Karl Mecklenburg will "Elevate Your Mind"
Grand County Library District
Grand County, CO Colorado
John Kacik, Grand County resident and newly elected president of the Grand County Library District (GCLD) Board of Trustees recently saw him.
“He was just a huge man. He was in ski clothes in Safeway with two young boys,” Kacik said. “Suddenly, I knew. It’s Karl Mecklenburg!”
Soon, we’ll all have a chance to know Karl. Yes, that’s what he has asked us to call him.
Karl has agreed to be the third speaker in Grand County Library District’s Community Speakers Series “Elevate Your Mind” series.
“My family and I love Grand County. If we could tie in a book-signing and do it before Christmas, I would reduce my fee significantly,” Karl said. “I don’t use a PowerPoint – I’m a story teller. I understand that I must entertain in order to effectively teach.
“I entertain in a way that touches my audience where they live: at work, in their relationships, and through their emotions,” he added. “My audience laughs and leaves the presentation reaffirmed that they determine their own futures, and that they will be successful as a team.”
Karl Mecklenburg walked-on to his college football team and went on to make six Pro Bowl appearances and three Super Bowl appearances for the Denver Broncos. Since retiring from the National Football League (NFL), Karl was recently enshrined in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
These honors came his way because he was among the most versatile players in pro football. He was able to play all seven defensive front positions in the course of a single game. According to Karl’s Facebook, “He approaches his speaking career with the same intelligence, passion, and intensity that punctuated his great football career.”
This year, Karl wrote a book “Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families.” According to the publisher, Karl writes about using the success lessons of football in all aspects of life. The book offers young athletes and their families inspirational advice about how to dream, achieve, and overcome obstacles on their way to success.
Mecklenburg’s writing style is candid and anecdotal. According to John Elway, “Heart of a Student Athlete” not only gives great advice to young athletes, families, and coaches trying to get the most of their sports experiences, “it also tells some of the untold stories of our 1980s championship teams.”
Karl tells us that the theme of his speech will be “Six Keys to Success.” His six keys are teamwork, courage, honesty and forgiveness, desire, dedication, and goal-setting.
Karl uses his own six keys to get kudos like this one from Regis University. “What sets Karl apart from other professionals in the speaking industry is that he is in that select group of presenters who immediately resonate with an audience as authentically genuine. He’s able to convey his passion for impacting others and making a difference in their lives.” The Steamboat Springs Chamber has this to say, “Karl’s advice for thriving during tough economic times struck a chord with attendees and many reached out to him to ask him to speak to their staff. His integrity shines through and influences everyone in a positive way.” The Governor’s Conference on Tourism draws celebrity speakers and performers every year. They have seen the likes of Depak Chopra, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Tommy LaSorda and Reggie Jackson. Yet the organizer has this to say about Karl Mecklenburg, “In my line of business, I get to see, meet and hear some of the greatest in the world, but it is your message that I carry home to my kids and share with my co-workers. Your message is upbeat and positive.”
When asked Karl what his definition of bad weather would be in case of a possible bad weather cancellation, Karl’s response was, “The pass is closed works for me. I grew up in Minnesota where my dad taught me how to drive on the ice by taking me out on a frozen lake. Winter driving isn’t a problem for me.”
It sounds like there isn’t much that creates a problem for Karl Mecklenburg. He approaches his commitments and his speaking engagements in the same way he approached football in the NFL: with effort, intelligence and passion. Join us for an evening that promises to be brimming with enthusiasm and to “Elevate Your Mind.”
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