Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our Top 5 List of Hispanic Speakers

banner_hispanic_heritageSeptember 15 officially marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month.

This month long celebration aims to honor the contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to our society. This contributions range from arts, politics, cultural influence and more.

In honor of this month, Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau assembled a Top 5 list of our most in demand Hispanic and Latino Speakers. Check them out here!

#1. Consuelo Castillo Kickbush

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is a renowned, charismatic, passionate and influential speaker with a mission to empower the next generation of leaders. By sharing her own story of financial poverty and rich culture, she inspires the youth of America to lead their best lives. 

 

#2. Samuel Betances

As a biracial, bicultural, and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Samuel Betances has worked in all fifty states, all six U.S. territories and in various countries including Japan, Korea, Germany and Mexico. He inspires willing learners to aim high, reject rejection and embrace themselves and each other as powerful team members working toward a more prosperous future. 

 

#3. Joachim de Posada

Dr. Joachim de Posada is a highly qualified international motivational speaker and author based in San Juan, Puerto Rico who is fluent in English and Spanish. He specializes in sales, management, leadership and team building and has worked for companies and associations in more than forty countries and the United States.

 

#4. Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro served as the National Co-Chair of Senator John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council and was a national surrogate for Senator McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. She speaks on trending topics from a perspective of a media personality, helping to give your audience unique insight. 

 

#5. Carlos Conejo

Carlos Conejo is a highly sought after management consultant, speaker and author on Workforce and organizational development in the rapidly growing U.S. multicultural workplace and marketplace. He conducts major work internationally in the areas of organizational development teambuilding, lean manufacturing, and marketing to emerging markets in either English or Spanish. 

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SoundCloud Clip of the Week: Joe Malarkey, The Worst Motivational Speaker in America!

In celebration of our SoundCloud page, we here at Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau want to acknowledge our most listened to keynote speaker on SoundCloud this week….

Joe Malarkey

Joe Malarkey is unlike any other speaker you’ve seen. Joe looks like every other professional speaker – for about five seconds! Then he proceeds to take every trust formula, good idea and motivational classic and turn them inside out. It is absolutely fresh, totally unique and audiences love it.

Listen to Joe in action below!

Want more? Well be sure to check out the full video here!

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Fighting Procrastination by Jones Loflin-The Speaker With TWO Last Names

Saturday September 6 is National Fight Procrastination Day (I’ll stop here for a moment so the jokes can begin). Procrastination, simply put, is putting something of greater importance off and instead working on something of lesser importance. The lesser important activity usually requires less energy (mental or physical), and is more enjoyable than the more important task.

Jones-Loflin-Formal-Photo-2Unfortunately, procrastination has much deeper consequences than a few bad jokes. I find that when I am physically procrastinating about something it still occupies my mental real estate, and keeps nagging me until I take care of it. A recent article in Time even states that, “Chronic procrastination is linked to poorer health, work, and relationship outcomes.”

Whether your level of procrastination is high or low, there’s no question that any steps we could take to reduce its presence in our work and life would be beneficial. Here are three key strategies to fight procrastination on September 6th and beyond:

Identify when you are procrastinating

Mind Tools has a quick self-test to determine if you are a procrastinator. Any of the following activities might also need to be acknowledged for what they are…procrastinating:

•  Beginning work on a high priority task, and then checking email for no constructive reason
•  Only listing items on your task list that are easy and obvious
•  Waiting for just the “right moment” to work on a task
•  Spending too much time on tasks of low importance
•  Allowing almost any interruption to take you away from a high priority task
•  And the biggest tell-tale sign to me that I am procrastinating: While I am engaged on these low priority tasks, my mind keeps saying, “Why aren’t you _________?” (Insert higher priority task in the blank)
•  Determine why you are procrastinating

I used to think that fear was the only reason that I chose to procrastinate. Fear that the task would not be done perfectly. Fear that it would fail and I would face the scorn of those around me. Fear that it would require me to have an unpleasant conversation. I have since learned that there are numerous other reasons we procrastinate, including:

•    Seeing the task as overwhelming
•    Overconfidence (I believe that I can do it quickly, so why do it now?)
•    Being uncomfortable (i.e. having to think too much or get more organized)
•    Feeling like a situation is hopeless
•    Current physical or mental condition (I am too tired, hungry, angry, or sleepy)

