July 14th, 2007 12:13 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Glenn Brandon Burke, Motivational Speaker
As a motivational speaker, Glenn shouldn`t be where he is today! Read his motivational stories and learn from his inspirational leadership training. Statistically speaking, Glenn should either be dead or in prison. Glenn made the choice to not be a victim of his circumstances. Instead, he overcame the adversity in his life and chose to succeed in the U.S. Military, College, Life and Career!
Now, a motivational speaker, he uses his past experiences to produce inspirational speeches as a keynote speaker for education, business, and the military (see "Presentations" for specifics.) As a professional speaker, he provides leadership training, personal development and business coaching all over the country.
Following the divorce of his parent`s, Glenn and school did not get along very well. He became the original juvenile delinquent. In the fifth grade he was suspended six times and in the sixth grade he was expelled. At the age of 14, he was arrested.
Once in high school, he attended for only three reasons. 1. Girls. 2. Sports. 3. To sell drugs. Glenn was asked " (euphemism for expelled) to leave school during his senior year along with his 1.2 GPA. Once completely out of high school, he felt the easiest way to make money in the real " world was to break the law. He continued this unlawful life style for the next several years.
Glenn received a phone call one day informing him one of his "colleagues" was shot to death about midnight the previous night in his home. What no one knew other than Glenn was that he was at his colleague`s house that fateful night until about 11:45 P.M. This is when Glenn realized he had been doing wrong and could`ve been dead or ended up in prison, and decided to change his life for the better!
At the age of 23, feeling he had nowhere else to go, Glenn joined the U.S. Military for a five-year enlistment. Nearing the end of his enlistment, and through the encouragement of his commanding officer (who saw something " in him), he decided to persue self improvement and registered for college once his contract ended with the military.
At the age of 28, Glenn walked on to his first college campus and attended his first college class. He completed his undergraduate degree in Communications in 36 months leaving the door of oppurtunity open to become a motivational speaker. All while going through a marriage, a divorce, his father`s death, and working full time.
Today, Glenn is a successful entrepreneur owning a multi-million dollar sales company (www.TheBurkeAdvantage.com) in Las Vegas, Nevada, an entertainment management firm representing international recording artist (www.DavidMichelangelo.com), is a contributing writer for Urban Avenue Magazine (www.UrbanAvenueMagazine.com), and is a former Board of Trustee for the Community Alliance to Reform Education (C.A.R.E.) in Clark County Nevada. Glenn also spent four-years as a very popular and well respected adjunct instructor with the Community College of Southern Nevada (www.CCSN.edu), teaching Communication 101 (AKA: Public Speaking).