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Author and Guest Speaker Matthew Cossolotto – aka “The Podium Pro” – Underscores His Audacious Mission To Share His Uplifting Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) With Millions of People Around the World and Promises to Donate 10% of His Speaking Fees to Support Study Abroad Opportunities and Global Understanding

Leading Up To Make A Promise Day 2011, Cossolotto Speaks About The Power of Making A Promise to The Human Capital Institute and The Project Management Institute of Westchester

May 11, 2011 – Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro) today underscored his audacious mission to share his uplifting messages including his Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) with millions of people around the world.  In pursuit of that goal, he promises to donate 10% of his speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International, a nonprofit organization he launched dedicated to fostering study abroad opportunities and global understanding.

Cossolotto, a former aide to Congressman Leon Panetta and House Speaker Jim Wright, said that he was delighted to speak recently about the power of making a promise to the Human Capital Institute’s executive members.  This HCI seminar was a return appearance for Cossolotto.  The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, Cossolotto conducted two executive conversation programs last year for HCI.  One program was titled “Supercharge Your HabitForce!” and the other was called “Energize Your PodiumPower!”

In an online message to executive members, HCI issued the follow announcement about Cossolotto’s April 29th program:

Beyond traditional goal-setting–Focus and align results with a promise

Making and keeping an important promise affects a leader personally as well as their followers. Stated in the form of a promise, an affirmation about attaining a goal helps to define a personal or organizational vision. Join our Executive Conversation to discover the power of making Personal Empowerment Promises (PEP) and put a “pep” talk in every promise. Share your promises with others and you’ll inspire your team, and align focus on results. All Executive Members who actively participate in the conversation will receive a signed copy of Matthew Cossolotto’s book, HabitForce! All Executive Members will also receive a copy of Matthew’s eBook, A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future, in honor of “Make a Promise Day” on May 4th. Leaders, plan your promises now!

Cossolotto also spoke recently about the power of making a promise to the Project Management Institute of Westchester. Here’s what Paul O’Connor, the event organizer, said about Cossolotto’s presentation:

“Wow!  You achieved the incredible top rating of 87.5% as a keynote speaker to our Project Managers Group! Our member evaluations said you were highly thought-provoking, you skillfully engaged participants in meaningful discussions and inspired us in numerous positive and empowering ways.  Thanks again for your generous sharing of time and talent.”

PEPTalks and a Promise

Cossolotto has made a public promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.  Cossolotto offers several Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) to a variety of audiences including schools and colleges, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits.  Here are the titles of Cossolotto’s top three PEPTalks:

The Power of Making a Promise: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life. Transform The World.

The Joy of Speaking: Turn Stage Fright Into Stage Delight and Speak Your Way to the Peak

Success Is An Inside Job:  Harness Your HabitForce and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

Other Developments Surrounding “Make A Promise Day” 2011

  • Finally, to celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published a new and improved version of his ebook A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises.  Think of it as a Promise Diary.  Now available for a nominal investment on Cossolotto’s main website:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

Make A Promise Day Background
Cossolotto knows about the power of making a promise from personal experience. He made a promise to his mother on her deathbed that he would finish writing a book he had been discussing with her, get it published, and dedicate it to her memory. The resulting book, complete with Cossolotto’s dedication to his mother, is HabitForce!

Motivated by that firsthand experience, Cossolotto launched the first annual “Make A Promise Day” last May 4th as part of his ongoing mission to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world. He’s writing a book about the power of making a promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The book includes stories about people who have made and kept important promises in their lives.

Here is a brief excerpt from Jack Canfield’s foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book The Power of Making a Promise:

“When Matthew first told me about the heartfelt promise he made to his mother and that he was launching a special day called “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th, I was hooked. You could say he had me at “I promise.”… Contributing the foreword to this book and being associated with Matthew’s inspiring “Make-A-Promise” project is totally aligned with my life’s purpose.” http://www.JackCanfield.com

To highlight the power of making a promise, Cossolotto cites several high-profile examples:

  • Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.
  • Entertainer Danny Thomas made a promise to build a shrine to St. Jude.  That promise led to the establishment of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.
  • Before his daughter’s wedding, former president Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.
  •  Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.
  •  NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.