Choose behaviors that subdue the urge to procrastinate

Depending on why you are procrastinating, there are specific strategies you can enact to overcome your urge to procrastinate. Here are a few universally-applicable ideas:

•    Work on the task for 10 minutes. It’s such a small portion of time that your brain won’t try to derail you. After the 10 minutes are up, review your progress and strive to give it another 10 minutes today or tomorrow. And take a moment to enjoy the sense of satisfaction you got from engaging in the task.
•    Tell someone else what you’re working on. Be specific about the task, the outcomes, and when you plan on working on it. Nothing gets us moving like knowing that a person we trust and admire will ask us about our work later.
•    Focus on the most negative consequences of not finishing the task. We have a greater propensity toward losing something than gaining something so thinking of the negative consequences can often jumpstart our work.
•    Build in unique rewards for working on the task. Make the reward something that you have denied yourself for quite some time. Try to think of an experience like watching a favorite movie or enjoying an unusual dessert-not just buying something for yourself. And if the reward includes someone else, that makes the urge to get moving even stronger.
•    Read Linchpin by Seth Godin. While the core subject is not procrastination, Godin gives a fresh look at the need to focus on our highest priorities, and the havoc it can wreak on our professional future when we don’t.

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Celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day With a Recipe from Dr. John La Puma

john lapuma250Did you know that September 5 is National Cheese Pizza Day? Check out Dr. John La Puma’s recipe for everyones favorite dish – cheese pizza, with a healthy twist of course!

John La Puma MD is the leading physician voice for healthy eating as part of health, and an expert in wellness and stress management. Both a board-certified practicing internist and professionally trained chef, he is a New York Times best- selling author twice, on healthy aging and diet. As a specialist in weight control, Dr. John La Puma’s mission is to empower people to transform their lives with how they live, often reversing the underlying causes of illness.

veggie-pizza-740x455Ingredients

Cooking spray
1 pound stir-fry cut fresh vegetables (packaged or from the salad bar) such as broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, bell peppers and julienned carrots
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons olive relish, such as American Spoon brand
2 tablespoons sun dried tomato bits, such as Sonoma brand
1 (12 inch, 10 ounce) prepared thin pizza crust, such as Boboli
1/4 cup chopped mixed green herbs such as chives, thyme, parsley and basil
1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded smoked mozzarella cheese

Directions

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Coat with cooking spray; add vegetables. Stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Combine tomato paste, olive paste and sun dried tomato flakes. Spread over pizza crust; top with cooked vegetables, herbs and cheese in this order. Bake the pizza directly on the oven rack for about 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese melts.

Tips

Baking the pizza directly on the oven rack produces a very crisp crust. If you don’t have a pizza paddle (a large flat wooden tray with a handle) use a large cookie sheet to remove pizza from the oven. Or, try it over a low fire on an open grill. Here is another chef’s secret: you can more than double the flavor when you use dried and canned tomatoes together.

Substitutions

Olive paste, tapenade (olive-caper paste), or olivada (olive paste with other ingredients, such as carrots) may be substituted for the olive relish. Look for jars of this unctuous Mediterranean salve in specialty food markets and many supermarkets. If you can’t find olive relish, substitute 2 tablespoons of any available commercial mixture of finely diced olives, oil, and other ingredients—perhaps garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, capers, or carrots. Smoked Gouda or Lorraine cheese may replace the smoked mozzarella.

Interested in booking Dr. John La Puma, check out his profile on our website or call Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau at 1-800-345-5607.

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SoundCloud Clip of the Week: LaDonna Gatlin, Singer & Motivational Speaker

In celebration of our SoundCloud page, we here at Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau want to acknowledge our most listened to keynote speaker on SoundCloud this week….

LaDonna Gatlin

The sister of country music’s Gatlin Brothers, LaDonna Gatlin began her career as a member of the family singing group. She uses music to helping audiences turn their challenges into opportunities and tune up their lives accordingly. 

Listen to LaDonna in action!

Want more? Well be sure to check out the full video here!

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National Preparedness Month Tips on How to be Ready for Anything!

The month of Sepnationalpreparednessmonthlogotember is officially National Preparedness Month. 

How do you know if you’re prepared? Well, fortunately for you we took the time to craft out some tips on how to survive the unexpected. This list provides preventative measures that are necessary to get through any disaster. 

