"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

A Promise A Day Program — Promise #2. Ebook Available www.ThePodiumPro.com

A Promise A Day (APAD):  30 Days to a Promising Future

My new ebook contains 30 Personal Empowerment Promises (PEPs). You could say there’s a PEP talk in every promise!

Ebook Now Available:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

I’m also launching a daily promise program by posting one of these 30 promises a day on my Make A Promise Network page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Make-A-Promise-Network/183664501663269?sk=wall) and Twitter (http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay).  These promises provide positive, inspiring, optimistic thought-bursts to keep you on track and moving in the right direction. Write each promise down and repeat it to yourself several times each and every day. The discipline of doing this daily is key. Feel free to adapt the wording and even create several of your own promises that reflect your personal situation and priorities.  The goal is to ingrain these PEPs in your memory and etch them into your subconscious. Think of these as “Promise Affirmations” if you like. Christian Larson, author of The Optimist Creed, recognized the value of promises of this kind.

Always remember: The most powerful motivational speech in the world is what you say to yourself! Not just once in awhile but repeatedly. Your habitual internal dialogue will determine your destiny. Use this collection of PEPs to help you make a habit of embracing only the most empowering thoughts.

Today’s Promise:

A Promise A Day– APAD #2

I Promise… To expect only the best from myself and others … and to encourage others in their efforts toward self improvement and goal achievement .

To Your Promise!

Matthew

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.

  • The Power of Making a Promise
  • The Joy of Speaking
  • Success Is An Inside Job

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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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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Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of PEPTalks and Make A Promise Day (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), Unveils New PEPTalk Titled “What The ‘H’ Happened?”

Stop The Snap!  Expanding lineup of PEPTalks, Cossolotto’s new Personal Empowerment Program is designed for delivery toward the end of a conference or training seminar to help attendees guard against backsliding into old, disempowering habits and mindsets.

Apr 07, 2011 – Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro) is expanding his lineup of Personal Empowerment Programs (“PEPTalks”) with a new presentation specifically designed for delivery toward the end of a motivational conference or training seminar.  He calls this new PEPTalk “What The ‘H’ Happened? – Harness Your HabitForce, Avoid Backsliding, and Snap the Rubber Band Syndrome.”

“Here’s the post-conference scenario that my ‘What-The-H’ presentation is designed to prevent,” Cossolotto explained.  “I ask the audience to project a couple of weeks into the future.  It was a great conference.  Individual attendees or the sponsoring organization spent lots of money and invested precious time and energy.  People were all fired up, motivated, inspired, ready to implement those empowering new ideas or techniques they learned about.  But a few weeks later, most participants feel like Al Pacino in Godfather III.  You know … just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in.  ‘They’ refers to your old habits.  That’s also the ‘H’ in the title… what I call HabitForce.  Far too often, after we attend a motivational seminar or even read an inspiring book, we snap back into our old, familiar, comfort zone of habits and mindsets.  In short, you go back to being who you were BEFORE the seminar.  This presentation provides the tools people need to guard against snapping back into old, disempowering patterns.  Put simply: I want to Stop The Snap!”

Snap The Rubber Band Syndrome:  If this backsliding scenario sounds familiar, Cossolotto says you’re not alone.  We’ve all been there, done that.  Despite the best of intentions, most of us tend to snap back to our familiar patterns of thought and behavior.  Cossolotto calls this “The Rubber Band Syndrome.”  During a seminar — or even while reading a self-help book – we stretch the rubber band a little bit.  But after the conference is over, the band tends to snap back to its original, tension-free shape. Think of this slack state as the rubber band’s Comfort Zone.

As Cossolotto explains:  “Your personal Comfort Zone is the sum total of your routine habits and mindsets. I call this HabitForce and I wrote a book about it.  If you attend a seminar then slide backwards… if you’re feeling stuck… if you set goals and fail to reach them… if you’re falling short of your potential… if you feel like some irresistible, negative force is holding you back … don’t give up. Help is on the way. I know exactly what the “H” is happening.  Your personal operating system has a glitch. You need to reprogram your HabitForce software so it works for you, not against you.  And that’s what my ‘What-The-H’ presentation is all about.”

