We Have Freedom of Choice, But Not Freedom of the Consequence
The theme of this speech was based on good advice and a sound principle which was given to Randy during the summer of his senior year in high school.
The owner of a grocery store, who was Randy’s boss, told him, “The choices you make over the next five years will set the course for the destiny of the rest of your life.” Remember this universal truth, you have the freedom of choice, but you don’t have the freedom of the consequence.
Randy carries the audience through a journey of his life. He starts with his humble upbringing as a child and then focuses on choices he made during his high school years. He points out some of the choices that his classmates made and the deadly consequences of their choices. Randy talks about the dangers of being cool and focusing on the wrong things in high school. He proves the truth in the statement that your high school grades will follow you forever.
He gives examples of good and bad choices by opening up his personal life story and his many years of experience in order to warn his audience about the consequences of their choices.
The climax of his speech is about a choice that he and his best friend made as a senior in high school and how that choice had lasting ramifications that changed his life forever.
He gives the audience hope that if they plan out their life, by writing down the advantages and disadvantages of their choices before making a major decision and then taking the time to evaluate the consequences and act wisely, they will have a more productive future and their life will be easier when they get older.
The length of this speech is from 35 to 40 minutes. It can be modified to 20-25 minutes where time constraints are an issue
In this motivational speech about his dog, Bubba, Randy takes the audience on a journey of life lessons that can be learned from our beloved family pets.
Discover Your Purpose in Life, Then Set Your Goals
This presentation is a speech and workshop combination. Through feedback and surveys from previous speaking engagements, many high school students and adults expressed interest and concern in wanting help on deciding what they want to do with their lives.
This interactive and hands on workshop was designed from their desires in order to help the student establish their purpose in life and to offer suggestions of how to begin accomplishing their goals.
Randy begins this presentation by bringing the audience into a story in which they are visualizing the end of their life. He challenges them to write out their eulogy. What would you want your best friend to say about you as a tribute to your life? If there were no limits to what you could accomplish with your life, what would it be? How do you want to be remembered?
Randy reads his own eulogy as an example. The audience then takes the time to write out their own eulogy. He then directs them to back up to the present time and break down their eulogy step by step in order for them to write down a strategy and a plan to accomplish their goals to make the fulfillment of their eulogy come into reality many years down the road.
This step by step process encourages the audience by breaking down the goals into baby steps and accomplishing one task at a time. As time progresses and action is taken they will live out their life’s purpose.
This exercise in vision casting challenges the audience to think about their true passion in life and gives them hope and directions by writing out their eulogy (road map) in order to accomplish their desires and goals step by step.
Their eulogy acts as a road map to direct them and help them stay on course. We all need a map for our life because we can easily get discouraged by straying off course.
The length of this presentation is from 50 to 60 minutes.
This speech is based on the fortitude of overcoming obstacles to succeed in life especially when we have been knocked down or failed at certain endeavors.
During this speech, Randy gives personal examples of overcoming obstacles in his own life by sharing his successful and unsuccessful business adventures. He also elaborates on the example of his 91-year-old father who also was an entrepreneur and retired from his business at the age of 80 to pursue his lifelong passion of inventing things. Randy shares the time when he and his dad appeared on national tv as contestants on The American Inventor Show (ABC).
Randy stresses the importance of following a planned out mission and passion in your life. You have to keep the faith in your idea and dream when it seems like the world is caving in on you.
He gives examples of famous people who failed many times before they became successful. The constant theme of never giving up is repeated numerous times in the speech by examples.
Randy explains the Slight Edge Theory in which we don’t always see immediate results. If we stick with a goal long enough and are patient, we will eventually succeed. He relates this theory to his dad and the great physical shape he has obtained by exercising all these years even though it took time for the results to manifest.
He motivates his audience to take chances and to not be afraid of failure. He challenges them to pick themselves up and to keep going even when faced with temporary failure.
This speech inspires the audience to put forth the effort (work) in the present to reap the harvest in the future.
The length of this speech is from 35 to 40 minutes. It can be modified to 20-25 minutes where time constraints are an issue.
The Emotional Bank Account
An Emotional Bank Account is the amount of trust that you have built up in a relationship by showing with your actions: courtesy, kindness, honesty and commitment.
Through this interactive speech, Randy relates the meaning of an emotional bank account by comparing and contrasting it with a financial bank account. He explains to the audience the dangers of being overdrawn in your financial bank account by sharing an experience he had with one of his customers when he owned a used car dealership.
He explains how we build up (deposits) and take away (withdrawals) from the emotional bank account we have with family, friends and co-workers. Randy opens up his personal life and reveals the emotional bank account between him and his son. He shows what led to the negative balance when his son was a teenager and how it took him two years to build the account back up to a positive balance.
The contents of this speech help the audience to become aware of their own relationships with other people. This awareness will cause one to experience that “aha” moment as they come to the realization of why there is tension in that particular relationship. Methods and techniques are given of how to hopefully improve the emotional bank account in order to restore the relationship to a healthy balance.
One major goal in this speech is to give the audience the courage to take the first step in making a relationship right. A healthy relationship with family, friends, and co-workers/classmates makes our lives more enjoyable. The extra effort to work at obtaining a positive balance in the emotional bank account with friends and people we love is worth the effort. If the relationship is important to us we have to repair it by apologizing and forgiving, even when we feel we are right.
Remember: building and repairing relationships are long-term investments.
The length of this speech is from 30 to 40 minutes. It can be modified to 20-25 minutes where time constraints are an issue.
Enon Chapel Baptist Church -Message and Book Signing: My Dad The Smartest 7th Grader on Earth. Message focused on teaching people how to succeed spiritually, mentally, socially, financially and physically in their lives as outlined in my book using my dad as an example
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