March 2019 Premier Issue
Next Generation Speakers
What Are You Doing Different This Year Than You Did Last Year?
Cicone Prince Talks About What Keeps Him Going
TRAVEL LIGHT 10 Ways To Improve Your Speaking
Also: How To Stop Making The Same Mistakes And Much More!
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Editor’s Note... I love being creative. I didn’t realize it until I was given the chance to express myself. It started with cooking then I moved on to poetry, 3D Animation, Public Speaking and now writing. Expressing my creative side has always given my life. Just like getting juice from an orange, I have kept squeezing out my expression in one way or another. Next Generation Speakers Magazine is yet another expression of that creative side. I invite you to find helpful information as well as inspiration in these pages. If you are looking for tools and tips on how to be a better speaker or even looking for your next keynote speaker this is the magazine for you.
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.....................Yolanda Prince Independent Herbalife Distributor ............................................Editor’s Note & Table of Contents .............................................Cicone Prince Talks About What Keeps Him Going ..................................10 Ways To Improve Your Speaking .................................................Travel Light
..........................................The Formula for Turning your Defining Moment into an UnStopABLE Decision! .................What Are You Doing Different This Year Than You Did Last Year? .................................How To Stop Making The Same Mistakes
I look forward to your feedback and your ongoing interest at either becoming a better speaker or finding your next speaker.
Cicone C. A. Prince NGS Magazine Editor
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Talks About What Keeps Him Going People often times think they knew you… From the way you dress to the way that you talk, people think they know you. They think they know what makes you tick. They think they know what motivates you. Most of the time they are wrong. Most of the time they have no clue. They assume a lot of things but it’s only when you spend some time with someone that really can say that you know them. When was the last time you spent time with yourself? When was the last time that you took yourself out? That type of self-care is something that Cicone Prince learned at a pivotal age. In high school, there was a time when Cicone couldn’t even buy a date. He was offering dinner and a movie, McDonald’s and a matinee but he had no takers. So he started hanging out with himself. He started to appreciate the person he was. The son he was. The friend he was. He really fell in love with the idea of the person that he was becoming. Into that environment was born his first son. The responsibility of being a father was a huge one but one that he would have to rise to the occasion for. Having someone depending on you can be a great motivator. It can really drive you to go further and faster than you ever would if you were just looking out for yourself. Photo Credit: Dwight Ladd www.laddphoto.com 6
His oldest son was the main reason that he pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering. He already had an Associate Degree in Electronics but he didn’t want to spend his life fixing other people’s problems, he wanted to create his own. So the Bachelor’s Degree would allow him to become the Mad Scientist that he longed to be. Because family was one of his core values, being a husband and a father was in line with the future that he wanted. His oldest son was the main reason that he pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering. He already had an Associate Degree in Electronics but he didn’t want to spend his life fixing other people’s problems, he wanted to create his own. So the Bachelor’s Degree would allow him to become the Mad Scientist that he longed to be. Because the family was one of his core values, being a husband and a father was in line with the future that he wanted. One of the best lessons that he learns came from the Saturday morning cartoon Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” The quote is just a paraphrase of Luke 12:48b For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. So Cicone recognizes that he has been given much, and that much comes with a responsibility that goes far beyond any hurtle or roadblock that might be in his way. Whether internal or external.