In this empowering, end-of-conference presentation, participants will learn how to:

•   Use the Three Rs — Recognize, Reject and Replace — to reprogram your HabitForce;
•   Employ the Six Axioms of Personal Empowerment to achieve your goals, keep your promises, and reach your potential
•   Replace disempowering FAILURE habits with their SUCCESS counterparts
•   Reject finger-pointing and take responsibility for your life
•   Stop undermining yourself with negative self-talk
•   Use positive affirmations and promises to reinforce SUCCESS habits
•   Harness the Ebenezer Effect and the Power of Making a Promise.

Earlier this year, Cossolotto announced the launch of a new lineup of Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks).  He is now offering these uplifting and empowering presentations to various audiences locally and around the country including corporations, colleges, nonprofits, and government agencies.  To book Cossolotto as a guest speaker for your next event, visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com or email BookMatthew@ThePodiumPro.com.

In addition to “What The ‘H’ Happened?” Cossolotto’s series of PEPTalks includes:

•   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: Avoid FAILURE Traps, Get on the SUCCESS Track, and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential.

Cossolotto’s multifaceted communications career includes working for the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and senior-level speechwriting and executive communications positions at GTE (now Verizon), and Pepsi-Cola International, and MCI.  Since 1996, Cossolotto has been providing clients with a range of executive communications and media relations services, including speechwriting, speech coaching, and PodiumPower! workshops.  On May 4th 2010, he launched the first annual “Make A Promise Day.”  Visit http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.

Cossolotto is working on a new book about The Power of Making a Promise, featuring a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  In his foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book Canfield writes: “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.”
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About Matthew Cossolotto. 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 is the author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to colleges, associations, and corporations. 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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Countdown to Make A Promise Day (May 4th) — Matthew Cossolotto Publishes “A Good Pep Talk” Article In April Personal Excellence Magazine

http://prlog.org/11414379

Apr 02, 2011 – Matthew Cossolotto, author of HabitForce! and creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), has published an article in the April issue of Personal Excellence magazine (http://www.LeaderExcel.com) titled “A Good Pep Talk.”  In the article, Cossolotto highlights this key personal empowerment idea:  The most powerful motivational speech in the world is what you say to yourself, not just once in awhile but on a regular, habitual basis.

In the article, Cossolotto cites Earl Nightingale’s observation in The Strangest Secret: “We become what we think about.”  Then Cossolotto writes:

“This profound truth has been recognized for ages.  Buddha said, ‘All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything.  What we think we become.’  The same idea can be found in the Bible: ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Proverbs 23.7).”

Publication of Cossolotto’s “pep talk” article coincides with the release of his new ePub titled “A Promise A Day — 30 Days to a Promising Future.”  News of this ePub is one of several announcements being made in the run-up to “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th.

Cossolotto, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, referred to his brand new ePub as a daily “Promise Dairy” that contains 30 Personal Empowerment Promises – or PEPs. Because of that acronym, Cossolotto says there’s “a PEP talk in every promise.”

Thus his article and his new ePub both emphasize the importance of giving ourselves “pep talks” in the form of positive affirmations and even personal empowerment promises.

“I’m delighted that Personal Excellence magazine decided to publish my ‘pep talk’ article this month,” Cossolotto said.  “The timing is perfect.  It fits in well with the series of announcements I have planned in April and early May leading up to the second annual “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th.  I hope everyone will visit the Personal Excellence website (http://www.LeaderExcel.com.) and get their hands on the April issue.”

With his “A Promise A Day” ePub (available online by visiting http://www.ThePodiumPro.com), Cossolotto provides 30 personal empowerment promises for people to consider, including his “Top Ten Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life” and twelve promises first penned by Christian Larson and published as the Optimist Creed.

Here’s a short video of Cossolotto announcing the publication of “A Promise A Day.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXEeMIlRTb4

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! How to Kick the Habits of FAILURE and Adopt the Habits of SUCCESS.

Motivated by that firsthand experience, Cossolotto launched the first annual “Make A Promise Day” last May 4th as part of his ongoing mission to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world. He’s 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. The book includes stories about people who have made and kept important promises in their lives.

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

On February 15, 2011, the Yorktown, NY, town board became the first jurisdiction to adopt a resolution proclaiming May 4th to be “Make A Promise Day.” (See press release for details: http://prlog.org/11305930.)

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.

Cossolotto invites people around the world to submit short summaries of their uplifting 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 Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”). A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, Matthew Cossolotto served as a CEO-level speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of several books including The Almanac of European Politics, All The World’s A Podium, and HabitForce! Matthew offers a range of executive communication services and guest speaking programs. Please 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.

