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Published on Nov 22, 2011
What does, "Keep on Pushing" mean to motivational speaker Devon Harris? In this interview with Mulligan Speakers International's Diane Mulligan, Harris sees it first as, "Continuous pushing past the obstacles that are standing between you and your goals." The second part is, "the idea of never becoming complacent, but growing, continuously striving to improve your skill set so you can take your game to the next level."
Taking the lessons he learned as a member and then team captain for a team was so unusual, it was profiled in the movie, "Cool Running's" -- the Jamaican Bobsled Teams of the 1980's and 90's, Harris now brings his "Keep on Pushing" message to businesses, meetings and events worldwide.
Not only is his message important to audiences, Harris' message is even important to the planners who organize the events where he appears. His first tip for them concerns the idea of purpose. He explains that, "When a meeting planner asks me to be part of a meeting the first question I'm asking is 'what is the meeting about, what are you working to achieve?'" He adds, "This has to be established. It's almost like the ground rules, because that's how you define success."
Another tip for meeting planners include challenging them to, "Get better working collaboratively" both with what he calls, "internal teammates," in the office and, "external teammates" outside the office such as vendors and other suppliers.
His final tip is for planers to, "Get out of their comfort zone (and) be willing to embrace new ideas." He says growth is one thing that, "Makes you recession-proof."
Great ideas for personal growth and a perfect topic of discussion for meeting planners from the man who helped put Jamaica on the map in the arctic sport of bobsledding.
Harris is just one of the speakers at Mulligan Speakers International who can provide both motivation and action points for your organization's next meeting. You can find out more by visiting http://www.mulliganspeakers.com.