“It’s been about a month since you spoke to our group, and
everyday, I still hear people talking about your
presentation and your book Awaken the Olympian Within. I
think that’s a true testament to the powerful and
motivational message that you delivered. I was most
impressed with your ability to mold your presentation to
match our current business issues, concerns and trends.
Several comments from my group are paraphrased by ‘How did
he know so much about Phoenix Contact?’. You did a
Scott McLendon, Director of Sales - PHOENIX CONTACT
“Your message was timely, clear, and delivered with the
energy and enthusiasm of a champion. Many of the attendees
have told me that they were personally and professionally
challenged by your message. Others told me you were the
best celebrity speaker they have heard, and I would
Kevin Tripp, Executive Vice President and General
Manager - AMERICAN DRUG STORES (Savon & Osco Drug)
“I congratulate you on the extraordinary speech you gave
at our recent meeting. As you undoubtedly have heard, the
audience was overwhelmed by not only the substance but the
style of your presentation. I agree. In my considerable
experience, I have never heard a motivational speaker who
incorporated the meeting’s objectives and major emphasis
points into the message as effectively as you do. Your
‘Gold Medal Performance’ truly set the gold standard for
Jim Westbury, Producer - DISNEY BUSINESS PRODUCTIONS
“We’ve had what I’d describe as ‘rave reviews’ about the
meeting; something I’ve not experienced in my working
career! I know we’ll call on you again in the future.”
Robert L. Wuench, Executive Vice President - MITSUBISHI
CATERPILLAR FORKLIFT AMERICA, INC.
“You really made a big hit with everyone by referencing
specific situations and challenges we face at retail into
your presentation. Reps commented to me later that your
comments were right on target and encouraged them to work
hard and reach their goals. Other companies could surely
benefit from your presentation, but just not my
John Diehl, Director of Retail Service - MATTEL, INC.
“Your discussion on ‘Eight Steps to Gold Medal
Performance’ was right on target… the Win/Win attitude you
talked about along with your humorous Olympic stores will
surely help all of us become champions in our personal and
Joe Grimoldi, Category Space Manager - ANHEUSER-BUSCH,
“As usual, you exceeded our expectations! It’s always such
a treat to have you at Synovus. We have had so many great
comments about your presentation.”
Nancy C. Buntin, Senior Vice-President - SYNOVUS
“We have received feedback from many of our attendees and
everyone was thrilled to have heard your message. Your
guiding principal of ‘No Deposit No Return’ works. Your
impact was tremendous.”
Glen H. Blackston, III, National Sales Manager -
“…thank you for ending our meeting with such a wonderful
presentation. It was exactly what we had wanted. We have
had nothing but raving comments, so it will be hard to top
Doris Clevenger, Director of Association Activities -
SOUTH CAROLINA HEALTH ALLIANCE
"The `Eight Steps to Gold Medal Performance' combined with
your incredible real life accomplishments as an Olympic
Champion added up to one of the most motivational sessions
I have seen in fifteen years of business! Your ability to
understand our company and our goals, leveraged by your
own personal achievements and experiences, fit perfectly
into our overall business agenda."
Scott Coleman, Senior Vice President, Professional
Markets - PHILIPS NORTH AMERICA
"I am frequently asked by speakers we invite to address
our managers and members of our sales force elite to write
referral letters... as a rule, I do not... well, not this
time. It is now months later (from your speech) and I want
you to know I continue to hear your message on `No
Deposit-No Return.'... I frequently see sales people with
their sales goal for the year on a 3x5 card. Your message
is a good one. It is energizing and memorable."
Ian B. Patrick, Manager, Sales Team Development - BOISE
CASCADE OFFICE PRODUCTS
Your upbeat message was perfect for our meeting... Your
speech was right on target and well received. Believe me
when I say our jaundiced group begrudges giving standing
ovations - yours was well deserved."
Raymond A. Valle, Vice President, Marketing - NORANDEX
"... I thought your speech that you presented to my team
in Breckenridge, Colorado was spot on. The informal
feedback from various members in this group was all
positive; and they are a pretty critical group of
consultants by nature."
