“Carol Johnson provided the North Louisiana Economic Partnership training that was relevant, applicable, and most importantly effective. Her training delivery is engaging and provocative. Our team and community partners consistently reference concepts and practices learned in her training when preparing proposals and presentations. Her training is not only results oriented, but most importantly delivers results. I recommend her most highly.”
Scott Martinez, President, North Louisiana Economic Partnership
“I just finished my first prospect presentation after taking the Presentation Boot Camp with Carol Johnson. At the end of the prospect meeting, the president of the company (prospect) shook my hand and said, ‘That was the best presentation I have ever seen, and I have been at this for 35 years.’ THANK YOU, CAROL JOHNSON!”
Greg Lowe, Director of Economic Development City of Lewisburg, TN
“After Site Selection Presentation Coaching with Carol Johnson, one consultant offered the comment to my team that “this is exactly the way localities need to present their product.” Thank you immensely, Carol!"
Kenneth McFadyen, Reg. Dir. Econ. Dev. at Blue Ridge Crossroads EDA, VA
"Carol Johnson’s Chamber Sales Training is a great investment for our organization. Sales for our annual meeting increased 46% because our entire team is actively selling. We have already paid for the training with the first event of the year. Carol kept our entire team comfortable and energized during the training session and helped each person develop techniques that give them confidence in their daily jobs."
Brad Lacy, Pres. & CEO, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corporation
“I had no idea of the importance of prospect confidentiality. I have learned to balance sharing the good economic development news with protecting project confidentiality”
“I’m newly elected in our county and I wasn’t experienced with economic development. After watching this 1 hour webinar I am starting to be a better economic development champion than some of the people that have served for years. Thank you Continuous Dialog for helping me get up to speed to help our community succeed!”
“The diversity training and how to stop the stupid stuff that lose deals was particularly instructive. We saw ourselves in some of the stupid stuff and now we will look smarter and more competitive in the future.”
“Thinking like a Job Creator was such an effective, quick way for us to understand and deliver on our Job Promise.”
“This was invaluable training for me. In my community every point that Ms. Johnson touched on should be learned and utilized by staff and elected officials.”
“Carol Johnson’s approach to economic development sales training is the most innovative program available. She is relevant and presents content in a way that is easily digested and ready to put into practice. After training with Continuous Dialog, FPL’s Office of Economic Development immediately implemented her techniques and see a tremendous increase in our deal flow. Thanks Carol!”
Crystal Stiles, Director, Office of Economic Development, FPL
“We loved Carol’s presentation. The session room was packed and stayed packed for her full presentation. When one of our elected officials with a lot of economic development experience said “Carol was the best speaker I have ever heard at the League’s conference”, we know we made the right choice!”
Carol Westmoreland, Florida League of Cities
“Carol is a very dynamic speaker. She engages and energizes the audience. Her knowledge of economic development is invaluable, and her delivery of the subject is very memorable. Our community loved the program and has raved about the experience. I highly recommend her, and I would love to have her for other programs in the future.”
Brad N. Hall, External Affairs Manager, AEP Kentucky Power Company, KY
“Carol provided an engaging keynote presentation at the Community Development Institute to a large group of economic developers, elected officials, and chamber directors. Her passion energized the group and provided key insights on what they needed to do to make their communities more competitive. I would highly recommend Carol to lead your training sessions or serve as a key note speaker. You will not be disappointed.”
Amy Whitehead Director Univ. of Central Arkansas’s Community Dev. Institute (CDI)
"The City of Pensacola and Escambia County and our Economic Development Leadership have had three workshops with Carol and the level of cooperation has grown. We understand the need for regional cooperation, appreciate how an employer makes a decision and how to put our region first in readiness. I highly recommend Carol to inform your community economic development readiness is focused on attracting employers to locate and grow their companies in our region. A key element of our success has been cooperation among our elected officials. The process has not lacked speed bumps. We knew they had to be overcome."
City of Pensacola
“Great Presentation and Training. I could've had a few days of this training and enjoyed every moment. The room was very diverse in regard to position, rural, urban, etc. and this made for good interaction and ideas.”
Business First for a Greater Dayton, OH
“Carol was such a big hit as the keynote speaker at our South Carolina Rural Summit, we’ve asked her to kick off our Economic Development Institute every year since. Feedback from our attendees, who include economic developers, elected officials and other business leaders, confirms that her presentations are top-notch. If you want to learn what it takes to make your team win, then Carol is your person.”
Maceo Nance, Director of Small Business & Rural Development, SC Dept. of Commerce
"Carol brings knowledge, energy and expertise to facilitating your planning workshop. She will lead your team to identify and agree upon Action Items. Many plans are cumbersome, wordy documents that even the leaders can’t recall the initiatives or their status. Carol believes the plan should be straightforward so that leaders can rally around the plan and measure ongoing attainment and celebrate success. Continuous Dialog provides pre-workshop internet surveys and a post-workshop Executive Summary that includes Action Plans. Her format makes it easy to measure ongoing progress and celebrate results."
Planning Retreat Facilitation
“We thought that $2 billion of economic development investments within 3 years would solve our problems. Well, it doesn’t; but Carol Johnson does! She is one of the most dynamic strategic planning facilitators I have ever seen or worked with in my 20 years in economic and community development. In my opinion, Carol Johnson is a rock star! Our community now has a continuous dialog.”
Joe Higgins, Jr. CEO, Development Link, Columbus, Mississippi
"My organization was in great need of a collaborative economic development plan. Carol helped us by facilitating a dynamic work session with our community leaders. The result was a 3-year tactical plan that was manageable, realistic and measurable. Carol is knowledgeable and experienced but most of all she is real! I found the experience of her facilitation to be well worth our investment. I highly recommend her!"
Andrena Powell-Baker, Executive Director, Union County Development Board, South Carolina