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Finding your niche in any market!

Last night 11/14/10 I stood amidst 2,000 people at the opening keynote for the international pharmaceutical meeting in New Orleans. How would you find a keynote speaker who could engage and entertain such a diverse, yet specifically educated field of research scientists and chemical engineers?
Well they did…..kind of.
The stage was set with plastic covering the floor and sides. 5 large easels were displayed with a multitude of brushes and cans of paint. Who were they bringing out that could engage and “entertain” basically a very intellectual group?
Well out came the “on-site” artist Michael Israel who creates large portraits of famous people, with frenzied and dramatic strokes while loud music blares in the background.
Within minutes he had the crowd mesmerized as he did a colorful portrait of John Lennon. Next he changed the music and he went on to a montage of portraits of the Beatles as a group. This was followed by a creative, montage of colors that evolved into Albert Einstein. AND here was where he fulfilled his niche.
He stated that those in the audience were on the “cutting edge” of creating new compounds; new drugs in different and exciting ways that would help the worlds population. He talked of the attendees discipline and drive to study, create and continue to explore new and different ways to help mankind. Just like Einstein!
This artistic genius of Michael Israel rocked!
And I was impressed. Not only did he entertain, but he informed and recognized the skills of this eclectic audience.
As a professional keynoter myself, I new that he satiated the audience and left them impressed.
And that is the objective of any person who has to make an impression.
You want your impression to be positive, and long lasting.
As I tell my clients and my college students, “the brain thinks in pictures”…and that is what Mr. Israel did, in such a grandiose way!
So find your niche…and make it work. It will probably take several attempts, but find one that works for you.
At nearly 6ft. tall and the last name of Strong, I have focused on the fact that I am the “Attitude Amazon.” With a last name of Strong and having this height, I chose to make it work! And it has. Next I found my niche of speaking on CHANGE. But I broke it into an acronym of C.H.A.N.G.E.=S. And this breaks into Communication, Health, Atttiude, Negativity, Goals, Education and when they are combined, you deal with “change”…successfully!
Remember, change is taking place everywhere, everyday. How you adapt to it is a journey. How Michael Israel found a career changing opportunity in creating portraits; with frenzy and music… was a very, very successful change to his career. He found his niche…now
go find yours!
Helping people present and strategize their business presentations in a credible way, is what Strong Incentives does.
Interested? Well, discover how to present a new or old subject that will have people applauding the way they did for Michael Israel last night.
You’re worth it….as he found out…so was he…in the most unusual environment possible!
Not only did he entertain, but he took it to a next level by auctioning off the paintings that night to help the Gulf Fishermen, crippled fiscally by the BP Oil spill.
“Hats off” to you Mr. Israel!

You Gotta Believe….you really, really do.

The Cape of "Ta-Da".....& the fun of believing!The fun of wearing the famous Ta-Da” cape of Loretta LaRouche!

The Cape of "Ta-Da".....& the fun of believing!

Fun, fun, fun…..is guaranteed everyday if and when you practice what humorist Loretta LaRouche speaks on. Most of us in America have lost our capability to laugh with abundance. The economy is down, the housing market is in a crisis, unemployment is up….and these were the headlines that several presidents have talked about for over 150 years.

Most of us know that “History repeats itself.” And that IS the truth!

The truth is also that we no longer laugh as much as a child does. The average adult laughs, smirks, smiles broadly or giggles less than 40 times a day. The average child under 10 does just that from 100 to 400 times a day!

How did we lose this incredible gift?

One of the topics that I speak on is “Laughter is Contagious….Want to Catch Some?” This seminar addresses the incredible stress in our life….at work and at home. What negatively happens at work, we drag back home….and what happens at work we tend to take out on family members that we love.

Take a step back…and smile at yourself in the mirror. Make eye contact with the person you are next to…and genuinely ask how they are doing.

Check in and see how you are doing at least 3 times a day. Check in with yourself in the morning. Review your state of mind mid-day and evaluate how you are doing at the evening hours.

The great, late Norman Cousins, knew of the power of positive and more so the power of laughter.He was advised that his days were numbered and that he should get his affairs in order within the next 3 to 6 months….because that was the prognosis given to him! He checked in to the hotel across the street from the hospital and rented and viewed comedy films, day after day, after day.

What prognosis? He lived another  16 years!!

Give yourself a “Ta-Da” everyday. Laugh out loud…and be silly for no reason. Don’t think about it…just do it. If you don’t pat yourself on the back and give yourself a “Ta-Da”…who will?

As a speaker, I love bringing joy to your company, seminar or workshop. Strong Incentives brings powerful results…..in a positive way!

Blessings in abundance to you everyday!

The Attitude Amazon,

Eileen Strong