Telling a Great Story

telling our storyAmong the top characteristics that make a great public speaker is the ability to tell a good story. If you think about some of the best speeches you’ve ever heard, what sets them apart? The numbers and statistics? The lesson? Probably not.

Very likely, the thing that stands out in your mind after a memorable speaker’s presentation is a great story or two. The speaker has the ability to create lasting images in your mind. Visually painting a picture by connecting the story to the message drives home the focal point and makes a terrific impression on the audience.

Telling a story invites the audience in. It makes them comfortable, both with the speaker and the message. Of all the tools in a speaker’s toolkit, it is by far one of the most powerful.

Great speakers weave life experiences throughout their message, creating a rapport with the audience, and giving life to the topic. Stories help the audience relate and creates a message that will live on long after the speech is over. That’s success through great story telling.

Our speakers here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency have the ability to do just that – tell a great story. It’s part of their DNA and makes for a riveting presentation with some serious #WOWfactor!

Whether you are looking for an inspiring and entertaining keynote speaker, engaging media personality, interactive conference speaker, mesmerizing seminar presenter, or challenging retreat speaker, we will match you with the perfect speaker that will tailor their presentations to your needs.

Whatever the occasion, with our award-winning speakers, you can be sure that the stories will be memorable and unforgettable!

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What a Dedicated Entrepreneurial Spirit!

Kay and ShirleyRecently visited for the first time the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The beginnings of this major oil company Phillips 66 began 107 years ago here in this city. In 2002 Phillips 66 merged with Conoco Oil Company and now the Corporate offices have been moved to Houston, with a new name Conoco Phillips. Remembering the Phillips 66 history is very important to this city, and this museum was a great community collaborative effort to make it happen!

Interesting to note that even though the merger changed the name somewhat, today there is another twist to the story because in 2012, Conoco Phillips repositioned into two stand-alone publicly traded companies, one of which is the Phillips 66 of today. You can view that entire timeline of both companies at http://www.phillips66.com/ 

The one spokeswoman I was honored to meet is Shirley Patterson, who now has 52 years of service with Phillips 66, and is not planning on retiring soon! She has many roles, but one she loves is volunteering at the Company Museum!

As you enter Shirley greets you and shares how to have the best experience while visiting both floors. She has personal stories to bring to life what you are seeing and feeling. She actually lived out the history and knew the officials and all the details of what you view as you travel back in time. You will be inspired as you see “the story of Phillips’ transformation from a small Bartlesville business to a global energy enterprise, and the extraordinary people who made it happen.”

Shirley is one of those “extraordinary” people! She is not originally from Oklahoma, but the close related state of Kansas. Her father was with the Walgreens Drug Stores and they traveled and moved all around. She ended up in Bartlesville working for Phillips 66 and raising her family.

You can tell from the spark in her eyes and the step in her walk that she is proud to be an employee of this outstanding company. She is a valued part of the past as well as the present and future. She has received many awards and is an active part of the Jane Phillips Society (formerly Jane Phillips Sorority) which was created in 1937 by a group of female employees at Phillips 66 whose motto is: “In building character, it pays to use only the best materials.” It was named after the wife of Frank Phillips who was the founder of the company. For many years this organization has contributed to the growth of women in the company, and given great service to the community providing scholarships and many needed contributions and services.

You can tell an Entrepreneurial spirit when you see one! Shirley Patterson is a shining example of how to live and work whether for a company or as the owner! Shirley takes ownership of her position and does whatever it takes to be the best wherever she is planted!

It was an honor to meet Shirley Patterson. I was introduced to her by my best friend of over 61 years, Kay Cunningham Reynolds, who is now a retired Phillips 66 employee with 38 years of service. See them pictured here together enjoying a great experience and history together!

Think you will keep working or are you looking for the day when you can retire? It is a personal choice, but as for me, retirement is not in my DNA! Here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency our speakers are wired with an Entrepreneurial spirit and are gifted to be able to help others create and be an Entrepreneur whether you are the owner or not!

