"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

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Guest Speaker Matthew Cossolotto, Author of HabitForce! and Creator of “Make A Promise Day,” Speaks About “The Power of Making a Promise” To The Eastchester, NY, Rotary Club

Highlighting the promise he made to his dying mother, Cossolotto declares “A promise is like a goal on steroids” and quotes John Assaraf — “We’re neurologically wired not to break our promises.”

Matthew’s Mantra:  Make A Promise.  Keep Your Word.  Change Your Life. Transform The World.

Yorktown Heights, NY – July 21, 2011 – Author and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro) spoke to the Eastchester, NY, Rotary Club yesterday about “The Power of Making a Promise.”  Cossolotto is the creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), which has been officially proclaimed by the Yorktown, NY, Town Board and the Westchester County Executive.  (See Proclamation links below.)

Author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, Cossolotto is a former aide to U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta (now Secretary of Defense).  He’s writing a book called The Power of Making a Promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Here are some of the highlights of Cossolotto’s remarks to the Eastchester Rotary.

  • Cossolotto began by describing the promise he made 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.  His mother looked up at him, smiled brightly with determination, and said: “You do that, Matthew.  You do that.”  The resulting book, complete with Cossolotto’s dedication to his mother, is HabitForce! (signed copies available on http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.)
  • “A promise is like a goal on steroids,” Cossolotto said.  “Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, or write a book, if you say those two magic words – I Promise – you’ll make a much stronger emotional commitment to the outcome than if you simply make a goal, a commitment, an intention, or a New Year’s resolution.  You should turn important goals into heartfelt promises because a promise is much more powerful.  You’re more accountable and a promise helps you put your heart into it.  If you also anchor a promise made to someone you care about to a special day of the year – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, your own birthday – you’ll increase your level of emotional commitment to the outcome.“
  • Cossolotto recounted a heartwarming promise made by best-selling author John Assaraf.  In an interview for Cossolotto’s forthcoming book, Assaraf revealed for the first time a moving promise he made to God on the day each of his two sons was born.  In effect, he expressed gratitude to God for taking care of his sons in the womb and then he made a solemn promise to God that he would take care of his sons from now on the best way he could.

Cossolotto also quoted Assaraf as follows:  “We are neurologically wired not to break our promises.”  Assaraf and    Cossolotto also discussed the idea of starting a new tradition of making promises on the birth of our children. At one point in the interview Assaraf suggests: “Why not make a promise to a child that’s just been born?”

Read more about Cossolotto’s interview with John Assaraf by clicking on this link:  http://wp.me/pSLX3-7w.  Here’s the link to an edited version of Cossolotto’s interview the John Assaraf as posted on YouTube on Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011: http://youtu.be/LYdemF5H1KA.

  • Marshall Sylver – Host of “Get Rich Radio” – Takes The Promise Challenge.  Cossolotto described the very public promise made by Marshall Sylver, host of Get Rich Radio http://www.getrichradio.com, during Cossolotto’s interview on July 13, 2011.  Sylver promised his audience that he would lose 55 pounds by October 12, 2011.  He also promised if he didn’t get his weight down to 195 pounds or less, he would give $5,000 to the first caller to his radio show that day who asks about his weight.
  • Tony’s Promise.  Cossolotto recounted the story of Tony’s Promise.  Tragically, 19-year-old Tony McColl was killed on April 16th by a drunk driver in Canada.  Tony’s friends and family created a moving “I Promise” video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzGhT5hweNM) and “Tony’s Promise” Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_205770589445576).  Cossolotto said that the example of “Tony’s Promise” offers vivid testimony to the power of making a promise as a way to turn tragedy into a positive campaign to save lives and restore hope.  Inspired by Tony’s Promise, Cossolotto urged young people to make a promise not to drink and drive to their mothers on Mother’s Day and to their fathers on Father’s Day.

To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto often cites several high-profile examples:

  • Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.
  • Entertainer Danny Thomas made a promise to build a shrine to St. Jude.  That promise led to the establishment of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • 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.
  • Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.
  • NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight.

