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don yaeger's testimonials

here's what clients are saying about don:

"I have no interest in sports, but this was not a sports speech. I have been watching and grading speeches for 30 years and this was one of the most poignant human interest and motivational speeches I have ever heard."
- Patricia Fripp, Past President National Speakers Association and Inductee into the National Speakers Hall of Fame


BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES
"Your "conversational" manner of delivering the message on What Makes the Great Ones Great, and being able to weave that message into every day activities was truly inspiring for all in attendance. There is no question as I listened to you and watched the audience that you were engaged with them and the qualities you spoke of were from life's lessons we could all benefit from."
- President, Harrison Finance Company

"Drawing a comparison between sports and the title insurance business may be a stretch until he starts speaking on characteristics such as integrity, preparedness, relationships, teamwork, goal setting, and desire, to name a few. Our management group was captivated and blown away by his stories and parallels of the sports world and life. It did exactly what I wanted - it made everyone pause and think about what they are doing as leaders and the way they are doing it."
- President, AmeriTitle

"I have attended many branding sessions, but your presentation was absolutely the best at getting straight to the issue and providing tools an attendee can easily implement on their own."
- EVP & COO, The LSCU Service Corporation

"Please don't make that mistake!!! Your group will regret not having the insight, inspiration, and humor of Don Yaeger. The only sound barely audible in the room of two hundred people was the metallic clanking of silverware as the audience reached for their napkins to dry their eyes."
- Principal, Sawgrass Asset Management


EMPLOYMENT / HR
"Our attendees were a bit apprehensive at first not knowing how sports could relate to the field of Human Resources. However, you connected the two and shared such great stories on teamwork, preparedness, goal setting and relationship building. This insight provided a unique aspect on their everyday tasks and responsibilities. Not only are they trying to find "great" employees, they are also furthering their professional development."
-Society of Human Resources Management - Atlanta


ENERGY
"Your Characteristics of Greatness presentation was overwhelmingly rated as the best motivational speech the employees had ever heard."
- Diversity Coordinator, Chevron

"Don's message was so thought provoking and touching that most attendees are still talking about the life changing application of the principles that he conveyed in his talk. Don is an outstanding speaker, somebody that is true to his words and has an amazing passion for people."
- Environmental Specialist - Chevron


FRANCHISE
"He may be a sports writer, but he should be a speech writer. Don Yaeger is as polished with the spoken word as he is with the written. His speeches transcend age and gender. School kids and Fortune 500 executives will learn similar lessons about life, told in poignant and humorous anecdotes from Don's personal experiences."
- Target Companies

"The quality of message of his speech was powerful. Don has a particular set of skills that can be geared towards any audience that is looking to improve sales, looking for inspiration, searching for keys to greatness, or simply to be entertained through a wealth of powerful stories. He is a master story teller who captivated our audience."
- Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Fleet Management


GENERAL
"I have no interest in sports, but this was not a sports speech. I have been watching and grading speeches for 30 years and this was one of the most poignant human interest and motivational speeches I have ever heard."
- Patricia Fripp, Past President National Speakers Association and Inductee into the National Speakers Hall of Fame

"Your stories were meaningful, insightful, emotional and on target. Your commentary really hit home with our sales professionals, particularly in today's very challenging business environment."
- President, Residential Elevators, Inc.

"Your message really resonated with our folks and I have never seen our group so mesmerized. We try to encourage our team to reach for excellence in everything we do and your examples of "What Makes the Great Ones Great" provided a compelling and entertaining reinforcement. I appreciate you taking the time to learn a little about our organization."
- President, Snider Tire


HEALTH
"The bottom line: you were fantastic. Your stories were moving and relevant, even at a conference where people tend to expect a focus on medicine and clinical issues."
- Executive Vice President, New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians

"If you're looking for a speaker to motivate, inspire, and entertain your audience, look no further than Don Yaeger. I promise you will not be disappointed!"
- President and Founder, Cancer Coalition for Life Naperville

"Our members attend very high quality national conferences and have seen many motivational speakers. I have to say that you are one of the best. You took the time to get to know us as an organization. You tailored your program to meet our unique needs. The sincerity and relevance of your presentation, along with the high quality audiovisual material, made a huge impact on our members' minds and hearts."
- President, Florida Organization of Nurse Executives

"Your down-to-earth, conversational presentation of 'What Makes the Great Ones Great,' along with the ability to weave that message into our conference themes and industry issues, truly inspired all in attendance. thank you for helping our members understand that Greatness is something achievable for any man with the will and discipline to strive for it. Yours is a message none of us will soon forget."
- Manager, Medical Society of Delaware


INSURANCE
"Our management group was captivated and blown away by his stories and parallels of the sports world and life. It did exactly what I wanted - it made everyone pause and think about what they are doing as leaders and the way they are doing it."
- President, AmerTitle

"I had the good fortune and pleasure of working with Don Yaeger in October 2013. My organization selected his “16 Characteristics of Greatness” as our key note presentation for a leadership event we hosted for our credit union partners called Leader Learning. I would highly recommend Don Yaeger. His ability to be flexible and tailor his presentation to meet the needs of his audience is enviable. His storytelling acumen made his material come to life and enabled him to connect fully with our virtual Leader Learning attendees. Don is engaging and knowledgeable."
- Senior Business Consultant, CUNA Mutual Group ​​