About Matthew Cossolotto: Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a CEO speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield about the power of making a promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to colleges, associations, and corporations.

Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com;  http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com; Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.  “Make A Promise Day” greeting cards and other exciting gift items are available for convenient online purchase by visiting Matthew’s Zazzle store: www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

Listen to My “Make A Promise” Interview with Laurie Gerber on Handel Group Radio

My interview is now available.  Click on this link (also see link below).  My segment lasts less than 15 minutes I guess.  Laurie Gerber does a great job.  She’s a big fan of the power of making promises.  She refers to it as “a tool everyone has to combat fear and get into action.”  She’s so right!  Laurie also said making promises is her favorite topic and she was kind enough to say that I am “always inspiring” in talking about this topic.  Laurie talked on air about one promise she made to get into action and get past her fears.  She promised that she would take at least one risk every day, do something that took her outside her comfort zone.  She made that a promise and it has helped her succeed in business as a life coach and radio host.  Here’s to your promise Laurie!

During my segment (which begins at about the halfway point in the hour-long show) we covered a wide range of topics including:

  • Make A Promise Day on May 4th.  Laurie gets a big kick out of “May The Fourth Be With You!”
  • The Power of Making a Promise generally
  • The promise I made to my mother on her deathbed
  • My book HabitForce! (available on www.ThePodiumPro.com) and the habits of SUCCESS and FAILURE.  We talked about the FAILURE Trap of “Finger Pointing” (the F in FAILURE) and the need to Recognize, Reject & Replace it with “Shoulder Responsibility” (the first S in SUCCESS).
  • My “What’s Your Promise?” interview with John Assaraf (http://youtu.be/LYdemF5H1KA) in which he discusses the promise he made to God on the birth of his first (and second) son.  Also see my blog post for more details (http://wp.me/pSLX3-7w)
  • The idea of a new “birthday” tradition or ritual to make a promise to take care of newborn children.
  • My new ebook A Promise A Day (available on www.ThePodiumPro.com) and one promise from the ebook that I recommend for everybody:  “I Promise … to be the change I want to see in the world.”

All in all, a very good interview.  Fast-paced, entertaining.  Many thanks to Laurie for inviting me back on her show to talk about the power of making promises.  Always a delight to speak with Laurie Gerber and listen to the Handel Group Radio Show.

Again, here’s the link to my interview with Laurie Gerber.  Enjoy!  http://archives.warpradio.com/ltrn/HandelRadio/051112.mp3

Media Experience:  Throughout my career -- from my days on Capitol Hill to the corporate world -- I have had considerable experience with radio, TV and print interviews:  C-Span TV, Swedish TV, CNN Radio, ABC Radio, XM Radio, Voice of America.  Commentaries and articles in The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, and Personal Excellence magazine.

North County News December 2010:
Yorktowner Vows To 'Make A Promise'

Article highlights Matthew Cossolotto's plan to designate May 4th as Make A Promise Day and discusses his book and presentations related to The Power of Making a Promise.

Newsflash:  Matthew's Keynote "Globalize Your Locality" was published in Vital Speeches of the Day.  Click here for PDF copy.

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Listen to Matthew's Interview on  "Life-Shifting with Dr. J" 
Dr. Jeffrey Hull.  Matthew discusses The Ebenezer Effect, HabitForce!, and The Power of Making a Promise.  One hour.

December 2010
Matthew Cossolotto Interview with
Michael Ray Dresser
"Dresser After Dark." 
Click to Listen:  12 Minutes
Topics: The Ebenezer Effect, HabitForce!, The Power of Making a Promise.

