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Comments about Jim Cathcart’s Presentations

NOTE: There are scores of testimonials here. If you want feedback from a specific type of audience or industry, just ask. We will be happy to provide it. Jim has addressed almost 3,000 audiences professionally in virtually every field.

“You really did blow me away. You were the rage of our conference. Not only was your style and warmth fantastic, but the quality of the knowledge and material you presented was absolutely incredible!”
Ken Blanchard, author, The One Minute Manager

“You were incredible. Your program held the attendees on the edge of their seat. It wasn’t just entertaining, it was useful and can be applied immediately.”
Investment Planning, Inc.

“We had high hopes. You exceeded all our expectations … and you were a delight to work with.”
McRae’s Department Stores

“Jim, you are the first professional speaker I have brought into this organization. Our distributors, from all over the U.S., Canada and a dozen foreign countries were absolutely delighted with your comments, observations and humor. The standing ovation they gave you at the end of your presentation is a clear statement of how they felt about you.”
Brian Tracy, author, Maximum Achievement

“…you were right on target in your message to our people… obviously did your homework… found the right message to really reach our people and leave a meaningful message and impression. My compliments on a job exceptionally well done!”
Purina Mills, Inc.

“I was overwhelmed with people coming up to me and saying what a great speaker you were!”
National Westminster Bancorp, Inc.

“Personally, I was also impressed with the time you took… to learn more about Melroe Company, our products, and our people. I would like the ability to give each of our field representatives a copy of the video tape of your remarks for use for internal dealership training.”
Melroe Company

“Thanks for being a real person, not a personality … for being prepared, on time and gracious …. for telling stories, not lecturing… for hitting the mark. Our managers walked away inspired.”
Bombay Co.

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“You were a hit!  I continue to receive compliments from our attendees about your inspiring presentation at our Leadership Summit.  You struck all the right chords, touching both their professional and personal lives.  I couldn’t have asked for more.  It was also a delight to work with someone who took the time to understand our priorities and key messages.  Your commitment to meeting your customer’s needs shone through, and was the ideal role model for our audience.”
The Pampered Chef®

“You certainly exceeded our expectations, which were quite high to start with. This was the second time this year we had the opportunity to hear you speak. I’m happy to report that I got more from your program the second time around.  The audience was engaged and I think everyone who attended walked away with something they can use for the rest of their lives. You are truly a man for all seasons, and a speaker for all people.”
Pioneer Mobile Entertainment

“When outlining objectives for our North American Sales Conference, several critical objectives rose quickly to the top. They included informative, useful and actionable topics, memorable, powerful and captivating… Jim Cathcart squarely hit on all of them. Even through adversity such as a complete power failure over three quarters of the way through his presentation, attendees STILL listed Jim as the key impact speaker of the event.  Outstanding!”
Carlton Cards

“Jim’s program exceeded our expectations and was right on target with the paradigm shift that Given Imaging is going through this year.  Jim was the resounding voice of our customer and made it clear what their expectations will be from our team.  The points that he made in regards to Relationship Selling were specific to our business and it was clear that Jim took the time to fully research our company and product and then focused his presentation on our needs.  Jim’s presentation set the tone for our best National Sales Meeting ever.  Thank you Jim for being part of the Given Imaging Team!

Given Imaging

“Our producers have not stopped talking about what a great job you did.  You were entertaining, informative, interesting and so enthusiastic. Thank you!”
Wausau Insurance Company

“Jim was terrific as the keynote speaker to launch our customer service program. He got what we were trying to do right away, and integrated our unique corporate attributes into his presentation in a very endearing way. Made great contact with audience, and continues to be available informally. Great all around guy!” May 22, 2008

Jules Fried hired Jim as a motivational speaker in 2003

“I have worked with hundreds of sales experts, authors and speakers during the past 26 years and have never come across someone like Jim Cathcart. When he speaks, you can hear a pin drop in the room. Why? Because his message comes from a rare universe that’s filled with compelling stories, powerful analogies and infinite wisdom. But that’s not all. Jim truly enjoys his time on earth to the fullest, he’s developed his abilities to the fullest and he’s one of the special few who can claim to live a life that’s meaningful and fulfilling. He’s risen to the highest level of his profession and today he doesn’t care what the world thinks of him. What he cares most about is what he can give back to the world. It is a rare privilege to work with Jim. I recommend that you get to know Jim, and if you don’t believe that Jim is everything I said he is, I will introduce you to two knockout Vegas showgirls. This offer expires 4/1/2045 Gerhard Gschwandtner” May 19, 2008

