"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.
  • Entertainer Danny Thomas made a promise to build a shrine to St. Jude.  That promise led to the establishment of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.
  • Before his daughter’s wedding, former president Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.
  • Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.
  • NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight.

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

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

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

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

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

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Matthew Cossolotto – Author of HabitForce! and Creator of Make A Promise Day (May 4th) — Interviewed This Morning on the Mancow Muller Radio Show – The 4th Rated Show in the US. HabitForce-Related Topic: Reprogramming Your Brain and Making The Shift from FAILURE Traps to SUCCESS Habits.

I thought the interview went very well.  Mancow was very receptive to the ideas I presented.  I was able to mention the two side-by-side acronyms I created for my book HabitForce!:  FAILURE and SUCCESS.  See graphic below.

During the interview I had time to cover two of the seven habits of FAILURE.  The first one I touched on was the “F” in FAILURE — Finger Pointing, playing the blame game, making excuses.  Mancow picked up on that right away and said we see that a lot in Washington.  At one point he said just about everybody in America engages in Finger Pointing.  I agreed and mentioned that people need to follow the Three Rs to reprogram their brain away from that negative habit.  They need to Recognize, Reject, and Replace finger pointing with Shoulder Responsibility.   That’s a key first step in the personal change process.  Take responsibility for your life and destiny.

Then we talked about another FAILURE habit … what I call Undermining Yourself.  This is the “U” in the FAILURE acronym.  I said people often undermine their own success with negative self-talk, saying things like “I can’t” or “I’m not good at that.”  As soon as you say “I can’t” you don’t have a chance.  Mancow agreed completely.  He said people should get rid of negative thoughts and adopt a positive mindset.  Mancow seems to know about the Law of Attraction and Tony Robbins/NLP.  He said if you find yourself thinking something negative, you should jump up out of your chair, don’t slump over, straighten your back, smile and change your mindset to something positive.  I agreed completely!  He said people who say they will never have a nice house or they will never have lots of money are abosolutely right.  If they say “never” to themselves, that’s exactly what they are going to get.

All in all I thought the interview went quite well.  Mancow mentioned my book and programs related to HabitForce! and he said people can learn more by visiting my website:  www.ThePodiumPro.com.  Many thanks to Mancow for conducting a lively, fast-paced, fun interview with me.  Very much appreciated!

The producer said they will replay my interview a few times during the day and would probably invite me back to talk more about the habits of FAILURE and SUCCESS.  It was a pleasure being a guest on the country’s 4th rated syndicated talk show.  I believe Mancow has something like 11 or 12 million listeners.

To listen to Mancow live, visit the station finder page on his website.  http://www.mancow.com/stationfinder.

If you want to listen to archived interviews, you have to become a subscriber.  Learn more by visiting www.Mancow.com.

Here’s the FAILURE-SUCCESS graphic I mentioned above.  For more information about how to reprogram your HabitForce so it works for you, not against you, order your signed copy of my book HabitForce! today:  Visit www.ThePodiumPro.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.  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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A Promise A Day Program — Promise 5 – 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) 5

I Promise… To compile positive, empowering words, quotes, and expressions that inspire me and to read them to myself every morning and night.

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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One Week Later … Author and Guest Speaker Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day,” Recaps Major Developments Surrounding Second Annual Make A Promise Day, May 4th 2011 – May The Fourth Be With You!


Leading Up To MAPD, Cossolotto Released A Series of “What’s Your Promise?” Interviews –With Guests That Included Best-Selling Author John Assaraf – and Published Ebook Titled A Promise A Day: 30 Days To A Promising Future

May 11, 2011 – Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro) today provided a recap of development surrounding the second annual Make A Promise Day – May 4, 2011.  Cossolotto, author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, is a former aide to U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta (now CIA Director).  He’s currently 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 major MAPD-related developments that occurred in recent weeks:

