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Review: Get Motivated Seminar, Colin Powell, Michael Phelps, Others @ Arco Arena

Years ago, for just the cost of parking at the Arco Arena in Sacramento California, I went to the “Get Motivated Seminar” and saw Steve€ Forbes (from Las Vegas via live link), Michael Phelps, Phil Town,€ Tamara Lowe and Colin Powell.

I did not realize that Phelps, the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals, did something other swimmers did not:€  trained every single day, year after year, without fail. Just hearing that was motivating for me. Even then, Phelps trained every day — including Sundays, figuring it gives him 52 more days a year in the pool than many of his competitors.- usatoday

Colin Powell was a very good speaker. I enjoyed his story about the perks of his position, what it was like to always have his own private jet, and his story about his meeting with Gorbachev.

It was an interesting seminar.

I also got motivated to try Phil Town’s day trading seminar since my 401K had been taking a royal beating. After researching investools.com, however, I thought I could figure out swing trading on my own with a Google search: Swing Trading Tutorial.  After more research, on my own however, I believe that there is not, after all, an easy fortune to be made by swing trading if you are a beginner. A review I read said that it was more risky than the company was letting on.

Being risk averse, I canceled and my card was not charged. For more on motivation, Google “How to motivate people”

It was still an interesting seminar and looking back on it, I’m glad I went.

In 2019 this write up is still on the net:

Get Motivated! Seminars have reached over 10 million people over the past 30 years and every Fortune 1000 company. Those that have graced our stage include 6 US Presidents, countles Heads of State, and the world’s most successful personalities from sports, media, politics, business, finance and entertainment including President Clinton, Steve Forbes, Barbara Bush, Rudy Giuliani, President Reagan, Terry Bradshaw, Goldie Hawn, Suze Orman, Shaquille O’Neal, Mikhail Gorbachev, Larry King, Zig Ziglar and many more. Visit the Get Motivated! website to see scheduled lineup for your city.. (Yelp)

The Get Motivated Seminars, however, are no longer offered and the www.getmotivated.com domain name is for sale (Nov 26, 2019).  The Better Business Bureau website says:

… If you have an unresolved dispute with this company you may wish to seek legal advice.

Out of Business:

This BBB Business Profile provides information about the prior ownership of Get Motivated Business Seminars until its assets were sold in or around June 2016. (BBB)

What Actually Motivates people?

When I ask myself this question today, I think of current state of the World Wide Web. What are the top 10 most popular web sites and why?

1. Google (find stuff.) 2. YouTube (watch stuff), 3. Baidu (find stuff, China), 4. Tmall (buy stuff, China), 5. QQ (chat, music, shop, blog, China), 6. Sohu (search, news, games, email, China), 7. Facebook (blog, news), 8. Taobao (shopping, China), 9. Wikipedia (information), 10. Yahoo (mail, news, maps, videos)

It is surprising that by sheer numbers in 2019 the majority of world Internet traffic is trending to be driven by China, the world’s most populated country, currently at 1.4 billion people or 18.1% of the world’s human population. India is second with 1.3 billion people, and the USA is the third most populated country with 330 million people.  (Source)

We humans are motivated by Self-actualization, Self-protection, Love and Belonging, Status/Esteem, Mate Acquisition, Mate Retention, and Physiological Needs says one source. That sounds like a good high level summary.

Can you visualize how each of these human motivations maps to Web site use?

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I constantly spent my half an hour to read this blog’s articles every day
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Kevin Hammack
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Kevin Hammack

I attended today in Tulsa. I agree that looking at the speakers you should be able tell that the event leaned to the right. That’s okay with me, even though I‚Äôm not a republican. I thought the line-up of speakers was interesting enough to take my office staff. However, I thought the advertising was somewhat disingenuous because it was billed as a business seminar, not a religious or political one. And I am a Christian. That said, to profess to be one (Christian) starts with being honest. I really did not appreciate feeling like I was the subject of a… Read more »

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Avoid Foreclosures In St George

I used to be suggested this web site via my cousin. I’m no longer certain whether this publish is written through him as no one else recognize such unique about my trouble. You’re wonderful! Thank you!

Rarly
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Rarly

Christians are easily duped.

Why do you think all these scams like this one, MLM, Amway stuff, etc., are all geared toward christians? If you’re gullible to tithe 10% of your money to somebody telling you you’ll live forever, you’re going to fall for this stuff too. The more religious you are, the easier it is to dupe you. Simple as that.

