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!

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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