My dad was a trainer and speaker before me. He was phenomenal. He was an engineer so it was all technical in nature, but he taught tens of thousands of engineers all over the world. He was so passionate about his subject.

Speaking was just the medium he used to get out his message. Like my daddy before me, there go I… I’m not an engineer (though I am technical), but I am uber-passionate about my subject. My dad had a favorite memory he loved to talk about. He would get a far off look in his eye and a funny smirk, and then say, “All of a sudden you could see it in their eyes (speaking of his students). The ‘AHA!’ moment when they get it. Nothing beats that.” So true. Most speakers I talk with say something similar. When I speak to any size group, I can’t wait to hear them get it – because it means they have something new in their bag of tools to attack life with – and that’s the win-win.

I love to teach. I love to speak. I love to group coach – even hundreds or thousands at a time. I count it a loss if every person in the room doesn’t walk out with a million dollar idea or a serious paradigm shift. It’s not just about motivation. It’s not just about knowledge. It’s about applying that knowledge and getting to accomplishment – to your definition of success. What good does it do you if all I do is make you excited about something? Like Zig Ziglar was fond of saying, “Motivation is like bathing – you need it every day.” I desire to see you inspired, but my real desire is to see you on the road to significant change in your life – to get where you really want to go.

You need a speaker that will touch the hearts and heads of your people and move them closer to the goal. As a past publisher and creator of events, and a past president of Toast Masters, I know what it is like finding and bringing in the best possible speakers to make an event the best it can be. Hopefully the following information will assist you in deciding if I am the best speaker for your event.

Thank you for taking the time to read this page. I am honored and humbled that you are considering me for speaking.

An Overview of this Page

This page provides an overview of what I have to offer, along with a taste of what you can expect. You can click on the links below to take you directly to the relevant sections.

What You Can Expect

Here’s what you can expect from me and my team:

  1. Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
  2. A personal phone consultation with a member of my team prior to your event, so we can better understand how I can best serve you and your audience.
  3. An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
  4. A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.
  5. A custom resource page, specifically created for your attendees. It will have the slides I used in the presentation, with links to books, articles, and other resources that will accentuate the learning process.
  6. A follow-up discussion after the event with me or someone on my team, to make sure I met your expectations. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)
  7. Tools to help your team / attendees get to the original purpose of the speech – long after I am gone.

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A Quick Bio

I have been speaking publicly since 1991. I have spent most of my career in the media, marketing, training, and book publishing industry, most recently as the President and CEO of a Media Manufacturing company.

I now devote my full-time to writing, coaching, training, consulting, and speaking. I am a certified professional speaker, trainer, and executive coachoach. I am also a certified human behavior specialist. I am a member of the John Maxwell Team and past president of our local Toastmasters.

I have just finished my new book, Positive Accountability – The First Step to Success (ReadnLead Publishing, 2014), and it is getting really nice reviews. And the exciting part for me, is that it is helping people get to accomplishment—it’s changing lives.

I have been happily married to my wife, Jody, for 40 years. We have four sons and one daughter, three grandsons, two granddaughters, and I’m sure more on the way! We live outside of Washington, DC. In my free time, I enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, and playing music.

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My Signature Topics

I speak on topics related to leadership, personal growth, accountability, life balance, productivity, and marketing. I can also customize my presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs. My goal is to facilitate the outcome you want to create.

My signature topics include the following. I can present these as a keynote, workshop, and in some cases a half-day or full-day seminar version. Please click on the “More” link at the end of each topic description for more detail.

Positive Accountability: 80% of us are not self-starters or self-finishers. Getting to our definition of success eludes us more than we care to admit. It doesn’t have to. We can take life by storm and make it work for us. Learn the methodology of Positive Accountability and be on the other side of accomplishment. More »

Growing and Prospering Your Small Business: Sometimes we start a business with no more than an idea and a lot of coffee. Unfortunately, we can miss a lot of important steps and fail quickly – or come dangerously close to failing and end up with lots of debt. The statistics don’t help us much – we dive in knowing that we have at best a 50:50 chance of survival. I’ve started seven businesses in my life, most prospered but some failed. I’ve failed forward and put together this seminar on how to run a profitable business. More »
Life Intentional: Do you have a personal plan for your life? If not, why not? If you are not intentional about your life, if you’re not really, really, really serious about achieving your goals, if you don’t have a proven system and process – you won’t get there. If you’re ready when opportunity comes, and you apply your knowledge, you can succeed. We’re going to to look at what it takes to live life intentionally, immediately, and specifically. It’s time to take control of your life and live it to the fullest. More »
Marketing Your Small Business 101: Marketing is a lot more than advertising. It’s knowing what product mix to sell. How best to sell it. Pricing. Competition. Statistical analysis. Plus, there are a gazillion ways to advertise out there. Email. On-Line. Adwords. Snail mail. Direct mail. This seminar will show you how to determine what works in your industry/business. We will tackle the methodology behind any ad campaign – the real principles that matter. More »
Double Your Productivity: As our businesses grow we get caught up working “in” our business instead of “on” it. Typically greater than 80% of our time is spent in production and not leading or marketing. We will learn the top 10 methods you can employ to gain back your life and double your effectiveness. More »
Conflict Resolution and Crucial Conversations
Leadership 101—Getting on the Path to REAL Leadership
Failing Forward—Turning Your Failures Into Successes
Create a Paradigm Shift In Your Marriage
Work-Life Balance—Magic or Myth?
Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Volunteers
Teaching your Church Staff How to Lead Correctly
Preacher or Pastor? Leading Your Staff and Church
Level Up! Parents & Teens Learning to Understand Each Other
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