  • Heartwarming John Assaraf Interview Released on May 4th — Cossolotto released a heartwarming “What’s Your Promise?” interview with best-selling author John Assaraf.  During the interview, Assaraf revealed a remarkable, life-changing promise he made to God on the day each of his two sons was born.  On several occasions during the interview, Assaraf expresses strong support for Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” initiative:  “It’s a great cause and a great mission you’re on.  Good purpose, good mission, good vision attracts good people.”  Read Cossolotto’s blog post for more details (http://wp.me/pSLX3-7w) and to get the link to the interview.
  • Those Two Magic Words – I Promise:  Cossolotto proposed that we start a new tradition by making heartfelt promises to our mothers on Mather’s Day.  Inspired by friends and family of Tony McColl, a 19-year-old who was tragically killed on April 16th by a drunk driver in Canada, Cossolotto urged young people everywhere to make a solemn promise to their mothers on Mother’s Day not to drink and drive and not to let their friends drive under the influence.  Cossolotto called attention to the moving “I Promise” video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzGhT5hweNM) created by Tony’s friends as well as the “Tony’s Promise” Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_205770589445576).  Both offer 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.
  • On Make A Promise Day, Cossolotto has announced a public promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.  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 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

  • 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
  • Cossolotto spoke about the power of making a promise to the Human Capital Institute’s executive members.  This HCI seminar was a return appearance for Cossolotto.  The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, Cossolotto conducted two executive conversation programs last year for HCI.  One program was titled “Supercharge Your HabitForce!” and the other was called “Energize Your PodiumPower!”
  • Cossolotto spoke about HabitForce and the power of making a promise to the Project Management Institute of Westchester. Here’s what Paul O’Connor, the event organizer, said about Cossolotto’s presentation:  “Wow!  You achieved the incredible top rating of 87.5% as a keynote speaker to our Project Managers Group! Our member evaluations said you were highly thought-provoking, you skillfully engaged participants in meaningful discussions and inspired us in numerous positive and empowering ways.  Thanks again for your generous sharing of time and talent.”

  • To celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published an updated, new and improved version of his ebook 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

 Other Noteworthy Developments Surrounding “Make A Promise Day” 2011

“Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.”

Hannah Arendt
1906-1975, Political Theorist

I want to call your attention to an exciting and inspiring initiative created by my friend Matthew Cossolotto. Matthew’s project launched last year on this day. He calls it “Make A Promise Day” – the first-ever “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment and goal achievement. With “Make A Promise Day” (see Matthew’s “Top 10 Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life”) Matthew is encouraging people to turn important goals into heartfelt promises. I really like that idea and I thought it would appeal to you as well.

Some of Matthew’s impressive career achievements are as a former aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a CEO-level speechwriter at major corporations, and as an author and personal empowerment speaker and coach. More details about “Make A Promise Day” are available at: www.MakeAPromiseDay.com

  • From Author and Guest speaker Diana DiResta – Make A Promise To Be A Better Public Speaker

May 4th is Make a Promise Day which was started by Matthew Cossolotto. Why make a promise? Because a promise is more powerful than a goal. Quick! How many New Year’s Resolutions have you already broken? When you promise to be a better public speaker, there is an energy and commitment that drives you to action. My military father taught me to never break a promise. When you gave someone your word, that was sacred.

You may keep your promise to others; but what about yourself? I recently made a promise to give up chocolate for one month. It was hard, but I would never have done it if I hadn’t made a promise. A promise is putting a stake in the ground. It’s drawing a line in the sand. You can become a better public speaker right now and the first step begins with a promise.

Read the rest of DiResta’s insightful comments:  http://diresta.com/knockoutpresentationsblog/?p=687

  • From Andrea Adams-Miller, “The Sexuality Tutor” — Making a Promise to Foster a Healthy Relationship

This blog is inspired by my friend, Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com) because I would like all of you to make a promise to your partner. While Matthew discusses various financial, moral, and personal decisions when it comes to making a promise, my challenge to you is focused on your relationship and your partner. As a relationship consultant, I want you to make a promise to keep the words “Break Up” and “Divorce” out of your vocabulary. Each time we utter these words, we add power to them and start imaging our life as somehow happier if we were alone, rather than deal with the day to day stresses of maintaining a healthy relationship.  For more information visit http://www.sexualitytutor.com (click on BLOG tab)

