Monday, December 17, 2012

Thanks for LinkedIn Endorsing Me as a Lingerie Model


Okay, admittedly, no one has ever LinkedIn endorsed me as a lingerie model. However, I do wonder about some of the LinkedIn endorsements I have recently received (and thank you if you have endorsed me), based on the talent that was being endorsed by the person endorsing it. So that got me to wondering…

Are people confused with how LinkedIn Endorsements work?


There are two parts to LinkedIn Endorsements. The first being how to endorse another person’s skills, and the second being making it easy for someone to endorse your skills. Let’s tackle endorsing others first.

A LinkedIn Endorsement is a service that LinkedIn offers that seems to be a reaction to Facebook “Likes.” When you view the profile of one of your first level LinkedIn connections, a number of words appear that are supposed to be skills that your connection possesses. (Note that this doesn’t always happen and I unfortunately cannot tell you why on some profiles this feature appears and on others it does not). You can endorse the skills associated with the person by clicking the “Endorse” button. You can even enter words and LinkedIn will suggest additional skills. However, whereby Facebook “likes” are rather intuitive and easy to use, I think a majority of LinkedIn users are confused by the endorsement feature.

For example, people who have heard me speak and who have even written a testimonial for my speaking programs, on LinkedIn, endorse me for “advertising” even though I’ve never done any advertising for that person. Yet they don’t endorse me for my speaking. I just doesn’t make logical sense.

The answer can most likely be found in how LinkedIn presents Endorsements. Again, if you view a first-level connection, at the top of your connection’s profile, a big and bold box appears with a large headline that states “Does XXXXXX have these skills or expertise?” In the box are the skill words.

LinkedIn Endorsement 2

The logical next step based on the headline question would be to click on the words corresponding with the skill you want to endorse. However, THE EXACT OPPOSITE HAPPENS. When you click on a skill word you are NOT endorsing that particular skill. Rather, you are removing that skill from the Endorsement list. Then when you click the “Endorse” button, the only skills you are endorsing are the ones that remain.This is completely non-intuitive.

So in my situation, I’m wondering if people are clicking the “Public Speaking” button thus removing it from the list, and when they click the “endorse” button, what I’m being endorsed for is the word(s) that remain, e.g., “advertising.”

Also note that when reviewing another person’s profile, you can scroll down and review all of the skill words that are associated with the profile. At this point, if you do click on a word, it does actually provide your endorsement for that skill. However, since most people come across endorsements when first viewing someone’s profile, this more intuitive way to provide a skill endorsement is largely missed.

Linkedin Profile Menu 

So how can you control the skills that people endorse about you?

The good news is, it’s easy.

Once logged into your LinkedIn account, click the “Profile” tab on the upper navigation, and from the pull-down menu, choose “Edit Profile.” On your profile page, scroll down until you see the “Skills and Expertise” section. Click the small “Edit” link.

Once in the “Edit Skills & Expertise” section, you can delete skills that are not important to you to have endorsed, or add new skills. You can have a total of 50 skills. Unfortunately, there is no way to rank or prioritize your skills. Meaning, what shows up when someone looks at your profile is completely random, because only about a dozen of your chosen skills appear. So it may actually serve you better to limit the number of skills in your profile, so irrelevant ones don’t randomly appear.

LinkedIn Managing Endorsements

For those who have read my book and/or attended my Know More! programs, you know I am a HUGE fan of LinkedIn. The Endorsement feature can be very powerful one, once you know how to effectively use it.

Now that you know how to correctly endorse someone on LinkedIn (and no, picture aside,…I will not be adding “lingerie model” to my LinkedIn profile anytime soon), I hope you take advantage of this cool service and promote those with whom you’ve had a positive business experience. And now that you know how to have some control on what others endorse about you, I hope your business contacts share their positive experiences. You can become a power endorser user…now that you Know More!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

6 Must-Do New Year's Resolutions for 2013!

The Standard Ovation - New Year's Resolutions
It's time to start planning your resolutions - and we have the right person to help you reach your goals!

