• Toronto: 416.420.4525
  • Ottawa: 613.860.4525
  • Vancouver: 604.420.4545

www.twitter.com/prospeakers_canwww.prospeakers.com/blogwww.youtube.com/prospeakerscanadaLike us on Facebook

prospeakers.com

Speaker Search

Search
Advanced Search

Request Info Form

Hot Speakers

Recent Tweets

twitter.com Follow Us
Coaching at Olympic level requires calculated approach

Coaches don’t need to be barking orders to get results

Coaching is perhaps the most important relationship in an athlete’s journey. A good coach will drive success, while a poor coach leaves everybody wanting more.

As an analyst at the Rio Olympics, I have watched Women’s Rugby, Men’s Volleyball and Women’s Basketball. At each event, I have been drawn to the athlete coach relationship. I am impressed by the different styles and personalities each coach exhibits, but I have noticed one common thread in these three Canadian Coaches who are best-in-class.

Each have an understated confidence, and each command a deep respect from their athletes.

Lisa Thomaidis coaches Women’s Basketball and is a self-declared introvert. John Tait coaches Women’s Rugby 7’s and prefers to be in the background. Glenn Hoag is no different. He’s the backroom architect who took Canada’s Men’s Volleyball Team back onto the world stage.

A coach’s job is difficult. When athletes win, it is because of their drive and dedication. When athletes fail to reach their potential, it is the coach’s fault. I’m grateful to have had many great coaches in both my athletic and professional careers.

I know the secret truth. Every athlete who as attained sustained victory on the world stage contains a deep love for their coach.

Coaches are the unsung heroes of the games. That’s why I’ve compiled a few insights – to help learn from the best, and help us all become better coaches.

Kreek’s Four Tips for Better Coaching:

  • Focus on basics. A great coach knows how to keep it simple. Hoag built up the Men’s Volleyball program by instituting a rigid system of plays. “I focused on the process, not on the outcome,” said Hoag. Hoag believes in patience and hard work. This has delivered results and the respect of his athletes.
  • Coach the whole athlete. A great coach knows that her athletes are more than just athletes. Thomaidis puts obvious effort into the athlete-coach relationship. “Coach Thomaidis has built a great program and provided mentorship and development experiences which have impacted me on and off the court,” said Basketball Canada athlete Kia Nurse.
  • Make difficult decisions with care. When I shook Tait’s hand after the Bronze medal win, I could tell that he cared deeply for his athletes. Before Olympic competition, Tait found the selection of this year’s Rugby 7’s squad stressful. “While there was 12 really great conversations … there was four extremely difficult ones and painful ones.”  A great coach cares deeply about his athletes, and does what he believes will be best for the team.
  • Aim for accurate expectations. The best coaches know that expectations have a profound influence on performance. Each coach above has set realistic expectations for their athletes. Tait knew that Australia would be tough to beat. T.J. Sanders from Men’s Volleyball knows that the men are gunning for a good placement in tournament play after the round-robin preliminaries are over. Thomaidis knows that her and her team are expecting more than the 8th place finish in London. “I think for us the biggest challenge will be if we can live up to what we expect.”
Filed under: Adventure and Sports,Olympic Spirit — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 9:48 pm
Jay Onrait – FOX Sports Live Host and Sports Raconteur Par Excellence

jay onrait number twoJay Onrait co-hosts the 11 p.m. ET nightly edition of FOX Sports Live alongside Dan O’Toole, providing around the clock coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information rich ticker.

Receiving rave reviews since its release in October, His new book “Number Two: More short tales from a very tall man“ is yet another hilarious compilation of anecdotes profiling the many interesting, and at times unbelievable, experiences Jay has had over the course of his career.  Described as being “From the twisted and juvenile mind that brought you the national bestseller Anchorboy comes another rollicking collection of embarrassing stories that’ll make you laugh, cry, and feel just a little bit uncomfortable”

Add your name to the list of our very satisfied clients who have hosted him all over North America and feature Jay Onrait as your next MC, have him entertain your guests and clients at corporate events, or provide a keynote address to kick off your next event with laughter as he delights and captivates your audience.

Contact prospeakers.com today to book Jay Onrait for your next speaking engagement.

Less than a year to go until the Rio 2016 Olympics!

With the Rio 2016 Olympics on the horizon we wanted to take a minute to recap some of our world renowned Olympic Speakers. A truly impressive group of Medal winning Athletes like Adam Kreek, Rosie MacLennan, and Simon Whitfield, high performance sports experts like Dr.  Greg Wells, as well as legendary Olympic broadcaster Brian Williams.

