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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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.

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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Elmojo
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Elmojo

When you google Kari Michaelsen as KNG did, you get the normal results you’d expect: images, positive/negative links and a link to Wikipedia as one of the top 3 results. Now google Tamara Lowe and you get only images and highly positive links… almost all promotional as though they’ve been vetted. There is no link to Wikipedia where her ‘rags to riches’ story would be factually detailed. There are plenty of sites such as this one where people make both complimentary and disparaging remarks about her. Its my understanding that google sorts on the basis of volume and that some… Read more »

CindyS
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CindyS

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Sherry Jones
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Sherry Jones

I must reply to Ms Butterfly and her assertion that this is America, a country that believes in God, so it is perfectly acceptable to make others uncomfortable…such a typical Christian mentality! Ms. Butterfly: there are approx. 40-million, yes million, nonbelievers in this country, and only 10 percent of the population, of this country, go to church on a weekly basis. You are not in the majority so please shake up your tunnel-vision and look at reality and maybe, just maybe, become a little more sensitive.

Ken Hartley
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Ken Hartley

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Eduard
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Eduard

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Giddy
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Giddy

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miya
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you’ve made good effort if you have got motivated to try Phil Town‚Äôs day trading seminar since my 401K has been taking a royal beating. good effort thank you so much.

Amused.
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Amused.

In reply to ALL the above…. You pay $5, and yet you expect something of value? You get what you pay for. You can’t even get a good hamburger for $5. You live, you learn… well, maybe not from the GMT… BUT next time you want to attend a BUSINESS seminar to better yourself financially or to learn ways to further yourself and/or career, think about what the knowledge would be worth – then compare. I, personally, attended a Brian Tracy full day event with a group called the Not Satisfied Tour. I had actually met the young man who… Read more »

David Satisfied
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David Satisfied

I went to the Get Motivated Seminar in Fort Lauderdale. I had a great seat, it started on time, every scheduled speaker spoke live and in person.

I think we are intelligent enough to decide if we want or don’t want to attend a seminar that is offered.

In what other venue can you hear Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, John Walsh, Dan Marino, Dwayne Wade, and others speak in person for $4.95?

As for Zig Ziglar, I saw it as perhaps the last time to say goodbye to a living legend.

deeann
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deeann

This seminar is a huge Ripoff. What do they really care if you are “motivated” or not? LOL Yeah..they are all motivated alright…right into their pockets.$$ What ever you love the most is what you talk and preach about the most…and with the Lowes…it is all about money, weath, famous…their God.

its me
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its me

It was funny to sit in this 3 day JAMES SMITH “TRAINING” to watch these
“millionares’ .
.Ryan Smith…David Gilmore..Mr Osmand..putting out these sales pitches….yea these Big time millionares care so much about you that they come in and teach you how to WHAT???? give T.H.E.M Y.O.U.R. M.O.N.E.Y. help them get richer while you prepare your bed in the homless shelter. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY!!

An embarassed college instructor
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An embarassed college instructor

Unfortunately, I made an enormous error in judgement by going to this seminar. The only speakers that talked about the topics advertised were Colin Powell, Kurt Warner, and Rudy Giuliani. They were worth my $5 price of admission…if I hadn’t had to sit through the rest in order to see them. I basically was subjected to right-wing rhetoric and a bunch of unadvertised oily sales pitches that left a bad taste in my mouth. I also was treated to an ideaology that being Christian and being patriotic mean the same thing and if you are a woman, your top priority… Read more »

Instant Credit Repair
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Instant Credit Repair

Nice one, there is actually some great facts on this post some of my subscribers may find this useful, will send them a link, many thanks.

Donnell Tappendorf
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Donnell Tappendorf

As you have put a good deal of work into itWow what a post!

Kimbeaux
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Kimbeaux

Isn’t all the proceeds from this book going to children’s charities…

John
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John

Jesus said it best: Matthew 6 4)That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. 5)And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6)But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret… Read more »

tamie
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tamie

obviously this is [insult removed – Xeno] but like Zig said its good to see what the other side is thinking. Talk about brain washing and close minds you all take the cake.

Irish
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Irish

Not Irish,

You gave me a chuckle: how would you know my reply frequency if you didn’t monitor this conversation yourself?

