'Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior' to speak to stu­dents

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Hoan Do will be speak­ing at the Ge­or­gia FFA-FCCLA Cen­ter on Sept. 18 and 19.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing a city fi­nal­ist in this sea­son of NBC’s hit show, "Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior," Do, 29, has trav­eled to ev­ery cor­ner of the United States — and parts of Canada — on a mis­sion to pro­vide stu­dents with prac­ti­cal strate­gies to suc­ceed in school and in life.

He takes ab­stract life lessons and makes them real through cre­ative metaphors and analo­gies, liken­ing at­ti­tude ad­just­ments to “chang­ing the ra­dio sta­tion.”

“Some­times your big­gest break­downs in life can pro­vide you with your big­gest break­throughs in life,” Do says. “It’s not about be­ing pos­i­tive all the time; it’s about hav­ing the right at­ti­tude.”

After grad­u­at­ing from Pep­per­dine Univer­sity in 2007, Do beat out can­di­dates who were con­sid­er­ably older and vastly more ex­pe­ri­enced than him to work with the top per­sonal de­vel­op­ment company in the world.

As a na­tional speaker and cor­po­rate trainer, he con­ducted ses­sions for dis­tin­guished au­di­ences that in­cluded: Cen­tury 21, Bank of Amer­ica, Honda, Toy­ota, UBS Fi­nan­cial, Cham­bers of Com­merce and the U.S. Army.

“Hoan Do is con­sis­tent- ly one of the most popular speak­ers at our Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Stu­dent Lead­er­ship,” Susan Li­imatta of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Stu­dent Lead­er­ship said.

“Out of all the speak­ers that I have heard, what makes Hoan unique is his abil­ity to con­nect with the stu­dents. Hoan is gen­uine, re­lat­able, and truly un­der­stands what stu­dents are go­ing through,” Bruce Au­gust Jr., Univer­sity of Texas at Dal­las, said.

Hoan is also the au­thor of "Suc­ceed­ing in the Real World: What School Won’t Teach You," was rec­og­nized as the Best Youth Men­tor by the In­ter­na­tional Ex­am­iner and is a re­cip­i­ent of the Ver­i­zon Wire­less Mo­ti­va­tor Award.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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