Virginia Funny Keynote Speaker
“I want to take a moment to personally thank you for your participation in our Virginia Mortgage Lenders Annual Convention in Portsmouth, VA. The information provided in your presentation was very timely in providing our attendees with valuable information to take back to their respective institutions. I truly enjoyed working with you at the event.”
Walt Lyons, Manager
Virginia Mortgage Lenders Association
Glen Allen, VA
Are you tired of needing a defibrillator to bring your crowd back to life after hosting a keynote speaker? Then Virginia humorous motivational speaker Charles Marshall is the man for your next event!
Charles Marshall has spoken numerous times in the great state of Virginia. Past clients include Bogart Associates in Vienna, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Charlottesville Regional Chamber Of Commerce, and Lewis-Gale Clinic in Roanoke, just to name a few.
Charles Marshall is passionate in his praise for the great state of Virginia. “Until you spend time in Virginia, you aren’t really aware of how really beautiful and historically rich this state is. Every time I go there, I discover a new area to explore and new treasures to uncover,” the speaker said.
If you’re looking for a Virginia humorous speaker to add zest, appeal, and credibility to your next event, then Virginia funny speaker Charles Marshall will definitely fit the bill. His high-energy delivery and insight will equip your crowd with simple, easily implemented steps in order to achieve success while providing a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere that makes learning fun and productive. You won’t be disappointed!
“Charles was absolutely fantastic. He was hilarious while providing a solid thought provoking keynote message to the Chamber members. I hope to have him back in the near future.”
Win Carithers, Chairman
Culpeper Chamber of Commerce
“I just wanted to let you know what a ‘hit’ you were with our staff yesterday! You made everyone laugh and I have heard so many nice comments about your presentation and our meeting! It was a pleasure meeting you and having you as our keynote speaker. Thanks for all you did to make us ‘happy’! I hope we can have you back for another event in the not too distant future.”
Prince William County Dept. of Social Services
How to Create a Marketing Plan in Virginia
I love watching a good magic show. The challenge, of course, is to guess how the trick is done and expose the magician. Unfortunately, I have never been able to do so. I’m always looking in the wrong direction. When I should be looking one place, the magician is waving something shiny in the other hand, distracting me from the mechanics of the illusion. That’s because what we commonly refer to as “magic” might be more accurately named “misdirection.”
Business is just loaded with such misdirection. So often I am approached by people in Virginia who excitedly tell me about their new business idea. They gush about their tremendous and revolutionary product. Their eyes shine and their faces beam as they imagine themselves sitting in the lap of luxury, reaping the profits as people rush to buy their product.
Almost without exception, when I ask these individuals about their marketing plan, they brush off the question and continue to rave about their idea. Like infatuated schoolgirls being told that love is more than class rings and school proms, they resent the intrusion into their fantasy world and insist that their product idea is different — that they won’t need to worry about such things. They’re uncomfortable thinking that their idea might need more than bells and whistles.
I can’t say that I blame them for wanting to think that way, but the truth is, they are victims of misdirection. Their shiny product idea is flashing in front of them and they mistake it for the business itself. What every product in Virginia will eventually need is a delivery system, a method of letting prospective customers know about the product.
What good is a product if no one has ever heard of it? Countless people spend untold hours tinkering with their product idea, only to have it collecting dust in either a real or metaphorical attic. Am I saying the product is not important? Absolutely not! It is 49 percent of your business. The other 51 percent is your marketing plan.
A marketing plan is more important than the product itself? Without a doubt. Developing a good marketing plan in Virginia is more important because it is possible to have a successful business with only a decent product and a tremendous marketing plan, whereas the opposite does not hold true.
How much time have you spent thinking about how people are going to know about you and/or your product? How much money have you invested in exploring plausible marketing solutions? Time and money invested in the exploration of ways to connect with customers is never wasted.
Resist the temptation to have your focus and priorities misdirected. Discipline yourself to watch not that which is most entertaining but rather what is most beneficial. Having a successful business in Virginia is not magic. It’s just good marketing. © 2010 Charles Marshall.
“We really enjoyed Virginia motivational speaker Charles Marshall’s presentation. I enjoyed his comedy and presence; he really is a true pro. His delivery is solid and his humor is subtle, warm and funny! His shtick is different than a lot of today’s hard-edge, often angry, comedy and is a pleasant and enjoyable change of pace. I was glad to have him for our big event.”
Tim Hulbert, President
Charlottesville Regional Chamber Of Commerce
“We contracted with Mr. Charles Marshall, corporate comedian, to provide entertainment for an employee function the later part of May. We had approximately 500 employees and guests attend. Charles was fantastic! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed his program and said that it made our function one of the best ever. I would highly recommend Charles for any function or event you may be planning. He was great to work with, very dependable and one of the best humorous speakers I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.”
Gail Gilbert, PHR
Vice President-Physician; Employee Development
Charles has performed at:
500 South Legacy Trail
Hot Springs, VA 24445
800 Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22182
10000 Germanna Point
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
You might be from northern Virginia if:
- You have at least 2 friends who have no idea what their parents do because its “top secret” government work.
- Its not actually tailgating unless your bumper is touching the car in front of you.
- Your local news is national news.
- You drive at least 30 miles a day to get to work.
- There are at least 3 malls within 20 minutes of your house.
- You know at least 2 people who drive a Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, etc.
- For the cost of your house, you could own a small town in Iowa.
- The cars in the local high school’s student parking lot are worth 3x those in the teacher parking lot.
- There are at least 6 Starbucks within 20 minutes of your house.
“Thank you to humorous motivational speaker Charles Marshall for a wonderful show. We hired Charles to provide comic relief to our employees as a way to increase moral and de-stress from their busy lives. All of our employees and their guests had a fantastic time and were talking about it for quite awhile afterwards. Charles was great to work with and truly a pleasure to listen to.”
Mary Towsey, PHR Director of Administration and Finance
Charles is based out of Georgia but is available to speak in: Alexandria, Virginia, Annandale, Virginia, Arlington, Virginia, Blacksburg, Virginia, Chantilly, Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, Chesapeake, Virginia, Danville, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Hampton, Virginia, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Herndon, Virginia, Hopewell, Virginia, Leesburg, Virginia, Lynchburg, Virginia, Manassas, Virginia, McLean, Virginia, Mount Vernon, Virginia, Newport News, Virginia, Norfolk, Virginia, Petersburg, Virginia, Portsmouth, Virginia, Reston, Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia, Salem, Virginia, Springfield, Virginia, Staunton, Virginia, Suffolk, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Waynesboro, Virginia, Winchester, Virginia, and Woodbridge, Virginia.