All along, I didn’t think that the “Get Motivated” sponsors cared what these reviews said. Now I suspect that they are monitoring them after all.

Mark
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Mark

After reading the posts I have decided to attend to hear the main speakers and take my Bathroom Breaks during the “infomercial” portion. Do they really have the all speakers that they advertize?

Tether
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Tether

Tamara Lowe, Ceo of Get Motivated Seminars, presents herself in her book,on TV and to the audiences of Get Motivated Seminars as coming from “rags to riches” She also states that she was a school drop out and was a drug pusher on the streets. She was into drugs as a young teen like many teens do, but came out of drugs at an early age. She was never in “rags” as she grew up in a very nice home in [personal information removed] with her mother and father. She DID dropped out of school only to CONTINUE on in… Read more »

George
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George

Attended the Orlando seminar in November. Some of the speakers were good but a few either had a bad connection with the microphone or they were not tuned in right. Difficult to hear what they said. Mr. Ziegler is a good man, with a good reputation, but I think that his family is using him to the point that it may be a remake of “Weekend with Bernie” movie soon. Overall I saw the gig as a live “infomercial” with overtones of a tv evangilistic entertainment enterprise . Lunch was limited to a 54 minute break and I stood in… Read more »

zack
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zack

I just attended the Orlando Seminar. Enjoyable and entertaining speakers. Got suckered into the investools- knew it from the moment that I was signing up, felt embarrassed with the “sucker bag” for the rest of the day. Not offended by the Jesus talk- its America and was founded on Christian principals and Christianity.
I would go again because it was a unique experience with excellent big name speakers.

John
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John

I almost forget… I would go again. Some very good speakers in person, free, and a day off work. Those are a great combination. Just don’t be taken in!

John
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John

Just saw this in Jacksonville, FL. I am a moderate independent, and a Christian so I was not offended. However, I can see how many would be. It did seem very preachy and right-wing oriented. Also I did not see much of a value for business people at all. Maybe sales people could learn some techniques on playing to people’s emotions. I really like Rudy Giuliani and Colin Powell so it was worth the price of free. I could not believe all of the sales pitches, but I now saw why my ticket was free. Bottom Line if you are… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Just attend Springfield seminar. First of, this I not a business seminar. It is a mixture of a republican convention, church and sales pitches designed to rip you off.

Getting motivated for me does not mean believing I live in a country that is better than everyone else. Where does this Armageddon idea come from? Also, a business seminar is not appropriate place for either politics or religion. Completely inappropriate and would never waste my day again.

Rick Harrington
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http://www.getmotivated.com/city.aspx?a=5106 A Lion in Sheep’s Clothing A motivational seminar sounds innocent enough. Who among us doesn‚Äôt need a little motivation once in a while. With the economy the way it is, most of us need a boost. Wouldn‚Äôt it be even better if such a seminar included speakers such as Colin Powell, Laura Bush, Rudy Giuliani, and Terry Bradshaw to lure thousands of these people into a big venue arena. It would be better yet if the arena was filled with giant jumbotron televisions, some exhilarating music, fireworks and a light show. Well, a company called ‚ÄúGet Motivated‚Äù is doing… Read more »

Sam Cohen
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Sam Cohen

I just wanted to clarify my previous post. It was based on my opinion and not necessarily on facts.You can research Investools for yourself

Sam Cohen
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Sam Cohen

HORRIBLE Seminar. I can’t believe that they used a business seminar to try to proselytize folks. Sales pitches were very transparent and rediculous. For example, Phil Towne pitches his stock trading program. He shows his big house. He shows his beautiful wife. He shows trades that made a lot of money, although these might not be make by Investools folks. What he doesn’t show are the losses garnered by folks.Also, the idiots buying this program never think that maybe if this program was so good, why is INvestools trying to sell it at seminars? Why not sell it to the… Read more »

