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What People Are Saying


“The audience was sitting on the edge of their seat and every pair of eyes were trained on mine within 30 seconds of my opening remarks…


Now, I have been known to give a number of quality speeches locally and am often requested due to my  ability and certainly because of my position. With that said, I must say (and thank you) because of your suggestions and techniques, that today’s presentation was one of my best. So much so, that the school superintendent asked their communications director to work with me to convert this presentation into a feature article for our local paper as an inspirational welcome back to teachers and to demonstrate to the public the link and value of education on our local employment rate.


I thought you would enjoy hearing about the impact you had on me."


Dean Faile


Lancaster Chamber of Commerce


"When I heard about your workshop on business networking, I was skeptical. My first thought was, “I know how to do this. I've been successful at networking and building relationships for a long time.”  But after the first few seconds of your presentation, I realized that I still had an opportunity to learn by looking at networking in a new way and that’s why I brought you in to speak to our group at First Citizens.


Our group responded to your presentation with renewed urgency . You gave us concise and practical techniques delivered with lots of energy and humor. Your message impacted everyone - from our new management trainees to our 35-year veterans.  Each of them left with at least one specific take away to implement in the way they do business.


Thank you for an excellent session.  It can be difficult to motivate busy people whose plates are full and can be hard to crack from old ways of doing things, but you did it.  We have sustained a lot of the energy that you created and are still using some of your techniques to grow and get better each day."


Kevin Lindler

SVP, Retail Market Executive

First Citizens Bank 



" Your presentation at our leadership luncheon was phenomenal! We came to you with an idea and a vision of what we thought we wanted you to share, but we really depended on you to customize that and to make it perfect for our audience. We knew that it would be great and you exceeded everything that I would have asked for.

You were fantastic. And what makes me so excited is that we have all these people that paid to come to the event who approached me afterwards and said, “It was worth it. It was great. Chakisse was great. I’m reenergized.” These are people who are already leaders who were able to take your message to heart so that they can become even more effective. It was perfect timing. You did a great job."

Stacy Lindenberg

Events Chairperson

Women in Philanthropy


"The feedback that I am receiving about our speakers' bureau training workshops and the professional training you are providing has been overwhelmingly positive...

Effectively communicating the message about United Way is critical to our campaign success. The training you provided equipped our staff and volunteers with the techniques and confidence they needed to make winning presentations.

Thanks for sharing with us your immense talents and insights."

J. Mac Bennett

President and CEO

United Way of the Midlands



"I was very fortunate to spend up-close and personal time with some of the “greats” of personal development speakers when we were promoting a new television network way back in the 90’s.  I can state, with conviction, that your presentation style and presence is as professional as I’ve experienced. 

You absolutely nailed your presentation to the Chamber!  We received so much value in so little time- I was really impressed! 

Stan Wetherell

Vice President

Sign It Quick



"To say that Chakisse Newton exceeded our expectations is an understatement.  She is a dynamic and passionate presenter, who demonstrated a clear respect and understanding of her audience and a high level of personal achievement."

Thomas Wisnieski

Interim Medical Center Director

Dorn VA Medical Center



"We used Cardinal Consulting to help with our marketing strategy. Chakisse was extremely helpful in identifying our specific target markets then helping us to streamline our messaging to target those markets.

She has the unique ability to see things from the customer's perspective.

She was not only professional but fun to work with too."

Jon Dukes


Lake Murray Boat Club




"Chakisse exceeded our expectations…Everyone enjoyed the training and left motivated and excited about selling more. In addition to the training, we valued Chakisse's insights on ways to improve our sales with recommendations on everything from territory planning and follow up to specific sales management recommendations for each employee".

Jan Cappellini


Alternative Staffing, Inc.



"Think about the last time that you were responsible for getting a speaker for a conference. Did they do such a great job that it made you look good? Perhaps not often but that is what Chakisse did for me.

It was like a public speaking revival. The archivists and librarians left all charged up. If Chakisse can excite librarians and archivist about public speaking then she can help anyone. She's that good".

Debbie Bloom


South Carolina Archival Association



"Chakisse is a high energy business professional. During the time we worked together, she successfully wore many different hats: she guided marketing strategy, led sales efforts and managed her own national sales territory. Because of her experience doing both sales and marketing, her ideas were always practical, results oriented and focused on keeping the brand consistent".

Kristen Folding


Amenity Consulting



"Chakisse Newton is a world class speaker with the rare ability to combine substance with inspiration.  She will challenge you to reach for the stars and at the time make you believe you can do it.  By sharing her unique perspective and sense of humor, Ms. Newton uncovers something new every time she speaks even as she reinforces perseverance and plain hard work". 


Debbie Yoho

Division Director, TURNING PAGES/VOAC

(formerly the Greater Columbia Literacy Council)

Secretary, SC Association for Adult Literacy Education



"Communication and listening skills are extremely important in any successful relationship whether it’s personal or business.  I believe your “Communication” workshop offers ways to make sure a person can actually get what they want".

Mary N. Smith

Workforce Director

International Association of Workforce Professionals



"Chakisse is the consummate professional and one of the most gifted—and entertaining—keynote speakers I have had the pleasure to hear. Whether she is speaking to a small group or a large audience, she reaches every person with humor, intelligence, and inspiration and she leaves them clamoring for more. At the end of the day, her messages stay in the hearts and minds of those who hear her, and their time with her is time well spent".

Catherine S. Angus

Volunteer Ombudsman Coordinator & Legal Services Developer

South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging



"I have worked with Chakisse Newton and Cardinal Consulting at two healthcare technology companies.  She has helped us tremendously in many facets of our marketing, from developing marketing plans to execution.  Chakisse is very knowledgeable and creative, but she’s also pragmatic and delivers marketing strategies that really work"!

Catherine Huddle

VP, Market Development




"Mrs. Newton, What can I say? Your presentation was exceptional. The participants were so extremely impressed by the material that you brought forth regarding speaking presence that we have all decided to utilize your technique. Thank you so much for your time and again, Excellent!!!!"   

Kathy L. Robinson

South Carolina Chapter President

International Association of Workforce Professionals



"Chakisse Newton's presentation lived up to my high expectations. It was informative, practical, high-energy, and memorable.  Her effective use of stories and mnemonic devices  were so compelling that, months later, I still remember the lessons from her presentation and can easily incorporate them into my speeches and daily communications…She is a dynamic speaker with extraordinary oral skills and presence".

LaVerne Shuler, CAPM, CRA
Research Associate/Program Manager
Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC)



"I want to express my sincere appreciation for your contribution as the keynote speaker at this year’s Summer School of Gerontology. Your speech (at the recognition luncheon) was a very moving and personal experience. You were truly able to mentally pull each and every person at the luncheon in to your heartfelt story and you spoke clearly to the commitment we hold as advocates.

I believe everyone went away from the luncheon believing they were able to make a difference in someone else’s life".

Tony Kester

Interim Director

State of South Carolina Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging



"I want to thank YOU for the wonderful (training) you gave us! I greatly appreciate your tailoring your talk for our group. Many of the staff told me how much they enjoyed the morning. I got positive comments all that afternoon, and the next day, too. I believe your insightful stories will leave an impression on us, of how important good communication is".

Suzanne Singleton

Reference Librarian, James A. Rogers Library

Francis Marion University


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