article originally appeared at GoMidwayEagles.com on January 24, 2019
MIDWAY, Ky. — Midway University student-athletes began the second semester in a positive way when nationally recognized leadership expert, speaker and author, Jamy Bechler visited campus and spoke to the student-athletes.
Not only is Bechler a professional speaker, a leadership trainer and an executive business coach, but he also authored an Amazon Best Seller, he has been published in the Huffington Post and is a regular guest on various radio stations and podcasts.
“My desire is to add value to people,” noted Bechler. “I want to see people reach their true potential and achieve their goals. Success is a choice and I love seeing individuals choose to develop and utilize their talents.”
Bechler added, “It is so satisfying to see individuals choose to develop and utilize their talents.”
Bechler’s presentation emphasized the NAIA’s five core principles of their Champions of Character program which include: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.
Bechler utilized a combination of stories, humor, and audio/visual tools to help the students better understand how to be more positive leaders and become their team’s most valuable teammate.
“I think it was great for our student-athletes to have an outside speaker of Jamy’s credibility to come in and reinforce the values that we strive to teach our student-athletes daily,” noted Rusty Kennedy, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics.
Bechler is the author of ‘The Leadership Playbook’ and the host of the “Success is a Choice” podcast, whose guest have included Dwane Casey (2018 NBA Coach of the Year), Kevin Harrington (original shark on “Shark Tank”), Jon Gordon (author of “The Energy Bus”), and Kara Lawson (NBA and ESPN announcer) just to name a few.
In addition to his writing and podcasting, he travels extensively throughout the country adding value to organizations and teams. He has worked with multi-million dollar companies, as well as players and coaches from the NBA.
Kennedy added, “The five core values outlined in the NAIA Champions of Character program are values and behaviors that we should all aspire to achieve on a daily basis no matter what stage we are at in our daily lives.”
Bechler became familiar in with the NAIA having served on various national committees when he coached at the NAIA level. His 2014 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) basketball team earned the NAIA National Champions of Character Award.