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    Dr. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English, no contacts and only $50 in his pocket. His life has been an amazing success story.

    As an educator, he is president of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution with 4,500 students from over 51 countries. He has authored two dozen books and audio programs distributed worldwide. His foundation provides scholarships to 48 deserving young people each year. To date the Qubein Foundation has granted more than 700 scholarships, worth over six million dollars.

    As a business leader, he is chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T (a Fortune 500 company with $164 billion-dollars in assets), the La-Z-Boy Corporation (one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide) and Dots Stores (a chain of fashion boutiques with more than 400 locations across the country.)

    As a professional speaker, Dr. Qubein has received many distinctions. Toastmasters International named him Top Business and Commerce Speaker and awarded him the Golden Gavel Medal. He is the youngest person ever inducted in the International Hall of Fame and is the founder of the prestigious National Speakers Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. He is in great demand to speak to business and professional groups around the world each year.

    He has been the recipient of many honors including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (North Carolina′s highest civic award), a Doctorate of Laws degree, Sales and Marketing International′s Ambassador of Free Enterprise, Citizen of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year in his home city of High Point, North Carolina, induction into the Global Society for Outstanding Business Leadership, and dozens more.


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    Change
    Change is an eternal concept. In today′s competitive marketplace, organizations must be able to grasp the reigns of change to ride it to a successful future. Many people are afraid to alter their behaviors, but it often proves more threatening than challenging. Nido Qubein transports audiences on a journey through business examples from his careers as a university president, business leader, corporate executive, and public speaker. He talks about change in an enlightening and transformational way so that audiences actually want to change for the better! Whether it is reculturing an organization or changing the mindset of an individual, this topic is as popular and timely as ever.

    From Success to Significance
    Out of adversity emerges abundance. Difficult times often are filled with opportunities. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English, no contacts and only $50 in his pocket, yet ended up a mega-success story. Today, he is president of a leading university and chairman of a national retail company - and one of the most sought-after leadership speakers on the professional circuit. Qubein will share his own story, and his ideas and strategies for succeeding through even turbulent times. This dynamic, authentic, entertaining speaker delivers a powerful, inspiring message on finding focus, balance and meaning in business, and in life. You′ll leave this presentation entertained, and inspired to be impactfully innovative.

    Achieving Peak Performance
    This presentation will show you how to prepare your employees for high productivity and your company for maximum profitability. Learn how to grow a well-trained, educated and motivated team. Nido Qubein makes an important point: Teaching people skills without giving them a vision for a better future—a vision based on common values—is only training. He goes beyond dictionary definitions to show that yesterday’s thinking looks at the tasks people perform today and asks “How can we train our future employees to do these things?” Tomorrow’s thinking looks at the kind of people needed to execute corporate strategy and finds ways to educate employees to become those kind of people.

    How To Sell, Serve and Succeed
    To sell effectively in today’s ever-changing, competitive world, one must master sales skills and behavioral knowledge. Nido Qubein teaches both with humor and audience involvement. He focuses on the Law of Identification (when something becomes personal it becomes important; treat every customer as if you’re about to lose them) and teaches participants to ask penetrating questions (how must this person feel first so that this person will buy from us?). Nido Qubein emphasizes: Prospects don’t want to buy your product; they want to buy the product of your product. Remember: Your service and product must be better than your competitors and your customer must readily acknowledge that.

    If I wanted to Buy What You Sell, Would I Buy It From You?
    Why should people do business with you? How easily can someone else imitate what you do? Do your customers think of you first? Nido Qubein shares dynamic principles for personal and corporate achievement. It doesn’t matter how much you know or what you can do. What matters is what your customers and colleagues believe and perceive you can do for them. Do they understand and value what you are offering? Your positioning reflects other people’s confidence in your ability to do whatever you do with professional competence and expertise-how much they trust you to meet their needs. Your positioning is the way people feel about you and your work; it’s about the way you make them feel when doing business with you. Nido Qubein shows your audience how to “position” for maximum results using a practical approach and a professional strategy.