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Yorktown, NY, Becomes First Jurisdiction to Proclaim May 4th “Make A Promise Day”

Media Contact:  Matthew Cossolotto

Phone: 914-245-9721

Matthew@ThePodiumPro.com

http://prlog.org/11305930

Yorktown, NY, Becomes First Jurisdiction to Proclaim May 4th “Make A Promise Day”

Matthew Cossolotto, Yorktown resident and creator of “Make a Promise Day” (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), applauds Yorktown Town Board for adopting this resolution and expresses hope that other jurisdictions will follow Yorktown’s lead.

Feb 16, 2011 — Yorktown resident, author, and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day,” today applauded the Yorktown Town Board for adopting a resolution designating May 4, 2011 and every year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.”

“This is a very big step forward,” Cossolotto said. “Yorktown is the first jurisdiction to adopt a ‘Make A Promise Day’ resolution. But I hope and expect this is only the beginning. I want to thank the Yorktown Board for supporting this very positive and inspiring initiative. Now I’d like to see Westchester County adopt a similar resolution, along with New York State and other communities and states around the country. But the power of making a promise need not be restricted to the U.S. I hope other countries will adopt similar resolutions. My attitude is: Today Yorktown, tomorrow the world! So I encourage supporters of ‘Make A Promise Day’ to ask their local, state, and national authorities to adopt a similar ‘Make A Promise Day’ resolution.”

Following is the full text of the resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the Yorktown Town Board on February 15, 2011.

MAKE A PROMISE DAY

Whereas, Make a Promise Day is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal achievement and integrity enhancement;

Whereas, Make A Promise Day encourages individuals to turn important goals into heartfelt promises thereby increasing the probability of reaching those goals;

Whereas, celebrating Make A Promise Day will have the effect of enhancing accountability, personal responsibility and integrity;

Whereas, the Town Board recognizes the value of highlighting the power of making and keeping promises on the part of local students, teachers, community organizations, businesses and political leaders;

Now therefore be it resolved, that the Town Board of Yorktown hereby designates and proclaims May 4th of 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day” and encourages local organizations and individual members of the community to celebrate “Make A Promise Day” in a manner they deem to be suitable and appropriate.

By way of background, Cossolotto 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! How to Kick the Habits of FAILURE and Adopt the Habits of SUCCESS. Signed copies of HabitForce! can be ordered via Cossolotto’s website: http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

Cossolotto’s dedication to his mother in HabitForce! reads:

In loving memory of my mother,

Virginia Hope (Ludascher) Butler

I did it, Mom! Finally. I can honestly say that this book would never have been completed had I not made that promise to you at home in Gasquet, California, a few weeks before you passed away. This vividly demonstrates the power of making a promise, especially to your mother!

Cossolotto’s forthcoming book – I Promise! The Two Magic Words That Could Change Your Life and Transform The World – features a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In his foreword to Cossolotto’s book Canfield writes:

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. I applaud Matthew for collecting and celebrating these uplifting stories about promises made and promises kept.

John Assaraf, best-selling author of Having It All, wrote this about Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” project: “I agree completely with that there is something uniquely powerful about making a promise that goes beyond traditional goal-setting.”

Here are a few prominent examples of the power of making a promise:

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.

Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.

NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.

As a guest speaker, Cossolotto offers several Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) to a variety of audiences including schools and colleges, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits. Here are the titles of his 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: Avoid FAILURE Traps, Get on the SUCCESS Track, and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

About Matthew Cossolotto: A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro) served as a CEO-level speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of several books including The Almanac of European Politics, All The World’s A Podium, and HabitForce!, Matthew offers a range of executive communication services and guest speaking programs. Please visit www.ThePodiumPro.com, www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com, and www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.   Follow Matthew and Make A Promise Day on Twitter: www.twitter.com/makeapromiseday.


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Article Published About Turning New Year’s Resolutions Into Promises

Making Resolutions That Promise Results

What’s in a word? When it comes to those heartfelt New Year declarations, says one author, it could make all the difference. 

By Tom Bartley | December 30, 2010  

http://yorktown.patch.com/articles/making-resolutions-that-promise-results-2#c

May all your troubles last

as long as your New Year’s resolutions! — Joey Adams

The time has come to turn our back on the final ticks of a spent year and embrace the shiny hope of a new one. We resolve—and earnestly mean—to do better in our 12-month opportunity for renewal. But those New Year’s resolutions, they tell us, simply go in one year and out the other.

