Welcome to the week.
President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office last night in the wake of last week’s shootings in San Bernardino, California.
My takeaway for today, and this week: Beyond the contours of our foreign and domestic policy (and make no mistake, the issues are as serious as they are complex) we must remember to aspire to our best selves, especially in the face of fear and uncertainty.
Let’s make sure we never forget what makes us exceptional. Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear. –President Barack Obama
I was not about to enter Nevada that day, several years ago, as an attendant in a friend’s wedding party. I didn’t find any gold on that day, either. Neither did the DJ who was on the mic, attempting to introduce the wedding party to the guests as we entered the reception venue.
It was a rather poor attempt. Continue reading
We’ve all heard the adage, It’s not how you start, but how you finish.
That’s not quite true when it comes to giving a speech, talk or presentation. How you begin matters. It sets the tone. So start fresh by grabbing the audience’s attention.
One way to do so? Use the unexpected. Continue reading
Serena Williams won her 6th Australian Open, and her 19th Grand Slam Championship.
And she gave a speech worthy of the moment: It was humble, gracious and heartfelt.
I like this speech! I think you will, too.
Courtesy Australian Open TV
Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner! You may have noticed.
So as a warm up to the big day, I’m sharing a few speeches from one of my favorite football players: former Baltimore Raven and future Hall of Famer, Ray Lewis.
Yesterday I talked about the importance of demonstrating passion in what we do, whether it’s delivering a speech or riding an indoor cycle. And no one personifies passion more than Lewis, both on and off the field.
Lewis is powerful and humble at once. You’re ready to take to the football field after hearing him speak, even if you’ve never donned shoulder pads and cleats–and know that you never will.
That’s what good speakers do: they tap their passion to speak with conviction, inspiring their audiences to act: to work harder and aim higher in all of life’s arenas.
I expect the current players to do the same. Who will seize the day, and play and speak with passion? There’s no bigger stage than the Super Bowl to do so.
I’ll be watching!
The only group exercise class I ever walked out of was an indoor cycling class.
That’s what I tell people when I am asked about my passion for indoor cycling classes, both as a student, and as an instructor.
Teaching the type of class I walked out of? How did that happen? Continue reading