Lori Silverman is an outstanding presenter who educated and inspired our group through her tailored workshop on the use of story techniques in business development. Our professional organization, Marketing Associates of Spokane, hosted the half-day workshop for its members.
Lori taught us a new way to connect and relate to our clients through story that will not only make a strong first impression, but a lasting one. Instead of doing business as usual, our attendees learned how to use story to differentiate themselves from their competitors and to win business and competitive advantage.
The positive comments and feedback from all attendees was overwhelming. One attendee wrote, Her creative, dynamic and engaging presentation style allows participants to think outside the box and challenges the norm of the way companies communicate. Another said, This is exactly the type of thing I have been waiting to learn. This will take my company from good to great.
I had the pleasure of working with Lori before, during, and after the event and I was very impressed with her intense preparation and customization of the program to fit the needs of our group, and her professionalism throughout the process. Lori's personality is fun and her knowledge and experience is extensive. This combination made for an enjoyable and informational workshop.
I would bring Lori back in a second for another workshop and I wholeheartedly recommend Lori Silverman for your company, group, or organization.
Julie Culver, President
Marketing Associates of Spokane
Lori was fabulous!
All 175 attendees were totally involved in her keynote presentation.
Our audience is usually fairly reserved, but she had them laughing
and applauding throughout, and they flocked to talk to her afterwards.
Truly, Lori's presentation was the highlight of the conference.
Tony Shaw, President
Wilshire Conferences, Inc.
Lori, thank you
for inspiring the university of Wisconsin Credit Union management
group at our 2008 Leadership Conference. The information and skills
you shared with us regarding the art and science of stories was
motivational and critically relevant to kick off 2008. The them
of our annual business plan is 'Members for Life.' The use of stories
will help guarantee success with employees, and telling our story
to the communities we serve. All areas of our company have identified
ways to incorporate the use of story to differentiate University
of Wisconsin Credit Union in the marketplace. We look forward to
a continued relationship with you to further hone our skills with
this exciting and innovative business concept
Maggie Hertz, Executive
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
University of Wisconsin Credit Union
I want to personally
thank you for delivering an outstanding presentation for NSA Wisconsin
in September. Your topic: 'Beyond the Signature Story: Using Stories
to Build Additional Revenue Streams' generated excellent attendance
and brought out veteran NSA members who are not currently members
of our chapter. Your pre-planning process of interviewing five veteran
chapter members to determine their desired outcomes laid the groundwork
for one of the most content-rich sessions we have ever had. I really
appreciate the fact your message aims high and targets the needs
of advanced speakers. For those speakers who think they've "heard
it all", I would strongly suggest they think again and apply
your strategies and techniques to generate significantly more business
from their current and former clients Thanks again for everything.
May our paths cross often
Robert Ian, 2007-2008
National Speakers Association-Wisconsin
is one of the highest rated-speakers we've had for our local SHRM
chapter in a long time! Her presentation, 'Wake Me Up When the Data
Is Over,' was engaging, thought-provoking, fun and practical all
at once. Lori did her homework and used examples that were relevant
to the group. Her knowledge of the subject and of the research behind
it is impressive and she uses that knowledge to connect the concept
of stories to the audience in a very practical way. Her presentation
style is well-organized, dynamic, and well-paced. I would highly
Lori Gibson, Past VP
Greater Madison Area SHRM chapter
When I reflect
on memorable ways where I've Learned the most, it's typically from
a story someone shared. Lori brings this important learning concept
to life by practicing this story concept in her seminar, 'Storytelling:
The Best-Kept Secret in Business Today.' She has you create your
own story that you can use ot support high performance in your organization.
By giving you the 'how to' for sharing your life experience through
a story, you'll impact not only the workplace, but people's personal
Cindy Walker, President
you so much for presenting Making an Impact Through Stories
at our Midwest Woodland Owners leadership Workshop. Our participants
from around the Midwest were greatly inspired by your presentation
to look at their organizations and the stories of their members.
