STN EXPO Reno speaker reiterates the power of a promise


RENO, Nevada – In commitment to his neighbor, hero, mentor and most of all friend, host Jason Hewlett took to the STN EXPO stage in honor of Mark Eaton, the NBA’s all-time blocked shots leader.

Eaton was a scheduled keynote for Day 5 of STN EXPO Reno. He died in an apparent bicycle accident over Memorial Day weekend, but Hewlett kept his memory alive by discussing his countless memories of Eaton. He added that School transport news, also kept his commitment to Eaton by not asking for the deposit back, but by allowing another speaker to come in his place. STN has kept its promise.

What is your promise in everything you do? Hewlett asked the audience. Although he noted that it is a simple message, it is profound. He explained that unlike goals, you can’t redefine a promise. Instead, when a promise is broken, it is broken and trust is lost.

He broke the promise down into signature moves or what is expected of them when they show up ready to play each day. To uncover his leadership’s signature moves, he said, leaders must identify, clarify and magnify, also known as ICM.


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As audiences soon discovered, Hewlett’s signature moves involved posing as singers and using comedic facial gestures on stage to convey her message. He said his promise to the public is to always give an engaging presentation.

He noted that this conference’s other two keynote speakers, author Azim Khamisa and business strategist Meredith Elliott Powell, each come up with unique signature moves. The promise of a brand, Hewlett said, lies in the signature moves delivered to a given audience.

For the leaders in attendance, their audience consists of students, staff, parents and the community they serve. In student transportation, executives are sometimes forced to keep a promise they never made, but that’s what is expected of them, Hewlett noted.

For those who may not yet be familiar with their signature moves, he said think about all the freebies they have. Maybe it’s always on time or the dedication to training every day.

“Goals are details, promises are proclamations,” he explained.

(Photo courtesy of Vincent Rios Creative.)

The second promise that must be made is to family, not only to personal family but also to professional family. He said leaders need to think about who is on their crew or team. He said the promise should be to identify those at work who are different from you and, as a leader, to help them discover their signature moves.

“When the leader helps us discover our signature ICM moves, it encourages us to show up every day,” Hewlett said, adding that leaders really need to look at what their work families are known for and the strengths of each. member.

Your work family, he said, can help you do your job well. He added that if there is no one who inspired them, or saw something in them, they can still be that person for someone else.

“Make a pledge today at ICM to the people you serve,” he said.

As for his personal family, he promised to be 100% present, after realizing that he was distracted by his cell phone and in particular Facebook. He noted that the ICM process also works for his personal family, as it can identify, clarify, and magnify areas in which a family member is gifted. “Actions speak louder than words,” he noted, adding that those around us will always be on the lookout.

“So what’s your promise to the people you love the most?” ” He asked.


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The final promise is one’s own, he said. Hewlett explained that people often honor promises made to others but not to themselves.

He said that even if others don’t like or understand him, embrace yourself and accept the gift you have been chosen to share.

“When our values ​​don’t match the opportunities, are we ready to step away from something that can change our lives forever? He asked, concluding that this was your signature move, and only you have it.

After the speech, Anna Conrad, director of transportation at GCSD, said Hewlett was amazing. She noted that she wanted to implement all of her talking points, including finding the strengths of everyone on the team.

First time at the EXPO Renae Marrett, Head Start transportation specialist in Kent County, Michigan, said having an engaging speech is key for a group like this. She said he made the message relevant to the work they do and allowed the crowd to listen to see how his words can be traced back to their families and staff.

As a leader, she said she loved her ICM process. Marrett added that she would identify the unique qualities of her staff and use them to maximize their strengths as a team.

(Photo courtesy of Vincent Rios Creative.)
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