"Don Yaeger was amazing. The stories that he had to make his points were so inspirational to me and gave me some great ideas on how to motivate my staff."
- CUNA Mutual Group ​​​

"I love inspirational and motivating stories such as Don's. Just goes to show the potential that is out there!"
- CUNA Mutual Group ​​​

"I will share Don's info with others to show how to change thinking and action to expect success; Attitude can have an enormous impact on success. Never give up, always think positively and come up with solutions rather than focusing on the cants. Never settle for second best. The great ones got to that level by making that their personal mantra."
- CUNA Mutual Group ​​​

"I was quite impressed with his presentation style. He was able to convey his message of inspiration covering the characteristics of greatness without much of the histrionics that tend to come about among other motivational speakers. His low key presentation reached out to our employees with the critical insights necessary for us to achieve quality leadership skills for our key management personnel."
- Director of Human Resources, Pekin Insurance

"Your mix of personal reflection, video, humor, and heartbreaking stories really left an impression with our group. Our President's Agent of the Year for 2008, Chuck Medows, told me afterword that he felt it was absolutely the best speech he has heard at a Missouri Farm Bureau event in his 15 year career with our company."
- Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance Services


I.T. / TELECOMMUNICATIONS
I" particularly enjoyed your encouragement of my team to see themselves as winners from the moment they wake up each morning. That ability to visualize victory is the kind of lesson every sales person can make use of."
- Americas Vice-President, Hewlett Packard

"After having the opportunity to listen to Don’s message on leadership and Greatness, I immediately decided my team would find significant value by being exposed to Don and his philosophies on both business and personal growth and character."
- Senior Director, Microsoft Corporation

"After seeing you last summer at another industry event, I knew we wanted to hire you to speak to our entire audience of IT value Added Resellers and you hit a home run with them last year."
- Director - Channel Development

"Did I forget to mention Michael Jordan? As an organization Presidio hates to lose. That is the reason we keep bringing you back because we will never lose with you as a presenter. We can't thank you enough for your time, lasting messages and sharing and caring."
- Founder and Chairman of Presidio Networked Solutions

"As a sales leader in a highly competitive selling environment, I particularly enjoyed your encouragement of my team to see themselves as winners from the moment they wake up each morning. I speak for all of us when I say that your presentation at this quarterly sales meeting was so well-received that we wish we could have you there at every meeting!"
- Regional Sales Manager - DELL


LEGAL
"I can honestly say that you scored "off the charts!" During your speech, I scanned the audience and couldn't help but notice that whether young or old, man or woman, you completely captivated everyone in the room, including our attorney speaker panel."
- Director of Marketing, Henderson Franklin


NON-PROFIT
"You captivated 550 foundation executives and trustees with your riveting talk, "What Makes the Great Ones Great." I looked around the ballroom at one point and every pair of eyes was upon you and, when you paused, I couldn't even hear the ruffling of papers that inherently accompanies presentations at conferences. The huge line that formed outside the room to buy your books underscored how your message resonated with our audience."
- President and CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations


SPORTS
"The Atlanta Braves recently utilized the Media Training services of Don Yaeger for our Rookie Development Program. Don did a fantastic job of providing the players with awareness of today's social media and hints into future media interactions."
- EVP and General manager, Atlanta Braves

"With the vast range of ages and unique learning skills that encompass our Team Members, your messages truly hit home with our entire crew. You held their attention and were able to motivate them not only in their event day positions at the stadium, but in everyday life."
​ - Club Marketing & Guest Services Manager, Pittsburgh Steelers


ASSOCIATION & GOVERNMENT
"Don's relevance to this theme was his relationships with today's professional athletes and what he has learned in developing excellence and a winning team. His presentation was on-point, humorous and heartfelt and the conference attendees enjoyed it tremendously."
- Executive Director, New Jersey Society of Association Executives

"Don is a dedicated, courteous and highly ethical man who would be an asset to any event. His calm, patient manner was a tremendous help to me on-site when my frustration level occasionally reaches an all-time high. He does his homework well and is acutely aware of the needs of the customer. He consistently went out of his way to make us, the client, feel comfortable throughout the entire process beginning with my initial conversation with him. His dedication and gentle spirit was evident as I watched our members wait patiently in line to have him chat with each of them briefly and sign one of his books - following his second session of the day."
- Director of Education, Healthcare Billing and Management Association

"As Don was delivering his talk, it occurred to me that no one on the planet — except Don — could be opening this window and providing such a unique view on how "good" gets to "great."
- President and CEO, Florida State University Alumni Association

"Your messages on leadership around team building, overcoming adversity and creating a desire to win were definitely on point for our members. You set a high bar for our future speakers."
-President & CEO, North Carolina Technology Association

"I have worked with more than 100 speakers over the past 6 years and I can confidently say he is now in the top 5 speakers to work with again' category for me. I consider him a valuable asset to any audience he speaks to. As one of our attendees so eloquently stated, 'What Makes the Great One's Great was an excellent presentation to wrap-up our conference! Very inspiring. Don offered a great reminder to all of us about what is really important in life'."
-Director of Education, Healthcare billing & Management Association​​