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300% increase

After my recent talk about speaker websites:

“I always value your advice, Jackie. From your last presentation, a (relatively) simple change to Henry’s website has just increased our incoming speaking enquiries by 300%.”



“Highly recommended”

“Jackie gave an excellent, practical and engaging talk to the Professional Speaking Association in London. Anyone booking her as a speaker for their event will find exactly what we did – their delegates will leave the room with waffle-free, concrete actions they can take to improve their literature the following day. Highly recommended.”

Guy Clapperton on LinkedIn

“Thank you so much for your insights today – I found them so relevant and completely implementable!  So much so, I managed to tick some of them off on the train home.”

Joanne Lockwood via email

Ooh look, I’m a doodle!

This week, I was guest speaker at the first virtual meeting of the Professional Speakers’ Association Southern Africa (PSASA). I did a top ten rundown of the most common mistakes speakers make on their websites.

Each point was captured by a professional doodler.

number 10

Here are some of the attendee comments:

“Thank you for an awesome session. I thought it was very informative and so many pearls of wisdom in a short space of time.”
Dr Rowan van Dyk

Insightful, professional and entertaining

“Jackie led an impressive session last week helping business owners think about their core message to potential customers.

Feeding back to the audience what she had gleaned from networking and introductions, Jackie provided a combination of insightful feedback and high-quality ideas for improvement in a professional and entertaining way. Very good indeed!”

Martin Munro, The Alternative Board

“Thanks for all your advice during your talk. I have been working on my first blog and lots of social media stuff. I have tried to put in lots of things that you mentioned. This is all very new to me. Thanks again, all the information you gave that night is being put into use.”

Liam McGinley, Carpenter

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talk this evening. It really was without waffle! Your presentation was interesting, humorous & helpful so I do hope we will see you again. Thank you so much.”

Janice O’Neill, Celebrant

Standing ovation

“I had the absolute pleasure of attending one of Jackie’s talks this week.

Jackie’s presentation was highly informative and engaging.

The whole audience joined in with the interactive parts and it really made everyone in the room think about their own business messages.

Jackie bubbles with ideas and we all left on a high, motivated to ‘write without waffle’ in our own content.

Jackie got the standing ovation she deserved! 🙂

P.S. A true professional who was a dream to photograph too!”

Jo Hailey

“Delivered brilliance”

“I booked Jackie to speak at my business event in St Albans.

Jackie is brilliant at what she does, and in communicating about her knowledge so that other people “get” it too.

The event was for business owners, and I’m already receiving feedback on how Jackie’s talk immediately impacted the way they market themselves.

The topic was creating compelling taglines, new taglines were created on the evening by Jackie and will be delivering business results in the short and long term.

I have no hesitation in heartily recommending Jackie to speak at any business event.

As one of our delegates said “It was easy to understand what Jackie was talking about, she just delivered brilliance in a very calm approachable manner which made sense.”

Thank you Jackie!”

Claire Boyles, Success Matters

“Can energise an audience”

“Jackie Barrie conducted the active networking session at our Stand Up Speak Out Be Heard conference. An event that I organised on behalf of the Professional Speaking Association and sponsored by Sage. Using her improv skills, Jackie can energise an audience that has sat and listened to speakers and make networking sessions fun and informative. If you need an energy injection during your conference I would highly recommend Jackie Barrie.”

Janice B Gordon on LinkedIn

Nice things people have said about me, my products and my services

This unsolicited feedback is included with permission, and is presented in no particular order. Thank you to all my lovely clients for their comments since I founded Comms Plus in 2001.

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Jackie Barrie, speaker, trainer, copywriter, and author

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