Today I attended the Get Motivated Seminar. This is the second time I have attended. This is just a personal review – not anyone else’s opinion, nor is it anything that I am being compensated for. Be warned – this is a rather lengthy post. I could have gone on and on alot more but I tried to keep it concise and to the point (my point of course).
The agenda called for the following celebrities: Stephen R Covey, Geno Auriemma, Barbara Corcoran, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, Eli Manning, Erin Brockovich, Mario Cuomo and Marcus Luttrell.
Since I had been before I knew what to expect – the celebrities get you in the door but there are many other speakers on the Get Motivated agenda and those come complete with “get rich quick” schemes with price tags attached. I will not go into detail about the schemes – if you wish to go to Get Motivated you should research James Smith Financial Success Summit or Phil Town Investment Program. See what others have to say. The other aspect of the seminar that I would like to note is at times the show has a strong spiritual content. This time was not as “in your face” as the show I attended two years ago. I am not opposed to the spiritual content at all – but it is clearly a turnoff for many that are not expecting it. For me – I find the spiritual aspect inspiring and in line with my beliefs and how I live (and my family) my life.
What I can tell you is that I am not interested in anything they have for sale and I knew that going in. Even though James Smith comes with a sales pitch, he is a very motivational speaker and always carries some great messages. I love listening to him and his passion for family and helping others.
Stephen R. Covey was as good as I thought he would be – speaking about Trust and basically the contents of his Speed of Trust book. Of course I have liked every book that comes from he or his father. He did not make any type of sales pitch for his book – nor was it available for purchase at the arena.
I actually wasn’t too impressed with Geno Auriemma and he made me quite dizzy. He was pacing so much it was like he was running up and down the sidelines. I have utmost respect for him as a coach – but he just didn’t do anything for me as a speaker.
Barbara Corcoran was hilarious and very open about some of her failures, relationships and poor decisions. But all of that information played into her motivational message. I really enjoyed her segment.
Bill Cosby – what can you say about him. Everyone LOVES Bill Cosby. Every single generation LOVES him. He performed Cosby style and left everyone fulfilled. His facial expressions alone can leave a viewer in stitches. The only note I have is more of a note of concern. He seems more frail and fragile than I have ever seen him.
Bill O’Reilly was a great speaker – as far as speaking goes. I do not follow Bill O’Reilly and I do not follow politics nearly as much as I know I should. He has strong political views – although I think he did tone it down for this show. Politics are tough to speak about and most people have some strong opinions or views. Let’s just leave it at that. Me – I could have cared less about his message but he spoke very eloquently.
Marcus Luttrell is an ex-navy seal who had endured some atrocious conditions and was the lone survivor of his group of four as they were trying to track one of Bin Laden’s close associates. His story is inspiring; it helps anyone who hears his message to understand just how much the military is doing FOR US; it is an amazing story of survival (during the assault and throughout his recovery); and so much more. I immediately ordered his book – Lone Survivor – when I got home. He made no sales pitch for his book nor did they have it available for purchase – but the host did reference his book. Minimally, I bought his book because I think he deserves the minimal revenue he will receive from it for all that he gave for us; but also because I don’t want to ever forget just what it means to be an American and just how we are able to maintain the rights and security that we currently enjoy. His message goes way beyond what he told us on stage. Even since the events he spoke about on stage he has had some unspeakable things happen to him – he went back to Afganistan for another tour and was injured severely again – and suffered some horrible personal tragedies at the hands of a couple teens in 2009 (random acts but made worse by their significance to Marcus Luttrell). I highly recommend researching his story or better yet buy his book (no I do not get a commission for recommending it).
I did not see Eli Manning – I left before he ever made it on stage. I had planned to stay for the full show, but by 4pm I had enough of the sales pitch portions of the show and out came yet another sales pitch type speaker – I assume to fill in for the lost celebrities. I did not see Erin Brockovitch – she apparently suffered a leg injury and was unable to fly to get to the show; and I have no idea what happened to Mario Cuomo but he wasn’t there and to my knowledge they never addressed why he wasn’t.
In closing – regardless of the sales pitches I highly recommend attending a Get Motivated Seminar. It is an entertaining day for just $4.95 and who can beat that. Of course it will cost you for food and drinks since they will not allow them in to the arenas. Just proceed with caution if any of the sales pitches capture your interest. I believe they all have at least a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you sign up – do yourself a favor and research the programs during that 48 hour period so you can cancel if you need to without penalty. Also if you do attend – doors open usually 1 1/4 hours before the show starts but I am serious when I tell you (remember I have lived it twice) – you need to be there at least 2 hours beforehand to get into the venue city, find a parking space, get into line etc… Seating is not assigned – it is on a first come first serve basis. If you are alumni (I was) you can request an upgrade to premier seating for free – but when we went to the premier seating section no one ever once asked to see our tickets so it appears anyone could easily have sat there. There is seating available on the floor for a large additional cost – I was not willing to shell out that kind of dough.
Will I attend again – absolutely!