TV Interview:  Make A Promise and Public Speaking Success Matthew Covers The Five Mindset Shifts for Fear-Free, Authentic Speaking

TV Interview:  Matthew covers Power of S.P.E.E.C.H. -- The Six-Point Checklist for Powerful Presentations

YouTube Video:  Very short YouTube video about HabitForce.  Matthew discusses a few Axioms of Personal Empowerment.

Sample Video:  Clips of Matthew speaking about HabitForce ... the Habits of SUCCESS and FAILURE ... at the Metropolitan Club in New York.

Sample Video:  Globalize Your Locality Keynote -- University of Wisconsin.  Study Abroad Alumni International.

Radio Interview: Teresa Kabatoff's radio show on CKFM 96.5 -- Alberta.  Matthew discusses The Power of Making A Promise on Mother's Day 2010.

Radio Interview: Afterthoughts with S. Denice Newton:  The Power of Making a Promise and Make A Promise Day: #BlogTalkRadio - http://tobtr.com/s/1070485

Media Testimonials

"Matthew Cossolotto is an enthusiastic and entertaining guest with a positive message.  I interviewed him on my morning radio show about his book, The Real F Word and the launch of “Make a Promise Day” on May 4th, 2010.  I have already scheduled another interview with Matthew to promote, All The World's a Podium, his book on how to "Unleash your authentic podium power and speak your way to the peak."

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Matthew Cossolotto (a.k.a. "The Podium Pro") has been a solid guest in repeat appearances on "Ebling and You" on 1320 in Mid-Michigan.  His discussion about his book The Real F Word (FAILURE) was entertaining and informative.  And his development of the "Standing O" cards should help a lot of people learn to say thanks in a memorable way.  Nice job, cOssOlOttO!

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Doug Stephan's “Good Day” show May 6, 2010. Listen to this interview here: Hour 2:  Author, Matthew Cossolotto, joins the show to discuss the power of a promise.   Listen: http://www.dougstephan.com/programhighlights?date=20100506

One hour on Rick Barber's radio show (KOA Radio 850 Denver)

Gus Lloyd's Seize the Day program on XM/Sirius Catholic Channel

Two interviews recently on Kate Delaney's America Tonight.

Teresa Kabatoff's radio show on
CKFM 96.5 – Alberta  (Listen: http://feed.podcastmachine.com/podcasts/4213/episodes/22628)

Master Coach
 Norm Lapalme's Million Dollar Idea radio program in Ottawa (www.MDIEvents.com

"Brainstorms" hosted by Nora Klaver
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Three interviews recently on Bruce Owen's Good Morning Hudson Valley show -- subjects The Real F Word and The Power of Making a Promise.

30 minutes on Bill Horan’s Secrets of Success show – interview aired July 7th and 11th.  Topic centered on the habits of SUCCESS and FAILURE.

30 minutes on Roslyn Franken radio show
(Listen:  http://www.howtothriveafter35talkradio.com

Three interviews recently on Jack Ebling’s “Ebling and You” program-1320 WILS-AM

Two interviews with Kellie Fuller, Kellie in the Morning, on KVON Radio in Napa Valley, CA.

Foreword To My Book By Jack Canfield: I’m writing a book about the power of making a promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  The working title is:  The Power of Making a Promise. Here’s just a sampling of what Jack Canfield writes in his uplifting and very generous foreword:

When Matthew first told me about the heartfelt promise he made to his mother and that he was launching a special day called “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th, I was hooked.  You could say he had me at “I promise.”

There was something very attractive, almost magnetic, about this concept.  And I say that as somebody who has been intimately involved in the personal development field for many years.  I’ve seen and heard just about everything …

With a promise your heart and emotions are fully engaged.  Because of this, a promise is what I call a personal empowerment ‘twofer.’  It combines The Power of Intention with The Law of Attraction.  And that is a very powerful combination indeed …

Contributing the foreword to this book and being associated with Matthew’s inspiring “Make-A-Promise” project is totally aligned with my life’s purpose. I applaud Matthew for collecting and celebrating these uplifting stories about promises made and promises kept.

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