A swimming champion turned author & competition catalyst, Deborah Gardner, has companies and organizations help them get more momentum. To do this, Deborah translates the topic of competition to transform those that want to identify their own competitiveness for stronger relationships more success and improved performance. Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is rising to international prominence with infectious energy, warmth, fun, entertaining, humorous, on-the money captivating sassy presentation style. She doesn’t hold back on challenging audiences to think and act in an effort to inspire immediate self-motivation and positive action. Whether it’s a keynote, master class, workshop or a training program, Deborah provides the most relevant, up-to-date practices using real-life stories and examples in a conversational, interactive way for instant results. She combines her swimming triumph to victory while having audiences interactively align their goals with an “all swimmers on deck” approach that translates into innovative ideas for an impeccable experience for all.

With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, currently a 2-time National Sr. Games gold medalist, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Sports Radio, a successful hospitality veteran, Arizona Sunbelt Meeting Professional International Chapter Past President and a member of National Speakers Association. Deborah’s talents, knowledge and experiences for identifying untapped potential continues to prove results by helping others worldwide to discover their competitive spirit, such as Wal-Mart, Bank of America, Henkel, Silicon Valley Bank, DMC Networks, National Concierges Association, Professional Convention Management Association, Pacificia Host Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Chevron, Symbius, Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Meeting Professionals International, PSAV, Outdoor Industry Association, Michigan Society of Executives, National Association of Electrical Distributors, Collinson Media & Events, Blue Cross Blue Shields, Financial Insurance Conference Planners, Consumer Credit Industry Association and more.

A unique and great reason you will want to hire Deborah is due to her being a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) recipient. Actually, she is 1 of only 5 speakers worldwide that has been honored to receive the CMP credential which means she understand the back of the house logistics to your meeting and event. In other words, Deborah will make your working relationship with her a smooth and easy process. Currently, Deborah is considered as one of the top 5 most requested speakers by Meeting Professional International. Plus, Meetings & Convention Magazine poll by meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers ever heard, putting her in the category with Bill Clinton, General Collin Powell, Barbara Corcoran, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Magic Johnson and Tom Brokaw.

Featured Topics

  • REACH FOR YOUR WALL: Successful Leadership Lessons From A Swimming Champion
    Taking from Deborah’s competitive and gold medal swimming career, learn how having a goal is not enough to stay ahead of the competition and win. To transform and deal with change, there’s purely more than just having the competitive edge or advantage to win. Success is a process. Striving for what’s the most effective way to accomplish your goals, dreams and passions, you have to reach for your wall. Whether it’s for personal or professional, attain remarkable accomplishments by taking the challenge.

    Key Takeaways:
    Learn how the biggest contributor to success ensures your determination into commitment
    How to avoid the “goal crushing” mistakes
    Hear the #1 single most critical element to help reach your wall

  • REACH FOR YOUR WALL: Top Advanced Negotiation Strategies To Achieve Winning Results
    Our studies show that most negotiators know they are faced with on-going, intense and complex daily negotiating issues. However, they don’t realize the simplicity to prevent losses by getting rid of the old boring ways that just don’t work and start applying the truth for successful negotiating. Participating in this highly interactive and practice-driven program, everyone will learn how to win without even dealing with the competition.

    Key Takeaways:
    Learn 3 effective ways to create value to the other side so you get what you want
    Experience negotiating strategies, techniques, ideas and even a formula that works
    Discuss your challenges and hear a wide range of answers to reach your wall when negotiating

  • REACH FOR YOUR WALL: How to Sell In A Competitive World And Win More Business
    The key element that separates top producers from average producers is their ability to learn new sales techniques while mastering the fundamentals for greater results. Apply the new “Gold Medal Sales” formula and win like a champion. Hear how relationships and partnerships impact your goals. Check out the recent trends so you can stay ahead of the sales game while winning customers for life.

    Key Takeaways:
    View the new way to convince others of your products, services or ideas
    Apply 3 effective ways to get a “YES” while enhancing customer relationships
    Elevate YOU to compete, stop your fears and conquer your goals

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Deborah's Expertise

Performance - 100%
Sales - 100%
Negotiation - 100%
Achievement - 100%
Motivational - 100%

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