J. Herman might not have the big voice box and Hollywood
good looks of most people in his profession, but he does
have that special something-that intangible- that makes
him one of the busiest motivational speakers on the circuit
believe in him.
35-year-old Calabasas resident will tell funny stories and
give inspirational speeches to more than 80 businesses and
organizations this year. With frequent use of words like
action, goals, visualization, his vernacular is not unlike
the thousands of other speakers who travel the same circuit,
boosting confidence and getting the most out of sales consultants
and management leaders.
many choose to make their living in the field, not all motivational
speakers can be like Tony Robbins. Some have taken a different
path to get where they are. And Herman is one of them.
unimpressive-his press materials are disheveled - Herman
still somehow manages to pull it off.
Some of his more well-heeled clients will pay $8,500 a session
to hear the story of a kid who almost died, but came back
to beat the odds.
he was 5, Herman fell 12 feet from the rafters of his friend's
garage and landed headfirst on the concrete below. The traumatic
brain injury left him in a coma for three weeks and blind
and paralyzed for the next two years.
he speaks to his nationwide audiences today, Herman's story
of recovery becomes a lesson in perseverance, a primer on
how to overcome life's difficult challenges.
said that once you're disabled, that's it, and I didn't
accept that and found the other ways to succeed and the
other ways to overcome the limitations," Herman said.
slurring his words and having trouble learning, Herman attended
the special education program at Agoura High School. But
trying to recover while being a teenager made things even
harder, he discovered.
problem was that they didn't want to teach me, it's just
that in the early '80s there weren't the kind of cognitive
strategies that there are now. I had to find them myself,"
instance, instead of being able to read the book Huck Finn
when I was in 10th grade, I had to read a harder book, David
Copperfield, in order to learn how to read Huck Finn because
I had to push myself harder than the other kids were pushing
faced more setbacks in college. He couldn't keep up with
his lectures and had to take some of them twice, but still
graduated in three years because of his hard work and dedication.
went on to become a successful writer and producer for television
and film, working on such shows as "Doogie Howser,
MD," "In Living Color" and "Revenge
of the Nerds."
the industry downsized in the early '90s, Herman picked
himself up again and turned to a career motivational speaking.
His client list includes corporate powerhouses such as Monsanto,
Boeing, Amgen, Johnson & Johnson and American Express.
it's a one-hour motivational speech or an all-day session,
Herman usually begins with references to his past.
establishes me to the audience as an authority on whatever
I'm talking about, whether it's obstacles or success or
leadership or motivation or failure," he said.
fact that I've overcome what I have and I can tell people
how I did it and that these tragedies can work for you,
really resonates with audiences."
latest foray into the self-help arena includes a syndicated
column "The Motivational Minute!" that reaches
more than half a million readers daily. Booklets, audiotapes
and videos on how to be a better, more productive person
are sold regularly.
A-type personality comes easily to Herman; his daily mantra,
in fact, is "take action." Others can be taught
to see the light, he said.
vast majority of people in this world will never go anywhere,
will never do anything, and will never get anywhere close
to their true potential simply because they do not act."
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