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Nexstar Network Leads Members to Breakthroughs at Annual Meeting


ATLANTA — At Nexstar Network's 2016 Owners Spotlight meeting, the focus was on changing belief and overcoming personal limits in leadership. At "Leadership Unleashed: Smashing Your Personal Limits," Nexstar members made breakthroughs they will take with them for a lifetime March 23-24 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

In the morning on March 23, David Rendall, author of "The Freak Factor," asked members to lean in to what makes them different, because what makes them weird also makes them wonderful and what makes them weak also makes them strong. He spun the idea of negative and positive personality traits, asking the crowd to think of them as simply traits. The way we perceive them is what matters.

Motivational speaker Les Brown closed the first day of the meeting by having the audience set three goals: a personal goal, a financial goal and a goal for social contribution. Les shared his story of being labeled cognitively disabled as a child, and the teacher who asked him to challenge that label and become more than that.

"In order to do something you've never done, you've got to become someone you've never been," he said. "Become a no-matter-what person. There's nothing as powerful as a made-up mind."

Bob Gates, owner of Alpine Climate Control in Sheridan, WY, has been a Nexstar member since 1999. This Owners Spotlight was the first event he had been to in a while, and he said got many takeaways on the first day.

"I learned to optimize what I'm good at and find strength in what I'm not," he said. "I'm always impressed with the quality of events Nexstar puts on."

Adventure racer and firefighter Robyn Benincasa kicked off the second day of the meeting, March 24, with a tour around the world: She shared stories of her challenges with adventure racing teammates to illustrate how these can be applied in everyday life.

She graciously allowed Nexstar to include pages from her upcoming, not-yet-released book in the meeting workbook, so members were able to take the ideas from her speech and immediately apply them to themselves and the teams in their businesses. They used the included evaluation to rate where their teams are now and how they can be improved.
Expert trainer Rod Hairston took the event home. He told members that to change, they would have to step outside of their comfort zones-they would have to consciously decide to take their beliefs to the next level. They would have to learn to get into a state of fight, rather than flight.

And then, the wooden boards came out. Rod led the crowd in an exercise meant to solidify the mental work that had been done over the past two days by breaking through an obstacle-literally. Every member in attendance broke through a board with his or her bare hand, to the uproarious cheering of their peers and the Nexstar staff.

Cindy Gibbs, office manager at Randy's Electric in Maple Grove, Minnesota, found the experience to be outstanding, especially in that it involved everyone.

"I wanted to escape and not make a fool of myself, but I went through with it," she said. ""The beauty of it is, we're all in the same spot."

The Owners Spotlight crowd was honored with an introduction to three Troops to Trades scholarship winners: James James, Ryan Smeltz and Theronda Bruce. They spoke about how winning the scholarships changed their lives and careers for the better. Theronda has not been hired yet, but when Keith Mercurio asked the crowd who would like to have her as an employee, several members jumped out of their seats to volunteer.

Thanks to the generosity of Nexstar members, the Nexstar Legacy Foundation was also able to raise more than $20,000 during the two days of the meeting.

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