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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What Will Be Your Legacy? Why Mo’ne Davis Should Inspire Us All!

August is officially What Will Be Your Legacy Month, a month where we reflect on the positive impact we want to leave on this Earth. In honor of this month, we want to introduce you to a young woman who is becoming a trailblazer in her own right.

BvajF-NIQAA3--iMeet Mo’ne Davis, the 13 year-old superstar that has made history by becoming the first Little League player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

These days, it’s hard not to turn on your TV and hear about Mo’ne Davis. Though still fairly young, this teenager’s list of accomplishments is quite extensive! In the 68-year history of the Little Leagues, Mo’ne Davis became the 18th girl to play in the series. As a pitcher for the Philadelphia Taney Dragons, Mo’ne threw an impressive 70-mile-per-hour fastball, garnering attention from millions of baseball fans and celebrity supporters worldwide.

Her list of accomplishments doesn’t stop there, though. Mo’ne Davis also made history for becoming the first girl to ever throw a shutout in the Little League World Series. Not to mention, she is only the sixth girl to get a hit in the World Series history! Impressive right?

Mo’ne Davis teaches us how to follow our dreams, whatever they may be, and make history in our everyday lives. At just 13 years old, Mo’ne has already left her legacy on the world, defying any gender-imposed boundaries set against her and emerging as one of the most dynamic Little League players of our time. She stands as an inspiration for children everywhere aspiring to go out and achieve their dreams.

CITY-JP-DAVIS-master675Though she is quite accomplished in the field of baseball, Mo’ne Davis has her heart set out on conquering another sport, basketball, with the hopes to play for the likes of University of Connecticut. Mo’ne has showed us that she can do anything that she sets her mind to, using the right amount of passion, practice, and ambition along the way.

Mo’ne Davis has already started leaving her legacy on the world. What will your legacy be?

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Seven Ways To Stop Multitasking by Jones Loflin, the Speaker with Two Last Names

Do you have an old shirt that you just love to wear from time to time? One that is faded, has a hole or two, and may even be missing a button? You know you need to throw it out (and your family members   affirm that thought), but it just feels so comfortable when you wear it. There are numerous other shirts hanging in your closet and maybe even tucked away in a drawer, yearning to be your next favorite shirt, but you just won’t change.

Think of multitasking like that old shirt. It probably isn’t the best choice as a productivity tool, but it just feels so comforting to your brain to use it to attempt to get things done. You even see the “holes” in your day created by skipping from one task to another and rarely finishing anything. The thought of tossing it out of your day, however, scares you because you aren’t sure what you would “wear” in its place.

Jones-Loflin-Formal-Photo-2Here are seven ways to upgrade your “mental” wardrobe and improve your productivity:

Understand your brain. In Why We Make Mistakes, Joseph Hallinan writes, “There is no such thing as dividing attention between two conscious activities. Under certain conditions we can be consciously aware of two things at the same time, but we never make two conscious decisions at the same time-no matter how simple they are.” You can only focus on one task at a time.

Commit to done.When possible, force yourself to stay with a task until it is completely finished. When we multitask, we accumulate pieces of these unfinished tasks in our brain as we move from task to task. This clutter prevents us from being able to think clearly and with greater focus on just one task.

Limit distractions. If you are prone to engage in multitasking, distractions are more likely to increase your desire to continue multitasking. One research study found that heavy multitaskers have ahard time filtering out irrelevant stimuli from their environment. The same study found that heavy multitaskers may be sacrificing performance on the primary task to let in other sources of information (Ophir, Nass, and Wagner, 2009).

Try this experiment: Position yourself in the place where you perform your regular work activities. What are the visual distractions that could cause your mind to wander from a defined task? Is there a mobile device on your desk that could ring, beep, or even emit a flashing dot at any moment? Are there notes you have written to remind you of unfinished tasks? Is there a stack of books or periodicals that you have been meaning to read, and just glancing at them gets your mind off track? Remember that any distraction is an invitation to start multitasking and make your brain feel more comfortable.

Use the Pomodoro Technique. Here’s a simple explanation: You set a timer for a designated period of time (Pomodoro suggests 25 minutes), and you work on a single task for that 25 minutes. When the time is up, you take a 5 minute break and then determine how your next 25 minutes should be spent. Set the timer again, and repeat the process. Eventually you begin breaking tasks down into timed segments so that you can develop a rhythm for your day. I use this system when I am in the office and have found it to be incredibly helpful. And just saying the word, “pomodoro” is fun (It’s the Italian word for tomatoes).

