Celebrate Independence Day with Chef Marti Mongiello’s Recipe for Grilled Swordfish Steaks

Tiremarti 2015d of eating only hot dogs and hamburgers on July 4th? Well fire up your grills this Independence Day weekend and step out of the box with this unconventional holiday recipe from Celebrity Chef Marti Mongiello

Famed for fooling the Clinton’s by incorporating healthy ingredients into their delicious meals, former White House Chef Marti Mongiello is a now a highly sought out cook and expert speaker on food, wine, and hospitality. Here is his recipe for Grilled Swordfish Steak:

INGREDIENTS:

For the marinade: 1 teaspoon McCormick ground ginger or use fresh grated ginger or ginger in the tube ~ 1/2 teaspoon McCormick garlic powder ~ ½ teaspoon Spice World minced garlic ~ 1 cup HT Traders low sodium (or regular if you like) soy sauce ~ 1 cup V8 Fusion Peach Mango juice ~ 1 cup HT Traders Orange Blossom honey or local honey from farmers.

For the salsa: 2 green onions, chopped ~ 1 mango, diced ~ 1 can of Dole diced pineapple (save juice for salsa) or use fresh pineapple (diced and sweated in microwave for 2 minutes) ~ 1 red pepper (diced and sweated in microwave for 2 minutes) ~ ½ Vidalia or sweet onion (diced and sweated in saute’ pan to carmelize) ~ 2 kiwi peeled and then diced ~ 4 Swordfish steaks (one per person). FOUR SERVINGS

DIRECTIONS: 80c4930f401a5b595759e654afb7e30cFirst dice and sweat the red pepper in the microwave. Next, dice and sweat the Vidalia (or any sweet onion) in a saute’ pan to carmelize and slightly brown (no need to fully cook the onion) – set aside for use later in the salsa. Next, in a large bowl combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, orange juice, honey and slip the fish in to marinate. Toss and fold gently to cover all sides of fish and refrigerate for an hour or two. Now, mix all items for the salsa and refrigerate for and hour. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil grate with spray. Remove fish from marinade and discard remaining marinade. Grill for 12 to 15 minutes per inch of thickness, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork – sprinkle sesame seeds onto fish now – for a decoration. Before serving on a nice plate, spoon some salsa on top of and around the fish.

For more information on booking Chef Marti Mongiello for one of your events, check out her page on our website or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month with Top 10 Adventure Keynote Speakers

What can adventure speakers do for your corporate event?

Bring messages that emphasize perseverance, trust and achieving the impossible!

Meet the top ten keynote speakers who do just that, and are great at being world class adventurers!

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1. John Amatt

John Amatt was a leader and climber on Canada’s first successful expedition to climb Mt. Everest. As a leader he teaches others to embrace helpful teamwork by valuing the contributions of others.

 

2. Mike Mullane 

Astronaut Mike Mullane delivers a powerful message on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments. His programs and inspirational life have educated and motivated tens of thousands of people around the world from every walk of business and life.


3. Sharon Wood

Sharon Wood is an icon of human achievement and a powerful motivator who inspires audiences with her story of climbing Mount Everest. Twenty years of speaking to diverse audiences enables Sharon to articulate insightful parallels in performing in environments of adversity, challenge and change.

 

4. Neal Peterson

Neal Peterson expertly uses the metaphor of sailing to demonstrate to businesses how to leverage economic challenges to their advantage by choosing a winning course and navigating to their advantage. As an adventurer Neal shares a treasure chest of stories that illustrate to audiences that change is about adapting to wind shifts and stormy seas by knowing when to alter course.

 

5. Robyn Benincasa

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

 

6. Yossi Ghinsberg

Author of the international best seller Jungle, Yossi Ghinsberg connects people to life’s meaning! Yossi is unique in his delivery…audiences leave with an understanding of the nature of survival and how life is to be celebrated and taken to the highest level.

 

7. David Miln Smith

David Miln Smith is internationally renowned for taking on world class challenges. A trailblazer and innovator, he explores what is beyond social, psychological, and physical horizons and provides maps to previously uncharted territory.

 

8. Jeff Salz

Jeff Salz presents a unique perspective on taking risks. For the last 15 years, he has been safely guiding organizations through the turbulent seas of change and facilitating enhanced teamwork in organizations by helping them build ‘cultures of authenticity’.

 

9. Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard is a former United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology and his many discoveries, such as the deep-sea vents. He shares fascinating stories from his 120 plus deep-sea expeditions and his discovery of The Titanic.

 

10. Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences: summiting Mt Everest, feeding and filming a pod of sharks, or making a terrifying descent of a vast vertical rock face in a vicious storm. He ably connects these dramatic achievements to the challenges faced by individuals and teams striving for excellence in their own fields.