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10 Ways To Improve Your Speaking 1. Know Your Why Having a clearly defined “Why” will make sharing your message easier. I think a lot of people don’t spend enough time fully understanding “Why” they are speaking in the first place. Settling in on that core reason will go a long way when it comes to continuing when things are slow going. There is no way around it, you have to know your “Why.” 2. Define Your Message Once you know your “Why” your message needs to be shaped around that message. Know the main points of your message. Makes sure that they are relevant to your audience. Your message needs to be defined so well that it’s repeatable. Once heard your message should be one that is 0axkwd in such a way that others can share the core principles of it easily. 3. Connect With Your Audience The easiest way to connect with a human is to be one. The easiest way to connect with your audience is to make your presentation relatable. Talk about common occurrences that are top of mind and relative to what they are currently dealing with. Make them feel like they know you or at least where you are coming from so that the information that you are presenting can be well received. 4. Position Yourself As The Expert When talking on a subject it’s best to know as much if not more than your audience. Do your homework and get your fact together. Nothing feels worse than being checked or corrected on information that clearly is not spot on. You have to make sure that for that 45 minutes to an hour that you are the most knowledgeable person talking about the subject matter. 5. Practice The only way you are going to get better at Speaking is that you have to practice. In our mind our presentation is perfect, but once we get on stage it’s a different story. As a Speaker, you have to speak on a regular base because it gives you opportunities to develop your speaking style while seeing what works and what does not. Again, you HAVE TO practice. 10
6. Become a Better Listener Why would listening be on a list about ways to become a better speaker? Because the best speakers are the best listeners. You had to be an active listener so that you can understand what’s needed for your presentation. Steven Covey said, “Seek first to understand before you seek to be understood.” You have to make sure that your message speaks to the needs of the people who brought you in and the people that you are speaking to. Listening is the most effective way to do that. 7. Share Something Personal I know that a lot of people would caution about sharing personal information during a presentation but there is no greater way to connect to your audience. They need to know that you are a human as they are. On stage, a lot of us look like Super Heroes but they have to know that we are just as human as they are. Sharing something personal reminds them that you are them. But you have to be cautious about what you share and how much. It also has to be appropriate for the audience and the subject at hand. 8. Check Your Motives If you have yet to understand your “Why” you will never be the best speaker that you can be. Yours motivates for speaking have to align with your core values. They have to be checked on a regular base. The reason why this is important is that so many things will become a factor as you move forward. So many changes for you to lose sight of the reason you started in the first place. Constantly checking that reason is vital to your continuing success. You have to fully understand your “Why.” 9. Deliver With Confidence In order to be a better speaker, you have to deliver with confidence. When you truly are convinced that you have what your audience needs, you can deliver. You can do it without fail or hesitation. From your vocal tone to your stage presence, you will have the audience sitting up and taking notice of who you are and what you are presenting. They will value your words, they will quote your saying and they will recommend you to others when they see you deliver with confidence. 10. Practice No, you are not seeing double. If you went back to number 5 and look to see if this was already on the list then you’ll notice that it’s on there twice. The only way that you are truly going to master your speaking style is to practice. And I’m not talking about alone in your bathroom or even in your car, you are going to have to get on stage and practice. With family, with friends even with strangers, you are going to have to get used to talking. Speakers speak. And the old adage is still true, “Practice makes Perfect!” 11
TRAVEL LIGHT I think that’s a really great phrase. There’s a lot of wisdom within those two words. Isn’t the existence that we live in, well, incredible? Two words, just two words can hold such weight. And such a beautiful weight. When most people think of travel light, they tend to think that it holds only a single meaning, which is to bring fewer clothes. I agree with this piece of the phrase’s multifaceted meaning. When pilgrims or peregrinos travel the road to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, not only is the phrase “Buen Camino” used which is sort of a greeting and a well-wish, but it’s also said that the path will provide. Now, I have yet to personally walk the road to Santiago, but I have taken some of its wisdom with me every time I’ve traveled. Before I moved to Los Angeles, California, I would visit the area as often as I could. I fell in love with not only traveling to California when I did it for the first time at 22, but I also fell in love with travel altogether. The experience of the airport, of being in an unknown place with unknown people, the experience of getting to know those unknown people and unknown places or not getting to know them and simply pondering them—curious of their stories and maybe putting together a story for them—was all something I really found myself enjoying. Reading a good book to pass the long hours of waiting for long flights as well as being on those long flights all while you sat with this growing sense of adventure and curiosity as to what might happen during the trip. Would I find love? Will I make new friends? Meet someone famous? Meet the person that will make it possible for me to become famous? What was it that I was going to experience on this experience called travel? These are all very open-minded and expectant states of being. A good place to be when you might bump into opportunity. Chance favors the prepared mind. But it’s hard to open yourself up to new experiences and the rush and thrill of meeting new people, or just pondering new people, if you’re carrying a heavy load of mental weight. So, travel light does not strictly speak to the weight of your backpack, but also the worried thoughts that you carry with you on a sometimes daily basis. The really fun part of traveling is that it breaks up your standard routine. When you’re in your routine, you don’t really have to think about even driving to where you have to drive to because you drive there every day. 14