    Communicate Like a Pro
    Communicating effectively with people, inside your company and beyond, is a minimum-requirement skill in our ever-changing global marketplace. This presentation is designed to help your audience develop the communication skills required and to wield them with power and effectiveness. They’ll learn not only the basics, but many of the finer points Nido Qubein has picked up during a long and successful career as a professional speaker, author, and advisor to top executives and to successful companies, including specific strategies used to “connect” for persuasion and results. To date he has written a dozen books, delivered thousands of speeches, and showed millions the art of effective communication. Entertaining and educational. An audience favorite!

    Change Management/Reculturing an Organization
    Change is an eternal concept. In today′s competitive marketplace, organizations must be able to grasp the reigns of change to ride it to a successful future. Many people are afraid to alter their behaviors, but it often proves more threatening than challenging. Nido Qubein transports audiences on a journey through business examples from his careers as a university president, business leader, corporate executive, and public speaker. He talks about change in an enlightening and transformational way so that audiences actually want to change for the better! Whether it is reculturing an organization or changing the mindset of an individual, this topic is as popular and timely as ever.



Nido Qubein Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "My good friend Nido Qubein is one of America ′s top talents and consultants. His zest for life mesmerizes audiences all over the world."
    Art Linkletter
    Beverly Hills, California

    "Nido′s purpose definitely is to serve his clients. He does a fantastic job of communicating the information. His biggest value, though, is the information the audiences take home - it inspires people to take action."
    Charlene White
    President and CEO
    Progressive Concepts
    Norfolk, Virginia

    "I never cease to be impressed with the standard of excellence Nido sets every time he takes to the platform. The mastery of his techniques is equaled only by the content of his messages."
    Casey Kasam
    Hollywood, California

    "Nido really knows how to move, motivate and communicate with people. His presentation had a positive impact that reflected in increased performance and results."
    Graeme Clegg
    Chairman
    New Image International
    Auckland, New Zealand

    "You wowed them! Our people kept telling me how much they enjoyed your presentation and, more importantly, how much they learned."
    Joseph J. Jacobs, Ph.D
    Chairman of the Board
    Jacobs Engineering Group
    Pasadena, California

    "Your presentation was both educational and informative. You set a positive and dynamic tone for our special event."
    Susan G. Vinson
    President
    Consolidated Distributors
    Monroe, Louisiana

    "There are many so-called professional speakers on the circuit today. I am pleased to say that Nido is in a very distinguished class and that we will invite him back soon."
    R. K. Sehgal
    Chairman and CEO
    Law Companies Group
    Atlanta, Georgia

    "It′s an honor to recommend Nido Qubein. His presentations to our two most important sales management meetings were outstanding. He did such a great job for us."
    Neil L. Jones
    Director of Sales Training
    Radio Shack
    Fort Worth, Texas

    "Thank you for the wonderful job you did as our opening speaker at our national convention. You were a smashing success."
    Harold L. Waddell
    President
    Realty World
    Burnaby, Canada

    "His commitment and follow through made Nido′s presentation at our convention tremendous. He did his homework to understand our philosophy and then used his skill and knowledge in teaching the points we asked him to cover. The benefits have been unbelievable."
    Lowell E. Foletta
    President
    Water Resources International
    Phoenix, Arizona

    "Your considerable skills showed well at our annual sales meeting. You did a superb job."
    Michael K. Dugan
    President
    Henredon Furniture Industries
    Morganton, North Carolina

    "Your presentation was very effective and made our dealers feel like you knew who they are and what is going on in our industry. You gave us an outstanding presentation."
    David A. Slikkers
    President
    S2 Yachts
    Holland, Michigan

    "On our seminar evaluations, Nido Qubein was marked outstanding by every single participant. His materials gave us ideas we could put to work immediately. He provides inspiration with substance."
    Martie Ormsby
    President and CEO
    GN Danavox
    Minnetonka, Minnesota

    "The accolades keep rolling in! Your message was just what our attendees needed. Many thanks for a great job."
    Joseph P. Logan
    Director of Finance
    American Furniture Manufacturers Association
    High Point, North Carolina

