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Get psyched, workers

Thousands attend motivation seminar at arena

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani greets the seminar crowd. He talked about the six requirements to be a good leader.

The crowd gets revved up during the Get Motivated Seminar at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza on Tuesday.

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WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Thousands of people were motivated enough to flock to the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza Tuesday. Their goal: To listen to well-known leaders tell them how to get more motivated.

The marquee speaker was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and his 38-minute speech didn’t disappoint those who came to hear him.

Denise Miller, the assistant general manager at Sundance Vacations in Wilkes-Barre Township, said Giuliani “was absolutely the best. He was real. We can relate to him.”

Miller, of Lehighton, and a dozen of her fellow Sundance Vacations employees, spent the day listening and learning from speakers, including former president of Microsoft Rick Belluzzo, health and fitness expert Dr. Earl Mindell and motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar.

“These people have been very successful and made it to the big stage of life,” said Alan Bednarchik, of Wilkes-Barre. The insurance salesman from Met Life said he’s been in the business for 28 years but listening to perspectives on success from those who have lived it “is well worth the time.”

“You can always learn,” he said.

And Giuliani and others were more than willing to teach – for a price.

Tickets to the event were $19 for the entire office, regardless of the number of attendees. The touring seminar rotates some speakers – former first lady Laura Bush, former secretary of state Colin Powell and NFL Hall of Fame members Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana have appeared but were not on Tuesday’s agenda – as they visit a new city each week. Between speeches and musical numbers, attendees could peruse tables set up throughout the arena to sign up for additional seminars and information – most at a fee.

Bednarchik signed up for a $99 seminar, later this month in Scranton, on investments.

Jane Colwell, of West Pittston, signed up for the same seminar. The Keystone Automotive credit processor has seen many of the speakers before but said they always seem to motivate her. And though many of those in attendance were from area companies, Colwell said, “It’s really not just for business. It’s for other aspects of your life, too.”

Giuliani spent his time talking about the six requirements to be a good leader. He told those gathered they need to have strong beliefs; be an optimist; have courage; conduct relentless preparation; appreciate teamwork; and learn how to communicate.

Rebecca Kowalski, of Tamaqua, also works at Sundance Vacations as the marketing manager. She said she wants to take what she’s learned back to the office and put it to use.

Using a football analogy, she said she believes too often managers are “too much on the sidelines and not enough in the game.” She said she was leaving the arena motivated to be part of the team and show her co-workers that they all have the same goal, and teamwork will help them achieve it.

That attitude, according to Giuliani, is the right one.

“A leader has to understand they work through other people,” Giuliani said.

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