They bring a plethora of knowledge and insight into what it means to truly participate in a sport at the highest possible level. This experience makes them the ideal group to; MC any sports charity event, make appearances at corporate functions, or act as spokespeople or brand ambassadors. Not only excelling in their chosen sports, they are also entrepreneurs, sports medicine experts, and media coverage experts. Contact prospeakers.com today for more information on how you can book their talent for you next event!

Adam Kreek

Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur and Expert in High Performance

Adam Kreek is a two-time Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist, entrepreneur, and expert in High Performance. A self-described “positive realist,” Adam shares his skills, experience and strategies for success with organizations across North America.

Adam has spent the past decade studying human performance, achievement, and wellbeing, as well as working with a variety of universities and non-profits across the country. He is co-owner of a Vancouver Island based organization that collects and processes waste vegetable oil to produce sustainable Biodiesel for local consumption. Adam is also proud to work with a number of charities and organizations like the Canadian Wildlife Federation, The Canadian Olympic Committee Board of Directors, an Ambassador for Right to Play, and a Board Member of Clean Air, as well as serving on a number of other Boards.

In addition to his work with organizations, Adam has worked with thousands of youth in schools across Canada, instilling within our next generation the idea that the “secret to happy living is giving.”

 

Greg Wells, Ph.D

Sport and Performance Science Analyst, Human Physiologist

In 2010, Dr. Greg Wells was the host of the Gemini-Award winning “Superbodies” segments for Canada’s national Olympic broadcast and the on-camera sport science and sport medicine analyst for the CTV Broadcast Consortium, ABC News and ABC’s 20/20 during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Previously, Dr. Wells served as the Director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Centre where he had the opportunity to work with dozens of champion athletes from Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games. Dr. Wells also taught Canada’s elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.

He speaks at leading sports and medical organizations around the world, including the International Olympic Committee, International Congress on Child Neurology, Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

 

Rosie MacLennan

Olympic Gold Medalist

As the youngest of four children, Rosie MacLennan often tagged along to her older siblings’ gymnastic lessons. When she was 7, Rosie could no longer stand to simply watch from the sidelines and she finally got her turn on the trampolines. At age 11, Rosie began competing internationally and was the Canadian National Women’s Champion in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

Rosie’s competitive performances in 2011 demonstrated that she was a rising star in her sport. She won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, followed by a second place finish at the Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham, UK, earning her a ticket to the London 2012 Summer Olympics, where she took home the Gold Medal in Women’s Trampoline.

Rosie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health. She has a wealth of knowledge to share with young athletes on how to be successful in their sport and how to achieve their own Olympic dreams.

 

Simon Whitfield

Olympic Triathlete

Simon Whitfield has relentlessly pursued excellence in sport – and in life – for as long as he or anyone around him can remember “My goal was always to be the best in the world at something,” says Whitfield, who at 17 followed that goal to Australia, a triathlon mecca and year-round training ground. Whitfield returned to Canada ready to take his racing to the next level. He did that with a bang, surprising the world with a riveting come-from-behind victory in triathlon’s inaugural Olympics, the Sydney 2000 Summer Games.

Simon has continued to pursue his sport with a passion and professionalism second to none.  The rewards have followed the hard work: 12 national championships, 14 world cup victories, and, perhaps most significantly, in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, in a race where he was counted out by everyone but himself, a stunning silver medal.

Whitfield’s commitment extends beyond the racecourse.  He recognizes that with results come responsibilities, and takes very seriously his role as triathlon’s ambassador to Canada and a Canadian ambassador to the world.  He supports numerous charities and loves few things as much as visiting schools to speak to children about finding their own passions and setting goals.

 

Brian Williams O.C.

Considered the dean of Olympic sports broadcasting in Canada, Williams reported on his first Olympic Games at the 1976 Summer Games from Montreal and has covered a total of 14 Olympic Games, as well as every high-profile sporting event around the globe. His resume includes work with the NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA TOUR, Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships, World Cup Skiing, men’s and women’s Rogers Cup events in Toronto and Montreal, Formula One, IRL, Breeders’ Cup, Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games.

Named to the Order of Canada in December 2011 for both his distinguished broadcasting career of more than 40 years and extensive community and volunteer work across the country, Brian Williams anchored CTV’s primetime Olympic coverage of both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the network’s award-winning coverage.

Williams’ respected broadcast style has endeared him to millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast. He has won praise from critics and numerous accolades and awards. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, as well as working with Special Olympics Canada. His long and truly impressive career makes him the ideal speaker for any number of causes or events.

 

Hockey Season is Back!

The start of the new hockey season is always a great time to consider what events and activities you want to have over the 2015-16 year. Start planning your winter schedule and consider events featuring our amazing and talented group of all-star speakers. From sports media figures like Elliotte Friedman and Kelly Hrudey to Hockey Legends like Wayne Gretzky and Darryl Sittler. Whether you are looking for a speaker for your business event or charity function contact us today to find out about all the exciting hockey talent we have to make this season the best one yet!