Your talk was one of the most mentioned when asked which presentation
inspired our participants the most. Meeting evaluations showed that
your techniques for listening and storytelling had profound impact.
In addition, I find myself evaluating TV, radio and print ads to
see if they are telling a story—most of them do, yet I never
recognized it until hearing your presentation. Thank you for spending
the day with us and for making this first get together memorable.
We enjoyed getting to know you better and sharing our stories with
Nancy C. Bozek, Executive
Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association
I enjoyed the
program, Wake Me Up When the Data is Over: Using Stories to
Drive Results, and really appreciated the warmth and wisdom
you brought to AzSAE. I have already begun to implement ideas from
the workshop and it’s only four hours later! Thank you!
Beverly Babb, CAE,
Arizona Society of Association Executives
Lori was the
opening keynote speaker at the Wisconsin State Training Conference
in March 2006. She is a master storyteller with the ability to actively
engage her audience in multiple uses of this powerful communication
technique. As one audience member expressed, I have been using
stories as part of my training for some time. Lori helped me refine
Ralph Schwartz, Leadership
and Staff Development Director
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and
conference program committee member
to think in a more innovative way when you leave a workshop facilitated
by Lori! She possesses a clear command of her subject matter and
her personal, interactive style makes her an effective teacher for
professionals seeking practical solutions. Following each of the
three workshops featuring Lori over the past year, participants
acknowledged her energetic and hands-on approach as valuable and
worth returning for.
Angela Ruff, Director
of Continuing Education
workshop for the Spokane non-profit community titled, Harnessing
the Power of Storytelling for Non-Profits, was a powerful
experience for attendees. The day was spent learning to understand
the benefits of using stories in order to build better connections
and strengthen community with clarity and conviction. After the
workshop, many participants continue to work together to create
and convey stories that inspire action and promote positive change
in the world. Loris facilitation skills and positive energy
were the keys to the success of the workshop that has made such
a positive impact on our community.
Patty Gates, Executive
New Priorities Foundation
Thank you for
bringing your expertise to ASTD-TCC. Your passion for using stories
in business really kept us engaged throughout your entire presentation.
You used examples that we could relate to, and the exercises that
you used helped to cement your ideas. Our members were delighted
with your presentation—I hope that we can call on you again
for future presentations for our chapter
ASTD-Twin Cities Chapter (TCC)
What a terrific
program you gave; Graduate School of Business students and alumni
(72 to be exact) stayed for the entire call. Your message has universal
appeal and 11 of the callers were from outside the U.S.—everyone
has a story and the medium is so powerful. You gave GSB students
and alumni concrete and practical applications and tools that they
can use immediately at their workplaces or even in the job interviewing
process. Thank you for your time, effort, and commitment.
MBA Career Advancement Programs, Career
Development Office, The University
of Chicago, Graduate School of Business
I had the opportunity
to hear Lori at the CUNA Councils Experience Learning Live!
Conference geared especially for individuals in the training profession.
Her session helped me to understand why some of my most memorable
speakers were so memorable. They used a story not only to entertain
but to educate and captivate the audience so that they become very
receptive. Lori showed me how a relevant story can bring a group
of people together almost immediately. Thank you Lori for this eye-opening
lesson, I know this new information will prove to be a beneficial
Director of Conference & Training,
S.C. Credit Union League
program for CIASTD was a breath of fresh air! Her topic attracted
the largest meeting attendance of any program this year. Plus, Loris
informal facilitation style and practical approach was very well
received by participants.
Vice President of Programs, Central
Thanks so much
for your thoughtful and well-researched presentation to the World
Future Society. I know that I came away with a couple of nuggets
to use in some of the work Im doing, and the feedback I received
from the audience was highly positive.
President, World Future Society, Madison
Director, Executive Marketing Education,
UW-Madison School of Business,
Center for Executive Education
Storytelling Workshop taught me how to forge new connections with
my staff and other audiences. Her engaging style and sense of humor
opened my mind to new possibilities for communicating ideas through
stories that capture your attention, then provide moments of insight.
I learned that stories can enhance relationships among team members,
linking them to a common purpose.
