President Bush: Motivational Speaker

  • Motivation. For a price.

    Whatcha doin' on December 2nd? Any chance you will be in the San Antonio, Texas area? If so, consider going to a "Get Motivated!" seminar that will have George W. Bush as a featured guest speaker. These tickets are going for the super low price of $4.95 per person, or a $19 group office rate. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and motivation guru Zig Ziglar will also be there! In case you can't join them, there are plenty of other well-known motivational speakers to check out... we could all use a bit of encouragement from time to time -- and the right speech could jumpstart your sales or your personal relationships. More on that in a bit. (UPDATE: Former President Bush also gave a motivational speech earlier today; reviews were mostly positive and estimates put his speaking fee at around $100,000.)Photo Credit:
    Why people go
  • Why people go

    What sort of benefits can a motivational seminar attendee expect? We asked Tamara Lowe, whose company is organizing the George W. Bush motivational bonanza, this very question. She told us her events are "a whole lot of fun first of all," and they feature "the greatest speakers and leaders in the world." We wondered what advice attendees could expect from the former president. He'll be sharing experiences from his time serving the American people, the challenges he faced, and some of the lessons learned from them. Lowe said that attendees are typically thrilled with the results; she regularly gets e-mails from people who credit her "Get Motivated!" program with taking them to the next level career wise. (And on a more serious note, she says that at least four people per month e-mail her saying the program helped them bounce back from suicidal thoughts... seems like a pretty solid deal for $4.95.) Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Motivation is big business
  • Motivation is big business

    The market for motivation is booming. According to National Review, "Motivational speaking is a bona fide marketing juggernaut. Marketdata Enterprises estimates the industry pulled in $9.6 billion in 2006, up from $5.7 billion in 2000." Tamara Lowe's "Get Motivated!" organization generally sells out well in advance and audience sizes at each event range from 10,000 to 50,000 people. Plus the group sells a Motivational Masters 5 CD set, a sort of "best of" collection of backstage interviews, for $79. So, who are some of the best known motivational speakers and what are they all about?Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Business packages
  • Business packages

    While much of a motivational speaker's knowledge may be gleaned from their books and online videos, expect to pay a lot more if you want to send a few of your employees to a business-focused seminar. Anthony Robbins' Business Mastery program, for example, will take place in Las Vegas January 13th to the 16th. The cost per person? $10,000. Successful entrepreneur Eben Pagan's Altitude Marketing And Business Training Program has the same daunting $10,000 price tag, but allows business folks to sign up and view select video segments from the seminar for free. If your budget won't allow a business seminar, keep in mind that general motivation programs may offer many of the same concepts for a fraction of the price. A motivated employee is a productive employee, regardless of whether the program they attend is specifically tailored to a corporate audience. Also, many publishers of motivational books allow for corporate and group discount rates. Contact the publisher's sales department and see if you can get upward of 45% off the cover price for a bulk order. Give every employee a free copy and encourage them to read through it over the weekend. Offer a time during the week, possibly with free lunch, when employees can discuss with you the key points from the book. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Wayne Dyer
  • Wayne Dyer

    BACKGROUND & GENERAL MESSAGE: "Dr. Wayne Dyer is affectionately called the 'father of motivation' by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same," according to his Web site. Dyer is a proponent of the power of intention: "You don’t attract what you want. You attract what you are." In other words, you need to fully embrace the lifestyle you want before it will come into your life. He is also a fan of the Tao Te Ching, a 2,500 year old Chinese philosophical text that encourages simplicity, honesty, and respect for all forms of life. COST OF ADMISSION: His upcoming Excuses Begone! workshop in Boston is $75 per person, or $50 per person for "general section" seating. The workshop lasts for three hours. FREE VERSION: Dyer frequently appears on PBS; he currently has a "new public television special based on the life-changing book, Excuses Begone" -- he talks about how to boost one's prosperity, improve health, "live your destiny" and so on. BOOK: Dyer has written more than 30 books and his latest is called Excuses Begone; it's in stores now and retails for $24.95.Photo Credit:
    Christopher Gardner
  • Christopher Gardner

