North Wood

North Wood

 

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Contact: (323) 255-6626
E-Mail: npwood@earthlink.net
Website: north-wood.com
Availability: S. California; Nationwide

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Topics: Personal Development, Creativity, Change, Education, Goal Setting, Motivational, Success, Talent, Heart Health, Inspirational

Titles: Award-Winning Violinist, Motivational Speaker

Areas: S. California; Nationwide

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If you’re looking for a unique presentation that combines amazing music with an inspirational message, award winning violinist and motivational speaker North Wood delivers both with ease as he shows how to discover your talent and take it into the world. 

In a Nutshell

Is talent a special gift or a state of mind that you can develop? There’s logic and reason behind the brilliance of great talents and success,” says award-winning violinist North Wood, who’s performed and recorded with Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Ray Charles and many other musical legends. In addition to his stellar musical credits, North has worked as a certified clinical hypnotherapist, and his riveting talk shows how you can tap your hidden talents and live the fulfilling life you deserve. “Once you understand the state of mind and level of awareness of people who are successful, the mystery of talent disappears and you can rise to whatever level you want,” says North, who regales his audience with world-class violin playing to illustrate his points.

If you’re looking for a unique presentation that combines amazing music with an inspirational message, North Wood delivers both with ease as he shows how to find your inborn talent, take it into the world, and what to expect on the journey. Afraid to take the risk of doing what you love? You’ll learn how to deal with failure and how to persevere. “Many people give up too soon because they’re not prepared for disappointment,” says North, “but as a professional violinist for over thirty years, I know the failures and disappointments on the road to success.” You’ll learn what techniques work best to overcome fear of failure as you recognize that ‘talent’ is made up of many factors, including confidence, creativity, leadership, vision and inspiration.  

Of course, live music is a major part of all Wood’s presentations. He performs it to illustrate his points, and audiences are treated to flashy showpieces and a beautiful melodic selection as a finale. The classical music element of North Wood’s talks is perfect for banquets, breakfasts and luncheons, as your audience is treated to music while they enter, get seated, dine and converse. (All music is free of charge and complete with accompaniment.) So get set to enjoy some great music as you learn how to release and develop your own creativity!

Takeaway
You’ll leave North’s entertaining talk knowing how to nurture and express your talent and conquer fear of failure once and for all. And you’ll know the life-changing difference between “doing the best you can” and “doing whatever it takes.”

Fast Facts

  • North Wood has performed on the soundtracks to over two hundred major motion pictures including Schindler’s List, A Few Good Men, Mrs. Doubtfire, Star Trek, Home Alone, Addams Family, City Slickers, The Green Mile, Maverick, Pay It Forward, The River Wild, Ace Ventura, and The Simpsons, and has performed with nationally recognized major music ensembles.
  • He’s worked with world famous Grammy Award-winning talents including Barbra Streisand, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, Patti Austin, Herb Alpert, Kristin Chenoweth, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Randy Newman, Toni Braxton, Marvin Hamlisch and many more.
  • North has performed as concertmaster under acclaimed composer John Williams and on the soundtracks of Academy Award-winning movies.
  • He’s given presentations to major corporations, colleges, associations and organizations throughout the country, including Kaiser Permanente, TRW, New York Life, Century 21, and the National School Boards Association, and he’s hosted his own TV show which dealt with the nature of talent and achievement.

Your audience will explore…

  • The mystery of talent: What talent is and how you can develop it
  • Knowing the difference between “doing the best you can” and “doing whatever it takes”
  • The inner world of the child prodigy and how it applies to you
  • Creativity—there’s always some way around a problem
  • Levels of awareness—the secret building blocks of talent and success
  • The power of objectivity: Finding a clear path to your goals and knowing what it will take to achieve them
  • Finding joy in hard work and commitment
  • Vision: Why the completed vision must come first
  • The Laws of Personal Change and talent: How not to give up too soon
  • Developing a strong sense of confidence  

Why North Wood is unique
As both a personal development and motivational speaker, as well as an award-winning violinist, North punctuates his presentations with his exquisite violin playing to illustrate his points—and ends with a moving and exciting finale! He also performs while the audience is entering and being seated, a unique touch that makes his presentations memorable long after the event.

