“Thank you so much for speaking with our clients in Montreal
and again in Halifax. We have had a overwhelming response to your
presentations – and I think the standing ovations spoke volumes
as well. I hope we see you again very soon.”
Atlantic Canada department of Oceans & Fisheries –
“When you sat beside me at lunch I had no idea you were the
guest speaker. When they introduced you and you mentioned me right
away I felt like a million dollars. I listened to every word you
said and I feel so much better about myself already. When you admitted
that you have learned from your own mistakes I realized that everyone
makes them and I am not a loser after all! Thank you for giving
me some confidence – you are a great speaker by the way and I hope
we bring you back again next year.”
"I see myself in many of the examples you used in your
talk today. You made me laugh and you made me cry. You have helped
me see my goals more clearly."
"Your talk reminded me how much we miss you at Bell. When
it comes to hearts, you wrote the book. Thank you for being so honest
"You were one of the highest regarded Vice Presidents
at Bell and we miss you. Thank you for sharing your story with us
at our conference. You have made a difference and reminded us that
one person can."
Bell Pensioner’s Group (BPG)
"Thank you Carol Ann for the trip down memory lane. Your
talk today spoke to every single person in the room I am sure. I,
for one, feel that I had a small part to play in your success to-date
and I am so proud to continue hearing of your accomplishments. You
made us very proud today – all 500 of us!"
Canadian Association of Gift Planners
“You definitely put the “fun” in fundraising. Thanks so much
for sharing with us how you raised a million dollars – and thanks
for the humour too! The passion, purpose and personal touch that
you spoke of gave me considerable food for thought.”
CAPS – Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
"You come across as so sincere and speak from your heart.
Your delivery is excellent and I felt that you were speaking to
me personally. I love you idea of using a poem to motivate the audience."
"You have great presence and are very engaging. Your voice
is dynamic and makes me want to listen to all of your presentations.
You are passionate and sincere."
"I loved your talk. Thank you for a wonderful presentation.
You made me look inward."
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technology
"We are so glad you came to our conference. I could relate
to so many of your own ‘lessons learned’ and can’t tell you how
much I appreciate your honesty in using your own personal examples
in your life stories. I hope you come to our next conference!"
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
"Thank you for giving so many presentations on behalf
of CBCF. You are the easiest, most delightful person to work with.
You have an enormous amount of energy and are a great communicator
with absolutely everybody."
Canadian Cancer Society
"I remember you from five years ago and attended the event
again this year to hear you speak. I wasn’t disappointed and wanted
to send you a note to thank you for the positive impact you have
made on my life. I could listen to you every year."
"Thank you for sharing so much of your life story with
us today. I am so motivated I am going for a promotion! If you can
do it so can I – I too am a single parent and I thought I couldn’t
climb that corporate ladder and raise my son at the same time but
you made me feel I can do that and much more. Look out world, here
Canadian Federation of University Women
"I am so glad you came to speak to our group and I hope
you don’t mind me contacting you personally. I would like to tell
the world what a great speaker you are and I might do that. All
through your talk I was convinced you were talking directly to me
– then I learn the woman sitting beside me felt the same way. Good
for you and thank you!"
CAW – Canadian Auto Workers
"Thank you for sharing your story with the ‘sisters’ at
our conference. We laughed and cried with you and thank you for
showing us your soft side. We think you would make a great boss
and we don’t say that very often!"
Chamber of Commerce
"I could listen to you all night – and so could my wife
so don’t take that the wrong way! Your presentation was wonderful
and we felt so fortunate to have you at our AGM. The turnout was
because of you and we thank you so much."
"I could have listened to you all day. You have made me
very proud of myself and that is because you challenged me to see
my good points and not dwell on the negative."
"I am so glad I went to hear you speak this morning. I
am now a Carol-Ann-Cole-groupie. You have inspired me to make a
Family Transition House
"I am sure it was not easy telling us the personal stories
you shared. You must have dug very deep to be so honest. Thank you
for that. Thanks too for sticking around and meeting all of us afterwards.