    BACKGROUND & GENERAL MESSAGE: Gardner wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, which was eventually turned into a movie starring Will Smith. He advocates bold vision and steadfast determination in the face of career challenges. In a recent interview where he was asked for his best advice to those hit by the economic downturn, he said that readers should be "mindful of whatever skills, talents and expertise you do have. Those skills are transferable to other jobs. This could be a beautiful time to say, 'What do I really want to do?' The key is being bold enough to go and make it happen. That boldness comes from passion and commitment." He also believes that you should never quit your day job, even if you discover a profitable passion. It's good to have something steady to rely on as you answer the big questions for yourself. COST OF ADMISSION: For an upcoming presentation at UC Davis, regular tickets start at $35 -- $17.50 if you are a student. FREE VERSION: Gardner has many of his videos and television appearances available for free on his Web site. In one thought provoking clip, "Chris stresses that we need to get away from the idea that our self worth has any relation to our net worth. Net worth will fluctuate but has no bearing on who you are. Your self worth should be constant, and never negotiated or compromised." BOOK: Gardner has published two books and his latest is Start Where You Are, which offers readers "practical advice and pragmatic suggestions for tackling life's problems," according to one review by Ebony. Photo Credit:
    Jack Canfield
  • Jack Canfield

    BACKGROUND & GENERAL MESSAGE: Jack Canfield is probably best known as the "originator" of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and is "America's #1 Success Coach" according to his Web site. He is a big-time advocate of the "law of attraction," a popular self-help philosophy outlined in The Secret (which features Canfield). The law of attraction, according to Canfield, "states that the universe responds to whatever you are offering -- by giving you more of whatever you are vibrating. It doesn’t care whether it is good for you or not; it simply responds to your vibration." So if you are holding positive thoughts and vibrations, he believes you will attract good people, things and experiences into your life. (Likewise, negative or fear-based thoughts will attract negative experiences.) COST OF ADMISSION: For the "the small investment of $3,995" you can attend his week-long intensive training program. FREE VERSION: For those who can't afford to attend one of his events or have him speak at your company, he offers a bi-monthly newsletter called Success Strategies which you can sign up for here. BOOK: Canfield has published numerous books and his latest is The Success Principles. This dude seems to know what he's talking about: he personally "worked his way from scraping by as a teacher to holding a Guinness world record for having seven books simultaneously on The New York Times® Best Sellers list." Not bad. Photo Credit:
    Lisa Nichols
  • Lisa Nichols

    BACKGROUND & GENERAL MESSAGE: Interestingly, Nichols also got her big start from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, was featured on the DVD version of The Secret, and has appeared on numerous national talk programs -- including The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN's Larry King Live. Her speaking engagements and seminars reach an estimated 250,000 people per year. Here's a quick excerpt from her book, to give you some idea of what she believes: "Though I’m featured in the hit film and book The Secret and travel around the world speaking about the Law of Attraction, for most of my life I’ve been guided by a different law, the one I call the 'Law of No Matter What.' No matter what happened to me, no matter what people said to discourage me, no matter what I looked like, a small voice inside kept reminding me that I had the right to live the life of my dreams." For those interested in using the law of attraction, Nichols recommends a visioning board, which is a physical board where you can cut out and place reminders (photos, text, etc.) of what you want to see come into your life. This helps you routinely embody the "vibrations" of having that particular experience or item. COST OF ADMISSION: Nichols offers a two-day workshop for $497. FREE VERSION: You can view some of Lisa Nichols' recent television appearances on her Web site. BOOK: Nichols has published three books. In her latest, No Matter What, "she crafts a program to guide people to more fulfilled, happy and purposeful lives, illustrating each chapter with her own remarkable story, which she adeptly turns into motivational jewels," according to the Publishers Weekly review. Photo Credit: Hachette Book Group
    Tony Robbins
  • Tony Robbins

    BACKGROUND & GENERAL MESSAGE: "For the past three decades, Anthony Robbins has served as an advisor to leaders around the world.  A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, organizational turnaround, and peak performance, he has been honored consistently for his strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors," his company's Web site says. He advocates a highly disciplined and deeply psychological approach to success; his methods teach one to have the same sort of highly focused mental discipline that an athlete has when performing his or her sport. "True success in life requires that you embody emotional balance. Just like with physical fitness, you need a disciplined regimen to achieve emotional strength. Be accountable for your happiness," his site's section on psychological strength explains. COST OF ADMISSION: His upcoming 4-day event in March costs $995 per person, or $1,295 per person for "executive pricing" which includes a 30-minute phone session with a coaching consultant. FREE VERSION: Registered users on his Web site get access to free online seminars, audio/video previews and more. BOOK: Robbins has written five books, including Awaken the Giant Within, of which one reviewer writes, "Astonishing credibility...every page bursts with well-researched and immediately practical guidelines for concentrating your thoughts and emotions on the attainment of your goals." Photo Credit:
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