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Entrepreneurship at Its’ Best!

valerereneGreetings from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, home of Phillips 66 and my Hometown! On our journey here I was honored to meet many of those special  people who are making a difference in our workplace and our lives! I committed to showcasing to you those stories of hope and success!

Meet Valere Rene Gregory, Owner and Designer of Valere Rene-Handbags & Totes of Rogers, Arkansas! I was attracted to her business, which is located in downtown Rogers, with her creative window displays. As I entered the door she greeted me with a warm welcome, and invited me to touch and feel her handmade bags and totes. She also carries a creative line of jewelry and other gift items.

Her store was very organized and the colors are outstanding! As I wandered I noticed there were open doors in the back leading into the work area. It was well designed, and there was another person at work.

As I talked further with Valere, I learned her husband is a civil engineer, but found he also had some design skills and had created a wonderful design place for her, the front counter, and the work space. All are totally “green” and an inviting place to come and do what she does best!

In looking at Valere and her bright and wonderful smile, you would not imagine she has a serious health problem that had forced her to resign from a successful corporate career. Still feeling the need to contribute to the family income, she began making her handbags and totes out of her home, and using Social Media as her marketing plan, Valere soon found the demand was greater than she could accomplish out of her home and by herself.

So taking the risk she moved into this wonderful downtown area of Rogers, Arkansas, and hired an associate to help her keep the orders flowing and on time. They are now fully stocked and able to handle custom orders on demand.

I could not resist making gift purchases before leaving this wonderful place and experienced first hand the new “Square” display making it easy to do business with Valere Rene.

Valere is still able to be the creative artist, contributor to the future education of her children, wife, and Mom in spite of her health issues.

I was honored to meet and share Valere’s story of hope and success in a world where some feel that Entrepreneurship is not profitable in the times we are currently experiencing. What a great story of “reinventing” yourself and living out your passion and dreams! This is one of the many topics that our expert speakers and presenters here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency share with many audiences-globally.

When you are in the area make sure you stop in downtown Rogers, Arkansas at 210 South First Street, or visit www.facebook.com/Valere Rene Handbags & Totes   or her website http://vrhandbags.com/

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Owner: “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency

Happy Motivation Monday on National Coffee Day!

We here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! love Mondays! A new week, beginning, and excitement about what is ahead for the Professionals we represent here! They are awesome, and love what I get to do, bring them to YOU!

Hope you have an amazing day, and the “Dunkin” is brewing here, how are you celebrating?

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Exciting New Series “Entrepreneur Mindset…Your Formula for Success”

Thanks to Davidson County Community College Small Business Director, Martha Larson, for this video to promote our “Entrepreneur Mindset… Your Formula for Success” coming to DCCC in October, located in Thomasville, North Carolina!

This series was created out of an idea by Ervin Allen, Small Business Director at Alamance Community College, Burlington, North Carolina. He presented it to me here at “Simply” Sue Speaks!  I took the concept to three of my creative talents, and the series became an experience and formula for success! Thanks to Blanca Cobb, Carol Andrews, and Debbie Wright for all your hard work and long hours in getting this series to a professional package that is being reviewed all over the world!

This series features an introduction to:
Change Your Mind, Change Your Future
Legal Compliance is “Risky” Business
Money Matters-“Show Me the Money!”
Pushing Through Your Fear in Creating and Delivering Your Business Plan
Success is a Click Away: Perfecting Your Brand, Team, and Marketing Strategy
How “Soft Skills” Generate More Money than “Hard Skills!”

It has been presented successfully at Alamance Community College, and Piedmont Community College, Roxsboro, North Carolina. It is currently being presented again at Alamance Community College and is now is coming to Davidson Community College.

The series can be customized to any target market, (this one at DCCC is focused on Cosmetology) and is available now for your audiences. For booking information click on Contact at this site  and send me a message! You can also call me at 888-766-3155 or email me direct at sue@simplysuespeaks.com.

Brought to you by: “Simply” Sue Falcone, Owner of “Simply” Sue Speaks! Your Global Booking Agency, where “We bring the “WOW” factor to your next event!”

Happy Focused Friday!

Happy Focused Friday! This quote is key: Enjoy the day and week-end from us here at “Simply” Sue Speaks!

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