Daphne
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Daphne

I also attended the Sept. 9th seminar in Hartford, CT. My friend and I arrived approx. 45 minutes prior to the doors opening. It was totally mobbed, and people were almost tumbling over each other to get in line. It was unfortunate to see adults behave that way just to get a few feet closer to the door. However, my friend and I made several contacts (ranging from a doctor to a radio station representative to a consultant). I think the $5 bucks to attend was worth the new contacts made alone. It was great to see Rudy Giuliani, Joe… Read more »

alfio R
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alfio R

Just attended the Hartford, CT., G.M. Seminar-9-9-09. Line-up was pretty much the same. There was Tamara, Krish, Phil Town, James Smith, Laura Bush, Forbes, Guliani and Gen. Powell, Montana and Zig. There was another speaker after the General, but we left. This was a pyramid scheme of sorts. You charge 5.00($10.00 if you bought the useless workbook)/head X 19k people=somewhere between 100-200k is made. Tamara takes the cash and pays her speakers- 10-25k each, only the big names, Zig, Colin, Laura, Montana. The others don‚Äôt get paid but reap the rewards of the side seminars where they will teach you… Read more »

Sean
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Sean

I was just dragged to this event in Hartford. Wish I has read this first. The guest speakers were Joe montana Laura bush steve forbes Rudy guliani and Colin Powell. They were all excellent and enjoyable. However all the other late night informercial-esque speakers were so transparent and self promoting it made me sick. I had emailed friends te day before and said I was going to a republican brainwashing. Not too far off. All the talk about Jesus made me uncomfortable. I’m Catholic. I have no questions about my faith but strongly respect the faith of others. But I… Read more »

Karen Fodor
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Karen Fodor

I came to the Buffalo Seminar for inspiration due to the business titles advertised. I found many speakers lacked motivation, direction and passion for their speaches! Please understand there were several good speakers. But here was more you had to be drawn for the names than to learn and to be inspired with motivation. Part of it was more of a selling ploy for their books and the infomercial man hyped many on his stock kit by saying “would you not want my life. I do what I want and when I get tired of it I move on”. I… Read more »

Mary Kennedy
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Mary Kennedy

My son and I attended the seminar in E. Lansing, MI on July 14. The only good thing about it was the lesson of how easily people’s minds can be controlled. I was disappointed to see Dr. Robert Schuller being exploited. I wonder if he even knew why he was there. We left after Phil Town’s presentation and tried to salvage what was left of the day by having a nice lunch and visiting a relative in the city.

Moose
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Moose

The real title of this seminar should be ‚ÄúGet Motivated‚ĶRepublicans!‚Äù This was a clich√©-ridden, one-sided, ideological display of the Republican platform with enthusiastic infomercials peppered throughout. The pandering of the presenters and speakers to the ultraconservatives was so obvious that it might as well as have been sponsored by the NRA. The fact that they disguise this cheesy little old fashioned tent revival as a business seminar is preposterous. The only business tip I got was the idea to chorale a bunch of suckers into an arena, appeal to their patriotism and sentimentality with references to God, Apple Pie, and… Read more »

Alec Berg
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Alec Berg

I also attended the Philadelphia Get Motivated seminar. What an awful, awful event. One of the worst things I have ever been to. Tamara Lowe comes across as self-serving as she flashes photo after photo of her with famous people and mentions who she has met. The cover of the booklet they give you is covered with photos of her husband Peter Lowe with famous people, it’s conveys nothings but the “look at me” image. The emcee was dreadful as he conducted the most impersonal interviews I have ever seen. Poor Zig Ziglar should never have been a speaker as… Read more »

Miss Butterfly
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Miss Butterfly

I attended the Get Motivated Seminar today in Philadelphia, PA. Having worked in Corporate America for 40+ years, I have attended many seminars of this nature. I was inspired to go because I had heard Zig Zigler about 15 years ago and I liked the venue of speakers at this event: Gen. Colin Powell, Donovan McNabb, Steve Forbes, Rudy Giuliani, Charlie Manuel, etc. As a retiree starting a business, I found the event to be very inspiring and motivating, professionally, personally, and spiritually. As Christians we are to share the God that we know and love without reservation, but with… Read more »

lantana
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lantana

I couldn’t agree with this review more. One of my employees is Jewish and I just kept mouthing to her during Tamara’s presentation, “I’m SO Sorry!” It was insulting to those of other faiths and belief systems to assume that everyone in the room is or should be actively practicing the Christian faith. No wonder the world hates us and thinks we’re completely self-absorbed. It is supposed to be a business seminar not a church convention! Thanks for the tips on the investment course, I thought it sounded pretty interesting but part of me felt that skeptic voice saying, “if… Read more »

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