Some Rave Reviews for Powerful Words Character Development

Greetings All…they say a picture says a 1,000 words…I guess a video says a million, right?

We’ve had a bunch of Rave Reviews lately from some of our Super Star Clients!

Here’s a quick clip from Mr. Mark Kline of Kaizen Martial Arts in New Jersey!

Here’s a great clip from Mrs. Sandi Stevens McGee of Can You Say Geronimo Gymnastics in Alabama

Entire Family of Black Belts Prove Kicking Together Means Sticking Together!

Chris Herrman - Executive Director of Alpha Martial Arts & Character Development - Seattle, WAGreetings All! I’d like to take a moment to share a great story that Platinum Level Member, Chris Herrman of Alpha Martial Arts & Character Development in Seattle, Washington just shared with me…here’s the press release – enjoy!

Please feel free to forward us any exciting milestone’s like this and we’ll be thrilled to publicize them (and brag about you!)

Have a wonderful Weekend!

Jason M. Silverman
Powerful Words Character Development

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Entire Family of Black Belts in Bryant Prove Kicking Together Means Sticking Together

Seattle, WA June 6, 2008 – For the first time in Bryant history an entire family is earning their black belts tonight.

Dr. Marcio Sotero De Menezes, wife Rosario and their 15-year-old daughter, Gabriela, and their 12-year-old son, Paulo, will celebrate earning their black belts this evening. The Sotero’s, along with 6 other local black belt students, ages 10 and up, will be featured at a ceremony tonight at 7:00pm in the Eckstein Middle School Auditorium (3003 NE 75th Street, 98115).

Program Director and Instructor, Astre Kay, said, “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the progress and growth in students and the amount of support they get from their families. After working here for 3 years I’ve found that the families that kick together stick together.”

Interspersed between performances by students as young as four years old, our newest black belts will be demonstrating some of the skills that they have developed over the last several years as students at Alpha Martial Arts. Black belt mother and wife Rosario Sotero de Menezes said, “Confidence and positive self-esteem are benefits of martial arts for individuals of all ages. In my experience there is nothing more confidence building than mastering a self-defense technique to the point that you feel you could use it in a confrontation or perfecting a form so that your body flows effortlessly through the movements.”

Chris Herrman, Executive Director and Master Instructor of Alpha Martial Arts, believes earning a black belt is a process of physical and personal growth…far more than most would suspect. “Alpha Martial Arts curriculum and the Powerful Words Character Development system provide our students with the opportunity to learn about, practice and experience first hand, the skills that will help our students to become grateful, helpful, leaders in our community. Our school stresses the importance of developing an Attitude of Gratitude. This is one of the many ways we build black belt leaders from the inside out.” says Herrman.

Chris Herrman is the Executive Director and Master Instructor of Alpha Martial Arts and has helped thousands of kids, teens, and adults to embrace a positive and healthy lifestyle.

For a Lively and Information Packed Interview, Contact Chris Herrman.
Photos and Video Cheerfully Provided.

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Teacher Appreciation Week Success Stories…

Greetings All,

Well, we’re starting to get some amazing feedback from many of our Powerful Words member schools about their Teacher Appreciation Week Events. We’d love to hear and share your stories as well – so please let us know how it went (videos, and pictures are always appreciated!!!)

Success Story #1:

Evon Thornton from East West Martial Arts in Chestertown, MD called me last week to tell me how exciting her teacher Appreciation Week was…She had 26 school teachers attend AND 4 School Principles!!! WOW! This was all done with a relatively small enrollment…it just goes to show that Mrs. Thornton obviously teaches with passion and has some raving fan students that wanted to show their gratitude to their teachers. Well done Evon!

Success Story #2:

Mike Brooks from Zandri’s Martial Arts (a very smart marketer) shared these YouTube videos with us to show how well his teacher appreciation week went…the videos speak for themselves! Well done Mike!

You can (and should) read more at Mike’s Blog by clicking Here and Here

As many of my personal coaching clients know, I am a big fan of using YouTube video to help enhance your school’s google rankings in addition to creating a BUZZ at your school.