So, how can we improve the odds that we’ll live up to them?

Simple, says author Matthew Cossolotto of Yorktown Heights. Don’t make resolutions. Make promises instead.

“The word promise is important,” he insists. Accorded the respect denied resolution and imbued with a backbone that resolution has yet to achieve, your promise represents a “heart-centered commitment” that creates an emotional attachment, especially when made to a loved one. “We grow up knowing that a promise is something special. A promise is something we’re predisposed to take seriously.”

Cossolotto sees little value in making a resolution. “People don’t take it seriously,” he says. “So what’s the point in doing it?”

To underscore his conviction that promises carry a power all their own, Cossolotto is seeking to have May 4 formally proclaimed, “Make a Promise Day.” So far, the onetime aide to congressmen like House Speaker Jim Wright and Rep. Leon Panetta, now director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has received a warm reception from his hometown Yorktown town board. And he’s just beginning. Declaring, “Today, Yorktown; tomorrow, the world,” Cossolotto plans further appeals to higher levels of government. Indeed, given his choice of date for “Make a Promise Day,” Cossolotto may have his sights set even higher than this globe. “May the 4th be with you,” he says.

Cossolotto’s book HabitForce! is a testament, he notes, to a promise’s power. When his mother, Virginia Hope Butler, was dying, he recalls, they were discussing HabitForce!, which at that time was just a manuscript in progress. For many writers, manuscript-in-progress can be shorthand for project-never-completed. But Cossolotto promised he would not only finish the writing but also dedicate the book to her and get it published. “Her face lit up,” he says, recalling his mother’s reaction, smiling through her pain. “‘You do that, Matthew,’ she said. ‘ You do that!’ And I’m proud to say I did. I think she’d be proud, too.” 

Today, Cossolotto is focused on his forthcoming book, The Power of Making a Promise, which he will discuss at the John C. Hart Public Library in Shrub Oak Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. He’s also scheduled to appear at the Mount Kisco Public Library Jan. 15 (11:00 AM) and the Mount Pleasant Public Library in Pleasantville Feb. 5 (10:30 AM).

To make good on your promises, whether of the New Year’s variety or any other, motivational speaker Cossolotto recommends a seven-step program:

1.     Commit emotionally, by making the promise to someone you care about. 

2.     Be specific. Promise to lose 10 pounds, not just “some weight.”

3.     Be selective. Limit promises to the handful of things for which you are willing to put your integrity on the line.

4.     Start small. Tackle a few things you can accomplish rather than risk breaking a promise.

5.     Write it down.

6.     Make it public. Publish your promise on a blog, Twitter or YouTube.

7.     Follow through. Make good on your promise, for yourself as much as for others.

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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 top speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of The Almanac of European Politics, HabitForce!, and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series) about the power of making a promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”— to colleges, associations, and corporations.  Visit www.ThePodiumPro.com and www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.

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“I Promise To Always Make You Proud of Me.” An Inspiring Holiday Message From Todd Newton

Todd Newton – Popular TV Host, Inspirational Speaker, and Certified Life Coach – Reveals Two Heartfelt Promises That Changed His Life and Encourages Others to Make A Promise Today!

Appearing on “What’s Your Promise?,” Newton tells host Matthew Cossolotto:  “What a great mission you’re on, my friend … I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be part of this Make-A-Promise campaign.”

Yorktown Heights, NY — December 24, 2010 — In a guest appearance on Matthew Cossolotto’s interview program “What’s Your Promise?,” popular TV host Todd Newton revealed two heartfelt promises that had a profound impact on his life.

Newton has been the host of E! Entertainment Television’s red carpet coverage of  various awards programs including the Academy Awards.  He is also known to millions of television viewers for his work on the Game Show Network, the Travel Network, and CBS.  This year, Newton has been traveling the world as the host of the Travel Network’s World’s Wildest Game Shows.

The first promise Newton discussed in detail was the one he made to his grandmother, Eleanor Kruse (“Nana”), who performed as a comedienne in the St. Louis area during World War II.  After describing his Nana as someone who inspired and encouraged him and as the most important person in his life when he was growing up, Newton recounted the day he went to visit his grandmother in the hospital when she was terminally ill.  He could see that she was fading quickly.  He knew this would be the last conversation he would have with her.  So he leaned in close to speak to her and the following words came out spontaneously and from the heart.

