Winning is fun. Winning when it is not expected of you might be even more fun. Most of us love a good comeback story and recently, we were treated to a couple of good stories from the world of sports.
As a 2-time best-selling author, Matt captivates all types of audiences with an honest, hilarious, and exciting look into Leadership, Team Building, and Corporate Culture. He has been speaking since 2006 all over the world including the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.
Some of his clients include: U.S. Bank, John McAfee (Founder of McAfee Antivirus), New York Life, Project Management Institute (PMI), University of Southern California, Whittier Law School, The Point Church Network, Keller Williams Real Estate, The YMCA, and others.
Matt has been an entrepreneur since 2002, and is the host of The Purpose Driven Entrepreneur podcast. He also filmed in the movie The Journey with training legends Brian Tracy and Bob Proctor.
He is an avid motorcycle rider, church pastor, and rock climber, climbing technical roped ascents of mountains like Mt. Whitney and Halfdome in Yosemite. After spending time in California, he now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his amazing wife Lola and awesome son Valiant.
- Super heroes and leadership going hand in hand
- Why people do what they do
- What NLP is and why it matters
- Assigning meaning to things that happen to us
- How we can change our attitude or cause of things
- … and so much more!!!
The legendary Italian violinist Niccolo Paganini was playing a difficult piece of music before a large audience. Suddenly one string on his violin snapped, yet he continued to play, improvising beautifully. Then two more strings broke, and he completed the composition playing with only one string.
A few years ago Southwest Airlines hired some consultants to give them advice and help their airline become better. The consultants suggested that Southwest Air charge passengers to check luggage since the competition was doing it and they could make millions upon millions in additional revenue.
Don Yaeger is a keynote speaker, corporate business leadership coach, 11-time New York Times Best-selling author and long-time associate editor for Sports Illustrated. As a speaker, he has worked with audiences as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, associations and leadership forums on the subject “What Makes the Great Ones Great.”
He has written 25+ books with, among others, Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden, baseball legend John Smoltz, and football star Warrick Dunn.
Throughout his writing career, Don has developed a reputation as a world-class storyteller and has been invited as a guest to almost every major talk show – from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Nightline, from CNN to Good Morning America.
- Living with Walter Payton in the months leading up to his death
- Being mentored by John Wooden
- The one book that he’d still like to write
- What makes the best the best
- … and so much more!!!
I am just one person. What can I do? It’s not like I can change the world. I’m not the boss. I’m not president. The world is this. The world is that. Nothing will ever change!
Well, I beg to differ…
Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, understood the importance of choosing a right attitude even in bad situations. She was known to be someone that avoided grudges. One time a friend reminded her of a cruel thing that had happened to her previously, but Clara seemed not to remember the incident. “Don’t you remember the wrong that was done to you?, the friend asked. Clara answered calmly. “No, I distinctly remember forgetting that.”
Jacqie McWilliams became the first female commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2012. As the first African American female commissioner in the NCAA, McWilliams is a sought after speaker and is recognized on a local, regional, and national level. She has served on numerous boards, and currently sits on Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards, John B. McLendon Foundation Board, NCAA Board of Governor’s Cultural Diversity Committee, Hampton Nation Advisory Board, M&F Advisory Board and the Black Enterprise Charlotte Convention Steering Committee. She is active in her church community and chairs the HBCU initiative committee for the Crown Jewel’s LINKS of Charlotte, of which she is a member.
The CIAA conference, based in Charlotte, N.C., consists of 13 Division II institutions. Twelve of those schools are historically black colleges and universities. The annual CIAA basketball tournament, the largest of 16 CIAA championships in a variety of sports, features 22 men’s and women’s games in the same week. It generates more than $55 million in economic impact for the host city. McWilliams earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Hampton University, where she played basketball and volleyball. She earned a master’s in sports management and administration from Temple University and went on to work as a college coach and administrator for the NCAA.
- The importance of Historically Black Colleges & Universities on student’s lives
- How the CIAA is impacting student-athletes
- Career advice for the athletic administration path
- … and so much more!!!
Did you hear about the dramatic duel that Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson recently took part in? No, I am not talking about his one-on-one battle with Tiger Woods out in Las Vegas. I am talking about his final round battle at the 2019 Desert Classic. It looked as if “Lefty” would win his 44th career PGA Tour event because he just had to withstand a challenge from the 417th ranked player in the world. Yes, you heard that right, Phil Mickelson, who earns about $50 million per year was dueling it out with Adam Long.
Jim Carr is the president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The NAIA provides opportunities for more than 65,000 student-athletes to play sports at the collegiate level. The NAIA is headquartered in Kansas City. The men’s basketball tournament is the longest running basketball tournament in the nation. Under Carr’s leadership, the NAIA has grown a great deal and has been at the forefront of innovative programs such as the “Champions of Character” and the “Return on Athletics”.
Carr joined the NAIA in July 1998 as Managing Director and General Counsel and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, while retaining the title of General Counsel, in 2000. In September 2006, Carr became the seventh President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAIA. He is a graduate of Millsaps College, has an M.S. in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a J.D. from Duke University. He serves on various boards and councils, including USA Basketball, the Kansas City Life, Baptist Trinity Lutheran Foundation, the Police Athletic League of Kansas City, Missouri Bank and Trust and the Downtown Council of Kansas City.
- Recruiting tips for parents
- Qualities that make a good coach
- Differences between the NAIA and the NCAA
- Opportunities for student-athletes to grow and develop
- … and so much more!!!
Despite breaking the school record for total offense during his senior year with the Kent State Golden Flashes, Julian Edelman was not invited to the NFL combine. He was a successful college quarterback but NFL scouts did not see much of a future for him. It was looking bleak for this college star but then hope. At the end of 7th and final round of the NFL draft, he received a phone call.
“Hey, this is Coach Belichick. We are going to draft you. We really don’t know what you are going to play but we know you can play football. Nancy Meier [the Patriots’ director of scouting administration] will call you tonight to get you situated. Have a good one.”