Please enjoy a few follow-up words from Craig, as well as comments from several members of the audience.
“As someone who sees the more “innate” qualities that we spoke about in Denver… laughter, creativity, honesty, joy, present moment living, etc.., those qualities we had as kids, as important to have, I believe our task is more one of “un-learning” than learning. We have created barriers to a more authentic way of being. The three main barriers I see in adults are “F.E.W.”, that is FEAR, EGO and WORRY.
During both my opening and closing keynotes at Denver’s NCBC this summer, we saw before our eyes, that the antidote to fear is action, courage and love. Concerning our egos, I am referring to our attachments to our self-identity that can get the best of us (myself included). We saw that having a purpose that trumps our personality is extremely helpful. The simplest way I can offer to “unlearn from our bound false egos” is to practice accepting embarrassment. It’s that simple and it’s a great start! Let embarrassment come and go! Finally, with worry, consider the study that found we have control over only 3 out of 100 things that we are worried about, so practice letting go of those other 97 things.
Let’s stop taking ourselves so darn seriously! That is where the real service to others and ourselves begins. Why? Because then we are being our authentic selves.”
“Craig was an exciting and energetic speaker. His energy was contagious. He provided two meaningful and fun plenary sessions. He really motivated everyone to think about your interactions with others and how to view them in a different light. He encouraged me to embrace the fun and playfulness of my son and bring that into everything that I do. It was a very rewarding experience that relates not only to our work lives but to our personal as well!!”
-Megan Moore – HR Specialist, Southern District of California
“Craig was a very engaging presenter. He kept everyone's attention for the presentation. His topics were true to life. His comical approach was enlightening and got the message across. I also enjoyed that he involved different parts of the audience. We learned a lot from him and enjoyed his enthusiasm.”
-Stacey Drechsler – Chief Deputy Clerk, District of Delaware
“It was delightful to listen to and learn from Craig Zablocki at the NCBC conference in Denver. Adding humor to a very important message is always appreciated, and Craig took that to a whole new level. I love that he involved so many people in the audience; it made me feel like he cared about all of us and our ability to function at our highest level as well as to enjoy our lives to the fullest. By demonstrating how the concepts that he was talking about actually worked, it helped all of us to understand just how easy it is to change our attitude. It was amazing to watch people transforming before our very eyes. The result of those meetings was profound for me; I have been able to enjoy my life more, whether it be at home, at work, with the family, or just taking a hike in the mountains. When we do get past the barriers that we put up for ourselves, there is so much more for us to appreciate. I want to "be all in" for the rest of my life!”
-Christine Eckhardt – Financial Specialist, District of Colorado
“Craig was a fantastic speaker. I'm amazed how easily he was able to get people to move outside of their comfort zones and "go all in". I'll probably never understand how he was able to pick people out of the audience who would work well for his presentation. And what a perfect choice to be the first speaker to open and close the conference. I would highly recommend him to any organization looking for a motivational speaker or just an entertainer. I personally enjoyed working with him on stage.”
-Rodney Bean – Automation Specialist, Western District of Michigan