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Breakfast of Champions – Ted Leonsis Speaker

By November 9, 2005March 22nd, 2020No Comments
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Ted Leonsis recently spoke at a local technology conference. His keynote address was titled, “Breakfast of Champions.” He told his story through a sports metaphor. He used some of the most well known and respected names in sports today. Names like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretsky, and Joe Namath.

Ted shared his plan for success. He covered each of the points with a story and a powerful quote from one of these sports giants. He told his story in a unique and very personal way.

For those of you not familiar with Ted, he is the Vice Chairman of AOL, a majority owner of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team, minority shareholder in the NBA’s Washington Wizards, and owner of the Washington Mystics, a WNBA team.

He intertwined his message of how he is helping to shape the new AOL with a foundation of compelling and inspirational quotes. Quotes that all have a business relevance. To use a sports metaphor, his presentation was a homerun.

Ted Leonsis’ 12-Point Plan for Success

Here’s Ted Leonsis’ Plan for Success:

  1. Plan it – write it down – break it down – strategize
  2. Work at it – be committed
  3. Measure and improve
  4. Listen and learn
  5. Trust those around you
  6. Don’t be afraid of failure
  7. Respect everyone
  8. Don’t get too high with the highs and low with the lows
  9. The journey is the reward – enjoy
  10. Seek balance
  11. Be part of something bigger than yourself
  12. Love and passion

3 of Ted’s Quotes

  • “The more I practice, the luckier I get.”
  • “I don’t love the game. I am in love with the game.”
  • “Failure and loss are my best friends and personal motivators.”

My take-aways. Love what you do. Trust in yourself. Tell (more) stories.

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Ira Koretsky

Ira Koretsky has built The Chief Storyteller® into one of the most recognized names in communication, especially business storytelling. He has delivered over 500 keynote presentations and workshops in nearly a dozen countries, in more than one hundred cities, across 30 plus industries. His specialties are simplifying the complex and communicating when the stakes are high. He is also an adjunct professor in public speaking and storytelling at the University of Maryland's Business School. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after storytelling coach, global speaker, trainer, consultant, communication coach, and public speaking coach.