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Hire Preferred Speakers Top Professional Speaker Cat Byers Breet to help you Get More Money, Freedom and Fun out of Work!

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Minnesota

“It is rare that I write notes to presentation speakers but in this case I feel compelled to do so. You were super-practical, enthusiastic, encouraging and fun (something that does not get introduced enough). Just to put this in perspective, I think there have been two times in the last five years where something has truly exceeded my expectations: my first iPhone and your presentation. Thank you for taking the time to do this. You did a really great job delivering some valuable information in a really engaging fashion. – Gregg G (President & CEO)

She once got caught hiding … under a desk … from an executive VP. While that was not her finest moment, it was the moment she decided to get a spine & take charge of her own success. Since then, Catherine Byers Breet has been teaching others how to avoid her mistakes … and have fun, too.

Catherine cut her teeth as a counselor for at-risk living in New York City and Trenton, New Jersey. From there, she moved into sales & recruiting (and discovered that you really won’t die from rejection after all). As a Recruiter, Director of Recruiting & Business Development Executive, she’s worked with companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to start-ups, across many industries. If you’re struggling with recruitment or retention issues, you can count on her to deliver results. Here are some examples:

  • Increased career site traffic by 43%
  • Reduced time to fill by 13%
  • Reduced turnover by 56%
  • Increased hires per month by 23%
  • Increased employee referrals by 42%
  • Increased close ratios by 16%

Since launching ARBEZ in 2006, Catherine has trained over 50,000 business professionals on all things career (recruiting, retention, networking, negotiation and more) … from South Africa to Minneapolis.

Today, as Chief Stripe Changer™ with ARBEZ, Catherine is helping employers, organizations and individuals better- navigate the new world of work.

Active in the community, she runs a networking group, sits on two boards and was recently named an “Exceptional Businesswoman.” She is a highly sought national speaker & frequent media guest (WCCO tv, CBS Radio, Star Tribune, Associated Press to name a few).

At home, you can find her chasing fun with her two small boys and husband in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Oh, and by the way … she owns a zebra. His name is Joe.

Speech Titles and Descriptions:

ROCK WHAT 'YA GOT SALES SEMINAR 
OFFERED AS A LIVE OR VIRTUAL PROGRAM

No, you don't have to sell your soul & compromise your values to be a screaming success in sales. Sales is not a dirty word. Stop trying to "act like a man," and learn how to find your fire, find your focus and do the inner-critic knockdown. The sooner you learn how to harness your natural, unique talents, the sooner you will knock those sales goals out of their boots.

Desired outcomes:

• High attendance
• 98% stick rate (my average 10 years in a row)
• High engagement / interaction
• Call to action

 

The audience will leave with:

• Cat Breet's workbook "Rock what "ya got!" ($45 value)
• Expert answers to their toughest questions
• Proven strategies for sales success
• The tools & inspiration they need to take action

 

HIGH HEELS NOT REQUIRED: PLAY LIKE A GIRL AND WIN!

VIRTUAL OR LIVE PROGRAM

Great news: High heels & playing by men's rules are no longer required for women to be a raging success. All over the world, women are standing up and saying "I can do this!" ... and it's paying off in higher wages, a 21% increase in women-owned businesses (past 5 years) and more flexibility and freedom at work. We still have a lot of work to do to reach real equity, but the strides are exciting. The question is, how can YOU harness your unique strengths and talent to reach your career goals? One of the leading voices on women and work, Cat Breet, will help you learn how to use your natural strengths & talents to make your career dreams your reality. She has helped over 105,000 women around the world to find their fire, their focus and the best little inner-critic knockdown you've ever seen. Let her help you do the same!

