Connie Podesta

Hall of Fame Speaker | Award Winning Author | Sales and Leadership Guru | Human Behavior Expert

Sales Like You've Never Heard It Before!

Connie is a game-changing, revenue-building, sales-generating ball of fire whose rare blend of laugh-out-loud comedy, killer take-away strategies, and interactive, no-power-point delivery style have made her one of the most unique and memorable speakers on the stage today.

25 years. Two million people. 1,000 organizations. Hall of Fame speaker. Award-winning author.  Seven books. Former Radio/TV personality. Therapist. Expert on the psychology of sales, leadership, change, accountability, and engagement.  Amazing ROI.  Plus (what we all could probably use in today’s crazy world )… a Comedienne.

Connie is all about RESULTS.
Most keynote speakers simply teach audiences WHAT to do. A few speakers show audiences HOW to do it. Connie does all that and MORE. She helps your team understand WHY it’s important to change behaviors, re-think attitudes, re-assess old ideas and get on board so they can make things happen!

Connie’s Standout presentations deliver ROI by increasing:

  • Sales
  • Leadership
  • Engagement
  • Competitive Edge
  • Communication

Connie ignites an amazing buzz of energy, empowerment and call to action that generates lasting and positive change.


You have lots of choices. You can pick a topic you like from the list below…or you can mix and match topics and let Connie create a special session just for you!

  • StandOut from the Crowd… Out-Perform, Out-Think, Out-Lead, and Out-Sell the Competition
  • StandOut Influence… How To Get People On Board
  • StandOut Sales… Like You’ve Never Heard It Before!
  • StandOut Leadership… Lead Like You Mean It!
  • StandOut Relationships… Life Would Be Easy, If it Weren’t for Other People

Your presentation was truly outstanding. I have been fortunate to have seen many speakers: John Naisbitt, Terry Bradshaw, Lou Holtz, etc. Your ability to ‘hold’ and ‘inspire’ an audience is, in my opinion, the best.
Lincoln Financial

Thank you for giving an excellent presentation on “Will to Win: Personal Accountability” at our Leadership Conference. Your presentation stimulated me and the other American Express leaders to stop and think more about our personalities, health, financial security and being the best in the company. I especially liked the point that you made about how “passion and excitement” factor into the work/life balance equation; I totally agree with that!

After the Leadership Conference, we surveyed our exempt employees to obtain their feedback on the event. I think you will be pleased to know that the comments that we received about your presentation were overwhelmingly positive. Our leaders related well to your tips and presentation style, as evidenced by the following survey comments:

• “Connie Podesta was outstanding. She brought a liveliness to understanding why it is important to have balance and that everyone has talent to share.”

• “In my 15 years with AmEx, Connie was the best guest speaker yet. Thank you for booking her and allowing us to learn from her wisdom.”

• “I was extremely impressed with the speaker. She challenged us to discover what in our life is really important. My team is still buzzing with excitement.”

Thank you again for being part of our Leadership Conference and for sharing so many valuable tips. In the brief time we spent together, I hope you learned more about

American Express. We certainly learned a great deal from you.”

American Express

Here is a partial list of some of her valued and respected clients in the financial services industry

  • Advance Equities Financial Corporation
  • Allstate Financial
  • American Fidelity
  • American Express
  • American General
  • Automotive Finance Corp.
  • Canada Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals
  • Canada Mortgage & Housing
  • CCH Wolters Kluwer
  • Citi Financial
  • Community Bankers of IL
  • Community Bankers of OK
  • Construction Financial Management
  • Evergreen Investments
  • FCC Services
  • First Premier Bank
  • Frontier Farm Credit
  • Idaho Financial Women’s Group
  • Independent Bankers of TX
  • Institute of Internal Auditors, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Lincoln Financial
  • Merrill Lynch
  • OK Housing Finance Agency
  • Red River Bank
  • Securian Financial
  • Solomon Smith Barney
  • Summit Financial
  • Thomson Reuters
  • T. Rowe Price
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • Quick Chek
  • Wachovia Securities
Travels From:  Texas
City: Dallas
$20,001 to $30,000


Connie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech, Communications, and Business, a Master’s Degree in Human Relations and Counseling and was a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for more than 25 years. Combine this incredible education with 30 years of working with leading organizations throughout the world and you see why Connie is constantly Choice #1. Her education, experience, street smarts, personality and top-notch credentials are guaranteed to help organizations learn how to achieve exciting, measurable RESULTS.

President and founder of Connie Podesta Presents, LLC for 25 years, Connie helps visionary organizations defy conventional thinking and challenge the status quo so they can re-think “business as usual.” Connie attracts clients who want to: Increase revenue and sales.  Rev up performance.  Attract new customers. Lead more effectively.  Stay healthy.  And enjoy life more.

Connie’s first-hand experience in Human Resources, Human Relations, Staff Development, Employee Assistance and Training Coordinator have given her a leading edge when it comes to taking organizations to an even higher level of success.

An expert in the psychology of human behavior as it relates to sales, leadership, change and relationships, Connie is the go-to person when it comes to digging deep into what makes people do what they do and say what they say. Her intuitive understanding of people empowers audiences to be able to ACT, rather than react to even the most difficult of people and situations.

Connie’s background in comedy, theater, radio and TV have created a fiery personality, comedic wit and an unforgettable delivery style that brings so much more to her on-stage performance than the “typical” presentation. Combined with her on-target content, Connie is a rare blend of substance and style.

