Interview with Peter LaPorta – A one time Leader of Walt Disney and Founder of ‘The Peter LaPorta Show’
Interview with Peter LaPorta – A one time Leader of Walt Disney and Founder of ‘The Peter LaPorta Show’
My name is Emenike Emmanuel, the founder and Executive Director of Emchis Consulting, the Business Development segment of Emchis Motivational Network with the responsibility to bring you the best business and career advice that will help to make you an Entrepreneur of distinction.
Today I’m hanging out with one of my senior friends in the speaking profession by name Peter A. LaPorta – a bestselling author, a Business consultant, a one time leader of one of the world’s biggest company that have exceeded its first generation by name Walt Disney, the founder and radio host of The Peter LaPorta Show, and a gifted keynote speaker.
In this interview I took time to ask my guest, Peter LaPorta series of questions, ranging from his professional profile down to his lifestyle and his dreams and expectations for the future – and the replies he gave me was so fantastic which I’d love to share with you.
In appreciation to my interview of him, he promised to feature not only me in his radio show but also my blog – Emchis Consulting.
Emenike: Sir, can you please tell us a brief info about yourself and your background?
LaPorta: My name is Peter LaPorta. I have been a leader for over thirty years and have led some of the top companies in the world, namely Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. I am a four time bestselling author with my first book, Ignite the Passion, being named by Amazon as being one of the top 20 books in print on motivational leadership. My fifth book, Adventures in Leadership was just released. I am also a keynote speaker, seminar host and business consultant. I founded and own LaPorta Enterprises and host my own radio show entitled The Peter LaPorta Show.
Emenike: Of all careers you mentioned, when did you start and how far have you gone?
LaPorta: My first management job was in 1984 and as mentioned has taken my leadership far. My first book came out in 2003 and I have been on the best sellers list four times. I started giving speeches in 2004 and have given keynotes all over the globe. My radio show started in 2012.
Emenike: In your own philosophy, when do you consider someone to be successful?
LaPorta: You are successful if you can spend your days doing exactly what makes you happy. It has nothing to do with wealth or position. If you love to wash dishes, then be a dishwasher. If you love to write books or play music, you are a success if you can do those things and still keep a roof over your head.
Emenike: What was your biggest challenge when you began your career newly as a Writer and a Speaker?
LaPorta: I never set out to be a writer or speaker. They kind of flowed together. In social settings, I would always tell stories about my years in leadership. People started to tell me to write them down, so I did. A few pages turned into a lot of pages and soon I was writing a book. Once my first book came out, people would ask me to speak about it to their group and my speaking career began. Once, I wanted to make a career out of it, however, it was difficult to get out of the gate as people wanted references of places I had spoken and such.
Emenike: What are the things you wish to achieve both as a Writer and a Public Speaker? In other words, why did you finally settle for speaking and writing as a career?
LaPorta: In both writing and speaking, I have the same end result in mind. I want to touch people’s lives. I want them to come away from reading one of my books or seeing me speak with a changed outlook on life and the world. It is for this sole purpose that I continue to give Autism seminars around the world pro bono. I just want to raise awareness and touch lives.
Emenike: How do you measure your worth when it comes to charging clients?
LaPorta: You know, I always look to the audience. I do not have cookie cutter rates. I have spoken at meetings to a group of 5 and to huge convention centers to 5000. Since I want each person to take away a message, I gauge my fee on audience size.
Emenike: What was the biggest platform you’ve spoken on?
LaPorta: I think my largest audience size was close to 6000 people.
Emenike: How do you manage your career with taking care of a family seeing that from your profile so far that you are busy kind of person?
LaPorta: It’s not easy juggling the family and my business but in some ways it is better than you would expect. Since I try not to book more than one gig a week, I’m usually at home for 5 days and travel for two. That’s better than most business people can say.
Emenike: That’s fantastic. I know your family will love you for that. So are your books available for purchase in the open market?
LaPorta: Yes. My books are sold all over the world in the open market. You can access them through Amazon or any other major retailer.
Emenike: What is you like doing outside your professional career?
LaPorta: Hahahaha… Emenike, well besides writing and speaking, I love to do things with my family. We cruise often and travel a lot. Personally, I read a lot and have great passion in music.