Just before “Make A Promise Day,” Cossolotto was featured as an “Inspirational Luminary? on Gail Lynne Goodwin’s popular Inspire Me Today website.  Here’s the link to the feature story: http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1126. Also here’s the link to an edited version of the “What’s Your Promise?” interview Cossolotto recorded with Goodwin about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter:  http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0

To celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published an ebook titled A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of 30 personal empowerment promises including the potentially life-changing “Top Ten Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life.”  Here’s a short video of Cossolotto announcing the publication of A Promise A Day. (http://youtu.be/tXEeMIlRTb4)  This powerful ebook is now available for a nominal investment on Cossolotto’s main website:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.com  

As a guest speaker, Cossolotto offers a lineup of programs for various audiencescolleges, associations, community organizations, nonprofits, and corporations.  He calls his presentations Personal Empowerment Programs … or PEPTalks.   Customized for each audiences, here are the titles of Cossolotto’s top three PEPTalks:

  • The Power of Making a Promise:  Make A Promise.  Keep Your Word.  Change Your Life.  Transform The World.
  • The Joy of Speaking: Turn Stage Fright Into Stage Delight and Speak Your Way to the Peak.
  • Success Is An Inside Job:  Harness Your HabitForce! and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential.

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.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.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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Matthew Cossolotto – aka “The Podium Pro” and author of All The World’s A Podium – Inks Agreement to Provide His Signature “PodiumPower!” Speech Coaching Services and Workshops To Leading Global Company

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Matthew Cossolotto – aka “The Podium Pro” and author of All The World’s A Podium – Inks Agreement to Provide His Signature “PodiumPower!” Speech Coaching Services and Workshops To Leading Global Company

Agreement includes one-on-one coaching sessions for several executives and a series of PodiumPower! workhops.  Cossolotto’s focus:  The Joy of Speaking

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – July 15, 2011 — Matthew Cossolotto — aka “The Podium Pro” and author of All The World’s A Podium — announced an agreement with a leading global company to provide his signature “PodiumPower!” speech coaching services and workshops.

Cossolotto is an accomplished CEO-level speechwriter and speech coach who also served as an aide to Congressman Leon Panetta (now Defense Secretary) and House Speaker Jim Wright.  In the private sector, Cossolotto served as a top speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE.

Under the recently signed agreement, Cossolotto will provide one-on-one speech coaching services for several executives and a series of PodiumPower! workshops.

“I’m very excited about this agreement,” Cossolotto said.  “I enjoy working one-on-one with executives to enhance their public speaking skills.  I’m also passionate about my PodiumPower! workshops.  In my coaching and workshops, I emphasize what I call “The Joy of Speaking.”  To that end, I put a premium on authentic speaking, helping leaders find their authentic voice and speak from the heart.  In fact, I like to call my book All The World’s A Podium “The manifesto for the authentic speaking revolution.”

All The World’s A Podium (signed copies available on http://www.ThePodiumPro.com) has been praised by a diverse group of high-profile leaders and executives in both the private and public sectors, including Hendrik Hertzberg, former House Speaker Jim Wright, H. Brian Thompson, TJ Walker, John B. Anderson, Lou Tice, Chris Sinclair, Sherry Mueller, and Granville Toogood, author of The Articulate Executive.

Praise for Matthew Cossolotto, Author of All The World’s A Podium 

“Bravo!  Matthew deserves a prolonged standing ovation for All The World’s A Podium.”

– Jim Wright, Former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

“I recommend [Matthew’s] new book and his coaching programs to any executive looking to enhance his or her podium power.”