Links to Additional “What’s Your Promise?” Interviews Recently Posted on www.YouTube.com/ThePodiumProTV

  •  Todd Newton

Interview Link:  http://www.youtube.com/ThePodiumProTV#p/u/9/4ECJFj5wx-o

Blog Post Link:  http://wp.me/pSLX3-4Y

  • Patti Wood

http://www.youtube.com/ThePodiumProTV#p/u/13/An7IbxbCuC8

  • Gail Lynne Goodwin

Interview Link:  http://www.youtube.com/ThePodiumProTV#p/u/6/NfsOpV92sB0

  • Chris Cade

Interview Link:  http://www.youtube.com/ThePodiumProTV#p/u/8/6ZzMtlVqR_0

Blog Post Link:  http://wp.me/pSLX3-5M

  • Dallas Teague Snider

Interview Link:  http://www.youtube.com/ThePodiumProTV#p/u/0/BafbQAZ9L_w

Blog Post Link:  http://wp.me/SLX3

  • Stefania Lucchetti

Interview Link: http://www.youtube.com/ThePodiumProTV#p/u/7/mHeajeyyJTg

Blog Post Link:  http://wp.me/pSLX3-5R

  • Roslyn Franken

Interview Link: http://www.youtube.com/ThePodiumProTV#p/u/3/kV6Tv8J2ZYM

Blog Post Link:  http://wp.me/pSLX3-6v

  • Kim Wright

Interview Link: http://www.youtube.com/ThePodiumProTV#p/u/4/mSZ4WaZT2Cs

Blog Post Link:  http://wp.me/pSLX3-6k

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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Author and Guest Speaker Matthew Cossolotto – aka “The Podium Pro” – Underscores His Audacious Mission To Share His Uplifting Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) With Millions of People Around the World and Promises to Donate 10% of His Speaking Fees to Support Study Abroad Opportunities and Global Understanding

Leading Up To Make A Promise Day 2011, Cossolotto Speaks About The Power of Making A Promise to The Human Capital Institute and The Project Management Institute of Westchester

May 11, 2011 – Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro) today underscored his audacious mission to share his uplifting messages including his Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) with millions of people around the world.  In pursuit of that goal, he promises to donate 10% of his speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International, a nonprofit organization he launched dedicated to fostering study abroad opportunities and global understanding.

Cossolotto, a former aide to Congressman Leon Panetta and House Speaker Jim Wright, said that he was delighted to speak recently about the power of making a promise to the Human Capital Institute’s executive members.  This HCI seminar was a return appearance for Cossolotto.  The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, Cossolotto conducted two executive conversation programs last year for HCI.  One program was titled “Supercharge Your HabitForce!” and the other was called “Energize Your PodiumPower!”

In an online message to executive members, HCI issued the follow announcement about Cossolotto’s April 29th program:

Beyond traditional goal-setting–Focus and align results with a promise

Making and keeping an important promise affects a leader personally as well as their followers. Stated in the form of a promise, an affirmation about attaining a goal helps to define a personal or organizational vision. Join our Executive Conversation to discover the power of making Personal Empowerment Promises (PEP) and put a “pep” talk in every promise. Share your promises with others and you’ll inspire your team, and align focus on results. All Executive Members who actively participate in the conversation will receive a signed copy of Matthew Cossolotto’s book, HabitForce! All Executive Members will also receive a copy of Matthew’s eBook, A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future, in honor of “Make a Promise Day” on May 4th. Leaders, plan your promises now!

Cossolotto also spoke recently about the power of making a promise to the Project Management Institute of Westchester. Here’s what Paul O’Connor, the event organizer, said about Cossolotto’s presentation:

“Wow!  You achieved the incredible top rating of 87.5% as a keynote speaker to our Project Managers Group! Our member evaluations said you were highly thought-provoking, you skillfully engaged participants in meaningful discussions and inspired us in numerous positive and empowering ways.  Thanks again for your generous sharing of time and talent.”

