Because leadership, motivation and innovation are germane to all companies, we work with clients from many different industries. Some of our favorite clients that we’ve been able to help grow forward include:
- LEGO America
- Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
- The Travelers Companies, Inc.
- Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals
- Blum Shapiro
- United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
- Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI) – Planning Consultants
- Konowitz, Kahn & Company P.C. (now Marcum LLP)
- Royal Neighbors of America
- ING Financial Services
- New England Financial Group (a MetLife affiliated company)
- Ameriprise Financial
- Klingberg Family Centers and the Traumatic Stress Institute
- YWCA of the Hartford Region
- Walker Systems Support
- Bay Path College
- University of Connecticut – School of Business
- University of Hartford – Entrepreneurial Center
- Trinity College
- Connecticut Society of CPAs (CSCPA.org)
- Small Business Research Innovation (SBIR-Connecticut)
- Alstom Power
- Reid and Riege law firm
- Hartford SteamBoiler (HSB)
- ElisitSolutions, LLC
- Dr. Pat Barry, author of Taking Charge from the Inside Out
- Hugs, LLC with author/speaker, Jack Mitchell
- Tom Peters Company!
- LIMRA International
- CAN WE ADD YOU to this circle of motivated business leaders?
What VALUE did we create for you?
When we asked our clients the all important question “What value did we create for you?” here’s what some of them had to say. (please forgive the length of the list. All of them mean the world to us!)
“In 2021, Kathy led our staff through focused peer feedback, instructing us on how best to provide our fundraising staff with feedback that would immediately impact their presentations to the community. It was well worth the time and money we spent to have Kathy provide us with this training. Her ability to teach others while still providing constructive feedback is unique to her field. We still use the feedback methods today, and our presenters’ abilities have improved greatly over the years. I would highly recommend this session to others who are looking to looking to improve their ability to provide feedback to their peers.” – Libby Richardson / Events Manager / United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
“I think a big part of your keynote success was the skillful balance between content and contact. What you did so beautifully in your presentation was to skillfully use your presentation to build a community. You made a lot of really great points that united us (i.e., wage gap, leadership gap, access gap), and strengthened us by pointing out the importance of our networks (i.e., people = resources) to close those gaps! ” – Christine Brooks, Economist and Entrepreneur.
“During a networking lunch meeting yesterday with a new contact, I was told that I am now considered one of the top networkers by a mutual set of contacts. You should know, this is not a label I have had attributed to me before – and certainly a result of your Motivated Networking Follow-Up webinar.” – Mark Yaphe, CEO, ExecuThink
“I have purchased several of Kathy’s products and use them everyday when talking with successfull Business Professionals about what they do. They are terrific and give candidates an even more competitive edge when presenting themselves to my Executive Search Clients.” – Dayle Whiteside, Personal Branding Strategist / Research Specialist
“I just wanted to thank you for the 2 days that you spent with us. I can honestly say that I gained much more from your seminar than you can even imagine. Not only did I gain some invaluable insight on how to gather my thoughts and create a powerful and strongly communicated message, but I also was able to rethink how I look to present material based on the audience that I am presenting to. I came out of those two days with some vigor, ready to take on a whole slew of new challenges.”-Scott Decoteau, Lead Art Director / New Media, LEGO Systems Inc.
“The one course taken with you last year (Powerful Presentations) has benefited me professionally more than anything else I’ve done in years.”- Diane Eder, CLU, ChFC, Vice President, Head of Sales Technologies, ING Life Sales Support, Minneapolis
“Thanks again for all that you’ve done for me. I’ve learned to be more confident in my presentation skills but also in the way I present myself. As a 23 year old sometimes it is difficult to know exactly how to act, what to do or say in a professional, globalized company, but you’ve helped me in more ways than just presentations and I am very thankful for that.” – Tatjana Blanusa, Western Sales Representative, LEGO Systems, Inc.