    "Thank you for the superb program. Very few speakers have the ability to captivate an audience of normally antsy and impatient sales people for even an hour much less three and a half hours as you did. You were the most popular speaker we have had at any of our National Sales Meetings."
    Thomas C. Fishburne
    Division Vice President
    United Guaranty Residential Insurance Co.
    Greensboro, North Carolina

    "You were terrific! You helped make this our most successful conference ever. Thanks for making our company look so good."
    David Churilla
    Director/Group Marketing
    Companion Life Insurance Company
    Columbia, South Carolina

    "Your style of delivery, your words of encouragement and your wisdom, captivated the audience."
    Pat Sharpe
    Sales Director
    AT&T
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    "I knew you′d be terrific, but you exceeded my expectations."
    Dan Maddux
    Executive Director
    American Payroll Association
    New York, New York

    “Your message for the general assembly was ′LIFE CHANGING’…and then to top it off, your conversation in the hall afterwards on "transformational impact" is exactly what I needed to hear! It was so profound and hit the pit of my spirit...Thanks again for being transparent enough for me to see where I am and what I need to do...to get where I want to go!”
    Audience Member
    Bethesda, Maryland

    “WOW!! I take to heart your teachings and was astounded to hear an accomplished man cement what I have felt deep down for a long time. You’ve reminded me that what limits us is our own beliefs and mindset. I′ve always known that I would succeed, but you′ve helped me in a very motivational way.”
    Audience Member
    Topeka, Kansas

    “What a fantastic speaker you are! You are definitely someone who has achieved success and not because of what you have accomplished financially, but what you have provided humanity.”
    Audience Member
    Chicago, Illinois

    “Your words and outlook on life are extraordinary. Thank you for sharing your story and insights with all of us.”
    Audience Member
    Irvine, California

    “I want to thank you for the impact you have made on my life over the past few days. I honestly believe my life will never be the same again. You are truly gifted, and I know that God has given you this gift to inspire greatness in others. You definitely challenged me to take life to a new level of significance. It was an honor and a privilege to hear your insight, and I hope to have the opportunity to cross paths with you many more times in life.”
    Audience Member
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    “Your presentation was outstanding, energizing, and applicable to so much more than just the world of business. I found many of the points you made to be helpful in my personal life as well as my business life. I am proud that you represent the best in all of us. Thank you again for reaffirming so many positive aspects that we all need to hear again to keep heading in the right direction.”
    Audience Member
    Greensboro, North Carolina

    "We expected good. What we got was great!"
    William Sheridan
    Director/Sales & Marketing
    AmerUS Life
    Des Moines, Iowa




* Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

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    "My good friend Nido Qubein is one of America ′s top talents and consultants. His zest for life mesmerizes audiences all over the world."
    Art Linkletter
    Beverly Hills, California

    "Nido′s purpose definitely is to serve his clients. He does a fantastic job of communicating the information. His biggest value, though, is the information the audiences take home - it inspires people to take action."
    Charlene White
    President and CEO
    Progressive Concepts
    Norfolk, Virginia

    "I never cease to be impressed with the standard of excellence Nido sets every time he takes to the platform. The mastery of his techniques is equaled only by the content of his messages."
    Casey Kasam
    Hollywood, California

    "Nido really knows how to move, motivate and communicate with people. His presentation had a positive impact that reflected in increased performance and results."
    Graeme Clegg
    Chairman
    New Image International
    Auckland, New Zealand

    "You wowed them! Our people kept telling me how much they enjoyed your presentation and, more importantly, how much they learned."
    Joseph J. Jacobs, Ph.D
    Chairman of the Board
    Jacobs Engineering Group
    Pasadena, California

    "Your presentation was both educational and informative. You set a positive and dynamic tone for our special event."
    Susan G. Vinson
    President
    Consolidated Distributors
    Monroe, Louisiana

    "There are many so-called professional speakers on the circuit today. I am pleased to say that Nido is in a very distinguished class and that we will invite him back soon."
    R. K. Sehgal
    Chairman and CEO
    Law Companies Group
    Atlanta, Georgia

