91 Testimonials, 110 exclaimation points!
2008/2012 Beijing & London Olympics Gold Medalist
"Who would have guessed that one of the first things
that I had to do after winning the Olympic gold medal in Beijing was to hire a
speech writer and coach? Thank goodness Cliff was referred to me by my PR firm.
Cliff has made my job easy to say the least. After speaking with him I
immediately sensed the professionalism and passion he had for his work. Just
like I have for the bike - I figured that this has to be a great fit. It was!
The first speech I had him help me with was spot on. This speech was a
challenge to say the least, or so I thought in the beginning. I told Cliff that
I was going to speak to a hundred sales managers from across the country. They
all worked for a company called MWI which is one of the largest veterinarian
supply companies in the US. My first question was, "why in the world would this
group want to hear what I have to say?" Cliff responded with, "it's simple -
your story." From that moment on I was confident knowing that it doesn't matter
who the audience is, they just want to be inspired and motivated through my
story. In just a few days, I received my speech. Wow, I can't believe how
exciting my story became. Like I said, Cliff made my job easy. The speech was
nicely written and even included large "P's" and other fun and helpful
presentation notes along the way. I quickly learned that the "P's" referred to
pauses. Basically, take a breath and PAUSE for several seconds at a time (I am
a fast talker so this helped out tremendously). The notes that were included
throughout the speech were also very helpful. For example - bring the mood
down, become excited, or the audience will laugh here. When I was presenting
the speech, it amazed me that every audience reaction note that Cliff wrote
throughout the speech ("audience will laugh here"), is exactly what the
audience did. Just as Cliff predicted. Talk about being in tune with the
audience. My first speech went so well I was asked back to speak a month later.
There is no bigger compliment than that. I couldn't have done it without the
inspiration and confidence that Cliff gave me. He keeps things exciting and
adds a new and different twists for each new audience. I actually love
motivational speaking now and look forward to each and every opportunity I get
to share my story."
Jana Stanfield, International
Professional Speaker, Singer, Songwriter
"A genius of a speech coach...who makes his CLIENTS
look like geniuses! Cliff coached me for my second TEDx talk. After the success
of this TED talk, I wish he coached me when I did the first one at NASA! For 18
minutes at TEDx in India, I planned to start with a song in sign language, and
end with a song that would get the audience singing, clapping and on their feet
for a giant finish. Cliff had a better idea. Since I was on after 5 speakers
before me, Cliff suggested starting big, getting people on their feet, clapping
and singing, to energize the audience, and then...he had an even better idea.
"Jana, consider closing the speech by doing one last verse in total silence,
signing the song for those around the world who can't hear." Then, an even
better idea: "Could you get a local percussion player to come up out of the
audience, so that it's just the sound of his hands on the drum, while you
performing the words to the song with only your hands?" I could feel the power
of those even better ideas instantly, but it was nothing like the breathtaking
power, of 1200 people in India watching a young musician who was invited from
the audience, sitting barefoot on the floor of the stage with his tablas,
tapping out the traditional Indian rhythms while my hands silently said, "I
cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good
that I can do."
TOTALLY ROCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!!!!!"
Jack Canfield, Co-author of
The Success Principles and Chicken Soup for the
"The Anti-Elevator Speech is a new and exciting way
to become interesting, engaging, and authentic to perspective clients and
business partners. Simple and practical, this system will supercharge your
networking. I love Cliffs focus on creating a relationship instead of
pushing a sale. The Anti-Elevator Speech is well worth reading and
"Your assistance, training and expertise allowed me
to be relaxed and truly enjoy connecting with the audience. I have learned from
your CD set, the articles published on your website and I am currently enjoying
your book 'The Anti-Elevator Speech'."
Dennis Kearns, one of the two men that the movie and true story
"Flash of Genius" is
"Working with Cliff brought additional benefits to my
clients, and certainly enhanced my skills as a public relations professional.
Cliff grabbed their attention the moment he started speaking. He went far
beyond run-of-the-mill speech training, and brought everyone additional insight
into the best ways to reach and hold the attention of an audience. I have no
doubt that my clients felt more comfortable and confident after listening to
Cliff. I highly recommend Cliff as a presentation coach and speaker."
Alan Upchurch, Marx Layne, Sernior Vice President - Marx Layne &
"To those of you who do not know Cliff all I can say
is that I follow him and listen to him any chance I get! After I heard him
speak for a first time I purchased every product he had to sell and it was life
changing for me! He not only is amazing coach who was able to teach me how to
share my story on the stage what is more important he gave me the JOY of
being on the stage! You probably know that most people fear public speaking
more than death if you are student of Cliff that would change
Mariana Juliette, MarianaJuliette.com
"You are an awesome speaker!! I have not enjoyed a
speaker like I've enjoyed you. You put Tony Robbins to shame. You really rock
Barbara Strauch, Star
Designer, Celebrating Home
you did for me in just short 2 hours played the major role in how I was able to
get on the stage in front of 350 people and tell them my story. I made people
cry, I had no idea that it was even possible. The most important thing - you
helped me to believe that there is nothing in this world that I can't do if I
really want to, all I need to do is to find the right mentor and put my heart
into it.. Just for one night in my life I was a star, and it felt amazing."
