Colette Carlson

Colette Carlson


Speaker: Colette Carlson

Hall of Fame keynote speaker and human behavior expert who transforms relationships through the power of connected conversation

Speech Topics Include:

  • Leadership
  • Sales & Customer Service
  • Communication
  • Professional & Personal Wellness
  • Women Leaders

Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert and CPAE Hall of Fame motivational keynote speaker who inspires organizations and individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. With wit, humor and sincerity, each of Colette’s presentations weaves together real-life lessons on genuine connection and the tools to leverage those connections for personal and professional success.

With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, a fascination with communication trends, and over 20 years of experience in the personal development industry, Colette guides audiences and clients along the fine line between the trendy topics that keep us relevant and the timeless truths that lead to meaningful achievements and relationships.

A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers, Colette has shared her insights, observations and research with thousands of people throughout the world. In 2017, Colette was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, a recognition that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of career excellence.

Her articles on connection, stress management, sales and leadership have been featured in Success, Business Management Daily, and Working Mother magazines. Clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Cisco, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Great Clips, Davidson Hotels, the and United States Government.

Connect with Colette to inspire and entertain at your next event, training or meeting, as she shares the keys to forming and sustaining authentic connections that drive productivity, engagement and collaboration.


Leadership demands competence, but human interaction is critical to the development of the people you lead. Connected leaders ask questions to gain insight and awareness. Connected leaders effectively communicate feedback and engage in challenging conversations without creating conflict or destroying trust. Connected leaders have more influence and greater credibility among peers and employees.

Connection is the glue that keeps relationships, projects, and organizations together.

In this presentation, Colette provides the perfect blend of interaction, research, stories, and humor to support leaders in building powerful connections with those they lead. These strategies result in increased trust, stronger influence, and employee motivation and loyalty.


Sales & Customer Service

In order to make a sale and earn a customer, you must first make a connection.  Wider and deeper relationships lead to increased sales, repeat customers, and powerful referrals.

As a former national sales trainer who cut her teeth in straight commission sales, Colette will show you how to up your personal connection quotient to maximize relationships, revenue, and results. In her customized presentations, she speaks to specific behaviors and phraseology that support your goal to engage, persuade, and influence others, while still promoting you and your services honestly, assertively, and authentically.



The common denominators of the most successful people are the ability to effectively communicate and connect, regardless of the situation or audience. In a competitive world filled with a global workforce, numerous communication channels, and daily digital distractions, getting your message heard has never been more challenging.

Clear, concise communication is no longer enough to get results:  connection must be part of the equation. Productivity lessens, collaboration stalls, accountability suffers, and conflict and stress escalate when even the simplest of miscommunication occurs. Without connection, these outcomes are only heightened.

In this presentation, Colette delivers how to connect and communicate on a deeper level to form crucial relationships that drive productivity, engagement, and collaboration. She speaks on strategies to influence others and overcome conflict, while maintaining a respectful, human connection.


Professional & Personal Wellness

The truth is whether you are in leadership, sales, or the front line, you are expected to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying positive and engaged. The reality is people are stressed out, tightly wound, and exhausted trying to meet and exceed expectations. The best intentions go right out the window before lunch, due to constantly changing schedules, demands, and priorities.

In this real-world and laugh-out-loud funny presentation, Colette teaches how to stay resilient through constant change and challenges. She shows each audience how to create the focus, energy, mindset, and connections necessary to make healthy choices in this 24/7/365 world. Participants feel valued and walk away ready to make positive, long-lasting change for both professional and personal success.


Women Leaders

The world seeks more women leaders. Now is the time to take an honest look at connections, communication style, and leadership skills in order to advance your career.

In this presentation, Colette delivers the latest research and strategies specific to women in leadership. Participants gain the self-awareness and skills necessary to become authentic, credible, and confident leaders. The audience will learn how to identify and cultivate connections that lead to strategic relationships, develop executive presence and communicate in a manner that gains supporters and censors critics.


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