Gerhard Gschwandtner, Owner, Selling Power Magazine was a consultant or contractor to Jim at Jim Cathcart Institute

“Jim Cathcart has always been at the top of my list of most admired people. He has the best grasp on how relationships equal business and personal success. He is a great speaker/trainer/consultant and author of “How to Create & Grow High-Value Relationships.” And not to be one to be left behind in the technology dust, he is an active blogger as well as a heck of singer and guitar player. Pam Lontos, President PR/PR Public Relations” May 15, 2008

Pam Lontos, President, PR/PR — Public Relations worked directly with Jim at Cathcart Institute, Inc.

“My first connection with Jim Cathcart came in 1997 when I had the fortunate opportunity to interview him for a television series called “Inside the Global Mall.” Of the dozens of industry leaders who appeared on that show, Jim was – far and away – the finest. His understanding of the human psyche gives him an edge that few others can claim. The essence of his “Relationship Selling” is now legendary. Jim’s a captivating speaker, an outstanding leader, and an exceptional professional. Plus – he’s a genuinely nice guy. If more people knew Jim… and understood what he understands… we’d all be better off.” January 30, 2008

Patrick Grady hired Jim as a Empowerment Catalyst in 1997, and hired Jim more than once

“I’ve known and worked with Jim Cathcart for over 20 years. He is a wonderful colleague and friend. His energy, enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious. Without reservation I recommend Jim as a speaker, writer, leader, coach and friend. He’s a stand up kind of guy you need on your team.” January 19, 2008

Captain J. Charles Plumb, Speaker, www.CharliePlumb.com was with another company when working with Jim at Speakers Roundtable

“I have known Jim for over 20 years. I book Jim on TV and radio and he is an amazing interview. I have seen Jim speak and he is incredible on stage. The audience listens to every word and goes wild. Jim has taught me how to be a better speaker. Check him out…you will be glad you did!” January 8, 2008

Rick Frishman, Founder, Planned TV Arts was a consultant or contractor to Jim at Cathcart Institute, Inc.

“I was on a committee that engaged Jim to speak at a national conference hosted by the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA). I had wanted to hear Jim speak for a long time as I had heard such great things, so I recommended that we bring him to our next conference. Jim did not fail to impress. He received glowing remarks both during and after the conference. If you are looking to hire someone to speak about building relationships that lead to sales – Jim is your man. Thanks for a great presentation!” July 20, 2007

Jeff Burg hired Jim as a Speaker in 2007

Jim Cathcart Testimonials
“Jim, I really enjoyed your presentation at the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) meeting. I could really relate to your comments on leadership and management. Thank you for your good words, enthusiasm, humor, encouragement and challenge.” Administrator, Evansville Surgical Associates, Inc.

“Jim Cathcart is the consummate professional that delivers! He provides content that is relevant, current and engaging and meets the adult learner right where they are. He motivates, challenges and inspires!” Promotional Products Association International

“Jim exceeded expectations, in his professionalism, in his interaction with staff, and in his presentation. He is a true professional, giving the audience a blend of well crafted message with amusing anecdotes to support his points.”Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

“The onsite feedback was that this year’s LAMP conference had one of the strongest general session line-ups of all time, and this is certainly due in part to your wonderful presentation on ‘Rethinking Your Business and Yourself.’ I can sum up the comments on your presentation by saying the content of your talk was only surpassed by your eloquent delivery.” GAMA International

“Jim Cathcart took the extra time and effort to really understand our business, our issues, and our organization, and developed a tailored program accordingly. The BMW audience thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed his program”. Pro-Active Learning, Inc.