So, because you’re not really thinking about your actions as you pass through your routine day, this allows your mind to drift from the current moment into the realm of worry, concern, future plans that might hold failure and fear. Travel takes you outside of this because you have to find the gate to the flight that you’re not having to find on a daily basis. So you have to think about this moment now. It’s funny how the peace we always seem to be seeking is simply just in the current moment we’re living in and IGNORING. Travel is a nice way to pull your attention into the moment. The very nature of travel pulls your mind into a less cluttered state. But it’s good to remind yourself that being open and excited about this coming adventure is ok. It’s ok to not worry about every single solitary aspect of your existence and let yourself drift into a daydream that you’ll meet Oprah and she’ll put your books and blogs on the map. So, travel light. Mentally light. And finally, traveling brings a wonderful lightness to your soul. Travel light. There is light found within the travel and it’s fed directly to your soul. The newness and freshness of experiences brought only by travel are simply good for your soul. You’ll find yourself filled with spirit, joy, and energy when you give in to that desire to pack a very light bag, jump on a flight, and book the hotel or Airbnb or couch of the person you just became good friends with that you’re mostly sure isn’t a serial killer, and GO! Oh, and if you do book a hotel wait until you’re already there. Maybe even have dinner and then find a place to stay for the night. An agenda or itinerary is the cousin of routine. *Travel tip* Most hotels cut the prices down significantly when they’re trying to fill their rooms up for the night. That’s why I’m suggesting to book a place the same day. It’s like playing a game of chicken, but you usually always win. Travel light. Few clothes, few thoughts, plenty of openness to allow the light of the travel experience to fill you. The best experiences that I’ve had traveling were when I had only a single backpack that had a few pairs of shorts and shirts, a good book, and my laptop. Nothing more though. And I always booked my hotels the day of. Or slept on someone’s couch that wasn’t a serial killer. Travel my friends! But TRAVEL LIGHT!
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The Formula for Turning your Defining Moment into an UnStopABLE Decision! By Terrance “The UnStopABLE Coach” Leftridge “When a Defining Moment comes along, You can do one of two things: Define the Moment or let the Moment define you!” Tin Cup. March 10, 2008. A date I will never forget. I used to remember this date because it was the birthday of a good friend of mine. Now all I can remember it for is the day that three words changed my life. “You Are Fired!” It still rattles me to the core when I think about it. This day would forever change my life. This day would be known as “My Defining Moment!” Dictionary.com defines a defining moment as: A point at which the essential nature or character of a person, group, etc., is revealed or identified. As I worked thru my “Defining Moment”, Life revealed to me the formula needed to overcome the obstacles that I faced in that moment and how they ultimately lead to me finding my purpose. I worked for that agency for over 10 years and I considered it my “Good Government Job!” You know that job you could work at forever, get all the government holidays and eventually retire with the “gold watch!” That job was good to me and good for me. Over the course of the 10 years, it enabled me to save enough money to get married, buy a house and purchase my DREAM car on my 40th birthday! That job allowed me to experience the “American Dream” that I heard so many people speak of growing up. I can remember my supervisor standing outside of my office as I gathered my things into a cardboard box. Who would guess that after 10 years, everything that belonged to me could fit in a cardboard box! That is what 10 years of working at that job had amounted to; a simple cardboard box and an escort out of the door. Have you ever had a situation where you were so embarrassed by the situation that you didn’t want anyone to see you? You just wanted to sneak out of the room, get in your car and like the Southwest Airlines commercial says, “You Wanna Get Away???” For you, maybe it was not the embarrassment of losing a job. Maybe you were embarrassed by that work project that “blew up in your face!” Maybe the business deal you worked so hard to put together did not get the funding you needed. Maybe your world was crushed when the relationship you thought you wanted….didn’t want YOU! That “Defining Moment” left me with many unresolved feelings and forced me to face some uncomfortable truths about myself. Obstacle #1: Dealing with my feelings Feelings of embarrassment. Feelings of shame. Feelings of anger. Feelings of blame. Feelings of contempt for my superiors who did not seem to care how I would take care of my own family from this point on. Feelings of anxiety about what would happen next. If you are anything like me, you probably can reflect back to a time where fear and embarrassment has stopped you in your tracks! Like me, you would have preferred to suffer in silence rather than bring pain or shame to your family because of something you did. 18
