A few months ago at the annual convention for the National Speakers Association, I was thrilled to be inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame (along with four other speakers.) As you can imagine, I was extremely honored to receive this award, and it truly was an experience of a lifetime.
Also known as the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE), the award honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977. Recipients include General Colin Powell and Zig Ziglar.
My dear friend and fellow speaker Dan Thurmon nominated me for the award and I am sincerely grateful for his generosity. What makes my profession so awesome are the relationships I’ve nurtured over the years. I’m proud to call Dan my wingman.
How blessed I was to also have my mom and dad (Sylvia and Leonard – 79 and 84 years old!) at the event, along with my wife Dana, twin brother Dave, older brother Steve and his wife Kerry, and my awesome assistant Mallory.
As I reflect on my career the last ten years – with its up and downs and lessons learned – I just want to thank all of you who have seen me speak, hired me, supported me and encouraged as I worked to earn my wings in the profession of speaking. As the wingman philosophy goes – you can’t truly succeed alone.
You need wingmen to win.
Thank you sincerely for being my wingmen and for believing in me and the wingman message of trust, commitment, and partnership in business and life. You give meaning to my mission.