Annette Simmons is a vibrant keynote speaker, consultant and author. She is surprisingly honest, ferrets out hidden opportunities, joyfully takes risks and tells a good story.

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Rather than blow our own horn, we’d rather let our clients speak for us. Here’s a partial list of some of the companies we’ve been able to help learn how to use story in their communications, along with some of the things they’ve said about us.

“With the help of Annette Simmons, our company agreed upon a company vision and designed our own performance review system to reflect that vision. The performance review creates a meaningful dialogue that helps us balance the needs of both staff and clients.”
Norman Shorb
American Plant Food Co.
You have to hear it to believe it!…Through her skillful teaching and artful storytelling, Annette Simmons has her audience come to their own conclusion about the power of story.
Jennifer Martin
Best Buy
“Annette was direct as well as intuitive, enthusiastic as well as calming — at no point did she forget the purpose of the group.”
Rick Murray
Flour Daniel GTI
“This course was Off the Charts OUTSTANDING! This is cutting edge – a new generation of management training – a quantum leap.”
Tom Owens
USGS
You have to hear it to believe it!…Through her skillful teaching and artful storytelling, Annette Simmons has her audience come to their own conclusion about the power of story.
Jennifer Martin
Best Buy
“Best session I’ve attended in 21 years of ULI membership”
John E. McNellis
McNellis Partners
“I never realized a story can be that powerful. I will certainly be more aware of it and will bring what I’ve learned back to my office.”
Participant
Storytelling Workshop
"Annette Simmons’ poignant, vivid personal examples painted a picture that inspired staff to share stories with each other and then the broader audience… evaluations from her session indicates staff felt it was one of the most useful and powerful tools that we sponsored during a week of learning."
Jack Williams
The World Bank
“Annette’s entertaining, amusing and interactive style was instrumental in helping my staff understand and applaud the storytelling concept as it relates to our sales environment and relationship building with the consumer.”
David Mayhood
Mayhood Company
“Annette embodies the knowledge, experience, and energy of a great storyteller. Her timely message was just what our 500+ sales pros needed to get their minds activated.”
Terry L. Weaver
Marketing & Sales Institute, Inc
“We use Annette Simmons in our executive leadership program to illustrate the power of stories and to nurture the innate (but sometimes undiscovered) storyteller in every leader. She truly has a “green thumb” when it comes to growing storytellers.”
Kathryn C. Young
Ph.D., VA Medical System
“Absolutely wonderful. Other courses may help us build on skills – this one tapped a skill I didn’t know I had. I wouldn’t change a thing!”
Participant
Storytelling Workshop
“By modeling story, Annette inspired the group to want to share their stories. …(with) Annette’s humorous and skillful guidance, the group found cohesion and trust and began to foster resilience and optimism. We laughed, we cried, and it was great!”
Debra Blatt
Cain Hibbard Myers & Cook, PC
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