“Thank you, Jim, for delivering an expert speech relevant to our business, company and annual awards theme. We greatly appreciated your time and attention before the event, in order to ensure delivery of just what we wanted. Your pleasant and courteous professionalism certainly helped to make our day a huge success.” Long Fence

“Your presentation went extremely well, the feedback forms indicated people listened, learned and laughed… I guess you were a HIT!” ASAP Software Express

“Jim, you kept the attention span in place, many took notes, the participation level was amazing. Most important, everyone took something away from your presentation that will mutually benefit our companies.” Pioneer Mobile Entertainment

“You certainly exceeded our expectations, which were quite high to start with. This was the second time this year we had the opportunity to hear you speak. I’m happy to report that I got more from your program the second time around. The audience was engaged and I think everyone who attended walked away with something they can use for the rest of their lives. You are truly a man for all seasons, and a speaker for all people.” Pioneer Mobile Entertainment

“Thanks so much for helping to make our recent sales meeting super-excellent.” Benco

“Thank you for your outstanding closing keynote. This year the group evaluations were the best we have ever had. It was perfect! I can’t think of any ways you could improve. Everything was executed flawlessly. The response was outstanding. It has been a pleasure. I would not hesitate to recommend you.” Educational Services Company

“Your presentation, ‘The Acorn Principle,’ at the American Payroll Association’s 2002 Payroll Best Practices Conference in San Diego was one of the highlights of our conference! The questions you posed were very thought provoking, allowing the audience to internalize your ideas and individually sow the seed of personal and professional growth.” American Payroll Association

You did an outstanding job. Our goal was to provide our leaders with new ways of thinking about talent development, give them insights into how to be more effective at developing their people and do it in an engaging way. There is no question that YOU hit a home run on all 3 of these points. Everyone I spoke to at the event had nothing but glowing comments about your style and the message. Your participation set the stage for what turned out to be a very powerful and effective offsite. Thank you so much for all your work in preparing and for the great delivery. KeyBank

“I was on a committee that engaged Jim to speak at a national conference hosted by the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA). I had wanted to hear Jim speak for a long time as I had heard such great things, so I recommended that we bring him to our next conference. Jim did not fail to impress. He received glowing remarks both during and after the conference. If you are looking to hire someone to speak about building relationships that lead to sales – Jim is your man. Thanks for a great presentation!” ASPPA

Jim is a well-polished speaker who does his homework in advance and speaks directly to the audience’s needs, interests and goals. His stories and humor are memorable! ASPPA Moderator

“Jim Cathcart’s Relationship Selling seminar at our recent Annual Sales and Marketing Conference was outstanding. His personal approach, and style connected extremely well with our Senior Management and Sales Team, I have already received many positive comments on how his comments and ideas will help our people move our people’s relationships with their customers to a higher level. I look forward to the opportunity to using Jim for our future training and associate development needs.” Reinhart Foodservice

“You are a very special person Jim Cathcart, and I consider myself fortunate to have met you. Your session with our group in April has become the gold standard for our Monday morning keynote, and I do not envy my colleague who has the dubious distinction of filling that slot in 2007. …By the way, I take the silver acorn you gave me everywhere I go. Your friend…” National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc

“Jim’s program exceeded our expectations and was right on target with the paradigm shift that Given Imaging is going through this year. Jim was the resounding voice of our customer and made it clear what their expectations will be from our team. The points that he made in regards to Relationship Selling were specific to our business and it was clear that Jim took the time to fully research our company and product and then focused his presentation on our needs. Jim’s presentation set the tone for our best National Sales Meeting ever. Thank you Jim for being part of the Given Imaging Team!” Given Imaging, Inc.

“Your calm and joyful presence was an inspiration in the midst of the details and pressures of my first Sales Conference! I personally really appreciated and enjoyed your presentation, and will carry your message, your spirit, and your little acorn with me for a long time!” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

“The audience was very happy with Jim’s presentation. We continue to receive compliments on our selection of Jim as keynote and as breakout for the vendor group. Thank you…great job!” Health Connect Partners

“It was certainly a pleasure to have you with us. Our agents and employees had many good things to say about your presentation.” Great West Casualty Company

“Your presentation was outstanding! As I said to you following your comments, it is very clear to me why you were ranked #1 by your peers. You delivered a very important message to our management team. The passion and sincerity behind your comments put the entire audience in the palm of your hand.” AMICA

“Our producers have not stopped talking about what a great job you did. You were entertaining, informative, interesting and so enthusiastic. Thank you!” Wausau Insurance Company

