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Theresa Behenna

Motivational Speaker, World Class Pianist, Funny

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Australian born Theresa Behenna is an award winning speaker, emcee, internationally acclaimed piano entertainer, author, recording artist and totally unrelated to Olivia Newton John. Laid off from her office job and describing herself as “young, fearless and a diva wannabe”, Theresa left her native homeland to pursue a musical career that began on a cruise ship for two weeks and resulted in touring the world on a piano bench for several years. Armed with a positive attitude and thirty one evening dresses, Theresa managed her own marketing and business negotiations in twelve countries performing and encountering celebrities such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Matt Lauer, Elton John, Princess Grace, Donald Sutherland, ‘James Bond’ and Andrea Bocelli. With her outgoing personality and musical mastery, global doors opened for Theresa to appear in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from Tahiti to Tokyo, from Singapore to Switzerland. In 2006 her extraordinary career was highlighted when Coca Cola hired her to perform at the Winter Olympics in Italy where she became the only world class piano entertainer to bring back a gold medal. (Minor matter it’s of the candy kind.)
   
A former bank clerk, waitress, actress, secretary and TV talk show host, Theresa moved to the United States in 1982 and there after began combining popular songs with Aussie humor, original stories and a motivational message that launched her into the speaking industry. Theresa’s inspirational, entertaining keynotes have been in demand by associations, corporations and non profit organizations largely because the music sets her apart from most other professional speakers in the country. Her unique style of playing the piano to emphasize relevant points has resulted in a universal appeal that energizes and uplifts a wide range of audiences with clients like ExxonMobil saying: “Theresa's music and humor significantly increased the impact of her message and really delivered the results we were looking for. Our employees said this was the best meeting they’ve attended in 20 years!” Her extensive international experience, customized content, humorous speaking style and outstanding musical talent connects her to diverse cultures and all generations in today’s global society.

Theresa is a professional member of the National Speakers Association where she won the John Wolfe Award for speaking excellence in 2007. She is a founding member of the Australian-American Chamber of Commerce and former President of the Piano Entertainers Guild. A contributing author to the anthology "Rekindling the Human Spirit” (Liberty Publishing) Theresa continues to write numerous articles, newsletters and blogs. Her top selling piano CD “Songs for Friends” was recorded in 2001 with her second album soon to be released.

Theresa resides in Houston where she has yet to sound like a native Texan.

Happy Customers are Loyal Customers!
In today's crowded marketplace organizations are finding it a challenge to attract and keep clients with so many businesses competing for the same customer. So how do you create a culture that influences people to buy from you versus the other guys? In this humorous presentation audiences learn the three keys to being part of a successful team that delivers excellent customer service and impacts the bottom line. Practical ideas mixed with popular music,funny stories and interactive games, guarantee attendees to be fully engaged, entertained and energized!

Learn from The Beatles: Leadership that Motivates creates Rock Star Teams & Raving Fans!
All leadership begins with self-leadership. Why were The Beatles so popular? How did they attract millions of fans world-wide? What made them different from other bands? They were likable, they were passionate about their music, they had a unique sound, they worked well as a team. People are influenced by people passionate about their work. A leader's job is to create the kind of work environment that inspires employees to motivate themselves. Likable leadership combines listening skills with an open door policy to ensure workers feel valued because people join companies but leave bosses and the #1 reason? They feel unappreciated. She loves you, yeah yeah yeah!

From Gershwin to Gaga: Win Fans & Influence People to Supercharge your Success
This entertaining, humorous presentation addresses how people need to stand out from the crowd to be successful in today's economy. Learning new ways of working and managing people promotes inclusion, creativity, job satisfaction and a happy work environment that attracts the right kind of attention from the right kind of people. George Gershwin and Lady Gaga used these principles in their rise to fame and they work for everyone, every time, everywhere. Audiences learn three simple tools they can implement immediately to improve work performance, boost teamwork and increase productivity to get the job/keep the job, get the customer/keep the customer. Through audience participation, popular piano music, funny stories and customized content this program engages, uplifts and energizes people leaving them with valuable takeaways, glad they attended and motivated to take action!