In the event of a droughtChoose appliances that are more energy and water efficient.

In the event of extreme heat - Stay indoors as much as possible

In the event of a hurricane - Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so that they are more wind resistant. 

In the event of a tornado - Close all windows and go to a predesigned area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar of the lowest building level. 

In the event of winter storms or extreme cold - Drive only if absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid road shortcuts.

In the event of a pandemic - If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illnesses. 

In the event of an emergency evacuation – If you have a car, keep a full tank of gas in it if an evacuation seems likely. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case of an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay. 

In the event of a cyber attack - Do not use the same password twice. Change your password on a regular basis.

In the event of a blackout - Use only flashlights for emergency lighting. Never use candles during a blackout or power outage due to extreme risk of fire.

In the event of thunderstorms and lightening - Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightening can cause serious damage. 

For more information on National Preparedness Month, make sure to book one of our Safety and Security Speakers, or contact us at 1.800.345.5607. For more disaster prevention tips, check out Ready.Gov

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Marshall Goldsmith, Top Keynote Speaker, Provides Secrets to Effective Leadership in Inc.

Marshall Goldsmith, thought leadership speaker and author of the best-selling book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, provides some fantastic secrets to Inc. on effective leadership. In this video, he shows how caring is intimately related to great leadership. By focusing on this aspect, people around you will see you as a better leader and person. View the video here.

About Marshall Goldsmith

  • Marshall provides top-rated leadership training for executives that ensures they achieve and sustain long-term, positive behavioral change.
  • He helps large organizations establish a peer coaching process through team building.

 

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Inquire here, through Eagles Talent, to have Marshall Goldsmith speak to your organization about leadership.

 

 

 

 

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SoundCloud Clip of the Week: Laura Schwartz, Author of Eat, Drink & Succeed

In celebration of our SoundCloud page, we here at Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau want to acknowledge our most listened to keynote speaker on SoundCloud this week….

Laura Schwartz

As a professional speaker, Laura Schwartz captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. In Laura’s book, and in her internationally acclaimed Eat, Drink and Succeed lecture series, Laura shares her secrets to success, revealing essential networking tools that will increase sales, productivity and leadership, and propel you to the next level in business and beyond.

Listen below as Laura Schwartz shares her tools to success with the Clean The World initiative.

Want more? Well check out Laura Schwartz in action here!

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Top Ten List of SoundCloud Interviews for Audio Appreciation Month

top10August is Audio Appreciation month, and we honor it with a Top Ten list of interview audio bits from our most inspiring speakers. These SoundCloud clips help us appreciate audio, as these Inspirational speakers intrigue and enchant us by providing key tools and background knowledge into their remarkable success.

1. Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson is the CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson’s network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation and is a Founding Patron of Virgin Unite’s Entrepreneurship Centre. Mark shares insights and videos from world-class companies that at first struggled with change and then reinvented their business. 

2. Robyn Benincasa

As a former CNN Hero, Robyn Benincasa brings her unique and inspiring perspective on teamwork to the corporate world while sharing her amazing stories as a world champion adventurer. She advocates helping women who’ve endured medical setbacks by encouraging survivors not just to survive, but to thrive in the wake of their illness.

3. John C. Havens

John C. Havens is an acclaimed author of the book Hacking H(app)iness and international thought leader who stands at the intersection of technology and happiness. He guides business leaders, and organizations to understand the value and meaning of both profit and purpose. John has been featured on respected programs such as C-SPAN’s Communicators, Leonard Lopate Show, Huffington Post Live for his expertise and insight on data, technology, and happiness.

4. Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro served as the National Co-Chair of Senator John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council and was a national surrogate for Senator McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. She speaks on trending topics from a perspective of a media personality, helping to give your audience unique insight. 

5. Vince Papale

A middle school teacher and part-time bartender, Vince Papale made the Philadelphia Eagles at age 30 and became the oldest non-kicker rookie in NFL history. Papale’s inspirational achievements are depicted in the movie Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg. He inspires audiences with his energy, enthusiasm and story of persistence and following your dreams.

6. Stephanie Decker

Using her own story, Stephanie Decker provides the inspiration and motivational tips your team needs to take on new challenges. She helps you discover your inner hero, as well as recognize the everyday heroes all around us. She shares how humor, teamwork, and setting goals can be used to overcome any obstacle.