Set up your task list differently. One reason your mind is quick to switch is because you look at your task list and see so many different types of tasks. Try creating separate task lists for different areas of your work. Break down a larger task into several steps so you can quickly move to the next step. You might want to also group tasks like email or calls. Seeing only one area will help keep your mind from jumping from one task to another.

You might also focus more on aligning tasks with a period of the day. Instead of listing 20 things for the week, break the tasks down by putting them on the day/time you would prefer to work on them. This helps ease the stress on your mind because it’s only focusing on one task in a given time period instead of many.

Stop yourself at the first signs of wandering. If you feel the tug of your email or another task, stop and remind yourself that you’re violating a rule. Allow yourself to stretch, stand up, and to take some deep breaths to refresh your mental energy but DON’T allow yourself to start another task-regardless of how small it is.

Do what’s most important first. One reason we multitask is that we are avoiding a deeper dive into our work. It’s a way for us to feel busy, but not really be productive. Using any or all of the other 6 strategies, train yourself to work first on the task that would best move your work or life forward. For me, the most important activity is to get physical exercise, and so I do it first thing in the morning. At work, I tackle complex tasks like writing articles, developing content, and creating presentations early in my day. If I get those things done (and done well) the rest is easy.

Isn’t it time you put that old shirt (and multitasking) in the trash?

What can you do to limit the amount of multitasking in you day?

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SoundCloud Clip of the Week: Steve Rizzo, Atti-Tools for Success!

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….

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo has spent much of his life learning how to pursue and achieve his own definition of success. Luckily for audiences worldwide, that definition has evolved to include showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.

Listen below as this comedian turned Motivational Speaker inspires audiences to gain control of their own lives.

Want more? Well be sure to check out the full clip below!

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Top 10 Adventure Speakers For American Adventures Month

top10The month of August is officially American Adventures Month. To commemorate, we compiled a list of Adventure Speakers who help audiences all over the world to break free and discover their true selves. These speakers have years of insight and expertise on teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. Most importantly, they are perfect for every event!

#1. John Amatt

John Amatt knows about tough times and the value of struggle in bringing out the best in teams of people! John’s mission is to encourage people to push beyond self-imposed limitations and to be more personally accountable for the results of their own actions. As a leader he teaches others to embrace helpful teamwork by valuing the contributions of others.

 

#2. Mike Mullane

Mike Mullane’s programs and inspirational life have educated and motivated tens of thousands of people around the world from every walk of business and life. With experience in combat missions in Vietnam, to space shuttle missions, to climbing some of the highest peaks across the globe, Mike knows what teamwork, leadership and safety are all about. 

 

#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. Yossi Ghinsberg

A master storyteller, Yossi Ghinsberg’s keynote on change is not a lecture but rather a journey – taking audiences far away from their every day reality and giving them a different perspective on what change really is and how to use it. 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. 

#5. 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. 

 

#6. Steve Donahue

Steve Donahue’s presentations combine fast paced humor with heart-stopping tales as he draws powerful parallels between his desert adventure and the journeys of corporate and personal life. He captivates audiences with his gripping story that inspires, entertains and imparts ancient desert wisdom. 

 

#7. Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa shares the team building and leadership skills that she discovered on her quest to win the ‘toughest races on earth’. She brings her unique and inspiring perspective on teamwork to the corporate world while sharing her amazing stories as a world champion adventurer.

 

#8. Jeff Salz

Jeff Salz creates the foundation for adventurous thinking in your organization by presenting 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. Edward Gibson

Edward Gibson weaves absorbing accounts of space flight with identification of leadership qualities of early pioneers who set the stage and spearhead rocketry development. He shows how leaders, driven by vision and courage, earned respect and trust yet tempered their drives with an empathy, which added a human touch to their greatness. 

 

#10. Neal Petersen

Neal Petersen 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. 

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Expert Performance Coach Dr. Robert Kleinwaks, Explains How He Can Help You!

After almost 20 years of practicing as a Sports Chiropractor and nutritionist, and almost six years of being a personal coach and motivational speaker, I have finally realized my calling: I was meant to teach every athlete, business person, and health minded individual, the nutritional and mental steps necessary in maximizing ones health and performance naturally, allowing them to reach their god given potential. 



