Part of Richard's skill with his audience is contributed to from his 10
years experience as a seminar leader and corporate trainer. This
background gives the experience and skill to reach and connect with
audience members from all walks of society, resulting in a fun packed
and entertaining performance that will reach your audiences in a
remarkable and memorable way!
Richard also has 12 years experience as a trainer in technology education
working for large corporations, law firms and financial firms. With
these background experiences combined, Richard 's work provides a unique
ability to blend inspirational talks while selling a motivational
message to the audience. This provides additional value to you by being
able to enjoy a highly entertaining magical performance, as well as a
message that will inspire! Richard's Motivational Magic programs cover a
wide variety of topics including leadership building, public speaking,
conflict resolution, presentation skills, goal setting, time management,
cold calling, conducting sales presentations.
Richard has five self-published books. His special area of technical
expertise includes data manipulation miracles, and teaching others how
to be able to take those tasks which consume 20 to 40 hours, and
reducing it to minutes with tools already on your computer desktop!
Richard believes in living a very full and
energized life. After enlisting with the Marine Corps, he was sent to
boot camp for three months at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot located
on Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon. graduation from Parris Island,
the Senior Drill Instructor rated all of the 80 men from the platoon.
Richard was ranked as # 12 among the 80 Marines in his platoon.
Richard then went to Camp Lejeune for
advanced training for another 3 months. After that, he
trained for several months with the field artillery unit
located at the 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, based in
Philadelphia. He then trained with the 4th Force
Reconnaissance Platoon based in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He later trained for a few months with
First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary. Established in 1774, the First
Troop is the oldest continuously active military unit in the United
States with its roots forming during the American Revolution. While with them, Richard had the opportunity to enroll in
training to drive and operate the M-1 Abrams Battle Tank while at Fort Knox,
While serving with the
Marine Corps, Richard was recommended by his Commanding Officer
Captain Schwalm for the Gold Congressional Award. For this
program, Richard engaged in 1200+ hours of community service
meeting with, helping and encouraging nursing home residents,
cancer patients, runaway teens, prisoners, homeless people, and others.
After his training with the
Marines, Richard became an avid skydiver
with 180+ jumps from hot air balloons, helicopters, and a
variety of air craft. He has made several jumps while at
night, from heights of 13,000 feet using only the moonlight
and street lights below for guidance. Richard received specialized
training in Canopy Relative Work (parachute stacking,
pictured at right), and
in jumping with the sky surfboard. In his love for
adventure, Richard has also enjoyed riding a sail plane in the
Nevada desert, bungee jumping from a 150 foot tower, and scuba
diving with sharks in the Bahamas.
Richard has run two 26-mile marathons
in Philadelphia, and continues to run an hour each and every day
all year round.
Richard has worked with the
White House Advance Team on five presidential visits. His
assignments with the Advance Team included recruiting drivers
and participating in the Presidential motorcade, securing loaned
vehicles from area car dealers, recruiting volunteers to serve
as guides for visiting staff at special events, and
administrative computer support work.
Richard served with eight
political campaigns to include: Office of the Mayor, State
Representative, District Attorney and United States Senate.
Richard launched the Panorama Toastmasters
Club for public speaking while President of the 1500 Locust
Residents Association in 1992-93. During this time as President, Richard
also recruited leaders for and launched six other community clubs to increase
fellowship and community
participation among the 800 residents. The Panorama Club still exists today, some 15 years later.
Richard was the founder and past chairman
of the Philadelphia Pyramid Club's Programs Committee, one of
Philadelphia's premier social clubs.
In 1998, Richard was hired by Lord Abbett,
an international financial firm then headquartered in New York
City. He was tasked with creating the firm's first Technology
Education Department from scratch. He created more than 60
technology courses to teach the 500+ employees more advanced
skills in computer technology. Richard specialized
in troubleshooting blockages, and designed more than a dozen
software solutions to save time and money in manpower. Such
applications would often take projects that took hours of manual
work and thousands of dollars, and reduced such tasks to mere
minutes. Richard wrote several technology manuals, which can be
downloaded here. Richard
created the Lord Abbett Public Speaking Club, which became the
most successful and most popular voluntary training program in
the 70-year history of the financial firm.