    "It′s an honor to recommend Nido Qubein. His presentations to our two most important sales management meetings were outstanding. He did such a great job for us."
    Neil L. Jones
    Director of Sales Training
    Radio Shack
    Fort Worth, Texas

    "Thank you for the wonderful job you did as our opening speaker at our national convention. You were a smashing success."
    Harold L. Waddell
    President
    Realty World
    Burnaby, Canada

    "His commitment and follow through made Nido′s presentation at our convention tremendous. He did his homework to understand our philosophy and then used his skill and knowledge in teaching the points we asked him to cover. The benefits have been unbelievable."
    Lowell E. Foletta
    President
    Water Resources International
    Phoenix, Arizona

    "Your considerable skills showed well at our annual sales meeting. You did a superb job."
    Michael K. Dugan
    President
    Henredon Furniture Industries
    Morganton, North Carolina

    "Your presentation was very effective and made our dealers feel like you knew who they are and what is going on in our industry. You gave us an outstanding presentation."
    David A. Slikkers
    President
    S2 Yachts
    Holland, Michigan

    "On our seminar evaluations, Nido Qubein was marked outstanding by every single participant. His materials gave us ideas we could put to work immediately. He provides inspiration with substance."
    Martie Ormsby
    President and CEO
    GN Danavox
    Minnetonka, Minnesota

    "The accolades keep rolling in! Your message was just what our attendees needed. Many thanks for a great job."
    Joseph P. Logan
    Director of Finance
    American Furniture Manufacturers Association
    High Point, North Carolina

    "Thank you for the superb program. Very few speakers have the ability to captivate an audience of normally antsy and impatient sales people for even an hour much less three and a half hours as you did. You were the most popular speaker we have had at any of our National Sales Meetings."
    Thomas C. Fishburne
    Division Vice President
    United Guaranty Residential Insurance Co.
    Greensboro, North Carolina

    "You were terrific! You helped make this our most successful conference ever. Thanks for making our company look so good."
    David Churilla
    Director/Group Marketing
    Companion Life Insurance Company
    Columbia, South Carolina

    "Your style of delivery, your words of encouragement and your wisdom, captivated the audience."
    Pat Sharpe
    Sales Director
    AT&T
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    "I knew you′d be terrific, but you exceeded my expectations."
    Dan Maddux
    Executive Director
    American Payroll Association
    New York, New York

    “Your message for the general assembly was ′LIFE CHANGING’…and then to top it off, your conversation in the hall afterwards on "transformational impact" is exactly what I needed to hear! It was so profound and hit the pit of my spirit...Thanks again for being transparent enough for me to see where I am and what I need to do...to get where I want to go!”
    Audience Member
    Bethesda, Maryland

    “WOW!! I take to heart your teachings and was astounded to hear an accomplished man cement what I have felt deep down for a long time. You’ve reminded me that what limits us is our own beliefs and mindset. I′ve always known that I would succeed, but you′ve helped me in a very motivational way.”
    Audience Member
    Topeka, Kansas

    “What a fantastic speaker you are! You are definitely someone who has achieved success and not because of what you have accomplished financially, but what you have provided humanity.”
    Audience Member
    Chicago, Illinois

    “Your words and outlook on life are extraordinary. Thank you for sharing your story and insights with all of us.”
    Audience Member
    Irvine, California

    “I want to thank you for the impact you have made on my life over the past few days. I honestly believe my life will never be the same again. You are truly gifted, and I know that God has given you this gift to inspire greatness in others. You definitely challenged me to take life to a new level of significance. It was an honor and a privilege to hear your insight, and I hope to have the opportunity to cross paths with you many more times in life.”
    Audience Member
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    “Your presentation was outstanding, energizing, and applicable to so much more than just the world of business. I found many of the points you made to be helpful in my personal life as well as my business life. I am proud that you represent the best in all of us. Thank you again for reaffirming so many positive aspects that we all need to hear again to keep heading in the right direction.”
    Audience Member
    Greensboro, North Carolina