As you plan for your upcoming goals for the new year - we have the 6 must-do resolutions for 2013. Take a look - we may have the perfect solution for you to start the year off in the right direction! Cheers to 2013!
- The Standard Ovation Team | 913.498.9772

The Standard Ovation |
1 Dr. Gary Bradt, Standard OvationResolution #1:
Make a conscious choice to change.

“Change means making a choice,” says leadership and change expert Dr. Gary Bradt. You can ignite new passions and new levels of success, or you can sit still and watch the world pass you by. Leaders must choose to accept and adapt to change, lest their organizations fall behind, perhaps never to catch up. Gary inspires, challenges, and equips people with the tools they need to lead themselves and others through change, both at work and at home.

Dr. Gary Bradt:
Gary Travels From: Greensboro, North Carolina
Gary's Website:
Gary on Standard Ovation: (bio/presentations/demo): go here

2 Kit Grant, Standard OvationResolution #2:
Get out of your comfort zone!

Are you or your employees flailing? Kit Grant, known by clients as The Director of Comfort Zone Infiltration, teaches how to take action, change any negative self-talk, and set targets that push you beyond perceived limitations. Let Kit show you how to find success now through taking responsibility!

Kit Grant, CSP:
Kit Travels From: San Francisco, California
Kit's Website:
Kit on Standard Ovation: (bio/presentations/demo): go here

3 Michael Hoffman, Standard OvationResolution #3:
Make your company become #1 on purpose!

Ready to master your tornado so you can enjoy your job more? Ready to learn new skills to have more effective and tactical conversations that lead to better leadership, customer service and even increased sales? With a highly interactive style, Michael Hoffman's unique delivery provides companies with the necessary steps to become #1 on purpose!

Michael Hoffman, CSP:
Michael Travels From: Dallas, Texas
Michael's Website:
Michael on Standard Ovation: (bio/presentations/demo): go here

4 Gregg Lederman, Standard OvationResolution #4:
Get Engaged!

Engaged employees, that is! Employees who are committed and motivated to act in the best interest of your company every day help you gain and keep more loyal customers. Tall order? “Only if you aren’t quantifying your company’s experiences and linking them to financial results,” says customer experience and employee engagement expert Gregg Lederman. Stay tuned for Gregg’s soon-to-be-released book, ENGAGED!: How To Get The Workforce To Outbehave The Competition And Delight Customers.

Gregg Lederman:
Gregg Travels From: Rochester, New York
Gregg's Website:
Gregg on Standard Ovation: (bio/presentations/demo): go here

5 Sam Richter, Standard OvationResolution #5:
Make More Sales!

To get a competitive-edge with a customer or prospect, you need to "take the cold out of cold-calling!" Sam Richter shows you how to build meaningful and relevant relationships (and warm up those calls) by using the internet as a tool. He teaches you how to tell your company's story in a manner that your buyer cares about and wants to hear. His intelligence-gathering tools can help you see an 80% increase in close rates with a 70% increase in revenue.

Sam Richter:  
Sam Travels From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sam's Website:
Sam on Standard Ovation: (bio/presentations/demo): go here

6 Marilyn Sherman, Standard OvationResolution #6
Get a front-row seat in life!

Ready to lose weight? Or just get in better shape? Ready to be the one who gets promoted this year? Want to become more productive at work and achieve a better work/life balance? Whatever your personal or professional goals are, Marilyn Sherman can teach and motivate you to reach your goals by getting you out of the balcony, and taking a front-row seat in life!

Marilyn Sherman:  
Marilyn Travels From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Marilyn's Website:
Marilyn on Standard Ovation: (bio/presentations/demo): go here
About Standard Ovation
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Why I’ll never feed the homeless again…

Marilyn Sherman
This blog post was written by motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman. The first time I read it - I was truly inspired! I re-read it again today, and thought it was worth sharing to our readers, too. If you haven't read this - take 2 minutes... You'll be glad you did!