PEPTalks and a Promise

Cossolotto has made a public promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.  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 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

Other Developments Surrounding “Make A Promise Day” 2011

  • Finally, to celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published a new and improved version of his ebook A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises.  Think of it as a Promise Diary.  Now available for a nominal investment on Cossolotto’s main website:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

Make A Promise Day Background
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!

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 The Power of Making a Promise:

“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

To highlight 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 issues.

About Matthew Cossolotto: Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a CEO speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield about the power of making a promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to colleges, associations, and corporations.

Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com;  http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com; Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.  “Make A Promise Day” greeting cards and other exciting gift items are available for convenient online purchase by visiting Matthew’s Zazzle store: www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

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Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day” and Author of The Forthcoming Book The Power of Making a Promise, Interviews Author Dallas Teague Snider About Her Promise to Tell Her Personal Story

Cossolotto recently announced his promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.

Dallas Teague Snider, Author of The Power to Say Yes!

Matthew Cossolotto, creator of Make A Promise Day, interviewed Dallas Teague Snider, America’s Business Etiquette Coach, about her promise to share her personal story in the form of a book titled The Power To Say Yes. Matthew and Dallas talk about the importance of making a promise in reaching goals and staying on track toward your purpose and your passion in life.

Click on this link to listen to the 18-minute What’s Your Promise? interview: http://youtu.be/BafbQAZ9L_w

More About Dallas Teague Snider Dallas Teague Snider, America’s Business Etiquette Coach is a speaker, author and radio show host. LeadReferrals Consulting and Marketing Services Inc. was established in 1999 as networking, sales and marketing organization based on a strong code of ethics.

After attending the Protocol School of Washington® in 2007, Dallas launched Make Your Best Impression to offer training in the areas of business etiquette, communications, and personal development.  She is a columnist for Birmingham Works Magazine, Collinson Publishing, and has been featured as a guest columnist for America City Business Journals since 2004.

March 2009, Dallas was featured on the cover of Personal Excellence Magazine and quoted in the New York Times. Passionate to help others be their best -self and to eliminate the barriers that impede success, she offers workshops and seminars as well as personal coaching. Dallas’ warm personality and effervescent style will inspire audience members to experience new levels of building sustainable relationships. Dallas is the author of Professionally Polished, Business Etiquette Savvy for Today’s Competitive Market, a contributing author of Executive Etiquette Power, and now co-author of Success Skills for Life- a curriculum for high schools.

Dallas is a proud member of Meeting Professionals International, President- Elect for the American Society of Training and Development (Alabama Chapter), Women of Will, National Speakers Association and has partnered with Sunshine International Camps. Sunshine International Camps provide students from the English speaking world and China an opportunity to engage in a highly interactive, cross-cultural character and leadership development experience.

PEPTalks and a Promise

Cossolotto recently announced that he was making a public promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding. 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 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

Why Is Make A Promise Day So Important?

Make A Promise Day is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal-achievement and integrity enhancement. To share the power of making a promise with millions of people, Cossolotto conducts What’s Your Promise interviews, gives presentations and is now 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.

In his foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book Canfield writes about a promise he made to God when he was a young man. Here’s a short excerpt from Canfield’s 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.”… 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 my “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.

• 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 issues.

The Westchester County Executive (New York) issued a proclamation designating May 4th 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.” Here’s a link to a short YouTube video I posted about this Proclamation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXex1ZjpXs.

Leading up to Make A Promise Day, Cossolotto was featured last week 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

Additional “What’s Your Promise? interviews are available on Cossolotto’s YouTube channel: http://www.YouTube.com/ThePodiumProTV.

Finally, to celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published a new and improved version of his ebook A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future. This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises. Think of it as a Promise Diary. Now available for a nominal amount on Cossolotto’s main website: http://www.ThePodiumPro.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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Matthew Cossolotto Releases Heartwarming “What’s Your Promise?” Interview with Best-Selling Author John Assaraf on Second Annual Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011

Cossolotto also announces a promise on “Make A Promise Day” 2011 – “I Promise to donate 10% of my guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.”

