With just 24 days to go until NEST FEST officially kicks off, the home-based agent consortia has announced the speaker line-up for its upcoming annual conference. NEST agents, preferred suppliers and staff representatives will gather for the event and fiesta at the Occidental Grand Xcaret in Mexico on November 13-16, 2008.
“We’re excited to be bringing some of the industry’s top speakers to the NEST community at this year’s conference,” said Kathryn Mazza-Burney, president of NEST. “The agenda will focus on providing our home-based agents with critical information and practical strategies to help them weather the storm of the current economic climate. Although these are challenging times for all businesses, those who use their ingenuity and innovativeness in their sales and service efforts will thrive.”
This year’s NEST FEST speakers include:
Nancy Friedman, Dynamic Sales Strategist (aka the “Telephone Doctor”). Her topic will be "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Customer Scorned!" This program delivers the Telephone Doctor’s “famous five forbidden phrases.” Agents will find out just what frustrates their customers most and what to do about it.
Michael Brown, Managing Editor of Travel Agent’s Home-Based Agent Magazine. His topic will be "The State of the Industry and How to Thrive Today." Michael will give an in-depth look at the state of the industry and provide advice to agents on how to expertly handle what’s coming down the pike.
Stuart Ellis-Myers, Professional Speaker, Author & Trainer. His topic will be "Recession-Proof Revenues for Home-Based Agents." This session has been specially designed to add the value and immediately usable tips and tools required for NEST members to sustain and measurably increase their sales revenues in 2009.
Nolan Burris, President, Future Proof Travel Solutions. His topic will be "Get Into the Zones! A New Approach to Selling Leisure Travel." Nolan will teach agents how to turn time-wasting annoyances into profitable relationship-building transactions by consulting more efficiently.
In addition to these top speakers, in-depth workshops will be presented at NEST FEST on the full line of NEST products, technology and services. A preferred supplier trade show will foster face-to-face meetings and networking.
GOGO will host the Friday evening kick-off beach party, complete with live Mariachi music and a night of fun surprises. And on Saturday evening, the Golden Egg Awards will be presented to the top-producing NEST agents at a festive “negro y blanco” (black and white attire) party.
Plus, a two-night pre-fam to Cancun and the Maya Riviera— including deluxe stays at either the Paradisus Riveria Cancun or the Excellence Riveria Cancun— will be sponsored by NEST preferred supplier Travel Impressions.