Why I’ll never feed the homeless again…
Written by: Marilyn Sherman | Posted: December 4, 2012

Friends in Las Vegas invited my husband Yves and I to gather at their church and go offer Thanksgiving food, fixings, and love to the homeless community. We jumped at the chance to be a part of such a loving, caring, self-less group.  

The day was amazing – my job was to be a 'Greeter' welcoming the homeless at the entrance of a park where we had set up a long table of everything you can imagine to eat for Thanksgiving. As the homeless started to gather and line up, I was there to shake their hands, offer a smile, and welcome each one.  Some were very friendly and open about their gratitude that we were there. Some were a little more reserved, offering a simple thanks. One man touched me specifically because he said "I often ask Why, why why doesn't anyone care that we are out here? But today, I see that you do."
The day went quickly, with roughly 300 meals given with love to people who were simply hungry. I was very moved and so glad for the opportunity to be of service. My sister called me to wish me a happy Thanksgiving and asked me what I was up to. I told her that Yves and I were going to feed the homeless. Yves quickly interrupted me and said, "You feed the dogs. You serve the homeless".  Wow. What a distinction. One small change showed me how I never want to feed the homeless again, but when I can, I would like to serve them instead. Serve with love, gratitude, and hope and with the intention of showing them that someone cares.
Yves and I were so moved by this experience that we signed up for serving at Catholic Charities soup line for the homeless when our schedule permits. Our first day was Friday and all the feelings from Thanksgiving came flooding back – gratitude, hope and joy of being able to serve (and not feed) the homeless.
From your grateful to never feed the homeless again motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Motivational Icon Zig Ziglar Dies at 86

Renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar died today at age 86. Zig was revered by many as the "father of motivational speaking," and helped millions of people succeed in their personal lives and careers with his humor and lessons grounded in Christianity. Zig wrote over two dozen books, including his famous "See You at the Top."

While so many of our speaker friends did, I never had the privilege of getting to hear Zig speak in person. I wanted to share the following video clip, as it features one of Zig's famous "attitude" stories. I watched this today, imagining being in that very audience. Soaking up his every word and meaningful nugget. With his Southern charm, he was talking directly to me as I sit in the front row (hopefully next to the guy with the thick, seventies mustache, that would have been groovy)...

And you'll probably recognize some or all of the quotes below. They are Zig's Top 10 quotes, and he said they have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life. Given the example he set for a life well-lived, I'm inclined to believe him. RIP Zig.

10. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
 9.  “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
 8.  “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
 7.  “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
 6.  “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
 5.  “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
 4.  “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find 
       them everywhere.”
 3.  “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
 2.  “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
 1.  “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Standard Ovation!

Standard Ovation | | 913.498.9772

Happy Thanksgiving!

gratefulness: warm friendly feelings of gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Standard Ovation team! We are so grateful in so many ways this year - and we wanted to give sincere gratitude toward our current and future partnership with you! Have a wonderful holiday and may it be filled with happiness, health & joy!
THANK YOU! From the Standard Ovation Team!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dr. Gary Bradt Nominated for "Top5 Speaker" Award

We couldn't be happier that Speakers Platform just nominated our very own Gary Bradt for their 2013 "Top5 Speaker" Award in the Management/Business category! Congratulations, Gary!!!

This is a HUGE testament to Gary's work as a professional speaker, since Speakers Platform is one of the leading full-service speakers bureaus and books some of the best speakers across the U.S. and Canada. Every year they recognize just FIVE speakers within the ten most popular topic areas, with recognition of excellence in speaking being based on: expertise, professionalism, innovation within the topic area, client testimonials and references, presentation skills and online votes. 