“Nana … I promise to always make you proud of me.”

Talking about this promise some 17 years later is still an emotional experience for Newton, who became choked up during the interview.

Later in the interview, Newton made the following statement about the promise he made to Nana:  “This was the most important thing I have ever done, or said, or ever will commit to in my life.  It literally has changed my life for the better.”

The second promise Newton talked about during the program was made at the time of the birth of his two children.

Newton said he made the following promise to his children:  “I promise I will always be here to guide you and protect you.”

Toward the end of the interview, Newton underscored that these two promises have had the most profound effect on his life.  He said he has tried to live up to both promises every single day.

Until January 22, 2011, listeners can access the entire interview by dialing this telephone playback number (1-218-486-8703) followed by this access code (358649).  There is no charge to listen to the nearly one-hour program but callers must pay for the long distance phone charge.  If you visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com and sign up for  Matthew Cossolotto’s free “PEPTalks” email updates, you’ll receive excerpts from the interview online in the next few weeks.

About Todd Newton

Todd Newton is known to audiences worldwide for his work on E!, Gameshow Network and CBS. Newton is also one of the most popular game show hosts today, having awarded over $25,000,000 in cash and prizes on shows such as Whammy!, Hollywood Showdown and The Price Is Right Live at Bally’s Las Vegas. Often referred to as “America’s Life Coach,” Newton is the founder and CEO Todd Newton Life Strategies, LLC, delivering coaching, clinical hypnotherapy and seminars to groups and individuals nationwide who are seeking higher levels of achievement and empowerment.  As a sought after motivational speaker, Todd Newton has inspired thousands with his dynamic “I Want, I Will, I Win!” and “The Choice Is Yours” presentations. For more   information please visit http://www.toddnewtonlive.com.

About Matthew Cossolotto Author

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 top speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of The Almanac of European Politics, 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 and http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.

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The Challenge: You need an expert guest speaker, workshop leader, speechwriter or coach. The Solution: Bring in a pro … The Podium Pro!

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Media Contact

Matthew Cossolotto

“The Podium Pro”

New York Office:  914-245-9721

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The Challenge:  You need an expert guest speaker, workshop leader, speechwriter or coach.

The Solution:  Bring in a pro … The Podium Pro!

 

Former Aide to U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew Cossolotto – aka “The Podium Pro” – Launches www.ThePodiumPro.com Highlighting His Guest Speaking Programs and PodiumPower! Coaching and Speechwriting Services

 

A Win-Win Offer:  Cossolotto Offers His Inspirational New Keynote – The Power of Making a Promise – At Introductory Half-Off Fee for First Ten Engagements

 

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – August 2, 2010 – If you’re looking for an expert guest speaker, workshop leader, speechwriter or speech coach, Matthew Cossolotto has a solution:  Bring in a pro … The Podium Pro!

Cossolotto – aka “The Podium Pro” – has announced the launch of www.ThePodiumPro.com, a new website that highlights his impressive array of guest speaking topics and PodiumPower! coaching and speechwriting services.

A Win-Win Offer:  Introductory Half-Off Fee for New Keynote

To reward organizations for booking his inspirational new keynote – “The Power of Making a Promise” – Cossolotto is offering an introductory half-off fee for the first ten engagements booked this year.  To learn more about Matthew’s programs related to “The Power of Making a Promise” visit www.TheMakeAPromiseCoach.com.

“I’m very excited about my new positioning as The Podium Pro because this umbrella covers all of my existing and emerging guest speaking programs and builds on my extensive experience providing PodiumPower! coaching and speechwriting services,” Cossolotto said.

As The Podium Pro, Cossolotto’s credentials are impeccable.  He is the author of All The World’s A Podium and a leading authority on executive communications with over two decades of high-level experience.  Having worked closely with corporate titans and top leaders on Capitol Hill, Matthew brings a wealth of high-level public and private sector experience to every client and every audience – corporations, associations, agencies, schools/colleges, and nonprofits.  His clients over the years have included major corporations such as MasterCard, IBM, Lafarge North America, Deloitte, and NeuStar, among many others.

According to Master Coach Norm Lapalme, Founder of MDI Events (www.MDIEvents.com): “Matthew is the perfect guest speaker for your next event.  In particular, I have found Matthew’s “Make A Promise” message to be very motivating and empowering.  I encourage you to consider Matthew the next time you’re looking for a guest speaker or coach.  Matthew’s a real pro … a promise pro and a podium pro!”