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Recommended Keynote Speaker of the Week: Devon Harris, Three Time Winter Olympian & Jamaican Bobsled Team Captain

Why book Devon Harris for your next event?

Devon-HarrisDevon Harris is simply one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. From very humble beginnings, Devon Harris overcame all obstacles when he was chosen to lead his home country of Jamaica to the world stage in the 1988 Winter Olympics. At the heart of Devon’s keynote presentations are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live your best life. His mission is to bring his message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as personal lives. His triumphant story was featured in the hit Disney movie “Cool Runnings” and he exemplifies dedication and fortitude and inspires audiences to “keep on pushing”. As a motivational speaker, Devon brings his experience of winning and team building and tailors his success story to fit every kind of audience.

Program Description 

Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings – Coaching for  Personal and Professional Success
This program addresses the powerful role teamwork plays in both your personal and professional life. A high level of team work has been responsible, in part, for a great home environment, miracle drugs, breakthrough technologies, Olympic medals, and conquests of space and sea because these teams have the ability to synergistically harness their members’ talents and energy. 

The Power and Magic of Teamwork
This program addresses the powerful role teamwork plays in both your personal and professional life. A high level of team work has been responsible, in part, for a great home environment, miracle drugs, breakthrough technologies, Olympic medals, and conquests of space and sea because these teams have the ability to synergistically harness their members’ talents and energy. 

Out of many; One: An Olympic Athlete’s View of Diversity in the Workplace
A fresh look at how diversity in the workplace is not just a legal mandate or corporate ethic – it is fundamentally practical, and brings the best teams to the playing field. Devon brings a creative and inspiring look at how at work, as in the Olympics, what really matters is performance, attitude and teamwork.


Keep On Pushing™: An Olympic Athlete’s Message of Persistence
Devon brings his entertaining and effective message of how to ‘keep on pushing’, how persistence is a key catalyst in any success formula. Devon’s presentation blends the need for every part of an organization to have the ability to persist, but not without good doses of wisdom, preparation, talent, teamwork, humor, passion, hard work and smart planning. 

For more information on booking Devon Harris for one of your events, check out her page on our website or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Don’t Let Summer Stifle Your Productivity by Jones Loflin

Summer can bring about some drastic changes. Luckily, Life Balance Speaker and author Jones Loflin has some helpful advice on how to deal with all the rapid changes that the season can bring!

June 21jl marks the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but early June is my mental trigger. When the school buses stop rolling and planes are more filled than normal with families traveling, I feel myself start slipping into a different frame of mind. Historically, it’s also a time when your productivity can suffer because you have more activity in your schedule. Even arranging meetings and making decisions at work is challenging as people take more vacation time and aren’t as readily available. It can seem more frustrating than ever to get things done.

To make sure your summer doesn’t see a drop in productivity while the temperatures are rising, try these suggestions to stay on track professionally and personally:

Know everyone’s schedule. From coworkers to your boss, capture when they will be away from their normal routine. Review it periodically so you won’t get caught needing information from them when they aren’t available. Try and anticipate any scenarios where you might get stuck if you can’t communicate with them quickly and get answers from them now when possible. AND don’t forget to get your family’s entire schedule on your calendar as well. Knowing their schedule can help you plan for special activities with others (See bullet point, “Identify those…).

Communicate your schedule-often. An out of office auto reply is a start, but why not be more proactive? Create a signature for the bottom of your emails that lets others know when you will be out of the office. Who knows? One person may just read it and actually ask you something BEFORE it’s urgent.

Double your communication about timelines and deadlines. People are more distracted in the summer than ever and tend to miss details in communication. Don’t be afraid to send additional reminders, and vary the way you deliver these reminders.

Plan for individual talent development. Meetings tend to lessen (hopefully) in the summer months, and this opens new time resources to grow those around you. Whose performance could you focus on now that would pay off big dividends once things return to a more normal routine?

Manage your expectations outside of work. Summer offers the temptation to take on every home project under the sun. Trying to plan all the things that you need to do to make those projects successful can distract you from the present moment. Start by choosing 2-3 projects, finish them, and then plan other ones as time allows. Better a few done well than many waiting to be done at all.

Double the time you expect a project to take-then decide if you have the time to do it. I once began refinishing the deck at my home, and ran into several problems along the way. I didn’t budget enough extra time and found myself frustrated, cutting corners, and not happy with the finished results. If I had doubled the time I thought I needed, I would have recognized that I should wait until I did have the time resources to complete the project. And my family would have been less upset with me too.

 Adjust your schedule when possible. If you’re a parent, it’s tough to frequently stay late at work when you know your children are longing to be enjoying time with you. Try getting to work 30-60 minutes early so you can free up some of that end of day time for them.

Identify those whom you have neglected the past few months, or those who have been on your mind. It might be a child, spouse, parent, or friend. By knowing your family’s schedule you can determine times when you could spend some much needed time with them, and not feel like you are neglecting the other relationships in your life.

