Made to order accurately describes Jerry’s speaking style. He approaches each and every speaking client knowing that they have unique needs and circumstances.
After booking Jerry, you will receive a questionnaire from Jerry asking about your organization’s issues, unique personality, and specific needs.
Jerry takes this information and transforms his presentation to specifically help you address the issues you are grappling with.
Here is sampling of some of the topics Jerry has addressed with past groups:
Quality begins with an attitude – a dedication to assuring the best possible product and service. This takes teamwork and personal responsibility all the way down the line.
As a child, Jerry faced fourteen painful corrective operations. He had to rely on a team of surgeons, nurses and other professionals to provide quality care.
Since the medical staff and his family invested so much emotion, time and skill, they expected concentrated efforts from him.
Jerry takes individual responsibility to strive for his greatest potential. Think of what it would be like if your entire team did that.
“These crutches are not a sign of a disability! If I didn't have crutches, I would be disabled. I could not go forward,” Jerry plainly states. “With these crutches I have covered a mile in just over 9 minutes, climbed to the top of 14,110 foot Pikes Peak, and have run 3,528 miles across America.”
In order to perform at our optimum level, we must make taking care of our physical and mental well-being a top priority. Jerry is a model of the importance of a healthy diet and exercise program. A body that is in tune is better able to meet the challenges placed on it in an ever-changing work environment. If we are physically fit we will be able to give the effort necessary to meet the demands of our clients.
It is important to focus not only on our physical conditioning but also on the mental, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of our health. Jerry has embraced a holistic approach to reach his full potential.
It takes sheer guts to tackle a rugged, narrow Rocky Mountain footpath on crutches. Jerry took on that task! Why? Because he made a commitment and he didn’t let any obstacles stand in his way. Despite the fact that at one point he had to maneuver past a 1,500 foot sheer drop!
The same commitment and courage is essential from your sales team. Each and every day they face new challenges, crises, frustrations and victories.
A large part of their success lies in understanding and knowing how to plow through those frustrations and challenges, and continually reach for their goals. And in being willing to solve problems and meet needs, rather than simply making a sale.
Jerry’s story helps sales people realize that, with unwavering commitment, every goal is attainable.
"When I catch someone staring at me, I hear a silent, yet powerful voice saying, ‘I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU!!’ Rather than feeling uncomfortable, I feel a warmth, knowing that curiosity may have killed the cat, but in reality it is a good thing. I generally approach the person and introduce myself as I educate them about my condition. They are surprised and relieved when I teach them that my crutches are a good thing. If I did not have the crutches I would be handicapped. The crutches are what allows me to go forward and contribute to society. Without them I would fall."
The power of Jerry's interaction when people stare, illustrates the lesson that all of us can contribute if we are given the chance to discover and use our gifts. Our fantastic diversity leads to more creative, synergistic and effective outcomes. Through his experiences, Jerry demonstrates that the contribution of each individual can only be fully realized when we withhold judgment and learn more about each person. Rather than concerning ourselves with race, gender and disability, the ultimate question might be, “What can you as a unique individual bring to our effort and what accommodations or support can we offer to better ensure your success?”
Dennis Miller, the comedian once said, “Our enemies see our diversity of opinion as evidence that we are weak and divided, but it is the very presence of a vibrant marketplace of ideas that ensures our continued survival.”