|| "Be smart , be fast, be
willing to break free from the status quo."
| Barry Wishner
|| "Your upbeat,
fast tempo style was just the pace we needed to keep the
attention of the audience. I'm confident our guests picked
up ideas they have already taken back to their agencies
and implemented. That is the mark of a really effective
CEO and Chairman, State Auto Insurance Companies
"I have been going to meetings
and listening to speakers for years, and I would give
you an 'A' for your spirit, content, humor, customization
and caring for your audience. I would then put you on
a short list as one of the best speakers I've ever heard."
Dealer Service Corporation
"From the moment you walked
on stage, your energy and excitement filled the room and
by the end, your enthusiasm had infected everyone. They
left buzzing with your name on their lips and a smile
on their faces. As a results, we won kudos for selecting
"Your execution message was
one we can all benefit from in both our businesses and
personal lives. It's good to know we're not alone in struggling
to be the best."
Vice President, LandAmerica
"Your presentation, 'Execution
is Everything,' helped our management group rethink, realign
and restructure our way of managing. In your words, we
all had a 'reality check,' coming away from your early
morning session charged! You enlighten us, motivated us
to focus on the way we lead, and helped us to create a
new management plan - all the while keeping us delightfully
COO, Terrace Communities
"I would definitely recommend
your program to any group of leaders in any type of company.
I have heard many speakers over the last 38 years and
I put you in the top 3."
Vice President, Brookshire Grocery
"As you pointed out, what's
lacking in leadership today is the courage to change,
do things differently and then to execute those changes
throughout the organization."
humor provided that special touch that allowed us to leave
the conference feeling good and looking toward the challenges
of the future with confidence. I have heard a number of
conference closing speeches over the last few years and
yours has been the best yet."
Executive Vice President and COO, Xerox Federal Credit
"It was obvious that your
unique insights enabled you to bring to the group an interesting
and timely cross industry perspective as to what the best
leaders are doing to thrive in these ‘extraordinary’ times.
As our closing speaker you left us ready and eager to
put into action all we have learned at the conference."
Association of California Healthcare Districts
extra time you took to learn more about some of us personally,
was a masterful way of customizing your speech and drawing
the agents into your message. In addition, your high energy,
professional - and fun - presentation kept us focused.
Thanks so much for your contributions to what proved to
be among our best Leaders' Conferences ever."
CEO, President and Chairman, State Auto
a doubt you knew the audience better than any speaker
I have ever experienced. Every Story, Every Strategy,
Every Example you used were relevant, real world examples
that were designed by you to be applicable to our businesses."
Travel Centers of America
"Several members of this international
audience, representing over 100 countries, mentioned how
much they enjoyed your presentation. It was obvious that
you understood who we are and what our industry is about.
Your ideas were ones that everyone could understand and
put into action whether in the the US, Brazil, China or
True North Relocation LLC
enjoyed your friendly and conversational style and wish
I could bottle your excitement and energy. It was infectious
and got us involved in the action. The whole presentation
was filled with ideas and helpful stories that provided
an action plan for achieving future successes."
Senior Vice President and CFO, Summerville Senior Living
successfully held the attention of 800 participants and
left them wanting more. It was by far the most lively
and well-received program we ever had."
Executive Director, American College of Health Care Administrators
"Your message was valuable
and with your humor and wonderful stories you were able
to illustrate how to execute for success. You left
us feeling good about ourselves and eager to put into
action all of the important things we learned at this
"I took your message back
to my staff on how important it is to be unique among
our competitors and with our clients. This group really
appreciated how you cleverly designed the material for
our industry and wove the names of our leaders and their
stories throughout the presentation."
President and CEO, Central Coast VNA
related to your message because it was so clearly designed
just for us. I left feeling good about myself, intellectually
stimulated and ready to create my own battle cry. Thanks
for the laughs and unique information. Great job!"
President, Health At Home
To Be Different' should be our motto. You kept us laughing
as you challenged us to execute change in our business
and stimulated excitement for being innovative both personally
COO, Farm Credit, Colorado
"As our keynote speaker, Mr.
Wishner set an energizing and motivating tone that lasted
throughout our conference for the next three days. I found
myself and others referring back to the principles spoke
about in his presentation, and I believe it laid a great
foundation for what we set to achieve at the conference."
Vice President Sales, TQ3Navigant
"You knew the audience so
well that you were able to call on people by name and
share some special information about their successes and
their business which made it a very personal experience
for the group."
and Chairman, DELL Forwarding
shared ways of implementing change in terms we could relate
to. You made me challenge myself and encouraged us all
to 'go for it.' The inspiring stories from your CEO interviews
and your research of our industry held our attention as
you shared information that would be helpful to any business."
President, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
"Because you had prepared
so well, it was easy to see that this was a program created
specifically for this group. You guaranteed a good exchange
with us and delivered on that promise as you presented
real issues with credible solutions."
and CEO, First Republic Bank
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"When your presentation ended I was energized, and inspired
to go out and try something new. On a scale of 1 to 10
yours was a perfect 100!"
Vice President Commercial South America, General Electric
"We're privileged to attend
a program so filled with valuable information imparted
with such passion and creativity."