Wayne Gretzky

For two decades, the ethereal Wayne Gretzky lifted hockey to new and dizzying heights while establishing himself as the greatest player of all time. He transcended hockey and was the most statistically dominant player in the history of North American team sports.

Gretzky helped Edmonton win four Stanley Cup Championships and three Canada Cup tournament titles during his illustrious career. He holds virtually every offensive record in the NHL and his tireless support of the game has contributed significantly to the popularity it enjoys today. He has contributed to countless charities, including his own “The Wayne Gretzky Foundation” which was founded in 2002. Through this Wayne endeavors to continue to enrich the lives of so many Canadians, not only in Hockey but through the many other causes he supports.

Darryl Sittler

Darryl Sittler is one of the greatest players to ever wear the Toronto Maple Leaf uniform. An inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and voted by fans as the centre-man on the All-Time Leafs Team, Sittler may well be best remembered for two of the most remarkable performances in the history of the National Hockey League. On February 7, 1976, he scored six goals and added four assists for an NHL record total of 10 points in a game. That spring, he joined Maurice Richard in hockey history by recording five goals in one playoff game. To honour his illustrious career, Toronto retired Sittler’s number 27 On February 8, 2003. He has an incredible wealth of stories to share from the course of his outstanding career, as well as the lessons he’s learned working on charitable endeavors. One of the many ways Darryl contributes to the community is as a board member for the MLSE Team Up Foundation, alongside fellow former Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark. Currently Darryl travels across Canada appearing at public speaking engagements, doing autograph signings, and making appearances for various companies, charities and organizations.

Elliotte Friedman

Friedman is no ordinary sports announcer. Currently a reporter for Sports net Hockey, Friedman has also covered 4 Olympic Games, the World Series, and every Stanley Cup since 1998. He is known for his dedication to his work, his keen insights into the world of sports and his dry wit. His blog series, “30 Thoughts,” has become a must-read for hockey fans and insiders.
Friedman has a unique perspective on success, derived from countless hours interviewing and interacting with players and coaches behind the scenes and off the ice.

Through personal anecdotes and principles learned from the world of professional sports, Friedman challenges and instructs his audience with life-changing ideas that are relevant for all.

Kelly Hrudey

In July of 1998, goaltender Kelly Hrudey retired from the NHL and traded in his skates for a microphone joining the cast of Sports net Hockey as a full-time analyst.Hrudey came to broadcasting after a fifteen-year career as a goaltender for the New York Islanders, LA Kings, and San Jose Sharks. He compiled a record of 271-265-88 with a goals against average of 3.43, with 16 shutouts. By providing hockey fans with some of the most insightful, well-researched and accurate commentary available, he was able to parlay his experience and knowledge of the game of hockey with a career in front of the camera.

A thoughtful and charming on-air persona, he is equally talented on stage in front of a live audience.

 

FIFA Women’s World Cup Speakers & Event Hosts

FIFA’s Women’s World Cup is fast approaching. For a full month, Canada is going to be the host of one of the world’s most exciting sports tournaments. And here at prospeakers.com, we’ve got connections that will bring you the heart of the game.

So whether you’re looking for an event host, a storyteller, or a spokesperson, consider these incredible individuals: 

christinesinclair

Christine Sinclair is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player to ever come out of Canada. She has spent the last 12 years with the Canadian team, participating in three FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011) and two Olympic Games.

At the London 2012 Summer Games, she finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals and led the Canadian women’s national soccer team to a bronze medal with a 1-0 win against France. She broke the record of most goals scored in the Olympics for women’s soccer and won the gold boot of the competition. Her remarkable effort as team captain and her performance in the semifinal earned her the honour of serving as Canada’s flag-bearer in the closing ceremony.

Christine is the reigning and twelve-time Soccer Canada Player of the Year. Five times she has been nominated as the FIFA World Player of the Year. She is also the recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal.

jasondevos

Jason deVos knows all about commitment, leadership and battling adversity. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 16, and moved to England to continue his journey to the highest level of the game at the age of 22. He was recognized very early on in his career as a leader, and was named captain at Dundee United, Wigan and Ipswich.

deVos also tasted success with Canada’s National Team. From 1999 until 2004, deVos was also the captain of Canada, leading them to their only international championship. He scored the winning goal for his country in the 2000 Gold Cup Final, was twice named to the Gold Cup All-Star team and led Canada to the 2001 Confederations Cup in Japan.