– H. Brian Thompson, Chairman, Comsat International

“Matthew’s [speechwriting] work was always excellent. He was creative and thoughtful in helping develop key messages and then turning those messages into appropriate words. Having worked closely with Matthew for nearly four years, I am sure he will bring value to any client or employer. Accordingly, I give Matthew a wholehearted recommendation.”
– Charles R. Lee, Former Chairman and CEO, GTE Corporation (now Verizon)
Cossolotto was interviewed recently by TJ Walker about The Joy of Speaking. Click on this link to watch the short, informative interview:
http://www.tjwalker.com/2010/09/15/eliminate-your-fear-of-public-speaking-with-matthew-cossolotto.

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.  His line-up of leadership communications services includes:

  • Executive Speechwriting
  • One-on-One Speech Coaching
  • Strategic Messaging/Ghostwriting/Media Relations
  • PodiumPower! Keynotes and Workshops

The author of All The World’s A Podium, HabitForce! and The Almanac of European Politics, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame titled The Power of Making a Promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to a wide range of audiences including colleges, nonprofits, associations, agencies, and corporations.  Topics include:

  • The Power of Making a Promise
  • The Joy of Speaking
  • Success Is An Inside Job
  • Your HabitForce Checkup From The Neck Up

Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com; Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.  “Standing O” and “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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Marshall Sylver – Host of “Get Rich Radio” and Author of Passion, Profit, and Power – Accepts Matthew Cossolotto’s “Promise Challenge” … Makes Public Promise To Lose 55 Pounds by October 12, 2011, Or Give The First Caller $5,000.

Cossolotto — creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th) and author of HabitForce! – is writing a book titled The Power of Making a Promise featuring a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

Yorktown Heights, NY – July 14, 2011 — Author and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto – creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th) — appeared yesterday as a guest on Marshall Sylver’s “Get Rich Radio” show (http://www.getrichradio.com).  The interview touched on many of the empowering concepts contained in Matthew’s book HabitForce! and his forthcoming book about The Power of Making a Promise, with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta (now Defense Secretary), Matthew also served as a CEO speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE.   Cossolotto recently published a motivational ebook titled, “A Promise A Day: 30 Days to a Promising Future,” now available for a nominal investment on http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

Cossolotto began his “Get Rich Radio” interview by describing the promise he made 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! (signed copies available on http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.)

“A promise is like a goal on steroids,” Cossolotto said during the interview.  “Let’s say you want to lose weight, stop smoking, quit drinking, or write a book.  If you say those two magic words – I Promise – you’ll make a much stronger emotional commitment to the outcome than if you simply make a goal, a commitment, an intention, or a resolution.  A promise is much more powerful because you’re more accountable and it helps you to really put your heart into it.  If you also anchor a promise made to someone you care about to a special day of the year – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, your own birthday – you’ll increase your level of emotional commitment to the outcome. “

Marshall Sylver said many times during the interview that he agreed completely with these ideas.  Then he decided to take the Promise Challenge by making a public promise to his audience that he would lose 55 pounds by October 12, 2011.  He said if he didn’t get his weight down to 195 pounds or less, he would give $5,000 to the first caller to his radio show that day who asks about his weight.

During the interview, Cossolotto recounted a heartwarming promise made by best-selling author John Assaraf.  In an interview for Cossolotto’s forthcoming book, Assaraf revealed for the first time a remarkable, life-changing promise he made to God on the day each of his two sons was born.  In effect, he expressed gratitude to God for taking care of his sons in the womb and then he made a solemn promise to God that he would take care of his sons from now on the best way he could.

On several occasions during the interview, Assaraf expressed strong support for Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” initiative.  At one point, Assaraf asserts:  “We are neurologically wired, I believe, not to break our promises.”

Here’s the link to an edited version of Cossolotto’s interview the John Assaraf as posted on YouTube on Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011: http://youtu.be/LYdemF5H1KA.

Leading up to Make A Promise Day 2011, Cossolotto was featured on Gail Lynne Goodwin’s popular Inspire Me Today website.  Here’s the link to the feature story: http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1126.   Also here’s the link to a short version of the “What’s Your Promise?” interview Cossolotto recorded with Goodwin about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter:  http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0

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.
  • Entertainer Danny Thomas made a promise to build a shrine to St. Jude.  That promise led to the establishment of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • 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.
  • Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.
  • NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight

Visit http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com for updates.  Matthew’s Mantra:  Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life. Transform The World.

