Gina London: it as a skier with disabilities has soared to heights in sports and speaking

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    Having one leg does not stop Bonnie St. John with the champion. She became the first African-American to win medals in Paralympic Alpine skiing, and she is a regular speaker a great choice between $15,000-$25,000 (€13,000 to €21,560) for the gig.
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Having one leg does not stop Bonnie St. John with the champion. She became the first African-American to win medals in Paralympic Alpine skiing, and she is a regular speaker a great choice between $15,000-$25,000 (€13,000 to €21,560) for the gig.

This may seem straight forward statement to you, until you realize that Bonnie won a bronze and a silver medal in 1984.

How this woman remained at the top of her game? And, for the purposes of this column, and my commitment to help you improve your game that we can all learn from it? I’m going to share to tell her secrets, so be ready.

First, let me set the scene. I was lucky enough to hear Bonnie would tell her story in person last week when I took part in a four-day leadership conference in Orlando hosted by the inimitable John Maxwell organization.

People from all corners of the globe gathered, eager to apply the valuable experience in the integrity, influence and professional development from a variety of speakers to their lives and the lives of others.

(By the way, I was also lucky to meet some wonderful people from Ireland, who happened to be there too. The Board Communicator the cover Joan, Noel, Valerie, Lorraine, Mick and Sonia “G”.)

Now back to Bonnie. As I mentioned, for over 20 years she was one of the most popular speakers in the face of the prestigious Bureau Washington speakers.

He was a source of envy for some of their peers. For example, Bonnie, associated Olympic (Paralympic no) medalist, who won four gold medals, but did not earn fees Bonnie to speak once turned to her in despair and complained: “I have to get more than you.”

Bonnie explained that what makes her different from her, who won gold Olympic colleague – and perhaps from many other speakers as well – as she stubbornly continues to look at “providing real value to the achievement of the objectives of the client.” Here’s how:

1 say in the “real” parties before

Bonnie said and I certainly agree from my own experience that it is very typical for your cooperation to the organizers before any intervention.

Official PR in the Coordination responsible, most speakers usually have minimal access to the audience before they go on stage.

“If you only talk to management, you will sound like control,” Bonnie cautioned.

That’s why she makes it a rule to ask to speak to a few Non-management employees in advance.

“I want to know how my topic of the earth in their lives. If I’m talking about teamwork, how it works or does not work in their organization? As a speaker, really ask yourself: ‘how do I better sell their value? As I understand it their problem?’.”

2 to change and develop your stories

As humans, we constantly meet new people and get new experience. Include them in your presentation. You can grow in your speaking forever. If You’re not growing, you cease to be so meaningful.

Even your “old chestnut” can be changed. Bonnie told how harrowing story she often tells about the necessity of using weights to tighten her “stump” to prepare him for prosthetics have evolved over many years.

He once focused on her own pain and perseverance, but then was shifted to instead focus on the warm and encouraging role her physical therapy nurse.

Bonnie described his collection of stories ‘the pantry’. She mixes and matches to suit different types of audiences to her. Each of them gets a unique blend of ingredients in her pantry. For us, attending the world conference MARRIOTT Center, she exclaimed, “I had so much fun making this dish for you.”

3 to remind people that they are heroes

In addition to the fact that her legs amputated at age five due to a rare birth defect, Bonnie was also sexually abused by her stepfather for many years. Despite these staggering odds against her, she never gave up.

“Who decides what I am worth? It’s me,” she said. It’s a message she tries to deliver all.

Bonnie has also written several self-development books for support and motivation. They help her to stay relevant and timely for a new audience. “I’m a self-made celebrity, she jokingly bragged. “Being a celebrity means I go to events and let people celebrate with me. But I also mention them. I don’t need show-off, I want to connect”.

One of the most affecting moments she experienced after solving the homeless shelter. Very large (and according to Bonnie, quite “smelly”), a resident came up and hugged her. “You’re just like me,” the man proclaimed.

“You know, you connect with when something like this happens,” Bonnie recalled.

“I remind people that they are heroes. We all have our giants to face, but you can stand up for what you fear. No matter how bad your life is, you can fight for positivity. You can be a warrior.”

Each of you has area, in which you can help someone by sharing your experience.

Like Bonnie, you can make a difference for people. Remember who decides your future and your impact? You.

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