"You have the passion of
Tom Peters and the content of Jim Collins. I would
recommend any group who has the desire to get to the top
and stay there to have you as their wake up call."
Manager, Institutional Wholesale Company
"I cannot tell you how exceptional
his energy, humor, and up-to-the minute ideas were! Barry
captivated our audience and impressed all who attended
our event. His information was relevant, topical and to
the point. We hope to have the opportunity to have him
in front of our group at another event."
Vice President Business Development, TQ3Navigant
"By sharing ideas from leaders
in other industries you were giving them a different perspective
on what it takes to make it to the top."
Vice President Agency Marketing, RBC Liberty Insurance
"Each sentence you spoke was
packed full of information. Your years of experience with
successful leaders gave you credibility as you spoke of
what it takes to be a savvy leader today."
Director, Health System, McKesson
"Your presentation was great…
full of energy and a friendly kick in the pants for us
to take action! It was refreshing to hear a speaker who
knew our industry and showed a sincere interest in our
business. You talked as though you were an industry veteran."
Toledo Optical Laboratories
"The stories you told about
other businesses and their companies reinforced your message.
You made sure it applied to all of the listeners at the
conference and how we could execute a plan to leave our
competition in the back of the pack."
Manager, Hoya Vision Care
"In a humorous fashion you
gave us all reason to pause and reflect on ourselves,
our lives, our hopes and dreams, and our successes."
Director of Pharmacy, McKesson
"It was ingenious the way
you used your pre-program interviews and research of our
group to come up with futurist Wall Street Journal articles
that were written just for us. They were filled with optimism
and encouragement to reach the goals each of us has planned
Manager, Continental Refrigerator
"Over more than a decade of
engaging speakers for business events, seldom have I seen
a speaker do so much 'up front' work as you. The results
were clear as you integrated the information into your
Leader E Business, General Electric
"Having the audience be part
of your program created spontaneity and creativity. It
left us with a thirst for more."
Vice President Financial Center, Washington Mutual
"Barry truly kept the audience
on the edge of their seat with his informative, fast paced
program presented in a no nonsense matter. He truly is
someone who everyone can relate to."
Executive Vice President, Eye Kraft Optical
"Avoiding DITWLY 'Did
It That Way Last Year' is an example of the inspired
way of illustrating your important message."
Vice President Business Development, Abbot Laboratories
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"Your presentation was the
hi-light of the Jacuzzi Dealer conference. You are a "MAVERICK"
and from the very beginning you had our attention with
your crazy sense of humor and warm personality."
and CEO, Bassemiers/Jacuzzi Dealer
"The best speakers make us
laugh and you made us laugh a lot!! It felt as though
you were part of us as you called individuals by name
and used many of our success stories to illustrate your
points. It was interesting to see that you related whether
they were the new guys or one of the many seasoned professionals
who were in attendance. I found myself getting a better
grasp of the 'Big Picture' and the direction I want to
take my business."
Financial Planner, Prudential Financial
"You achieved exactly what
I was looking for. You entertained and informed. In short,
you made me look good."
Texaco Xpress Lube, Texaco
"As a keynote speaker you
rock! You have a unique style and infectious spirit for
creating business successes. You were a much needed wake
up call. One who challenges the audience to look at everything
they're doing and ask is it necessary and if not why am
I doing it, and that is just the start."
President and CEO, American Backyard/Sundance, Woodard,
Gloster Tropitone, Weber Dealer
"You have 'Business Savvy,'
a good sense of what works in business and you have an
even bigger talent for sharing that information with your
audience. It's not often that I find myself thoroughly
enjoying a program and benefiting from the ideas that
were so obviously customized just for us."
"In one short hour you made
us laugh, challenged us to look at ourselves through the
eyes of our customers and reminded us of why we love this
business. All good stuff."
President, American Insurance Service
"This was a group of owners,
production managers and engineers and you managed to spark
excitement in them to be innovative in the way they think
and take action. Personally I'm using your suggestion
to have a meeting with my staff where they let me know
the 'stupid things we do that don't contribute to our
success.' Great Stuff."
"Barry you were great! You
were fun and down-to-earth as you created a sense of excitement
among the group. You have a wealth of knowledge from your
extensive work in other industries and executives and
you translated it into useful ideas that we can readily
use in our business. Afterwards there was lots of discussion
about how inspiring you were and how creatively you looked
at ways we can increase traffic in our stores and increase
and CEO, Prestige Hot Tubs
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"Your program was good. Really
good. Really really good! As you can tell, I had a great
time listening to you. Never have I seen somebody as passionate
about the essential elements of success. The word 'try'
doesn't seem to be in your dictionary!"
RBC Liberty Insurance
"You're a character, a little
bit off dead center, and your unconventional approach
enhances your ability to get us thinking in new ways.
Your closing words didn't disappointwe left enthused
and ready to take on the challenges ahead."
President Sales, ADC Telecommunications
"After five pages of notes,
I decided to regularly use one of your tag lines when
I am on sales calls. I tell my clients that at I am the
'Financial Enrichment Business' and they're impressed.