This program is perfect for:
High-achieving business women

Desired outcomes:

  • High attendance
  • 98% stick rate (average 10 years in a row)
  • High engagement / interaction
  • Call to action

The audience will leave with:

  • Cat Breet's workbook "High heels not required"
  • Expert answers to their toughest questions
  • Proven strategies for success
  • The tools & inspiration they need to take action
  • A bucket full of inspiration

Audience will learn:

  • Boys vs. girls at work: stats, trends and possibilities
  • The 4 biggest barriers to your success & how to break through
  • The inner-critic knockdown: How to break through insecurity and fear
  • Live Q&A

THE CAREGIVER - CAREER CRISIS: STRIKING SOME WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS POSSIBLE!
OFFERED AS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM

865,000 women QUIT THEIR JOBS in September 2020. The struggle to juggle has forced many to just quit. There might be another way for you ... and this presentation will show you how.

Does "family first" feel like "Career never?"Some days, do you feel like you're holding it all together with a paper clip? Do family and friends (and maybe even your boss) keep looking to you for answers, but everything you used to have totally under control is being thrown around like a ragdoll? Then this is the event for you!

Done by the seat of your pants, caregiving could cost you a 39% pay penalty at work,* 41% higher healthcare costs**  and a host of other challenges. Hire Cat Byers Breet for a fresh & honest conversation and hear about 12 little steps you can take to strike the balance in your life.

  • Dump out all the dirty laundry of your life (and work)
  • Edit out the stuff that needs to just GO!
  • Organize & realize your most important goals
  • Stack your favorite & most important pieces right back where they need to be.
Cat speaks from experience: She was a 33-year old caregiver, taking care of her own babies and her dying parents for 7 years. She has lived this. She is am a career expert. I've been a recruiter and manager ... and have lived on the hiring + management side of this as well.
  • 66% of caregivers are female.
  • The average caregiver is a 49 year old woman who works outside the home and provides 20 hours per week of unpaid care.
  • Female caregivers spend 50% more time providing care than male caregivers.
  • 33% of working women caregivers decrease work hours
  • 29% passed up a job promotion, training or assignment
  • 22% took a leave of absence
  • 20% switched from full-time to part-time employment
  • 16% quit their jobs
  • 13% retired early

Desired outcomes:

  • High attendance
  • 98% stick rate (my average 10 years in a row)
  • High engagement / interaction
  • Call to action
  • Attendees will leave with the how-to, tools & inspiration they need to take action in their lives

The audience will leave with:

  • Cat Breet's workbook "Caregiving & Career: Striking some work-life balance IS possible!"
  • Expert answers to their toughest questions
  • Proven strategies for career-change success
  • The tools & inspiration they need to finally get some work-life balance in their lives

Building the business case for this talk at work:

Convincing your business leaders to host this talk is easier than you think. Associated costs to employers include direct medical costs, missed workdays, short-term disability, and lost productivity. Higher healthcare costs alone equate to $30 million more for every 10,000 employees. (Gallup Economics of Wellbeing)

NETWORKING: UNFORGETTABLE INTRODUCTIONS (HOW TO GET THEM AT "HELLO") BOTH ONLINE AND OFF
OFFERED AS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM

The first 30 seconds make or break every conversation. Do you know how to handle them with ease? If not, you won't want to miss this event! People form instant emotional opinions about you. The great news is, there are some really simple things you can do to make a great first impression - every time. JOIN US to learn the 3 things that matter most, the best-kept networking secret + how to answer awkward opening questions with ease.

Cat Breet has been in sales, recruiting & consulting for 23 years ... for 2 global consulting firms, and as a business owner for 14 years. She has sold over $10M in business, to companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 to start-ups. She has done it all by referral. She lives what she teaches ... and it shows. She has performed 1,086 career, consulting & job search success presentations all over the world since 2008.

This program is perfect for:

  • Anyone who wants to sharpen their networking skills - online and off
  • Sales teams
  • Recruiters
  • Small business owners

Desired outcomes:

  • High attendance
  • 98% stick rate (my average 10 years in a row)
  • High engagement / interaction
  • Call to action
  • Attendees will leave with the how-to, tools & inspiration they need to take action in their lives

The audience will leave with:

  • Cat Breet's workbook "Unforgettable" ($45 value)
  • Expert answers to their toughest questions
  • Proven strategies for success
  • The tools & inspiration they need to take action
HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS & LIVE TO TELL ABOUT IT 

OFFERED AS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Get more Money, Freedom & Fun out of your career.

