Enthusiastic rapport with Emmanuel and Rob: movies that motivate

What a day, what a day!

I went back to Second Cup for coffee with Emmanuel Lopez and Rob Schaumer at 3:00 PM. Kevin McIntosh introduced me to Emmanuel Lopez because of Emmanuel's upcoming series called "Movies that Motivate". Instinct told me to invite Rob Schaumer (Purpose Realized), whom I had met at the Mesh planning party last November 15 and again at the DemoCamp afterparty. And what a conversation we had! Two hours just flew past, and we all had great fun.

Emmanuel Lopez has been a motivational speaker for the past three years. "Motivational speaker" is too bland a word to describe him—hence the moniker, "Motivatorman". The movie series this January at the Royal Ontario Museum looks really interesting. With feel-good and thought-provoking movies such as Groundhog Day, As Good As It Gets, and Pleasantville, he'll help so many people face their challenges and develop themselves. And the events aren't just movies, too. He'll start each event with 30 minutes for a motivational speech and discussion, and wraps it up with more discussion and reflection. Sounds like good stuff!

I'm *really* excited about his second project, too: a series of workshops on self-development for hubs/connectors. With the tagline "network - interact - share", it definitely sounds like my kind of thing—heck, it's something I wish I could've organized! <laugh> It's a pity that the first event is in January; I'll only be able to make it to the next one. AHA! I know, I can suggest homework...

What a delight! I'm looking forward to inviting the people I know to those events (even in absentia!), which will help me get to know their non-work sides too.

And I had *no* idea that Rob Schaumer had a talent for marketing, but I'm glad I discovered it in the course of conversation! He suggested all sorts of useful little tweaks for Emmanuel's marketing campaign.

He has such a fascinating life history. Self-educated in an Orthodox Jewish community where most people are expected to complete university degrees, he really wants to reach out and motivate other people. He related how motivational speakers tend to break into the profession in three ways:

  • earn a university degree in it (they have degrees in motivational speaking?)
  • work for someone already doing it
  • prove your worth

Rob decided not to go for university, and ended up building a company for the heck of it—just to see if he could. (Wow!) The motivational companies he talked to wouldn't consider someone without a university degree, so by process of elimination.... I've no doubt that he'll find his niche and fill it really well!

Rob's got such awesome experiences. One of his stories fits in perfectly with Emmanuel's focus on movies. He was playing squash, but he was pretty tired and out of form. He told us how he intentionally visualized the scene in Superman Returns where Superman flies into space to recharge, and that just filled him with energy. Every time his energy flagged, he'd go back to that scene. Because of that, he played a pretty good game!

We swapped many more tips that I'm looking forward to writing about over time, but I just wanted to help you get to know some of the fantastic people I met today. Isn't life awesome?

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