Carve out some extended time for yourself. Plan a day trip, engage in (or find) your hobby, or just sleep. Give yourself permission to make yourself and your own needs important-because they are.

Did I mention that summer, unofficially, will be over in about 80 days (Labor Day is September 7)?

What steps will you take to ensure a productive summer? 

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Celebrate Fathers Day, with The Father of Modern Networking: Dr. Ivan Misner

Father’s Day is this Sunday. In celebration of all fathers, we recognize Dr. Ivan Misner: the “Father of Modern Networking!”

BABBlondon-495-495x400A master in his field, keynote speaker Dr. Ivan Misner makes it his mission to see that more people understand the power of networking. Dr. Misner is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. He is one of the world’s most sought after keynote speakers on the topics of marketing, business and success.

Dr. Misner provides advice on how to use your resources to your advantage and capitalize on cultivating healthy business relationships. His ideas have been featured in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Regardless of audience size, everyone will walk away from his presentations feeling more confident and connected with the people around them.

For more information on booking Dr. Ivan Misner for one of your events, check out her page on our website or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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To a Greater Goal: Three Keynote Speakers to Pay Attention to this Summer

This summer, the Women’s World Cup theme is: “To a Greater Goal.” It teaches that no matter how great the goal, we have the ability to reach it.

In honor of this theme, here are three inspirational keynote speakers that you should be rooting for on and off of the field:

Amy Purdy – 2014 U.S. Paralympian & Adaptive Snowboarder

O_24e0e52f597ad67ef5517cd48dd0a416amypurdyAt 19, after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Amy Purdy was rushed to the hospital in a state of septic shock. Due to the lack of circulation she had suffered doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. After adjusting to her new body, Amy entered the USASA National Snowboarding Championship, where she won medals in three events. Today, she is one of the top ranked adaptive snowboarders in the world, has won multiple World Cup medals and appears poised to be on the podium at the upcoming 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. She is the only double leg amputee competing at the world class level. Her positivity and determination is an inspiration to all. As a speaker, she shares her remarkable story with audiences everywhere and inspires them to keep going forward, despite the odds stacked against them.

Robyn Benincasa – World Champion Adventure Racer, San Diego City Firefighter, Founder of World Class Teams 

Robyn-Benincasa-HighRobyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. An expert in teamwork, Robyn draws upon her experiences as an athlete and tailors her core themes for a wide range of audiences. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success. 

Carey “Vixen” Lohrenz – First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy 

sp1008392_0Making history is nothing new to Carey “Vixen” Lohrenz. She is the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy. In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments – an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world. Most importantly, her message transcends audiences, and not only helps individuals get better, but provides motivation and optimism for every workplace.

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Most Requested Speaker of the Week: Robert Rotella, Counselor to Champions!

Why book Dr. Robert Rotella for your next event?

bobrotella-e1357768180146Since 1984 clients from all over the world request him as a keynote speaker. Dr. Bob Rotella has coached 74 winners of major championships in men’s, women’s and senior professional golf, and his message is a simple one of success. As a Peak Performance Speaker, Dr. Rotella dedicates his life to helping professionals reach their goals and shatter every barrier in their way. In his presentations, Dr. Rotella explores the importance of believing in ideas and dreams. His keynotes are laced with the basic concepts of free will, commitment, persistence and confidence!

Program Descriptions:

Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect Program Descriptions
Robert gives a speech based off of his best selling sports psychology book of all time, and one of the three best selling golf books in history.

Golf Is A Game of Confidence
Dr. Robert Rotella creates an attitude and mind set common in achievers in all areas of life, business and sport. His programs get results. He uses proven principles to banish limitations and show individuals how to play their best in life, business, and sports.

Success is an Attitude
Dr. Rotella believes that success is all about one’s perception of life, self and others. In his presentation, “Success Is An Attitude,” he will explore the importance of believing in ideas and dreams.

For more information on booking Robert Rotella for one of your events, check out her page on our website or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with a Recipe from Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton

June sara_moultonis officially Caribbean Heritage Month. In honor of this month, here is a recipe for Grilled Jerk Chicken with Watermelon Salsa from Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton

As host of Sara’s Secrets, which ran weeknights and weekends on the Food Network, Sara Moulton is one of the hardest-working women in the food biz.

For the marinade:

4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

8 scallions, white and green parts, coarsely chopped

1 to 2 (to taste) Scotch bonnet chilies, coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons lime juice

1½ tablespoons ground allspice

1½ tablespoons Colman’s Mustard (English-style mustard)

2 bay leaves

2 large cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons dried thyme

4 chicken breast halves (4 pounds total) on the bone with the skin, each chicken breast half cut in half

For the salsa:

feajerkchicken2 cups diced seedless watermelon

1 cup diced seedless cucumber

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot

¼ cup finely shredded fresh mint

3 tablespoons lime juice

2 teaspoons packed brown sugar

Salt

In a blender, combine 4 tablespoons of the oil, the scallions, chilies, soy sauce, lime juice, allspice, mustard, bay leaves, garlic, salt, sugar and thyme. Blend until the mixture forms a fine paste. Transfer the mixture to a re-sealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and turn it to coat well on all sides. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours and up to 2 days.