Cat Breet has been teaching people how to start their own businesses (consulting and other) since 1997. She has performed hundreds of business start-up presentations all over the world since 2008. Building your own business can be a GREAT way to get more money, freedom & fun out of your life. However, it's not for everyone. Cat will share an honest & invigorating look at what it really takes to succeed ... and the shortest path to get you there.

A 23-year entrepreneur, consultant and coach Cat Breet will share her lessons learned and blueprint for success. She will teach you:

• 5 Great options for starting your own business
• The top 3 reasons start-ups fail (and how to avoid them)
• 10 steps to get your business going - fast.

This program is perfect for:

• High-achieving business professionals
• New financial advisors, insurance agents or real estate agents
• Consultants
• Women's groups
• Professional associations for any of those groupsDesired outcomes:
• High attendance
• 98% stick rate (my average 10 years in a row)
• High engagement / interaction
• Call to action
• Attendees will leave with the how-to, tools & inspiration they need to take action in their livesThe audience will leave with:
• Cat Breet's workbook "How to start your own business & live to tell about it" ($45 value)
• Expert answers to their toughest questions
• Proven strategies for success
• The tools & inspiration they need to take action

 

AGING WELL - ENCORE CAREERS: HOW TO FIND PURPOSE, PASSION & A PAYCHECK OVER 50 OFFERED AS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM
The kids are on their own. Retirement is on the horizon. For the first time in a long time, you have the freedom to dream again. You long to find that sweet spot where your passion & talent collide. Great news: Catherine Byers Breet has been helping people to find their perfect encore careers since 1997 ... and she is really good at it! In this high-impact, energizing workshop she will teach:

• What's possible ... really?
• How to pick & stick to your priorities
• 7 Steps to an encore career you will absolutely love

This program is perfect for:

• ​50+ men and women who want to change careers
• Financial services firms who want to attract new clients in this age group / life stage
• Conferences
• Professional associations
• Outplacement firms
• Federal and state workforce development groups

Desired outcomes:

• High attendance
• 98% stick rate (my average 10 years in a row)
• High engagement / interaction
• Call to action
• Attendees will leave with the how-to, tools & inspiration they need to change find meaningful work faster & easier

The audience will leave with:

• Cat Breet's workbook "Encore Careers" ($20 value)
• Expert answers to their toughest questions
• Proven strategies for career-change success
• The tools & inspiration they need to take action

Testimonials:

622 registrations in 48 hours! Catherine and the ARBEZ team are a draw for our online events. Their smartly-produced content, marketing ideas, and tech know-how work together in our favor, delivering hundreds and hundreds of participants to multiple webinars. Attendee feedback is consistently stellar. The have quality systems in place, while continually sparking innovation. Truly a high-caliber and productive partner.

D.Z., DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, PATINA SOLUTIONS
This event was presented virtually

Catherine is an endless source of positive and contagious energy. She is a skilled public speaker who can address a large crowd, but make you feel like you're having a one-on-one conversation. Her programming leaves you feeling motivated, supported, and empowered. Catherine has been a wonderful partner for my company to work with. Not only is she fun to work with, but she delivers results. For example, she pulled in 622 registrations in 48 hours with her first webinar with us. I consider Catherine an extension of my team and any company would be lucky to work with her.

J.C., COMMUNITY MANAGER, PATINA SOLUTIONS 
This event was presented virtually

Catherine was a 2013 recipient of our Exceptional Businesswomen Award. This award is presented by the community newspaper to a group of local women who are making a difference in their professions and the communities that they live in. For our 2014 awards banquet, we asked Catherine if she would come present the awards and moderate a panel discussion with this year's honorees. After the banquet, I had several people come up to me and say how impressed they were with Catherine. She is a fantastic public speaker and has a way of making the audience feel so comfortable both through humor and honest life references. Her method of speaking is very real, not rehearsed or forced. You can tell she is listening to what is being said and formulating her follow up questions based on the answers. It was exactly what I envisioned when we decided to do the panel discussion. Her enthusiasm for wanting women to find their passion is infectious. Thank you Catherine for helping us to take this event to the next level of success!