“I really did meet you at the right time in my life. Your enthusiasm and optimism has rubbed off on me a bit and I believe played a part in my confidence building, which in turn helped me reach the milepost of achieving partnership in my law firm.” – Barbara, Attorney
“I am grateful for the presentation coaching and training tips provided to me by Kathy McAfee, The Marketing Motivator. Her straight-forward feedback and communication insights helped me to better connect with my audience and move them to action. As a result of working with her, I have fine-tuned my keynote speech which will allow me to more effectively deliver our mission-driven message to thousands of people.” – Raymond Bechard, Founder and Director, AhavaKids.org
“It is a delightful learning experience to work with Kathy McAfee. I am an experienced public speaker and have been WOWed by her excellent insights into ways of expanding my message and moving it from a “very good” presentation to one that is inspiring, hope-restoring, and life-changing for those who hear it. Working with Kathy is deeply meaningful for me personally. My confidence in my message and commitment to making a difference in the lives of people is powerfully enhanced as the result of Kathy’s perceptive knowledge of people.” – Pat D. Barry, PhD, APRN, author of Taking Charge from the Inside Out
“Kathy McAfee is unique. She is high energy and definitely “walks the talk.” For me, she has provided very personalized and customized assistance tailored to the needs of my particular situation. She has championed my products at public events, which is one specific thing that went beyond my expectations. She tunes into me personally and is accessible beyond the scope of a particular accountability meeting. I am comfortable asking her for guidance on just about any business challenge that comes my way.” – Susan Nolte, founder of the May Cookie Co., LLC
“I had an opportunity to attend a two-day executive development seminar presented by Kathy McAfee. Kathy was an excellent motivator with practical ideas that would benefit just about any industry. Attending Kathy’s seminars will result in profound changes to how your key staff looks at inspiring others.” - Charles W. Sellers, CLU, ChFC, Royal Neighors of America
“Kathy McAfee is Connecticut’s gifted Marketing Motivator. Last year at our SBIR Regional Conference she was such a big hit, our surveys overwhelmingly told us to have her back. It’s hard to describe what Kathy does because she is magic. Kathy helps you network, focus, and make the most of your talents. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to build relationships — because selling is, after all, all about building relationships — Attend Kathy McAfee’s Perfect Your Pitch workshop and develop superior networking skills to you can use. ” – Merrie London , SBIR Manager, CT SBIR Office , Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
“This morning, I had a quick talk planned (informal, fire side chat type) with seven people in my organization. I used theClean Sheet Thinking template and it got my thoughts clear. It made me think more carefully of my objective and what my audience could get out of the talk. I do many of these types of informal presentations and in the past would have given less thought and relied more on winging it – a pitfall that many presenters often face. I now have a great tool that can help me be more successful in both formal and informal presentation settings.”- Philip Slominski, Vice President, Freedom 55 Financial, London Life, Montreal, Canada
(Watch this YouTube Video) “Business people and entrepreneurs need to know Kathy McAfee. Whether you’re doing $150K/year or $150 million/year, Kathy McAfee has resources and insights that you need to tap into.” – Mark Shepard, NPLT, Master Practitioner of NLP, www.ModernJedi.com
“Kathy’s techniques are very beneficial in not only keeping your audience’s attention but also gaining their participation. Any speaker would truly benefit from taking this program.” – David Pence, District Director of Agencies, Cotton States Insurance, who participated in the LIMRA Powerful Presentations 2-day workshop conducted by Kathy McAfee
“Kathy is really the best presentation presenter I’ve seen in my career. I’ll be using her Clean Sheet Thinking tool to plan all of my future presentations. It’s brilliantly simple and extremely useful.” Bob Litchy, Director of Sales, MMA
“Working with Kathy significantly improved my process and helped me assess, evaluate, conclude and commit. I ended up with an engaging presentation that was informational, relevant, and crystal clear.” – Christopher Linskey, VP Sales and Marketing, Grocery/Drug, ADVO/Valassis, Inc
“Kathy McAfee and Mark Shepard used an innovative and engaging one-day session to help craft and instill a poignantly relevant marketing vision for the LEGO marketing department. Great job – thanks!” – Eric Wolfe, Vice President, Brand Marketing, LEGO Americas
“The most valuable part of the Motivating Purpose Workshop was getting a total understanding of the company vision and changing mindsets of what it means to “own” that vision. Good/strong level of engagement.” – Soren Torp Laursen, President, LEGO Americas
“I am indebted to The Marketing Motivator. Stand and Deliver is unlike any presentation training program that I even have taken in my 25 year sales career. In fact, your coaching exceeded my expectations and positively influenced my own position in the company.” – Joe Vasile, VP of Sales-USA, ALSTOM Power, Inc
“Kathy brings energy and excitement to every project. She doesn’t just do the work for you. She makes you think. She engaged the YWCA and challenged us to think differently about how we deliver value to our customers and donors. She gave us innovative approaches to crafting our message.” – Deborah Ullman, Executive Director, YWCA of the Hartford Region
“Honestly, I think I learned so much by watching you present. Little things, like don’t stand still in one spot, walk around. Be human. Interact with people. Exude energy and passion naturally – without seeming contrived. Get the audience asking questions right from the start and have a discussion – don’t present at the audience. I just wanted to thank you for one of the many things that I gained from working with you.” – Christian LoGrasso, Manager of Creative Services, Valassis, Inc.
