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Randy Lind, Bob Larson, and Beth Lind, Tacoma,Washington - image.In January I bought tickets for a Motivational Presentation in mid-February at the Americaís LeMay Car Museum. The event was sponsored in part by the Tacoma Executives Association. As members Peg and I received early notice (last fall) about the event. Joining us at the event were about half a dozen other members.

Our regular meeting of the organization was set for the same time as the motivational presentation. Since part of the reason for the event was aimed at business success, networking and leads were of prime importance. The fact that two of the speakers were members of the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champions didn't decrease our interest, although when the tickets were purchased they weren't world champions, yet.


Mel West of Prosperity Login, Tacoma, Washington - image.There were about a hundred people attending the event. Before the meeting began there were appetizers and time to chat with sponsors, fellow members, and other attendees.

People from all around the Puget Sound region were there. Tickets had sold out even before the Super Bowl.

The snacks and the provided lunch were excellent. The car museum only works with caterers that provide both good service and food. People were friendly and it was easy to talk and trade business cards.


Peggy Doman, Sean Cabigting, and Erlene Helsham from immedia in Tacoma, Washington - image.I walked around the room "counting coup" and then sat down to relax. Peg and I took seats at a table where our friend Sean Cabigting was sitting with his fellow worker Erlene Helsham. They both work at immedia a direct mail and fulfillment firm owned by Sean's mother and step-dad, Debbie and Donn Irwin (two of our best friends).

Others joined us at the table, which was only about five feet away from the microphone. We could not have chosen better seats, itís as if we had known what was going on.


Chairman Kevin Sullivan of Sullivan Painting Service in Tacoma, Washington - image.This event was the brain-child of friend and client, Kevin Sullivan of Sullivan Painting Service. He provides both residential and commercial painting contract work. He is very serious about professional painting.

Kevin's a member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, the main sponsor of the event. PDCA serves the coating and wall covering industry with standards, education, training, advocacy, and best practices. PDCA's Industry Standards define accountability in the field. Consumers are interested in hiring companies that accept accountability for the work they perform, and referencing the standards demonstrates a company's willingness to be held accountable. Kevin believes in doing a good job, networking, AND the Seahawks.


Dr Michael Gervais in Tacoma, Washington - image.Kevin brought us the keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Gervais. Dr. Gervais is a licensed psychologist specializing in high performance; he works in the trenches of high-stakes environments (professional sports, etc.) where thereís isnít the luxury for mistakes, hesitation, or failure to respond. A published author and recognized speaker on human performance issues, Dr. Gervais has been featured by ESPN, CNN, NFL Network, FUELtv, Red Bull TV, Extra, The Huffington Post, GolfersMD, South Bay magazine and others.

Dr. Gervais used YouTube videos to illustrate his points about facing fear, focusing, and achievement. He works with the Seattle Seahawks organization as well as the individual members of the football team.


Super Bowl forty-eight MVP Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks in Tacoma, Washington - image.Joining Dr. Gervais were 2014 Super Bowl MVP, Seahawk Malcolm Smith, and Seahawk wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. Both had played key roles in defeating the Denver Broncos earlier in the month.

Malcolm Smith talked about the play of the game during their last playoff appearance. It was an interception in the end zone, "Richard (Sherman) was going high. If he couldn't get the ball, he would tip it. I was going low to intercept or get the tip." It was interesting to hear that both players weren't just reacting to events on the field, they knew what their team mates were doing, what to expect from the opposing players, and what their assignments were. Success is a combination of preparation, knowledge, and the ability to follow-through.


Seattle Seahawk wide-reciver Jermaine Kearse speaking in Tacoma, Washington - image.Jermaine Kearse, a local favorite, graduated from Lakes High School in the Clover Park School District and the University of Washington. He talked about the reception he made in the Super Bowl, which resulted in a goal after eluding six or seven defenders, "I knew was going to be in the clear. I could see I was going to be hit. Knew it was going to hurt. It did. I spun forward and saw I was going to be hit again. Knew it was going to hurt. It did. And continued forward."

Both players were so soft spoken and personable (and such sweet, cute guys). It was easy to listen to them and enjoy their comments. Both answered a number of questions. It was nice seeing how they worked together . . . how they knew their job . . . how they trusted their fellow team members and understood their role in protecting, assisting, and winning. The confidence they showed illustrated the presentation by Dr. Gervais and gave everyone hope for future Seahawk victories as well as hope for our own business success.


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