Sarah
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Sarah

I went to one in upstate NY yesterday and so glad i found this site because i felt the same way. I was offended at the religious propoganda being of another faith and although i did pick up a few tips on business skills, i did sign up for one of later scheduled class *at the urging of my colleague so we could split the cost* and will cancel it. As a beginner in stock trading, I am not interested in their method after reading here. I was actually searching online to see if my instincts were right about the… Read more »

HB
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HB

I saw this exact same comment on another website, verbatim. Being honest is something you Get Motivated people have a hard time doing huh??

HB
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HB

Thanks for the warning! I have to go tomorrow and I have very low expectations

HB
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HB

General Powell’s left wing agenda? I know your post is over two years old and you will never see my response, but I just had to comment on how stupid that statement is! I truly hope you have learned something about the world in the time since you posted that nonsense.

Jon
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Jon

I also went to the Seattle seminar tonight. While your view isn’t too far off track, I don’t believe there was any misleading as to the location and “Live” format of the seminar. It was held in the Key Arena, which was at max capacity (people were sitting on the stairs since no seats remained by 930am; probably against the fire code). My ticket said Key Arena and had a “satellite” location listed for overflow. I’m surprised if anyone was mislead on that. The speech was more conservative in politics than I expected – well, just more politics than I… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

God forbid that Republicans have any opinion or motivation whatsoever, eh? It’s not as though you could have looked at the list of featured guest speakers, put two and two together, and figured out that this seminar wasn’t exactly going to be the sort of hippie love-fest one sees every single day on most major media outlets. It seems like most of the complaints I see about these seminars (on this website and others) are mostly from liberals expressing outrage and disbelief that anyone not of their political persuasion could possibly have anything motivational to offer–much less the concept of… Read more »

Shawn
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Shawn

I attended the Get Motivated Workshop in Seattle. What an amazing Bait and Switch operation! From saying that it was being held at the Key Arena then sending folks to a place in Kent to watch it “Live” onscreen to the workbooks which were from last year’s speakers to having the speakers talk about politics instead of success and motivation. If Republicans want to have a patriotic feast and happy dance so be it. But, I think it should be marketed as such. It should not be presented in the way that it currently is. They are really quite slimy.… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Has anyone who went to the Memphis seminar March 29th received any of the emailed free books or book summaries?

I’ve called Customer Service (SIC) four times only to be lied to each time.

Last night I got a call saying I had been selected to receive a ‘free’ gift. This scam needs to be stopped.

tty
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tty

I agree…I went to the one in St. louis…Was very good…although Colin Powell came across as a bragger and a self esteem problem. To try to take credit for removal of the Berlin Wall “iron Curtain” is really stretching his worth…Lou Holtz was great…Kurt Warner and Gulliani were great, and good to see Laura Bush. For those that attended other seminars in Atlanta, it’s unfortunate. The St. Louis seminar was good and just mentioned the goodness of Jesus and pointed out the advantages in following him…if people don’t want to attend and buy things they should not blame others for… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

It is important that people are honest. If a person is not successful/practicing integrity in their personal life, they should not be giving advice about anything other than their area of success, until they are on the right path in their personal life and can be honest about it. James Smith sells himself not only as a successful business man but as a successful husband and father, so it IS important what he does in his personal life. The fact that his son works with him is a positive for him, and I think if his wife was by his… Read more »

Joe Joe
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Joe Joe

Who cares what James Smith does in his personal life? The question is, does his training work? Personally I don’t know, but I don’t see how his personal business should be dragged into discussions about his business activities.
BTW, I’m not a supporter of James Smith, nor a detractor, just not understanding the connection. I’ve known many guys who were great business men but didn’t have such a great personal life. Everybody can’t be successful in every aspect of their life and I think a persons personal life should be that, personal.

Ken
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Ken

If Jefferson is “sincerely attached to the doctrines of Jesus (who else is he referring to??” then that makes him a Deist??? Whatever. Believe what you will. You took that sentence out of context, Irish. What he said in the prior sentence was: “They are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from that anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions.” In other words, I am not anti-Christian, as so many people today are. It is those revisionist, biased, beliefs that is turning our country into the moral and… Read more »

Irish
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Irish

Ken, I am embarrassed for you. I looked up the letter you referred to and it does not say what you “quote” at all!

Here is what Jefferson actually said in that letter: “I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to his doctrines in preference to all others, ascribing to himself every human excellence, and believing he never claimed any other.”

I think that the REAL Jefferson would fully agree with Carol’s point.

Carol Dillon
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Carol Dillon

Exactly… what Jefferson was saying was that the DOCTRINES that Jesus professed were fine… they had nothing to do with religion per se or whether he was the son of God. I’d like to see the pseudo-Christians today actually live by His doctrines… then perhaps those of us that don’t buy into all the “Blessed Be” garbage would wouldn’t be so nauseated. Nothing flags a scam to me quite as fast as a business person leading with or advertising that they are a Christian business. LIVE your principles, don’t wear them like they are a uniform.