Bill Miller - ANDERSON CONSULTING LLP
"Just a personal Thank You for the great presentation... I
have had nothing but positive comments from our folks
indicating that they thought the delivery was awesome and
the message it carried was so appropriate for goal setting
and meeting those goals that each individual sets for
themselves as a course for a career path."
Bruce Los, Vice President, Human Resources - PRINCE, A
JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPANY
"You were the best motivational speaker I have heard and
you provided our people important tips on how to
accomplish individual goals and quotas, both on a
professional and personal level."
Michael Bernique, President - GENERAL INSTRUMENT
"Your presentation was the highlight of our year. Your
theme on Gold Medal Performance made us all feel we can be
winners. Everyone felt uplifted and ready to take charge
of their career and their life."
Douglas Timmel, General Sales manager - AIR PRODUCTS
"Your talk was well received, as was evident by the
standing ovation. We especially enjoyed the way you shared
real-life Olympic and sports stories to illustrate the
specific points of your presentation."
J.Brett Balkenbusch, GCA, Regional Marketing Education
Manager - FARMERS INSURANCE GROUP
"I've come to expect excellence from you, and you didn't
Lutz F. Hahne, General Manager - IBM
"Your energetic speech was motivating and hit all the
points and emotions that we hoped to accomplish. Even
after you had gone, the company speakers who followed
referred back to what you had touched upon."
Jim McCord, Chairman and CEO - OACIS HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
"My members repeatedly said how much they enjoyed your
speech. You gave your all to make sure that our membership
had the best possible Opening Speaker."
G. Alan Whidby, Executive Vice President - FLORIDA
"What made your speech really stand out was your ability
to draw on your accomplishments and experiences and share
with us how we, too, can accomplish the seemingly
impossible. What made your speech all the more impressive
was the obvious preparation time you put into tying
Lawson's key messages into your presentation."
Bill Lawson, President - LAWSON SOFTWARE
"I can honestly say none can hold a candle to how you were
able to motivate a tough audience. It sounded like you had
been a part of our company. You made me a star."
Irene Cummings, Director, Customer Center - BULL
WORLDWIDE INFORMATION SYSTEMS
"I've worked with a number of speakers in my 30 plus year
career, and none were able to hold the audience as well as
you; none were able to help reinforce our message as
directly! Rest assured, other BULL companies will be
contacting you for future engagements."
Don Zereski, President and CEO - BULL WORLDWIDE
"Your eight step process for success really hit the mark
and challenged everyone to deepen their commitment to the
success of McKee Foods. It is certain to help us "Bring
Home the Gold" this year for McKee Foods."
Dan Jones, Sales Training Manager - McKEE FOODS
"I would like to thank you for a terrific speech. I asked
our participants to rate each aspect of the conference and
your Monday evening presentation received excellent
reviews. The entire conference was a smashing success and
your involvement was a critical element."
Cheryl A. Sulborski, Vice President, Human Resources -
"Thank you for closing our business meeting on such a high
note. No one could have done it as well as you did. You
still look and sound like a winner."
George W. Bentham, Senior Vice President - AMERICAN
GENERAL LIFE INSURANCE CO.
"You did an excellent job of weaving the work we do into
your eight step process for reaching personal goals."
Steven N. Heller, Ph.D., Vice President - GENERAL
"You won another gold medal. You definitely knew the
audience and what EQUIFAX is all about."
Annette Prosser, Asst. Vice President - EQUIFAX
"Your presentation was very well received. The verbal and
written comments were all very positive and universally it
was felt it added a good deal to our overall program.. The
participants were particularly impressed with how you had
taken the time to familiarize yourself with the audience
and how you addressed a number of their concerns in your
presentation. I certainly recommend your presentation
William B. Balcom, M.D. - NORWICH ORTHOPEDIC GROUP,
"All in attendance rated your presentation outstanding.