Known as a tough, intelligent player on the field, deVos has brought the same passion and commitment he demonstrated as a soccer player to his new career in the media. He currently works in television as a soccer analyst for CBC and GOL TV, where he provided television commentary for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and continues to cover Toronto FC Games.

craigforrest

Craig Forrest is one of the most successful Canadian soccer players of all time. Born in Coquitlam, B.C., he left home at the age of 16 to begin a new life overseas in the first step of a rewarding soccer career.

In the span of four years, he went from trainee to starter with Ipswich Town, a club on a tremendous rise in the English ranks. His play as keeper with Ipswich was recognized and rewarded by the club’s supporters, who honoured him as the team’s player of the year: Ipswich’s most outstanding player in 1995, and Player’s Player on two other occasions. Altogether, he spent 10 years in the English Premiership, 18 years in the top flight in England.

Craig has proudly represented our Canadian national team on a total of 56 occasions, and Canada’s pinnacle in the sport over the last decade, was named MVP when Canada won the Gold Cup Championship in 2000.

Off the pitch, Forrest has been given the opportunity to remain in the sport he loves, bringing soccer fans their fix on TSN, as a member of the Sportsnet team and analyst on Soccercentral.

lukewileman

Luke Wileman has lived and breathed soccer from an early age. Before moving to Canada in 2006, he spent 10 years with the BBC in England as a sports broadcaster and play-by-play commentator for the English Premier League

Following his move to Canada, Wileman spent time as a soccer reporter, host and sports anchor at the FAN 590 in Toronto, and also worked for The Canadian Press as a soccer writer. Wileman is now the soccer host and voice of Major League Soccer on Canada’s Sports Leader, TSN.

nigelreed

Nigel Reed has more spent more than 25 years in the broadcast industry, covering a wide variety of sports for some of the most respected broadcasters including the BBC and CBC. He specializes in soccer, golf and cricket.

Since 2007, Nigel has been the voice of soccer on CBC, covering Major League Soccer, the CONCACAF Champions League, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He also provided play by play for the Canadian Women’s national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He supports his CBC broadcasts with a weekly column for cbcsports.ca, and produces and co-hosts his popular “Soccer Show” for Sportsnet radio – The Fan590. His career highlights include calling the first ever goal scored by Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, and interviewing his own boyhood hero, golfer Jack Nicklaus.

 

To book these, or any of our other sports speakers, contact us via the website, or by phone at 416-420-4525.

 

5 Fantastic Hockey Speakers for Your Winter Event

Hockey season is well underway, and as you plan your winter events, we have a stellar starting line-up of hockey speakers! Whether you’re planning an evening for business executives, a charity fundraiser, or a family-focused community event, we have who you need – Olympians, former NHL All-Stars, and TSN hosts and commentators.

Hayley WickenheiserConsider Hayley Wickenheiser: a four-time Olympic medalist, she is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world, with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. Wickenheiser has proven to be an elite athlete time and time again. Sports Illustrated named her number 20 of the ‘Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World’. She is also a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year and was named among The Globe and Mail’s “Power 50″ influencers in sport.

However, it’s not just her lethal slapshot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Wickenheiser is an award winner, community leader, mentor, history-maker and an accomplished businesswoman. Her passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth such as KidSport, Right To Play, Dreams Take Flight, Clean Air Champions and Spread The Net. In May 2007, Wickenheiser traveled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes for Right to Play, an athlete-driven humanitarian organization.

 

 

Scotty BowmanOf course, no one is bigger in the hockey world than Scotty Bowman, the “winningest” coach in NHL history. Bowman made 28 total playoff appearances and won nine Stanley Cups in all. He won the NHL Championship with three different teams, a feat that has not been matched by any other coach in the NHL, NFL, NBA or MLB. He is a living legend in the world of professional sports.

Two Jack Adams’ Awards and his induction into the NHL Hall of Fame have endorsed Bowman’s skills as a coach. During the 2002 season, Bowman announced he would retire from coaching, but resolved to win the Stanley Cup one last time with the Detroit Red Wings. As a true Scotty Bowman endorsement, his team came through and took home the championship, validating Bowman’s extraordinary leadership abilities.

Bowman will inspire your audience to reach new heights of success and learn from his exceptional leadership abilities. It is not only die-hard hockey fans who will appreciate Bowman’s mastery on ice; it is also for those companies or organizations who want the insight of a time-tested and proven winner.

 

 

James DuthieOne of the country’s favourite hockey hosts is James Duthie. In his years at TSN, he has worked in a variety of sports and roles: from CFL to NBA to the evening edition of SportsCentre and now NHL on TSN. He is also part of the CTV/TSN Olympic Consortium – he has covered Sydney, Turin, Vancouver, and later this summer, he will be in London as daytime co-host of TSN Olympic coverage.

