Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Karate World Champion Says Companies Must Motivate During Tough Times


Karate World Champion Says Companies Must Motivate During Tough Times

Toronto, Ontario, Canada - September 28, 2009 - According to former Canadian National Karate Team member and Karate World Champion Clint Cora, Canadian companies must keep their employees motivated, especially during these tougher economic times. What makes this martial arts expert qualified to make such a claim? It turns out that Cora is also a former sales and marketing executive who spent over twenty years in the corporate world.

Certain Staff Are Vulnerable If Not Motivated

Motivation is required for any employee but is even more crucial for those in roles that have more direct consequences on revenues such as company sales forces. Another is customer service staff since they have direct customer interaction. Production teams also fall into this category because overall quality is impacted by the efforts of assembly lines. And of course, those who see their colleagues being laid off are also vulnerable if not kept motivated.

During booming economic periods, many companies had incentive programs to help motivate employees. They knew that if some employees were not happy, they could easily jump ship to other companies.

Having observed his former industry, Cora says, “I’ve seen top pharmaceutical sales representatives jump and quite often, these high performers would end up with direct competitors. Competitors love to snap up high performers much like professional sports teams do.”

Some management might think that since these are tougher times, the risk of losing valuable employees to competitors would be much lower with the perception that most people would be happy just to have a paying job during recession. There might be a lower need to motivate employees since there probably won’t be much jumping around to other companies.

Both Company Loyalty And Work Quality Can Be Affected

However, Cora claims that this may not be true as he states, “Security of a job is not the only motivating factor among many employees, particularly younger ones. Even though it’s true that many may stay with a company without much motivation from management, it doesn’t mean that they will be motivated to perform their jobs at high levels. Quality as well as loyalty will suffer as a result with potential negative impact on bottom lines. Companies still need to motivate during both good and bad times.”

Cora, now a motivational and diversity speaker as well as author of the book “The Life Champion In You”, knows about motivation as he went from losing a parent to suicide to become a karate world champion. This journey combined with his professional background enables him to motivate business audiences with a very unique angle. He also has a monthly motivational newsletter and audio podcast at his website With the present state of the economy, we can all certainly use as much motivation as we can get, especially from a world champion urging us on through these tougher times.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clint Cora Facebook Page Has New URL

Karate martial arts world champion and motivational diversity speaker Clint Cora now has a new URL for his Facebook page. It's at where you can see videos about his speaking programs as well as a discussion section where you can post comments or questions. Clint will try to respond whenever possible. Clint started the Free Spirit group of companies including Free Spirit Gallery and Free Spirit Galley Publishing.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Canadian Arctic Needs Motivational Speakers

When I think about the high drop out rates of Inuit school kids up in the Canadian Arctic as well as the general tough times the communities up there are going through, it's apparent that the region could use visits from motivational speakers. Only a quarter of the Inuit students will finish high school. Alcohol abuse and suicides are rampant. I would be more than willing to go up there as a motivational speaker and speak for free if my travel was paid for. Unfortunately, travel to the Canadian Arctic, especially flights, are very expensive. But if any government agencies or private organizations with interests in the Arctic are willing to foot the travel cost, then I'm in and I will be more than happy to bring both my adult motivational presentation as well as my youth talks.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Corporate Diversity A Huge Observation

I was the guest keynote speaker at the annual general meeting for a career skills company last week where they had 150 staff from nine different branches come together for an entire afternoon. One of the huge observations I made right away was the high level of corporate diversity among the staff. Many races, cultures and a few handicapped individuals were represented. I will be the guest speaker for a local telephone company later this coming week and I expect a similar observation since utility companies also tend to have much corporate diversity. Although both of my keynotes for these two companies are motivational, I would think (hope) that they will want me to return to do a corporate diversity talk given their diverse staffs. This is a good thing for the native art world since companies with diversity tend to appreciate different cultures more and the chances of native art acquisitions would be greater.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Clint Cora On iTunes New & Notable Podcasts

Clint Cora's monthly Dose of Motivation audio podcast made it on iTunes 'New and Notable' listing for the Health - Self Help category. If you do a podcast search on iTunes under the Health category with Self Help as the subcategory, Clint's podcast will be listed under New and Notable. Of course, simply typing in 'Clint Cora' in the iTunes Store search box will have both of Clint's podcasts come up.

