A most unusual Author, Speaker, Consultant & Coach
Perhaps better known to millions as the “Mayflower Madam,” Sydney Biddle Barrows is a unique American success story. Beginning her business career as a retail executive at Abraham & Straus, at the time the jewel in the crown of Federated Department Stores, she moved on to May Company Corporate and then became the Divisional Merchandise Manager at a nationwide resident buying office.
Six years later she found herself moonlighting as a phone girl at an escort service to supplement her unemployment check after having been fired for refusing to participate in a kickback scheme. It may have been the World’s Oldest Profession but it certainly was not being run very professionally, and less than a year later she decided to open up her own agency. Relatively small but very upscale, Cachet prospered for five and a half years until New York’s Finest closed it down, only to later publicly concede that it was the most honest and professionally run business of its kind ever operated in New York City.
The recipient of intense worldwide media coverage, her first book, Mayflower Madam, went right to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Fortune Magazine named it one of the Ten Best Business Books of the Year. This book was reprinted 28 times and translated into seven languages, and business schools all across the country, including Harvard, included it in their curriculum. Mayflower Madam was also made into a TV movie starring Candice Bergen. Sydney was the guest on every network morning television show multiple times as well as dozens of morning shows in local markets. It would be easier to list the talk shows she was not a guest on, many of then, including Larry King, Phil Donohue and Oprah, more than once. She was featured in an A&E Biography, co-hosted Saturday Night Live with Candice Bergen and has appeared on other shows too numerous to mention.
Sydney has also had a very extensive speaking career, guest lecturing at colleges all over the United States, including some in the Ivy League such as Brown and Columbia. Speaking engagements have taken her all over the United States and overseas; she was an extremely popular fixture at Young Presidents Organization and CEO Club events, among others, for years. In addition to speaking, she also does on-site consulting and has a popular series of seminars on Sales Design.
At the moment, she is co-authoring her fourth book with Dan Kennedy called Uncensored Sales Strategies which will be released in January of 2009, and they also have an audio product called XXX-Rated Sales Strategies. Other products, as well as a coaching program for cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists, are in development.
Sydney lives on the Upper West Side in New York City and has “no pets, no plants, no children, no car and no regrets.”
MOST REQUESTED TOPICS:
Marketing A High Cost Service
The Courtship of Vendor and Spender
Just how does on go about marketing a fantasy? This is a marketing success story with an unusua twist. The business in question was an escort service, the proprietor in question was a debutante from one of America’s oldest families. Targeting a market, designing specific marketing marketing strategies and updating marketing variables are standard functions for any successful enterprise. Find out how the Four P’s of Marketing (Product, Promotion, Price and Place) really can be applied to any business.
How Did A Nice Girl Like You …?
The New York City tabloids were in media heaven! One day they received a call from New York’s Finest who claimed that they had just busted the most extraordinary call girl service ever. “Millions of “Dollars” and a “Black Book” chock-full of well-known businessmen, foreign diplomats, sports stars and celebrities! Dozens of breathtakingly beautiful women, many of whom also held prestigious jobs during the day. Just who was the brains behind such an enterprising and successful operation?
Sydney Biddle Barrows was definitely not the sort of person anyone would expect to find heading up this sort of business. A quiet and low-key member of the socially prominent Biddle family of Philadelphia and a debutante who attended private schools, Sydney was hardly the madam type. The tabloids were ecstatic and immediately dubbed her the “Mayflower Madam” since she was directly descended from the pilgrims who sailed to America in the 1700’s on a boat called the Mayflower.
Why did she start an escort service? How did she do it, where did she find the girls, what was it like and how did it end? You will be fascinated by this intriguing and entertaining true life story of one woman’s unexpected “walk on the wild side.”
Just Between Us Girls
Secrets about Men from the Madam Who Knows
Finally! Someone who really knows what men are all about! Someone who really knows what men are looking for in a relationship or a marriage. Someone who really knows what turns men on – and off! Someone who will tell you things about men they would never admit about themselves. And exactly how is Sydney Biddle Barrows privy to this confidential information? NIght after night for nearly six years, hundreds of men confided in her while she was the madam of a very exclusive escort service in New York. Scores more were remarkably candid during interviews for her third book, Just between Us Girls – Secrets About Men From the Madam Who Knows. And of course the girls who worked for her were more than willing to share the information they learned first-hand about how to make a man happy.
Sydney is hardly the stereotypical “madam” type, so her talk, while frank and candid, is given in a tasteful, dignified, and at times, humorous manner. Because this seminar is limited to women only, participants can feel free to ask even the most personal questions – and they always do! This is one spouse program that is guaranteed to be an unequivocal and unforgettable success.
This presentation has also proven very popular for fundraisers, private ladies’ luncheons, bridal showers and birthday parties.