Emenike: What’s your biggest motivation? What inspires you the most?
LaPorta: I think my biggest motivation is my family. I work hard to provide for them and make them proud of me. On the flip side of that, I had a death experience years ago and woke up to getting the last rights read to me. Since that day my motivation has been not to waste one moment of any day. I strive to be the best I can be and do as much as I can with my time here on Earth.
Emenike: Who do you consider as your most inspiring mentor?
LaPorta: I think my most inspiring mentor would have to be Walt Disney. He overcame so much to build his empire. He is a reminder to me daily that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Emenike: What extra effort outside your routine activities have you put in to be where you are today and what more do you think if you do now or continue doing will take you to that level of success you have always dreamt of?
LaPorta: My extra effort is a non-stop marketing of myself. I don’t get sufficed with submitting bids and contacting planners. I shake hands and introduce myself to everyone. I pass out my business cards like candy. And I never skip a beat. This extra mile has eventually got me further.
Emenike: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
LaPorta: I see myself taking on more and more of the “big shows”. I want to headline more and have my name being top of mind as people are looking for speakers. That is where I would like to be in 5 years to come.
Emenike: Sir, this is a great goal but I know you’ve had several plans and charts in the past that didn’t really work out. So what’s it that has being your biggest regret if given an opportunity to correct today will gladden your heart?
LaPorta: Yes. That’s true but I am a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason. My biggest regret is that I gave up my music career to be a businessman. However, if I had not given up that path, I would not have become a writer and speaker and I would not be able to touch lives around the world with my words. Now, I am not certain I would hit that replay button ever.
Emenike: Sir, like I told you earlier, here in Emchis Consulting it is my dream as the founder to bring to the world through the masterpiece of writing the best business and career advice that will make them entrepreneurs of notable profiles, and as it stands now I can’t be truly successful at that if people in my own field of pep talk (especially members of National Speakers Association) don’t get to know your speaking profile. Having said that, can you please tell us about your successes in this fast-evolving industry of speaking profession?
LaPorta: I have spoken to some amazing audiences over the years. Some of my favorites have been non-profits because they see a different value than the businesses or organizations I speak to. I recently had a great measure of success when I met a stranger at my kids new school. He said that he had seen me speak a couple years back in Orlando and it changed his life. To me, that is the greatest measure of a successful speaker.
Emenike: So how do you see the journey so far?
LaPorta: Well, the journey has been rough but rewarding. I love the rush right before going on stage. I love to travel and I love to meet new people. I think the speaking profession was made for me. I cherish it so much now.
Emenike: What was the biggest mistake you ever made on stage and how did you correct it?
LaPorta: The biggest mistake I made was a few years back. The mistake was that I let the client dictate to me an odd speaking time. The group had been in meetings since 8am. They finally had dinner and drinks at 8pm and they had me speak at 10pm. The group was sleeping before I took the stage. I had to jump into the audience and stand next to them to wake them up. Now, I always look at the other events of the day when I set up my time.
Emenike: Oh, I’m sorry about that. I can visualize how stressful such an environment will be to speak fluently, non-stop. I think I’m learning and I wouldn’t allow that happen to me but those challenges notwithstanding, where do you see the Speaking industry in the next 10 years?
LaPorta: I see a lot of the industry changing to online meetings and speeches. I hope this is a fad. There is nothing that can take the place of face to face interaction in a resort location. People always remember you from where they heard you. “Hey,I heard you in Vegas”. “Hey, I caught you in the Caymen Islands last year”. I hope that never changes but it may.
Emenike: That will be a great revolution. So as a world-class Leader, Business Consultant, a highly respected Keynote Speaker, a Motivator and a Pacesetter who has achieved such a huge success at this age, what advice do you have for our audience who are also hoping to make it big in their respective endeavours?
LaPorta: My best advice for young people is that they should not rush life. They should enjoy it; build up their own stories and their repertoire by experiencing life as it comes. I have discovered that people are in too much of a hurry to be rich and famous. I believe if they can become the best they can be it will pay off.
Emenike: Sir, before we wrap up this interview what advice do you have for this organisation of ours, Emchis Consulting?
LaPorta: Be firm in your consulting. I have seen many business consultants fail because they tell the client what they think they want to hear. Sometimes you have to stand firm and tell them their leadership, their organization, or their business plan is wrong.