I’ll update you soon with more success stories about Teacher Appreciation Week!

best regards,

Jason M. Silverman

Powerful Words Character Development

Nashville Update #2

Greetings from the Glazer Kennedy Marketing Super Conference!  Wow…what a day!

Today’s keynote speaker was none other than Gene Simmons – This man is brilliant.  I can honestly say that I was quite literally in AWE of what he’s accomplished and how much of a REAL, REGULAR GUY he really is.  I wish you could have been here.  It was like getting an MBA in 90 minutes.

Also, as promised, here’s a great opportunity for a few of our fast acting clients – I enjoyed some time with Dean Killingbeck from New Customers Now.  He runs some really cool promotions to help small businesses (like yours) to increase their lead flow and step up your enrollments.

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This is Dean Killingbeck and I first thing this morning!
Dean told me he’s taking on a few more clients right now and I thought this would be a no-brainer for many of you…so…if you’d like to speak with him personally, please drop me an e-mail or comment on this post and I’ll forward your information to Dean and he can give you all the details.  You’ve gotta see some of the promotions he does…they’re AWESOME…and actually quite inexpensive!
Alright – it’s time for me to go to bed…we’ve got a LONG DAY tomorrow – lotsa learning!
And don’t forget, if you’re in New England, Dr. Robyn will be appearing once again as Rosie Alvarez in Bye, Bye Birdie in Randolph, MA
Have a Powerful day!
Jason M. Silverman

Randy Pausch: On Not Giving Up on Your Students

**This article is posted in an altered form on Dr. Robyn’s Powerful Parenting Blog as a service to all of our fabulous Powerful Words family schools throughout the world. —————————————————————————————

“Experience is what you get is when you didn’t get what you want…We send our kids out to play football or soccer or swimming or whatever it is… for indirect learning..we don’t actually want them to learn football… We send our kids out to learn much more important things; teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, etc. etc.” –Randy Pausch

The article below was in the March Powerful Words Newsletter– since Perry Bateson in Canada just reminded me about the Randy Pausch video (thank-you!), I figured I’d post it here for all of you. (The full YouTube version is over an hour– well worth it, so pull up a chair– but there is a shortened version (10 minutes) that played on Oprah for your convenience).

Aren’t you ruining my child’s self esteem?

Mrs. Phillips came to talk to me while her son, Patrick, age 8, was in class. “Patrick was upset the other day because Guro Jason corrected three times on one of his skills. When you tell him he’s doing something wrong, aren’t you ruining his self esteem?”

This story came to mind today when I was watching a video of the inspirational “last lecture” of Randy Pausch, who’ll likely die of liver cancer within the next few months. I love watching videos like these because they shine such a bright light on learning and put a fire in my belly. In fact, they make me feel like running to the helm of a ship and yelling “I’m the king of the world!”

Anyway, Professor Pausch said; “when you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up…your critics are the ones who still love you and know you can.” Boy, do I agree with that–although, it’s not always easy to experience criticism and it can be excruciating to watch someone we love being critiqued.

I wrote an article on my own experience with this phenomenon. At Tufts, my advisor was known to be the toughest in my department. My dissertation was often filled with red marks and comments like “no!” “wrong!” and “don’t say this” throughout it’s 150 pages. I’m not condoning my advisor’s unforgiving approach—but rather, his practice. Would he be helping me by giving me a disingenuous pat on the back? Certainly not.

Interestingly, after I was awarded my doctorate, he did say something to me that I’ll never forget; “I was hard on you because I always knew you could do better. And you did. In fact you did so well that you became one of the very best.” I felt as though I had destroyed every brick wall placed in front of me and I was ready to take on the world.

So, what about the claim Mrs. Phillips made about her child’s self esteem? While too much criticism in the absence of praise can be detrimental, too much praise in the absence of critique is just as damaging.

Feelings of self worth, esteem, and gratification come from overcoming challenges. They derive from hard work, perseverance, self discipline, and self reliance. They don’t come from simply being the best but rather, doing one’s personal best and raising the bar higher every time we approach a skill. These feelings don’t come from our teachers and parents telling us we’re doing well when we aren’t or telling us we’re doing “the best” when we’re not putting in “our best.” They come from when others, whose opinions we value, tell us that they know we can do better and then notice it when we do.

