Christine Clifford

Top Sales Producer, Extraordinary Entrepreneur, Best-selling Author, Cancer Survivor
Travels from MN
$5,000 - $7,500

Christine Clifford’s 8th book Let’s Close a Deal! Turn Contacts into Paying Customers for Your Company, Product, Service or Cause, was released on April 1st, 2013  and 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 Clifford, CSP shares that message with others. Christine Clifford has definitely cracked “the glass ceiling”. At age 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 was responsible for accounts with Kmart, Toys ‘R Us, Walmart, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon, among others. 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.

Christine was urged to put her sales success to words and YOU, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself was released by Warner Books in March 2007. It was named a “Notable Book of 2007” by the Independent Booksellers Association. She is featured in Masters of Sales (2007), along with Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins and Jack Canfield among others. On April 1, 2013, Christine’s ground-breaking book on sales entitled Let’s CLose a Deal! Turn Contacts into Paying Customers for Your Company, Product, Service or Cause was released by Wiley & Sons.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in December of ‘94, Christine went on to write eight award-winning humorous portrayals of her story in books entitled Not Now…I’m Having A No Hair Day!, Our Family Has Cancer, Too!, Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your DreamsCancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope & Laughter and Your Guardian Angel’s Gift.

Christine’s newest books include 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

That same year (‘94) Christine faced a life-changing experience, she began her own company. Today The Cancer Club is the world’s largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer. 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 also the CEO/President of Divorcing Divas, a company that hosts all-day educational conferences for people facing divorce. As the survivor of domestic violence, Christine speaks out on the “Courage to Leave”.  She is CEO/President of Christine Clifford Enterprises as well which provides consulting on branding, positioning and sales.

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; and Gifts from the Train Station: Healing Yourself by Helping Others.

She has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, MORE magazine, American Health, Golf Digest, as well as The Singapore Women’s Weekly and the Hindu in India. She was a 1998 “Hero Award” finalist for Coping magazine, and appeared on CNN Live in 1998 as “one of the world’s leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor”. She has also appeared on Lifetime Television Network’s New Attitudes show, and the Leeza Show.

Host of The Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf Invitational, 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. She has raised over $1,000,000 for breast cancer research and has received the Council of Excellence Award for income development from the American Cancer Society.

In July, 2002, Christine was award The Order of the Delta Gamma Rose from the Fraternity 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 Fraternity.

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 a past board member of the National Speakers Association- Minnesota Chapter, 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 Minnesota Collegiate DECA.

She has two sons: Tim and Brooks, and is grandmother to Syberian Huskie Skylar. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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 victorious survivor, in business and in life, eagerly sharing her knowledge, wisdom, humor, insight, and lifetime experiences. She guarantees that if you believe in yourself, your company, your product, or your cause, anything is possible! She is available for keynote addresses, seminars, break-out sessions, and workshops, and she speaks on the subjects of sales and marketing,and using humor to get through life’s adversities.

NOTE Re: Fees

Christine offers a special discount to non-profit, cancer-related causes and organizations (lower fee). Her fee for Corporate presentations is $7,500. Her fee for healthcare/non-profits is $5,000 or less, depending on the organization’s budget.

MOST REQUESTED PROGRAMS:

CORPORATE:

Let’s Close a Deal! Turn Contacts into Paying Customers for Your Company, Product, Service or Cause

Our entire lives revolve around selling, regardless of our job descriptions. The
question is not: “Am I a salesperson?” The question is: “How can I be more
effective?”

Christine articulates the intuitive process that identifies how and why a deal will appeal, and demonstrates in step-by-step detail how to present information so persuasively that it increases the likelihood of getting a “yes.” Christine explores everything from understanding where your client is coming from to packaging, customizing, marketing, connecting, partnering, pitching, and perk-o-lating your deals. Create Niche Notoriety™ and establish Loyals for Life™. Learn to close deals with major organizations or individuals who can propel your business to the next level.

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You, Inc. The Art of Selling
 Yourself


Christine was the top salesperson in the multi-billion dollar retail services industry for eight years, and in 1994 signed the largest contract in the history of her industry with Proctor & Gamble, doubling the size of her company overnight. Yet Christine believes that it’s not the product, service or cause that people buy from you or your company: It’s YOU.

Anyone who sells for a living knows instinctively that you’re not just selling a product or service— what you’re really selling is you. How do you give a perceived distinction from, and advantage over, your competition? How do you make prospects more inclined to take your calls? By learning to sell yourself. And selling yourself is an art. Come learn from a Master.