Cancer Free Life
think that Cliff Suttle's coaching is extremely helpful to both experienced and
neophyte speakers. He has an easy to understand user friendly way of doing
Peter Ajluni, President of
the American Osteopathic Association 2007/2008
"Storytelling for Business was an amazing workshop.
Any one doing presentations of any type NEEDS to take this workshop. The
combined experience and knowledge of Marilyn and Cliff was amazing. They didn't
just talk about doing things, they each walked you through it and shared the
basis for each insight they shared. I have been doing presentations for over 21
years and I found this workshop PRICELESS. I can' t wait to implement these
skills into my next presentation. Thanks!"
Face Reading by
"Your message, The Anti-Elevator Speech, is right on
the money and a critical skill for any business person intent on making genuine
and real connections. Your book should be required reading for all sales or
independent sales people."
Author, Speaker, and Coach DaronPowers.com
"Listening to Cliff speak allowed us to make strategic marketing
changes just before new materials were sent to print. THANK YOU CLIFF!"
Adam Greive, President AG
"THANK YOU for the excellent presentation on Thursday
at Ciber in Southfield titled "Creating a Sea Worthy Team" by Cliff. Best PDU
training session so far. "
Young, PMP, ITIL-F, IT Project Manager, UnitedHealth Group
been doing this for nine years, and in two hours Cliff made me think about
impromptu speaking in a radically different way. THANK YOU! By the way, I took
a quick look at the evaluations. You rocked the house! Somebody even gave you a
5+. Best in show, dude!"
Special Events Coordinator, University of Michigan-Dearborn
always Cliff, you were AMAZING! I can listen to you for hours and every time I
hear you speak I learn a lot. You are an excellent coach and eliminated my fear
of public speaking in only two hours. Thank YOU!!!"
Mariana Juliette, Business Owner
"I absolutely loved Cliff Suttle's presentation, I
even saw it again, and have two of his books. I look forward to more
presentations like his. "
"Cliff isn't "subtle" ... He's a talented motivator
who is making me dream bigger and better!"
John Zadikian, Owner/Talent John Zadikian
"Cliff gave me a lot to think about. This will change
my business forever."
"A must hear for any networking, sales group!! No
nonsense approach. Very informational and outside the box."
Suzanne Pavlak, Senior Supervisor, Bismack
"Cliff was the show! Very interactive. Made you not
what to leave your seat."
Goudolock, Tastefully Simple
"Cliff, I LOVED your shapes comparison. They were GREAT! I had never
considered such a simple system could be so effective!"
Haley H. Haynes,
"Cliff, you taught me something that I can use
immediately, that is why I was here. Thank You!"
Margaret Harris, Owner,
"Thanks Cliff for the great tips!! Redesigning my business cards
Laura Wyatt, Director Downriver and Detroit Business
always go away from one of Cliff's presentations with a golden nugget that
makes my company more fun and always more profitable."
Anti-Elevator Speech was such a relief! I am so excited to get out and test my
new hook to see the reactions that I will get. Thank you SO MUCH!!"
"'Don't Be A Sales Monster' held my attention for well over an hour.
For a squiggle to listen to anything for an hour is UNBELIEVABLE!! If you don't
know what a squiggle is, you need to meet Cliff Suttle before the sun goes down
Terry Coker,Sales and Marketing
makes so much sense. I've taken many sales courses, spent tons of money, and
what Cliff gave me for free was more valuable."
John Horger, High
Performance Sysstems, Inc.
4th year medical student currently interviewing for residency positions
throughout the Mid-West. This period is famously one of the most stressful in
the career of all medical students. However, Cliff's teachings have provided me
a tremendous foundation of knowledge about the science of interpersonal
communication. Being armed with this knowledge has increased my confidence
allowing me to actually have fun at these interviews and has given me a clear
advantage over other candidates. Thanks Cliff!"
Todd M. Hoffman, Medical Student Wayne State Univerisity
"I've always known that elevator speeches were not
the answer. Thanks to Cliff, now I have the answer!"
just turned my business world upside down! Wow, what a rush!! Great
information. I know this will only help me to grow my business."
Mary Ann Jackson, ower -
presentation changed the way I look at networking!! It is a total 180 from the
old school networking style!!!!!"