Connie’s impressive client list includes more than 1,000 organizations in almost every industry. Fortune 500 companies, as well as small businesses and associations. C-suite through support staff.   Every person feels she is talking just to them.

Connie is experienced in the wide spectrum. Let’s face it—every organization has their highs and lows. Connie has been asked to lend her expertise to companies going through upheaval, reorganization, change, downsizing, and mergers/acquisitions as well as businesses at the very top of their game, yet still want to stay competitive and reach even higher.  Whatever position you are in, or special attention your team needs, you’ll know, even before she gets on stage, that you and your organization are in good hands.


The Power of Performance and Innovation to Increase Competitive Edge

Business as Usual? No way! Status quo? Move over? Change? Keep it Coming!

Bottom line: Your future success depends on your ability to OUT-SHINE past performance, OUT-THINK old ideas and OUT-MANEUVER anyone who says it can’t be done. Simply “meeting expectations” doesn’t cut it anymore. YOU and YOUR BRAND have to be so extraordinarily AWESOME, UNIQUE and VITAL that people will CHOOSE to do business with YOU instead of your competitor! Ready?

Meet Human Relations expert Connie Podesta who is both refreshingly candid and wonderfully entertaining. She will definitely bring out your edgy, creative, competitive side as she takes you inside the minds of today’s savvy, but super-demanding global market and delivers some killer, powerhouse strategies that will help you increase sales, profits, good will and your customer base. Competition – watch out!

he Power of Consensus and Negotiation to Increase Buy-In
Successful people are GREAT influencers. They know how to get consensus, ownership and buy-in from the people who count–without manipulation, intimidation, sacrificing relationships, or stepping on toes.

Bottom line: Getting the job done the right way hinges on your ability to “sell” yourself and your ideas in such a trusting and positive way that people will CHOOSE to: Follow your lead. Cooperate with you. Learn from you. Buy from you. Partner with you. And…support you so you can make things happen!

With a rare blend of laugh-out-loud humor, uncanny insight into human nature and killer persuasive strategies, Human Relations expert Connie Podesta, will take you right inside the minds of the people you need to influence and impress.

You will learn how to negotiate differences, influence behaviors, change attitudes, overcome objections, and close the deal so you can create an amazing network of PEOPLE who have one common goal: to willingly help you GET THE JOB DONE NOW!

The Power of Persuasion and Psychology to Increase Sales
Think you’ve heard everything there is to know about SALES? Then make way for some game-changing, money-making, customer-attracting ideas that will literally blow the roof off “sales done the old way.”

Connie Podesta, an expert in the psychology of human behavior and sales strategies has helped millions of people take sales to a whole new level…and have more fun while getting there.

First step– no more excuses. If you believe that PRICE, PRODUCT, MARKETING or TERRITORY are the main reasons for not closing the deal, think again. Customers tell a different story. Connie takes you right smack inside the mind of today’s new breed of customer. Bargain-hunting. Demanding. Indecisive. Internet savvy. Overwhelmed with choices. And, very SELECTIVE about WHO they CHOOSE to do business with.

With her tell-it-like-it-is delivery and laugh-out-loud humor, Connie is ready to help you sell like never before so you can sit back and watch both your business and your bank account grow and GROW!

The Power of Accountability and Ownership to Increase Performance

In a perfect world all employees would be: high achieving, self-motivated, engaging, team players who see the big picture and always strive to do their best to get the job done on time without complaining. Does that sound like the Twilight Zone?

Bottom Line: In the real world many employees: simply “meet expectations,” lack initiative, bring their personal life to work, stress over every change and whine about having to WORK….on the job! “Enough!” says Human Behavior and Leadership Development expert Connie Podesta, who has empowered thousands of leaders worldwide with the attitudes, mindsets and strategies necessary to create a team that’s willing, able and excited to get the job done THE RIGHT WAY!

With her signature blend of comedy and “tell-it-like-it-is” delivery, Connie takes you inside the minds of even your most difficult employees so you can turn negative attitudes into positive, entitlement into accountability, complacency into productivity, complaining into solutions and “that’s not my job” into ownership.

The Power of Personality and Communication to Increase Engagement

Difficult people? Move over! Crazy demands? Under control! Critical conversations? No problem!

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could decode the mystery of human behavior and truly understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say (including yourself!) Research shows that the #1 key to SUCCESS is the ability to get along with other people. At work and at home.

Bottom line: how you choose to relate to, communicate with, be accountable to, resolve conflict with and garner respect from other people will directly impact your ability to attract and sustain healthy relationships so you can lead, manage, sell, produce, collaborate, work as a team, enjoy life, stay healthy, be happy and…experience success.

With laugh-out-loud humor, killer take-away strategies and her amazing insights into ourselves and others (including a few who “drive you crazy”), Human Relations expert Connie Podesta will both challenge you and empower you with the knowledge you need to get along better with the people in your life. Connie will take you right inside the minds and personalities of the people you deal with every day–bosses, colleagues, partners, customers, friends, and family– so YOU can ACT, rather than REACT to whatever life throws your way. Get ready for less stress and more success!

Areas of expertise

  • Human Behavior Expert
  • Thought Leader in sales
  • Leadership
  • Change
  • productivity
  • Relationships
  • Work/life balance
  • Career development
  • Reorganization
  • Recruitment and retention
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