“Jim Cathcart is an excellent keynote speaker because he is engaging. His great story telling style creates a sense of dialog with audience members.” SourceLink

“Thank you for the terrific talk you gave at Afton Chemical on Friday. It was extremely well targeted and impeccably delivered. There was something there for everyone, especially the customers that enjoy the benefits of the partnerships that Afton works so hard to develop.” Wilson West Livesay

“The rest of our Annual Meeting went off quite well, and I heard many positive comments about your presentation. People felt that it was right on the mark in terms of relating it to their PostNet business. Let’s not wait 25+ years for our next visit!! PostNet

“When outlining objectives for our North American Sales Conference, several critical objectives rose quickly to the top. They included informative, useful and actionable topics, memorable, powerful and captivating… Jim Cathcart squarely hit on all of them. Even through adversity such as a complete power failure over three quarters of the way through his presentation, attendees STILL listed Jim as the key impact speaker of the event. Outstanding!” Carlton Cards Retail, Inc.

“Thank you, Jim for working with us, especially on such short notice. You met our expectations of what we wanted to achieve. Your program provided some great ‘nuggets of information’ and some thought provoking ideas. Everyone I spoke to took something away that triggered thoughts or resonated well with them. You did a good job engaging the audience and holding their attention.” Director Training/Education, Retail Company

“Jim, the response to your program was extremely positive. It was the right message delivered exceptionally well by you. My thanks to you for your attention to detail and sincere dedication to assisting independent business owners. Your session hit a home run!” APCC, Inc.

“Thank you for making our Leadership Conference 2001 truly memorable. Your message about how we can maximize employee efforts and how to improve ourselves and our co-workers was directly related to areas we are attempting to improve within our corporation.” MDU Resources Group, Inc.

“Thanks for the excellent talk you gave at our NSM, as well as your kind words about NUVA and its culture. Your remarks were especially timely as we look to take it up a few more notches this year, with our customer relationships en route to $500M and well beyond.” NuVasive

“Jim Cathcart is a true professional! His message is right on target if you are looking for someone to promote self leadership!” Hunt Brothers Pizza

“Thank you for being part of our National Conference. The comments we received were excellent, professional, fantastic, great combination of entertainment and useful information. Your presentation helped make this year’s conference a huge success.” Interdent

“Jim did a great job for our team. His presentation was right on target and the audience reaction was excellent!”Reser’s Fine Foods

“You were a hit! I continue to receive compliments from our attendees about your inspiring presentation at our Leadership Summit. You struck all the right chords, touching both their professional and personal lives. I couldn’t have asked for more. It was also a delight to work with someone who took the time to understand our priorities and key messages. Your commitment to meeting your customer’s needs shone through, and was the ideal role model for our audience.” The Pampered Chef

“The audience was with you the whole way, from the logging trucks repossessions to the photo’s of kids in your wallet. Thanks for spending the extra time with us to get to know Great Plains and our Partners. Your investment showed up in your strong connection with the audience.” Great Plains Software

“You delivered the best seminar that I have ever experienced! You captured the interest and attention of the entire group and the information was presented perfectly! Great ideas and inspiration – and I am looking forward to reading your books.” Technology Assurance Group

“We expected Jim to be excellent and he did not disappoint. If you watch Jim’s video demo, you will see that he knows how to provoke a broad range of emotions and thoughts from his audience. This happened at our event, and that set the right tone for the rest of the business convention. Jim is an ‘A’ level speaker, you only pay the ‘C’ price. That’s exceptional value. You are in good hands with Jim.” Precision Tune Auto Care

“It was our pleasure to have had you here in Venezuela for our event; the remarks we have received from the audience are amazing. We handed out surveys and your conference obtained the following data:

  • Conference content:  4.77 out of 5
  • Quality:  4.77 out of 5
  • Expectations:  4.71 out of 5

Thank you for your support and professionalism. We look forward to workingwith you in the future as well.”
Foros El Nacional


“I wanted to personally thank you for spending time with the International Coach Federation – Orange County Chapter. You made our ICAD event a total Success. The feedback we received was outstanding.” International Coaching Federation – Orange County Chapter

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