Irish Dancing Speech

How my hobby turned into a symbol of survival.

An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.

Jack Welch



Let me instruct and uplift your group by sharing techniques for success. I weave examples from dance, work, and building a business into a motivating learning experience.

What started out as a hobby became a symbol for me of survival, recovery and overcoming great odds.

Success wasn't new to me. I'd been a top achiever in school and in my profession. Early in life I chose to focus on excellence and developed the tools and attitudes needed to achieve it. I'd never thought of myself as a survivor, but more as someone who learned to overcome obstacles like cancer at an early age.

I began Irish dancing with the In Sync dancers and performed at community events. It was great fun!

But in 2005 that all changed.

The short version goes like this:

In 2005 I had a series of health challenges and in 2006 a fairly major surgery. I was forced to put my dancing hobby on the shelf and focus on survival. In 2007 my stopped car was rear-ended by an SUV going 50 mph. An engineer calculated I took 80 Gs of force in the impact.

After several months of physical therapy, I was determined to rebuild my body. Through a combination of clear goal setting, mental techniques to overcome obstacles, a supportive family, and a superb instructor and coach, I was able to compete and win 6 first place medals in Irish dance over the course of 12 months.

This talk begins with a 2 minute Irish dance and can be given as a 30 minute, 60 minute, or 90 minute presentation. It is an excellent choice to start the day and works well for lunch or dinner meetings.

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