K.J., PRESIDENT, LAKEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

"Inspiring, Empowering, Transformational, the ARBEZ Methodology provides a unique and tested approach to accelerating success for people in all stages of career transition. Catherine's "how-to" customizable, 4-step framework, along with her positive and high energy style have helped thousands of people to succeed, shift their paradigms and quite honestly get unstuck and move forward with a proven plan. She shares her important message through speaking, online, DVDs, live workshops and events and one on one coaching. Catherine is a master at seeing each person and situation as unique and through her expertise of over 14 years working in the staffing agency business; in HR and one on one with clients she is unique in seeing all aspects. Catherine has a diverse and versatile style which attracts her to all levels from college students to CEOs, women and men, from all walks of life. Quite honestly, she's the real deal, she has successfully lived what she teaches and it works". Anne Pryor, Meaningful Connector, Sr. Career Coach & Social Media Consultant (ARBEZ is zebra spelled backwards - Catherine owns one in South Africa, really!)

A.P., LINKEDIN EXPERT, VIRTUAL LINKEDIN TRAINER, SPEAKER, PRYORITY PARTNERSHIP
This event was presented virtually

I hired Catherine to run a LinkedIn Profile Workshop at our CHS TechKnowledge conference. Catherine did a fantastic job simultaneously engaging an in-person audience in our auditorium along with a remote audience that was connected from across the country. She provided relevant and helpful information in a fun and engaging way that made everyone glad they came. Afterwards, we gathered attendee feedback. Catherine led one of most highest-rated sessions at our conference. In the end, CHS has a better online presence and our people are better connected as a result of Catherine's work.

Z.H., VP IT DIGITAL CUSTOMER TRANSFORMATION, CHS INC.

Catherine Breet is a highly sought after international speaker, and has been the keynote speaker at some very high-profile conferences for PMI globally (Minneapolis and Shaghai and across the U.S. as well). She has done platform keynotes for us, as well as very well-attended webinars. She is very engaging with that extra bit of humor that holds your attention. I have known Catherine for several years with my first introduction at a Career Coaching Seminar, she was so very helpful. She has several tips and tricks to help Project Managers navigate the recruiting and consulting challenges many of us face, as well as Bridging Cultural Gaps and Setting up your Project for Success.

J.P., FORMER PRESIDENT PMI MINNESOTA + MARKETING PROJECT MANAGER, PMI MINNESOTA
This event was presented virtually

Catherine is a dynamic speaker, trainer and coach. She offers proven strategies and exceptional training programs. It has been my pleasure to hear Catherine present, to collaborate with her on helping those in transition and those looking to move into the gig economy. Her energy is contagious and she is a great resource for those trying to get unstuck and find their future path.

J.R., CEO, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
This event was presented virtually

I had the pleasure of being in the audience of one of Catherine's motivational talks at our company in South Africa in January 2011. It truly was a life changing day. During the session we worked through a "Ten point plan of building a sustainable you" and let me tell you - it works. By tuning in and being aware of your surroundings one can really capitalize on new opportunities which presents itself. Catherine speaks with the greatest of ease, she is knowledgeable and her topics are extremely relevant. She activated a spark in me that day, and her message continues to be a great topic of conversation in the corridors. I will definitely stay in touch with Catherine to build a lasting relationship. I am proud to know that I am connected to an expert in the field of "Changing Lives for the better".

G.R., HEAD OF TALENT DEVELOPMENT, | EMEA AT TEN LIFESTYLE GROUP CITY OF CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Catherine is a fabulous speaker and a great fit for our audience and their needs. Her high energy inclusive presentation style kept everyone engaged and excited all evening. We had several guests join our organization as members that evening raving about the high quality program we offered them. Thank you Catherine, you truly know what you are talking about. Heike Peters VP Membership Association for Women in Computing Twin Cities

H.P., VP MEMBERSHIP, ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN COMPUTING

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