In the end, we gain self esteem when we break through brick walls when even we wondered if we could.

As educators, coaches, teachers, and instructors, it’s our duty to inspire students to rise to their potential—not so that they necessarily become better martial artists, gymnasts, swimmers, dancers, or cheerleaders, but so they strive towards their personal best in everything they do.

Nobody ever feels satisfied while leaning against a brick wall that blocks their dream as their superheroes yell “at-a-boy!” But I’ve certainly felt the rush of achievement when I’ve barreled through brick walls, bruises and all, with my mentors and loved ones nodding their heads saying, “we knew you could do better. And you did.”

Here’s to you– for not letting our students give up on their dreams,

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Helicopter Parents; Volume 2: 4 Consequences of Being Overprotective

This article is Part 2 of a series on Helicopter Parenting. Part 1, “Why are they so overprotective” can be found here.

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What are the negative effects of helicopter parenting?

By Dr. Robyn J.A. Silverman

While overprotective parents want the very best for their children, in the long run, they might be doing more harm than good. After all, childhood is supposed to be a time to make mistakes, learn from them and grow to be independent and self reliant. Without this training ground, adulthood can be a very rude awakening.

Harmful effects of helicopter parenting include the following:

(1) Undermining children’s confidence: No one can argue that confidence is one of the most important predictors of success. It is the foundation of self reliance and lays the groundwork for commitment, perseverance, goal achievement, and courage. When parents take the reins, they do not allow their children to learn how to take charge of their own lives. The repercussions can be long lasting.

(2) Instilling fear of failure: If a child is learning that success is always dependent on the help of Mommy and Daddy, he can become fearful that failure is imminent if he tries to go it alone. Clearly no parent wants to see their child fail. However, if a child is continually shielded from disappointment and inadequacy, he is being denied the chance to learn how to persevere.

(3) Stunting growth and development: Since helicopter parents are essentially “babying” their children, it’s not surprising that kids of smothering mothers can be less mature than their self reliant counterparts. Studies have shown that these children lack some of the knowledge to negotiate what they need, solve their own problems, stay safe, and interact in close quarters with others.

(4) Raising anxiety levels: Research has shown that parents who consistently judge their own self worth by their children’s success report feeling more sad and having a more negative self image than parents who did not engage in this behavior. Interestingly, parents’ anxiety levels and dissatisfaction with life has shown a marked increase during the past twenty years as parents have become increasingly involved in their children’s lives.

As you know, it’s self reliance month for Powerful Words schools. While we all want parents to have a healthy and positive interest in their children and their education, it’s important to help parents understand that too much participation can be a detriment to their children’s development of self reliance and self confidence.

Parents and educators need to partner with each other for the good of the children– and this, inevitably, will allow our students to become thriving, self-assured leaders in life.

Until next time…Have a Powerful Month!

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New Resource Announced Today from Dr. Robyn Silverman!

Greetings All~

I am thrilled to invite you to take advantage of a brand new Free Audio Coaching Newsletter with Dr. Robyn Silverman…each and every week!

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This newsletter is designed to help you and your staff become more effective at what you do and the best part about it…it’s free. Dr. Robyn wants to see more schools succeeding and feels that this information will be helpful to everyone.

The website just went live and I’d be honored to have you onboard – check out the site:

The Power Moment

Sign up and you’ll receive the very first episode immediately in your inbox!

Again, check out The Power Moment right now!

You’re gonna love it!
Best regards,

Jason M. Silverman
POWerful Words Character Development

*** Here’s some feedback from one of our brand new Power Moment Subscribers:

“Hi  Dr. Robyn!

I’m going to start using the Power Moment Accountability Sheet to keep me on track.  I will start this afternoon and I’ll know it’s complete when I see the papers on my desk bulletin board with the first one marked COMPLETE!  I will also use a similar form with students that could use an extra help with accountability.

Great program – You Rock!

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A Raving Fan”

P.S. Would you mind forwarding this site to anyone who
owns a school that would like to achieve more success?