Emenike: Sir, I am very glad you granted my request to be featured in this Business blog despite the fact that you are always busy with your numerous engagements. This is one of the greatest sacrifices you’ve paid to me and thousands of my numerous audiences. I promise never to forget it in a lifetime but before we go, some of my friends who might be coming across this interview in different countries of the world might want to know what you think about me. So in just a sentence, who do you tell the world Emenike Emmanuel is?
LaPorta: Emenike Emmanuel seems to be an excellent Speaker and Consultant. I’m hopeful the world will embrace talent soonest.
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The next to be interviewed on this blog could you if only you can come up with an outstanding profile
The Young Man Who Rose From Detention to Distinction
(Interview with Onyi Anyado)
Emchis Consulting is the Business Development segment of Emchis Motivational Network saddled with the responsibility to write good and inspiring motivational cum business articles in a way of advise our audience on what works best and those that don’t.
In Emchis Consulting and Emchis Financial Empowerment Summit (EFES) it is my responsibility to bring you good business advice which will help you become an entrepreneur of distinction. So to help you gain insight and inspiration from people from diverse backgrounds, I have decided to interview men and women of noble character, people who have achieved success and are already established as entrepreneurs of distinction.
In today’s post, I will be sharing an interview with Onyi Anyado, a UK based Nigerian who have risen from the mean streets of East London to becoming a reference point of excellence to his generation. In his opinion, Onyi refers his life story as; From Detention to Distinction. Onyi is a double award-winning Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker and Life Coach.
Without further delay, allow me to introduce Onyi Anyado.
Emmanuel: Onyi, can you please tell us about yourself?
Anyado: My name is Onyi Anyado and I was born and raised in Hackney, East London. Unfortunately, my father left at an early age so my mother raised myself and my sister by herself. Thankfully, my Father and I reunited after 25 years on Fathers Day 2012. After turning my life around, I am the founder of Onyi Anyado Media House and B1 Coaching who specialises in leadership development, entrepreneurship and youth impact coaching. Here in the UK, via schools, colleges, seminars, workshop and conferences, I equip, train, challenge and inspire and empower people on how to become students, leaders or entrepreneurs of distinction. I’m also delivering Life Coaching workshops to universities across the UK titled: Your Time Is Now: How To Become a Student of Distinction™.
Emmanuel: Of all the careers you mentioned, what did you first start off with and how far have you come?
Anyado: My career started of as a Life Coach then progressed to writing books and speaking. I’ve come very far from hosting monthly Life Coaching workshops in Stratford, East London.
Emmanuel: To me, I will say you are really an epitome of success going by the quality of your second book titled; The Doorway to Distinction. We always hear that success is relative, in your own words, what do you describe success as?
Anyado: In my opinion, as an entrepreneur, success is achieving a vision which brings you and those you’re connected with into new realms of possibilities, promotion and productivity.
Emmanuel: I know of you to be a good writer who has self-published books but for the sake of our audience, can you please tell us how many books you have published?
Anyado: I’ve written eight books and self-published two, titled: Hitting The Target: A 12 Month Guide To Distinction and The Doorway To Distinction: 200 Quotes To Inspire You To Reach New Levels Of Excellence.
Emmanuel: What was your biggest challenge whilst starting your career as a writer?
Anyado: In 2010, my biggest challenge as a new writer was not having any money or a laptop to write my first book. I ended up going to about eight different Internet cafes to use their services but after being turned down, I finally found one to use and progressed with my vision. So my biggest challenge at the time was the lack of finances.
Emmanuel: You always talk and write; From Detention to Distinction; can you tell us how you came about this title?
Anyado: Yes, From Detention to Distinction is my life journey from prison to the palace, so to say. Also, it’s the title of my TEDx talk I delivered in November 2013.
Emmanuel: How do you measure your worth when it comes to charging clients?
Anyado: My worth is measured by my expertise, experience, passion, innovation and thought leadership I bring to the industry.
Emmanuel: Which of the platforms you have spoken on do you consider as your biggest platform so far?
Anyado: I have spoken in schools, universities, conferences, Churches, seminars and workshop but for me, my biggest platform thus far was when I spoke at a TEDx event
Emmanuel: As a speaker and author, what are you trying to achieve and why did you choose both as a career?