Prior to joining TSN, Duthie, an Ottawa native, worked at VTV in Vancouver as both a news and sports reporter. Duthie also spent three years at CJOH-TV in Ottawa as a sports anchor. Duthie has been awarded three Geminis for his broadcasting efforts. Charismatic and sharply witty, he is a favourite among sports fans across the country. He is also the author of The Day I Almost Killed Two Gretzkys, a collection of his sports columns.

 

 

 

Bob McKenzie is another well-respected sports commentator & analyst, providing insight and commentary for TSN’s national NHL coverage. McKenzie also continues to file updates and breaking news for SportsCentre, as well as write his popular Hockey Insider feature on TSN.ca, Canada’s leading sports website.

McKenzie has been covering hockey for the past 26 years and is one of the most respected analysts in the business. His unparalleled contacts in the hockey world, combined with an abundance of hockey knowledge and a genuine love for the game, make McKenzie the most well-informed, trusted and connected man in the business. McKenzie’s considerable contributions to the game were recognized in 2007 & 2008 when he was selected by The Hockey News as one of hockey’s 100 most powerful and influential people.

 

 

Retired Canadian professional ice hockey left-winger Nick Kypreos played eight seasons in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently a hockey analyst on the Rogers Sportsnet cable television network in Canada.

Kypreos immediately became known as an enforcer at the NHL level, a role he maintained throughout his pro career. In 1994, Kypreos was a member of the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. He made his final NHL stop with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. As a Leaf, his career ended as the result of a concussion sustained in a fight in a pre-season game in September, 1997. After the injury, Kypreos suffered post-concussion syndrome and was forced to retire.

Since retiring as a player, Kypreos has gone on to greater fame as a hockey analyst for the Rogers Sportsnet cable television network in Canada. He also co-hosts Hockey Central at Noon on The Fan 590 in Toronto and simulcast on Sportsnet. Kypreos has also appeared on Sportsnet’s main rival, TSN, for some extra analysis work. Kypreos is a passionate speaker. A teammate once mentioned that he could “talk a pit bull off a meat wagon.”

To book any of these hockey greats, or to find out more about our other sports speakers, contact us today: online or at 416-420-4525.

 

Scott Kress’ North Pole Expedition

Earlier this year, Scott Kress led an expedition of 53 ill and injured soldiers, civilian team members (including Olympians), guides, media and film crew on a ski expedition to the magnetic North Pole. The largest group to ever attempt such an adventure, Scott recorded insights on team building along the way:

 

Day 1

From a team building perspective we are very much in the forming stage at this point. We are just starting to build the relationships that will form the foundation of our team culture. Our aim will be to accelerate our development to a high performance team as this will be critical for safety, success and enjoyment during this expedition.

Day 2

From a team building perspective this was a storming day with a bit of forming as well. Storming is not always conflict oriented and can be a very positive stage. This time is used to gain clarity on team roles and to ask questions. This is an essential step in moving towards high performance.

Having 24 hours if sunlight makes it difficult to sleep deeply.

Day 3

Today would once again have elements of Forming and Storming. We are still very much in the initial phase of our development as a large team and the formation has only just begun with our individual PODs. As a leader at this time my style is fairly directive. I know the team culture I want to create and the skills that need to be learned. There is not a lot of room for debate here. I am also focused on using an Affiliative and Visionary leadership style to paint a picture of success and to build strong emotional bonds within the team. I believe that relationship is the foundation to all high performance teams. People must know, understand, respect, and trust one another. Without this foundation the team will never become high performance as these factors will become critical at some point and if they are not there this is where the team will stall.

 

Day 4

Today was a continued Forming day as we did not fly into our start position as intended. One more day to continue to build relationships and team build. Low clouds and increasing wind at the landing zone postponed our flight and then grounded us for the day after the 2pm weather report.

Day 5

Our day did not go exactly as planned and this was the storming. Storming is not always conflict-oriented, sometimes it is just when you need to deal with the stress and disappointment of plans not going your way. As a team we had to support one another as some people were more emotional than others. As a leader I need to keep my team focused on our culture vision and our end goal, engage them in dialogue, answer their questions and reassure them. This can be a difficult time for a leader as the team sits idle waiting to do their job. They must be kept in a positive mindset so they are ready to go when the time is right.

Day 6

Ski-Day8We finally make it to the ice and start the norming process of team building. We are doing what we need to do, but there is still a lot of learning and refinement to take place. Storming also pops in and out as people struggle with things and emotions rise from being tired and hungry. As a leader I focused on being a calming influence on the group, being a coach and a mentor and keeping us focused on our culture vision.

As we started out the group quickly spread out. I kept my POD together so we would be close on this first march of the expedition. The first 2 days are critical as this is when most skills for living on the ice will be learned, this is when we really start to bond as a team, and this is when our team culture and norms will form.