This is a powerful value statement and just one of the
many keepers that I gained from your program."
Sales Manager, TQ3Navigant
"If you were in school I would
give you an 'A' for exceptional homework, for getting
us involved, for making sure the message was on target
and for showing us a great time." Your enthusiasm was
infectious as you drew us in and kept us laughing throughout
the presentation. The kind of energy you showed is what
we should all strive for when we interact with our customers."
"What a thrill! You had our
people talking about your presentation for days. We all
appreciated the skill, style and expertise you brought
to our meeting. I would recommend you for any audience
looking to be inspired, entertained and challenged."
Sales and Marketing, Fujitsu/Glovia International
"I was amazed at how well
you knew our company you even knew people by name
and I was blown away when you recognized me as
rookie of the year."
Sales Representative, ADM/ MoorMan's
"Our top producers appreciated
the way you customized the program. Your humor literally
had them rolling in the aisles."
Vice President Sales and Marketing, ADM
"Super Terrific!...I was in
bad need of a wake-up and you truly did the job. You masterfully
involved the audience, and I realized the warm and friendly
personality we saw on stage was the real you."
Vice President Sales, Coach
"Your message brought a perfect
balance to Tom Peters' program. You masterfully built
on his Circles of Innovation and gave us practical strategies
for putting our innovative ideas into action."
Sales, O'Sullivan Industries
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"No gloom and doom in your
show. High energy, persuasive style and unique sense of
humor are characteristics that make you a powerful presence
on stage. You opened my eyes to the importance of doing
things in new ways to build sales."
Product Manager, Symantec
"There's no other business
keynote speaker anywhere at any price who will give you
the entertainment, motivation and business solutions Barry
"Your message...set the perfect
tone for what was to follow. You Truly care about your
audience. I found myself enjoying your humor as much as
Sales Consultant, Oracle
"Arguably yours was the most
complete presentation I've attended. Bringing you in to
open this year's annual meeting was inspired and whoever
made the decision to hire you should be applauded. You
managed to relate ways of differentiating ourselves that
will help us grow regardless of the business climate and
you set a positive tone that was the perfect start to
Manager, Peel Plastic Products Limited
"You were a little provocative,
a lot entertaining and you provided a very practical message.
You presented in such a way that you were believable and
we left confident that we could put into action some of
your many ideas."
Consultant, TGLC, Younger Optics
"For three days of our meeting,
people were referring to your opening presentation. You
provided the perfect kick off. I was not only learning
'good stuff' but I was having a great time."
General Manager, Thomasville
"You are an encourager of
people, a friendly kick in the pants, an energizer, a
speaker who lives life loudly and were the perfect keynoter
for the Annual Conference. We couldn't have asked for
a better opening to our meeting."
"Your dynamite 'proformance'
got everyone excited and the rest of the program fed upon
the enthusiasm you created. It was filled with humorous
anecdotes and personal stories that had us laughing with
you and at ourselves. The energy you displayed was contagious
as we willingly participated."
Business Development, Avery Dennison
"A great way to end a conference.
I left feeling good about myself, intellectually stimulated
and ready to create my own battle cry. Thanks for the
laughs and unique information. Great Job!."
Program Director, Health At Home
"As the keynote, you successfully
set the pace for the convention and created an aura of
Manager Health Care Consulting, Ernst & Young
"You are Unique Among Speakers
that I have seen... Unique Connection with the audience
and a Unique Message. You expertly used the experience
and success of the CEOs and executives you have interviewed
and translated them into a message that we could all readily
use with our staffs and clients alike."
Account Manager, McCormick & Co.
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"Barry, out of 98 speakers
I worked with during our User Conference, you are number
Meetings and Conventions, Microsoft
"A first rate, truly customized
keynote address. Your wit and humor coupled with your
extensive knowledge made this program so successful."
American Hospital Association
"Your program was just what
we needed to end the conference on a positive, take action
note. As you said it, they have to look at everything
they're doing through a new pair of eyes and then execute
the necessary changes."
Training, Frosty Acres
"It is not an easy task to
select the 'right speaker' for the 'right audience' to
present the 'right topic', but as others have told me
we 'hit a home run' with Barry Wishner! Thanks
for making me look smart!"
Business Development, Benjamin Moore Paints
"It was a wise move to have
you start our day. I was inspired by your easy going style
and the effort you made to make sure that your message
was exactly what we needed to hear. It was obvious that
you took the time to get to know us and our issues. Using
your example, we must become solution focused for our
Sales Manager, TQ3Navigant
"My job as a lead facilitator
for this conference was much easier because of Barry's
contribution. Much time was spent exploring innovative
ways to engineer success. That simply would not have happened
without Barry's contribution."
Vice President, Ravenhouse International
"As the Chairman, I want to
thank you for your keynote and making my job easier. I
have never heard more positive feed back on any keynoter."
Programing, Equipment and Tool Institute
"You have a wonderful, infectious
presentation style which readily engages the audience.
The humor and audience interaction strengthened your connection
with the listeners. It was a lively, thought provoking
session that added to the success of the meeting."
Executive Director, American Organization of Nurse Executives
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