Friday, September 25, 2009

September Inuit Art Gallery Newsletter About Polar Bear Carvings

The September issue of our Inuit art gallery newsletter is now online and features a polar bear carving as well as rare Inuit baskets. The October issue will be coming to our free subscribers at the beginning of October so make sure you are subscribed through the boxes at the top right of this blog. Only our free subscribers get our newsletters in time without having to wait for issues to get online when the month is nearly over.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

University Student Government Association On Diversity

The student government association from Gannon University recognized the need for diversity skills training for its students. This is why Clint Cora was brought in as a diversity speaker to do his 'Kick Down Diversity Barriers For Success' presentation. The campus is getting more diverse each year with students from overseas as well as Native Americans. Gannon U's Lecture Chair Matt Blair says,

"We just hired Clint Cora to start out our year at Gannon University
as a diversity motivational speaker. I really liked it because in
terms of being on campus and even with dealing with the corporate
world, we have so many problems about understanding differences."

He adds, 
"I think Clint did a great job of providing examples as well as
 activities where they helped people assimilate into other
groups they might not know or might not talk to."

Matt is even on video talking about the diversity presentation Clint did at Gannon University.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Toronto Conference Speakers Available

Toronto is the biggest conference town in Canada with several very large facilities. Even many international groups and associations have their annual meetings here in Toronto. Many big conferences are starting to be announced for 2010. Any Toronto area conferences that could use a motivational speaker or diversity speaker should consider the services of Karate World Champion Clint Cora. Not only is he an award-winning speaker, travel costs to get Clint in for a Toronto area conference is zero. No hotel rooms or flights required to bring in Clint Cora since he lives in the Toronto area. See more info on Toronto conference speakers. Toronto also has a few Inuit art galleries for attendees to browse for very high quality artwork from the Arctic.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Aurora Borealis Northern Lights Photo In Diversity

One of the images that I use during my presentations as a diversity speaker is one of the Aurora Borealis or northern lights. Believe it or not, the northern lights does have a role in diversity during my talks. These lights are actually the reason for a relatively unknown diversity success example from the tourism business world. Although I don't use this particular shot for my diversity presentations, there's a nice photo used for the cover of the an Aurora Borealis northern lights calendar It's the last one right after the three Inuit art calendars.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Motivational Speakers On Facebook

There are indeed motivational speakers on Facebook. One of them, Clint Cora, a huge fan of native art, has a dedicated motivational speaker Facebook page. Check it out as it has videos and a discussion section where you can interact with him on Facebook.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Free Resume Guide By Former Corporate Executive

Clint Cora, a former corporate executive in the pharmaceutical industry and art gallery owner, is offering a free resume guide that is available for download at his new Motivational Speaker Facebook page. This guide outlines the most effective format for resumes and is a must for all college students as well as those who want to get new jobs during these tough economic times. Access to this free resume guide will be found at the Free Stuff tab at his new Facebook page.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs Facebook Page

Before Clint Cora became a native art gallery owner, he was a pharmaceutical industry executive. He still helps people who want to become pharmaceutical sales reps through his book 'How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales - Direct Inside Advice and Guidance From a Sales Manager'. Now he has set up a new Pharmaceutical Sales Drug Representative Job Info page at Facebook. Several video clips on pharmaceutical sales jobs are compiled at this new Facebook page for easy access. It's also where Facebook users could interact with Clint on all matters regarding pharmaceutical sales.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

More Diversity Training Needed As Aboriginals Enter Workplaces

More diversity training is needed in workplaces as society gets more and more diverse each year. Not only more immigration, but also as more aboriginal people enter the workforce, companies need to bring the right diversity training to their organizations. Here's a new article which talks about Diversity in the Workplace.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New 2010 Calendars Of Polar Bears

There are new 2010 calendars of polar bears and the shots of the cubs are so darn cute. No wonder why these majestic creatures are the rulers of the Arctic north. Check out these new calendars if you love polar bears and just can't get enough of them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Native Art Author On TV To Lend Voice For Good Cause

Native art and motivational author Clint Cora was on TV to lend his voice to mental health awareness. See a brief bit of the TV news segment from the media conference at health TV video.