Obstacle #2: Dealing with the Truth The truth of the matter is I was not satisfied with my “Good Government Job.” I had all the trappings of what people considered “success”, but I just was not happy. Can anyone of you relate to that feeling? While I enjoyed all of the benefits of the job, deep down inside I was yearning for more. The passion for the job was gone and a burning desire for something more had taken its place. I dreamed of a lifestyle that gave me time and flexibility to make my own hours. I wanted to be available for my family. I wanted to travel at a moment’s notice without asking permission. There was a popular lyric back in the day by the O’Jays that said, “Your body’s here with me, but your mind is on the other side of town.” That is exactly how I felt. The truth of the matter is that I was doing just enough to “hold on” to this job while I figured out my next move. I had become bored with 10 years of doing the same job and I was no longer challenged. According to a 2013 article posted on www.glassdoor.com/blog, boredom is one of the “Top 10 reasons to breakup with your job”. I had a desire to move, but fear made me stay. My “Defining Moment” forced me to face the truth!” Each one of you will have a “defining moment” in your life. How you act and react to that moment will determine how that moment defines you. Your “Defining Moment” can lead to an “UnStopABLE Decision” if you follow some of the tips in this article. Being fired encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Once I made my decision to make something out of my defining moment, I was set on a path towards being Unstoppable! There were four principles I learned throughout this journey that I will share with you in hopes you can be Unstoppable too! Here is the first decision you have to make and it is rather simple. TIP #1: Start You can never hope to achieve anything unless you start something. For me, I had to begin making big changes. I had to decide to start a new career. So for the next 6 months after my termination, I invested my time and money in pursuing my dream of really helping people in a more personal, intimate way than what I did now. I started a life coach-certification program and became certified within 8 weeks. Starting something rejuvenated my spirit and took away my feelings of depression and despair. I felt like I was worthy again and saw a future filled with helping others achieve their dreams as well. Your Defining moment has the POWER to force you to START living the rest of your life! The key is to TAKE ACTION and don’t be afraid to fail. TIP #2: Fail: Don’t be afraid to FAIL Nothing beats a failure like a try, but if you never try, you have already failed by default. “Failure is part of the process”. If you never fail, you will never learn to succeed. Once upon a time, a company wanted to create a new product to help cut grease on stoves and countertops. They came up with a formula and they tested it. The 1st one failed to work. They modified and tested the formula again. They tested it 5 times, 10 times, 50 times with no success! They tweaked the formula and refused to give up on the idea. They tested the formula 100 times, 200 times, 300 times and 400 times. It still failed. The company surely would not have been blamed for stopping the tests at this point, but they did not stop. Test numbers 401 thru 408 also failed. One more tweak and one more test took place. Finally, a formula was found that worked for the company! What is that product? FORMULA 409: the most popular degreaser on the market used by millions of customers around the world. Imagine if that company has given up. Imagine if they had allowed fear of failure to get the best of them. If you are honest with yourself, can you say you have tried over 409 times to build your business, improve your personal development or create that next Unstoppable idea? Probably not. I couldn’t let the possibility of “failure” stop me from following thru on my Unstoppable decision. The same will hold true for you and your decisions. Keep trying. Keep following the process and see what you can learn from each failed attempt.
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(continued from page 19) TIP #3: LEARN I’ve started a lot of things in my life and I have failed at a lot of things in life. In the process of failing at those things, I’ve learned some things that have led to my ultimate success. With each lesson, I’m continuing to write my success story. Once you recognize that learning is part of the process, you will be on your way to having your Unstoppable decision become an ultimate success. So what are the lessons that you need to learn from your past failures? What is it that you can do differently now that would lead to your ultimate success down the line? For me, I had to learn to step out on faith and pursue the career I wanted for myself. It has not been an easy decision, but it has been worth it. I also learned that I didn’t have to do it alone. I learned that there were people I could ask for help, for guidance and for coaching. Because I was willing to ask for that help, I was able to move faster and farther than I’ve ever been on my own. I am not where I want to be as of yet, but I am learning to be who I was created to be each day. Moreover, because of that, I feel like more of a success each day. TIP #4: SUCCEED Many famous celebrities and have followed the process of Start, Fail, Learn, Succeed to reach the pinnacles of their status. Walt Disney in 1919 was fired from the Kansas City Star newspaper stating he lacked imagination and no good ideas. He failed at that, but didn’t stop. Disney owned a company called “Laugh-O-Gram” and drove it into bankruptcy. He failed again, but didn’t give up. He learned from his failures, tweaked his ideas and later created a dynasty based around a mouse, Mickey Mouse. Now the Disney Company celebrates 50 years of success in entertainment, theme parks and cinema. Oprah Winfrey was fired from one of her early jobs in the news industry. Now she owns a media conglomerate called the OWN Network. These are just a few examples of people who have started and failed, but learned to succeed. They are and were ordinary people like