Grand Slam BTA – Boston – September 15-16, 2016 – SPEAKING

BTA Grand Slam Info

I am honored to be speaking at this event:

The Cultural Shift in Sales & Management

Melissa D. Whitaker, CEO & Founder, Melissa Whitaker International, LLC

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Melissa Whitaker International (MWI) 2016 Training Schedule

January 18th – 22nd            New Content! – MWI Elite Sales Academy Live  Web Based

February 8th – 12th              MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

March 14th – 18th                MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

April 18th – 22nd                   MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

May 10th -11th                   NEW! – MWI Management Leadership Class (In Person-Chicago)

May 16th – 20th                    MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

June 7th – 8th                    NEW! – MWI Management Leadership Class (In Person-Chicago)

June 14th – 16th                   MWI Elite Sales Academy (In Person – Chicago)

June 20th – 24th                   MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

July 11th – 12th                  NEW! – MWI Management Leadership Class (In Person-Chicago – Added Class)

July 18th – 22nd                    MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

August 15th – 19th                MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

October 11th–12th              NEW!- MWI Management Leadership Class (In Person-Chicago)

October 17th – 21st              MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

November 14th – 18th          MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

December 12th – 16th          MWI Elite Sales Academy Live Web Based Class

To Register for a class either call Melissa Whitaker at 847.845.4922.

*Also, if you have 6 or more sales people, you qualify for and can schedule, Melissa to come to your facility to do “on-site” training for your team.  90 day, 6 month and 9 month programs are also available.

Best of Schaumburg Award 2015

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Melissa Whitaker International, LLC Receives 2015 Best of Schaumburg Award

Schaumburg Award Program Honors the Achievement

SCHAUMBURG November 25, 2015 — Melissa Whitaker International, LLC has been selected for the 2015 Best of Schaumburg Award in the Photographic Services category by the Schaumburg Award Program.

Each year, the Schaumburg Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Schaumburg area a great place to live, work and play.

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Melissa D. Whitaker Signs Publishing Deal


 Melissa D. Whitaker Founder/President of Melissa Whitaker International Signs Publishing Deal with CelebrityPress to Co-Author New Book

 Melissa D. Whitaker will team up with Brian Tracy and several leading experts from various industries to release the new book, “Beat The Curve: The world’s leading entrepreneurs and professionals reveal their secrets to outperforming the status quo in health, wealth, and success.” by CelebrityPress.

Schaumburg, IL–September 10, 2015 – Melissa D. Whitaker, Founder/President of Melissa Whitaker International, has joined Brian Tracy and a select group of experts and professionals to co-write the forthcoming book titled, Beat the Curve. Nick Nanton, Esq. along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., the leading agents to Celebrity Experts® worldwide, recently signed a publishing deal with each of these authors to contribute their expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress™ imprint.

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Melissa Whitaker needs your help to win a GRANT!


Chase is giving away $250,000 to 12 small businesses.  

We want to be able to help your business grow more!

Help us create more jobs and create growth for you. . . .

What would MWI do with $250,000 dollars?

Melissa Whitaker International would take the funds and invest in additional staff and technology that would lead to continued financial growth.  Additional staff allows for more classes offered.  Each business we are able to assist sees increased revenue after training and coaching of their staff.  Growth for us has an exponential affect as we work to grow other businesses, plus personal growth of participants as a life-long career investment.  The $250,000 investment will result in millions of revenue and jobs to our communities.

We need your help to win a $250,000 grant!  We need 250 votes in 2 weeks!!!

Please take one moment of your time to help us be eligible for the grant.

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*You will get a pop-up that clarifies that Chase and/or Google (proud sponsor) will not be sharing that information or using it to contact you.

Thank you so much for your help!

Melissa D. Whitaker

How do you handle feeling powerless?

Everyone needs to watch the YouTube video link below:  “Look at yourself after watching this”

Sometimes we each feel powerless.  Kind of like the guy with no arms and legs in the video link above.  He is awkward to look at and most people look at him and think that he would not amount to much.  But he took what little was given to him and made it big.  Those are decisions that we have to make inside ourselves.  Only ourselves.

We take the constraints that the company we work for (or life) puts on us and we act like we have no arms and legs.  However, this guy chose to see it as opportunity to see how much he could do without arms and legs.  So instead flip it around and say, “How much can I do despite all these decisions the company is making that seem to cut me off?”

So often we want to be angry at some of the decisions and actions of our company and people around us for what is going on.  But maybe we need to think outside the box – who says that you could not think of better ways of doing something?  Take what you don’t like and say, “How can I make this better?”

I hope this adds some inspiration and perspective for you today — “Be an inspiration to Others”

The Lost Art of Handwritten “Thank You” Notes

I find today that we are so caught up in high technology through emails, texting & social media that we have forgotten the weight that handwritten letters and notes have with each of us as human beings.  I came across this article that articulates this message very well.  Take a moment to see what John Coleman wrote in the Harvard Business Review (HBR):

“Handwritten notes are a rare commodity”

8 Tips to Building a Championship Team

Coming from being an athlete myself, not only do I strive to be an MVP player at all times, but I also want to be part of a “Championship Team.”  If you ever get the opportunity to feel the unbelievable synergy and adrenaline of a winning team, you continually strive to keep that feeling (winning streak) or are in constant pursuit of finding that again.

That feeling also relates to being part of a winning team at an organization.  Everyone wants to enjoy what they do for work and most people want to work in an environment that is also fun and “winning” in their field of expertise.  There are many things Managers and Leadership Executives can do to create this type of atmosphere and overall results.  I came across an article by Rajat Taneja, Executive VP & CTO at Electronic Arts, called “8 Tips to Building a Championship Team” and loved it.  The points that Rajat lists resonates with the same message I preach to my clients.  If you are looking for additional ideas on how to do this, check out his article below:

8 Tips to Building a Championship Team

Leaders Who Excel

“Leaders serve as the enablers of talent, culture and results.” Glenn Llopis – Forbes Magazine

I am always fascinated by reading what very successful “leaders” have in common.  Glenn Llopis wrote a really good article in Forbes Magazine on February 18, 2013 about the 15 things successful Leaders automatically do every day (link to article found below).  I read through his article and agree on his in-depth points.  Leaders have a large task at hand that is always revolving and challenging us in many different ways.  If you are someone like me who is constantly thirsty for growth and knowledge – take a moment to read his article.  If you are someone who wants to know how to become a better leader, this article is a great place to start.

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

Simon Sinek “Why”

Want to thrive as a business?  Are you clear on “why” you do what you do?  Are your employees in alignment with why you started and run your business?

Start with “Why” – this is worth taking a look at for any Executive of an organization. Simon Sinek challenges you to look at “Why” you do what you do as an organization and how having clarity with that is essential to make sure everyone in the organization shares the same passion.  Check out the youtube video below: