Motivational Monday: Find Your Path to Financial Freedom with Suze Orman!

“AOrman_Suze big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.” – Suze Orman

Suze Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance. She’s a two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times mega bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and a financial guru. As a highly sought after keynote speakers, Suze speaks on a range of topics that can have you on the path to financial freedom in no time!

To check fees and availability on Suze Orman, call Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau at 1.800.345.5607.

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Are You in the Zone? by Jeff Davidson, Time Management Expert

It O_24ad3a7b1db6851846d04439b3c43168Untitled-1 (2)would be amazing if we could be highly productive all the time. Luckily, time management speaker Jeff Davidson has some advice on how to get in “the zone” so that we could be productive more often.

Some people call it “being in the zone.” Some call it being on a roll. The “zone” has been described as a short-term, highly productive state.

Regardless of what you call it, to become a consistent, high-output HR professional, it is useful to know how to benefit from the productivity surge that you experience when in the “zone.” Here’s an exercise to help you create an environment in which you do your best work:

1. Recall a time when you were highly productive:
Where were you?
What time of day was it?
Was anyone else around?
What was the temperature?
What was the lighting?
What resources were available?

2. Think about yourself at that time:
What were you wearing?
What did you consume the night before?
How long did you sleep the night before?
How did you feel?
What was your level of fitness?
What did you eat that morning?

3. What about the time of day and week:
What time of day was it?
What day of the week was it?
What had transpired earlier?
What was forthcoming?

4. Consider the tools available to you:
Were you using: a computer, tablet, or smart phone?
Were you using other equipment?
Did you have a pen or pencil?
Did you have a blank pad?
Were you online?
Were other resources available?
Were periodicals, books, or directories present?

5. Consider your environment:
Did you have a view?
Were you in a comfortable chair?
Were you at a desk or at a table?
Were you in a moving vehicle, i.e., a plane or a train?
Was there quiet or soothing background noise?
What color were the walls surrounding you?
Were you in a room with rugs?
Could you hear others?
Was water nearby?
Were you near the bathrooms?
Were you near the coffee machine?

As you recall a situation when you were in the zone, circle each item above that was present or was a factor at this time. New insights might emerge.

Next, recall a second such time and run through each of the questions above once again. What items have now been marked or circled twice? Soon, your own personal pattern on the road to high productivity will emerge.

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Top 10 Keynote Speakers For Tax Day

April 1Top-10-300x2755th is tax day! These ten renowned tax speakers can make tax day much more bearable with their highly informative keynote presentations!

1. Lee Phillips

Lee Phillips is one of the nation’s most engaging and dynamic speakers. He has given over 3000 event presentations around the world. He has also helped over a million people understand the law and how to use it to make more money and protect their assets.

 

2. Ed Slott

Ed Slott is a widely recognized professional speaker and educator specializing in retirement distribution planning, teaching both financial advisors and consumers how to best take advantage of our complicated tax code. 

 

3. Sandy Botkin

For the past ten years, Sandy Botkin has taught more than 50,000 taxpayers how to save over $300 million on their taxes with his seminars. He consistently earns rave reviews for his clear and humorous keynote presentations. 

 

4. Ken and Daria Dolan

Ken and Daria Dolan are in high demand as keynote speakers! Known as “The First Family of Finance” Ken and Daria Dolan guide audiences on financial matters – investing, retirement planning, funding college, credit issues, real estate, estate planning and more. 

 

5. Patrick Astre

Patrick Astre is a professional public speaker and is frequently sought after for seminars. As an expert on taxes, Patrick has been advising individuals and corporations on issues of taxation, retirement and comprehensive financial planning since 1969.

 

6. Mitch Anthony

Mitch Anthony is the founder and president of Advisor Insights Inc. For more than a decade, Mitch and his team have provided financial training and development for both individual advisors and major organizations. 

 

7. Gene Marks

Through his keynotes and breakout sessions, Gene Marks helps business owners, executives and managers understand the political, economic and technological trends that will affect their companies so they can make profitable decisions!

