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  • Get your “BUT” out of the way!

    Robb Hill, Founder/President, R Hill Enterprises Inc

    We all have those awesome thoughts dripping with possibility, we get a smile on our face and consider how nice it would be then, out of nowhere comes "BUT". The whole show stops when the "BUT" gets in the way. The thinking then turns to all the reasons why we "CAN'T" realize the vision that we were given. We must not let what we can't do get in the way of what we can do. For me this has made all the difference. There was a time in my life when it seemed that failure was following me around however, that was not the case, you see; I was following failure around. I was being mis-informed by mis-informed people. This realization has made all the difference in my life. MORE >

    Association

    I spent a lot of time in bad company;

    I thought it was with friends, but they were robbing me;

    By choice so many times I let them, steal my day;

    I was robbing them too, in exactly the same way;

    As I’ve grown older with the passage of time;

    And the ladder of success, I started to climb;

    And oh how I wanted my friends to go;

    In the midst of their comfort, to life they said no;

    I started reading books, I found myself inside the zone;

    Anything worthwhile is never accomplished alone;

    This statement spoke volumes and resonated in my head;

    For in order to lead, you must first be led;

    With the law of association at the forefront of my mind,

    My past associations, I had to leave them all behind;

    To seek out those that shared my desire;

    For achievement in life that was several levels higher;

    For life is lived on levels and arrived at in stages;

    A simple fact that I learned, cause I kept turning pages;

    As I write these words, to the past that I look;

    My very first mentor was in the form of a book;

    His name is David Schwartz and doctor is his gig;

    He spoke to me through the pages of, The Magic of Thinking Big.

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  • Getting Off the Treadmill: Escape the Race to Nowhere

    Michael Lausesen

    I will speak to the community about the benefits of living life in the present. Utilizing useful tools and exercises from my new book, I will share insights and inspiration to help participants live their best life, in the now. By giving residents access to this beneficial information, they can experience new-found joy and purpose. MORE >

    The presentation is based on three main objectives outlined throughout the book. During the interactive program, I will focus on:

    Sharing the foundation for a fulfilling and intentional life by paying attention. 
    Teaching meaningful ways to practice daily reflection which will reduce stress and rejuvenate their life. 
    Offering useful tools for affirming your life purpose.

    I then will share many stories to add significance to the objectives of the presentation, with powerpoint slides to benefit the audience.

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  • You Can Soar! There’s Purpose In Your Pain

    Cherise N Ragland, Producer, Actress, Public Speaker, Author

    Cherise Nicole speaks from her book "You Can Soar" encouraging her listeners to believe they can reach their dreams despite adversity, whether they grew up in a dysfunctional household, experienced poverty, divorce, physical or sexual abuse, an absentee parent, struggle with inadequacies, low self-esteem, or a sense of loss because of the painful effects of their past. MORE >

    The bald eagle uses strong winds from a storm to lift it higher above the clouds. The storm actually gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. Cherise will motivate you to "action" and teach you how to turn your heartache into a heartbeat, take lemons and make lemonade, and allow the abrasive sandpaper of life to smooth you. There’s purpose in your pain and like an eagle, you can SOAR above it all!
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  • You Have Everything You Need To Succeed!

    Cherise N Ragland, Producer, Actress, Public Speaker, Author

    In This Session Cherise Nicole speaks from a chapter in her book "You Can Soar" on You Have Everything You Need To Succeed! Cherise encourages listeners that they already have everything they need for success RIGHT NOW! She encourages people to stop waiting for "perfect conditions" before moving forward pursuing their dreams. MORE >

    People are waiting on your creativity, your crazy invention, your amazing recipe, your book, and your home product solution. As long as you're convinced that you need more money, more time, or another degree you'll never get started. It only takes paper and pen to write a business plan, when you believe in yourself, others believe as well and you will attract everything else you need.
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  • Seeing Into Strength

    Robert Kingett, Journalist, Freelance

    Despite being born blind and raised in an abusive environment, Investigative reporter Robert Kingett is now achieving his goals and is a journalist and campaigner. He inspires others to find lost or hidden confidence, will or drive within themselves through sharing his story. Transportation must be provided. MORE >

    This session will last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour but time can be negotiable.
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  • Self-Motivation: The Secret Strategy to Face Your Fear and Do It Anyway

    Cassandra Lee, President / CEO, SSANEE Training & Consulting Group, Inc.

    In “Self-Motivation: The Secret Strategy to Face Your Fear and Do It Anyway,” you will learn from Cassandra “D.I.V.A. of Dialog™” Lee insight about the concepts of self-motivation and fear. In addition, you will analyze ways in which self-motivation can help you to overcome your fear. Moreover, you will receive three (3) practical strategies to help you tap into your self-motivation so you can face your fear and do it anyway. MORE >

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  • How To Lead When Your Boss Won’t (or can’t)

    Lee Ann Piano, Power Skills Specialist, John Maxwell Team Member

    Don’t let a bad boss keep you from being successful!

