Christine Clifford
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Christine Clifford
Key Topics:
  • Sales / Negotiation
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Motivation
  • Inspiration
  • Health & Humor
  • Volunteerism
  • Bio Info:

    Christine Clifford's 8th book Let's Close a Deal! Turn Contacts into Paying Customers for Your Company, Product, Service or Cause, to be released on April 1st, 2013 solidifies her place as one of the world's leading authorities on the art of sales and negotiation. She's excited about helping your organization make more money and grow your business.

    Her experience taught her how to market and sell products, services and herself. Now, Christine shares that message with others. Christine definitely cracked “the glass ceiling.” By 40, she was Senior Executive Vice President for The SPAR Group, an international merchandising and information services firm in New York.

     

    As the top salesperson in the multi-billion dollar retail services industry for over eight years, Christine’s accounts included Kmart, Toys 'R' Us, Wal-Mart, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon. Taking her company from a million dollar per year loss to over $54 million in sales, Christine signed the largest contract in the history of her industry with Procter & Gamble, doubling the size of her company overnight.

     

    Diagnosed with breast cancer in December of '94, Christine went on to write eight award-winning, humorous portrayals of her story and her experiences. Christine’s newest book, Let’s Close a Deal! Turn Contacts into Paying Customers for Your Company, Product, Service or Causewill be released April, 2013 by Wiley & Sons.
     
    YOU, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself, released March, 2007 by Warner Books, was named a “Notable Book of 2007” by the American Booksellers Association. She is also a featured author in Masters of Sales (August, 2007).
     
    Other books by Christine include Not Now…I'm Having A No Hair Day!, Our Family Has Cancer, Too!, Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams, Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope & Laughter, and Your Guardian Angel’s GiftChristine’s newest books, released in 2011, are entitled Laugh ‘Til It Heals: Notes from the World’s Funniest Cancer Mailbox and The Clue Phone’s Ringing… It’s for You! Healing Humor for Women Divorcing.
     
    In 1994, Christine faced a life-changing experience and began her own company, The Cancer Club ®, now the world's largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer. In 2010, after going through two divorces, she started Divorcing Divas which hosts all-day educational conferences for people facing divorce.
     
    Christine's philosophies and strategies for becoming your industry's leader are proven theories that have propelled her and the companies she's worked with to the top of their fields.  Ideas, action, results...
     
    Christine is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Survivor's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul, and is featured in the books The Courage to Laugh; The Triumph of the Human Spirit: Real Cancer Survivors, Real Battles, Real Victories; andGifts from the Train Station: Healing Yourself by Helping Others.
     
    Featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, MORE, American Health, Golf Digest, as well as The Singapore Women's Weekly and the Hinduin India, CNN Live called Christine "one of the world's leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor". She also appeared on Lifetime Television Network's New Attitudes show, and the Leeza Show.
     
    Host of The Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf Tournament, a benefit for breast cancer research, Christine's inaugural event raised over $100,000, making it the most successful first-year event in the history of the American Cancer Society. Her total contribution has been over $1,000,000 and she has received the Council of Excellence Award for income development from the American Cancer Society.
     
    In July, 2002, Christine was awarded The Order of the Delta Gamma Rose from the Sorority to confer special honor upon alumnae members who have made distinguished contributions to the nation or to the world through their individual efforts and talents and whose achievements have been given national recognition. It is the highest honor one can receive from the Sorority.
     
    July, 2002 Christine was awarded her "CSP" (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association. The letters "CSP" following a speaker's name indicate a speaking professional with proven experience who brings a proven track record of experience and expertise. Less than 7% of the 5,000 speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation.
     
    Christine is on the Board of the National Speakers Association- Minnesota Chapter, a member of the National Speakers Association, and the American Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. She is listed in International Who's Who of Professionals, International Who's Who of Entrepreneurs, and International Who's Who of Authors and Writers. She is also listed in Contemporary Authors and 2,000 Notable American Women. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Collegiate DECA. Christine helped to launch an anti-aging multi-level marketing company in 2009 called LifeVantage.
     
    Christine has two sons: Tim and Brooks, is grandmother to Syberian Husky Skylar, and lives in Minneapolis, MN.
     
