Man, I think I dodged a bullet at work on this deal. Somebody decided that everyone in our office should (voluntarily) attend the all-day Get Motivated Seminar in Kansas City on November 12. So I looked it up to check it out, right after I opted not to attend. This link will give you all the details.
And here is a quote from an article in the National Review by someone who attended one of these about a year ago:
It seems that motivational speaking is largely a Red State phenomenon that rakes in billions while the cultural elite remain happily oblivious, like NASCAR or Branson, Mo. Prior to showing up at Get Motivated! I had no idea that this was so. But from the beginning of the seminar there are two overwhelming themes–patriotism and religion, and Get Motivated! is coy about neither.
He goes on to say:
And while some attendees are undoubtedly surprised by the seminar’s religious tone (during his speech, Peter Lowe cries out, “Lord Jesus, I need you…. Make me into the person you want me to be!”), nobody I see is outwardly upset by the repeated and explicit acknowledgment that faith and Judeo-Christian ethics are key components of success. Get Motivated!’s own success is testament to the fact that thousands of Americans yearn to have this message affirmed.
I wish I could report that Get Motivated! argues its main theme–values are integral to success–with consistent integrity. But there are pitfalls in blurring the line between faith and marketing. Too much of Get Motivated! exploits the lowest common denominator of success: materialism. Not every speaker resorts to that tactic, but, in the more garish displays, Phil Town points to a picture of a luxury Mercedes on the jumbotron, and Bill Bartmann flaunts photos of his McMansion. Both prompt “ooh”s and “ah”s from the crowd.
I honestly cannot think of a more unpleasant way to spend a day, and the idea that I could be getting paid for sitting through it would be no comfort at all.
It would have been interesting, though, to see how an event like this plays out after the likely outcome of the election.