Sure, motivational speakers are common. But what isn’t common is a motivational speaker with a unique message. Admittedly, you may have heard the time-tested principles of visualization, goal setting and persistence before, but I’m certain you won’t have heard the unique stories described below, because they happened to me. You won’t find another speaker on the circuit today who actually caught a game pitched by the great Nolan Ryan, nor will you find another speaker who can justifiably claim to be “one-half of the luckiest couple in the world.” If these two unique story angles pique your curiosity, please take a look at the program descriptions that follow.

Field of Dreams

How I Learned to Create Opportunities, Face My Fears, and Go Places I'd Never Been Before

On the mound was Nolan Ryan--one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. And he was throwing the me. Yes, I actually got to catch a game pitched by the great Nolan Ryan. It was a dream come true.

So how did this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity come to be? That’s what this presentation is all about. I saw an opportunity; I committed myself to attaining my goal; I worked persistently to increase my chance of success; I challenged a lifelong fear; and I pushed myself to a place I had never been before. It’s a real story that illustrates timeless principles that all successful people know.

This story is not just for baseball fans, and certainly not just for men. Instead, this is a story for those who dare to dream, but lack the commitment or courage to get in the game. It’s motivational, and a lot of fun. Among my points:

Dreams can be deceptive.
Everyone dreams; few act. But a dream without a plan of action is merely wishful thinking.

Commitment and persistence are the key.
Everyone has the will to win. But precious few have the will to prepare to win. Preparation is often tedious, often boring, but always necessary.

Are you letting fear hold you back?
Examine the fears that keep you from accomplishing your goal. Confront them.

Sometimes things don’t turn out as you planned.
Occasionally, even though you do everything right, you still fail. Then what?

Length of presentation: 40-45 minutes

Been There, Won That!

The Luckiest Guy in the World Explains How You Can Be a Winner in Anything You Do

I’m a lucky guy. That is, I win things. Lots of things. In fact, you may never meet anyone who has won more prizes, contests, or games of random chance than I have.

And it’s not just a solo act, either. My wife is equally lucky. Together, the two of us are so unusually lucky that we claim to be the luckiest couple in the world. From vacations to vacuum cleaners, from artwork to auto parts, from mattresses to make-overs, with the exception of the lottery, you can name a prize and there’s a pretty good chance that we’ve Been There, Won That!

What’s the secret to our rare good fortune? That’s what this speech is about: the art of winning. But I’m not just referring to winning prizes; the principles I use apply to any competition, any goal or any dream. By telling stories of a few of our favorite “wins,” I explain such strategies for success as:

Expectation leads to outcome.
Are you letting pessimism control your destiny? Most people do. And most people lose. If you’ve ever said “Oh, I know I could never do that,” you’re right.

Focus on possibilities, not probabilities.
Winners believe “Somebody’s going to win. It might as well be me.” Losers talk themselves out of opportunities just because the chances of success are slim.

Begin with the end in mind.
Winners are never surprised to win. They visualize a successful outcome from the start. It’s not enough to just get in the game; once you’re in, believe you can win.

Winners depend on second chances.
Losers are those who are quick to say “I tried, I failed, I quit.” Learn why we often learn more from failure than from victory.

Length of presentation: 40-45 minutes

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