How One Speaker Kept the Faith, and Delivered on The Promise
Fresh off his recent closing keynote at The Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT) Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker Jason Hewlett, received a standing ovation from the more than 15,300 audience members and realized the cumulation of a vision and goal set in 2001 when he embarked on his speaking career: To speak on the mainstage at MDRT.
“During my entire youth there were MDRT plaques lining the hallways of our home,” shared Jason. “My Dad, John Hewlett, being in the upper echelon of the most successful in the world in life insurance and financial planning fields, his lifetime membership in MDRT made it my goal as well. When I began my career in 2001 looking for big stages to perform on, asking my Dad where I should begin, he recommended MDRT because they had the best speakers at their conferences he’d ever seen. I made my first call to them, and I’ve submitted to be on their stage as a speaker every year since.”
For Jason, it was a home run, Olympic medal, life-changing moment. “Well-earned, well-deserved, and we are quite sure just the tip of the iceberg for what is next for this show-stopping entertainer and keynote speaker” shared Karen Harris, CEO of cmi speaker management. “He lights up the stage with humor, impressions, and an animated presentation that is just out of this world. More than that, however, he CONNECTS with messaging that is relatable, heart-warming, and exactly what audiences are looking for today.”
The topic he took the stage with was his signature, “The Promise” which compels audiences to take a long look at the impact their own “promises” make on the lives around them. While fun, engaging, and completely entertaining – the keynote has poignant moments that leave audience members feeling transformed, inspired, and motivated to take positive action in their lives.
“There is so much heart and humanity that just pours out of every speech Jason delivers,” shared Julie Escobar, industry consultant. “He is loved by audiences, adored and respected by his colleagues and peers, and a dream for meeting planners to work with. High entertainment, low ego, and a double-watt personality – all make him a speaker companies want to hire again and again.”
In a world that can certainly use a lot more fulfilled promises and big dreams coming to fruition, Jason’s journey to keynote for one of the most prestigious events hosted by the world-class organization of MDRT sends a resounding message to all of us. Keep your promises. Keep the faith. Stay focused and driven. Extraordinary things can happen when you do.
Great work, Jason. We can’t wait to see what event you’ll headline next.
I’m writing to you from Key West, FL.
When people think of Key West they mostly think of key lime pie, which I am sorry to say, I can’t even stomach.
However, when I saw on my calendar I was booked to be in Key West I thought of only one name: Hemingway!
About a decade ago I first visited Ernest Hemingway’s home here with my wife and our friends. Today I enjoyed the tour once again and am inspired.
He is one of the great prolific writers in American History…. Read the rest of Jason’s blog post here!
In Step With Dori Weisenberger
If you’ve spent even ten minutes with the team members at cmi, you’ll get two things right away: they are driven, smart professionals – and they like to have fun. That’s an amazing combination for any organization. For one that expertly accelerates the business growth for an elite group of speakers and their clients, I’d say it’s a big differentiator.
I recently caught up with the team’s Digital Marketing Super Creator (love their titles) Dori Weisenberger, for a quick interview on her role within the company. Here’s the inside scoop!
Q: Dori, can you first tell the readers a little about yourself and what you do for the organization?
A: Well for cmi, I do all our digital marketing. So that means video editing, weekly email blasts, image editing, social media, and website upkeep. I also periodically help with data entry and event assistance. I came to cmi from the arts world. I worked at a local museum and arts education facility.
Q: That’s awesome! As a team, you all recently decided to crown a Queen of Fun each month to choose an activity that would bring you all together…can you tell me how that decision came about?
A: It was something Karen wanted to do–inject a little more fun into our cmi life. We discussed and decided to do a fun, team-building activity on the last Friday of every month. It can be pretty informal, such as going for a walk, or something like yoga in the park. I volunteered to go first so we could see how it went. So far so good!
Q: You were the kick-off Queen! Tell us about the activity you chose!
A: I chose plogging, which is a combo of jogging and the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp,’ meaning picking up garbage. It sounded like a fun trend–good for the environment and good for you! We didn’t jog (I’m a terrible runner) but we did walk around for an hour picking up two big garbage bags full of trash.
Q: How cool is that? I have never even heard of it – but I love it! The environment is really important to you and to your CEO, Karen Harris – can you give us a little backstory?
A: Yes, like Karen, I grew up on a farm with two earth-loving parents who taught my siblings and I to always recycle and never litter. With climate-change trends happening everywhere in the world, we’re really lucky to live in a place like Calgary that is a little more stable and seems to be sheltered from the worst of it. But we like the ‘big picture’ at cmi and thinking about the rest of the planet, so I’m trying to be as green as I possibly can be. Next up is figuring out a route to ride my bike to work, just like Karen!
Q: The world needs more people that are environmentally conscious! Good for you – and your team. What’s one thing about yourself that people might not know?
A: I grew up playing the piano and taught beginner piano also. Music is a real passion of mine.
Q: What do you love best about what you do for cmi?
A: I really love when I create something, such as a new video clip or email blast, that sees results. That could mean it gets lots of engagement on social media, or it generated a new hold for one of our speakers. I really like being helpful to the other ladies in the office and our speakers.
You’re an integral part of the team Dori, I know. With such an incredible team dynamic, a passion for service, and a real sense of fun and comradery – it’s no wonder you all accomplish so much and connect so well with your clients. Great work!
Ready to learn more about the awesome team at cmi and what they can do for you? Click here or give them a call at 1-877-307-7403.
I get asked for presentation advice all the time, so here are five tips that will help make your presentations more engaging & effective.
- Get Rid of Pleasantries
– There is no need to talk about the weather, how grateful you are to be there, to apologize, or reintroduce yourself. You only have a few seconds to grab their attention so start with a question or jump into your content.
- Make it Conversational
– Act like you are speaking to one person. Make it conversational. Ask questions. If it is a small group you might create dialogue, with a large audience ask questions and give a pause for people to think about the question. Keep them engaged in the conversation.
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