The exceptional talents of speakers who make us think
We’ve been brought to tears, had our heart strings tugged, laughed out loud, and felt spiritual bonds with other speakers and presenters in the room. All in all, the first two days of Influence 11 have been nothing short of brilliant. Here’s some of the highlights thus far.
Starting with Glenna Salsbury taking us on a journey through our 5 truths and what they mean to each of us, and how important they are for each of our programs was the first insights we had into the range of special material that would take us out of our comfort zones this weekend. She shared with humor and humility, the many highs of her personal journey with her husband of 23 years, and took us to the conclusion of her marriage with humility and honored him - as she explained her 5 truths. We we moved and showed our appreciation with the first of many standing ovations to come.
Then the comedy began! Featuring the outstanding Steve Rizzo, Tim Gard, Jeffrey Gitomer, Vicoria le Balm and the extraordinary talents of Mike Rayburn. Each was featured individually and then they joined the Panel, and shared experiences and viewpoints on humor for speakers. It was Saturday Night Live. . . and then some. We laughed - how could you not - and when the evening wound up at 10, it felt too soon, and we all but skipped from the room.
Influence ‘11 was underway!
Sunday Morning dawned clear and warm in Anaheim, and the buzz in the halls was vibrant. First up - the Contrarian Cafe, followed by Larry Winget, who with belligerency and wit, challenged us to get busy, get original, not steal each other’s stuff, and be AUTHENTIC PEOPLE!!!
The afternoon sessions wound up with the extra-ordinary magnetism of Les Brown, who stressed the importance of being HUNGRY enough to get what we want, and to hurry up and get hungry, because the world NEEDS our stories. He had some help from a Doctor Julie, Clifton, and Ming shared their individual stories at Les’ invitation to help drive home the message he wanted us to hear loud and clear - that we should “be chasing down our passion like it was the last bus of the night!”
A great night featuring a panel discussion with Scott Klein, featuring Expert Messenger Brendan Burchard had everyone talking over breakfast on Monday, which started with Ken Dychtwald PhD, who helped us to explore our feelings about aging and what the idea of longevity means to us. His presentation titled How the Age Wave is Transforming Our Lives, Our World and Our Profession, held us captive inside the research he’s done into the way the we view retirement in the 21st Century. It was riveting, and I know many audience members will be reviewing not only their exercise regime, but also their long term goals as a result of this exceptional 90 minutes with Ken.
Extended reviews of each of these sessions will be posted in the coming weeks. If you were part of Influence ‘11, you’ll know how amazing a convention this is turning out to be - if you didn’t make it this year, make it your intention right now to be here next year.
To access the recorded audio interviews with some of the most interesting people at Influence ‘11, click here - to listen while you review the rest of the highlights and articles here.