Merry Taylor


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 DDI instructor.
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 communication.
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.

Frequently requested topics

• 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

Customer service

• Service That Sells
• Telephone Professionalism

Change management
• Managing Change in the Workplace
• Stress Management - Personal Survival Skills for Dealing with Stress
• 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 and entertain.


What People are saying ...

"Merry, you were great. You made me laugh, you taught me something new, you touched my emotions; you held my attention. Thank you."
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 Georgia

"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." "Very entertaining."

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 program."
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."
Andy Hawkins
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 Accountants

"Linda, thank you for conducting the confrontation workshop. Your enthusiastic training style captured everyone's attention. The workshop was an overwhelming success."

Jan Burt
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
Candler Hospital
Cannon Hospital
Carolina Eastman
Carolina Pipeline
Charleston County Schools
Clemson University
Colonial Life Insurance Company
Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Columbia College
Converse College
Defender Services
Duke Endowment Foundation
Eagle Aviation
Fairfield County Schools
First Citizen Bank
Florence School District 2
Foundry Service
Fruit of the Loom
Kershaw County Schools
Laurens County Hopsital
Lexington Medical Center
BB&T Bank
Loris Hospital
Lowman Nursing Home
Lutheran Homes of S.C.
McLeod Hospital
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
Piggly Wiggly
Providence Hospital
Richland County School District 1
Richland Memorial Hospital
Roper Hospital
Russell Jeffcoat Realtors
Santee Cooper
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
Trident Hospital
Trinity Presbytery
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.
Zima Corporation



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 & Universities
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


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