We might be biased, but we think Gary is once again a shoe-in to win this award. Yep, that's right. Gary has won this award TWICE over the years! And not because of the online votes, because if you know Gary at all, you know he's incredibly humble and self-promotion isn't his thing. But I guess that's the great thing about being Gary's manager...we can promote him shamelessly!!! OK, so it's the second greatest thing about being his manager.  
If you've worked with Gary Bradt before, please take a quick trip to the voting page and cast your vote! And if you haven't worked with him before, you should learn more about him (below) and give us a call immediately! =) 
Honorees will be announced on January 15th, 2013, so we'll keep you posted!
Thank you for being such a valuable partner, and for helping us support Gary in getting this much-deserved recognition!!!

Want to see what all the fuss is about? To learn more, check out Gary's website: ...or to hear about Gary's UBER-customized presentations, check his availability or fees - contact Amy at Standard Ovation: or 913.498.9773 or you can contact us through the web. Thanks!


Monday, November 12, 2012


November newsletter 
by speaker Kit Grant

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them.” … George Bernard Shaw,

Not everyone gets dealt the same hand (thankfully). There will be some good things happen to you and some bad things. How you respond to each will largely determine your level of success, however you define that. Accepting personal responsibility for your outcomes is the first step in changing them. Always reacting to what others have created for you prevents your inner creativity from bringing about even better results. Stop blaming and move on — it frees you up for better circumstances.

I am writing this on the day of the US elections and I say “hooray” just because it is finally over. There has to be a better system tan dragging this thing on for two or more years. The longer it goes, the nastier it seems to become with a few people even abandoning long-term friendships over their differing views. Social media has allowed people to say things they would never say face-to-face and makes an exchange of ideas harder. So, regardless of who wins today, I’m just glad it’s over.

Recently a large drugstore chain in Canada received criticism for playing Christmas music in their stores staring November 1st. This is just too early! — why are we wishing our life away? I understand their need to sell product but the day after Halloween is a bit quick to get the Christmas push underway and it has backfired on them. Are we in a race to see who can finish the year most quickly? Shoppers Drug Mart — I’m thinking you jumped a bit too soon this year!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Marilyn Sherman - BEST Speaker in 25 years!

Hear it now! Marilyn Sherman is the BEST speaker Wisconsin's Women Conference has had in 25 years!

Want Marilyn Sherman to have the same effect to your group? To learn more, check out Marilyn's website: To hear more about Marilyn's customized presentations, check her availability or fees - contact Sarah at Standard Ovation: or 913.498.9775 or you can contact us through the web. Thank you!

The reason I do what I do - by Sarah Whitten

After starting Standard Ovation over 8 months ago with my two business partners Amy Crocker & Charlotte Raybourn, I had a moment of realization last night that made me stop for a minute. I never realized it until then, but the goals I have in my personal life - happen to be the identical goals of our company. It was such a revelation to absorb that our company's purpose is to help others the same way I want to help myself. How have I not realized this before? I have no idea... but it made me have an overwhelming appreciation of our business and the purpose it has to society. I'd like to share this with you - both my personal goals in life, and the purpose of our company.

First, I'd like to describe a bit more of our company: Standard Ovation manages a select roster of business & motivational speakers. We have selected our speakers to partner with because of what they talk & teach to others, and how they directly impact the lives of their audiences. It gives us great satisfaction to match what they speak about to the correct audience so lives become better, leaders become stronger, sales people become more profitable, employees become more productive, and so on. Every single time one of our speakers has stepped off the stage after they delivered their keynote - the feedback we receive has been over-the-top. EVERY single time. It's truly remarkable. They are truly making a difference and growing the lives of others.