George Vieth
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George Vieth

I was at your site and did not want to disturb you. I would like to talk about doing some business. PLease give me a call

RaymondCS
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RaymondCS

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RGW
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RGW

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Alex
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Alex

James Smith Company / Get Motivates Seminars Scam News Utah woman going to prison for scamming dozens, including widow … Oct 28, 2010 … Professed real estate expert Jolee M. Tibbitts told Joyce … about half from Utah — lost a total of $1.2 million in Tibbitts' scam, … http://www.deseretnews.com/…/Utah-woman-going-to-prison-for-scamming- dozens-including-widow-Iraq-solider.html – Cached Robinson v. Tibbitts et al :: Justia Dockets & Filings Dec 29, 2009 … Tibbitts et al – Justia Federal Dockets and Filings. … Torts to Land, – Tort Product Liability, – All Other Real Property … Torts – Property, – Other Fraud, – Truth in Lending… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

Then you simply weren’t listening. They said it right before the session began. You act as if somebody quoting Christian beliefs is damaging. I thought you liberals were supposed to be inclusive and open minded??

And as to Jefferson’s “Deism”, I’ll let him answer in his own words in his letter to Benjamin Rush on April 21, 1803:

“I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.”

Disagree with Mr. Jefferson.

Irish
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Irish

Wrong and wrong. The religious and conservative messages were woven in throughout this BUSINESS seminar. Nobody said anything about that in the session I attended. You were simply meant to conform or sit there uncomfortably. Your and their insensitivity is breathtaking: the insensitivity of the dominant majority. Imagine me coming to your meeting and surprising you by talking (off subject) about how to remove religion and other superstitions from your life, and then saying “well, if you didn’t like it you could always have left.” It would be palpably inappropriate for me to do, and it was for them too.… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

They said at the seminar that the “religious” portion was OPTIONAL and you could leave early for lunch if you didn’t want to hear it. They made that abundantly clear. If you didn’t like it, you should have left. What is it with people getting so offended by someone having a religious viewpoint? If anybody expresses their religious beliefs outside of a church, people get offended. And yet Christians are the ones who get called “narrow.” Grief. If you don’t like it, leave. There were TONS of great business and motivational talks throughout the day. To dismiss the entire conference… Read more »

Smitty
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Smitty

Bravo! Well said. In reality, most of the founding fathers were actually deists, as opposed to Christians. I wish people would research before making the assertion that America is a Christian nation. America is a nation of religious freedom and diversity – unless viewed through the tunnel-vision (as you so eloquently phrased it) of a Christian.

Smitty
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Smitty

Thank you, Barry, for stating this so well. A business seminar should be about business. I attended earlier this week – and regret it deeply. The event (I refuse to call it a seminar) I attended did NOT and I repeat NOT indicate that the gospel would be presented and that attendees would be expected to recite a prayer accepting Jesus as their savior. I was angry beyond belief, but too invested in the day to walk out. Perhaps I should have. Regardless, the event should have been billed as a Christian Business Seminar. I’ve already filed a complaint with… Read more »

Smitty
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Smitty

I attended the same “seminar” in Atlanta, although I use that term loosely. I expected a sales pitch – just not “buy this or you will go to hell,” which is what it felt like to me. I certainly did not expect to be almost commanded to become a born-again Christian! Highly offensive. I felt horribly embarrassed for Mr. Ziglar, too. Although I enjoyed a couple of the speakers, I will do all I can to get the word out to people about exactly what this snake-oil sales scam is. I have already filed a complaint with the BBB demanding… Read more »

Deb Mac
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Deb Mac

I had to get up at 4:30 AM for this stupid thing in Atlanta yesterday! And sit in a hard, plastic stadium chair for 8 hours. Got dragged in by my boss. They hurled Jesus and the flag at us all day too. Almost seeming to insinuate that if you’re patriot and love the Lord, YOU WILL BUY OUR STUFF!

Honestly, does the Ziglar family have no shame? Dragging poor old demented Zig out there and making him parrot the same lines over and over again until we were all just embarrassed to be watching it?

not surprised
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not surprised

Just stop!! don’t be upset at Christians because as a human you are easily tricked into doing something you would not normally do. Anyone who believes that well accomplished speakers will offer advice for $4.95 per person without an infomercial twist deserves to be mislead. If you really want to send a message to these legalized extortionist then simply DO NOT BUY anything. Do the math if they get thousands of people to buy their hypnotic messages they will create their own wealth ten fold. How do you stop it, you ask? DO NOT BUY ANYTHING!!!! watch how quickly these… Read more »

Cheng
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Cheng

Hold on…results of latest scientific cost study just coming through.
Yep! Aunt Fannie’s dowry just got a little bit bigger. Congratulations Goodgrief. Pity the odds were so low!