About Marshal Sylver — The Millionaire Maker™.  Marshall Sylver is the #1 leading expert on subconscious reprogramming and irresistible influence. For over twenty years, Sylver has entertained, educated, and transformed the lives of thousands of people. He is the author of Passion, Profit, and Power, and through infomercials has sold over a million copies of his personal development programs worldwide.  A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Sylver has led training programs for IBM, Ford, KFC, and Pepsi, teaching the management of these leading corporations how to motivate employees while also teaching staff how to easily produce higher sales. Visit www.getrichradio.com, www.sylver.com, www.prosperityalliance.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.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.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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Your HabitForce Checkup From The Neck Up! Matthew Cossolotto Says You Should “Declare Your Independence… From The Seven Habits That Hold You Back”

On July 5th 2011 — Declare Your Independence…

From The Seven Habits That Hold You Back

Matthew Cossolotto, author of HabitForce! and creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), offers “HabitForce Check Up From the Neck Up” programs to help you break free from FAILURE Traps and get on the SUCCESS Track

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – July 5, 2011 – This July 5th – a day after our national Independence Day — Matthew Cossolotto, author of HabitForce! and creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), urged everyone to “declare your independence” from the habits, mindsets and behavior patterns that hold you back from reaching your potential in life.

Cossolotto offers what he calls a “HabitForce Checkup From the Neck Up” – an entertaining and potentially life-changing presentation that helps people break free from the seven F.A.I.L.U.R.E. habits that hold them back from achieving their potential and reaching their goals and dreams.

“Most people feel stuck,” Cossolotto says.  “They feel trapped, unable to get enough traction to make the changes they’d like to make in their lives.  Why?  Because their HabitForce is working against them.  It’s like driving your car around with the emergency brake on and three flat tires.  You’re not going to get anywhere that way.”

Cossolotto declares:  “You have nothing to lose but your chains … in the form of disempowering habits and mindsets that tend to keep people anchored to patterns of thought and behavior that are counter-productive.  The first step toward personal change is to declare your independence from these negative habits by getting a thorough ‘HabitForce checkup from the neck up.’”

Cossolotto’s “HabitForce Checkup From the Neck Up” program features lively discussions about the Six Axioms of Personal Empowerment, the habits of F.A.I.L.U.R.E. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and the three-step process for reprogramming your HabitForce so it works for you, not against you.  This process is called “The Three Rs:  Recognize, Reject, and Replace.”

“The first order of business is to take inventory of the underlying habits and mindsets that control your life.  We’re all the product of our habits.  Aristotle said it well:  ‘We are what we repeatedly do.’  That’s where my ‘HabitForce Checkup From the Neck Up’ comes in.  This means taking stock of your underlying habits with the checklist of F.A.I.L.U.R.E. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. habits that I describe in my book HabitForce! and in my presentations and coaching sessions.”

Cossolotto believes real transformation begins with self-awareness, when we start to closely monitor “our thoughts, our internal dialogue, the self-talk that goes on constantly between your ears.”  He says self awareness — especially with regard to this often negative, unconscious self-talk — is the key to harnessing your HabitForce and turning things around.

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.  His line-up of leadership communications services includes:

  • Executive Speechwriting
  • One-on-One Speech Coaching
  • Strategic Messaging/Ghostwriting/Media Relations
  • PodiumPower! Keynotes and Workshops

The author of All The World’s A Podium, HabitForce! and The Almanac of European Politics, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield titled The Power of Making a Promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to a wide range of audiences including colleges, nonprofits, associations, agencies, and corporations.   His PEPTalks include:

  • The Power of Making a Promise
  • The Joy of Speaking
  • Success Is An Inside Job
  • Your HabitForce Checkup From The Neck Up

To book Matthew to speak or to order your signed copy of HabitForce!, visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

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