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We have divided our Frequently Asked Questions section into three parts so that you may more easily find answers to your questions.
Right here. Keep reading and call us anytime if you have questions and would like to speak with a real human being! You will most likely speak with Jeff or Melanie. Just give us a call at 800-886-2MAX in the U.S. or 810-695-6900 outside of the U.S.
Why should we hire a professional speaker when someone from within our organization will speak for free at our event?
Having your President, CEO, a member, or a vendor speak at your event may be entirely appropriate, depending on your goals for the event. On the other hand, many post engagement questionnaires indicate that participants enjoy and expect someone outside the company or even the industry to give them an entertaining and broader perspective. Our speakers have presentation styles that leave participants energized for positive change and, with our tailoring, we can use those presentation skills to move your participants toward organizational goals.
You may not actually have an either/or situation. Most events have several sessions where speakers or trainers are needed. You can very often have the best of both worlds, since there are appropriate places for everyone to speak. Here's another consideration: to maximize the impact and return on investment (ROI) from your speaker-dollarconsider using one of our speakers for more than one presentation at your event. We are many times asked to deliver both a keynote as well as a break-out session.
Just give us a call at 800-886-2MAX or 810-695-6900 and be prepared to answer the following questions:
To learn more about our professional speakers, please read the background statements for Harry K. Jones, Dr. Jeffrey W. Drake or Shelley R. Riebel. Also, take a look at our newsletter for articles written by our speakers. Still looking for more information? Give us a call at 800-886-2MAX or 810-695-6900.
Give us a call at 800-886-2MAX or 810-695-6900, and we'll provide you with short segments of a presentation.
First we'll tell you what you can't expect. You can't expect to see our exact presentation, since each one is unique. We're known for our customization and have many references to prove it. You can expect to see our style of speaking and examples of our mix of business information and entertainment. You will also see that we always interact with the audience which they really love.
Of course you will. In fact, we encourage this conversation. Once you have finalized the decision and signed a contract, we will pass the information along to the speaker and set up a convenient time for a phone call or series of calls with your key people.
We know many speakers say they customize, but to them that means they sprinkle in the name of your organization and charge you extra to pronounce it right. Here's how we do it
Most of our presentation topics can be designed to fit your available time from 30 minutes to two days. We're also experienced and flexible enough to adapt when our segment needs to be cut or expanded unexpectedly. We will do whatever we can to accommodate your needs.
The fact that we've addressed a wide range of audiences is a big part of our added value to your organization. Every group is different, but we've found that we face many similar challenges. In our areas of expertise, we bring the best of "what works" from other industries to your group.
We use only clean, non-offensive humor that is topical to your company and/or industry. We make every effort to tie our humor to the subject matter. You will never be embarrassed.
Many groups that hire us to do a keynote presentation also have us do a breakout or spouse session at the same event. This gets you a big discount on the second presentation, compared to hiring two speakers, and saves you travel and expenses, which is certainly helpful for those of you on a tight budget. We'll also provide you with a written introduction of our speaker mixing background information with a touch of humor providing the proper mindset for your audience.
We send you a contract. A deposit is made at the time of signing. Once we receive the contract and deposit from you, we follow up with:
We will pass the information along to the speaker and set up a convenient time for a phone call with your key people.
Each event is priced out based on what the individual client wants and needs. There are several factors to consider, including the seminar location, length of the program, travel and materials expenses, special needs, etc. Please call us for a free quote at 800-886-2MAX or 810-695-6900. You may also contact us by filling out our form or sending an e-mail to . Please be sure to include your phone number so we can discuss the details of your event.
We have developed a page with suggestions for finding sponsors and/or partners to help cover the cost of bringing in a professional speaker for your event.
We do not offer public seminars. Our seminars are custom-designed for your organization and seminars are presented on-site or at an area location of your choice such as a hotel, resort, convention center, etc.
Depending on client preference, travel arrangements are made by the client or by our office. Some companies choose to schedule the flight through their corporate travel account for better rates. We use coach airfares whenever possible. If you have specific questions about our speaker's travel to your event, please contact us.
Our staff will handle all the details of your event in a professional and timely manner. Every effort will be made to keep expenses to a bare minimum. You will never have any alcohol or extravagant expenses of any kind charged to your master account.
We have extensive experience as speakers at functions where food is part of the program. Special challenges exist in these settings that must be addressed for a seamless and interesting program. You don't want your attendees saying, "WHEN WILL THIS BE OVER?" We are happy to provide a tip sheet that will help you in designing a banquet or luncheon program.
In most cases it can be arranged for you if done in advance. Based on the desired use and outcome of the tape, sometimes there are copyrights, royalties, time limits and other issues that need to be discussed and agreed upon in writing. There is an additional fee for audio or video taping a presentation.
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Professional speaker and avid reader Harry K. Jones writes the book reviews for the site. You may contact him at .
I would like to write to Harry K. Jones, Melanie L. Drake, or Jeffrey W. Drake about one of the articles on the blog. What is his/her e-mail address?
Contact information for our speakers is available on this page.
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We have tried to create a site that is informative and easy-to-use for our visitors. Our book reviews have links to Amazon.com so that our visitors can easily buy the books we review. The AchieveMax® company is an affiliate of Amazon.com. Our posters section has links to business and motivational posters at AllPosters.com. The AchieveMax® company is an affiliate of AllPosters.com.
At this time we are not accepting articles from guest writers.
We do not have any plans to add more speakers and consultants to our team at this time. We are also not a speakers bureau.
The website is designed and maintained by AchieveMax® team member Melanie Drake. You may contact her at about technical issues with the site. If you are a web designer and would like to redesign our site, please note that we have no plans to work with outside contractors on the site.
We are not currently considering additional online marketing or search engine optimization services. Because of the number of unsolicited calls we receive, we require all online marketing inquiries to be e-mailed to . All phone call inquiries will be automatically rejected. If we are interested, we will contact you.
To show us that you have researched our company and really want us as your client, we expect you to read through our site. If you've done your homework, you'll write to about your product or service. If we are interested, we will contact you.
Since each of our seminars is custom-designed for our clients, we cannot provide training materials because they contain proprietary and confidential information for each client.
Because of the amount of student inquiries we receive, we are no longer able to provide quotations for class projects.
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