On April 24 & 25, 2013, I was the motivational speaker for the Department of Human Services Spring Showcase. Over 300 social service eligibility workers from across the state of North Dakota attended this event at the Seven Seas Inn in Mandan North Dakota.
Last night I was in the audience as health and wellness guru and motivational speaker Jillian Michaels give her motivational speech Maximize Your Life as part of her tour across North America.
Eight years ago I took a personal development course that utilized techniques that bordered on those of a cult.
On the first day (after you sign up for the course and they have your money ($500 plus) )they start to outline for you some of the rules of engagement.
The rules seemed normal enough: show up on time, participate, don't text or take emails. However the execution of the rules bordered on embarrassing and belittling.
Once we entered the room the motivational personal development speaker admonished a couple of people who walked in a few minutes late. She accused them of never truly taking their life commitments seriously.
The seminar leader shrugged off their excuses like traffic, bad weather and more exclaiming that if you are really committed you would be on time.
At the beginning of the seminar we all had to stand and take an oath to be on time. I make time comitments all the time, but I don't need to stand and take an oath to ensure my compliance.