Day 7 

We trudged on and on and at 7:00pm we stopped for the night. I was exhausted from the effort and my team was also quite tied… We had become quite strung out this day and some people near the back were feeling upset that there was not enough communication coming from the front, there was no clear plan for the day and that plan was always changing, and that we were traveling too far and long. Much of this was the emotions of exhaustion, but some was the normal process of figuring out how to travel and work together as a team in a new environment. As guides we observed, met, discussed, and adjusted the plan accordingly.

Team building analysis: as you can see we went through a lot this day. Forming continues to take place as we learn and build relationships, Storming happened when emotions got strong and when plans changed, Norming was there as we grew and refined skills, and Performing had to be there to cover the distance that we did. All in all, a great team day. I was proud of my team and all the other PODs as well.

Day  8

For hour after hour we skied, growing more tired with each step forward. Some team members started to hit the wall and need to be helped by those that were stronger.

Eventually we saw the flag fluttering in the distance and thanked God we were there. It was 8:00pm and we had traveled 21km. Everyone was tired, but happy. It was good to know we could cover this distance as this is what would be required to make it to the pole for our extraction date.

All I all a good day. Tough but good. We are really starting to form as a team and today had some elements of Performing for the first time. Roles have been defined and a routine has been established. When we roll into camp things just happen and we are getting pretty smooth about it. There was some Storming as people hit the wall physically, but this gave way to good food, a warm tent, and good company. I am happy with where we are as a team. We have defined a culture vision and are now making it a reality. This flows very well from our Deliberate Success Model which I use with the corporate teams I help develop and coach.

Day 9

Beautiful, absolutely, exhausting and humbling, 100%.

As the day wore on my speed slowed and the steeper uphill sections became a mental game of survival and determination. Nobody was going to let this uphill grind beat them. After six hours of upward ascent, and 8 hours of pulling, I spotted camp in the distance and a prettier sight I had rarely seen. Over all we had skied for almost 10 hours and moved 23km closer to the pole. What a day!

Not much to say today from a team building perspective. It was just a long hard day and thankfully everyone knew what they had to do and we worked well together. We are in a good spot as a team by this point and as a leader I am focused mostly on maintenance.

Day 10

We had determined that in order to avoid skiing through the blizzard we would need to make it to the pole today. This would mean a big push, but we had proven we could do it.

We had a long way to go and not a lot time to get there. We trudged on and on and the group stretched for well over a kilometer from front to back. Some people seemed to have excess energy and others were out of gas. One kilometre from the pole we stopped and all gathered as one group. In the distance across the searing flat white ice we could see the faint fluttering of the red and white of the Canadian flag that had been planted for us by the Rangers. I know for me this was an emotional moment as we were almost there. We had pushed hard, harder than any of us thought we would, and we only had a short distance left.North-Pole-FlagDay-12

When we were about 50 feet from the pole the civilians fell back and let the soldiers step up to the flag first. They had all given so much of their lives for this flag it seemed only right. As they clasped their hands around the pole holding the flag everyone broke out in song. “Oh Canada” of course. It was a very emotional moment and it would be hard to find a dry eye in the group. Tough soldiers and business men alike were overcome with the joy, the accomplishment, the sacrifice and the passion that this moment represented. Speeches and photos followed, but soon everyone was getting cold. There was a strong wind blowing and the storm was at our heels.

A good day. The team had hit the Performing stage of team development no question and it did not take long to get there. With a deliberate approach and a good plan the journey to high performance can be greatly accelerated. This does not mean you will not slip back to Storming on occasion, or need some touch ups in Norming, but for the most part reaching high performance can be done at an accelerated rate. For us it was relatively easy as the vision, goals, and roles were clear. In a corporate environment, this is not always so straight forward and there are a lot of complexities thrown in. I would not say you can always hit high performance this fast, but it can be accelerated.

Day 11

With the task complete and the accumulation of all the work I let my POD sleep late. After all we had earned it and we had nowhere to go any more. We stayed cocooned in our sleeping bags until 11:30 and then slowly started the chores for the day. The snow was blowing and the visibility was poor so there was no hope of flying out this day.

Ultimately, I think it was great that we did not fly out this day. This was a great decompression day and in the terms of team building it was the start of the Adjourning process. This is a reflection period where we examine the expedition and compare it to our vision and goals and see how we did. We extract learning’s and look for future application and it also provides a sense of closure to a great journey.

Day 12

Around 10:00 the twin otter arrived. Twin Otters are renowned for their ability to land and take off just about anywhere. The twin landed and then drove back and forth over the landing strip a few times packing it down for the larger DC3. Soon after a second twin otter landed and we were ready to send out the first 2 PODs.