 

8. Bart Basi

Bart Basi’s unparalleled expertise and outstanding speaking skills make him the “go to guy” on finance, offering insight and instruction that turns what many might deem as “boring programs” into engaging and enlightening presentations.

 

9. Moshe Arye Milevsky

Moshe Arye Milevsky knows how to make your money work! The focus of his teaching, research, keynote speeches and consulting work is in the interplay between investment management, personal finance, and insurance. 

 

10. Jordan Goodman

Jordan Goodman is known as “America’s Money Answers Man” and is also a highly sought after expert on personal finance. He teaches the underlying principles of responsible personal finance and makes clear the impact of current events on the consumer’s wallet.

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Financial Lifesaver Barbara Stanny’s Five Steps to Overcoming Underearning

AprilB-Stanny-Photos-019-624x866 is Financial Literacy month! In honor of this month, we have arranged a couple of Q&A’s with our financial speakers in order to get a better understanding of how to improve money management skills.

For the past 40 years, Barbara Stanny has been successfully coaching clients to make better personal and financial goals. In this Q&A, Barbara provides 5 tips on how to overcome underearning!


Q: The typical U.S. household makes $51,000 per year. What advise would you give them about how to overcome under earning?

A: Underearning—the inability to make more money despite your efforts or desire to do otherwise— is a widespread condition affecting millions of Americans. But one thing I’ve discovered—after interviewing hundreds of high earners, overcoming my own chronic underearning and teaching Overcoming Underearning classes for over 20 years— each and every one of you can make more than you’re making now. Underearning is not a life sentence. And no matter your gender, age, or occupation, Overcoming Underearning is a lot more in your control than you realize. The secret is not working longer hours. It’s by following these five steps.

STEP #1. TELL THE TRUTH

Begin by admitting what’s not working in your life and analyzing why. There’s tremendous power in telling the truth. Clarity alone often generates change. Until you stop denying, or diminishing, your difficulties, you can’t possibly do anything differently. Your first peek at the truth may evoke temporary panic. But, rest assured. Situations can rapidly improve once you take off the blindfold.

STEP #2. MAKE A DECISION

Nothing will happen until you make a conscious and committed decision that financial success is a pressing priority. A decision is not the same as a want or even a goal. While a goal denotes the desired destination, a decision implies the determination to reach it. Here’s the beauty of this step. You don’t need a plan all figured out. All you have to do is decide what you want and do what comes next. Decisions are like magnets. They attract opportunities.

STEP #3. STRETCH

Those opportunities, however, always lie just outside your comfort zone. Success can only be achieved by stretching beyond what feels comfortable to what may seem impossible. The stretch looks like this: feel the fear, endure the discomfort, observe the resistance, and go for it anyway. Keep in mind: the discomfort is short-lived, but the rewards are life changing.

STEP #4. CREATE COMMUNITY

The people you hang out with radically affect your ability to succeed, or not. Underearners tend to operate in isolation or gravitate to pessimists, worrywarts, negative folks who want to hold them back. High-earners, however, surround themselves with people who cheer them on and inspire them to aim higher. How do you find a supportive community? One way: join organizations where you’ll meet the kind of people you want to be, not who you’ve been.

STEP #5. RESPECT AND APPRECIATE MONEY

Overcoming underearning isn’t limited to pocketing a fatter paycheck, but to achieving Financial Independence. Financial Independence does not come from what you earn. It comes from what you do with what you make. There are four rules for respecting money:

1. Spend Less (Only buy what you can easily afford)

2. Save More (Pay yourself first)

3. Invest Wisely (Put money in assets that grow in value over time.)

4. Give Generously (Use your money to make a difference.)

No matter how sizable your salary, unless you adhere to the first three rules, you’ll find that money will exacerbate your stress rather than enhance your well-being. After all, the whole point of overcoming underearning is not just to earn a good living, but ultimately to live a good life and help others do the same.

