Initially, I was speaking more to schools and different organizations and charities. Over the last couple years, I've moved toward being a corporate motivational speaker.
I have a couple of keynote presentations I use but I make it clear to everyone when I speak, my job is to help them understand what it takes to perform at a high level. I dig into the principals involved, the steps, and I discuss what I call my “eight strategies on how to seize your opportunities.” I think I've done a really good job of tailoring it so I can speak to an all-male audience, an audience made of all women, a young or old audience, etc. Whoever is in the audience gets some sort of value from it.
When talking about seizing opportunities, I have a pretty amazing story. I've been married to my college sweetheart, Raina, almost 29 years. We have three biological children and 10 years ago we took in our five nieces and nephews, so we now have eight children. It was a huge transition for us which I share in my presentations. One of the points I make is sometimes in life you have to step up and make decisions that might be difficult, but you do whatever is best for your family. You might have a plan and be headed into a certain direction, then life throws you a curve ball. What do you do in those moments? You call an audible! You process the information, make a decision and then commit to your decision. That’s what we did when we received the call from my nephew and nieces.