Professor Perry Binder's Motivating Tips for College Success
Saturday, February 15, 2014
From the Dorm to Lake Placid to Sochi
This article appears in The Huffington Post:
I like your hat, Bill offered mischievously to the middle-aged Russian man. The man kept walking with a deliberate gait. Trade you my Vikings football cap, Bill tries, with the tact of a paparazzo in the Olympic Village. The Russian gentleman stopped and looked at Bill. Then at me, wrapped in a parka the size of the Hindenburg. Nyet, the man delivered stoic faced, as he disappeared amidst the snow flurries.
This was the beginning of my trip to Lake Placid. It was a safe bet that Bill and I were not destined to be good will ambassadors for these Games.
We left for Lake Placid from our Binghamton University dormitory at 2:00 a.m., to a mock chorus of God Bless America from the less than enlightened frat boys. About forty pioneers boarded a charter bus for the one day, 14-hour roundtrip journey from Vestal, New York. As we pulled away from campus, my thoughts wandered back to Franz Klammer's downhill run in 1976 at Innsbruck, and to the ice-cold keg of beer in the back of bus -- courtesy of those more than enlightened frat boys.
Headline - Monday, February 18, 1980 - Bus waits may last throughout Games For the sixth day in a row, spectators were forced to wait for more than an hour-and-a-half at some venues sites.
Headline - Many treated for frostbite (UPI) A bitter wind from the Northwest ... plunged the 'chill factor' to minus 40 (F and C).
When the bus arrived at 9:00a.m., the first thing I wanted to do was see the Olympic torch and get in touch with all the good that it represents. The silver cauldron was perched about 100 feet above the snowdrifts. The base of the structure was a very unassuming platform from which the torch was first lit. After the lighting, the cauldron traveled up to its resting place along a track supported by two thin white beams, one on each side of the track. Access to the torch was permitted, as Bill took a picture of me on the platform. I posed with both arms raised in victory celebration form.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has not tried something new. - Albert Einstein
Seven years of college down the drain.
- Bluto, in the movie Animal House
In 99 Motivators™ for College Success, Perry Binder is one part professor, one part career mentor, and one part classroom cheerleader. His Motivators, insightful stories, and takeaways are presented in bite-sized tips and quotes on college success in class, in career choices, and in life. Perry gives away all of his teaching secrets, including advice on how to study for multiple choice exams and how to write model essay exam answers.
Perry Binder is an attorney, an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Georgia State University, and the author of several law articles and books. His seminars and keynotes for companies, law firms, colleges, and organizations are described as "hilarious, enthusiastic, and practical." Perry received the Teaching Excellence Award, MBA Crystal Apple Award, and Service Excellence Award, in 2005, 2008, and 2011 respectively, from GSU's Robinson College of Business. Years earlier, he litigated complex business cases in Miami, and received the Dade County Bar Association's Pro Bono Award, for service to individuals unable to afford legal counsel.
Perry is a member of The Florida Bar and the National Speakers Association. He is a former radio talk show host who is frequently quoted in the media, including USA Today, The New York Times, and ESPN Classic.
FEAR-FOCUS-PASSION: USING YOUR PERSONAL OBSTACLES TO FUEL CAREER SUCCESS
Perry teaches participants how his harrowing events at ages 15 (Fear) and 21 (Focus) prepared him for his career direction at 27. (Passion) Using examples from his new book, 99 Motivators for College Success, Perry demonstrates how to use fear, focus, and passion as the fuel to drive career decisions.
99 MOTIVATORS FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM
- For students Perry applies 99 Motivators for College Success to teach college or high school students how to succeed in the college classroom. His unconventional tips include how to study for multiple choice exams and how to write model essay exam answers.
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