Taylor and Associates was formed in 1987 to provide professional
training and keynote speaking for businesses, associations and
organizations nationwide. Merry Taylor and Linda Sloan work with
you in identifying your training and speaking needs, then develop
custom programs to meet those needs. Whether it's a 30-minute
talk or 3-day program, they provide a practical, hands-on approach
with skill building and a heavy dose of humor and real life.
Merry Taylor has a Master's Degree in Health Education
and training in organizational psychology and counseling, She studied
at the Meyer Friedman and Harold Brunn Institute—Mount Zion
Hospital in San Francisco and was trained in the diagnosis and quantitative
assessment of Type A Behavior. Before starting her own company Merry
was a college instructor and manager of a hospital-based wellness
and health promotion company. The wellness program she developed
won national awards by the American Hospital Association and the
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Merry has
more than 25 years experience in the field of behavior change, performance
management, human relations and is a certified Achieve-Global and
In 1996, Merry was the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year for Continuing
Education at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC. She is
a member of the National Speakers Associations Carolina Society
of Training and Development and The International Platform Association.
Linda Sloan joined Taylor and Associates in 1990.
Her background in education, confrontation management, personal
power development, and dealing with change has provided a rich variety
of experiences that she incorporates into her presentations. Linda's
energy and humor, coupled with specific skill-building techniques,
result in a teaching style that stimulates participants to implement
fresh approaches to problem solving, professional motivation and
With a Master's Degree in Education, Linda developed and taught
a recertification course for educators. She is a member of the Carolinas
Society of Training and Development, a certified Achieve-Global
& DDI instructor and an adjunct faculty member at Midlands Technical
College in Columbia, SC. She has also taught in a wide variety of
educational settings and worked as a consultant for a large medical
center in the areas of wellness and behavior change.
Linda is at home as a keynote speaker or as a trainer and coach
in the business or academic environment.
• Interpersonal Communication Skills -Working Together
• Communication and Influencing Skills for Supervisors
• Assertiveness: Taking Charge of Yourself and the Situation
• Staying Productive and Composed Under Pressure
• Service That Sells
• Telephone Professionalism
• Managing Change in the Workplace
• Stress Management - Personal Survival Skills for Dealing
• The Working Woman Today: Choices, Challenges and Changes
Whether you want a keynote, dinner or retreat speaker, Merry
and Linda can help you! Consistently rated as "excellent"
and "one of best at conference," they educate, motivate
• I CANT HANDLE ALL THESE PROBLEMS, PLEASE PASS THE "TWINKIES"
• DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT YOUR ATTITUDE IS SHOWING
• LIFESTYLES OF THE FRAZZLED AND FRUSTRATED
• THE TOP 10 TRAITS OF A TRUE PROFESSIONAL
• HOW TO CONTROL YOUR TONGUE WITHOUT BITING IT OFF
People are saying ...
"Merry, you were great. You made me laugh, you taught
me something new, you touched my emotions; you held my attention.
Patricia Moody, Ph.D. Dean,
College of Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management, USC
"Linda, my problem is not what to write but how to tell
the quality of your presentations in one or two sentences and make
you sound as wonderful as you are. Your approach is both practical
and enjoyable; you get the audience thinking and motivated."
Dr. Alexa North
Dept. of Management and Business Systems State University of West
"Merry has conducted workshops and been a speaker for
our groups for years. We always have requests for her to return,
because of comments from participants such as 'her enthusiasm is
electrifying and contagious,' 'her seminar was great and really
exceeded my expectations.' She really has made a positive impact
on our employees."
Brenda Duffie, Training Manager Medical College of Georgia
"I feel she was the best speaker at the convention."
"Excellent closing seminar, participants leave upbeat."
"One of the best seminars I've ever attended at a convention."
