"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

Countdown To Make A Promise Day (May 4th) … Author and Speaker Stefania Lucchetti Shares The Promise She Made to Her Grandmother During What’s Your Promise? Interview with Matthew Cossolotto

Stefania Lucchetti talks about her promise to her grandmother

Author and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), today announced that he has posted an inspiring “What’s Your Promise?” interview with leadership expert Stefania Lucchetti.  Release of the interview is part of the countdown to “Make A Promise Day” 2011.

Lucchetti is an internationally renowned expert on leadership, productivity and making ideas happen.  Her first book The Principle of Relevance has been defined “the message of the times.”  She regularly speaks for Fortune 500 companies and teaches courses on leadership and entrepreneurship.

During the interview, Lucchetti discussed the heartfelt promise she made to her grandmother.  After Lucchetti became a lawyer, her grandmother asked her not to forget that her real passions in life were to be a writer and a performer.  So Lucchetti promised her grandmother that she would pursue these two passions.

During the interview, Lucchetti expressed support for Make A Promise mission:  “This make a promise philosophy really resonates with me.  The promise I made to my grandmother was always there and I knew she would be happy that I kept my promise to her.”

Listen to the short interview (approximately 18 minutes) on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/mHeajeyyJTg.

Lucchetti is certainly not alone in supporting Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” project.  The Town Board in Yorktown, New York, unanimously adopted a resolution on February 15, 2011, proclaiming May 4th to be “Make A Promise Day.”  Cossolotto is writing a book about the power of making a promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  Here is a brief excerpt from Jack Canfield’s foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book:

“When Matthew first told me about the heartfelt promise he made to his mother and that he was launching a special day called “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th, I was hooked. You could say he had me at “I promise.”… Contributing the foreword to this book and being associated with Matthew’s inspiring “Make-A-Promise” project is totally aligned with my life’s purpose.” http://www.JackCanfield.com

John Assaraf, best-selling author of Having It All, wrote this about Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” project:  “I have spoken with Matthew about his project related to The Power of Making a Promise.  He told me about ‘Make A Promise Day‘ and his mission to highlight what he calls those two magic words:  ‘I Promise.’  I agree completely with him that there is something uniquely powerful about making a promise that goes beyond traditional goal-setting… Put simply, Matthew’s project is very promising indeed!”  http://www.JohnAssaraf.com

Author and publisher Rick Frishman wrote this about “Make A Promise Day”:   “Happy ‘Make A Promise Day’ everybody! I really like Matthew’s idea.  The power of making a promise to someone you care about really can change your life.  Great work Matthew … May The Fourth Be With You!”  http://www.RickFrishman.com.

During her own “What’s Your Promise?” interview (to be released soon), Gail Lynne Goodwin, founder of http://www.InspireMeToday.com, said this about Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” mission:  “You’re onto something big here.  Because when we make a promise we put our word on the line and we have to step up for it… I commend you on the word you’re doing.  It’s an inspiration to me.”

Cossolotto knows about the power of making a promise from personal experience.  He made a promise to his mother on her deathbed that he would finish writing a book he had been discussing with her, get it published, and dedicate it to her memory. The resulting book, complete with Cossolotto’s dedication to his mother, is HabitForce!

In the run-up to “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto is asking supporters to spread the word about “Make A Promise Day” to jurisdictions across the U.S. and around the world.  He encourages people to urge appropriate authorities in their town, city, county, state (or province) and country to adopt a “Make A Promise Day” Proclamation similar to the one passed by the Yorktown, New York, Town Board.  See earlier press release (http://prlog.org/11399160) with the proposed text of a resolution that could be adapted and adopted by appropriate authorities in jurisdictions around the world.

To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto cites several high-profile examples:
•   Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.
•   Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.
•   Before his daughter’s wedding, former president Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.
•   NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.
•   Kody Bateman, CEO of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his departed brother (and himself) that he would act on his promptings and find a way to help others do the same.  He founded Send Out Cards as a result of this heartfelt promise.

Cossolotto invites people around the world to submit short summaries of their moving true stories of promises made and promises kept for possible inclusion in forthcoming books, presentations, and interviews.  Send a few sentences describing your promise to:  Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

About Stefania Lucchetti

Stefania Lucchetti is an internationally renowned expert on leadership, productivity and making ideas happenHer first book The Principle of Relevance has been defined “the message of the times.”  Stefania regularly speaks for Fortune 500 companies and teaches courses on leadership and entrepreneurship.  She is the founder of the Women Leadership Project: a venture aimed at guiding women to become empowered, awakened, leaders.  Stefania is also Education Chair of Women in Finance Asia (WiFA).  She is also a blogger on Technorati and the Huffington Post and is a member of the Information Overload Research Group (IORG).  Stefania is an accredited mediator with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and a Coach U graduate.  Stefania is also an attorney, qualified in 3 jurisdictions: she has been practicing corporate law for over 10 years in Europe and Asia focusing on the telecoms, IT, media and internet industries. She assisted internet pioneers such as Altavista and Yahoo in the early days of their foray into Europe.  Stefania also works individually with clients who want to achieve their maximum potential through personal growth.  Visit http://www.stefanialucchetti.com.


About Matthew Cossolotto

Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a CEO speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield about the power of making a promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to colleges, associations, and corporations. Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com;  http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com;  Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.  “Make A Promise Day” greeting cards and other exciting gift items are available for convenient online purchase by visiting Matthew’s Zazzle store: www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

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