"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

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Matthew Cossolotto – aka “The Podium Pro” and Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th) – Promotes His Signature PodiumPower! Programs and Services … Offers New Clients a 50% Special Discount on First Project

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Matthew Cossolotto

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Cossolotto’s PodiumPower! Lineup Includes:  Executive Speechwriting, One-on-One Speech Coaching, Strategic Messaging/Media Relations; Keynotes and Workshops

 YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – August 26, 2011 — Matthew Cossolotto — aka “The Podium Pro” and author of All The World’s A Podium – is promoting his lineup of PodiumPower! programs and services by offering new clients a special 50% discount on their first project.  Cossolotto’s PodiumPower! lineup includes:  Executive speechwriting; one-on-one speech coaching; strategic messaging/media relations; keynotes 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 has served as a top speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE.

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)

“Based on my personal experience, Matthew Cossolotto is a superb communications executive, a top-notch speechwriter, and a very talented speech coach.  Matthew’s powerful little book – All The World’s A Podium – is jam-packed with keen insights and invaluable tips about effective public speaking.  If you’re in a leadership position – or if you aspire to any kind of leadership role – I highly recommend that you read Matthew’s book and bring him in as a speechwriter or coach.”

– Chris A. Sinclair, Former Chairman and CEO, Pepsi-Cola Co.

Cossolotto was interviewed 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.

More About Matthew Cossolotto (“The Podium Pro”)

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

To book Matthew as a speechwriter, speech coach or guest speaker, contact Matthew@ThePodiumPro.com.  For more information, please visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com and http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com. “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: http://www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

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“A Promise Is Like A Goal on Steroids!” Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Pens “Put Your Heart Into It” Article for Personal Excellence Magazine, August 2011

Follow the GPS Success System – turn Goals into Promises = Success – and anchor promises to emotionally charged occasions including birthdays, holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and major milestones in life like weddings, the birth of children, and anniversaries

Following are a few excerpts from Cossolotto’s article, which appears in the August 2011 Personal Excellence (PE) Magazine.  Visit www.LeaderExcel.com for information about subscribing to PE.

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Put Heart Into It

By Matthew Cossolotto

If YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT reaching goals, I offer five simple words of advice: Put your heart into itturn goals into promises and anchor them to emotionally charged occasions, including birthdays, holidays, and major milestones in life.

Take the Promise Challenge by turning your promptings and goals into heartfelt promises. Using two magic words—I Promise—makes all the difference. This is my GPS Success System in action: turn Goals into Promises = Success. Just like GPS navigational systems, my GPS system keeps you on track, moving in the right direction over time.

A promise is like a goal on steroids. It ratchets up your emotional stake in the outcome. Harnessing the power of heeding promptings and making promises is the New Frontier in personal achievement.

The reason for this goes back to childhood. As Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, notes in his foreword to my book The Power of Making a Promise: “A promise is a promise! I’ve heard that simple expression many times over the years. It’s been etched indelibly in my mind since childhood. I’m not really sure when I first heard somebody actually say those words, but I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe them.”

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Several Examples:

  • Former President Bill Clinton made a promise to his daughter Chelsea before her wedding day that he would watch his diet and take better care of his health. This is a textbook example of turning what would otherwise be a rather mundane goal of pursuing a healthy lifestyle into a heartfelt promise to someone you care deeply about linked to an emotionally charged occasion—your daughter’s wedding. Bill Clinton’s healthy lifestyle commitment was morphed into an ironclad promise with emotional strings attached.
  • Kody Bateman made a promise after the death of his brother: I ignored a prompting to say goodbye to my brother, Chris, when moving across the country. Two months later, I received the tragic news that my brother had been killed. I promised from that day forward to act on my promptings and help others do the same.

That emotion-charged promise led to the creation of SendOutCards, a business dedicated to helping people act on their promptings by sending cards and gifts to family members and friends.

  • Kirk Smalley’s 11-year-old stepson, Ty Field, committed suicide after being bullied for months at school. Following this tragedy, Smalley made a promise on Father’s Day 2010 to do everything he could to stop bullying. Smalley has spoken to 30,000 students at 50 schools in his home state of Oklahoma and was invited to participate in the White House Conference on Preventing Bullying.
  • After 19-year-old Tony McColl was tragically killed by a drunk driver last April, his family and friends turned tragedy into a positive campaign to honor Tony and save lives. They created a moving “I Promise” YouTube video and launched a Facebook group called “Tony’s Promise.”

As a result, thousands of people of all ages have publicly promised not to drink and drive and not to let their friends drive under the influence. Inspired by “Tony’s Promise” campaign, I urged young people to make a solemn promise to their mothers on Mother’s Day not to drink and drive.  The same idea applies to Father’s Day or other special days that have emotional meaning for you. The point is to increase your level of emotional commitment by making the promise to somebody you care about and anchoring that heartfelt promise to a special event or holiday.

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Let’s embrace new promise traditions like these:

  • Make a patriotic promise on Independence Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or Flag Day.
  • Make a promise to that special someone on Valentine’s Day
  • Make a promise to your spouse on your wedding anniversary
  • Make a promise to your parents on graduation day
  • Make a promise to take care of your newborn child.
  • Select other days with special meaning and make a few heartfelt promises.