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Juggling Your Mental Elephants by Motivational Speaker Jones Loflin

It’s 83654normal to be overwhelmed, but how many of us know that there are ways to manage it? Well Life Balance Speaker and author Jones Loflin offers some helpful tips on how to juggle your “mental elephants”, and tackle that feeling of being exhausted.

There is a poignant moment near the beginning of my Juggling Elephants training program when I make the following statement: “While we do have lots of physical elephants in our work and life, I think our real sense of overload comes from our mental elephants.” You see heads nodding quickly in agreement.

Granted, many of our task lists are filled with enough activities for three lifetimes, and our physical overload is a real problem. I just find that all the thoughts stampeding around in my head demanding my attention can paralyze me from taking action on the physical tasks in front of me.

To help me understand why I am trying to juggle these mental elephants, I’ve started asking myself a series of questions to reduce the mental stress and allow me to manage each elephant more effectively. They include:

1. Why is it weighing so heavily on my mind?

David Allen, in his brilliant book, Getting Things Done, writes, “The mind holds on to things because they aren’t as they should be.” Sometimes the elephant is present because a gap exists between where I am with something and where I think I should be with it. Its presence may be due to me avoiding taking action on something. Other times it may simply be because I’m holding it in my head instead of writing it down so my mind will let it go.

2. Where could I get information to give me direction on it?

With so much knowledge and research available in a matter of seconds, there’s no reason for me not to seek answers on how to move forward. Sometimes that small bit of information is enough to bring the mental mayhem down to a more manageable level.

3. Who could offer advice about managing it?

I have lists set up in my Twitter account by subject area. If I am struggling with a social media related elephant, I know exactly who I will approach to get a tip or idea. If my mental elephant is parenting related, I know who I would call. There’s no need for me to waste my mental energy on an elephant someone else has already juggled. I need the resources for other things.

4. When will it leave?

As I am creating this newsletter, I am looking at a two month circus of almost non-stop acts in my work ring. I know, however, that at the end of these two months I have a 10 day break. I can handle the “heavy lifting” now if I know there is a time of mental rest and renewal coming later. You can learn more in my blog, When A Lack Of Balance Is Okay.

5. What action would take it away (or reduce its size)?

Taking a moment to mind map with an app like Mindnode gives me clarity on how I can best manage this elephant. I might see where I could delegate parts of it to someone else, or take a quick action now to reduce the pressure created by not making progress toward the outcome (see Number 1). Asking these questions, especially in a moment of sacred idleness, help me not feel so overwhelmed. It also frees up both my mental and physical resources to more fully focus on the present moment.

Which question should you be asking about your mental elephants?

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Top Ten Financial Keynote Speakers for Financial Literacy Month

Top-10-300x275April is officially Financial Literacy Month! These ten financial speakers can put you on the road to financial literacy in no time. These speakers will inspire you to take charge of your finances and guide you in making better money choices.

1. Peter Ricchiuiti

Peter Ricchiuiti discusses how financial markets and the economy follow historical patterns and shows you how to recognize and understand trends and gain shares. He teaches audiences the strategies for buying stock, investing, and eases their economic fears!

 

2. Duncan MacPherson

As a renowned financial advisor coach, Duncan MacPherson imparts proven actionable systems that will help your team manage, build, and maximize their client relationships. He provides business development strategies to financial advisors using the 80/20 Rule based on the Pareto Principle.

 

3. Terry Savage

Terry Savage is a nationally known expert on personal finance, the markets and the economy. Terry assists corporations in educating their employees about benefits programs, company retirement plans, and overall financial planning.

 

4. Ed Slott

Ed Slott is a widely recognized professional speaker and educator specializing in retirement distribution planning, teaching both financial advisors and consumers how to best take advantage of our complicated tax code! 

 

5. Barbara Stanny

Barbara Stanny has been coaching for over 40 years and has developed a unique coaching process that focuses on identifying your specific issues, dissolving your resistance, and achieving your financial as well as personal goals.