As featured on the newly launched www.ThePodiumPro.com, in addition to his PodiumPower! coaching and speechwriting services Cossolotto offers keynotes and workshops on several inspirational topics, including:

 

  • The Power of Making a Promise: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word.  Change Your Life. (Half-price offer for first 10 engagements)
  • The Joy of Speaking: Turn Stage Fright Into Stage Delight and Speak Your Way to the Peak!
  • Make Your Life a No FAILURE Zone: How to Apply The Six Axioms of Personal Empowerment, Harness Your HabitForce, and FAILURE-Proof Your Life
  • There’s No Such Thing As Someday: Just 7 Days in the Week and “Someday” Isn’t One of Them!
  • The Great Escape! Break Free From FAILURE Traps and Get on the SUCCESS Track

Praise for Matthew Cossolotto’s 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] book and his coaching programs to any executive looking to enhance his or her podium power.”

— H. Brian Thompson, Chairman, Comsat International

More About Matthew Cossolotto

A former aide to Congressman Leon Panetta and to House Speaker Jim Wright, Matthew later served as a speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE.  In 1996 Matthew founded Ovations International – “Home of the Standing O®.”   He is the author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium.  To book Matthew as a guest speaker, speechwriter or coach, visit www.ThePodiumPro.com.  To learn more about Matthew’s books and his “Make a Promise” speaking and coaching programs, visit www.ThePodiumPro.com

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“In our family, we don’t break promises,” Says Meiying’s Father in The Karate Kid (2010)

 

 Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th) and Former Aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Cites Promises Made in The Karate Kid in Announcing His New eBook and Keynote Presentation Titled – “The Power of Making a Promise: Make a Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life”

New York—July 13, 2010—Pointing out that the hit movie The Karate Kid (2010) underscores the life-changing power of making a promise, “Make a Promise Day” creator Matthew Cossolotto announced the launch of his new ebook and keynote presentation both titled: “The Power of Making a Promise: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life.”

In the 2010 The Karate Kid remake, the young central characters, Dre and Meiying, exchange heartfelt promises. Dre promises to attend Meiying’s audition and Meiying promises to be there when Dre competes in the big Kung Fu tournament. But Meiying’s father disapproves of his daughter’s friendship with Dre and forbids her to see him again. The father later relents after learning about Meiying’s promise to Dre. “In our family, we don’t break promises,” explains the father.

“That’s a great example of the power of making a promise,” comments Cossolotto. “A promise injects an unstoppable emotional commitment that compels promise makers to follow through, to keep their word. What Meiying’s father says about his family — they don’t break promises — should apply to a compnay, a government agency, a nonprofit, as well as individuals.  Your integrity is on the line with a promise. Failure is not an option. So I strongly encourage people to take advantage of this power by turning goals into promises. A promise is like a goal on steriods. It’s a powerful way to get unstuck, to break free from disempowering habits and mindsets and jumpstart your personal change journey. That’s what ‘Make A Promise Day’ and The Power of Making a Promise are all about.”

Cossolotto knows all about the irresistible power of making a promise. He made a promise to his dying mother (Virginia Hope Butler) 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 is The Real F Word: The 7 FAILURE Traps of Highly Disempowered People (and what to do about them). The Power of Making a Promise ebook and signed copies of The Real F Word are both available via www.TheEmpowermentPro.com.   His article – “The Power of a Promise” – was published in Personal Excellence magazine (June 2010).

Cossolotto’s positive message is catching on. He’s been interviewed on numerous programs recently including: Norm Lapalme’s “Million Dollar Idea Show,” Doug Stephan’s “Good Day,” Rick Barber’s “After Midnight,” Gus Lloyd’s “Seize The Day,” Nora Klaver’s “Brainstorms,” Bill Horan’s “Secrets of Success,” Jack Ebling (WLIS-AM), and Kellie Fuller (KVON-AM), among many others. Cossolotto is scheduled to appear on Bruce Owens’ “Good Morning Hudson Valley” on July 20, 2010, and on “Read My Lips Live!” with Bonnie D. Graham on August 9, 2010.

More About Matthew Cossolotto

A former congressional aide and CEO-level speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE, Matthew is an author, guest speaker, speech coach and executive speechwriter. Please visit www.TheEmpowermentPro.com, www.ThePodiumPro.com, and www.PEPTalksUSA.com.

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