Sunday, March 27, 2011
Laura Vikmanis, Oldest NFL Cheerleader, Gets Film
Mom, cheerleader, and now, inspiration for a major motion picture.
Couldn't resist this piece form the Huffington Post.
At 42 years old, Laura Vikmanis is the NFL's oldest cheerleader. A registered dietician, trainer and mom of teenagers who set her mind to making the squad and joined the Cincinnati Bengals' Ben-Gals squad in 2009, Vikmanis serves as a guide for her younger cheerleading teammates. If it sounds like a Hollywood film, well, it soon will be.
New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to Vikmanis' story, The Hollywood Reporter reports, with "Gnomeo and Juliet" writers Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg set to translate her life to a film script. It's a story that has already been documented in the national press.
“I was at a point in my life where I was like, ‘What do I really want to do? What’s something in my life that makes me happy?’ ” Vikmanis told her local Dayton Daily News in 2009. “I went to a couple games and saw the cheerleaders and thought that looked really, really fun.”
Still, no one thought she could make it, so when she made it to the final round of cuts in 2008, it inspired her to train for an entire year, making the team the next time around. READ MORE
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The birth of a new website is a pretty brilliant thing. Was lucky enough to be present when The Conversation went live yesterday, a new site that harvests the best research and ideas from around Australia's universities. (I'm doing a minor guest role during the launch phase.) Standing there waiting for the site to load is excruciating, stressful and brilliant all at once. All that work comes down to one moment.
And we're now live!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I was lucky enough to interview psychologist Sian Beilock this morning, she is an internationally renowned expert on brain science and performance, working out of the University of Chicago. She is the author of Choke, a very cool book that I am discussing in a feature for one of my clients on new breakthroughs in boosting performance in organisations. (Can't give you too many deets yet.) In her lab, she has intensely studied how people behave in stressful situations - giving speeches, sitting exams, going for that putt on the 18th hole etc. The great news is that there are really simple things you can do to improve performance. Simple things such as humming, writing down anxieties, preparing in different ways can stop that analysis paralysis that leads to sub-par performance. As a brain scientist, Beilock has the proof that these techniques work. Like so many around the world that are devouring her book, I will be incorporating her best strategies into my training (with full credit to Sian and her research team). It is refreshing to hear from Beilock.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
What if a journalist says 'we can talk off the record?' I get asked this all the time in media training sessions. There is no such thing. And it's not even just journalists that you need to watch your mouth around, anyone and everyone can be a newshound thanks to technology. Just ask designer John Galliano. The news has just broken overnight that the fashion house Christian Dior has begun proceedings to sack him for anti-Semitic comments he made in a Paris bar. (Do I need to say that this alleged behaviour is absolutely disgusting?) Galliano's behaviour was filmed in the Paris bar by patrons.
Dior said it had “immediately suspended relations” with Mr. Galliano and that it had “initiated dismissal procedures.” It cited the “particularly odious comments” contained in a video published Monday.
The video, posted on the Web site of the British tabloid The Sun, appears to show Mr. Galliano taunting other patrons at the bar, La Perle, declaring in a slurred voice that “I loveHitler” and that “people like you would be dead,” and “your mothers, your forefathers” would all be “gassed.” It was unclear when the video was recorded.
Late Monday, the actress Natalie Portman, who recently signed an endorsement deal with Dior for its Miss Dior Chérie perfume, strongly condemned Mr. Galliano. In a statement, she said: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”
Mr. Galliano was initially questioned by the police last Thursday after a separate incident at the bar, in the Marais district of Paris. He was accused by two other clients of making an anti-Semitic slur.
Mr. Galliano was suspended Friday by Dior. The fashion house, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, cited its “unequivocal zero-tolerance policy regarding anti-Semitism and racism” after the initial incident was reported.
A police spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday, except to say that witnesses, including Mr. Galliano, had been questioned again Monday and then released. She referred all questions to the Paris prosecutor, who did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
According to French media reports, the police questioned the owner of La Perle, which Mr. Galliano frequents, the bar’s security staff and other clients.
Mr. Galliano’s lawyer, Stéphane Zerbib, was not available for comment Tuesday. He has previously contested the accusations of anti-Semitism against his client. READ THE FULL REPORT: New York Times