 

6. Adriane Berg

Adriane Berg is one of the most credentialed and recognized speakers in the nation and internationally. Adriane is an innovator in helping companies and non profits reach the vast boomer, caregiver and older adult markets.

 

7. Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie L. Krawcheck has built a career that demonstrates it is possible to turn around and substantially grow troubled financial services businesses through eliminating a number of Wall Street conflicts of interests and focusing on the investing client.

 

8. Suze Orman

Suze Orman has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. As one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance.

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9. Jeffrey Rosensweig

Jeff Rosensweig is known for a unique ability to combine original and useful business content with an engaging and dynamic speaking style. Jeff Rosensweig will help to separate fact from fiction, portraying the evolving global economic, financial, and demographic trends that drive a successful growth strategy for your business.

 

10. Alan Parisse

Alan Parisse has been an executive coach for two decades! No one will work harder to understand your organization’s needs and goals and craft the right message to help meet them. As keynote speaker for a wide variety of industries and organizations for over 20 years, Alan delivers substantive messages which are rooted in years of front line experience.

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Financial Literacy Month Q&A: Peter Ricchiuiti Teaches You The Right Tools in Investment!

April is Financial Literacy Month. In honor of this month, we have asked a couple of our financial speakers for their insight on how to become better with simple and complex money management.

Peter Ricchiuiti is a financial and investment expert who teaches audiences the strategies for buying stock, investing, and eases their economic fears. In this Q&A, he offers his top notch expertise in finding the right market to invest in.

1995 (1)Q: Some investments are based on recommendations, but how would the average person know where to invest?

A: Successful investing isn’t nearly as complicated as the industry makes it out to be. I could teach you all you need over lunch.

If you have a matching 401K contribution from your employer, take it. It’s free money and the monthly contribution is simple, automatic and painless. Treat your savings like a bill you receive from and for yourself.

#1. Invest that money prudently.

There’s no need to be a hero here. Stay diversified. That eggs/basket thing is real. The younger you are the greater percentage of your account should be in stocks. Think of the age rule here (if you’re 25 years old you should have 75% in stocks, 50 years old then put 50% in stocks.) While returns bounce around from year to year, over long periods of time a diversified portfolio of stocks has outperformed just about everything else.

#2. Think long term and don’t try to trade the market.

Don’t listen to the financial news, it will only make you crazy and drive you out of solid investments. I know lots of people who have made a lot of money in investing. Almost all of them bought good stocks or mutual funds at reasonable prices and held them for a long time.

#3. Don’t buy what’s hot.

Remember, if a majority of the people were right a majority of the people would be rich. Boring solid companies make fantastic long-term investments.

#4. If you do want to speculate in stocks take a small percentage of your money and leave the rest in tack.

Here I would focus on small company stocks that YOU understand and that YOU might have an edge on vs. Wall Street analysts. For this kind of investing I would recommend three books that are informative, readable and fun;

One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch

The Little Book That Beats The Street by Joel Greenblatt

And (if I must say so myself) Stocks Under Rocks by Peter Ricchiuti 

As I tell my students here at Tulane, how you invest your money is far more important to your long-term financial independence than how much you actually earn!

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Batter Up for Opening Day with These Top Ten MLB Speakers!

ATop-10-300x275pril 6th is officially Opening Day, signaling the beginning of the baseball season! In honor of this day, we have highlighted some of the Top Ten keynote MLB speakers who will surely move your audiences to their feet with their exciting keynote presentations!

1. Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott has battled the odds his entire life. As a legendary one-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, Jim exemplifies courage and overcoming adversity and shares with audiences the idea that there is great potential within everyone to rise up to the challenges they face and be victorious.

 

2. Steve Garvey

Steve Garvey has reached and surpassed various pinnacles of success. For over twenty-five years, he has spoken to groups, corporations, conventions, and universities around the world. Today, the man who once played in 1,207 consecutive baseball games, now motivates audiences around the world to become the best and most successful people or corporations they can become. 

