How I Became a Professional Speaker

How I Became a Professional Speaker

“Alan, how did you transition into becoming a professional speaker?” I get that question multiple times per week. Here is exactly what I did: Step 1: I decided. Step 2: I acknowledged that becoming a paid/professional speaker has 3 primary pillars; content, delivery,...

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High Performers Control the Controllables

High Performers Control the Controllables

There are only two things in this world that we have 100% control over, 100% of the time: Our effort Our attitude. Coming to this epiphany was a tough pill for me to swallow, as I’ve always skewed a tad toward being a control freak! But it’s true. Our own effort and...

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12 Tips for Leading Millennials

12 Tips for Leading Millennials

Millennials view the world differently than previous generations, Including mine, and I ain’t that old! Building connections and effectively communicating with millennials requires a few subtle nuances. Generally speaking, they get bored quicker, want to know the...

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36 Lessons We All Need to Learn

36 Lessons We All Need to Learn

Here are 36 impactful lessons I teach and (cough, cough) model my kiddos on a daily basis. Oh and these apply to adults as well: Serve others without expecting anything in return. Have focus on what you really want. If you chase two rabbits, they will both get away....

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16 Lessons from a De-Motivational Speaker

16 Lessons from a De-Motivational Speaker

16 Lessons from a De-Motivational Speaker   Chill out and relax. You only get one life, so why waste it working so hard? Hard work is exhausting and overrated. Never ask for help. Seriously. It’s a sign of weakness. If you can’t do something, you need to lie...

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11 Reasons Why Mike Jones is Elite

11 Reasons Why Mike Jones is Elite

I’m so thankful that I can call DeMatha’s Mike Jones, a friend and mentor. Working for him for 6 years (2010-16) was incredibly impactful for me. He is as good as any coach/leader I’ve been around. Coach Jones took over for Morgan Wootten in 2002. At the time of his...

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13 Qualities of a Great Leader

13 Qualities of a Great Leader

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with, learn from, and talk shop with countless Hall-of-Fame basketball coaches over my career.  From dinners with Bobby Knight & Hubie Brown, to watching Coach K & John Calipari run practice, to meeting John...

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3 Ways to Utilize Meetings the Way Elite Coaches Use Time-outs

3 Ways to Utilize Meetings the Way Elite Coaches Use Time-outs

“We will continue to hold these meetings until we figure out why no work is getting done!” They say behind every good joke is the truth. Many businesses spend way too much time in meetings. Hell, I’ve heard of people holding meetings to plan other meetings! Raise your...

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6 Steps to Mastering Tough Conversations

6 Steps to Mastering Tough Conversations

“Confrontation is simply meeting the truth head on.” – Coach K Whether it’s with an employee, a colleague, spouse, or one of your children, tough conversations are something all of us have to have, but none of us like to have. True leaders know how vital it is to tell...

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3 Incredibly Impactful Life Lessons

3 Incredibly Impactful Life Lessons

I had the distinct honor to give the commencement speech at Gaithersburg High School’s 2018 graduation. Here is a slightly shortened version of what I shared: “I’m honored to have this opportunity to share 3 impactful lessons to hopefully help you write the next...

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“Alan was the perfect emcee for our Leadership Academy. He was able to masterfully connect, engage and inspire every guest” Bryan K. Williams, DM

Keynote Speaker, Author & Consultant

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