All posts by Alex Cequea

Running an Alternative Education System–With Steve Cooperman

steve-facilitate-open-space1What are the challenges of running an alternative educational system? And why do we need one in the first place? Steve Cooperman has been involved with alternative education since childhood. In this interview, he shares some of the challenges involved with structuring alternative learning environments and gives his insight into how he thinks we’re able to learn most efficiently. Continue reading Running an Alternative Education System–With Steve Cooperman

Turning Your Passion into a Career–With Yahya Bakkar

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I’m really excited about this interview! I’ve known Yahya Bakkar for a few years now. I met him in college, and watched as he dropped out of college, turned himself into a successful motivational speaker, and found his long-lost mom after 24 years–a story he chronicled as part of a documentary called The Secret of Destiny. Continue reading Turning Your Passion into a Career–With Yahya Bakkar

6 Lessons I Learned While Attempting a Guinness World Record

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On June 8th, 2013 (my 31st birthday), I attempted to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Speech Marathon. Crazy, I know. This record is not to be confused with longest non-stop speech, which would definitely have been harder. This record consisted of giving back-to-back presentations for almost 37 hours straight (with a 5-minute break after every hour). I beat the previous record by about 15-30 minutes, and as you can imagine, I learned a few things. From the first day of preparation to holding up my fist in the air as the clock struck 36 hours and 30 minutes, I got some surprising insights about communication, higher purpose, and the effectiveness of hot tea. Here’s what I learned. Continue reading 6 Lessons I Learned While Attempting a Guinness World Record

Better than Presents: Why I’m Starting a New Holiday Tradition

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The commercialism of the holiday season hit me particularly hard this year. Normally I just brush it off, but something about listening to the cheery holiday music while it’s simultaneously trying to get me excited about the latest deals just didn’t sit right. It’s emotional manipulation, and we all know it. When do we infuse our ritualistic gestures of appreciation with commercialism? Why do I have to buy to show that I care? I’m tired of it, and this year I’m doing something different. Continue reading Better than Presents: Why I’m Starting a New Holiday Tradition

How to Prepare for a Big Presentation

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If you’re like most people, you are terrified of speaking in public. I’ve learned that no matter how many times I speak, I get really nervous every single time. My heart starts racing, and I suddenly feel like going to the restroom every 30 seconds. According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health, 74% of people suffer from speech anxiety. Continue reading How to Prepare for a Big Presentation