The options are endless, and the results could be priceless.

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An ebook, A Promise A Day, is available free to readers of PE by contacting Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.  Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com to order the ebook for just $4.95.

About Matthew Cossolotto

Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta. Matthew also served as a CEO-level speechwriter and communications executive at MCI Communications, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. Matthew is the founder and president of Study Abroad Alumni International, dedicated to “building a community of global citizens.” 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 www.ThePodiumPro.com, www.MakeAPromiseDay.com, www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.com.

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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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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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Promise 10 (of 30) — A Promise A Day Program — 30 Days To A Promising Future – My New Ebook (A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future) Now Available http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

Today’s #Promise:  A Promise A Day (APAD) 10

“I Promise… To do my best to banish all negative, toxic, ‘dark side’ emotions like fear, worry, jealousy, doubt, anger, and hate.”

For the complete collection of my 30 personal empowerment promises (PEPs), my new ebook is now available: Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

I’ll be sharing these 30 promises one at a time for 30 days on my Make A Promise Day blog and 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.

Since April I’ve been calling attention to a moving “I Promise” video and anti-drunk driving campaign in honor of Anthony (Tony) McColl.  McColl was killed tragically on April 16th by a drunk driver on Highway 148 near Luskville, Quebec (Canada).

This “I Promise” video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzGhT5hweNM) and the “Tony’s Promise” Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_205770589445576) offer vivid testimony to the power of making a promise.  It’s an inspiring, healing, heart-centered power that can help turn a terrible tragedy into a positive campaign to save lives and restore hope.  There is something very powerful about publicly declaring “I Promise.”

As I did with Mother’s Day, I’m urging young people in particular to make a promise on Father’s Day to their dads not to drink and drive and not to allow their friends to do so either.

I have also highlighted the Kirk Smalley example.  Smalley made a promise to his 11-year-old stepson, Ty Field, on Father’s Day 2010, after Field committed suicide as a result of being bullied for months at school.  Following this terrible tragedy, Smalley made a promise to do everything he could to stop bullying.  Smalley has spoken to more than 30,000 students at 50 schools in his home state of Oklahoma.   Smalley was also invited to participate in the White House Conference on Preventing Bullying.

I also recommend that we leverage the power of making a promise on special holidays and events — like Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Finally … send me your uplifting stories about promises made and kept in your own life for possible inclusion in my forthcoming books, presentations and interviews.  Your promise story could very well help to inspire others.  My mission is to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world.  Send a few lines about your promise story to Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

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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Promise 8 (of 30) — A Promise A Day Program — 30 Days To A Promising Future – My New Ebook (A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future) Now Available http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

Today’s #Promise:  A Promise A Day (APAD) 8

“I Promise… To regularly practice the healing art of forgiveness toward others — and myself — for past mistakes, shortcomings, and injuries.”

For the complete collection of my 30 personal empowerment promises (PEPs), my new ebook is now available: Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

I’ll be sharing these 30 one at a time for 30 days on my Make A Promise Day blog and 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.

Finally … send me your uplifting stories about promises made and kept in your own life for possible inclusion in my forthcoming books, presentations and interviews.  Your promise story could very well help to inspire others.  My mission is to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world.  To start the process, please send a few lines about your promise story to Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

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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Promise 7 — A Promise A Day Program — 30 Days To A Promising Future – My New Ebook (A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future) Now Available http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

Today’s #Promise:  A Promise A Day (APAD) 7

“I Promise… Not to complain about things outside myself and spend time every day working on the inside … to improve my skills, mindsets, and my powers of imagination and intuition.”

For the complete collection of my 30 personal empowerment promises (PEPs), my new ebook is now available: Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

I’ll be sharing these 30 one at a time for 30 days on my Make A Promise Day blog and 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.

Finally … send me your uplifting stories about promises made and kept in your own life for possible inclusion in my forthcoming books, presentations and interviews.  Your promise story could very well help to inspire others.  My mission is to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world.  Send a few lines about your promise story to Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

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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Promise 6 — A Promise A Day Program — 30 Days To A Promising Future – My New Ebook (A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future) Now Available http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

Today’s Promise:  A Promise A Day (APAD) 6

“I Promise… To follow the Golden Rule, treating others as I want to be treated and showing respect for the feelings, ideas, and achievements of others.”

For the complete collection of my 30 personal empowerment promises (PEPs), my new ebook is now available: Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

I’ll be sharing these 30 one at a time for 30 days here on my Make A Promise Day blog and 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.

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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Foreword To My Forthcoming Book — The Power of Making a Promise — By Jack Canfield

As you may know already, I’m 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.  In the foreword Jack describes a life-changing promise he made in his life.  He also says some very nice things about my Make A Promise mission.  I want to thank Jack for his support and encouragement.  Here’s just a sampling of what Jack writes in his uplifting and very generous foreword:

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.”

There was something very attractive, almost magnetic, about this concept.  And I say that as somebody who has been intimately involved in the personal development field for many years.  I’ve seen and heard just about everything …

With a promise your heart and emotions are fully engaged.  Because of this, a promise is what I call a personal empowerment ‘twofer.’  It combines The Power of Intention with The Law of Attraction.  And that is a very powerful combination indeed …

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.

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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