GoodGrief
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GoodGrief

This glory-hallelujah bandwagon is rolling back into Dallas (with satellite broadcast to Ft. Worth) on October 19, 2010. It’s all well and good for those who want to play hookey for the day.. but these things are a real BITCH for those us who actually have legitimate business to attend to in and around these venues. I wish someone would do a scientific cost study of these things to see if they’re a net gain or drain on society. I’ll wager my Aunt Fannie’s dowery it’s the latter. Ultimately, they’re huge money makers for thre promotors, speakers, flim-flammers and bamboozlers… Read more »

Cheng
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Cheng

Christians eh? Gotta love ’em!

Peter
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Peter

Of course, you could not BE MORE WRONG. Why in the world would there possibly be more than 1 God ? This is not Greece where 1 god rules them all .. utter nonsense. Funny thing is (and actually not funny, but quite sad) that your opinion is only YOURS. 1 God, 1 way to heaven (Jesus) …end of story. If you choose not to believe, that is your fate, but dont even think for a minute that any of us who know the truth would be swayed by your clearly clueless rants … we dont and never will …… Read more »

Cheng
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Cheng

Blimey Jack, the seminars you attended can’t have been very motivating. Lantana’s post is 18 months old.

jack straus
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jack straus

I have been to two of these because i was told to by different employers. The first time the Christian part was billed as a special message that one could leave. That changed by the 2nd one i attended that changed. But both were nothing but sales presentations for u to buy something

Ann
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Ann

In the 1930s a lot of people used to love to hear Hitler and Mussolini. I suppose people back then thought these speakers were motivational and inspiring, also. If you think this is stretching associations, consider Colin Powell lying before Security Council of the U.N. about Iraq on the 5th of February, 2003. (I’ll say nothing about how Phelps avoided getting busted for marijuana charges, because of his celebrity status.) About invoking God, Nazis did the same with no problem, as did the slave-owners in the U.S. historical South. God and the Christian bible can be used everywhere, by whomever… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

I concur fully. Appalling and pandering, I’m surprised I didn’t see tea bags and people dressed like up a Washington and Jefferson like at those rallys! lol

Jason
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Jason

More or less agree with most folks who posted comments. Just came from one of these in Raleigh, NC… being a pretty skeptic-rational minded person from NJ I noticed the real ‘motivation’ right away. Look, its all EXPECTATIONS, that’s it. If you want to discuss religion, fine with me, but just not at a ‘business seminar.’ Get your religious fix at church. If you want to discuss politics, there are proper outlets for that. And if you want to buy ‘magical’ financial products, there are infomercials for that too. All these things have a proper place SOMEWHERE ELSE. I was… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

well said sir.

DeeDee
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DeeDee

Agree. I was totally offended with the whole “Christian” angle coupled with $$. Reminded me of Amway. I agree with Ghandi. In my opinion Christ rocks, the Religious Right looking for a quick buck? rockheads.

C W
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C W

I am so glad I found these postings. They just saved me a lot of time and money! I was under the impression that this was a business motivational seminar, not a Christian rally. I’ve heard all that before and am not interested. Thanks especially to Anna for her insightful comments.

AJ
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AJ

Amen!

Ken Hartley
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Ken Hartley

I have no clue what you’re talking about, Deeann. I don’t idolize football. There is nothing in my posts to indicate that.

Deeann
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Deeann

This message is to Ken Hartley. I wasn’t aware that “pastors” idolized football, especially when many games are played on Sunday, the day of Christian worship.

Janice Harvey
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Janice Harvey

I attended the seminar in Knoxville yesterday and was appalled by the blatant pandering to the religious and political right. It was shameless. I did not get motivated – I got disgusted. I called the DNC and made a donation as soon as I got home.

Anna
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Anna

This “motivational” conference demotivated me to the point of never wanting to visit anything like this again. Don’t get me wrong; some of the speakers, especially Rudy Giuliani, were very inspiring, and, had the remainder of the day been in kind, I would have walked away happy and content. But then, I listened to Tamara Lowe, and was genuinely appalled. Let me assure you that I have no problem with people being outspoken about their religion, but certainly NOT at a business event! Granted, I could have walked out, but why should I have to consider that at a conference… Read more »

Ken Hartley
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Ken Hartley

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MarkS
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MarkS

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Aaron Osmond
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Aaron Osmond

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