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Matthew Cossolotto (aka "The Podium Pro") is a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta. He worked as a CEO-level speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, Matthew is a guest speaker, speechwriter, and speech coach.

He is the creator of "Make A Promise Day" (May 4th -- May The Fourth Be With You!) and author of a forthcoming book about The Power of Making a Promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Matthew offers several Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) to corporations, colleges/schools, conferences, associations, and government agencies. His top three PEPTalks are: The Power of Making a Promise, The Joy of Speaking, and SUCCESS Is An Inside Job. His latest program is called "A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future" to help others make life-changing personal empowerment promises.

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Turn Goals Into Promises

Turn important goals into heartfelt promises! Some years ago, when I was thinking about writing a book about the seven habits of SUCCESS and FAILURE, I shared many of my ideas with my mother, Virginia Hope Butler. I explained the concepts and how I thought this book would provide a guide for people who felt stuck, disempowered, and unable to make positive changes. She encouraged me to complete the book. The book was still unwritten when my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. As her conditioned worsened, I decided to promise to her that I would finish the book, get…

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Make A Promise Day (May 4th) Is Spreading!

Wow! Here's some exciting news. I just received a copy of an official proclamation from the office of the Westchester County Executive designating May 4, 2011, and each year thereafter to be "Make A Promise Day." I want to express my sincere appreciation to Robert Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, for issuing this proclamation. It’s a big step forward in my mission to establish Make A Promise Day as a widely recognized day for celebrating the amazing power of making a promise. The proclamation underscores the power and the appeal of the Make A Promise idea.  I’m thrilled because it…

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Make It Make A Promise Day In Your Town

The Town Board of Yorktown New York approved a "Make A Promise Day" resolution of February 15, 2011. Based on that official proclamation, here’s a draft "Make A Promise Day" proclamation that I encourage other towns, cities, counties, states and countries to adapt and adopt to inspire others to make and keep their promises. Whereas, Make a Promise Day is the only unofficial "holiday" dedicated to personal empowerment, goal achievement and integrity enhancement; Whereas, Make A Promise Day encourages individuals to turn important goals into heartfelt promises thereby increasing the probability of reaching those goals; Whereas, celebrating Make A Promise Day will…

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