Rick Saldan is an excellent
inspirational speaker who tailored the seminar to the needs of the
individual students being instructed. This office thanks the Mayors Office
of Information Services for having such a vendor.
Timothy K. Lynch
Office of Fleet Management
City of Philadelphia
Rick has a magical approach that provides a clear and
concise message specifically designed to the needs of his
audience. Rick will provide all the motivational magic you
will ever need, propelling your organization to the next
level of greater success.
Rick Saldan is a compelling and absorbing motivational speaker and
magician.I have been to five of his
Motivational Magic presentations and it is amazing how he keeps our
college audiences on the edge of their seats.
A highly entertaining performer with great comedy flair. Rich content to
increase students' productivity, peak performance and motivation. If you
need an outstanding motivational speaker for colleges, Rick is definitely
one of the world's greatest speakers and magicians!
Dr. Rob Gilbert, Sport Psychologist,
Montclair State University
Rick Saldan has the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. He
has a dynamic personality, and all will enjoy his
captivating stories, comedy and magic!
Credit Suisse First Boston
Rick Saldan delivers a first-class show! A pro in every
sense of the word. Funny, unique, entertaining and polished.
Brian Letscher, Actor
Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, Cold Case, Law & Order and The Mentalist.
Rick Saldan is a wonderful combination of master magician, comic
improviser and first class speaker. The audience loved his program, which
was music to our ears. If you love celebrity motivational speakers such as
Tom Hopkins, Dale Carnegie and Zig Ziglar, then you'll love Rick!
Dottie Burman, President
Burtley Productions, Inc.
is an incredibly talented performer and motivational speaker with great insight. He shares many powerful
motivational messages that will enhance your life for the better!
Rick is one of the best inspirational speakers on
the scene today. Funny, fun loving and highly energetic. If you want to
make your next event into an extraordinary one, then invite professional
speaker Rick Saldan and his amazing Motivational Magic.
Andres Lara, President
Inspiration Times Magazine
How To Become More Assertive And Confident
by Rick Saldan
One of the biggest confusions which rest in most peoples' minds is
that they can not understand the fine line of difference between
assertiveness and aggressiveness. According to my experience,
assertiveness comes from supreme self-confidence, knowledge about
the subject and overall self-reliance. On the contrary,
aggressiveness is a reverse mechanism which comes upfront when a
person is being defensive. It is to be appreciated that the
essential difference between being assertive and aggressive is the
kind of effect our words and behavior would have on the
individuality and psyche of others. This reminds me of an incident
where I was present during an interview session for a trainee
salesman of a cosmetic company marketing herbal products. When
asked about how much the person knew about Aloe Vera, one of the
key ingredients used in the company's products – the person
replied fairly correctly but his body language, eye contact and
the choice of words hinged on being more aggressive than
assertive. His knowledge was so great about Aloe Vera that he
nearly started to criticize the company's products and started to
sound most intimidating. As is expected he never got the job,
though he had answered every question correctly.
Similarly, a man who was being pursued by a pretty woman was not
quite interested in falling in line with this damsel in hot
pursuit, for whatever reason. It was a nearly pathetic sight as
the man just could not bring himself to say a simple and assertive
‘NO' which could have saved him from wasting many evenings which
he always repented about later. The power of saying a firm and
assertive ‘no' can save you from many irrelevant and unnecessary
people and situations in life. But remember, there is no reason to
get aggressive and put the other person in any embarrassment. You
could always be polite and yet be assertive. The vice versa could
also be true. Like Eleanor Roosevelt, American columnist, lecturer
and humanitarian, once said: Never allow a person to tell you no
who doesn't have the power to say yes. You would have noticed that
most people get aggressive when all they want is to prove a point.
Such people are usually victims of insecurity, inflated ego,
confusion, purposelessness, anxiety and several other mental
anomalies. Yet, controlling all these inner conflicts can be
corrected easily, provided you have adequate will and realize the
importance of self-confidence and assertiveness in life.
Self-confidence is not an empty word – knowledge, experience,
expertise, wisdom and foresight are at its root. Only when you
develop these qualities and attributes in you, can you be
assertive. You need to make your mind strong enough not to get it
manipulated by weaklings in our society, who thrive on stronger
people and behave like parasites taking strength and stamina from
the host. Assertiveness can bring you success, happiness and
contentment. Knowing to stand by your beliefs is sometimes called
fanaticism and stubbornness. But a personal belief, which is
formed on fair and just grounds can never be called fanaticism or
Assertiveness plays a strong role when you are fighting for a
cause. Be it for your own promotion, suggesting a new strategy to
your company, making a sales presentation to customers, giving a
lecture on any topic which you are an expert on, or whatever. In
all these situations, where you want to make your audience believe
you and follow your recommended action steps, your assertive
skills would make things happen your way. Assertiveness is not
just limited to making confident and well-written speeches. It
comes from an innate sense of confidence and enthusiasm which you
emanate, from your gait and postures, from your body language and
capability of maintaining relevant eye contact. When a person
fidgets, plays with a pen, drums his fingers on the table, has
shifty eyes, constantly shifts in his chair, walks up and down
before a presentation, he is far from being assertive, though he
may give the best of speeches.
Being assertive means many things to many people. Most people
believe it is the power to say no at the right time to the right
person, having strategic skills to make a situation turn to his
favor, making a point most effectively and convincingly, but I
believe assertiveness is mastering the art of making a point
without hurting any sentiment whatsoever. You can do this when you
have supreme level of self-confidence and know what you are
talking better than anyone else in the room.
Hire Rick Saldan's Motivational Magic to Energize Your Conference or Special Event!
Rick says, "With perseverance, drive,
and vision, you can achieve what once seemed impossible. I
encourage you to strive toward
your vision for a new future -- one that
energizes your gifts, your passions and your untapped hidden potential!"
Rick's ideas, messages, strategies, and first-hand stories
of overcoming adversity against all the odds will inspire your
people. They become enthused, excited, and committed to take
massive action that impacts your bottom line. Your return on investment is powerful.
Rick is a unique
speaker and seminar leader
that combines comedy, theatrical illusions and extensive
audience interaction with inspirational presentations. He
creates a powerful