you and me. Success is possible for anyone. If they can do it, you can too! “I am not where I want to be, but thank GOD I am not where I used to be!” I say these words to myself frequently when I face a failure in my life. I use this phrase as a way to reflect on the journey of my life after I made my Unstoppable Decision. My goal is to be the best life accountability coach, speaker, emcee and media host I can be. And while my coaching clients have increased, my emcee business had blossomed and my media shows have gained traction, I still have room to grow. I have had success in my new career and I use that as the fuel needed to pursue future success. I believe the same is in store for you if you just follow the process. That’s my message for you right now. Whatever you are going thru now and whatever you have failed at recently, recognize that Failure is not Fatal. It is not the end of the book; it is just the beginning of your new chapter. Once you recognize that you must START, FAIL and LEARN in order to SUCCEED, nothing will be able to STOP you. You have the ABILITY to Define Your Moment with an Unstoppable Decision. You have the ABILITY to make a difference in your life and the lives of your family, friends and community. You will not only have the ABILITY to live the life you were created to live, you will NOT BE ABLE to be STOPPED by the obstacles of Life. You will be UnStopABLE!!! Why would you ever settle for less when you can Be UnStopABLE? If you need some additional help and coaching to help you Define Your Moment instead of having it Define You, then consider contacting me for a complimentary conversation with Unstoppable Coaching Services. We aim to help you Create your Vision, Implement your Vision and hold you Accountable to living the life you were created to live! Sign up on the contact page at www.unstoppablecoaching.com. While you’re there, you can check out my upcoming events, listen to past episodes of my “UnStopABLE Stories” podcast and purchase your own “I Am Unstopable” apparel. Wherever you are in the World today, don’t just make it a great day. Make it an UnStopABLE” Day!
What Are You Doing Different This Year Than You Did Last Year? We just celebrated New Years. It’s a New Year with New Mountains and New Possibilities! If this year is really going to be different from last year, what are you going to do this year to make it better? What steps are you going to take get closer to your goals and your dreams? Or are you going to sit and make the same old excuses? The thing about excuses is that you can’t deposit them! If you could I know a lot of people that would be filthy rich because all they have is excuses! But in order to make this year different from last year, there are some things you are going to have to do. 1. Make a Commitment A commitment to yourself. A commitment that goes beyond the feeling of the moment. You are going to have to make a commitment to your dreams to your goals for your future and making your life better. 2. Invest in Yourself Put your money where your mouth is. You said that you were committed, you said you wanted to do something, you said you wanted to get something accomplished. But what are you doing? What programs are you attending? What classes are you taking? What books are you reading? That’s going to get you closer to your dreams. What research are you doing to get better at what you said you want to do? 3. You need to get a Coach I know that you have heard that time and time again but it’s true. Anyone who has done anything worthwhile has had someone to mentor them. Somebody to help them see things they could not see. Someone to hold them accountable. And getting a Coach is one of the quickest ways for you to get closer to your goals because they see stuff you don’t see. They hold you accountable and they give you that extra added push that you need in order to accomplish your goals. So don’t let this year be like last year, let it be better than last year by Making a Commitment, Investing in Yourself and Getting a Coach. Doing so will put your closer to your dreams.
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How To Stop Making The Same Mistakes
Mistakes are a part of life. There is no way around them. If you live for any length of time and seek to do anything worthwhile one thing I can guarantee you is that you will make some mistakes. With that being said, how can we stop making the same mistakes? Well here are three steps to help you. 1. Make An Informed Decision This may seem like a no brainer but the reality is that we often make mistakes because we don’t have all of the information. Now, this can come one of two ways. Number one, the information is purposefully withheld from us because the outcome benefits someone else greater than it does us. Number two, we don’t do our due diligence to make sure we have all of the pieces we need to make our decision. This can be increasingly hard given the quick pace of the life that we live today but it’s needed to keep from making the same mistakes. 2. Take Your Time Going back to what I just mentioned, we are living life at breakneck speed. Things never seem to slow down. But when it comes making decisions about the life we have to have a ‘Crock Pot” approach. Almost every time I have made a snap decision, they have cost me more than I wanted to pay. Thinking things through has never brought anyone regrets. Now, on the other hand, talking too long to answer can work against you as well but not taking your time is a sure way to get burned. (Don’t ask me how I know… LOL… :-D ) 3. Learn From Other People’s Mistakes This should be taught in every school in the world. By watching other we learn what not to do. Someone once said that you learn more from failure than you do success. They also say that experience is the best teacher. But what if you could learn the lesson without taking the loss? What if you could get wiser from watching other people mistake? If you made that practice then you could be light years ahead of your competition and your peers. If you put into practice these 3 steps, you will reduce an eventually eliminate making the same mistakes over and over again.
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