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  • You Can Still Win, It’s Your Choice

    Will (William) Ramey, President, ABBA Teaching Institute

    Here’s the good news… You are closer than you think to making better choices. No matter your current position, you can become the driving force behind lasting change. You can be the catalyst who ignites innovation, inspires action, and initiates new possibilities. MORE >

    Shawn discussions the choices that we make and the ripple effect our choices cause in professional and personal lives with family, friends and colleagues. A number of examples of are used from the author's professional and personal life as illustrations of some excellent choices and really bad decisions made.
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  • Levels & Stages of Success

    Robb Hill, Founder/President, R Hill Enterprises Inc

    Life is lived on levels and arrived at in stages, at every new level you come to there is a stage that you must go through or you will remain where you are currently. The different levels in life are easy to see however, comfort and fear keep us from venturing out of our comfort zone. For me that comfort zone was drugs and alcohol. For 18 years that was my focus. Along with this line of thinking came consequences. You see, "we pay the highest price for the lowest level of living,". My eyes were opened March 1, 1993. I realized that I was so much more than what I had become. I quit using drugs and alcohol which left a void in my life. There was a "missing piece" that I had to find. The rest of the story will be continued at the meeting/event. MORE >

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  • How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

    Nancy Belda, President, Quantum Leap

    Have you EVER set a goal of ANY kind only to lose your "oomph" and crash land? Nancy's humor, story telling, sound advice and time tested "rituals," elevate your ability to set AND ACHIEVE your goals thereby getting you "from where you are to where you want to be" in life. MORE >

    You'll never run across, in the junk drawer, grease and coffee stained, your list of goals. You'll never say to yourself, "Oh boy!!! when did I write this?" Instead, Nancy will share with you techniques to use that keep your goals ever present on your "to do" list.
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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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  • 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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  • Why are some people so good at persisting?

    Nathan Kontny, CTO, Rockstar Coders

    Few people know the story of Momofuku Ando. From multiple bankruptcies to multiple stays in prisons that included torture and starvation, Ando persisted to finally invent instant ramen noodles, a company now worth 7 Billion dollars. Persistence is clearly important, but is it just something we're born with? Or, is there something deeper to help us become better at sticking with the trials in our way? MORE >

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  • Why Follow?

    Tim Reynolds, Principal, Clover Lane Partners LLC

    Do the people you are charged with leading believe you want to and can make them better? This presentation focuses on critical leadership people skills that most people struggle with such as hiring, tough discussions, terminations and public speaking. Skills that separate. Skills that show you care. Skills that will make them better.

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  • The Focus Advantage

    James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D., Founder, All I Imagine, Inc

    This topic teaches how to release the ability manifest a desired goal using intentional focus. Learning to join emotional energy with mental imaging is the path to limitless creativity. We bring into our lives the things we sincerely desire from the heart. When are able to see our desires in our mind's eye, focus on them without conflict, we are on our way to a more productive life. Being distracted is often an unrecognized habit, when we are distracted our energy is no longer focused. MORE >

    Some teach the idea that you must write it down and say it aloud; this is true, in part. There is a vast difference between saying a thing and speaking it. If what we utter is not spoken from the heart with intent desire, and if what we write down is not written from that same passion-filled heart; aren't we are just talking and taking notes. In such a case, we must rely on our external determination. Leaving an immense reservoir of creative ability untapped.

    The objective of this topic is to demonstrate the importance of overcoming contradictory thoughts which often show up when we are in the midst of working toward a goal. Whether the opposing thought comes from another person or from within our own mind, the mind is a muscle so it must be exercised to be firm and responsive.

    There is a simple technique which will begin to train the mind to focus, thus allowing the heart to speak the language of creativity. If the words are not spoken from a passionate heart, they are foreign to the creative forces set in motion before the foundation of the world.

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  • You Are What You Think! P.O.W.E.R. Strategies to Overcome Negative Thinking

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

    In “You Are What You Think! P.O.W.E.R. Strategies to Overcome Negative Thinking,” Cassandra “D.I.V.A. of Dialog™” Lee will share with you details about the mind and how it works. She’ll also provide you with insight on the process of thinking. Furthermore, she’ll teach you five (5) practical P.O.W.E.R. strategies to help you shift your thinking from negative to productive. MORE >

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  • Emotions Can Be A Trusted Guide and Helpful Friend

    Laura Lewis-Barr, Founder, Training 4 Breakthroughs

    Emotions are a form of intelligence that is 80K times faster than the “higher thinking” rational brain. Learning to understand and manage our emotions means that we can utilize this form of intelligence to make better decisions, and manage our work and relationships so that we are happier, healthier, and more productive. Learn scientifically proven ways to manage your emotions and how to better understand their power and purpose. MORE >

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