Category Archives: Self Improvement

Motivational Video: Take No Days Off for Success!

Motivational Video:  Take No Days Off for Success!

The following motivation video shares the success secrets for achieving more in life.  This motivational video will give you the courage and motivation to overcome obstacles in your life.

It was filmed in my son’s gym, Great Game Athletics.  My son Chris is also in the film (wearing the black shirt).

What nuggets of motivational wisdom can you receive from this success video?  Enjoy this motivational video and get motivated!


Appreciation for Motivation!: Happy World Gratitude Day Part 2

Appreciation for Motivation!:  Happy World Gratitude Day Part 2

World Gratitude Day, gratitude, appreciation, gratitude quotes, appreciation quotes, success quotes, success, motivational quotes, motivational, Ed Sykes, motivational speakers, va, the sykes groupMary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, once said, “There are two things people want more than sex and moneyrecognition and praise.”  Time and time again the one motivating factor at the top of most employee lists is appreciation for a job well done.  It is more requested than the green stuff, money.

Why don’t more managers, owners, and employees give appreciation?  Some people state they don’t know how to give appreciation.  Others don’t know what to give appreciation for in the work environment.  Yet others say they are too busy to give appreciation.

I think this is the biggest sin of managers, being too busy to motivate their employees and give appreciation for a good job well done.  Remember what the old transmission commercials used to say, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later.”  Well, that is what giving appreciation is about.  You can invest in your employees now and “pay” them with sincere appreciation and achieve even better performance.  Or you will “pay” later by seeing your team’s performance sink, corrective actions and coachings increase, and overall morale decrease.

The following link will give you five motivation tips to giving sincere appreciation that will motivate your team to soar to a higher level and achieve more:  Gratitude Through Appreciation


Inspirational Story by Student Brings Passion to Her Son’s Journey!

Inspirational Story by Student Brings Passion to Her Son’s Journey!

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Phyllis Kauflin and Grammy winning, jazz legend Quincy Jones

I had the pleasure of having a student go through my class who wanted to learn how to make a video that would tell the inspirational story of her son and how he overcame his challenges to become an award-winning jazz pianist. The student in my class was Phyllis Kauflin. Her son is Justin Kauflin.

You may not have heard of him today, but you will shortly. His inspirational story is being told in the documentary, Keep on Keepin’ On, produced by musical genius Quincy Jones and coming out on Sept. 19th. The documentary tells the inspirational story of Justin’s journey to become an award-winning, world-class jazz pianist in spite of losing his sight at an early age. The documentary also tells the inspirational story of how Grammy-award winning jazz legend Clark Terry mentored Justin to become the pianist he is today. View the trailer below.

When his mother attended my video marketing class, she wanted to make a personal video to share with friends and family. Phyllis did a great job using pictures and music to create a mood that told Justin’s inspirational story from a baby to an accomplished jazz pianist. This is a perfect example of making a simple yet powerful video through the use of only pictures and music. No actors or narration were needed. View Phyllis’ video below.

After showing her the tools and techniques she needed to make a quality video, she put together this video between my first and second video marketing class, in less than forty-eight hours.  I am proud of all of my students who rose to the challenge and produced quality videos that helped their businesses. Or in Phyllis’ case, told her son’s story.


Motivational Quotes: Start With What You Have to Achieve Success!

Motivational Quotes: Start With What You Have to Achieve Success!

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Motivational Quotes: It’s the Journey to Achieving Your Goals That Count!

Motivational Quotes:  It’s the Journey to Achieving Your Goals That Count!

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Have you noticed that you’ve experienced much change over the past year, months, weeks, and even days? Your situation may have changed due to the challenges presented by these changing times, and you may ask yourself if you have achieved your goals of the past year. How do we go about starting our goal-setting activity with all of this change happening around us?

The following seven goal-setting steps will help you successfully implement your goal-setting and achieve your dreams in the future in these changing times:

  1. Successful Goal Setting Requires Thinking About Your Goals – You are told how to think and what to think about each and every day. From when we get up in the morning until we go to sleep at night, television, radio, personal computer, family, friends, managers, and colleagues tell us how to think, feel, and act.
  2. Successful Goal Setting Requires Writing Your Goals – Nothing happens in goal setting unless you write your goals and put these goals on paper. Put a pen to paper and you are ahead of all ninety-five percent of other people because they do not write down their goals and then wonder why they are unhappy in their business, their career, and their life. Take the time to write down your goals. It doesn’t need to be perfect the first time; successful goal setting is an ongoing process that will change as you accomplish your goals.
  3. Successful Goal Setting Requires Shorter Time Periods – Break the length for your goals into shortened time periods. This allows you adjust as needed in changing times. For example, break your goals into twenty-year, ten-year, five-year, one-year, six-month, monthly, weekly, and daily increments. This will allow you to gauge whether you are on course to accomplishing your goals, or whether you need to make adjustments to get back on track.  (Read the rest of the article at Powerful Goals)

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