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Les Brown, CPAE Florida
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As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives.

Born a twin in low-income Liberty City in Miami, Florida, Les and his twin brother, Wes, were adopted when they were six weeks old by Mrs. Mamie Brown. Mrs. Brown was a single woman who had very little education or financial means, but a very big heart. As a child, Les' inattention to school work, his restless energy, and the failure of his teachers to recognize his true potential resulted in him being mislabeled as a slow learner. The label and the stigma stayed with him, damaging self-esteem to such an extent that it took several years to overcome.

Les has had no formal education beyond high school, but with persistence and determination he has initiated and continued with a process of unending self-education which has distinguished him as an authority on harnessing human potential. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others helped him to achieve greatness. He rose from a hip-talkin' morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to a premier keynote speaker.

In 1989, Les Brown was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: the Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he was selected one of the World's Top Five Speakers for 1992 by Toastmasters International and recipient of the Golden Gavel Award.

In 1990, Les recorded his first in a series of speech presentations entitled "You Deserve," which was awarded a Chicago-area Emmy, and became the leading fundraising program of its kind for pledges to PBS stations nationwide.

Les Brown is an internationlly recognized speaker and CEO of Les Brown Enterprises, Inc. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed and successful books, Live Your Dreams, It's Not Over Until You Win and his latest release, Up Thoughts for Down Times. Les is the former host of "The Les Brown Show," a nationally syndicated daily television talk show which focused on solutions rather than problems.

Les Brown is one of the nation's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential. Utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights Les' customized presentation will teach, inspire and channel your audience to new levels of achievement.


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  • Harnessing the Power of Diversity - Les Brown's approach to a more and more diversified American workforce is grounded in the great possibilities in such a work force. Rather than seeing diversity as an obstacle to overcome, Les challenges leaders to create an atmosphere of openness to great possibilities, and treat diversity as an opportunity.

  • It's Possible or You've Got to be Hungry - In efforts to achieve at the highest level, Les says, It's Possible, but you have to be untiring, relentless...huunnngry! In challenging audiences to reach, Les tells his own story of achievement over the odds, and when asked, tells his famous deejay story, recounting how he broke into broadcasting.

  • Coping with a Changing America - The events of September 11th and the sagging U.S. economy have combined to create an air of uncertainty in America. Les urges audiences to have the fear, acknowledge it, but don't let the fear have you. America is changing, yet enduring, and we can all be part of an emerging new American legacy.

  • Achieving at the Next Level - Les outlines the all-essential mindset for high-level achievement, which begins with making the case that such achievement is possible. Once it is established that the goal, though difficult, is at least possible, Les sets the course for the frame of mind it takes to actually achieve at higher and higher levels.

  • Live Your Dreams Now - In the early '90s Les published his best-selling book, Live Your Dreams. Now, having faced health challenges in his own life and losing a best friend, Les warns against putting dreams on the back burner. Les challenges companies and individuals to get going on their goals and dreams, because they are the stuff life is made of.

  • Turning Up the Energy After Downsizing - The aftermath of downsizing includes traumatic impact on those who lose their jobs and those left in the wake. Les challenges audiences to step up the level of energy, be resourceful, and tap into their creative energy, in order to bounce back and break new ground.
Up Thoughts for Down Times Live Your Dreams Its Not Over Until You Win
Up Thoughts for Down Times: Encouraging Words for Getting Through Life Live Your Dreams It's Not Over Until You Win: How to Become the Person You Always Wanted to Be No Matter What the Obstacle

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