May 4, 2011 — Matthew Cossolotto, creator of Make A Promise Day and author of HabitForce!, celebrated the second annual Make A Promise Day by releasing his heartwarming What’s Your Promise? interview with best-selling author John Assaraf.

During the interview, 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.  This is a heartwarming and revealing interview about the power of making a promise.  Listen to an interesting discussion about 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?”

On several occasions during the interview, Assaraf expresses 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.”  And he also states:  “A promise takes it [goal-setting] to a whole new level.”

Commenting on Cossolotto’s project, toward the end of the interview Assaraf says:  “It’s a great cause and a great mission you’re on.  Good purpose, good mission, good vision attracts good people.”

Here’s the link to the interview as posted on YouTube on Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYdemF5H1KA&feature=related

PEPTalks and a Promise

Also related to Make A Promise Day, Cossolotto announced that he was making a public promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.  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 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

Why Is Make A Promise Day So Important?

Make A Promise Day is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal-achievement and integrity enhancement.   To share the power of making a promise with millions of people, Cossolotto conducts What’s Your Promise interviews, gives presentations and is now 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.

In his foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book Canfield writes about a promise he made to God when he was a young man.  Here’s a short excerpt from Canfield’s 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.”…

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.

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.

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 issues.

The Westchester County Executive (New York) issued a proclamation designating May 4th 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.”  Here’s a link to a short YouTube video I posted about this Proclamation.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXex1ZjpXs.  Read more about the Proclamation HERE.

Leading up to Make A Promise Day, Cossolotto was featured last week 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

Additional “What’s Your Promise? interviews are available on Cossolotto’s YouTube channel:  http://www.YouTube.com/ThePodiumProTV.

Finally, to celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published a new and improved version of his ebook A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises.  Think of it as a Promise Diary.  Now available for a nominal amount on Cossolotto’s main website:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.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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Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th – May The Fourth Be With You!), Featured Today as “Inspirational Luminary” on Popular Website www.InspireMeToday.com

Sample “Make A Promise Day” resolution – modeled after the resolution adopted by the Yorktown (New York) Town Board – also posted on the InspireMeToday.com website.

http://www.inspiremetoday.com/luminaryblog/2011/04/make-it-make-a-promise-day-in-your-town

Members of the “Inspire Me Today” community will be able to download a complimentary copy of Cossolotto’s “Top 10 Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life.”

April 27, 2011 – Yorktown Heights, NY — Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day (May 4th) and author of the forthcoming book The Power of Making a Promise, announced that he is being featured today as an “Inspirational Luminary” on the popular www.InspireMeToday.com website created by author and speaker Gail Lynn Goodwin.

Here’s an excerpt from Cossolotto’s “Today’s Brilliance” article that is being spotlighted today on http://www.InspireMeToday.com:

 

Today’s Brilliance from Matthew Cossolotto

Today’s Quote:  A promise is like a goal on steroids. Make a promise. Keep your word. Change your life. Transform the world. ~ Matthew Cossolotto

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I’d want to pass along to others…

Turn important goals into heartfelt promises!

Some years ago, when I was thinking about writing a book about the seven habits of SUCCESS and FAILURE, I shared many of my ideas with my mother, Virginia Hope Butler. I explained the concepts and how I thought this book would provide a guide for people who felt stuck, disempowered, and unable to make positive changes. She encouraged me to complete the book.

The book was still unwritten when my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. As her conditioned worsened, I decided to promise to her that I would finish the book, get it published, and dedicate it to her memory. We both fought back tears. I could see in her eyes that this promise meant a great deal to her. She smiled brightly despite the pain she was in and said: “You do that, Matthew. You do that.”

I’m proud to say I kept my promise. The resulting book, complete with a dedication to my mother’s memory, is HabitForce!