Corporate Services Director &
American Petroleum Institute
Thank you for
the excellent presentation you made to our Chicago Chapter of ASTD.
The program was one of our highest attended programs this year with
80+ members listening and learning from you. I especially appreciated
how you tailored your presentation to our chapter. When we spoke
a few months back and I told you that we wanted a business focus
to our programs in 2004 I had no idea that you could satisfy our
needs so well. You gave example after example of how organizations
have used stories to make training stick and impact their bottom
line. Everyone wants ROI data now and you showed how crafting appropriate
targeted stories could drive ROI of training. I have received thank
you emails from my members about your program. Thank you for making
us look good and our members happy. We look forward to hearing you
Vital Signs Training, http://www.vitalsignstraining.com
I recently attended
Lori Silvermans Storytelling workshopit
was excellent! Lori is a well-read and upbeat presenter, and
the interactive format made for a memorable day. The real-world
examples in the workshop gave me ideas that Ive already started
implementing at my association.
Director of Internal Marketing
National Athletic Trainers Association,
presentation to The Business Forum about storytelling in the corporate
world led me to think about my own presentations at work. For example,
our staff gets together quarterly and managers reward staffers whove
contributed above and beyond the norm. Now, instead of simply recognizing
their work and giving out a certificate, I tell a story about what
the person did, how they achieved their goal, and the obstacles
they may have overcome in so doingin short, I incorporate
storytelling into the presentation. The staff loves it and I see
people connect better because of the presentation. It humanizes
the effort of the staff person. If it werent for the example
Lori set and the exercises she led us in, I doubt I would have changed
my presentations. She showed the power of a good story.
President-Elect, The Business Forum
Administrative Director, Isthmus Publishing
was a true professional through every aspect of her speaking engagement
with the Madison Business & Professional Women. She partnered
together with us to pick a topic that fit our group and the amount
of time we had available. Working out the logistics was accomplished
in a straightforward manner. And the presentationWOW! She
used many examples from her own life and her friends lives
to illustrate the points she was making. And because these examples
were all stories, it gave us something to relate to, kept things
interesting and made an impact. We were very happy to have her speak
to our organizationshe provided a very high-quality presentation
to our members. And they took away a lot of value."
Madison Business & Professional
Vice President, Program Chair
Lori can really
capture a room. In October 2003, she opened our annual Chapter Leadership
Conference and shared stories of teamwork and leadership that tied
in with our conference theme. Loris enthusiasm and energy
captured our audience and her stories left a lasting impression.
She also presented Schmoozing: How To Work a Room with
professionalism and humor. As one participant said, Lori was
very interesting and entertaining. She offered some key insights
on how to approach people. Lori came through for us and did
an excellent job.
Chapter Manager/Training Consultant
California Credit Union League
Lori is the
highest-rated meeting speaker that our PMI chapter has had. Her
stories are engaging, memorable and meaningful. I highly recommend
Lori for keynote speeches as well as training and educational programs.
She is a crowd-pleaser that is sure to make your meeting a success.
La Crosse PMI Chapter
special meeting on Stories Trainers Tell with Lori Silverman
was a hit! Lori not only shared with us some of her lesson-infused
stories, but shared the recipe for crafting stories to enhance learning.
Thank you, Lori, for volunteering your time to educate the Trainers
Network on the power of storytelling.
Custom Training Design and Consulting
Lori packs the
room on a repeat basis! She has spoken at our monthly chapter
meetings and was a keynote speaker at our first Professional Development
Day in April 2002. The audience loves the way she connects with
them, and her humor and sense of showmanship keep them
engaged. Her stories ensure that the message is remembered. We are
lucky to have such a talented speaker in our own backyard.
CCP, PMP, President
Madison South-Central Wisconsin Chapter
Project Management Institute
Web site: http://www.pmi-madison.org
Lori is a world
class speaker. She grabs her audience and leads them in wondrous
directions that both educates and entertains. Her magical stories
can at moments be thought provoking, gut wrenching, or heart rending.
What a joy!!!!
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