    If you’ve ever been frustrated by a boss who wouldn’t lead, you’re not alone. And here’s the good news: you don’t have to let it hold you back. MORE >

    Learn the keys to successfully navigating the challenges of working for an ineffective leader. Lee Ann teaches how to lead yourself so that you’re positioned to be successful. She also shows how to take the high road, avoid landmines that could make your situation worse and work with your boss to get things done. No only that, but she even points our how to set yourself up for future success!

    Takeaways:

    • What happens when leaders don’t lead
    • Lead yourself before anything else
    • Develop your influence wherever you are
    • Avoid landmines that could make your situation worse
    • Prove your worth daily & never stop growing

    When you learn to work with difficult people, be productive in challenging situations, become a valuable contributor and develop yourself as a leader- EVERYTHING CHANGES!

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  • How do you juggle career and motherhood and stay sane?

    Diane Moca, Television Reporter / Motivational Speaker / Entrepreneur / Working Mother, Working Mom Warrior

    As a result of interviewing dozens of working moms for my Working Mom Warrior YouTube channel, I now have a greater understanding of the motivation that can enrich women’s lives every day. I am creating a community of working moms who share and prop each other up, instead of competing. I am offering their insights and the lessons of my own transformation to groups who would benefit by hearing specific details showcasing how anyone can mold their life to feel invigorated and successful on a daily basis. MORE >

    My presentation begins with the emotional journey that allowed me to develop my Goal Awareness and Achievement Formula. I explain how drastically life changed when there were so many demands on my time that I felt out of control and in a constant state of frenzy. After having two kids, working as a journalist and developing my own real estate business, I began to feel frustrated and overwhelmed every day. I was having chest pains and yelling at my kids and husband all the time. I realized I had to change my way of thinking or risk continued erosion of my physical and mental health.

    I began listening to dozens of audiobooks on productivity, passion and joy. I followed the guidance and insights of these authors. Through overcoming denial, becoming aware of what was really wrong, ending the cycle of blaming others, taking on personal accountability for my situation, putting in the hard work of changing my attitudes and habits, and maintaining patience throughout the process, I drastically improved my life.

    I'm now accomplishing more than ever in pursuits that are meaningful, and I have control over my schedule to be able to spend quality time with my family. I am on a mission to help others do the same.

    Many professionals feel we are pulled in too many directions and don't know how to meet the high standards of our bosses, our family, our friends and ourselves. I have discovered some of the secrets for making it all work through books, courses, coaches and interviews with successful professionals. I’ve spent more than a decade of my life studying how to do it all – taking in hundreds of articles about raising happy and healthy kids, about striving for career aspirations and running a successful business, about keeping a marriage fresh and lively yet deeply meaningful and long-lasting. At this point in life I have turned my study to the real-life heroes living their dreams and discovered what they went through to manage everything -- career, kids, spouse, home, health, fitness, style, finances, spirituality, growth, and purpose.

    For years, my vision for my life was to HAVE IT ALL -- manage kids, spouse and work successfully. But the harder I tried to accomplish that, the less fulfilled, happy and healthy I felt because I was unaware that I was neglecting a critical component in life that didn't seem important but was eating away at my sanity. By sharing my story and what I did to turn my life around, your group will learn the four main categories and six key areas in life that we must all nurture, and audience members will engage in an interactive session to help each person discover which component they need to fix and the steps to bring their life into balance.

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  • Level Up Your Leadership!

    Lee Ann Piano, Power Skills Specialist, John Maxwell Team Member

    It’s time to develop forward-thinking leadership.Learn the skills that will take you and your team to the next level.The workplace today requires more than just basic business skills and technical expertise. Strong, talented leaders are needed more than ever before because of the rapid pace, change and uncertainty facing business today. MORE >

    We will cover…

    * Keys to establish authenticity & transparency
    * The FIVE essentials to build high performance teams
    * An assertive approach to removing obstacles, barriers & bottlenecks
    * Scaling the wall of leadership limitation with with a 3-step plan

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  • Eliminate the Fear of Leaving Your Comfort Zone

    Susan Neustrom, Author, Speaker, Nonprofit Executive Director, Leading to Action

    Are you ready for change? Whether change is planned or unplanned, more than likely you need to step outside your comfort zone and do something different. However, leaving your comfort zone is frightening and fear can stifle growth, halt progress, and negatively impact behavior giving the feeling of being stuck. MORE >

    From her book, The Comfort Zone Illusion and with over 25 years of experience leading personal, professional, and organizational change, Dr. Susan Neustrom presents five breakthrough strategies to move through the stages of discomfort, transform fear to energy, and experience many Ah-ha moments that propel you into action.

    Susan Neustrom, Ed.D. author of “The Comfort Zone Illusion-Leaving your comfort zone is not so hard after all.”

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