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Speaker offers sessions for businesses, non-profits

January 27, 2011

By PAUL SIMS
sdnnews@bellsouth.net

A national speaker will offer sessions with to non-profit board members as well as those in business in a day-long series of events next month, an official said.
Bringing Patrick McGaughey to the Golden Triangle is an example of the three communities working together on a project, said Allison Matthews, vice president of membership and community development for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
“We all knew what a dynamic, amazing speaker and trainer that Patrick McGaughey is and we are working together to bring” him to the region, she said.
On Feb. 10, McGaughey will come to Starkville. The session titled “High Performance in Today’s Economy” from 10 a.m. to noon will be “great for anybody in business,” but especially those in leadership, management and entrepreneurial positions, said Matthews.
Tickets for this session are $35 for general admission and $20 for GSDP members. For most of the afternoon, McGaughey will lead the “National Customer Sales and Service Institute” session from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“We expect this to be the session with the most widespread appeal. Everybody can improve in this area,” Matthews said. “... It’s vital to their business that every employee ... is constantly striving to deliver exceptional customer service.”
Matthews said: “Many employers want to help their employees grow in the areas of customer sales and service and that’s one reason we wanted to provide this seminar in Starkville. If a business does not deliver strong customer sales and service, it will have a negative impact on their profits.”
She also said: “We want to see all of our local businesses be profitable, successful and build a long-term positive reputation. We believe that this seminar Patrick McGaughey, will assist the businesses that participate as they enhance their customer service efforts.”
Regardless of whether “a business is in the field of offering a product or a service, and no matter the size of the company, this training will be relevant and applicable,” she said.
Tickets for the afternoon session will be $35 for general admission and $20 for GSDP members.
From 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., McGaughey will take part in the “Best Boards in America Breakfast,” a session for members of non-profit boards. GSDP board members will be in attendance, she said, adding anyone from “any of our non-profit organizations are welcome to purchase tickets for that event,” Matthews said.
Tickets for the breakfast will be $25 for general admission and $15 for GSDP member organizations.
The breakfast session will be at Hilton Garden Inn, while the mid-morning and afternoon events will take place at the Starkville Sportsplex. He will be in Columbus on Feb. 8 and West Point on Feb. 9.
“I would encourage anyone in Starkville to” attend the GSDP’s seminars on Feb. 10 “but if they have a schedule conflict on the 10th, make it a priority to attend any of Patrick’s seminars in the Golden Triangle that week. I do not want our businesses to miss this opportunity,” Matthews said.
For additional informationabout the McGaughey programs, call Matthews at the GSDP office at 323-3322 or send her an e-mail at amatthews@starkville.org.

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