Dear Kelly, Thanks to you we had an amazing luncheon! You are inspiring and a terrific speaker. The handcuffs were so impactful and made a lot of people look back on the choices they are making right now. Even in a room of the blessed, we need to break free. I am so grateful that your "#3" was Bel Inizio. I never heard the story of Jane before and it really touched my heart. You are so very special, even making a donation. Thanks to you we will be able to start even more groups and move so much faster to the match goal! All told we brought in just about $20,000! However, sustaining donations were amazing. We received commitments for $700 a month, which equals $8,400 a year, which when matched, is $16,800. So while the sustaining donations will come in over the next year, as will the match, this event gave the likely long-term outcome of over $30,000. Kelly, just imagine all the "Jane's" we will teach to help themselves. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. Theresa Strong, Executive Director Bel Inizio
After not making the semifinals at Miss Texas USA my two previous attempts, I reached out to others and asked, "What can I do to better myself?" Everyone's reply would be, "You have great stage presence. It must be your interview!" I have worked with other interview coaches that were amazing and helped me with great success, but once I started working with Kelly Sargeant the interview process became so natural. She took my story, passions and life ambitions and taught me how to articulate "Me" to the judges. She never suggested I change who I was or what I believed. Kelly gave me the tools to build on to what I had worked so hard for. In the end, I achieved my goal and placed as a semifinalist at Miss Texas USA 2018! It's not always about winning, it's about growing and achieving the goals you set for yourself. Most of all, it is being able to articulate the best version of YOU.
Not only is Kelly a pageant coach, she is also an AMAZING motivational speaker. When I was attending Oklahoma State University, she spoke to our "1 is 2 many" organization about her life experiences with being a minority woman, and her issues with sexual assault. It was one of the most inspirational speeches I have EVER been given. I was so blessed to be a part of it, because even NOW, she continues to inspire me through pageantry, AND also being a victim knowing that I am for sure NOT alone. Kelly is one of the best women you could ever meet, and you will NEVER be disappointed in working with her!!!<3
For the past 5 years, Kelly has been a keynote speaker for Bel Inizio. We keep asking her to come back because her inspirational speeches are second to none. Bel inizio (Beautiful Beginning in Italian), is a nonprofit that helps victims of abuse and addiction build their confidence and life skills. Kelly's speeches help our clients understand that a beautiful new beginning is possible for each of them. She has shared her lessons learned through her past, experiences and struggles, and the tools she uses daily to help achieve a positive today and an even better future. Kelly’s amazing optimism and energy captures each woman’s attention. She is an inspiration and given hope to many Bel Inizio clients. Theresa Strong Executive Director
Kelly Sargeant is one of those unique individuals with a gift for presenting. She naturally and flawlessly appeals to the audience...and when she winds up, you're disappointed it's done! Every presenter can improve. For me, Kelly courteously pointed out unconscious elements in my public speaking that, when corrected, helped my flow and strengthened my arguments. Kelly's a great asset to have on the team! Josh Wallenstein Chief Compliance Officer
If you are looking for a speaker who can reach an audience of all ages and backgrounds, Ms. Sargeant is the speaker for you! She is professional, knowledgeable, entertaining, and knows how to keep the audience's attention by creating a space for self-reflection. Kelly is a master at using storytelling to share her relevant personal experiences that are valuable and often life changing. After her speech, the audience made positive changes. Not just for that day or the day after, but for weeks and months after. That is the mark of a truly gifted speaker. As a result, we have requested her to be the keynote speaker for our next big event. We know that she will be the best addition to our program and will change even more lives! Latrina Hawkins Dulles High School
Pageantry was a huge challenge for me to get out of my comfort zone. The interview (public speaking in general) was by far my biggest fear. Kelly helped me overcome that fear, to feel confident, and to really believe in my purpose. One of the most important things she taught me was that I had to believe in myself before anyone else could believe in me, and that needed to be portrayed not only in the way that I walked, but also in the way that I spoke. After training with her for several sessions, I became a Titleholder! Brianda Carrasco Miss Houston Latina 2017
I am a Partner at a law firm and I represent clients with respect to complex financial issues. I hired Kelly because I needed help effectively communicating these complex financial issues to judges and juries so my message is persuasive and easy to understand. I also needed help with providing effective presentations to audiences on the same issues. After I made my oral argument and standard presentation to Kelly, she provided me with techniques on how to make my message more powerful, succinct, concise and persuasive. Kelly's techniques worked perfectly. In one of my cases, the judge commended my oral argument in open court. Kelly has also provided me with techniques on client pitches and presentations that have been second to none. Thanks to Kelly, I always receive high marks from audiences regarding my presentations concerning complex financial issues. I will never conduct an important oral presentation without first getting a coaching lesson from Kelly and I have recommended her to my colleagues who also sing her praises!" "I am a Partner at a law firm and I represent clients with respect to complex financial issues. I hired Kelly because I needed help effectively communicating these complex financial issues to judges and juries so my message is persuasive and easy to understand. I also needed help with providing effective presentations to audiences on the same issues. After I made my oral argument and standard presentation to Kelly, she provided me with techniques on how to make my message more powerful, succinct, concise and persuasive. Kelly's techniques worked perfectly. In one of my cases, the judge commended my oral argument in open court. Kelly has also provided me with techniques on client pitches and presentations that have been second to none. Thanks to Kelly, I always receive high marks from audiences regarding my presentations concerning complex financial issues. I will never conduct an important oral presentation without first getting a coaching lesson from Kelly and I have recommended her to my colleagues who also sing her praises!
I met with Kelly after I won Miss Texas Teen USA 2017. She helped me train for Miss Teen USA. Kelly helped me gather my thoughts and she taught me how to deliver them in a concise and passionate way. Kelly also helped me prepare for all my speaking engagements throughout my reign, she taught me how to speak from the heart and to not second guess myself. Kelly truly is one of the biggest reasons I was able to place in the top 15 at Miss Teen USA, as I was able to walk into the interview room with total confidence and control. I feel so blessed to have learned from such an incredible and intelligent woman!
Kelly Sargeant has changed my daughter’s life. A little over a year ago, a nervous young girl with very little self-confidence began coaching sessions with Kelly. Now, my daughter has found her voice, developed her communication skills and feels ready to take on the world. The compassion and instinct that Kelly possesses, allows her to help each of her clients build on the skills they have and discover those that need to be shaped and encouraged. The coaching and mentoring that my daughter received from Kelly has allowed her to stand tall in various situations, communicate effectively in multiple environments, and most of all to feel confident in herself in a way that she never had before. I am extremely thankful for all that Kelly has done, and highly recommend her to anyone!
Working with Kelly Sargeant has truly changed the way I interview. In each of our sessions she encourages me to dig deep into my answers, so I am able to fully represent who I am with heartfelt responses. No matter the question, working with Kelly has taught me how to organize my thoughts in a way that is powerful and unique to myself.
I have worked with many interview coaches but no one has helped me as much as Kelly Sargeant. She never tried to change the substance of what I wanted to get across but she helped me organize my thoughts and beliefs in a straight forward and affective way. She played a key role in me winning the title of Miss Texas Teen USA while also making me feel so comfortable walking into one of the biggest interviews of my life.
The amount of growth I experienced in just one keynote speech coaching session is absolutely unreal! If I could give her 10 stars I would. I feel more confident in my actions and directed toward success. Kelly truly personalized my sessions to my wants and goals. She showed me what it takes to deliver with purpose. I walked away feeling like I got more than my monies worth.