out when Mr. Richter is available to speak to your organization! | | 913.498.9772

Advocate for the Industry - Share Your Concerns with Congress | US Travel Restrictions for Government Employees

From IASB -

IASB recently joined with 2,100 other organizations in a "sign-on" letter that was delivered to the US Congress last week by ASAE. The letter urged Congress to revise legislative language attached to separate bills in both chambers that severely restricted government employees from attending meetings and conferences held by associations, nonprofits and other private sector organizations.

Additionally, the Obama Administration has issued a directive to federal agencies to cut their travel budgets for fiscal year 2013 by 30 percent and cap spending on government-sponsored conferences at $500,000. These new restrictions apply only to government travel and conference spending, and do not have the broader implications for association and other private sector meetings that were evident in the amendments cleared by the House and Senate just prior to the last Congressional recess.

The industry continues to make progress in educating Congress about the unintentionally broad scope of these travel restrictions, but the issue remains unpredictable on Capitol Hill - we need your help in adding the Speaker Bureau and Lecture Agency Industry voice to these advocacy efforts.

What You Can Do to Help:
To protect this dialogue and prevent any unintended consequences for association and other non-governmental conferences, use ASAE's web template to send a personalized message to your members of Congress asking them to support the following specific changes to the amendments that passed the House and Senate, and ask your employees, clients and speakers to do the same. Change the definition of a conference to apply only to government-sponsored meetings as intended, and not include meetings and conferences held by associations and other private sector organizations. Strike the provision in the amendment that restricts agencies from attending more than one conference held by a private organization per fiscal year.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Sam [Richter] was just fantastic..."

"Sam was just fantastic, awesome. People are still talking about him. His content was top-notch but his delivery was also amazing. He really spoke directly to our audience and our industry...he had done his research and really knew them well. He was also very approachable, which made the audience really comfortable with him and thus made all the tech stuff seem less intimidating. The pace of the presentation was perfect, and they left wanting more. Sam made me look really good!" Michael Avery, Director of Education, National Auctioneers Association

Friday, May 18, 2012

Terry Hawkins Receives RADICAL Entrepreneur Award!!

Congratulations to TERRY HAWKINS!! She won the RADICAL Entrepreneur Award!! She is absolutely amazing! If you have three minutes - check out this humbling, touching and gracious acceptance speech. Terry Hawkins is completely deserved of this award! Congrats!! xo

Thursday, May 17, 2012



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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dr. Gary Bradt Interview - "My Quest for the Best"

Dr. Gary Bradt, our resident leadership and change management expert, was recently interviewed by prominent business growth strategist and CEO coach Bill Ringle. In the interview Gary shares some great tips on strategy, leadership, customer service and success practices from his own career and his best-selling book, The Ring in the RubbleCheck out the interview below, and leave a comment to let us know what you think!

To learn more about Gary check out his webpage here: ...or email me at

Monday, May 14, 2012

Definition of "Energy + Awesome"?

Would you like to know the definition of energy + awesome? It's MICHAEL HOFFMAN, sales, leadership & motivational speaker & guru, speaking at the AFLAC employee appreciation week event last Friday, May 11. He had the audience engaged and everyone pumped up and ready to work hard, grow their business and have fun while doing it! Another thing? Michael Hoffman conducted some employee drawing at the end of the event.. while drawing the last give-away, over 3000+ ping-pong balls showered him from the ceiling! It filled the civic center with a TON of energy and inspiration - leading it to be the new definition of energy + awesome! Michael Hoffman - you did it again! Always a slam-dunk every time you speak!! For more information on Michael's bio, topics, availability & fees, check out his webpage here:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Who is the toughest audience in the world?

When it comes to delivering a keynote presentation or workshop program, who is the toughest audience in the world?

ANSWER: Government employees!

Why? They receive no incentive for attending, no bonuses for implementing what they learn, and they are historically extremely skeptical and cynical when presented with concepts from those outside of government.

