Started my business in 1998 and have never looked back. I do the work, I go out and get the work, I take out the trash. And then I wake up early and do it all over again.
Certified in Emotional Intelligence. Certified Professional Speaker. I have lead sales, sales management and leadership training, coaching & consulting programs since 1998.
In front of a camera since my Gerber baby modeling days. Starred in Annie in middle school. Trained in improv comedy. Perform stand-up comedy for the fun of it. Keynote & training audiences generally don't heckle, but if they do, I'm ready for them!
Merit Kahn (formerly Gest), CSP, is the Founder of Merit-based Business, author of Myth Shift: Challenging The Truths That Sabotage Success and creator of The Merit Method: Sales Mastery for Life program.
With more than 20 years of sales, sales management, coaching, training, consulting, writing and speaking experience, Merit has worked with thousands of clients across multiple industries with one goal in mind... grow sales and influence.
She is certified in Emotional Intelligence and earned the highest designation in The National Speakers Association, one held by less than 12% of professional speakers worldwide, The Certified Speaking Professional, CSP.
Merit performs stand-up comedy to unwind... because that's not stressful at all!
Your attendees invest their energy, time and money to go to the event. They deserve a high energy, content rich, engaging speaker who understands how to capture attention, inspire people into action and make 'em laugh.
Whether she is on stage with thousands or working with a small executive team, her presentation style is a blend of content, connection & comedy.
All of Merit's work is specifically designed for each unique client.
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.
Prior to forming Merit-based Business, Merit was the Senior VP of Sales for a nationwide sales training organization and the youngest General Sales Manager for a start-up radio station in the country's third largest market.
In her various roles as a business owner, trainer, coach, consultant and keynote speaker, she has worked with CEOs, business owners, entrepreneurs, sales management teams and professionals across a wide variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, engineering, professional services, technology and even pest control.
A true adventurer, Merit pulls business and life lessons from her experiences backpacking around the world on her own, bungee jumping, sky diving, ice climbing, scuba diving, paragliding and crashing. She's likely the only person on the planet who's broken a left foot in Israel and a right leg in Croatia, but somehow she's walked away from both with inspiring messages that enable people to create new possibilities in business and life.