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A: Four kinds organizations that:
A: Everything & Nothing! We all face challenges daily. We all face fear regularly. Fear, left to run rampant within us, enormously limits personal and organizational performance. Fear can be debilitating and lead to inferior performance.
Skydiving brings with it many challenges and significant fear. Skydiving provides the audience with exciting & entertaining stories and wonderful & powerful metaphors for how they can effectively respond to the challenges and fears they are facing.
A: Yes! It's called many things customizing, tailoring, personalizing. The answer is yes. Clients often comment enthusiastically about the impact from my customizing. You'll notice comments to that effect in many of the letters received from clients following my engagements.
I developed my presentations to have maximum impact. Part of maximizing impact is making it clear to the audience that the presentation has been prepared especially for them. I've constructed my presentations with as many as ten different segments where audience-specific information is used. This information is gleaned from my Pre-Program Questionnaire and advance telephone interviews.
A: Yes! In addition to keynote presentations, I do half-day workshops that allow attendees to focus on personal performance improvement through exercises that help them to anonymously identifying the fears and challenges they are facing. They also determine the positive risks and constructive steps that will move them forward and the resulting rewards they'll enjoy.
A: A broad range. My presentations are well received by all female audiences, all male audiences and mixed audiences. In terms of age, I get positive responses across the board from 20's to 70's.
General audiences respond enthusiastically to my presentations, but so do many audiences that would not commonly respond a motivational presentation. I believe this is due to the reason-based approach I take to motivation as opposed to the more emotional approach taken by some motivators. Examples of these types of audiences include engineers, scientists and technical workers.
Audiences from a broad variety of functions including management, sales and administrative respond positively to my presentations.
A: My audiences have ranged in size from 12 to 1,000. I would be most comfortable with even larger audiences.
A: Simply stated LCD projector, VCR and a wireless lapel mic. Should more detail be helpful, just ask.
A: My keynotes range from 30 to 60 minutes. A one hour time slot is ideal. If you want me to take questions following the presentation (which I'm always happy to do) allow additional time.
My workshops range from 2 hours to 3 hours.
A: Yes and substantial. My final position before becoming a full-time speaker was Chief Operating Officer of an international architectural firm. Additional business experience includes Vice President & Project Partner of a real estate development and investment firm and Vice President of Development & Management for a medical research organization.
I served in Washington, D.C. in a Presidential administration for three years ultimately becoming the first non-attorney in the history of the U.S. Department of Energy to serve as Special Assistant to the General Counsel. I started my career in commercial mortgage banking. I have a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance & marketing and a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering.
All this background and experience allow me to readily understand, and in many cases identify with, the challenges my clients are facing.
A: Yes. There are many lighter moments in my presentations where audiences enjoy a good laugh. I believe humor is an important part of a effective presentation, particularly as a balance to the more intense and profound elements.
A: Clients in a variety of venues have me arrive by parachute. Sometimes they'll move the audience outside for my arrival then re-seat them for the presentation. Sometimes they have me land during an outdoor reception before my presentation or have me jump into an outdoor function earlier in the day, such as a golf event.
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Other than possibly providing a few of your people to help secure the landing area, that's it. I handle the rest of the logistics and authorizations, including the required dealings with the Federal Aviation Administration.
All these will give you a strong sense of my approach. My presentations are up-beat, inspiring and give the audience specific steps they can implement immediately to improve personal and professional performance. If that's what you're looking for, I'm the right choice.
Jim McCormick, Motivational Speaker
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