Colin Powell will be there along with Rudy Giuliani, whom promotional materials describe as “America’s Mayor.”
At a similar event two weeks ago, swimmer Michael Phelps told a Baltimore arena, “My whole career started from one dream as a 7-year-old kid,” Phelps said. “I always wanted to do things that nobody had done. I hate settling for second best.” You can read more about that event from a Baltimore Sun story here, which explains that the series is:
“a program that travels to 25 cities a year for large arena shows and promises to teach attendees cutting edge business skills, expert sales training and wealth building strategies through a blend of classroom lecture, inspirational speaking and infomercial complete with pitches to buy books and follow-up training.”
Tickets cost $20 for an entire office. Cameras and video recorders are not allowed.
I’m deeply skeptical of the entire motivational-speaker phenomenon and would like to hear from any readers who can explain exactly how listening to these folks motivates some sort of behavior by the attendees. And what would that new behavior look like?
Would a sales person make more cold calls after hearing from Terry Bradshaw? Would a lawyer litigate more after inspiring words from a so-called sales expert?
More specifically, what does Sarah Palin have to say to business people? She happened to be governor of a rural state at exactly the moment in U.S. politics when an aging senator/presidential candidate was running a campaign in need of something new and fresh. There is a lesson in that somewhere, but I’m not sure it’s motivational.
Am I missing something?
For people looking for motivation, I can recommend several books and movies. Start with “Touching the Void,” and read anything about prisoner of war camps during WWII. Also read “Adrift,” and watch “Rocky”and “Rudy” and “Trading Places.”