What people are saying…
“Your presentation was AWESOME!! A month plus later I’m still hearing from everyone how much they loved your talk and performance. I loved that you stayed after the luncheon Q&A and played for us. It was absolutely WONDERFUL!!! I don’t know how else to express what an impact you had on our Town Hall, but thank you, thank you, thank you!!! It doesn’t get much better than this!”
– Rebecca Henderson, Meeting Planner, Town Hall Speaker Series

Books by North Wood: How to See Beauty in Life 

Best-fit Audiences

  • Conferences, Conventions, Trade Shows
  • Expos, Fairs, Retreats
  • Corporations, Non-Profits
  • Parties, Events of all types
  • CEOs, Executive Managers, HR Professionals
  • Team Leaders, Sales Reps
  • Business & Civic Groups
  • Seniors, Retirees
  • Community Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, Schools, Youth Groups
  • Parents, Educators
  • Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Small Offices
  • Therapists, Psychologists, Counselors and Coaches
  • Women’s Groups, Career Women
  • Churches, Synagogues, Religious Groups
  • Libraries, Museums
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Hospitality Organizations, Restaurant Associations
  • Health Care Groups, Hospitals, Medical Offices
  • Health Workers, Healers, Caretakers, Cancer Survivors
  • Nursing Programs, Medical Centers
  • Realtors, Real Estate Associations, Property Owners

Keynote presentations

Offered as keynotes, breakouts, seminars or workshops, retreats, trainings and webinars, and customized for your group. North Wood is also available as a panel guest or moderator. All speaking engagements include instructional material for techniques and live musical examples and performances.

Solving the Mystery of Talent

Talent simply means the ability to do something very well very quickly and is made up of many different qualities and skills.  This 1-1/2 hour keynote is my most popular, as it includes the best elements of all my programs. This presentation will teach you the skills of visualization, the art of objectivity, the nature of change— and more! All of these techniques are customized to help you find success in whatever you wish to accomplish. You will also learn practical approaches for applying these principles in everyday life, along with handouts and question and answer sessions. This presentation is also highly entertaining, as musical examples are performed throughout the keynote to illustrate points and ideas. All presentations end with an exciting and moving musical finale complete with accompaniment.

Healthcare Associations: Why You Do the Greatest Work in the World

Healthcare workers do the greatest work in the world. This presentation will remind the attendees of how important their work is and how to stay positive in very difficult working environments. At the age of 27, I almost died of a bacterial infection. I ended up having open heart surgery and months of rehab. I speak about this experience through storytelling and music and tell of the vital importance the nurses, staff and caregivers had in my recovery and in my life. This presentation is guaranteed to make the attendees feel very good about themselves and what they do. Music is performed throughout the talk to illustrate points and ideas and the presentation ends with an exciting and moving finale. Go to www.north-wood.com for more information.

Talent and The Laws of Personal Change

Talented people understand the laws of personal change. Change is one of most difficult things you will ever do. On the road to any goal there must be constant changes and adjustments if success is to be attained. Unfortunately most people are not prepared for the difficulties of change and therefore give up too soon. This program will make you aware of the importance of change, give you the powerful techniques that will teach you how to make a change, and give you a complete understanding of what difficulties to expect while making a change. The only thing that will make change easier is to be prepared and to know what kind of armor to wear into battle.

Talent and Creating the Vision

One of the most important qualities talented people possess is visualization.  Visualization is not something we learn how to do—it’s something we do all the time.  You cannot execute the smallest task without it being a thought first. Everything we do in life is a thought first, therefore all we do throughout our lives is visualize. In this program I will take this natural event and explain how to use it as a skill so it can be practiced on a daily basis. All great talents use visualization.

Talent and Developing a Strong Sense of Confidence

Confidence is knowing, not convincing. This program will help you overcome fears, blocks and denial and put you on the right track to self sufficiency.

Talent and Leadership

The job of a concertmaster is to lead the violin section to play together, play in tune and to follow phrasings and bowings. As a leader of many professional violin sections, I believe I have learned the secrets of gaining people’s trust, which in turn allows me to lead them. This program will help you understand how to walk the thin line between showing strength and being abusive. The bottom line is that you will get the best results if people like you and trust you. Through storytelling and musical examples, I’ll help you learn how to get your employees to trust you and follow you without the need for force or anger. The trick is knowing how to accomplish this, and I’ll show you the simple secrets.

The Difference Between “Doing the Best You Can” and “Doing Whatever it Takes”

You cannot change a truth, you can only change a belief. This talk will convince you that you have the freedom to choose any belief you desire that will help you reach your goal. This inspiring program will make you aware of beliefs and philosophies that may not be working for you anymore. As we go through life, we choose beliefs that suit us for that particular time. We then see ourselves and our world through the eyes of those beliefs.  The problem occurs when we refuse to let go of old beliefs because we think our beliefs are truths. This talk shows how to let go of beliefs that no longer serve you and choose the ones that cause your dreams and goals to materialize.

The Inner World of the Child Prodigy

This insightful presentation will prove that, contrary to most beliefs, talent and genius are not inexplicable phenomena. Genius is a quality, a state of mind and a connection with self that is accessible to anyone who is willing to understand the principals involved. You’ll learn how to tap the genius that resides in you so you can express and share your talents.