So, as I come full circle, I'd like to share with you my personal goals as well as the goals of our company. The reason I am choosing to share this with you is for the chance we may have similar, or even identical goals. If that is the case, and you'd like to know more on how our speakers can help you reach one of these goals in particular, let us know. We are here to help you and enrich your lives & to better your company. We proudly manage six of the greatest speakers and they would love to help. Check them out:, feel free to call me and I can also answer your questions: 913.498.9775 or email me:

Thank you for taking the time to read this!
Sarah Whitten, Partner, Standard Ovation

- My goal: I want to be the best at whatever I chose to do
- Standard Ovation's purpose: To help others be the best they can be

- My goal: to reach my true potential so I have a happy & satisfied life
- Standard Ovation's purpose: To help people reach their potentials leading them to a much happier life

- My goal: I want to enjoy my work - really enjoy it. I want to work with people I truly like. I want to leave work and feel accomplished and enjoy my family & friends without feeling stressed or anxious
- Standard Ovation's purpose: For people to truly enjoy their work, become engaged in what they do, feel satisified and proud of what they accomplish every day, be lead by the best, learn to successfully deal with more difficult people without becoming a stress-ball, strive for a better work-life balance

- My goal: For my only money problems to worry about be how & where to spend the extra money I make each month after paying my bills, saving for your future and giving to charity
- Standard Ovation's purpose: for your company to be number one on purpose. For you to be the best leader where everyone wants to work for,  for you to be the top sales person that builds relationships you enjoy while making more money, for your company to stand apart from the competition and be the best in the eyes of your customers/clients/patients where your business continues to grow

- My goal: Feeling confident about my career so I can focus on contributing to my community by building relationships of those who work & live around me and by giving back to those in need
- Standard Ovation's purpose: Build your company to a place where you are a role model in your community. Set standards where your company's goods & services become the case study as the ideal company and ideal work place. Be voted as best place to work. Be voted as the best place to do business. Be voted and ranked the highest in customer/client/patient service and care

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Terry Hawkins' Book Picked Up by Berrett-Koehler Publishing!!!

We are THRILLED to announce that this week San Francisco-based Berrett-Koehler picked up one of the books authored by our very own Ms. Terry Hawkins! The publication giant acquired Terry's inspirational book, "Why Wait to Be Great? It's Either Now or Too Late!," originally released by the self-publishing group iUniverse. Congratulations, Terry!!!

Just like the team here at Standard Ovation, the folks at Berrett-Koehler apparently know a good thing when they see it. BK President Steve Piersanti was quoted saying, "As a speaker, Terry Hawkins is absolutely spectacular. She mesmerizes and inspires crowds on the business lecture circuit, and has brilliantly taken that energy, passion and wisdom and put it into a wonderful book.” “‘Why Wait to Be Great’ fits perfectly within Berrett-Koehler’s mission, and we are thrilled to have her.” So are we!

Terry hopes with this new partnership she will be able to help even more people overcome adversity in their lives. “It’s been my life’s work to help people achieve their goals and experience success both personally and professionally,” said Terry. "With the help of Barrett-Koehler and iUniverse, the methods and teachings I’ve used in my own life to overcome great adversity throughout my career, are now available to everyone in ‘Why Wait to Be Great,’ and I hope it encourages others to deal with their pain and follow their dreams just as I have with my own.”

And in this awesome spirit of philanthropy, Terry has been educating businesses and individuals for nearly 25 years. She founded the professional training company, People in Progress Global, in 1989 and has since helped more than 300,000 people realize their goals and improve their lives. She also speaks at events all over the world inspiring people to make needed life changes and giving them specific tools to actually do it. Before relocating to the USA, Terry was the most sought-after, award-winning female speaker in Australia. "Why Wait to Be Great?” is one of many books Terry has written or co-writen, including her very popular “Stickman Rules” children’s series, “Secrets of Inspiring Women Exposed,” and “The Power of More than One.