7. David Trumble

Twenty-eight year old David Trumble is an international award-winning cartoonist, author and illustrator, who rose to critical acclaim at the age of 21 as the youngest political cartoonist to work at the Sun Newspaper. As an international speaker who uses humor, insight, and sincerity, David relates, as an artist, to the struggles individuals and organizations go through to be successful. In his presentation, he incorporates both a keynote and artwork that is customized for his audience. 

8. Zubin Damania

Under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, Zubin Damania’s YouTube videos have gone viral with with over 1.5 million views, educating patients and providers, while satirizing the healthcare system. He shows audiences how powerful the combination of passion creativity and persistence can be. And of course, his talks brim with the same comedic spin that keep the Youtube viewers coming back. 

9. Talia Leman

Talia Leman is the CEO and a Founder of RandomKid. She develops ideas, strategies and networks between kids internationally to increase their impact. Talia Leman shows us how to make room for life’s surprises, demonstrating that everyone has what it takes to make a remarkable difference for anything that matters to them. 

10. Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz climbed her way up the ranks of President Clinton’s Administration as the Midwest Press Secretary, Director of Television and, ultimately, Director of Events, where she produced the President’s events on the world stage. In Laura’s book, Eat, Drink and Succeed, Laura shares her secrets to success, revealing essential networking tools that will increase sales, productivity and leadership, and propel you to the next level in business and beyond.

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What is Your Leadership Legacy? by Dave Mitchell, Founder of Leadership Difference

The fine folks at Eagles Talent invited me to post a blog entry about the title question. Oddly, for a man who founded a company named the Leadership Difference, I have never thought much about my legacy as a leader. The whole notion of a person’s legacy is a bit dicey, for one thing. You can carefully craft an image for the entirety of your life by doing solid work and have it all undermined by one defining moment. Ask Bill Buckner, a very successful baseball player in the 1970s and 80s whose career 2700 hits was immediately forgotten when he booted a ground ball in game six of the 1986 World Series and was vilified by Boston Red Sox fans everywhere. A quick Google search of Buckner would lead you to believe that he played in only one game and cost his team the championship. As legacies go, that isn’t a great one, nor is it accurate for the man.

Dave MitchellSo, rather than focus on how I may or may not be remembered, I will share with you the three guiding principles I strive to live by:

#1 Positively affect the life of each person with whom I come in contact. This is my personal and professional mission statement. Even if it is only by sharing a smile or a kind word, I try to contribute to a better environment for the people I meet. The reason for this is more selfish than noble. I figure when it comes to the general attitude of mankind, behavior breeds behavior. I would prefer to live in a world where everyone is kind, happy, and positive. The only way I know to realize that dream is if I do what I can to make others that way. Maybe they will in turn do the same to the next person they meet, and in some kind of Butterfly Effect, the world will become a better place.

#2 Do something even if it’s wrong, because it is easier to fix a mistake than a regret. This is a revised version of something my Dad used to say. I started working with him at the age of 12, installing heating and air conditioning systems in a small town. We worked together off and on until I graduated college. Often, he would catch me standing around and he would shout, “Do something even if it’s wrong.” Later, I added the tag line, “…because it is easier to fix a mistake than a regret.” Our lifetimes are short and precious. The longer we wait to pursue our joy, the shorter we have to experience it. So many people never begin the pursuit at all, and that is sad. If there is something you need to do or say, don’t wait too long or you may run out of time.

#3 Cheer up, it’s gonna get worse. On the surface, my father’s favorite saying sounds exceptionally pessimistic. Perhaps that is the way he intended it, but I have found this sentiment to be an excellent mantra for mindfulness. The older I get, the more I value the present. I try to stay focused on my many blessings and not get caught up on past mistakes and future challenges. None of us are guaranteed anything more than the moment we now find ourselves in and to waste it being unhappy, resentful, or regretful is to squander the only really precious thing we have. So, regardless of the troubles I think I have, I always feel better when my Dad’s voice echoes in my head to remind me to “cheer up, it’s gonna get worse.”

I don’t know how I will be remembered. I would love to be considered a good person: a loving husband, father, and friend who had a positive impact on others. Ultimately, I can’t define my legacy – others do that. What I can do is work on today and let those three principles work for me.

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