Anyado: As a speaker and author, I am teaching, equipping, challenging and inspiring the listener and reader to become distinguished in their chosen field. I now realise it was in my calling to become a speaker and author so it wasn’t a choice, it was destiny.
Emmanuel: Are your books in the open in the Nigerian market?
Anyado: Yes, my books can be purchased via Amazon and we will be putting some plans to make my books more accessible across Nigeria and really Africa too.
Emmanuel: What do you like doing outside your professional careers?
Anyado: I love to read, relax and laugh.
Emmanuel: What has been your biggest motivation? Who inspires you the most?
Anyado: Great question, my biggest motivation has and is still people become distinguished from my teaching and vision. In regards to books, my biggest inspiration is my Pastor, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo who has written over 85 books. Truly, my biggest motivation is me, every time I wake up, look in the mirror and every time I close my eyes, I realise I have no choice but to be my biggest inspiration.
Emmanuel: Who do you consider as your most inspiring mentor?
Anyado: I have a few; Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo and Richard Branson are two mentors who inspire me.
Emmanuel: What extra efforts outside of your daily activities have you put in to be where you are today?
Anyado: I would say, seeing what others don’t see, speaking what others don’t speak and constantly raising the bar of excellence.
Emmanuel: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Anyado: In 5 years, it will be the 2019 and I see myself in 2025.
Emmanuel: People always have things if given an opportunity they wouldn’t do again, if you could turn back time, what would you do again?
Anyado: Seeing as I can’t turn back time, I can only use my mistakes as a point of reference not to do the same thing again, after all, wisdom is the principal thing.
Emmanuel: In this blog, Emchis Consulting, most of our followers are either public speakers or they wish to become one in the future. I think they won’t forgive me if they don’t get to know about your speaking profession.
Anyado: In regards to my speaking profession, I recommend every speaker or potential speaker to go to YouTube type in Onyi Anyado Media House then subscribe and watch my videos. The teaching on view is a tool for all speakers and potential speakers.
Emmanuel: Onyi, can you please tell us about your successes in the speaking industry?
Anyado: As a speaker, I received two awards in one night and humbly I’m recognised as one of the top emerging speakers in the UK.
Emmanuel: How will you consider the journey so far?
Emmanuel: What was the biggest mistake you have ever made on stage and how did you correct it?
Anyado: This one is a funny one. Once I was speaking on stage and forget to switch off my phone. It rang but thankfully I pretended it was part of my presentation.
Emmanuel: Comparing the speaking industry in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom, are there any major differences? If yes, what are they?
Anyado: One thing I’ve noticed about the speaking industry in Nigeria is many, not all but many like title; i.e, Nigeria’s top leadership, peak performance, empowerment coach or Nigeria’s No. 1 motivational, entrepreneur life coach. The sad thing about things like this is, most speakers have a poor website or even worse, no website at all. Here in the UK, many speakers are now realising the necessity of having an excellent website.
Emmanuel: Where do you see the speaking industry in Nigeria in the next 10 years?
Anyado: I see the speaking industry in Nigeria excelling and many speakers using the teaching from Onyi Anyado Media House as a reference point.
Emmanuel: As a young man, a leader and pacesetter who has achieved huge success in such a small space of time, what advice do you have for our audience who are also hoping to become distinguished?
Anyado: My advice is, start small, think global, build a great online presence, have a diversified network, become innovative, raise the bar of excellence and never give up on your visions and dreams.
Emmanuel: What advice do you have for Emchis Consulting?
Anyado: My advice to Emchis Consulting is, start small, think global, build a great online presence, have a diversified network, become innovative, raise the bar of excellence and never give up on your vision and dreams.
Emmanuel: Sir, within the few minutes we have spent together, what can you tell the world about Emenike Emmanuel?
Anyado: Watch out for Emenike Emmanuel, he is going places.
To connect with our guest, Onyi Anyado visit the following online contacts
Websites: http://www.oamediahouse.com http://www.b1coaching.com
Onyi Anyado Media House TV: youtube.com/user/yahweh77able
I hope you enjoyed your time through this interview with our guest, Onyi Anyado. The next to be interviewed on this great platform could be you – just keep working hard, like Onyi said, continue to “raise the bar of excellence and never give up on your vision and dreams.”
