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

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Integrate Honesty Games into Your Class!

It’s honesty month! Master Joe Pena from Powerful Words Member School, Boston Tae Kwon Do in Massachusetts suggests integrating some honesty games into your curriculum this month!  Here are two of his favorites that are working great at his school:

  1. Dodge Ball: The children line up in two lines facing one another.  Each team has several soft balls to toss at the other team’s legs.  If you’re tagged by a ball, you’re out!  The children learn honesty in action.
  2. Noodle Games: The “It” Child is given a pool noodle.  All the children are told to run around the training floor.  If the child tags another child with the noodle, that child is out.

The other day, Master Pena told me that during the noodle game, one of the 5 year old children raised his hand and said, “so and so is not being honest. I tagged him but he’s not being honest and sitting down.”  What’s interesting here is not that the child is speaking up, but the words he’s choosing to say.  He is showing that he understands the concept of honesty and can use it correctly to illustrate a point.

Please don’t forget for one moment the impact of what you choose to teach everyday.  You are critical in your students’ development.  Through Powerful Words, your curriculum, and your creativity, you are creating leaders with character.

If you’re using any other honesty games, please let us know so we can post them up for everyone in the Powerful Words family to use!  We always loved “bowling” in which the children were the pins!  The children jump over or side step a ball or other soft object (we always used the tops of the heavy bags that slid right off the bases) that were tossed by the teachers or teen helpers.  The kids loved it.  Again, if you got tagged, you needed to be honest, and take yourself out of the game.  Last one standing was the winner.

Have a great honesty month!

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Interview about Miley Cyrus: Dr. Robyn on the Dr. Drew Pinsky Show

I had the pleasure of being on Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s radio show the other day (April 29th) to talk about the Miley Cyrus issue and the impact on parents and tweens. For your convenience, I took out all the commercials and just left the actual discussion between Dr. Drew and me. I believe the interview was about 15 minutes long.

Enjoy!

click here to listen to the interview

A Quick Gratitude Post…

Greetings All,

I’d like to share a fabulous e-mail that we received about Gratitude Month and it’s effect on an instructor and school owner…Please forward us your best gratitude story for the month!

best,

Jason M. Silverman

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Hi Jason and Dr. Robyn,

I have a story for you! We did not actually celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week this year, but I did mention it to my classes on Monday and Tuesday. I recommended to the kids that this was a great time to show their gratitude to their favorite teachers with more than saying “Thank You.”

On Thursday, I received a small rose plant and a hand-made card (by an almost 5 year-old) that said “Dear Ma’am, Thank you for teaching us.” It was signed by all four members of the family that trains with us. Dad and older brother are advanced students, and mom and little brother are beginners. After the beginner class (while Dad and Big Bro were training) I noticed Mom and Little Bro working on an art project while they waited for the other two. Mom was telling the little guy how to spell “Dear Mr. Pete.” Then I heard her say “well… what do you like to do with him?” When I walked over on a break, he had written on another home-made card “Dear Mr. Pete. Thank you for playing with me.”

Thank you so much. I know what it meant to me to receive that hand-made card, and it’s so amazing that because of our program, at least two other teachers got the same smile. It never ceases to amaze me how much *I* learn from the Word of the Month program.

Cheers!

Kristin C. Quintana
Owner, Chief Instructor
Kuk Sool Won(tm) of Menlo Park

Investing in Yourself – Success Lesson #1

Greetings All~

I just got off the phone with one of our Platinum Level Powerful Words Clients and I’m grinning from ear to ear because…well…she gets it. “What exactly does she get?” you ask. The conversation though brief, was very telling. She basically told me that she realized she had a “Marketing Weakness” that she needed to fix IMMEDIATELY if not sooner. She wanted to know exactly what I would do if I were her and wanted to fix this problem. My answer was simple, “You need somebody to show you EXACTLY what to do so that you can learn it and do it. It’s time to invest in yourself so you can enjoy the return in the near future!” and that’s actually Success Lesson #1.

Investing in your own Continuing Education

Before we dive into it though, I have to ask you the following questions (and be honest with your answers!):

1.) How do you view education – as an expense or as an investment?

2.) How often do you seek out an expert or a mentor to help you to build your own knowledge or expertise?

3.) What is the COST of not being educated?

The answers to the above questions can be very telling. As many of you know, both Dr. Robyn and I are ALWAYS participating in some form of continuing education to further our knowledge about something. It’s just the way we live – and it’s continually paying us back…in spades!

I personally view education and knowledge as one of the best investments you can make in yourself. I’ve never viewed it as an expense…and I never will. Now, I’m not saying to go out and invest in a course that will keep you from paying your rent this month, please don’t misunderstand me! You need to be able to chart out what you’re going to work on and then go after it. Many of our current Platinum Level clients actually started out as Silver Level Members…they got a taste of knowledge and wanted more…so they upgraded themselves to Gold Level…then they wanted more so they stepped up to Platinum Level. It’s only natural to want the highest level of knowledge you can get your hands on, isn’t it?

Here’s a quick story for you. I was recently at the Glazer / Kennedy Marketing Super Conference in Nashville, TN. If you look at the numbers, you might think I’m crazy. The fee for the seminar was about $2,000, my airfare was an additional $600, my hotel was about $750, and heaven only knows what I spent on food. That’s over $3,300! And ya know what? I easily got that value in information and knowledge within the first 30 minutes of the first workshop. I listened to Dan Kennedy, my marketing mentor share his experience about a mistake he made (that I will now avoid) that cost him close to $50,000. Wow. Talk about a good investment! My numbers tell me that I invested $3,300 to save $50,000 – and that was just in the first 1/2 hour! Another fine investment if I do say so myself 🙂

Dan Kennedy and Jason M. Silverman at the 2008 Marketing SuperConference!

So – when was the last time you invested in YOU? Are you becoming concerned about all the recent fears regarding the economy? I certainly hope you are comfortable with your ability to market effectively, as that’s going to be the difference between the schools that can weather this storm and the schools that go out of business.

Many people know that I recently finished cleaning up the recordings of my Best Year Ever tele-coaching intensive course and am considering making it available to those interested in it. During this course, I personally walked my students through the most effective ways to turn their website into an automatic marketing machine, the 3 step system for jump-starting their new student count, how to avoid underpricing your services, and a whole bunch more. If you’re interested in these recordings as well as the written transcriptions, please send me an e-mail and I’ll get you all of the details.

Investing in Yourself…don’t ignore this lesson. Remember, your business will only improve when YOU improve.

Here’s to Massive Improvement and Massive Success!

Best Regards,

Jason M. Silverman

Executive Director / Marketing Director

POWerful Words Character Development