Want to learn more about Terry or her books? To learn more, go here: 
To hear about Terry's customized presentations or to inquire about a speaking opportunity, contact Standard Ovation at  or call 913.498.9772.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Win-Win Entertainment Launch Date: 10.28.12

A Win-Win Proposition - An Inaugural Benefit Event - October 28 at 2pm - Las Vegas - South Point Showroom 

[Win-Win Entertainment exists to match professional entertainers willing to donate time & talent with eligible, approved charities nationwide] Learn more about: Win-Win Entertainment:

Standard Ovation's friend Jeff Civillico is launching an incredible charitable organization on October 28, 2012. Win-Win Entertainment will bring together many talented performers from the Las Vegas strip for a spectacular launch event. This is the first of what will be the annual event through which Win-Win will raise the funds to cover its operational costs and expenses, and ensure that its services can be offered to the charities it supports at absolutely no cost to them. 

Please note: all entertainers working through Win-Win Entertainment donate their time and talent. Operating costs = our insurance, our promotional materials, our equipment, etc. 

In the last 12 months, we successfully provided entertainment for 11 charity events for nonprofits including The Shade Tree, Lili Claire Foundation, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Jump for Joy Foundation, Foundation for Recovery, and Aid for Aids Nevada. Win-Win Entertainment is a nonprofit FOR nonprofits. With your support of this fundraiser, we are then in turn able to help many other charities with their fundraisers. This way charities can focus on their vocations and do what they do best, leaving entertainment and special event programming up to us. This launch event on October 28th will provide the perfect opportunity to showcase to hosted non-profit organizations how Win-Win can significantly contribute to the success of their fundraising efforts by matching them with renowned talent and providing entertainment programming for their events. 

With your support, this Win-Win Entertainment launch can be a tremendous event. 

Please join us as we leverage what we do best to articulate our commitment to the organizations that serve our local community, making our home a better place. 

Buy your tickets today! 
Do you work in the nonprofit industry? Click here for discounted tickets.

GO HERE to find out more who will be performing, how you can sponsor, and more about Win Win Entertainment:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sam Richter - loved by all audiences!

"Sam [Richter] was great, I have seen him three times now and each time I pick up some new gems. He is a captivating speaker, very energetic and has a powerful message. In our recent conference we had a mix of different folks with different backgrounds – white collar and blue collar, welders, engineers, sales, admin, etc. I was expecting the sales folks to be impressed and enjoy Sam's presentation. I was pleasantly surprised that I also got a lot of positive feedback about Sam from our manufacturing personnel. I would highly recommend him as a keynote speaker!" 

- Jason, Bastian Automation Engineering | October 11, 2012

Want Sam Richter to share his tips & tools to your group? To learn more, check out Sam's website: To hear more about Sam's customized presentations, check his availability or fees - contact Charlotte at Standard Ovation: or 913.498.9774 or you can contact us through the web. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

National Bullying Prevention Month - A message from Terry Hawkins

A POWERFUL message made by the remarkable Terry Hawkins - worth the read. Terry can share, teach and spread these thoughts to really make a difference whatever your age or situation. In honor of October being National Bullying Prevention Month - let us know if you'd like Terry to speak to your organization or group to make an impact on how important it is to deal with the emotional side of things in your life, too. Contact Standard Ovation: 913.498.9772 or email: to check Terry's availability & fee structure!

From Miss Terry Hawkins:
"Pain is a necessary part of life. When we experience physical pain, we pay attention. We know that our body is telling us something. Many hospitals will caution the use of sedatives as they can hide the true issue and make it harder to diagnose. It is no different for emotional pain. This time it is our soul telling us something. When we try to numb our emotional pain we don't give ourselves the o
pportunity to face the core issues at the heart of our pain. "Doing pain well" is not about avoiding it, going around it, going under it or hoping it will go away. It is about trusting that you have all the resources you need to walk through your pain - right into the eye of it - breathing deeply into it - and then allowing yourself to come out the other side. Your pain is one of your greatest guides. Let's not numb it through blame, accusation, medication, anger, pity, or drama. If you are feeling pain, you are communicating with your soul. Pay attention to the wisdom that will flow! Go STICKMAN!"

