The Amazing Gifts of Family

  As the crowd stood and cheered for my daughter’s dancing, and then my boys’ ventriloquist act, Mommy and I beamed with true joy. To watch our little ones succeed, be amazing, and appreciated by others for their efforts and willingness to share their talents is quite the thrill. Let’s ask ourselves: How do we, as parents and family, help those in our lives reach their highest potential and discover their greatest gifts? We encourage their innate gifts. We recognize what they are great at and tell them constantly (creating their own Signature Moves). We assist in any way to
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Are You a Legendary Performer?

    I can’t stop laughing and need to breathe! To my right is my wife and her best friend & husband, to my left is Las Vegas Headliner Jeff Civillico and his girlfriend.  We are all gasping for air as the laughter doesn’t come in waves, rather a tsunami. Martin Short is ripping up the stage while Steve Martin plays along.  The entire Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas is screaming, slapping their knee, and clapping. This is what legends do on stage.  They keep a promise to their audience and deliver at the highest level.  This is
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The Promise to Our Nation

  Happy 4th of July and celebration of The Promise to our Country & Nation. What is your promise as a citizen of the United States of America? The other day I cried my eyes out in utter joy watching the new documentary film of my childhood hero, Mr. Rogers, in the movie about his life, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”   I can’t recommend a movie more. It is the perfect film to watch while pondering our responsibility and promise to humanity in making the world a better place. With this in mind, I invite you to put it
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The Olympics of Speaking: MDRT 2018

    “What is the biggest event you can get if you’re a corporate speaker?”, is a question I am often asked by those not in my industry. The answer has always been MDRT, The Million Dollar Round Table.  Their conference is “The Olympics” for a speaker like me. I just came off stage from my MDRT experience as their closing keynote speaker. The standing ovation was my gold medal moment, 15,300 people laughing, cheering, crying, and high-fiving, this was a fulfilling experience to say the least.  To be told by those that have been attending for between 30-50 years
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Scout Camp & Your Work Team

  Prior to the flag ceremony in front of one hundred other scouts, we faced a harsh reality: Our boys weren’t quite sure how to run a flag ceremony this new way Our boys weren’t in the proper uniform, nor were shirts tucked in Our boys hadn’t even practiced the cheer we encouraged them to prep Yes, the daunting task of convincing young men to attempt a new process, to then stick to the rules, and even show any team spirit, had fallen upon the shoulders of us two parents volunteering to help these kids out for a weeklong camp
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The Promise of Innovation: What iPhone, Lady Gaga & LifeTime Fitness Have in Common

“Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” ~ Dr. Albert Gyorgyi   As customers of any product we continuously demand greater performance and equally newer innovation. Remember the miracle of the internet?  And then the dial up sound of AOL starting up?  You could pretty much hear the early 1900’s operator cranking a wheel to make this incredible invention work. How rapidly impatient we became as the wheel on the screen spun.  Think of that wheel now on our phones, these miracles in our pocket that connect us to the world, when they don’t
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The Promise to The One: The Family Pet

  Every. Single. Time. Yes, every single time we come in the door our family dog goes absolutely crazy. Backflips, running uncontrollably in circles, flipping out to see us. I was almost licked to death once. Even if we’ve been gone 10 minutes or 2 weeks, it’s the same reaction and reception. Have you experienced this before with your family pet? Exquisite, beautiful, unbridled joy. I’m pretty sure our dog didn’t ever pen The Promise to The Family that she would react to us this way – it’s just her natural response, and it’s incredibly endearing.     One day
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The Promise of Rock Star Leadership – Appreciating The Team

    Do you remember the last time someone told you that you were great at something? Sitting in my office, the female executive sat wondering what might be her Signature Move.  It had been manifest our entire conversation, yet even in her fifties she couldn’t place it. When she asked me if I could see what makes her unique, I told her she is brilliant at humor, storytelling, a survivor and fighter, and capable of making a normal experience come alive! She began to cry. No one had ever told her before. It was obvious to me but nearly
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Mother’s Day and Mother’s Week

  It seems daily my friends, my age, are posting of the passing of their parents. I’m one of the lucky ones to still have my Mom around. As Mother’s Day is here I ask you how you still celebrate the important person that is your Mother, whether she is still here with us or has passed on. The African Proverb that says: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” If we change this around a bit, it could also say: “When a mother dies, the village falls to the ground.” In human history there is
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The Mormon and the Jewish Rabbi

  I hadn’t been done 10 minutes with my performance at the Rabbi’s retirement party in Tampa, Florida, when one of the older Jewish congregation members came up to me and asked in her thick New York accent, “Are you really a Mormon from Utah?”   “Yes, ma’am I am,” I smiled in reply. “Well I’ve never seen a Mormon perform at a Jewish Temple, this was quite the unforgettable experience!  Thank you for the laughs, you’re like a throwback to Sammy Davis Jr and you’re a doll.”  As Dr. Seuss said, “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” Nearly 2 years ago,
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