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Excellent Life Leadership is a student leadership training and mentorship program for students for middle school, high school and college.

J Loren Norris Keynote for high school

Student Leadership Development

“You will only rise to the level of your lid.” It’s the LAW OF THE LID, according to John Maxwell which stops most people in their growth and success as leaders. Whether you are the owner, manager, or customer of a the business, the Attitude of Excellence is greatly desired from employees, team members, and executives. Excellent Life Leadership is a student leadership training and mentorship program for students for middle school, high school and college.

As an International Leadership Speaker and Trainer, J Loren Norris has provided much needed training for high school students, leaders of foreign governments, top 50 corporations, church leaders and individuals since 2004 when he began to coach the Dale Carnegie Course.

You can become the catalyst for the next generation of business leaders and employees to start their careers with an Attitude of Excellence.

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Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop given by Mr. Norris at the National PTA Convention.  He spoke about managing conflict with difficult people, and how to use various leadership styles and gifts to navigate difficult situations in the board room.  I learned a great deal from him, and hoped to have the chance to share his insight back home.  Last year, I had the chance to plan a weekend retreat for our State Board of Directors, and invited Mr. Norris out to spend the weekend in the woods, in the mountains of North Georgia to offer intense training on leadership styles, and conflict management.  It was a very necessary training and a very productive weekend.  His insight into the various personalities and issues after only spending a short time with us was astounding!!  I highly recommend his leadership training.  Any size group experiencing difficulties with moving their mission forward due to personal conflict between Board Members would benefit from his experience and help!

Lisa-Marie Haygood
2015-2017 President, Georgia PTA (Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers)
Comments from school mentor’s feedback form:

“We would use a few of the games or questions asked plus showing the short video. The additional exercises were great.”

“We used the topics within the curriculum every time and for us, it worked well. We were able to initiate a discussion during each meeting.”

“The ideas presented in this year’s program seemed to resonate with my students. They did listen to the audio files pretty well and have comments after we listened.”

“The content was excellent. I especially liked the lesson about gratitude. Even as adults, we often don’t appreciate a kindness such as a stranger greeting us of paying us a compliment. I like that this lesson made the kids aware of being thankful for even very small kindnesses. The kids really enjoyed texting their family and friends to express gratitude. To sum it up, the lessons applied to all the kids and I think they benefited.”

“Most any of the “lessons” that involved an activity or illustration of some kind were the most effective, the more involved the better. If we just put a topic out on the floor, giving little or no examples or activity to generate ideas, there was usually only a couple of students who would volunteer input (leaving way too much talking from mentor and teacher :->). I always started out by “studying” the digital (email) curriculum first before transferring any of my ideas onto paper.”

“Activities that have the students get up and move. They are tired of just sitting. I appreciated having a guideline to follow. Many times I used part of the provided lesson and my own materials.”

“This was my second year as a Trojan Mentor and the materials didn’t seem as interesting as the prior year. Responding to videos. However, most of the videos were brief, and student responses rarely filled the allotted time. Some of the activities required too much preparation in proportion to the effectiveness of the activities.”

“Wonderful program, what I find most effective are experiential exercises. We spend a short time introducing the topic and then “do” something to illustrate. Working with the students, the networking, discussing case studies with the students, conducting hands-on lessons with the students. Bringing in snacks for the students. I read each session and mold it to fit my Trojan Talk students’ needs. The concepts provided good ideas for discussion, but there wasn’t enough “meat” – it was more like an outline than a curriculum. However, it did give me more freedom to find what worked for my group. It gave me ideas…a few of which I used most of the material and more that I used the idea and used most of my own material.”

“Activities that demonstrate a point are more effective in our group than “sharing” opportunities per se. If you can use an activity as a jumping-off point, the sharing will generally happen naturally. My skills as a Coach allowed me to tailor the lesson to the specific class. I focus on the lesson for the day but stay very flexible in how it is facilitated.”

“The teens seemed to really like our interaction and I hope I am in Elaine Hsieh’s class again next year. Some of the teens with whom I worked the last 2 years expressed that they hope I am back again with them and I hope the same.”

“Not many. These kids are way above most of the programs. For instance your last class said for them to pick out “heroes” to emulate. I explained to them that “role models” are who are to be emulated. Heroes are people who make great sacrifice to save others. (Jumping on a grenade in wartime). Role models are people with admirable traits and character.”

“Topics were interesting I actually do not use it. We do our own thing. I felt the curriculum to be a bit weak this year, so we ad lib a lot, which worked for us.”

“I like the flexibility to have the kids respond to information or events in the news.”

“Some of the topics worked, but I did have to “tweak” them to make them work for our group of students.”

“We used a number of the journaling suggestions, which the students seemed to enjoy filling out. I kept their responses in individual envelopes, assuring them their envelope would not be opened. When these were returned to the students at the last session, I noticed that most of the students took a few minutes to read over their entries from the school year.”

“The sessions where the students were ‘forced’ to mingle with others they might not have known.”

“The lesson into the book were very easy to follow. Some (but not most) were something you could expand on and get some input. I liked most of the Insuperable Vision material however not all of the lessons worked with the students.”

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