Unless, of course, the program is delivered by Sam Richter: 

Following my signature line is an actual image of Sam’s ratings from a program he delivered last week, and that he is contracted to give throughout the year to new government hires. He rated the highest of all of the presenters, and ranked one of the best presenter’s in the department’s history. Imagine the response you’ll receive with these kind of speaker ratings at your next event.

If you’d like to learn more about Sam’s programs, watch his video and read additional testimonials, and to inquire about booking him, please contact me and visit:

Thanks and best regards,


Charlotte Raybourn

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sam Richter - with Ken Blanchard

Sam Richter spent Monday, April 30th with one of his favorites .. Ken Blanchard. In a regular conversation over lunch, he shares simple brilliance like: "People with humility don't think less about themselves, they just think of themselves less." Amazing man.
Sam Richter is a nationally renowned keynote and educational seminar presenter. Best-sellling and award-winning author and sought after media interview. Connect with me on twitter:
Sam Richter, Chief Executive of SBR Worldwide (, and SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at ActiFi (, an internationally recognized expert on sales, marketing, and leadership. His award-winning experience includes building innovative technology, sales, and marketing programs for start-up companies and some of the world's most famous brands. Learn more about Sam Richter:
Check out Sam's book: Take the Cold Out of Cold Calling >

K.I.T., May 4/12 ... I Challenge You!

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” … Albert Einstein

Kit Grant's latest newsletter:
When was the last time you surprised yourself by doing something you previously believed you could not accomplish? The ability to imagine what no one else could ever foresee allowed Walt Disney to create Disneyland. Your dreams may not be that big, but they could be even bigger! Tell Donald Trump he can’t do something and watch what happens. Let your imagination work for you — isn’t it annoying when you see someone has put “your” idea into action?
What is holding you back? Expand your comfort zone and go beyond any self-limiting beliefs. It certainly worked for the guy who made this quote.

Having just finished working with some great folks during the past two weeks, my energy levels are definitely up. Next week I am off to Cleveland for a 3-day conference with another 500 people eager to learn new skills in copywriting and marketing. It will be great. I’ll be spending most of this month closer to home working on promotional activities for the following programs.

• June 20th is our next Quota® Sales Performance Game seminar here in Calgary. This program provides salespeople with ten core competencies and allows them to learn these tools and techniques by participating in a sales “contest” during the program. It’s limited to the first 20 people so contact Kit me if you’re interested in attending.
• June 22-24 in Calgary is our next “Get Better; Get Busier” Boot Camp for speakers. With more than 120 graduates, we know this 3-day event will provide participants with the skills required to make them masters of the platform. Registration is limited to only 10 people — there are currently ONLY 3 spots left. If you speak professionally, this is the program you have been waiting for — call Kit at 1-888-866-3603.

It’s back again this month. I’m [Kit] working on losing 10 (more) pounds and I challenge you to participate. Just send me an e-mail with “challenge” in the subject line and you’re entered … got some great prizes for those who meet or match the 10 pound target.

For more information on Kit Grant - contact Standard Ovation > | 913.498.9772. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Timelines and Registrations For Booking Professional Speakers

According to THE SPEAKER REPORT's latest findings, almost 55 percent of survey respondents said they prefer to secure professional speakers six to nine months before the event.

For-profit corporations appear to operate on a shorter timeline, with 26.7 percent reporting they
finalize decisions less than four months before the meeting, although we should note that the small
sample size (15) makes us hesitant to place too much emphasis on this point.

Organizations that have a formal certification program tend to finalize a bit sooner. The largest
segment of certifying organizations make decisions eight to nine months out (36.7 percent), while their
non-certifying counterparts only do so 24.1 percent of the time, preferring instead to wrap things up
closer to the meeting’s date.

written by Jeff Cobb, Jeff Hurt, Dave Lutz, and Celisa Steele
published by Tagoras and Velvet Chainsaw Consulting