O_d10713b9e1b2374ed495d8a47b97c0b1kleinwacksWhat I have learned about nutrition and its effect on physical and mental performance (which is now in my newest book called “THE SPORTS TRIAD”), is something that needs to be utilized by anyone who wants to bring their game, job or career to the next level.



If you are looking for the answers on how to perform more regularly with faith, confidence and belief, or want to learn how to consistently have incredible energy, strength, endurance and great health; you have found the right person. 

I always look forward to discussing the next step toward achieving a person’s deepest goals, what challenges they face and how I can help.


 

Watch the Video Below to See Dr. Kleinwaks in Action!

Dr. Robert Kleinwaksin Action!

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Celebrity Chef Charlie Trotter’s Recipe for National Goat Cheese Month

Chef Charlie Trotter opened his first restaurant in Chicago in 1987, and it’s been a hit ever since. Named one of Restaurant Magazine’s best restaurants in the world, with a two-star star Michelin Guide award, Charlie Trotter’s has gained notoriety as one of the premiere dining establishments in the United States. Though the restaurant is closing its doors this month, you can still enjoy Charlie’s award-winning tastes at home. Try this delicious spin on a classic ravioli!

Goat Cheese and Basil Ravioli with Tomato Water
(Serves 4)

  •     4 ounces soft goat cheese
  •     2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  •     2 tablespoons minced shallots
  •     2 tablespoons chopped
  •     fresh chives
  •     Salt and freshly ground
  •     black pepper
  •     32 3-inch square wonton skins
  •     1 egg, lightly beaten
  •     12 red teardrop tomatoes, peeled and blanched
  •     4 yellow teardrop tomatoes, peeled and blanched
  •     1 tablespoon tiny red basil shoots
  •     1 tablespoon tiny green basil shoots

 

To prepare the tomato water:
Purée the tomatoes and season with salt. Pour the purée into a cheesecloth-lined sieve set in a large bowl and refrigerate for 8 hours, or until all of the juices have dripped from the purée.

Discard the solids from the tomato purée and place the tomato water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until warm. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To prepare the ravioli filling:
Place the goat cheese, chopped basil, shallots, and chives in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To prepare the ravioli:
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Place a wonton skin on a flat work surface and spoon 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center. Lightly brush the edges with the egg and top with another wonton skin. Firmly press the edges of the wontons to seal. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. (The ravioli can be prepared to this point several hours in advance and refrigerated on a floured sheet pan.) Cook the ravioli in the boiling water for 3 minutes, or until al dente, then drain.

Place 4 ravioli in each shallow bowl and ladle 3 red tomatoes, 1 yellow tomato, and tomato water over each bowl.

Sprinkle red and green basil shoots over the ravioli and top with freshly ground black pepper.

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David Trumble, Guest Speaker, Award-Winning Artist: Illustrates New Children’s Book

Congratulations to David Trumble, Guest Keynote Speaker and Award-Winning Artist, who recently provided illustrations for the new children’s book series, The Enjella Adventure Series. David is also working on his own children’s literature (Due out late 2014) called Mother Goose Retold, filled with David’s striking visual imagination. In addition to his artwork, spoke for, earlier this summer, TEDxGoodEnoughCollege with his talk, Making Sense of it All (which you can view below).

 

 About The Enjella Adventure Series as it appears on Amazon.com:

“Freed from the constraints of the Tooth Fairy regime, Enjella appears at Abigail’s elbow and whisks her away on a magical adventure. Joined by friend Fairy Alicia and Abigail’s brother, Bennett, they travel to Key West, Florida to do some exploring. Fun and surprises await in their moonlight frolic on the beach. The Key West Lighthouse catches the Fairies’ attention and they decide to teach the children its history. But the Fairies are not very interesting teachers, until the explorers become more than tourists. The Fairies twist time and bring the quartet back to the Key West hurricane of 1835. High winds, rough seas and the light keeper’s difficult job conspire to create the perfect tempest. Is Enjella’s magic strong enough to steer them all safely through the storm? Hold on to your hats, you are in for a windy voyage through time and a hurricane, as history and adventure intertwine to create a story of historic proportions.”

 

 

 

David at TEDxGoodEnoughCollege

 

Learn more about bringing David Trumble to your organization and checking his speaking fees & calendar availability as a guest speaker by connecting with Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau. Call 1.800.345.5607 or email info@eaglestalent.com.

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