At the party, Paul, Tim, and Shaun said a few words and then Bjarne spoke. He spoke of what an amazing opportunity this had been for him. It was not too many years ago that he was lying in a hospital bed wondering if he would ever walk again. What would his life be like post injury? This expedition, and the support of the team had given him new hope in life that there is so much out there for him and that he too can help others who have suffered from the ravages of war transition into a new life. There was not a dry eye to be found in the group.

To read the full story of this adventure, click here.

To book Scott Kress as a leadership or team-building speaker for your next event, contact us or call us at 416-420-4525.

 

 

Filed under: Adventure and Sports,Leadership,Olympic Spirit,Teamwork — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 2:20 pm
It’s Golf Season & We Have Your Tournament Hosts!

The weather is warmer, the fairways are greener and corporate golf functions are beginning. Is your company or organization hosting a golf tournament? Look no further than prospeakers.com to set your tournament apart from all the others.

No, we cannot guarantee that every participant will break 80… but we can ensure that your event will be engaging, enjoyable and successful. It will be the one tournament where everyone leaves and says: “What a great day; can’t wait to attend again next year!”

Prospeakers.com and TSN have teamed up and offer experienced, charismatic and knowledgeable hosts and guests for your upcoming tournament. Here are some of the fantastic members on the roster and for a full list of TSN talent please click here.

 

Cabral RichardsCabral “Cabbie” Richards is the fun-loving host of Cabbie Presents, a weekly segment airing Fridays on SportsCentre. Known for his unique take on sports broadcasting and  interviewing, the segment features Cabbie poking fun at  sports headlines and high-profile athletes and sports personalities. He is best known for his popular interview segments with L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant — ultimately scoring an exclusive invitation on Bryant’s private helicopter. Throughout his 10-year sports broadcasting career, Cabbie  has interviewed a slate of big-name athletes including Michael Jordan,  Alexander Ovechkin, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Shaun White and Tony Hawk. Cabbie’s humorous and engaging nature will be a hit at any event.

 

 

Jack ArmstrongJack Armstrong‘s vast knowledge and passion is well known – and respected – throughout the  sports world. He has worked for more than 15 years in broadcasting and has become one of the most recognizable faces – and voices – in  Canadian sports. At just 19-years-old, Jack began his career coaching NCAA basketball. In 1993, he was awarded with the NCAA New York State Division Coach of the  Year and the MAAC Conference Coach of the Year. In 2008, Jack joined TSN courtside during all of the TSN/TSN2 Toronto Raptors games. Jack’s identifiable voice and warm personality will surely cure any putting-green woes.

 

 

 

Bob WeeksBob Weeks is in his 25th year of covering golf in Canada and around the world. He has reported from major championships, significant tournaments as well as serving as an on-course reporter for Canadian men’s and women’s national championships and the annual Skins Game. Bob is the editorial director of SCOREGolf Magazine, host of the SCOREGolf TV on TSN and is heard on SCOREGolf Radio, now in its 17th year, on the TSN radio network. In 2009, Bob was listed as the sixth most influential person and the No. 1 media person in the Canadian golf industry by the National Post. Bob’s experience and genuine love for the game will create a positive and energetic environment at your next event.

 

 

 

Cory Woron2Cory Woron was introduced to national viewers as the host of the popular Ford That’s Golf.  Cory has since hosted TSN’s coverage of the Masters. “The first time walking into Augusta National is something I’ll never forget,” he said. He was also on the front lines for the entire NHL lockout. Cory will forever be remembered by fans of the IHL’s Manitoba Moose; he was the club’s public address announcer for the 1999-2000 season. Cory’s golf knowledge and extensive broadcast experience makes him the perfect host for your tournament.

 

 

 

 

Kate BeirnessKate Beirness was TSN’s Olympic Morning Co-Host for the  London 2012 Games, and also hosted NCAA March Madness 2012 and the Kraft Celebration  Tour in 2011 and 2012. Kate played competitive basketball  throughout high school and had hopes of playing point guard at the CIS level  until a torn ACL forced her to abandon her dream. She then refocused her energy  on a career in sports broadcasting. Kate’s electric energy and endearing personality will undoubtedly liven any crowd.

 

 

 

To book a TSN Talent host for your next tournament or other event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

The Road To Sochi 2014

As the temperature cools, the Olympic spirit heats up. The anticipation for the Sochi Winter Olympics is upon us and Prospeakers is your source for all things Olympic. From legendary broadcasters, to record setting athletes… a little spirit is just what your next event needs.

To book an Olympic Spirit speaker for for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Here are a few options:

Scott Russell 2Scott Russell  is a  Gemini-Award winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, originally from Oshawa.  He holds a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and  is known across the nation for his coverage of amateur sports.

