Testimonials of Holly’s Corporate Training and Inspirational Programs

“I would highly recommend the “You Don’t Say!” presentation for staff at any type of company. It was fun, uplifting, educational, and unpretentious. Everything you would want to get the message across on the topics of communication & conflict. Very motivational,” Lynn Skubiszewski, Director of Marketing, Heritage Woods of McHenry (Duo presentation) 

“Her information was customized to our industry, and serious info was presented with humor. I also liked the personal stories of how she learned what she did. This was the best and most informative program I have listened to in many years!” Janice Hilbert, Library Staff

“Holly’s presentation is filled with relevant and insightful information that can be used in our everyday lives – both professionally and personally. Her presentation was very successful and fulfilling. It gave us thought provoking ideas, and made us more observant about the way we treat others.” Missy Cabrera, President, Triton College Classified Association

“We learned about communication because of the interactive presentation. It helped because I’m a ‘show me’ person,” Char Neault, Vice President, Barrington Bank & Trust Co. 

“As part of our annual Staff Development Day, Lake Villa District Library was very fortunate to have Holly as our guest speaker. Holly, aka “The Balloon Lady”, provided unique, positive and informative tips our staff found useful in dealing with the public as well as co-workers. She was well versed and instilled in us the idea of approaching life from a positive place. One of our staff said Holly was “uplifting”! (Pun intended??? – Sure!)  All around FUN presentation!”Ann Grebner, Committee Chair Staff Devt, Lake Villa Library

“I loved the subtle metaphors in Holly’s presentation and the heartfelt note on touching someone’s heart really connected with me. Was great to learn about the 4 smile types!” Shannon Bednowicz, Chapter Director Chicago Over 40 Females

 “Many commented that your team-building exercise was the most fun they’ve had at a meeting. You certainly got us all pumped for our work day. We really enjoyed working with you,” Dennis Dean, Rabjohns Financial Group 

“What a delightful program. Not only was it great with information but we had fun and laughs with the props used to get the message across,” Nancy Rogers, Parks & Recreation Coordinator, Village of Fox Lake 

“The program was informative and fun. You have an ability to draw others into a better understanding of themselves and in contributing to the lives of others,” Karen Williams, Easter Seals, Metro Chicago, Child & Family Connections, manager Wabash & Ohio Valley Special Ed Dist

“Holly Nagel is an innovative speaker on Nonverbal Communication”. Holly reminds everyone of the importance of the way they present themselves to others, not just what they say verbally. She interacts effectively with her audience, and is able to draw upon her experiences to relate to others. I recommend Holly as a speaker for any group as the importance of nonverbal communication is often overlooked.” Shalina Varna, MD,  Board Certified Psychiatrist. 

“The most valuable part of the program was about making me more aware of how people may view my body language.” Breann Frapasella, Teacher

“I’ve seen Holly on stage, in front of audiences and she…… is…… a……. dynamo. I’ve worked with Holly off stage in her role as Program Director NSA-IL and she…… is…… a……. dynamo…who follows through thoroughly on what she says she will do. She is THE Bomb!” Conor Cunneen, International Speaker, Author at SHEIFGAB!


Holly’s Youth Programs

“Holly Nagel was the perfect presenter—extremely organized, punctual, easy to work with, and friendly. We brought her Aloha to You program to our community, and our patrons just loved it.  You could tell she really is a seasoned professional.  She’s knows exactly how to keep an audience of children of all ages and their parents engaged.  The program was the perfect combination of music, movement, fun, and facts.  A great time for the whole family!”Renee Grassi, Head of Children’s Services, Glencoe Public Library

“Holly Nagel’s programs and balloon sculptures are absolutely amazing! She also does wonderfully creative storytelling programs using balloons that all the kids love. I can wholeheartedly recommend her and always look forward to her next visit to our library.” Maria Zawacki, Library Director, Johnsburg Public Library

“Thanks for the great show! We had over 350 at the two shows and had lots of great feedback from patrons about how engaging your program was and how much they enjoyed seeing allthe kids up and dancing!” Keren Joshi, Head of Youth Services, Wilmette Public Library

“Holly Nagel presented a wonderful interactive program at Palatine Public Library. Both our audience and staff had a very positive reaction to Holly’s show. She had the audience fully engaged. Her exuberant personality came through in her presentation and made this a show that was great for all ages.” Gayla Swansen, Palatine Public Library


Holly’s Large Custom Balloon Installations

(2-story Jack & the Beanstalk, Hanging dragon and other decor)“I wanted to thank you again for the outstanding job you did for this year’s Auction at Lake Forest Country Day School.  Your creative, intricate, large scale creations were the highlight of our fairytale themed publicity.  The children, teachers, and parents were in awe of the balloons.  No one could believe that they lasted a full two weeks – now that’s getting a lot for your money!  The little details you added really made the designs “pop”. Thank you again for going above and beyond our wildest expectations for our Auction.  You are incredibly talented and your shining personality is a joy to be around!” Rachel Osborne, LFCDS Auction Co-Chair

(12-ft T-Rex Puppet Sculpture & trees) “I worked with Holly to create a special balloon entryway for Sue the T-Rex’s 10th Birthday party at The Field Museum. Her 12′ long T-Rex and interactive balloon creations did not disappoint! Guests absolutely loved interacting with the balloons as soon as they entered the Museum and as she “roamed” through the event. It was a fantastic showpiece for such a special party.”  Arielle Adams, Annual Giving Coordinator, The Field Museum,  SUElebration


Holly’s Custom Centerpieces

(for bat mitzvah) “I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your incredible work in creating exactly what I had envisioned for our centerpieces!  You absolutely captured the beauty and joy that I wanted in the room.  So many people have asked who did the centerpieces – they’d never seen anything like them.”  Lisa Richardson



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