“You gave me what I needed to direct my business and connect it with my values. Your information was practical, focused, and broken down in a way that made it easy to learn. You showed me how to do what you do so expertly. You made it possible for me to do it too. More than ever before, I see what can materialize for my business and my future.” – Nancy Wells, President, Heirloom & Couture. (Graduate of the MotivateME! Rapid Change Career Coaching Program)
“Kathy McAfee is a master professional. Her thorough understanding of the art (and science) of communication and the nuanced techniques of a successful presentation is of the highest standard. She possesses an unparalleled generosity of spirit, energy and commitment. Kathy always exceeds expectations.” – Frank Slugaski, executive coach and business developer, Hire Aspirations, USA
“Kathy gives me the confidence that I can be the best. She really helped me focus on specializing instead of being all things to all people.” – Linda Pulford, Owner of Farmington Valley Organizing (after taking the Branding for Success workshop)
“The Marketing Motivator facilitated a day-long positioning and branding workshop with my Executive team. the strategic insights, connections and energy generated have proven to be extremely valuable to my company’s growth strategy. I feel re-invigorated and highly motivated to drive my business forward.” – Patty Sue Williams, CEO, Telesis, LLC
“Working with Kathy McAfee, The Marketing Motivator, has helped me to become more focused and determined about positioning and branding my company for success. She is a trusted resource and has helped us to strengthen our marketing capability.” – Dennis Nash, President, Control Station, Inc.
“The value gained by actually perfecting my pitch was priceless.” – D’vorah Lansky, Marketing Connector, Send Out Cards
“The workshop couldn’t have come about at a better time for me, following 11 years with major corporations. I’m striking out on my own and today’s content is sure to help me start on the right path with the right mindset.” - Steve Randolph, Presentation Whisperer
“Kathy helped me to clear away what was keeping me from connecting me with my ideal clients. Now I can fit what I do into the keyhole of my prospect’s brain. The result? more money. More satisfaction. Helping more people.” – Mark Shepard, The Courage Coach, NLP Rapid Change Specialist
“Kathy’s half-day workshop ‘Stand and Deliver’ supercharged my presentation style and taught me contemporary tools to use at the podium. I now look forward to future engagements with no fear and more confidence.” – Marilyn Douglas, Principal, Douglas Search Associates
“Kathy’s Stand and Deliver” workshop is a fun way to improve presentation skills. Her ideas are practical and easy to understand. I would definitely take another workshop with her.” – Kay Green, Green Graphic Design
“Kathy has an amazing amount of energy. She knows how to assess a group’s needs and tailor her message to the individual needs of her audience. She also has useful basic tools she gives away; tools you can adapt and use immediately to become more effective.” – Chris Amorosino, Amorosino Writing, LLC
“The ideas you discussed around the topic of networking and follow-up letter writing were both timely and timeless. I have started forming a plan to incorporate them into my day-to-day marketing and networking activities.” – Ray Giguere, Senior Sales Professional
“Since attending Kathy’s workshop, my networking efforts have led to more clients in less time. By following some of her grassroots approaches, I have begun to exceed my monthly goals for the first time.” - Michael Guerin, President, www.AmpYourCashFlow.com
“Working with Kathy helped switch my business from off to ON. She put me in touch with resources that resulted in a half page article in the Hartford Courant. She helped me develop a call-to-action so that I could convert prospects to clients.” – Doreen Stern, Ph.D., De-Clutter Today!
“Kathy worked with me for just two hours and we made tremendous strides. I was shocked. She gave me ideas that produced breakthroughs in my marketing strategy that I could never have achieved on my own.” - Jeffrey Scott, President Client Relations, Glenn Gate
“The results you elicited from me and my team with your “Marketing Tune Up for Small Business” were absolutely phenomenal and exceeded my expectations by a couple of country miles. Our little tune up in reality turned out to be a major overhaul, complete with on-board navigation system and jet engine.” – Richard A. Adams, President, ElisitSolutions, LLC
“Kathy brings fresh energy and a new perspective to the marketing challenges that businesses face every day. She stirs the imagination with techniques and ideas from a variety of different industries. If you believe that your marketing can be better, The Marketing Motivator can help make it better.” – Scott Kaeser, Publisher, Tidemark Press
“Working with Kathy McAfee has been a wonderful experience. It felt like I had a new business partner, excited about helping me spread my message. Kathy truly made me feel as though she had a personal interest in my company and as a result, I am reaching more people.” – Lorna Patterson, Healthy Changes, LLC
“Working with Kathy McAfee has been a very positive experience. I particularly appreciate the earnest listening skills; the relevant business and marketing experience that she brings to the table and her commitment and ability to quickly get up to speed on my business.” – Karen Rossi, Artist and Entrepreneur, Karen Rossi Studios