Missouri Health Care Association Convention Sample participant comment
about Merry Taylor
"Recently Merry Taylor was a guest speaker at this year's
Continuing Professional Education program for revenue agents and
tax auditors. She discussed the need for accepting personal responsibility
for one's morale and the importance of the communication process
in these chaotic times. The quality of the information Merry provided,
along with her high energy level and unique personality, earned
her nothing but accolades form those in attendance. I strongly commend
her as an outstanding speaker who can add value and spice to any
Rick Oser, Chief, Examination Division Internal Revenue Service
"Linda, I do love to see a professional at work. You are
good. It was a pleasure working with you. Look forward to working
with you in the future."
Newberry County Memorial Hospital
"As director of association activities, I am forever looking
for good speakers for our various meetings. Merry has spoken to
almost all the affiliate groups and done an excellent job. It really
doesn't matter what audience, she provides an interesting, educational
and very motivational message. I highly recommend Merry Taylor for
your next program."
Doris Clevenger, Director of Association Activities
South Carolina Hospital Association
"Linda, thank you for delivering the keynote address and
other workshops on Communicating our Value at our annual conference.
Your evaluations on knowledge of subject matter and presentation
skills averaged 4.74 out of a possible 5 across the four sessions
presented. As one accountant summed things up, 'This is the most
fun I have had, ever, at a CPE course. Ms. Sloan is an excellent
instructor and the topic was quite relevant."
Diane S. Weiser, CPE Director Colorado Society of Certified Public
"Linda, thank you for conducting the confrontation workshop.
Your enthusiastic training style captured everyone's attention.
The workshop was an overwhelming success."
Vice President/Training Manager First Citizens Bank
Aiken School District
Amoco Performance Products
Anderson Memorial Hospital
Palmetto Baptist Medical Center
Belk Department Store
Blue Cross, Blue Shield
Charleston County Schools
Colonial Life Insurance Company
Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Duke Endowment Foundation
Fairfield County Schools
First Citizen Bank
Florence School District 2
Fruit of the Loom
Kershaw County Schools
Laurens County Hopsital
Lexington Medical Center
Lowman Nursing Home
Lutheran Homes of S.C.
Medical College of Georgia
Midlands Technical College
Miliken and Company
Newberry County Hospital
Newberry County Schools
Orangeburg County Schools
Olde English Consortium
Piedmont Technical College
Richland County School District 1
Richland Memorial Hospital
Russell Jeffcoat Realtors
Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church
Seibels, Bruce Insurance Co.
Sinkler & Boyd Law Firm
SC Electric & Gas
SC Department of Health & Environmental Control
SC Dept. of Education Leadership Academy
Springs Industries SC State Newspapers
SC School for Deaf & Blind
SC Criminal Justice Academy
SC Department of Public Safety
Spartanburg Regional Hospital
State University of West Georgia
Tri-County Technical College
Turner Padget, Graham & Laney Law Firm
US Bankruptcy Court
US Central Intelligence Agency
US District Court
US Department of Defense
V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant
W.R. Grace & Co.
Aiken Chapter PSI
Alabama Credit Union League
Apartment Association of Greater Columbia
Beaufort County School Administrators
Colorado Society of CPAs
Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Colleges
Florida Credit Union League
Illinois Association of Homes for Aging
Indiana CPA Society
Medical College of Georgia Higher Education Office Personnel Association
Missouri Health Care Association
Ohio Credit Union League Palmetto Chapter PSI
SC Association of Elementary School Principals
SC Association for Higher Continuing Education
SC Area Health Education Centers
SC Association of Certified Public Accountants
SC Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association
SC Credit Union League
SC Health Care Association
SC Hospital Association
SC Hospital Personnel Association
SC Municipal Association
SC Occupational Nurses Association
SC Pharmaceutical Association
SC School Board Association
SC Society of Association Executives
SC Telco Federal Credit Union
Southern Home Furnishings Association
Spartanburg Development Association
Tennessee Credit Union League
Virginia Credit Union League