You are right on the money when it comes to preparing for
Pat S. Campola, Vice President - ALDEN RISK MANAGEMENT
"You are the best motivational and practical speaker we
have seen in six years of this forum. You spoke in a
manner that made the audience want to listen to your
message. You took the time to learn about PARAMINS, what
makes us "tick", and then incorporated this into your
Stan G. Tebbe, Vice President - EXXON CHEMICAL CO./PARAMINS
"Your speech was both entertaining and inspirational - a
fitting conclusion to our day. You are going to be a tough
act to follow for future events."
Ryan Scholz, Director, Quality Management - WELLMAN,
"We continue to hear rave reviews about your presentation
from convention attendees. It was great, perfectly
tailored for the audience, amusing and inspiring. Our
challenge is to find an equal for next year's convention."
Jane Robb, Marketing & Development Services - NATIONAL
LIFE OF VERMONT
"Your message was the "hit" of the entire four day
convention. You eloquently applied "Olympic" standards to
sales and/or corporate endeavors for many of the CULLIGAN
delegates. I have already applied your gold medal
performance tips into my daily routine."
Paula Burke, Manager, Dealer Marketing - CULLIGAN
"Your eight point speech was very well received by our
sales organization and we enjoyed your humorous delivery!
We all identified with your hard work; "No Deposit, No
Steven T. Van Dorselaer, Vice president - HOUSTON
"It was especially meaningful since you were able to weave
so many "Rexnord things" into your talk. "No Deposit: No
Return" became our unofficial theme."
Kristin Alderson, Supervisor, Sales and Marketing -
"You did your homework and "personalized" your talk,
fitting it well to our business. You'll be pleased to know
that "No Deposit, No Return" has become part of our
Gary W. Gonlag, Manager, Distribution and Sales -
"Your presentation was an ideal complement to the business
messages I conveyed. Thank you for sharing the spirit of
the Olympic Games with us."
Bob E. Dies, General Manager - IBM
"You gave the 300 plus management personnel of MASD, a
lively and thoughtful treatise on the art of setting
hard-to-reach but achievable personal goals. Speaking for
all the management personnel present, we thank you for a
very entertaining and inspirational evening."
Wallace C. Solberg, Vice President and General manager
- NORTHROP GRUMMAN
"It was obvious you were well prepared by the specific
analogies you made to Northrop Grumman in the "Eight Steps
to the Gold." We will have "No Deposit, No Return" forever
etched in our minds and apply that quote in our daily
lives. I especially appreciate being deluged with
congratulations by my fellow club members for hiring you
as a speaker."
Glenn "Wink" Williams, Program Chair - NORTHROP GRUMMAN
"My expectations were high, but you exceeded them. The
enthusiasm and applause at the end of your presentation
was the greatest I have experienced in my many years of
running these meetings. We will certainly recommend you to
our associates for future meetings within AT&T and Lucent
Jim Clifford - LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
"I have heard nothing but positive responses. You blended
the "Gold Medal Process" message with your Olympic
experiences and just the right dash of humor throughout.
General Mills is proud to have included you as one of our
John T. Machuzick, Vice President, Big G Division -
GENERAL MILLS, INC.
"The feedback and compliments have been extremely
positive. Your photo cards with your "Gold Medal
Performance" and the "No Deposit, No Return" pins will
serve as a great reminder to all of us."
Jeff Rotsch, Senior Vice President, Big G - GENERAL
"What made the whole address genuine is your personality.
The stories, and the way you told them, captured the
attention and imagination of the entire room. I was
impressed at how well you customized your speech to your
audience, using terms and expressions that only our people
Mary McGuire, CMP, Meeting Coordinator - METLIFE
"You took the time to review the group's goals prior to
your presentation, and it really showed."
Michael J. Vietri, Vice President - METLIFE
"The steps you outlined to achieving a "Gold Medal
Performance" were right in line with our focus and
objectives for the year. It is obvious that you view your
participation as more than just a job. You embody your key
motto: "No Deposit, No Return." You gave us a gold medal
Dave Leistikow, Senior Director - DSC COMMUNICATIONS
"Your presentation was tremendous! The response was
overwhelming. Your stories fit so perfectly with our theme
and I believe that everyone walked away with a new insight
on setting goals and how important they are in every
aspect of life."
Brenda Smith, Sales Coordinator - CREDITOR RESOURCES,