Part of Richard's skill with
his audiences is contributed
to from 12 years experience as a trainer in technology
education working for large corporations, law firms and
financial firms. He also is a certified paralegal.
With these various professional experiences combined,
Richard's seminars and magic shows demonstrate a
unique ability to blend inspirational talks while
selling a motivational message to the audience. This
provides additional value to you by being able to enjoy
a highly entertaining magical performance, as well as a
message that will inspire your audiences!
People who have attended
seminars and magic shows give consistently high
ratings because he is exceptionally dedicated,
committed, enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable in
his various fields. His outgoing and playful personality
energizes the class and stimulates higher levels of
participation. Participants know that he truly cares
about their growth and success, helping them to get from
where they are now to where they want to be. Richardís
consistent record exemplifies his deeply rooted beliefs
in helping others to grow and reach their potential --
proven leadership traits which are critically important
for the challenges we face today.
In 2001, while seeking to gain mastery of
skills in public speaking and professional selling, Richard
enrolled in and passed the Dale Carnegie Instructor Course, and
the Dale Carnegie Sales Instructor Course. Richard is a recipient
of the Dale Carnegie Highest Achievement Award, 1994.
Richard volunteered 700+ hours
with the Dale Carnegie training staff on a part-time basis over
an 8 year period of time. This background
as a corporate trainer gives the
experience and skill to reach and connect with audience members
from all walks of society, resulting in a fun packed and
entertaining performance that will reach your audiences in a
remarkable and memorable way. Richard has read Dale Carnegie's
book many times, "How to Win Friends and Influence People", and
incorporates much of these teachings in both his
motivational seminars and leadership seminars.
International is a nonprofit educational organization that
operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members
improve their communication, public speaking and leadership
skills. There were more than 215,000 members and over 11,000
clubs located across the United States and in approximately
90 other countries.
As an active member of Toastmasters,
Richard has won 14 First Place Ribbons for public speaking. He also
won nine trophies for his speeches in public speaking
contests at the local, area, and division levels of
His peers voted on his
speeches and frequently praised his ability to organize and
structure his presentations, inject humor and enthusiasm,
and project energy that stirred his listeners.
Many of Richard's speeches
focus on motivating and inspiring others to live their
lives to the fullest. He shares stories and lessons learned from his own
experiences and many adventures. Richard has constantly sought
to make his speeches, motivational seminars and magic shows
full of energy, enthusiasm, animation and excitement.
Richard frequently uses
Dale Carnegie's teachings to encourage people to seek their
fullest potential. Richard believes that by projecting a high
level of energy into the audience, that this "focused
enthusiasm" is powerful and contagious.
Richard teaches that by
creating a powerful emotional experience, the natural
barriers drop and people are receptive to the lessons and
teachings being shared with listeners. He closes all
speeches, seminars and shows with "action statements" to
challenge people to live life more abundantly.
Richard uses a very unique teaching tool - implementing professional stage
magic! In the world of magic and entertainment, Richard has had
personalized training with some of the top award winning celebrity names
in the world of professional stage magic, such as Marc DeSouza, Mio
Rodriguez, Haruo Shimada, Johnny Thompson, Martin Lewis, Jeff McBride,
Rocco Silano and Todd Robbins. Richard has attended magic lectures in
New York, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Florida. He has been a
student of the Caroline's Professional Comedy Course of New York City.
These effects have proven to be very strong attention getters making the
class a very enjoyable, inspiring and educational experience, as well as
providing a vehicle for driving home key points and increasing the
retention of the material covered and taught.
Evidence of Richard's
success and impact as a powerful speaker and entertainer can
be seen in his 60+ letters of recom-mendation. He has
received high praise from employees of the two largest
seminar organizations in the world today: Dale
Carnegie and Tony Robbins.