100% of Merit’s focus is on your attendees. Great care is taken well in advance to make sure your meeting is designed for success from the pre-program questionnaire to the room set-up, audio visuals, lighting, customized handouts, event web page and pre-session marketing material.


Merit’s “No Diva Policy” means you can relax and focus on the event, not special diets, pillows or other fancy celebrity style over-the-top requests.

Need something quick to print to bring into the committee meeting? Click on the picture and download a snazzy pdf!


At only 4’11″ tall, audiences of less than 200 people appreciate when Merit is on a raised platform, 6″ — 12″.

For audiences of more than 200 people, 12″ — 24″ is best. Being elevated helps everyone see her- if only she could walk around on a riser 24/7! Occasionally, Merit will leave the stage and walk out into the audience so steps from the front of the platform are appreciated.

Ideally there would be no more than 10 feet from the first row of seats/ tables to the stage.

Merit does not speak from a lectern… ask her about the first and last time she did, it’s a great story! If it is necessary for a lectern to be on the stage for another part of the meeting, please have it set to the side of the stage for Merit’s presentation.

If Merit is not using visual aids in the program, screens should be raised or positioned off to the side. All equipment that is unnecessary for Merit’s program should be removed if possible.

If Merit is using visuals in the program, the screen should be positioned stage right and not in the center. Click on diagram to expand view:

She will bring a flash/ thumb drive with the PowerPoint presentation as well as her own Windows based laptop computer. She needs an LCD projector and screen (12 foot width minimum for breakout session, 24 foot for general sessions). She needs a 48 inch round or square table at the front of the room for her computer. She has her own remote clicker that uses a USB to a laptop.

While Merit is a gifted speaker, she is not gifted in the area of technology and GREATLY appreciates a technical savvy assistant in the room for set-up 1 hour in advance of program when possible.

Full house lights are best so everyone can see her hilarious facial expressions. If using image magnification and/ or video-taping, please use as much house light as possible.

Merit prefers a wireless lavaliere microphone because she needs her hands to talk. She often moves throughout the room so another option is a wireless hand-held microphone.

We will provide you with a master copy of Merit’s handout. Please have a copy available for each audience member as they enter the room or at their seat prior to the start of the session. Handouts and reference materials will also be available to attendees on a special, attendees-only page of Merit’s website after the conclusion of the event.

Hotel room reservations (non-smoking), preferably at the same hotel where the meeting is to be held, are to be secured by you, the client, guaranteed for late arrival, and should be billed directly to your organization. Merit Gest will be responsible for travel arrangements, non-refundable, (non-stop, when possible) coach fare, round-trip from Denver, Colorado.

Please arrange ground transportation (to and from the airport) and let our office know who will be meeting Merit.

Merit will bring a printed copy of the introduction to the event.

Merit Gest has more than 20 years of experience working with companies to grow revenue, increase profitability and reduce turnover. She is President and Founder of Merit-Based Onboarding, a Denver based firm specializing in designing custom onboarding programs that are flexible, collaborative, consistent, automated and scalable.

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.  An active member of The National Speakers Association, Merit has been featured in Selling Power Magazine as an expert advisor, writes articles for Colorado Biz Magazine and speaks regularly for Vistage International, the world’s largest organizations of CEOs.

Meeting theme

Ask us about how you can build your theme around “Merit-Based” and incorporate the idea of deserving, achievement, worthy to earn into the entire event.

Attendee/ Executive Interviews

Merit’s programs connect with attendees because she takes the time to interview people in advance of the program. Stories from your industry will be incorporated into the presentation and when possible Merit may highlight specific sponsors, members or employees as positive examples.

To download the Pre-Program Questionnaire, click here.