“Ruben teaches us that once
we transform our fear into energy,
we begin to transform our dreams into reality.”
Gerhard Gschwandtner – Founder of Selling Power Magazine
It’s all About Helping You Reach Your Objectives
About Moving Your People to Commitment and Action for Your Goals
Becoming Unstoppable – Success Secrets from a Four-Time Olympian
Ruben’s story of his quest for the Olympics gives people hope and strength. His story moves people to commitment and action.
Your audience will learn how to build confidence and destroy fear, how to unleash their passion and drive, how to unlock their full potential, how to turn defeat into victory, and how to achieve their personal or professional ambitions.
In addition, this inspiring keynote is filled with proven methods and techniques that will help your people develop a winning mindset. This program is perfect for a group facing change, challenges or set-backs to overcome. Your audience will learn how to become resilient and how to become unstoppable on the way to the top.
“You were our best speaker ever!
Your wonderful story resonates
with people of all ages.”
Maryellen Reinhart – Special Olympics
From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Ruben is proof that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things if they follow a few simple steps. Ruben is funny, direct and on target. He’s on a mission to inspire and equip people to think differently, to take immediate action, and to produce better results. To achieve more than ever before.
Through his riveting stories and keen insights Ruben brings the Olympics to life. He will give your audience an Olympic experience they will never forget. A transforming, powerfully emotional experience. Truly an event. Ruben’s story of his quest for the Olympics gives people hope and strength. His story moves people to commitment and action. After experiencing Ruben’s program, your people will know exactly what it takes to succeed in life.
They will be inspired and equipped to take whatever they do to the next level.
“Ruben’s story relates to everyday situations. It reminds you to turn your thoughts to a more positive direction. Our experience was very valuable. Thanks for sharing your gift and talent.”
Donnisha Spicer – Marriott
Abandon Your Nets
The biggest organization on earth was built by these 7 words: “Abandon your nets and come follow me.” Those seven words, which are all about leaving behind what feels safe and taking bold risks, result in massive change – life-changing change. When Ruben decided to pursue his Olympic dream he did exactly that. He abandoned the safe easy path and he embraced the bold, difficult path.
After listening to Ruben’s presentation your people will be ready to embrace change and focus on the end result.
“Ruben, I felt an electric connection to your message. Your talk is a tuning fork for the soul.”
Scott Bayha – Nikken
Ruben has over 5 hours of material made up of personal Olympic stories and stories of his adventures around the world (climbing mountains, running with the bulls in Pamplona, etc.). These stories powerfully illustrate the topics of teamwork, leadership, sales, overcoming challenges, embracing change, positive attitude and how to achieve more.
Ruben will always make sure to include stories in his presentation that fit your objectives.
“Ruben’s energy and zeal really lit the torch in my heart! Ruben is motivational, encouraging and funny!”
Jane Hudson – Health One
Motivation or Inspiration
Ruben has an incredible story. He was always the last kid picked to play sports in PE. When he was 21 years old he decided he wanted to compete in the next Winter Olympics. He lived in Houston at the time. Didn’t even know what snow looked like. He went to Lake Placid, took up the sport of luge and four years and a few broken bones later he was competing in the Calgary Olympics. He went on to become the first person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade.
As he jokingly says, “It doesn’t mean he’s good, it just means he’s old!” He competed in the Vancouver at the age of 47. Everybody thought he was a coach! But seriously, his story takes people’s excuses away because he’s an ordinary guy who did some extraordinary things.
Ruben sold copiers in downtown Houston for several years. He regularly speaks for sales kickoffs all around the world. In addition to selling copiers, Ruben sold paper shredders. He tells a story about how he knocked on every door of every floor of every building in downtown Houston many times. The only building he could never get into was the Enron building because it had such tight security. He always wondered what was going on in there. Now that he knows, he thinks that he could have sold them a million dollars worth of paper shredders!
When Ruben got started in the luge he thought he could do it all himself. Along the way Ruben realized that he would need help. He needed coaches, sled mechanics, doctors, chiropractors, financial assistance, etc. He needed to learn some leadership skills and create a team of people. Ruben was able to create a Dream Team and by working through his team he was able to realize his Olympic dream. Ruben believes leaders are trustworthy and passionate about their mission. Those two attributes make people want to follow a leader.
The luge is a lot like race car driving. In car racing, you use different tires for different road conditions. In the luge you prepare your steels differently for different tracks and for different weather. You have to be ready for any changes in conditions. Whenever conditions change, whoever adapts first wins. Change is actually a good thing because it is like a blank slate – it gives you an opportunity to leave the competition behind.
Ruben trained for years as part of an international team made up up lugers from many different countries. Even though they competed against each other at World Cup races, European Championships, World Championships and the Olympics, they understood that their best chance was to work together and help each other out during the training week. This is because they were competing against powerhouse teams from Germany, Italy, Russia and Austria that would eat their lunch if they did not stick together.
You will always accomplish more working as part of a team than trying to be a lone wolf.
Ruben did not take up the sport of luge until he was 21 years old. He was a marginal athlete, lived in hot and humid Houston, Texas, and financed his Olympic training himself. People laughed at him and said he was crazy. He broke many bones on the way to the Olympics and eventually became the only person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade.
He’s an ordinary man who accomplished the extraordinary and THAT’S what makes him special. Because people in his audiences relate to Ruben and after hearing him are inspired to go the extra mile and fight for their goals and dreams.
Ruben will Help You Reach Your Objectives
He’ll Teach Your People World-class Best Practices That will Improve Their Performance
Depending on your objectives, Ruben can tailor his presentation in several directions. Ruben’s presentation is about what he had to do to get to the Olympics and how following those principles will help you realize your goals faster. Bottom line, he helps improve individual and organizational performance. In order to get to the Olympics he had to:
- Muster the belief in himself that he could eventually compete in the Olympics,
- Reverse engineer the whole process,
- Sell himself to the people whose help he would need,
- Create a team of people to help him get there,
- Raise capital to fund the Olympic project,
- Become resilient in the face of huge obstacles, and finally,
- Perform under huge pressure.
Ruben made it in spite of:
- Not taking up the sport of luge until he was 21 years old,
- Living thousands of miles from the Olympic luge training centers and,
- Not being a great athlete to begin with.
He went on to become the only person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade.
“If you will listen to Ruben speak your life will change.”
– Lou Holtz
- Increase their self-belief,
- Become more resilient so they can overcome obstacles,
- Become self-reliant so can solve their own problems,
- Improve sales closing rates,
- Work as a team,
- Become better leaders,
- Improve customer retention rates, and
- To take responsibility to they can become more productive.
Ruben’s story takes people’s excuses away and fills them with the belief they need to fight for their goals and dreams. Ruben will give your people a swift kick in the rear. His story will be a wake up call that will leave your people wanting to burn the house down – ready to take massive action for you.