A Moment with David Okorie – The Brain Behind “Rise Up Africa.”
Recently I was privileged to spend some time with David Okorie popularly known as Davebond Okorie in Aba Abia State Nigeria. The issues we discussed were very vast. In fact, time could not allow us exhaust every bit of ideas we needed to work on that very day because Davebond was rushing for an appointment where he was to be speaking to a cross-section of young people and I was also busy, trying to catch up with clients who were waiting for their goods to be delivered.
I asked him several questions as much as my curiosity was able to gather and the answers he gave were very fantastic.
The young and talented speaker and writer, David Okorie hails from Abia State Nigeria. He did his primary and secondary school in Abia State before he travelled to Benin Republique where the passion to write came on him which I think prompted him to gain immediate admission into the great Lagos State University where he’s studying Social Psychology.
While I wondered how he has achieved such a level of success at this a young age, I asked him; “when did you start this writing career of yours?” David said; “I started in 2010 and by December that same year, I published my first book.” “Wow! You are so amazing…” I exclaimed.
Still curious to know David better, I asked him what his perception of ‘success’ was – and without any delay, his response was so fantastic again. He said; “I see success as a fulfillment of destiny. You don’t pass through it until you are through here on earth. Success is like a ladder that has no end. It keeps evolving and it is a School that gives us no certificate.” His philosophy about success kept me thinking. By his response on this I was in no doubt that this is a great man that is going somewhere.
When asked what his biggest challenge is as a Writer, he said; “my biggest challenge as a writer here in Nigeria is the structure of our marketing system. The marketing system for authors in Nigeria is not easy. It makes one struggle so much to get his products across to the people. But all these notwithstanding, I still stick out my ideas via my many intellectual properties by going for Book Concerts, presenting public lectures in Schools and organising Book Tours in Tertiary Institutions across Africa.”
Referring back to one of his books, “Rise Up Africa” where he made a serious emphasis on youths being resourceful rather than stay indoors asking for resources, I asked him; “Dave, what’s the difference between resourcefulness and resources.” He started by saying that nobody has ever stumbled into blessing without the capacity to carry it. People who are resourceful don’t need money to be successful – in most cases; all they just need is just a paper, pen and an idea. Anyone who is meaningful will like to have something to do with a youth who is resourceful.” He went further to say that youths should be hardworking, they should believe in what they have and should be determined enough to burn down every limits of resistance. David said resourcefulness is all about what you have done. That is what stands before anyone you are hoping will invest in your business as a monument of your achievement. It tells them whether you are worth investing on or not.
When asked what he plans to achieve as an author and why he chose writing as a career, David Okorie said; “I don’t write for the purpose of showing up. I am not even writing because I can construct words. I write because I want to change the mindset of people. I write because I want to preserve history and I also write because I want to give people new strategy that worked for me.”
David said; “He didn’t give me sword to parade my strength in a battle formation but he gave me pen so that through written words I can stir the sleeping power in men so that they can reach greatness.”
From what he told me, he said beyond the good books and people around him that inspires him, two outstanding things were paramount, which were his ‘Personal Experience and Life Experiment’, not poverty, not money either. Coming to the area of his motivation, he said his biggest motivation in life was his ‘purpose.’ Dave said; “when I look at where I am and where I want to be, I discover I have not done much so I put up more faith and face life.” He went further to quote that “every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up and it knows it must run faster than the fastest Lion or get killed. In the other hand, the Lion also wakes up and it knows it must run faster than the fastest Gazelle or it gets starved.”
I teased him by asking him what his biggest regret was but I was surprise at what he told me. He said; “I have no regret. I believe regret is a product of bad decision which I don’t do.” He believes the scriptures that said that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to God’s divine purpose.
In the next 5 years, David Okorie aims to be slimmer, smarter, married, more spiritually mature to raise spiritual leaders, and he hopes to be working with Presidents, Senators, and People that make things happen through his several social events. He rounded it up by saying that he hopes to live the next 5 years as if it was another 25 years.
David Okorie is a young man who has a dream and he is living it. We look forward into the future where the next biggest Supermarket in Africa will be owned by Davebond.