Scott’s CBC  Sports broadcasting extensive experience includes the nationally-loved Hockey Night in Canada. CBC host of the  2008 Beijing Olympics and Late Night host of the 2004 Games, he has been part  of the coverage for eleven Olympic Games as well as covering  triathlon, gymnastics, rugby, cross-country skiing and biathlon at several Pan  Am and Commonwealth Games. He hosted CBC’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup  and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and has also periodically worked on CFL and curling telecasts  as a sideline reporter.

Most recently,  Scott was an integral part of the CBC’s Olympic coverage for the summer games  in London 2012.He brings extensive experience, passion and knowledge to his  role as the host of CBC’s Sports Weekend  on CBC.

Off-air, Scott teaches a course in Canadian  Sport History at the School of Sports Journalism at Centennial College in  Toronto and sits on the Education and Outreach Commission of the Canadian  Olympic Committee. He is an avid cottager and runner, qualifying for and then completing the 109th Boston Marathon in 2005. His three books are The Rink: Stories from Hockey’s Hometowns (co-authored with Chris Cuthbert), Icetime:  The Unsung Heroes of Hockey, and Open  House: Canada and the Magic of Curling.

 

Ron MacLeanRon MacLean is best known as the straight man on Coach’s Corner, the listener, and some might argue the voice of reason that saves Don Cherry from getting a puck in the head.

MacLean’s broadcasting career began in 1978 when he took a part-time position at CKRD Radio in Red Deer, Alberta. In 1984, a producer saw MacLean doing an ad-lib weather forecast and hired him to host the Calgary Flames telecasts on CFAC, an independent TV station in Calgary. MacLean then became the sports anchor on the local evening news.

After joining the CBC network in 1986, MacLean hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs’ telecasts on Hockey Night in Canada before becoming the full-time national host in 1987. The Gemini Award-winning sportscaster has expanded his professional duties to include hosting CBC’s coverage of the Summer and Winter Olympics, Calgary Stampede, Commonwealth Games and World Track & Field Championships. In his spare time, he is a Level 5 referee for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.

In January 2002, MacLean hosted the third annual CBC Hockey Day in Canada extravaganza, from Windsor, Nova Scotia, that took viewers across the country for a glimpse at hockey’s impact and its prominent place in Canadian communities.  As a host, master of ceremonies or featured speaker, Ron’s quick wit, thoughtful insights, and humorous, engaging style has entertained audiences from coast to coast.

patrick_chanPatrick Chan has been figure skating since the age of five. Since then, he has won five  consecutive national titles from 2008 to 2012. In 2011, he became the reigning  World Champion (Moscow) establishing World Records in all 3 categories (short  program, long program, and combined score), and in 2012 he re-established  himself as the best male figure skater in the world, with a second World  Championship gold.

He is the 2010-2011 Grand Prix  Final champion, the 2009 & 2012 Four Continents Champion, In 2010, Patrick  placed 5th in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Chan is fluent in English, French,  and Cantonese, and is learning Mandarin. He graduated from École secondaire  Étienne-Brûlé, a French language school in North York. After Chan became  national champion, the school created an annual sporting award in his honor.  Chan was most proficient in physics in high school and considered taking mechanical  engineering at university. Chan plans to enroll in university in September 2011  and is considering a business degree.

Patrick has won numerous off-ice  awards for his accomplishments. In January 2008, the Chinese Cultural Centre of  Greater Toronto (Youth Chapter) conferred Chan with the 2007 Chinese Canadian  Youth of the Year award. In May 2008, Chan was named Asian of the Year in arts  and sports by Asia Network magazine.

Patrick was recognized as the 2009  Ontario Male Athlete of the Year. In January 2009, the Globe and Mail named Chan as one of the most prominent sports personalities in their annual  Power List in Canadian sports. In 2011, he received the Lou Marsh Award as  Canada’s top athlete. Known for his vibrant and  infectious personality, Chan is an inspiring addition to any event.

 

Filed under: Adventure and Sports,Olympic Spirit — Tags: , , , , — prospeakers.com @ 9:16 am
Introducing: Mike Robbins

Mike RobbinsMike Robbins is an expert in teamwork, emotional intelligence, and the powers of appreciation and authenticity.

Mike delivers keynote addresses and customized  seminars that empower people, teams, and organizations to work together  effectively and be more successful. He  has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels  of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Through his  speeches, seminars, and writing, Mike teaches people important techniques that  allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and  themselves.

Prior  to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose  to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World  Series. Mike was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played  three seasons of professional baseball with the Royals organization before arm  injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

 

To read more about Mike click here or better yet check him out in action below:

To book Mike for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

 

Filed under: Adventure and Sports,Leadership,Motivation,Teamwork — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 9:26 am
Older Posts »