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Self Improvement Audio Podcast Episode Online

The September episode for the self improvement audio podcast by motivational author and karate world champion Clint Cora is now online. Hear this new episode which is about one of the most neglected set of skills for success at self improvement podcasts.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dolphin Calendars for 2010

One of my all time favourite animals is the dolphin. I've swam with them and scuba dived with them. They are like big dogs in the ocean. I've seen the odd native artwork featuring dolphins but not many. Certainly more whales than dolphins. A few years ago, my then girlfriend bought me a really nice calendar full of dolphin photos. I'm thinking of getting a new one for 2010 and there is a great selection of these dolphin calendars for next year. Check them out if you are a dolphin lover too. There are also 1-2 shark calendars there too in case you prefer sharks.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pharmaceutical Sales Page On Facebook

There is now a pharmaceutical sales page on Facebook for all aspiring drug reps. It has a discussion section where you could talk about pharma sales and even ask questions. Free Spirit Gallery owner Clint Cora, a former industry executive and author of "How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales" will try his best to respond regularly in this discussion section. So check out this new pharmaceutical sales Facebook page and if you already read Clint's book, feel free to post what you learned at the page too. Don't forget to add yourself as a fan of the page.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Speakers For Toronto Conferences Conventions Meetings

Here's a new Toronto video clip shot just yesterday with motivational and diversity speaker Clint Cora with the Toronto skyline in the background. Clint talks about one huge benefit with booking speakers like him for local area events such as Toronto conventions, conferences and meetings. In addtion, Clint's Free Spirit Gallery can supply unique gifts for conference attendees as well.

Monday, September 07, 2009

New 2010 Inuit Art Calendars Are Out

For fans of Inuit art and Eskimo art, there are new 2010 Inuit Art Calendars available now but better hurry as they often sell out quickly. See the new editions at the link as there are some prominent Inuit art artists featured.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

New 2010 Native American Calendars Are Out

I just saw the new 2010 Native American theme calendars at and they have a wonderful selection. They are based out of Austin, Texas and are the largest online calendar retailer.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Don't Keep Self Improvement Tips To Yourself

So far, we have lots of individuals from over 22 different countries as free subscribers to motivational author and speaker Clint Cora's monthly Motivational Quotes Newsletter and his Dose of Motivation Audio Podcast. But there's no need to keep all the useful self improvement tips to yourself. If you feel that some of your friends, relatives and colleagues can benefit from these self improvement tips, please let them know about Clint's free resources. This way, they can also get both the newsletter and the audio podcast in a timely fashion and start using the tips for their own lives. The same goes for our free monthly Native Art Gallery newsletter.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Karate World Champion To Meet With Mental Health Organizations

Karate world champion and motivational speaker Clint Cora will be meeting with officials from various mental health organizations to discuss about possible partnership events. Mental health awareness, particularly in native and Inuit communities, needs to be elevated and there's a possibility that a speaker of Clint Cora's caliber may be able to contribute to this cause.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

DIMU Carvings Are Not Original

One subscriber from our free Inuit Art Gallery newsletter told us that he has a carving with DIMU on it. Unfortunately, he's not going to get much on the resale market since DIMU Inuit carvings are not original pieces. They are reproductions on the souvenir level. Our Inuit art ebook has a chapter on how to spot such reproductions.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Northwest Native Art Bears Sold Out

All of our northwest native art bears are sold out but we have a very interesting killerwhale carving left. Of course, we have a nice stock of Inuit art carvings as well.