Posts Tagged ‘keynote’

Risk Taking & Business Success

March 6, 2010

We are a society that admires risk takers.  We cheer on the person confidently clinging to a silver brief case While Howie Mandel waits for a phone call from a banker looking down from his corner office in a high corner of the studio.

Olympian skiers fly down hills at bone crushing speed and Brett Farve fights to the finish with bruised ribs and knees.

Risk in Business

In business we are told to push the envelope, and think outside the box. The risk takers see great success as new products and businesses are launched, yet we don’t see the trash bin out back full of half baked failures.  But a willingness to face the possibility of failure is just what it takes to come up with something new and improved.

The word improve has a root word and that is improve.  If we want to see improvement we need to experiment or be improvisational.  This skill is used by teams coming up with new product ideas or brainstormers who develop creative solutions to problems. This skill is deftly used by great public speakers and leaders who seem to be able to effortlessly think of their feet.  It is a valuable skill that can be learned and applied.

Even though we cheer on risk in others, we tend to shun risk in our own lives and work.  It seems much preferable to curl up in bed and watch Cheers or Gilligan’s Island than go out into that cold cruel world each day.

There are ways to face out fears and move forward with confidence and a positive attitude.

That confidence comes from practice and experience.  There are ways to develop this skill and we can study the lives of those who had success to learn its secrets.

One basic secret is that there will be ups and downs and that we must learn from both. No one is 100% successful in each project or endeavor. Yet there will be no success unless and attempt is made. We must step out are take a risk. Sometimes we will succeed other times come close. We can also learn from those near misses.

It took Thomas Edison over 2000 attempts to make a working light bulb. He commented after another failed attempt, “We now know a thousand ways not to build a light bulb.”  With each attempt, he discovered something – another way that does not work.

Thomas Edison also said, “I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000 step process.”

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Minnesota Motivational Speaker

January 25, 2010

Salute your staff with a dynamic presentation that leaves them laughing and thinking. Norm presents a motivational keynote that many corporate and civic groups have enjoyed. Topics covered include keeping a positive mental attitude, creativity and problem solving, humor in the workplace, and teamwork.

Norm also speaks on finding the joy in customer service for staff development and team building.

Many civic groups and volunteer organizations have invited Norm to salute their team at award banquets and other special recognition events. It is a fun way to motivate and encourage. Learn more at:

Last year, Norm made 4 appearances for a hearing aid developer. He enjoyed traveling and speaking to groups in Austin, TX, Boston, MA, Orlando, LF and Minneapolis, MN. He also recently appeared for a sales and marketing staff of a Minnesota plastics manufacturer.  He loves to entertain as he educates with his comedy and eye catching illusions.