Pettigrew, Owner/Troublemaker Electronic Brain Solutions
talk was so informative! Cliff is so personable and I would do business with
Harriet Cole, Owner Healhty
is the most creative speaker I have ever met. He has a rare gift."
Darren Lacroix, 2001 International Champion of
exceeded my expectations today! I find that so rewarding a feeling that I
wanted to write you immediately and let you know that if you ever need a
reference please don't hesitate to call on me."
Penny Shanks, Executive Director,
Clarkston Area Chamber of
"Cliff does a FANTASTIC job breaking down the basics
of your initial contact with your customer. He explains the why and how and
helps you find the better 'you'!"
"You've helped me learn how to transform myself from boring to
exciting in a few easy steps. I'll be fishing for customers!!"
Sandy Fearn, Gold Demonstrator,
"Entertaining! Engaging! Informational! Highly recommend Cliff to
help all direct sales professionals go beyond their company's training in order
to make a great first impression and keep life-long clients/customers."
Diane E. Fortier,
"Cliff, I loved working
with you and learned more in that 2 hours than I have in any other 2 hours of
Lenora Boyle, President
"Your presentations always deliver! My networking results have been
phenomenal since using your Anti-Elevator speech. I also took your advise and
changed my business cards and people have really responded to them. Thank You!"
Michelle Cole, Star Manager -
"If you want to make a difference in the lives of the people you
meet, Cliff's material is a must. His creativity, integrity and passion will
change your life!"
Greg Rau -
Greg Rau & Associates,
presentation! I definately came away with a better understand of myself and
others. I want to bring on my team and build a strong team! Thank you!"
Shari Campbell - Independent
"Oh my GOSH! YOU ROCKED! Thanks so much for being our speaker."
Dawnaree Demrose, President -
Pontiac Regional Chamber
always so skeptical when I attend certain functions. However, by the end of the
talk, Cliff managed to convert me. He gave excellent tips that are the missing
links in my own presentations. The time I spent with Cliff was totally worth
Sharon Jeter, President -
"AWESOME!!! If this doesn't excite you, stay home ..."
Lisa Vilella, Agent/Owner Farm Buearo
"The comments and feedback were absolutely over-the-top. You brought
a polish, an insight, a perspective and a tone that resonated with everyone in
the room. Your ears should have been burning for the next several days!"
Nancy Zychowicz - Lt. Governor of
Education & Training, Toastmaster District 28
"Creating a hook and reel to do that has been so
helpful. Cliff really makes you stop and learn to ask the right questions."
Carol Evans, Level II Executive
"You taught me less is more! I learned GREAT tips to
use after 17 years in my direct selling business."
Paula Wark, Manager, Watkins
"Cliff did an awesome job!! His knowledge of 'what to do' instead of
'what NOT TO DO' is worth far more than the cost of any other speaker I have
ever heard! He is personal, funny, and professional."
Sheila Tacy -
"Excellent Presentation! Such simple technigues. My Mom always told
me never to answer a question with a question. Obviously, she wasn't a well
"High energy presentation with crystal clarity. Don't miss a chance
to hear Cliff make a presentation."
Gundberg - Director Motor City Free Geek
learned more about teams in two hours than I have learned in the last five
years! And, I study teams a lot. Cliff speaks with clarity on important topics
and makes them fun."
Gus Nelson -
"I got so excited about the Anti-Elevator speech that I made plans to
come hear it live! Two of my business partners are using the information as
well. The first time I attempted to use the information the lady wanted to know
how long it would take for us to call her and set up an appointment."
Darlene Williams, National Sales Director -
were the first person that finally helped me explain what I do simply and
Amada Butler -
"Cliff showed me a fantastic way to find and build new relationships
with people! This will help me build my sales and team. Thank You."
Colleen Scannell -
"Your speech connected with everyone! GREAT SPEECH! AWESOME!
Informative and sure to get results if we follow the steps!"
Sharon Westwood - AAA Insurance Company
"Goodbye elevator speech, hello anti-elevator hook
Rex Tubbs, Owner,
info - very empowering! Cliff is an engaging speaker! Cliff's comments at the
end of the speech about our value not being determined by our job or pay was a
"Everyone really enjoyed your presentation and valuable information
you shared. You were wonderful."
Hauswirth, Executive Director,
Waterford Chamber of
"You are direct and straight to the point. Helps your
business get a great start. Makes you stand out!!!"
Annie Wejrandt, Teamleader, The Pampered
"A very exciting method of changing small things in order to make a
Karen Moreen, Organ
and Miler Realtors, www.karenmorren.com
"This was the best presentation I have been to this year. I can't
wait to try it with new clients and see the reaction."
