For the first four years of my business I belonged to a weekly networking group. It was the kind of group where the same people came week in and week out month after month, year after year. I loved it because I got to know the group members really well and to this day I’m still friends with many of them and still do business with them.


Every week the members had to get up and give a 60 sec commercial on who they were and the type of business they were looking for. What broke my heart was that when at least 50% of the members spoke, the other members would simply tune out. You could see it in their glazed over eyes and secretly looking at their phone under the table.

I remember thinking, “these group members are just as good at what they do and care just as much about their clients as the group members who were being listened to, they just don’t know how to communicate their value in a way that inspires people to buy into their message.” 

This put them at a massive unnecessary disadvantage. 

It bothered me so much that I eventually shifted my coaching practice from helping professionals master their mindset to mastering their speaking skills.


With this new mission, I’ve vowed that I would teach others how to be the kind of speaker that got others to sit up and listen and take action.

I believe that God has created each one of us for a purpose and that he has given you a message that only you can deliver. I believe you have a fundamental human right to be heard and I believe you can learn to express yourself in a way that others respond positively to.


YOU WILL have a competitive advantage.
YOU WILL bring in business faster.
YOU WILL make a bigger impact on people’s
lives and leave the world a better place.

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Deirdre Van NestDeirdre 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.


Supporting causes I believe in with my resources- -money, time, and skills- – is one of the main pillars of my business. Currently 12% of my gross revenue gets donated to charitable causes. So when you work with me, you’re also supporting those in need and giving back to the world.

I support several organizations, but the one that grabs my heart and focus most is Hope International.

Hope International

Hope provides microfinance loans and business development training- – with a focus on biblical business and life principles- – to entrepreneurs in underserved countries. What amazes me about Hope is that they have a 98% repayment rate on their loans worldwide! God is at work and great things are happening for people all over the world through Hope’s programs. I HOPE you check them out!

Hope International – www.hopeinternational.org

A HUGE THANK YOU to my clients for helping me “do good” in the world.