I hope to meet you again."
Famous 5 Foundation
"Thank you so much for your fabulous presentation. You
and your story thrilled the young women who attended our "Rising
Stars" evening. Congratulations on your success. The legacy
of the Famous 5 is truly alive within you."
Grande Prairie Regional College - marketing students
“Carol Ann Cole was an amazing speaker. This made a
profound impact on the success of the business conference.
She was engaging, entertaining and inspiring; very well
done! Carol Ann set the tone for the entire day.”
“We couldn’t have asked for a better speaker because she
was inspirational and made you feel like you were the only
person in the room.”
“Miss Carol Ann Cole was in one word amazing, she was
both graceful and inspiring in her presentation to the
students. Her presentation was not like the average one you
would expect to hear, it had no statistics or boring cliché
statements that we usually receive when going to hear a
speech. Instead, she infused her presentation with honesty
that came from both her heart and life experiences; she
showed the students that we can all make a difference, no
matter how big or small. She was able to both reach the
students on an academic and emotional level by relating her
life to both the knowledge and lessons she has learned
through her career and her battle with cancer. I would
recommend her any day.”
“Carol Ann Cole was by far the best feature of our event.
Not only was she an inspiration to any student who has a
dream of climbing the corporate ladder, she also is a cancer
survivor and gives hope to anyone dealing with a similar
situation with her words of wisdom. Our class had the great
honour of having dinner with her the night before the event
itself. This to me was a great opportunity to meet an
individual who really has made a difference in the lives of
many across Canada.”
High School Administrators – Annapolis Valley Region
"Carol Ann, you can go anywhere you want but you belong
to us! Thanks for spending so much time with us at our conference.
I feel better about my own personal goals after listening to you
today. You talked about one person being able to make a difference
and you made me feel that I am that person. Thank you for that."
International Telecom Pioneers
"Hey how come we don’t know about you in the good ole’
USA? Come on down here and speak on our turf. I am going to spread
the word. You are the best I have ever heard – and I love you book
too. We need you here."
Investment Planning Group
"What an honest speaker you are. One minute you had me
laughing and the next minute I was wiping my eyes. I hope they have
you here again next year. Thank you, as you say, from the heart."
Jewish General Hospital
"Are you sure you aren’t Jewish? I think you are. Seriously
I loved you talk last night and hope you don’t mind me contacting
you like this. I could have listened to you forever and hope they
bring you back again next year."
Lawtons Drug Stores Limited
"Thank you for the presentation you made at our meeting.
I hope my boss was listening when you told us that you learned as
much from one of your installers in a garage as you did from an
executive in the boardroom. More people need to think the way you
do. All of us who work together have been talking about you since
you left and wanted to send you this personal thank you note. You
made us feel that we are important and that we can make a difference."
“The week you spent with us in both Whitehorse and Yellowknife
is being remembered positively months after your departure. Work/life
balance is such a personal issue and you made it okay for everyone
to discuss it openly and honestly. We have learned lots about life
and about ourselves and we thank you for that. Please come back.”
Nova Scotia Dental Association
"You were so funny! Thank you for giving us a reason to
laugh and show our smiles at our conference. I have never heard
a speaker who was as personal and sincere as you were with us. Thank
you for that."
"You are a real leader and I enjoyed your talk very much.
I can identify with so much of what you said and am going to apply
your ‘lessons learned’ at work and at home. Thank you for inspiring
me to be a better person on and off the job."
NS Fisheries Union
"I admit that when I saw you at first I decided you couldn’t
teach me a thing. I was wrong – you taught me to listen and to learn
from the people around me. I will start learning from my family
too and I bet I will be a better father as a result. (Your kid is
lucky!) Thanks and sorry for the things I said to you when I met
you at our mixer the night before your talk. You’re pretty special
and I get it now.
Occupational Health Nurses Association
"You made my day – in fact you made me rethink what I
am going to do with the rest of my life. Your talk hit home in a
way no speaker has ever reached me. Thank you – as you would say
– ‘from the heart’."