 

3. Jim ‘The Rookie’ Morris

Known as the “oldest rookie”, Jim ‘The Rookie’ Morris personifies achievement through his inspiring story of setting goals and never giving up on your dreams. Audiences are left transformed and motivated to attack their personal and business goals with new vigor.

 

4. Jim Bouton

Jim Bouton believes in focusing on the process as a way to achieve goals. He encourages his audience to think like athletes, to get into the fun of the enterprise, the challenge of long odds, the satisfaction in details, the thrill of extraordinary effort, and the joy of work.

 

5. Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins‘ unique approach and ideas empower people with the knowledge that success can be achieved no matter the obstacles! His presentations provide practical strategies that inspire people and teams to bring out the best in themselves and others and generate measurable results by enhancing engagement and productivity through the power of appreciation.

 

6. John Cassis

John Cassis’ genuine style helps audiences re-energize lives, careers and relationships… and see life from a new perspective. As a professional speaker, he encourages people to step into the arena and live their dreams. 

 

7. Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench is a symbol of winning through hard work and teamwork. In his keynote presentations, he highlights easy to remember motivational tips. A much traveled and well experienced speaker, Johnny would be a great addition to your events.

 

8. Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky’s story is one of hope, courage and perseverance in the midst of dark and overwhelming uncertainty. As a cancer survivor and amputee, Dave speaks with conviction and sincerity about his amazing story of faith, courage, and endurance.

 

9. Joe Torre

As the first player-manager in the majors since 1959, Joe Torre has gone on to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and has became one of the nations top sought after speakers. He takes his experience as a manager of a major league baseball team and translates it into his highly effective keynote presentations!

 

10. Steve Sax                     

Always known as a gutsy and passionate player on the field, Steve Sax brings this same dynamic motivation to the stage. Also, he is able to draw from his success on the baseball field and in the world of finance to link successful concepts to his audience.

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Laura Schwartz Opens Up About Equal Pay in Q&A in Today’s Society

It’s very rare today to turn on the news and not hear debates concerning equal pay in the workplace. That is because today, women still make about $0.77 for every dollar a man makes, regardless of the fact that they do the same job and have the same experience. People all around the nation have begun speaking up about this issue. In our Q&A, Motivational Speaker and Former White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz offers her take on the matter.

mpi_schwartz1Q: From the Sony hack leaks to the Academy Awards, there has been a lot of discussion on women receiving equal pay. As a successful business minded woman — how would you suggest women should go about overcoming this inequality? And where do you think (or hope) businesswomen will be in 50 years from now

A: It is indisputable that women must be present in the in the workplace. Women must use their strength and that of those that have come before them and will long after, to ask questions of the people in charge and stand up for their rights. If you feel you deserve something—make sure you have backup paperwork to prove your value. We must show that we are as good or better at what we do in comparison to a man working along side of us. We must encourage women to study for jobs that are usually held by men specifically in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Today’s women are well learned, well traveled and able to speak with conviction. 

I believe in the future, equality will be more evident and we will be the ones who will make it that way.

To check fees and availability on Laura Schwartz, call Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau at 1.800.345.5607.

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Elizabeth Smart, Abduction Survivor, Shows Audiences How to Move Forward!

“When you are faced with a trial, don’t give up, don’t surrender. Move forward, because you’ll never know the lives you’ll be able to touch.” – Elizabeth Smart

11248393-largeOn June 4, 2002, Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home and held captive for 9 months. Since being rescued, Elizabeth has dedicated her life to raising awareness for abducted children all over the globe as an activist and Motivational Speaker

Her keynote speeches not only tells her personal story, but discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate your life’s future. Elizabeth knows that there is nothing more important than having hope in a difficult situation. Having survived her traumatic experience, Elizabeth gives great insight and hope to all those who are having difficulties overcoming any obstacles in life. 

To check fees and availability on Elizabeth Smart, call Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau at 1.800.345.5607.

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