I would like to provide my Life Leadership review from the Major Leadership Convention in Moline Illinois.
I have attended continuing education programs for the last 37 years both as a healthcare professional and as a business owner. I have seen such leadership legends as John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy just to name a few. The quality of the speakers and the content of the presentations this weekend was as good as any I have attended.
All of the speakers chosen this weekend were a superb choice.
My favorites however and for the following reasons (and in no particular order) were;
Dan Castro - as a trial lawyer and author of the book Hidden Choices, he had a fun and casual stage presence especially for an attorney. Like the book however which was thoroughly researched, I thought his presentation was full of many great illustrations of successful inventors, companies and everyday people who found solutions by looking for relevance. It caused me to think in my quest to solutions in my life to look for relevance.
John Stahl-Wert - as an author his stories captivate me. As a speaker his story of Mr Wong was eye-opening and powerful, that a toy maker in China who built his business on the principles of Jesus was given little opportunity to succeed and yet has become a national example of significant personal and business success. It was a reminder to apply these principles as I live my life.
Steve Scheibner - the movie produced by his son was spectacular and a reminder of how fragile life can be, Dr. Scheibner proved powerful as an example to the many attendees who hope to create a more significant life that you can be successful in several areas of life. Being a Navy pilot and then a Captain for American Airlines are both dreams for many aspiring pilots, but to then add to that resume; receiving a Doctorate, becoming a Pastor, writing a book and now being a Public Speaker is a testament to the ability that we can increase our personal capacity to succeed.
Oliver DeMille - his educational information on the Science of Freedom was enlightening and very much needed in a society and culture where the founding of our country is secondary or even neglected in our education system to the current social agendas.
Chris Swanson - his energy and conviction brought together for me the "One Shot Mindset" we need to get in order to take this fragile and short life we have to live a life of significance and purpose.
Orrin Woodward - his extensive research coupled with his ability to condense and simplify his message on finances was nothing short of an educational highlight on a much needed subject. As Life Leadership's Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, I was once again reminded that a company is only as good as the leaders who lead it and given Orrin's example of leadership, both on and off the stage I am confident in Life Leadership's future.
Tim Marks - a dynamic presenter whose straight forward style and message never leaves this listener with doubt. His message to take your business seriously was a needed reminder of our responsibility as business owners and stewards.
Claude Hamilton - If you are a family man, or a man's man, his passion for his family and his mission to raise up leader men was exemplified by his presentation along with him sharing of his 2 young sons in tuxedos.
Chris Brady - the passion accompanied by the knowledge, sense of responsibility and commitment to excellence was on display by the CEO of Life Leadership. In every talk he gave I was given a greater sense of purpose and confidence in the direction of this company.
George Guzzardo - had a testimony that resonated with so many in the audience. I heard many who could identify with his transparency and candor. His question of how you get 90% of the population to believe in anything? His response; You don't teach any other options, certainly was food for thought.
Dan Hawkins - Dan was a testament to the power of the leadership development system of Life Leadership. You would never believe it if so many had not seen it for themselves, the transformation of this young man with so many insecurities to such a dynamic and eloquent speaker. His Sunday message was beyond reproach. All that were in attendance were moved and many lives changed.
Bill Lewis - as the concluding speaker, his send off message was "stellar", You could not have picked a better speaker and he could not have delivered a better message, especially given the fact that it was given off the cuff. Kudos to Bill!
Despite having a superb line-up of male speakers, the ladies who spoke provided a well rounded viewpoint. The qualities of the women speakers and their commitment to not just back their husbands, but to be women of strength as members of a family business, demonstrated to all that these women play such a vital role in the success of each of these teams represented.
Terri Brady - as a wife of the CEO, and an Author, and Mentor with 20 years of experience in the field, this leading lady lead with class. Her presentation about recognizing your value and the reminder that your past cannot stop your future, would stand with any and exceed many I have seen in 35+ years.
Amy Marks - her eloquence and style along with her subtle delivery were demonstrated along with a heart to change lives.
Lisa Hawkins - As a woman who has seen a husband change to the degree he has changed, she herself has become a powerful and dynamic speaker. As a mother and leader to 5 young girls she is an example of leadership in the home and an model for many young mothers.
Lana Hamilton - has a quiet, yet fun strength that is evident when she speaks. I enjoy listening to her because you can't help but like the relationship that she has with her husband and her team, that shines through with her laughter and good nature style.
Jill Guzzardo - her stories and testimony along with the slide presentation added such a nice flavor to the weekend. You witnessed both audibly and visually the life and lessons she has learned and is so willing to share.
Laurie Woodward - Laurie's message on the lies we have been told about money was a message our culture needs to hear. So many of us have been told things that were not necessarily meant to be lies, but things thought to be true that weren't. As I listened to her message, I couldn't help but wonder how many other things as a child or adult we have been told that just isn't so. Media today has such an influence on our society, so much so that it could influence our children more than we do as parents. It begs the question to ask; what is true, and what isn't. It created a higher awareness in me the need to be more thoughtful of the information I choose to believe.
The value of this function far exceeded the cost. I choose to associate with this organization because of the commitment of its leadership to provide an unequal opportunity to learn and succeed along with the quality of its content.
Thank you Life Leadership!