Kool Keys to Employee Engagement: It All Starts with YOU!
Did you know that only 32% of all US employees are engaged in their jobs? Employee engagement is strongly connected to business outcomes essential to an organizations financial success, such as productivity, profitability and customer service. This interactive keynote uses music, humor and stories as tools to energize, engage, entertain and empower people to boost productivity, inspire innovation and transform negative attitudes. Audience members participate in games and exercises to demonstrate great teamwork between the generations, the power of passion, the impact of positive communications and the importance of building good relationships. Oh wait. It's a ton of fun too!

Fifty Shades of Fun: Healthy Doesn't Have to be Boring!
With the increasing population of aging baby boomers and rising costs of healthcare, it's imperative that people take responsibility for their own health and well being. Caregivers and healthcare workers are stressed out with multi-tasking and compassionate fatigue and need practical tips they can implement on the job and at home. Mixing music with message, games and humor to maximize engagement, Theresa shows audiences how to make the most out of life whether they are a working professional, approaching retirement or already in their golden years. With her extensive experience in performing for senior living communities and Alzheimers groups, she shares valuable insights on how people can live a joyful, fulfilling life that results in good health in mind, body and spirit. Entertaining, interactive, funny and uplifting, this program leaves people feeling happy, energized and inspired with ideas they can use!

“Your evaluations rated the highest points possible! Some comments I received from our members: EXCELLENT speaker!...Invite her again…She is SO FUNNY!...Loved the music mingled in with the message… REALLY DIFFERENT!...Her message was great and super entertaining!...AWESOME program!”
 Jo D. Miller, HOUSTON SOCIETY OF ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES

“DYNAMIC opening speaker! She really set the tone and raised the bar for this conference…Her message on Change made me feel she was talking specifically to me because it felt like she was one of us… Message was RELEVANT to us as writers…Fabulous inspirational high energy program!…She played an AMAZING piano!....SUPER start to the conference!”
Attendees at ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA international conference

“This year’s kickoff speaker Theresa Behenna was fantastic as evidenced by the STANDING OVATION at the end of her presentation! I was particularly impressed with how she CONNECTED to our diverse group by including several of our members in her program. Emphasizing her points with music definitely ranks her as being one of the MOST MEMORABLE and entertaining speakers we’ve ever had!”
 Devy Hardeman, AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION symposium


“Thanks again for a truly wonderful presentation that made a LASTING IMPRESSION on all who attended our Professional Admin Appreciation lunch. They are still talking about your fun program and how GREAT it made them feel about their work!”
Samuel Ramirez SPHR, TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY

“As with most companies we have a real challenge in keeping our meetings fresh and interesting. From the feedback we received after your presentation the group really appreciated the change of pace and UNIQUE STYLE you brought to us while delivering the results we were looking for. I was amazed at how accurately you were able to weave our corporate culture into your program!”
 Charlie Pierce, EXXONMOBILE
Mixing it up with music, humor and audience participation Theresa can:

•    Emcee your awards program and spice it up with humorous anecdotes and popular songs
•    Host your corporate event and add fun activities to energize and maintain attention
•    Facilitate teams, breakout sessions, round table discussions
•    Keep people awake as an after dinner speaker
•    Provide piano entertainment at your VIP reception or any time slot during your conference
•    Create a musical program tailored to your group for any event – no rules, no worries!
•    Write a customized song about your organization for keepsake memorabilia
EXXONMOBIL
HOUSTON SOCIETY OF ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES
ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA
AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
TEXAS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT STAFF ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PURCHASING MANAGERS
METRO NATIONAL CORPORATION
HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION
WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS                           
COMMUNICATORS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
TEXAS HEALTH CHOICE
NATIONAL SPEAKERS ASSOCIATION, AUSTRALIA
ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
MEMORIAL HERMANN HOSPITAL
CUSTOMIZED REAL ESTATE SERVICES
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS
TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY
HOSPITALITY SALES & MARKETING ASSOCIATION
FIVE STAR QUALITY CARE
FORT BEND ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE WOMEN