Profile Merit Gest

Merit Gest

Sales Specialist, Productivity and Leadership Expert

“Merit Gest was excellent. She’s sharp, knowledgeable, dynamic and real!”

– Lauren Berkowitz, Mesirow Financial


Merit Gest Infuses more than two decades of human dynamics, sales and leadership experience into power-packed keynotes. Your attendees invest their energy, time and money to go to the conference. They deserve a high energy, content rich, engaging speaker who understands how to capture attention, inspire people into action and make ‘em laugh.

Merit’s work experience and certifications in both Emotional Intelligence and cultural transformation give her a unique perspective for hiring, onboarding, selling and retaining top talent.

In her various roles as a business owner, trainer, coach, consultant and keynote speaker, she has worked with CEOs, business owners, entrepreneurs, sales management teams and professionals across a wide variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, engineering, professional services, technology and even pest control.


Watch Merit Gest


Secrets of Resilient Salespeople: 3 Emotional Intelligence Attributes of Top Performing Salespeople and How to Stregthen Them

Secrets of Resilient Leaders: 3 Things Effective Leaders Do Whether They Know It Or Not

Why Optimists Don’t Get What They Want and Realists Don’t Get in the Game: How to Balance Out and Become a Realistic Optimist

Pollyanna, The Devil’s Advocate and Other Sabateurs That Kill Your Results: What You Say to Yourself and How it Impacts the Bottom Line

Why Winners Do the Extra Credit Even if You Have an A: In sales, leadership and life winners go beyond what’s expected. Why and how they do this matters to the bottom line

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“You are, in a word, BRILLIANT… and I learned much more from your session at the MAB than at any point since I left college many moons ago. Thank you for delivering vital, timely and interesting information in such a fun a personal manner.” – Cynthia J. Thompson, Station Manager , News Director – Anchor, ABC 10 News Now

“Working in the story about Mary Meyer showed that you didn’t just give us the standard presentation, and when I watched you go around meeting people at the dinner the night before your talk, I knew you really cared about getting the message right for our group.”  – Andy Bjork, Gift & Home Trade Association

“Merit Gest was excellent. She’s sharp, knowledgeable, dynamic and real!” – Lauren Berkowitz, Mesirow Financial

“Very dynamic presentation with solid real life examples.”  – Gary Shust, American Society of Training & Development

“You were always in control and guided the discussion like a master craftsman, allowing it to meet the needs and interests of the attendees, but never straying away from the heart of the topic.”  – Myron Larimer, Chicago Association of REALTORS

“What did you like most about the program? EVERYTHING.”  – Ben Guthrie