When ready to cook, heat the grill to medium.

To make the salsa, in a medium bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, shallot, mint, lime juice and sugar. Season with salt, then set aside.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade. Using an oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs, oil the grill grates. Add the chicken, skin side down, and grill for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the pieces of chicken, then grill for another 10 to 15 minutes, or just cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes. Serve each portion topped with some of the salsa.

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Get Moving with Robyn Benincasa, World Champion Adventure Racer

“Try34844 to move at least an hour a day, whether it’s taking a walk on the beach, walking your dog a little longer than you usually do, playing volleyball with your friends, joining a pickup basketball game or going to an entry-level aerobics class. Then you’ll find what you love.” –Robyn Benincasa

June is National Great Outdoors month – a month that encourages people to get active and enjoy the world around them. Adventurer speaker and World Champion Adventure Racer Robyn Benincasa knows all about taking advantage of the outside world. Her expertise in sports and teamwork translate into every environment, especially in the workplace.

With Robyn as a keynote speaker, audiences will leave the room buzzing with inspired ideas about how to raise their team to the next level against all odds, both personally and professionally, and take home some simple and easily applied skills that will allow them to create Human Synergy with all of the teammates in their lives.

For more information on booking Robyn Benincasa for one of your events, check out her page on our website or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

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Top 10 Motivational Fitness Keynote Speakers

One of Top-10-300x275the great wonders about National Great Outdoors Month, is that it’s the perfect time to be active! Whether you’re running, biking, swimming, or more; these ten Fitness Speakers can inspire you to work out to the best of your abilities. You can improve your quality of life and gain skills that makes you more proactive in the workplace.

1. Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. She brings her unique and inspiring perspective on teamwork to the corporate world while sharing her amazing stories as a world champion adventurer.

 

2. Janet Brill

Dr. Janet Brill is a nationally recognized expert in the field of health, wellness and cardiovascular disease prevention and is frequently sought after by the media as a trusted source of nutrition and fitness information. Her straightforward heart health advice that has helped thousands of Americans eat better and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. 

 

3. Jim Karas

Jim Karas is a lifestyle expert who combines a degree from the Wharton School of Business with over twenty-seven years of unparalleled success in helping people look and feel their very best. Jim is a widely sought after as a keynote speaker for many of the world’s most prominent corporations and organizations such as Oprah’s O You, Kraft Foods, and more!

 

4. Julia Sweet

Julia Sweet works with the children who attend her studio’s after-school program, “Muscles and Minds™”. Children receive an hour of daily fitness, sports, or TaeKwonDo training, a healthy snack (certified by a registered dietician), and then an hour of enrichment activities – all designed to balance their lives, fostering a love of learning through “applied academics”, development of a strong, vibrant, and healthy body – and securing their self-esteem. 

 

5. Kyle Maynard

Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. For the past seven years Maynard has traveled to five continents speaking for corporate meetings, grade schools, universities, and programs supporting injured American veterans. He’s shared the stage with the world’s greatest minds in business, politics, sports, and motivation.

 

6. David Meinz

David Meinz shows how personal health improvement improves sales performance. David Meinz specializes in consultations and workshops that enable people to improve their health. He presents information from his book Survival of the Fittest internationally to businesses and associations.

 

7. Tim Wilkins

In every venue Tim Wilkins prides himself on keeping his comedy clean and hilarious for every age without sacrificing the “edge” that truly makes stand-up an art. No where has that been more welcome than in the corporate market where he has utilized this skill and his ability to customize material for every event.

 

8. David Essel

David Essel, is an author, radio and television host, master life and business coach, and international speaker. His mission is to inspire others to reach their own exceptional potential in their business and personal life. Essel’s lecture will challenge all current philosophies of thought regarding the key concepts that businesses and individuals need to embrace to finally achieve what they desire in life. 

 

9. Zonya Foco

Zonya Foco is a master of inspiration, motivation and visual humor, providing hard-facts information and simple solutions that help everyday people improve health, create balance and maximize energy. She delivers equal parts entertainment and education, helping people laugh at their bad habits and discover the joy in adopting new, healthier habits. 

 

10. Roger Crawford

Although born with ectrodactylism, a rare birth defect, Roger Crawford not only became the only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a NCAA Division I sport, he also became a Hall of Fame Division I athlete.  His compelling story of how he became a tennis champion communicates and demonstrates the power of an “I Can!” attitude to redefine the possible!

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