Deirdre Van Nest

Deirdre Van Nest

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Deirdre Van Nest is the go-to expert on the topic of speaking to groups. She is the creator of the Crazy Good Talks® Blueprint, a system that teaches financial advisors, leaders and sales pros how to bring in business faster and impact more lives through the power of speaking. She is the host of Crazy Good Talks® TV and is called upon for interviews on podcasts and TV talk shows.

Deirdre is an international speaker and trainer, a Certified World Class Speaking™ Coach, a Certified Fearless Living Coach, a contributing author of the Amazon bestseller World Class Speaking™ in Action and author of “Fire Your Fear™.” She is also a monthly contributor for Horsesmouth and faculty at Hoopis Performance Network.

Deirdre is an Italian/Irish New Yorker living in Minneapolis where she tries hard not to scare people with her loud voice and enthusiastic hand gestures.

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Fire Your Fear
How To Grow Your Business by Changing The Way You Think


Imagine if you could take your business to the next level by wowing audiences and getting Crazy Good results from your presentations.

You have the technical side of your practice down and you’re great at traditional business development. But if you don’t develop the skills needed to become a Crazy Good Speaker, you may never reach your full potential as an advisor.

Crazy Good Speakers™ command and keep the attention of any audience whether they’re speaking for 1 minute or 1 hour, and they are extremely efficient with their marketing time because they consistently bring in multiple clients from one presentation.

Bottomline: Crazy Good Speakers™ give themselves a competitive edge because when they speak people sit up, listen, and take action.

In this interactive talk, you will:

  • Learn why many Advisors are not satisfied with the results they get from speaking to groups of prospects and what you can do knock it out of the park every time you speak.
  • Discover the mistake almost every Advisor makes when they open a presentation. This mistake bores your audience, decreases the number of appointments you set after your talk, and reduces your overall impact.
  • Learn the technique for immediately capturing the attention of any audience. Do this and you’ll stand out from the crowd (giving yourself that competitive edge), immediately engage your audience, and increase your conversion rate.
  • Learn the technique for getting an audience excited to hear what you’re going to teach them vs. thinking about what’s for dinner or texting under the table.



For Your Advisors, Leaders, & Salespeople at all levels

Most consumers make buying decisions based on emotion and then back their decision up with logic. That’s why if your team wants people lining up to work with them after a group presentation or 1:1 meeting, they must become Crazy Good Storytellers.

Crazy Good Storytellers know how to speak to their listener’s emotions, make a concise point, and let their stories do the selling for them.

In this interactive talk your group will:

  • Discover why relying on technical expertise alone to win and keep business is no longer enough.
  • Learn the biggest “sales killing” mistake most professionals make and how to avoid it when they speak and meet with clients.
  • Learn how successful advisors, leaders, and sales pros are incorporating stories into their group presentations and 1:1 meetings with clients and prospects.
  • Discover the 4 types of business stories every professional should be telling. Experience first-hand the technique for increasing likability, connection, and trust- -in 4 minutes or less.
  • Pick up the step-by-step formula for crafting their own stories. This is a foundational skill every advisor needs in their toolkit. When this happens it’s like pouring lighter fluid on their conversations and marketing activities!



Excuses, excuses.

When business does not go as planned it’s easy to blame results on the economy … other people … not enough time or not enough money. But where does that lead? Nowhere. For many Advisors, blame too often is a cover up for fear… and here’s the kicker — everything they want for their business — more clients, more money, more visibility — is on the other side of fear.

Which means that fear is the only thing standing between the business they have and the one they want. When they “Fire Fear”, they take control — and can finally create the business that aligns with their goals and values.

In this engaging and practical presentation, your Advisors will:

  • Discover how fear and self-doubt may be sabotaging success in their business and quality of life.
  • Learn the mindset shift they must make about fear so they can consistently make decisions that move them forward in their business – rather than hold them back.
  • Learn why “feeling comfortable” may be the biggest problem they have in business right now.
  • Pick up a simple yet powerful daily practice that propels them out of their comfort zone and into the “success zone.”


For Your Leaders

If you’re like most leaders, whether you’re in recruiting or production mode you’ve likely wondered, “How do I differentiate myself from my competition?” You know your competition is fierce and the marketplace is noisy.

To be the leader others want to follow and to avoid being seen as a commodity this question MUST be answered. Ironically many leaders are looking for answers in the wrong place. It won’t be found in new products or services but rather it lies within you!

What differentiates you from your competition is YOU; how you talk about what you do and more importantly WHY you do it. The most effective way to share your WHY is through a specific method of business storytelling.

In this presentation, your leaders will:

  • Discover the 4 types of business stories every leader should be telling.
  • Learn how successful leaders are incorporating these stories into their group and 1:1 presentations with candidates and clients.
  • Experience first-hand the technique for increasing likability, connection, and trust- -in 4 minutes or less.
  • Pick up the step-by-step formula for crafting their own stories. This is a foundational skill every leader needs in their toolkit. It enables them to overcome skepticism and to connect immediately and authentically with their listeners’ hearts. When this happens it’s like pouring lighter fluid on your conversations, recruiting, and marketing activities!

“Deirdre was the highest rated speaker at GAMA International’s LAMP 2018. She turned what is typically considered a soft conceptual skill of being a powerful presenter into tangible practical strategies our members could use right away. I saw many members in the halls after her talk shooting videos applying what they just learned!”
–Kari Stringfellow Senior Director, Leadership Development at GAMA International

“I’ve seen many presentations in my 60 years and Deirdre was one of the best. As good as Zig Ziglar!
–Jason Mascitti  Financial AdvisorThrivent Financial

“Most speakers just give us the sizzle.  You gave us the sizzle AND the steak AND you served up that steak real good!”
–Leader in Financial Services Audience Member at LAMP

“Deirdre’s presentation was one of the best I’ve been to at Ameriprise. Super engaging and I’ve applied what I learned three times in less than 24 hours.”
–Leader in Financial Services Member Ameriprise Financial

“My team and I agreed, this is the best leadership training we’ve ever had. Period.”
–Senior Leader Thrivent Financial

“Deirdre’s main stage session at our Disability Income Specialist Annual Meeting was game-changing. She listened to my requests and feedback about the audience – the skeptics, the diversity of experience and the passivity of some. From there she showed up to the meeting with an open mind, listened to people, got to know them and incorporated their comments, challenges, and dialogue into her talk. And that got their attention – without knowing it she chose some of the most respected folks to quote. Most importantly, she was a fantastic close to a meeting where the folks were energized, interacting and open to trying something new. And the feedback continues to come in on how they’ve used something Deirdre said.

Crazy Good is an excellent description and one echoed in the feedback! Before she was even done I was getting text message from two of my biggest skeptics and folks who consider themselves the presentation experts saying “best speaker ever” ‘“Crazy good talk” and “thank you for giving us something new”.

I’ve recommended Deirdre’s talks to colleagues and we’ve been reinforcing her messages during our coaching calls. As many people know, I’m hard to please and a bit of a skeptic myself – but watching the energy, hearing my most seasoned folks trying something new – I couldn’t be happier with the results both at the conference and weeks later. Thank you.”
–Stacy McCann, Guardian Life National Sales Director