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Selling Intangibles: Four Keys to Successful Service


Whether you are selling an actual product or a true service, it all comes down to you and the service you provide your clients. We experience a product or service based on how we feel about the person providing that service. What are the four keys to marketing and selling services? Price and what is yours saying about the quality of service? Brand, and what are you doing to promote yours? Packaging and can you afford not to take a complete visual inventory of yourself, your company, and your marketing materials? And relationships: how do you create extraordinary client relationships? Christine Clifford explores these with colorful, humorous real-life examples and years of expertise.

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Become Your Industry Leader: The True Positioning of the Totem Pole

Ever heard the expression, “He started at the bottom of the totem pole?” According to Indian lore, the character at the bottom represents the strength and leadership of the pole. Christine believes that you can rise to the top of your industry, regardless of where you start, in two years or less following her ten steps to success. Whether you are in management, sales, marketing, or are self-employed, her secrets will inspire and motivate you to get going today!

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Networking in a Nutshell: Create Connections To Drive Your Business

Get squared away on the professional connections that can propel your business toward guaranteed success. Christine’s methods of getting to the decision makers will leave your audience buzzing with excitement and waiting to get back into action. You never know who you might meet.

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Loyals for Life™ Create Extraordinary Client Relationships

How does Christine Clifford create loyal customers who come back year after year? By asking, “What would they love?” Learn to thank your clients in spectacular ways that are memorable and life-lasting. Generate referrals and word-of-mouth business by partnering with your clients and prospects. Christine shares the keys to long-term, profitable partnerships.

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 Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams

One of North America’s most inspiring authorities in personal and professional transformation reveals her secrets, insights, and strategies that will empower your organization to break through its limitations and live your dreams.

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The Blessings of Misfortune: Learn to Spin Straw Into Gold

Has your company lost an important client? Been downsized? Been touched by chronic illness? Learn the keys to overcoming adversity and turning misfortune into fortune.

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 HEALTH & HUMOR:


New! Laughter: Prescription for a Cure! 

If you are looking for a keynote address that will teach your audience a new way to look at life’s adversities, this is it! Christine’s immediate family has dealt with heart disease, diabetes, dialysis and kidney transplant, hepatitis, chronic depression and drug abuse. Her success stories are powerful and humorous examples of survival in the face of adversity. Don’t forget to laugh!®

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New! An Afternoon of Hope, Laughter & Positive Thinking

Using her world-famous cartoons, stories and audience participation, Christine helps people release their tensions and relax into the moment. With a powerful message of hope and inspiration, Christine reminds us that we can’t always change what has happened to us, but we can change our attitudes. Christine helps individuals rediscover the healing power of humor.

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Am I Out of Sick Days Yet?

Illness, especially chronic disease, wrecks havoc on employers and the people left back in the office trying to ‘fill the gaps’. Christine helps corporations and their employees learn to deal with changes in the office, ways to offer support, and methods to deal with the challenges that occur when a valued employee becomes ill. No down time here!

TESTIMONIALS

Corporate

Thank you attending our Club Siemens event in November, 2011. 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. Our paths will cross again.”

—Jeff Malpass, President & CEO, SIEMENS, 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

 “The feedback from Christine’s event was incredible! We stressed throughout the week the concepts of Pride, Passion, and Performance. Her speech hit on each and her style created a great atmosphere where learning was facilitated by laughing! I found her to be not only focused on meeting our needs, but also willing to go beyond the norm to understand who we are and what we’re about. Our paths will cross again! —Garrett Bates, Manager,Sales Force Effectiveness & Customer Loyalty,Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson Company

“Your development of ‘Spinning Ideas Into Action’ was such an inspirational program— touching on your business experiences, your personal experiences and how that has propelled you to success. It was just what we were looking for from this program. I just wish we could have had you speak for another hour! We highly recommend you to others looking for a program that inspires people to reach for their potential.”
—Chantel Dunham, Director of Development, Women in Business Council

“Thank you so much for being a part of our Marketing Masters Academy. The insight for professional marketing that you brought to the program added a much needed dimension. I appreciate all the hard work and preparation you put in to learn about our industry and the needs of our members. You do such a nice job of helping business owners see the possibilities that exist. Thank you again for all your help.”
— Sheri Bennefeld, Training Specialist, Nexstar, Inc.

“Thank you for partnering with 3M to educate our employees on the very important topic of resiliency. That is a message that we feel very strongly about at 3M and feel it is necessary to equip our employees with the tools for responding to challenges and change. Kudos for the wonderful work you are doing. The evaluations have been nothing short of wonderful. It seems your presentation inspired people here at 3M beyond what they had expected. We would welcome the opportunity to partner with you again!”
—Jamie Langlois, Work/Family Coordinator, 3M

“I wanted to let you know that I used one of your recommendations and… it worked! I am in sales, so the first call I made after your program, I did like you said… asked for a referral. I am now in touch with a 60 store chain on the east coast that is interested in our product. You are on a great journey. I’m glad our paths have crossed.
— Barbara Valencour, Vice President, West 7th Street Distributing, Inc. 