"You are a phenomenal speaker to listen to. You touch
people’s hearts and you are so sincere – people open up to you and
I see them talking to you as if they’ve known you all their lives."
Ortho Biotech Canada
"Carol Ann thank you for sharing your message about making
a difference. It fit perfectly with our conference theme and the
feedback has been wonderful. You personally made a difference and
we greatly appreciate it. Many of us now quote you daily!"
"Thank you for speaking at our event. You made a difference
and it was wonderful to see you laughing and crying on stage and
inviting everyone to join in. We hope you will come back."
"Thank you for making me take a hard look at myself. I
am a good person and you have helped me see my strong points. You
have made a difference and so can I. Your talk was very inspirational.
Everything everyone says about you is true – and it’s all good!"
Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation
"Your English sounded French to me and please take that
as a compliment. I guess what I mean by that is that you are the
first person I have listened to in Montreal who spoke English from
the stage and I didn’t care. I understand not only what you said
but also what you meant. I wish I could get your book in French.
Please come back even if you can’t speak our language – we love
you anyway and I know I would learn from you the next time too!"
Queen’s University Women in Leadership
"Carol Ann I really want to keep in touch with you. Thank
you for the life’s lessons that I will not learn at university and
thanks for telling all of us that we could contact your directly
– I can’t believe you said that and I, for one, will take you up
on it. Your presentation was the one that taught me the most."
Shoppers Drug Mart
“I thought you were talking directly to me but so did everyone
else – not sure how you do that but thanks for sharing such a personal
side of yourself at our pharmacist’s conference. I could have listened
to you longer and I truly did learn something about myself – I care
more than I let others see. I am going to change that.”
“You have a great sense of humour and one of the things I learned
from you is that it is okay to laugh at myself. I am pretty self
conscious and often when I hear someone close by laughing I assume
they are laughing at me – now I know, they are laughing at themselves!”
“Thanks for reminding us to dwell on the positive and to move
on from the negative. I really like your pity-party reference and
I have shared that with my daughters who seem to be forever locked
in a pit-party of their own! I found your presentation very helpful
on a personal level and we don’t often get that at work related
"I’m just a worker here but I got your e-mail address
and wanted to thank you personally. We are getting so many positive
comments about what you had to say and we all feel better about
ourselves thanks to you. We would like to keep in touch with you."
Sunnybrook Hospital – Public Lecture Series
"I thought you would only speak about cancer but left
feeling I had learned so much from you and most of it had nothing
to do with cancer at all. Thank you for sharing your personal stories
with us. You are totally believable because you use real examples
of how you live your life. I like that and plan to apply your ‘lessons
learned’ to my own life."
"You are a true leader and I really enjoyed your presentation.
Your examples of making change a good thing are excellent."
"What a tremendous presentation! You touched everyone
and made us really think. I feel better about myself. You were humorous
and warm and I like that. You have a unique gift of being able to
share yourself with your audience and leave them feeling so positive.
Thank you so much."
Wee Watch – Private Home Day Care
"I have so much more confidence in who I am and what I
can do after listening to you speak at our conference. I couldn’t
believe that four hours went by so quickly. Thank you for sharing
such personal stories and making us look within."
WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger)
"Thank you for speaking with us today. Your book and your
honesty when you spoke with us helped me to feel better about myself.
You are making such a difference in the lives of so many – single
parents in particular as it relates to my own world. I will be telling
other women about you and I hope I can keep in touch with you."
Writers Federation Nova Scotia – Writers in the School
“I am a grade eleven student and I just wanted to tell you
that I appreciate the encouragement you gave me about my writing,
and my song writing in particular. Even though you are alot older
than me, I learned so much during the few hours you were at my school.
I kind of don’t normally learn very much from old people but I guess
I should start listening to them more. I admitted that to my mother
last night and she said I should sit down and send you a note –
and thank you very much. And, she said she thanks you too.”
"Thank you so much for coming to our little conference.
The feedback has been great and everyone loved you – they are quoting
you all over the place here."