Meet North Wood…

As a celebrated violinist, North Wood has won music competitions, played on the soundtracks of Academy Award-winning movies, including Schindler’s List, A Few Good Men, Mrs. Doubtfire, Star Trek, Home Alone, Addams Family, City Slickers, The Green Mile, Maverick, Pay It Forward, The River Wild, Ace Ventura, and The Simpsons and has performed major violin concertos with noted symphony orchestras. He has worked with world-famous talents such as Barbra Streisand, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Itzhak Perlman, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones and Placido Domingo, and he has performed as concertmaster under acclaimed composer John Williams.

At the age of 23, North won the concertmaster position (1st chair) of the YMF Debut Orchestra conducted by world-renowned conductor and motion picture composer, Lalo Schifrin. This honor placed him in the upper echelon of top college level instrumentalists in the western U.S. Since then he has won competitions, performed major violin concertos with symphony orchestras, and performed and recorded with Grammy Award-winning artists and on the soundtracks of Academy Award-winning movies and over two hundred major motion pictures. 

North has given presentations to major corporations, colleges, associations, and organizations throughout the country, including TRW, New York Life, Century 21, Kaiser Permanente, Litton Aero Products, California Association of Realtors, Association of Legal Administrators, Murad, Association of California Nurse Leaders, Florida Health Care Association, and the National School Boards Association, and he hosted his own TV show which dealt with the nature of talent and achievement. North Wood is a member of eight major speakers bureaus, and his presentations are always customized to fit your group’s needs.

What people are saying…

“Your keynote and subsequent breakout session was truly the highlight of the day. Our attendees absolutely loved your presentation and your wonderful ability to blend music with such an important message. They truly walked away with the knowledge that they really DO the greatest work in the world. Opening the morning with your warm-up session was a brilliant idea. It welcomed them into the room with such beauty and grace that it set the stage for the entire day. We have had such positive, warm, wonderful and verbal feedback from our attendees, we cannot wait until the online evaluations are completed. Please accept our deepest thanks for a wonderful Conference!”
– Cheryl Ann Widmire, Project Manager, Kaiser Permanente Nursing Symposium

“I cannot say enough about North Wood. He is knowledgeable in many different areas of personal development and is skillful in applying them. Yet far more significant are his spirit, energy and enormous faith in himself and in the potential of others. I heartily recommend North Wood to all those seeking motivation in developing their true potential and creating a better life for themselves.”
– Oswaldo Molina, Century 21

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderful keynote during our Circle of Excellence Awards Luncheon at the Florida Health Care Association’s Annual Conference! Your keynote, “The Joy of Hard Work and Commitment,” delivered exactly the message our members needed to hear and your beautiful violin music added just the touch of elegance that fit perfectly with our theme, “A Celebration of Caregiving.” You are a true professional and a joy to work with! Again, thank you so much for your contribution to our very successful conference.”
– Cathy Westberry, Director of Event Planning, Florida Health Care Association

“It has been wonderful to have you at the Alabama Governor’s Conference. Your presentation and the music at the awards banquet were both delightful additions to our agenda. Thank you so much for adding to the tremendous success of our conference this year! It was a true pleasure to work with such a true professional. Your session was greatly appreciated! The critiques were a testimonial to that! We appreciate you going above and beyond the call of duty to make this conference our best yet!”
– Patti Culp, CAE, Morgan, JoAnn, Cynthia and Dawn, Alabama Travel Council Governor’s Conference

“We recently had the privilege of having North Wood out to our April 21-22 conference. North came to us as our keynote speaker and was one of the best openers we’ve had in years. He spoke to us about finding our talents, utilizing his violin and experiences to engage the attendees and provide them with new and useful ways of finding their abilities. We were truly pleased from the responses we received. If there are future events we recommend that North be a part of those events. We have received nothing but compliments. It was a true pleasure.”
– Vicki Delgado, President, New Mexico Health Information Management Association

“Your presentation was AWESOME!! A month plus later I’m still hearing from everyone how much they loved your talk and performance. I loved that you stayed after the luncheon Q&A and played for us. It was absolutely WONDERFUL!!! I don’t know how else to express what an impact you had on our Town Hall, but thank you, thank you, thank you!!! It doesn’t get much better than this!”
– Rebecca Henderson, Meeting Planner, Town Hall Speaker Series

“Thank you North. The program was exactly as I had envisioned! Some of the feedback was that your message was very inspirational and all enjoyed the wonderful music. Thank you so much for such a memorable program. I have been playing your CD in my office, and it is wonderful. This was clearly one of my favorite events all year.”
– Jean Jewell, President, Association of Legal Administrators

Books by North Wood…

How to See Beauty in Life

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