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Previous “Inspirational Luminaries” have included bestselling authors and successful speakers such as:

  • Jack Canfield (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series)
  • Laura Day (bestselling author of How to Rule the World from Your Couch)
  • Janet Bray Attwood, (bestselling author of The Passion Test)
  • Peggy McColl (bestselling author of Viral Explosions and Your Destiny Switch)

In an email to the extensive InspireMeToday.com community, Gail Lynne Goodwin included a special gift from Matthew Cossolotto:  A link to download Cossolotto’s brand new “The Top 10 Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life.”   This document is an excerpt from Cossolotto’s newly published “A Promise A Day” ebook (available online by visiting http://www.ThePodiumPro.com).  In this new eBook, Cossolotto provides 30 personal empowerment promises (PEPs).  He says there’s “a pep talk in every promise.”

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

Also included in Goodwin’s email to InspireMeToday.com subscribers is a link to her interview as a guest on Cossolotto’s program called “What’s Your Promise?”  Here’s the link to that uplifting interview in which Goodwin talks about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter, along with this profound promise she made to herself:  “Never say no to an idea just because I don’t know how I’m going to make it happen.”

Click on this link to listen to Gail Lynne Goodwin’s “What’s Your Promise?” interview:   http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0

Make A Promise Day Background

Cossolotto, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, 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:

  Make A Promise Day Creator Matthew Cossolotto (right) with Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Canfield is contributing the foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book The Power of Making a Promise.

“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 Gail Lynne Goodwin and Inspire Me Today

Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. With members in more than 120 countries, InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration — each day from a new Inspirational Luminary. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more.  Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly, as a result of the success of their co-penned song, Baby Come Back Home. Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the ‘World’s Longest Letter’ of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006.  Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana.  Visit www.InspireMeToday.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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Countdown to “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th) … Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of Make A Promise Day, Will Conduct Executive Conversation Program for Human Capital Institute on April 29, 2011.

In an exclusive presentation for HCI’s executive members, Cossolotto will urge participants to go beyond traditional goal-setting by discussing how leaders can focus and align results with the power of promises.  As a special gift in the run-up to “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th, program participants will receive signed copies of Cossolotto’s groundbreaking book HabitForce!  All executive members will also receive a copy of Cossolotto’s new eBook:  A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future. 

April 19, 2011 — Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro) announced today that he has been invited by the Human Capital Institute, the global association for strategic talent management, to conduct a seminar program for the organization’s executive members titled:  “Beyond traditional goal-setting—Focus and align results with a promise.”

This HCI presentation is a return appearance for Cossolotto.  The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, Cossolotto conducted two executive conversation programs last year for HCI.  One program was titled “Supercharge Your HabitForce!” and the other was called “Energize Your PodiumPower!”

In an online message to executive members, HCI issued the follow announcement about Cossolotto’s April 29th program:

Beyond traditional goal-setting–Focus and align results with a promise

Making and keeping an important promise affects a leader personally as well as their followers. Stated in the form of a promise, an affirmation about attaining a goal helps to define a personal or organizational vision. Join our Executive Conversation to discover the power of making Personal Empowerment Promises (PEP) and put a “pep” talk in every promise. Share your promises with others and you’ll inspire your team, and align focus on results. All Executive Members who actively participate in the conversation will receive a signed copy of Matthew Cossolotto’s book, HabitForce! All Executive Members will also receive a copy of Matthew’s eBook, A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future, in honor of “Make a Promise Day” on May 4th. Leaders, plan your promises now!

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

Cossolotto, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, referred to his brand new eBook 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.”

Cossolotto says that his HCI program about the power of making promises will draw heavily from his recent article in the April issue of Personal Excellence magazine titled “A Good Pep Talk.”  (Visit http://www.LeaderExcel.com).  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).”

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

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 Human Capital Institute

Founded in 2005 by Chairman and CEO Michael Foster, HCI is the global association for talent management and new economy leadership, and a clearinghouse for best practices and new ideas. HCI’s network of expert practitioners, Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 corporations, government agencies, global consultants and business schools contribute a stream of constantly evolving information, the best of which is organized, analyzed and shared with members through HCI communities, research, education and events.  Visit http://www.hci.org.

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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