     

    TESTIMONIALS
     
    Corporate Testimonials:
     

    “Christine, I really want to thank you attending our Club Siemens event in November. Your presentation was very well received by our customers, and many of them have since commented to me on how many great ideas they took away from our event based on your presentation. The advice that you offered was very consistent with the marketing initiatives we have been deploying with our Club Siemens members over the past few months. Thanks again for taking time out of your Thanksgiving weekend to spend with us.”

    Jeff Malpass, President & CEO, Siemens Hearing Instruments Inc., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
     
    “You spoke to our Siemens Canadian Sales group recently as well as our top 50 customers. I wanted to say thanks for a very well done and thought provoking session. Many of my client attendees went out of their way to comment on how valuable they felt it was to them (and their businesses). I went out and purchased your book YOU, Inc. and will be giving it to all my customers. I can’t wait to dig in to it! Thanks again!”
    Mike Enns, Siemens Hearing Instruments Inc., Ontario, Canada
     

    “I recently attended the Professional Club Marketing Association’s national strategic conference. Through many years of attending conferences, seminars and presentations targeting marketing and salespersons, I had become a bit jaded. I love selling and marketing, but felt most speakers simply took the same basic thoughts and put their spin on it. Not so with Christine Clifford. I WAS BLOWN AWAY!!!

    With sharing her personal experiences and insight, it totally invigorated all who attended her two presentations. Every topic she covered had the audience captivated. I was literally enthralled and had wished she was booked for the entire day. I highly recommend Christine to others looking for a program that inspires people to reach their potential.”

    Angela Wilson, Director of Marketing & Membership, Hawk Pointe Golf Club
     

    “I have to admit, I was a little nervous about Christine’s placement in our agenda for the Girl Scouts USA conference. The last speaker on the last day! But one only had to be in the room with her for the first five minutes to know that the audience was captivated. She was undoubtedly the conference “hit”, and the best speaker we had all week. Thanks again for your advance preparation and your spot-on presentation about selling our services. We look forward to many opportunities to work together again.”

    Denise Mitchell, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Little Brownie Bakers
     
    Healthcare Testimonials:
     

    “Thank you for being a world class speaker! You were everything we could have hoped for and more. From our very first contact, your professionalism and warmth were evident, and you showed a genuine interest in what our organization is all about. You took the time to find out as much information as possible about us, and what we wanted you to convey to the audience. From a logistics standpoint, you could not have been easier to work with. We are pleased to give Christine the highest endorsement possible.”

    Margie O’Krent, VP Membership, Cancer Center Council
     

    “On behalf of the NEPA Women’s Health Alliance, I would like to thank you for your excellent keynote address. You had the audience laughing, crying and feeling emotions that were long ago suppressed. Our final count was 600 attendees. You certainly know how to pull in a crowd… and it was a cold, snowy night! We hope we will have the good fortune of working with you again.”

    Barbara Bishop, Executive Director, NEPA Women’s Health Alliance
     

    “We are still getting raves on your presentation. We feel the day was a fantastic success, and we look forward to sharing with you again in the near future.”

    Bonnie Spurling, Asst. Director of Public Relations, Memorial Hospital
     

    “Nearly 400 people arrived to hear Christine’s story and uplifting presentation about the healing power of humor. Ms. Clifford’s unlimited energy, and her willingness to share her personal story of triumph helped plant seeds of hope in hundreds of people that evening. I highly recommend Christine for any program where inspiration, hope, motivation, laughter and insight into life’s experiences are the message.”

    Mylinda M. Cane, Director of Marketing, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana

     



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    Fee Info (subject to change)
    $5,000-$10,000
    Travels From:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Programs:
  • Let's Close a Deal! Turn Contacts into Paying Customers
  • You, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself
  • Selling Intangibles: Four Keys to Successful Service
  • Become Your Industry Leader
  • Networking in a Nutshell
  • Loyals for Life? Create Extraordinary Client Relationships
  • Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams
  • The Blessings of Misfortune
  • Laughter: Prescription for a Cure!
  • An Afternoon of Hope, Laughter & Positive Thinking
  • Am I Out of Sick Days Yet?
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