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Kit Grant's Latest Newsletter: Keeping in Touch (K.I.T.), Oct.4, 2012 — Opportunity Abundance

“The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.” - Walter P Chrysler

Kit Grant's latest newsletter:
There is NO shortage of opportunities. Many come every day when we are either too busy or too lazy to recognize them. You just need to have your eyes open and your ears on “listen-mode” to recognize them and then be willing to take action. Don’t worry if you miss a few — many come around again in a slightly different form. We get so tied up “doing” what we do that we close off new ways to enhance and/or expand what we do. I still read a lot, listen to audio books and attend seminars. Is this because I have “extra” time? NO!! But you only stop learning when you decide to do that. Networking, being inquisitive and being busy living rather than being busy dying are all ways for you to discover just how much there is out there for you to explore. I am not getting any younger so I have to keep moving a bit faster every day just to sometimes keep up. Hang out with positive people … the negaholics will drag you down to their level with their messages of doom and gloom.

I just came across a really neat website if you are ever in the mood for travel. Check it out yourself at There are close to 3 million photos from hotels around the world in addition to virtually unlimited pages of information about other travel stuff. It’s the best place I have ever looked for information when you are in the planning stages for your next big vacation or just a quick getaway.

My new speaker demo DVD is now ready — a few people requested a copy two weeks ago and should have it in the next few days. If you (or someone you know) is planning a meeting, conference or convention and is looking for a speaker, please pass along a copy of my DVD. Send me an e-mail to with your physical mailing address and I’ll send you a copy.

Just when you thought you had seen and heard everything, now the striking NHLPA hockey players have taken their case to the Alberta Labour Relations Board for a ruling on whether the NHL lockout violates their union rights. Are you kidding me? A bunch of millionaires making a mockery of the rights union members have fought so hard to obtain is disgusting. I don’t recall seeing any NHL players out picketing the last time their union brothers with real jobs were on strike. The fact these millionaires are even in a so-called union is a slap in the face to the thousands of real union members who pay money to watch these clowns. Spending taxpayer money to have the Labour Relations Board listen to their bleating is the real disgrace.

For more information on Kit Grant - contact Standard Ovation | | 913.498.9772 or contact us through:

Ready to be Inspired?

Marilyn Sherman | Motivational Keynote Speaker

Marilyn Sherman - Inspires people to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life!

Marilyn Sherman is more of a traditional motivator. She is a compelling story-teller allowing her audiences to relate as she ties in a relevant message. She is extremeley likable which is why her message continues to resonate with people. Marilyn is a wonderful keynote choice when you are looking to pump up your audience and get them inspired! She provides immediate take-home tools people can use to stop making excuses for themselves and start getting a front-row seat to life by living the best life possible: reaching goals and knowing your self worth! Her message makes people happier and results in a more productive workplace and home environment.

Want to learn more?
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When Jack Reports to Jill: Gender Differences in Leadership

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So have we!!! That's why we are extremely excited to spill the beans on leadership expert  Dr. Gary Bradt's new speaking topic and keynote presentation!!! His new topic...When Jack Reports to Jill: Gender Differences in Leadership is an incredibly timely look into the perceptions, advantages and unique challenges of leading those of the opposite gender.


If you can spare just a few short minutes, Dr. Bradt would love it if you could offer your own unique experiences or thoughts on his new topic. You can take his quick and painless survey (we promise, we’ve taken it!) here...

Take Dr. Bradt's Survey Now!

Thank you in advance for participating, and stay tuned for an update on the release of Dr. Bradt’s new presentation!

The Standard Ovation Team |

Dr. Gary Bradt gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, renowned author of
Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, chose him as the leading speaker on the core message of his blockbuster book which sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Dr. Gary Bradt now has his own best-selling book, The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, revealing the secrets of moving beyond the rubble of disruption, fear and uncertainty that change creates and finding the golden ring of opportunity that lies beneath - in short, to adapt and ignite! 

For more information on Dr. Gary Bradt, contact:
Amy Crocker  Amy Crocker
  Partner, Standard Ovation