Maureen Murphy Boyd, GMAC
never realized the differences in people the way I learned from Cliff. This
will help me know my people at a new level to help us all suceed. I will hear
what people are saying in a whole new light. Thank You!"
Suzie Delecki - Unit Leader
Breath of fresh 'speaker.' He gave me strategies to get engaged with potential
customers right away! I know that my business event ROI would be at least
was a great speaker. He gave simple and practical interview techniques that I
will use. The information is very valuable."
Barbara Magyar, EDS
did an excellent job displaying why some of the things I was doing and saying
were not memorable. PLUS, he gave great ideas to fix it! Great job! Cliff"
Heidi Netter, Area Director -
"The workshop Cliff gave was fun, inspiring, and educational.
Everyone would benefit from this learning experience and the great session!"
Danielle Zhu, Co-founder, Learning
presentation was packed with information, presented in a fun way, and prompted
great discussions. It was worth my time, and it will be worth yours too."
"The Anti-Elevator Speech was an excellent secret for me to learn."
Charlene Jeter, President -
Session, started the creative juices flowing."
Sue Pegan, CRM SPecialist - Hershey Insurance
"I'm wondering if you know how much you captivated everyones
attention with your opening and shape presentation. That was fantastic and
appreciated a lot."
Sandy Barris -
"It is amazing how much little things can change the whole attitude
of a conversation. I now can watch for these things and fix any speech error I
Matt Hobbs, Corporate
Accounts Executive - Grid 4
"Cliff gave great information that could be applied to many
situations. Wonderful session."
Brawa, myEcon, Inc., National Sales Director
"Cliff captured the interest of the
audience with his powerful and dynamic approach to public speaking and
presentation skills. His humor added the fuel which supercharged the audience
and involved them in a steady question and answer period."
Brenda Durling - President National Association of
"Talk about magnitude! The delivery of your presentation during the
Humorous and Table Topic Workshop, I'm sure has left a mark upon the minds of
those who soaked up "The Trick to Winning," given from a winner's prospective.
Congratulations, on helping to accomplishing the mission that was set before
Pam Williams, Vice Governor of
Public Relations, Toastmasters District 28
has a belief in the potential of the human spirt that is truly inspiring."
Cleo Parker, Senior Manager Strategic
heard Cliff speak twice, and learned something new each time. His Anti-Elevator
speech book is packed with great ideas and information."
Joni Van Selous, Send out Cards
"Cliff is the mastermind of speaking. Now I have the formula. I left
his workshop feeling very much empowered."
Ida Vance, CEO Speaking for Success
lessons you gave me for speaking (and life), I have taken to heart and always
will remember. You have already given me more incite into myself, with respect
to other people (speaking, etc), then I have gotten in the last~ 30 years or
so. Just WOW!"
"Cliff's simple, no nonsense ideas are gret, and not one's I would
have thought of on my own! I'm planning my hook and reel already."
only were you entertaining, you also did a great job in getting your message
across. The feedback from our members was all positive. I hope we will have the
opportunity to work together in the future."
Dianne Cojei, Canton Chamber of Commerce
"Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! You really "wowed" us today. All of
us were listening, learning, and being amused with your EVERY WORD. I don't
think I'm exaggerating in saying you are at the highest level possible."
Tom Schlack, Remax
"Well Worth my time and money. Good information to apply!!
John Courson, Johnson
speaker, down to earth and easy to understand. Shared a wealth of information.
I'm glad I came."
David Peek, The
"I heard you three times now. Once with the Alarm Clock (Humorous),
this April Turn Off the Light (Speech) and this weekend on Storytelling. You
have a fabulously hilarious style and an exuberant passion for speechcraft. The
energy, voice fluctuation, facial & gestures were great! Drama,
entertainment value and spellbinding and captivating the audience were
Mukhles U. Rahman Senior
Project Manager- Global Beverages
learned so many great tips on how to make myself memorable. I am going to start
by redoing my business cares and putting my hook on it."
Carol Peters, GMC Mortgage
"I found Cliff's presentations very helpful ..."
Sonya Vann, Editor, Mae McKinley
"Loved the practicality of your speaking tips/pointers . . ."
Ivory D. Williams, President WMS &
made the art of being memorable a very enjoyable lesson . . ."
Joanne Crotty, Chapman Appraisal Group
is a great presenter. He gives lively presentations that teach lessons that are
easy to understand and use."
"This session was so enjoyable, attention getting, riveting, that I
would recommend Cliff Suttle as a presenter to any company."
Joy Perry, Ohio
"Great speech, very relevant and Entertaining!"
Lewis Hoar, Sales representative, Riverside
Machine & Automation
"Excellent presentation. I learned some wonderful skills and tips."
Ike Odum, Ford Motor