    "We expected good. What we got was great!"
    William Sheridan
    Director/Sales & Marketing
    AmerUS Life
    Des Moines, Iowa


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    Change
    Change is an eternal concept. In today′s competitive marketplace, organizations must be able to grasp the reigns of change to ride it to a successful future. Many people are afraid to alter their behaviors, but it often proves more threatening than challenging. Nido Qubein transports audiences on a journey through business examples from his careers as a university president, business leader, corporate executive, and public speaker. He talks about change in an enlightening and transformational way so that audiences actually want to change for the better! Whether it is reculturing an organization or changing the mindset of an individual, this topic is as popular and timely as ever.

    From Success to Significance
    Out of adversity emerges abundance. Difficult times often are filled with opportunities. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English, no contacts and only $50 in his pocket, yet ended up a mega-success story. Today, he is president of a leading university and chairman of a national retail company - and one of the most sought-after leadership speakers on the professional circuit. Qubein will share his own story, and his ideas and strategies for succeeding through even turbulent times. This dynamic, authentic, entertaining speaker delivers a powerful, inspiring message on finding focus, balance and meaning in business, and in life. You′ll leave this presentation entertained, and inspired to be impactfully innovative.

    Achieving Peak Performance
    This presentation will show you how to prepare your employees for high productivity and your company for maximum profitability. Learn how to grow a well-trained, educated and motivated team. Nido Qubein makes an important point: Teaching people skills without giving them a vision for a better future—a vision based on common values—is only training. He goes beyond dictionary definitions to show that yesterday’s thinking looks at the tasks people perform today and asks “How can we train our future employees to do these things?” Tomorrow’s thinking looks at the kind of people needed to execute corporate strategy and finds ways to educate employees to become those kind of people.

    How To Sell, Serve and Succeed
    To sell effectively in today’s ever-changing, competitive world, one must master sales skills and behavioral knowledge. Nido Qubein teaches both with humor and audience involvement. He focuses on the Law of Identification (when something becomes personal it becomes important; treat every customer as if you’re about to lose them) and teaches participants to ask penetrating questions (how must this person feel first so that this person will buy from us?). Nido Qubein emphasizes: Prospects don’t want to buy your product; they want to buy the product of your product. Remember: Your service and product must be better than your competitors and your customer must readily acknowledge that.

    If I wanted to Buy What You Sell, Would I Buy It From You?
    Why should people do business with you? How easily can someone else imitate what you do? Do your customers think of you first? Nido Qubein shares dynamic principles for personal and corporate achievement. It doesn’t matter how much you know or what you can do. What matters is what your customers and colleagues believe and perceive you can do for them. Do they understand and value what you are offering? Your positioning reflects other people’s confidence in your ability to do whatever you do with professional competence and expertise-how much they trust you to meet their needs. Your positioning is the way people feel about you and your work; it’s about the way you make them feel when doing business with you. Nido Qubein shows your audience how to “position” for maximum results using a practical approach and a professional strategy.

    Communicate Like a Pro
    Communicating effectively with people, inside your company and beyond, is a minimum-requirement skill in our ever-changing global marketplace. This presentation is designed to help your audience develop the communication skills required and to wield them with power and effectiveness. They’ll learn not only the basics, but many of the finer points Nido Qubein has picked up during a long and successful career as a professional speaker, author, and advisor to top executives and to successful companies, including specific strategies used to “connect” for persuasion and results. To date he has written a dozen books, delivered thousands of speeches, and showed millions the art of effective communication. Entertaining and educational. An audience favorite!

    Change Management/Reculturing an Organization
    Change is an eternal concept. In today′s competitive marketplace, organizations must be able to grasp the reigns of change to ride it to a successful future. Many people are afraid to alter their behaviors, but it often proves more threatening than challenging. Nido Qubein transports audiences on a journey through business examples from his careers as a university president, business leader, corporate executive, and public speaker. He talks about change in an enlightening and transformational way so that audiences actually want to change for the better! Whether it is reculturing an organization or changing the mindset of an individual, this topic is as popular and timely as ever.



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