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“Your message touched everyone! We all appreciated you and you definitely made the moment matter. I know it’s all been echoing in my mind! Several told me the message fit in beautifully with what they were doing on Monday with their staff, or that they were going to modify their plans due to what you had shared.”

 – Superintendent, New Milford Public Schools

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My Commitment to You

My goal is to deliver one of the most valuable sessions on your entire program. With that in mind, here is what you can expect from me…

1. CONNECTION, not just customization.

Some speakers start with a canned story. I start with connection. People want to know they’re understood. I speak about rising and thriving because I want your audience to RISE and THRIVE! That starts with understanding what brings them joy, what is most challenging to them, and what they want more of, so I can meet them where they are and provide the tools and resources to get them where they want to be.  

2. More than ideas to remember, an EXPERIENCE they'll never forget.

We’re addicted to new ideas and new strategies, but the gap between where you are and where you want to be is rarely more information. We’re so overwhelmed, we can’t do what we already know how to do. My experiential presentation will change your attendees’ state of being so they FEEL energized and excited. They will discover what is already within them and leave empowered to rise up and thrive once again.

3. A reminder that in work, and in life, MOMENTS make all the difference.

The best advice in the world is meaningless if not acted upon, and the only place action occurs is in this moment. Whether you’re in sales, leadership, education, healthcare, public service— no matter your field—what if your teams and employees are able to shift to see this moment as something they GET to be a part of rather than something they HAVE TO do while they’re on their way to something else? This moment is an opportunity to fully engage and make a better choice, because everything happens in this moment. And, when you learn how to be present in this moment, with this client, this customer, or this challenge, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.  

“What a welcomed opening speaker! I have attended so many Conferences and National Sales Meetings… It has become quite the ‘snooze fest’! Shawn was able to connect with the audience and get us excited to be where we were. His techniques and stories were easily relatable and entertaining. I will be recommending Shawn for all speaking opportunities!”
 — Architectural Sales Manager, Rockfon”


With all the complexities of the day, with distractions and demands coming from every direction, it’s so easy to slip into a state of just surviving, just getting by, waiting, hoping for better days ahead—it doesn’t matter if you’re a business owner, a nurse, an attorney, a healthcare administrator, a banker, a salesperson—no one is immune.

The good news is, you can shift from surviving to thriving, right now, and that’s what Shawn’s Mastering the Moments to Rise and Thrive programs are all about.

Mastering the Moments to Thrive in Life and Work... Starting Now!

Moments. Life is full of them. Some of them are magical, many of them are mundane. Some of them take your breath away, many of them are unnoticed. Yet every moment matters. This moment matters. Because in this moment, everything can change.

Sales are won or lost.

Employees are engaged or checked out.

Customers are thrilled or alienated.

Relationships are built or broken.

This moment matters, because everything happens in this moment. Yet how often are we really here for the moments?

In today’s rapidly changing, highly demanding business world, it’s no secret that leaders are struggling to keep morale up while their people are constantly striving to “do more, faster.”

It’s been said that we live in the Age of Distraction, in a state of Continuous Partial Attention. So, no wonder we struggle to do what we know we should do.

Before we start chasing the “next new thing” that promises to get us from where we are to where we want to be, we must first learn how to “be here now” so we can do what we already know how to do. 

After this presentation, your people will be equipped with the strategies they need to combat overwhelm, fatigue, distractions, endless thoughts, and everything else that threatens to rob us of this moment… so they can focus on what matters most.

Key takeaways:

  • The Power of Awareness: In order to find the right solution to this situation, you must first slow down and be aware of what’s really happening. Be here now; be somewhere else later.
  • The Power of Focus: Is your attention set to “spray” or “stream”? Do what you’re doing, and bring your full talent, skill, and experience into this moment.
  • The Power of Alignment: Are you living by default or by design? Align with your goals, values, and priorities in any given moment by asking a simple question: What’s the right thing, right now?
  • The Power of Perspective: The “problem” almost always has more to do with your perspective than with the reality of the circumstance. Take another look. Is there a gift here?
Rise and Thrive! Discover Your True Power to Rise Up in Times of Change, Uncertainty, or Adversity

I’m not supposed to be here.

This shouldn’t be happening.

Nothing is going according to plan.

Have you ever had any of those thoughts? We all have. And if your organization, your team, or your industry is going through a time a change, uncertainty, or adversity, you can bet your people have. 

What we know as leaders, of course, is that change is normal. Adversity is a given. The only certainty is uncertainty!

But challenging circumstances can rock our world if we’re not ready for them. One “bad” moment can easily spiral into “one of those days.” The key is to realize that circumstances are never in our control. What is in our control is how we SHOW UP, and how we RESPOND.

If your people are overwhelmed by thoughts like, “How is the change in our organization going to affect me?” or “How are the new competitors in the marketplace going to affect me?” or “How am I going to get used to this new person sitting next to me?” then there’s no way they can perform up to the level you know they’re capable of.

So, let’s help them. You have an amazing group of people. Let’s give them the gift of a fresh perspective. Let’s share some laughs, and remind them that, if they look back on their lives, they’ll see that it’s all unfolded according to plan. And there’s no reason for it to stop now. 

Just relax. Show up at your best. Respond with intention. And enjoy the ride. It’s going somewhere good!

Key Takeaways:

  • The Power of Perspective: While you don’t get to choose your circumstances, you do get to choose how you SHOW UP and how you RESPOND.
  • The Power of Presence: Your company needs you, your coworkers need you, your family needs you… we ALL need ALL of you.
  • The Power of Purpose: You are here for a reason, and the reason is not something grand and far away in the future… it is THIS MOMENT.
  • The Power of Gratitude: This is life, and life is a gift… so what can you find to be grateful for in this moment? Nothing negative can exist in the presence of gratitude.

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Help your people rise up, stand strong, and break through to the next level this year… no matter what they’re facing! Call us at 615.526.6600 or click below to get in touch about scheduling a session for your upcoming meeting!

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