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IHRSA 2013: Get motivated with education at IHRSA

Learning and motivation are key elements of the IHRSA experience. The message shared by yesterday’s featured speaker, Bert Jacobs, co-founder of Life is Good, resonated strongly with show goers.

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IHRSA kicked off yesterday, and the sold-out show at the Mandalay Bay already has made history, according to IHRSA President and CEO Joe Moore. People from a record 80 countries around the world have descended on Las Vegas for the event.

“Thanks for being a part of our 32nd Annual International Convention and Trade Show,” Moore said in a statement “We are truly grateful for your commitment to learning and sharing and wish you all the best this week in Las Vegas.”

That commitment to learning — and not just about the new equipment on the trade show floor — is a key part of the IHRSA experience. While yesterday’s featured motivational speaker, Bert Jacobs (photo, right), co-founder of Life is Good — is done and gone, his message resonated well with people at the show.

Jacobs’ presentation was titled, “Optimism Can Take You Anywhere,” and in it he told the story of founding the company with his brother in 1994, when the pair had only $78 between the two of them.

“Optimism is the most powerful tool for success,” Jacobs told a crowd at IHRSA.

Las Vegas-based fitness specialist Darian Parker tweeted that Jacobs’ message of not complaining resonated with him.

“’Don’t knock something. Build something.’ Love this!” Parker tweeted.

Parker told SNEWS he really liked the speech. “It was very inspirational and fun,” Parker said. “Just a good, solid message.”

If you weren’t able to make Jacobs’ motivational talk yesterday, don’t sweat it. Check with information on the most up-to-date locations of the motivational speeches.

Today’s line-up includes a Technogym-sponsored talk by Nicholas Christakis, an author and professor at Harvard University. Christakis will talk about social networks and how they inspire our decisions in health and other areas of our lives. Christakis will speak from 8:30-9:30 this morning.

Matrix Fitness will bring Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels, who will talk about how he transformed a seedy motel into a world-famous string of boutique hotels. He’ll discuss key information from his book, “PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow.” Conley will speak from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Denver-based speaker and founder and CEO of ChangeLabs, Peter Sheahan, will speak on how to turn challenges into opportunities, and how to turn change into competitive advantage. ChangeLabs is a consulting business that specializes in large-scale behavioral change projects for clients. He’s worked with Google, News Corp and Harley Davidson, among others. Sheahan speaks from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Download the brochure with the complete schedule of educational seminars and speakers here

–Ana Trujillo