“Thank you for presenting your co-branding and pricing strategies. You are a gifted entrepreneur with sharp instincts.” — Sue Rusch, President, Direct Sales Resources, Inc.

“Thank you so much for presenting at our Sales Kick Off. I have received excellent feedback on your presentations. Many of the attendees went out of their way to tell me how much they enjoyed listening and learning from you.”
— Terry Niles, President, GAGE Marketing Services

Healthcare  

“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

“I would highly recommend Christine as a speaker. She tailored her presentation to meet our format and needs. With Christine as our featured speaker, we exceeded our objectives by more than filling our auditorium with standing room only. She was very flexible with the local media and appeared on all five local television stations and two of the major radio stations. She was very gracious with her time. We were delighted.”
— Christina Zdanowski, Marketing, Via Health

“Imagine a standing ovation! That’s how we feel about your outstanding presentations at our conference. It is clear that your message, and humor, touched the hearts of our audience.”
— Gerald Kelly, MDiv, Supportive Care

“Are you searching for a motivational/informational presenter to begin or end your conference? With our highest recommendation, may we suggest Christine? Her message of ‘Don’t forget to laugh’ can be shared with any group, anytime, anywhere.”
— F. Wade Johnson, Vice-President/COO, AdvantageHealthcare Net

“ As Chairman of Quadion Corporation, I witnessed firsthand Christine’s ability to touch, encourage, and support people. Christine’s message of using humor to gain perspective on difficult situations is one that can be taken to heart by all of us. I highly encourage you to hear what she has to say. Her presentation and use her information to promote wellness within your own organization.”
— Robert W. Carlson, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Quadion Corporation

“ In a word, terrific! Christine left the audience spellbound. We got fabulous feedback from the survivors and staff who attended this record-breaking event. Many, many thanks for making our event a huge success!”
— Phyllis Teitelbaum, RN, Coordinator, Baptist-South Miami Regional Cancer Center

“Christine’s outstanding and insightful presentation to the attendees of Patient Congress V captured our audience with her personal approach and warmth. Her humor in how she dealt with cancer inspired us all as we laughed, and cried, along with her. Her participation was a tremendous part of the overall success of our event.”
—Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President & CEO, Patient Advocate Foundation

“In the initial phases for our event, we knew that we wanted to choose a speaker that would enlighten, educate, and foremost, entertain our audience of 400 individuals. After the first few minutes of listening to Christine, we knew that we had made the correct decision. She conveyed her personal story in such a way that she brought everyone in the room together in such a meaningful way. Truly impressive!”
— Craig Robida, External Relations Manager, University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center

“Christine’s story was interesting to everyone and emotionally potent to those attending… as evidenced by the standing ovation she received (rare and not seen before at this venue). All of her ratings were 5 (5 being the top). Several respondents added comments such as, “A perfect 10”!”
— Kenneth J. Rawley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Ellis Hospital

“With a broad audience of over 500 men and women, Christine’s talk offered something for everyone. It was personal yet universal, poignant and amusing. Her endearing and engaging style was most enjoyable and her message memorable. We highly recommend Christine if your organization is looking for a compassionate, knowledgeable speaker with heart and humor.”
— Susan Rowan, Executive Director, Maine Cancer Foundation

PRODUCTS:

Let’s Close a Deal! Turn Contacts into Paying Customers for Your Company, Product, Service or Cause(Wiley & Sons, April, 2013) $24.99

Laugh ‘Til It Heals: Notes from the World’s Funniest Cancer Mailbox (Anshan, October, 2011) $14.95

The Clue Phone’s Ringing… It’s for You! Healing Humor for Women Divorcing (Anshan, October, 2011) $14.95

YOU, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself (Warner Books, March, 2007) $22.95

Your Guardian Angel’s Gift (Bronze Bow Publishing, September, 2005)$14.95

Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope & Laughter (Penguin Putnam, 2003) $13.95

Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams (co-author)(2001) $19.95

Not Now … I’m Having A No Hair Day! (University of Minnesota Press,1996) $9.95

Our Family Has Cancer, Too! (written especially for children)(University of Minnesota Press, 1998)

The Cancer Club offers over 50 gift items for people with cancer including book, video tapes, custom jewelry, ornaments, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more!

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