Saturday, November 10, 2012

October 2012 (news)

South Florida's WAY-FM

West Palm Beach, Florida - Patrick spoke on 88.1 Way-FM about overcoming tragedy and the role of faith in his recovery. Patrick was interviewed by host Danielle Madsen and spoke at length about his strategies to move forward with his life after the shooting and being in a coma. Check back soon for a link to the radio interview.

Breaking News: Patrick has started a new program through Blessed to Survive where he donates his book to people who have suffered tragedy and to organizations that help people in tragedy. After reading about tragic shootings around the country, Patrick has sent a copy of his book: Blessed to Survive - The Thanksgiving Day Massacre to victims in order to help them gain perspective on their catastrophe. He has also donated boxes of books to hospital ICU's, churches, charities and civic groups both in the United States and abroad. To request a book donation, please visit the Blessed to Survive website and submit your request through the contact form there.  Visit

Monday, October 22, 2012

September 2012 (news)

British Columbia, Canada - Patrick spoke at the JCI Canada National Convention held at the Kimberly Ski Lodge in the Kootenoys. High in the mountains, the theme of the conference was "Climbing to the Top". On Thursday morning, Patrick presented the seminar: Painting with Passion - The Effective Use of Words to about 120 participants. During Friday's lunch, Patrick was the keynote speaker for the entire conference speaking to a packed house as he talked about his tragedy and overcoming adversity. Book sales were brisk after the key note. During his time in Canada, Patrick got a chance to hike to the top of a mountain and kayak in the white waters.

Friday, August 31, 2012

August 2012 (news)

Breaking News:  On August 25, 2012, Patrick released his book called Blessed to Survive - The Thanksgiving Day Massacre. The book is a true story of survival stemming from one of the most horrific tragedies in South Florida, which occurred on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Patrick was shot during the shooting incident and endured a three month coma, after which, he had to learn how to talk, walk, write, tie his shoes, brush his teeth - everything, like a baby. The book will be available exclusively from the book website for six months to accommodate those people who wanted signed copies of the book. After that, it will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retail outlets.

To order the book, visit the book website:

To see photos of the recovery, visit the Facebook page for the book:

To follow Patrick's new blog showcasing inspirational stories of people who have overcome adversity, visit this site:

July 2012 news

Des Moines, Iowa - Patrick conducted several training seminars at the USJC National Leadership Conference in Des Moines. The conference drew delegates from all over the United States. Patrick conducted a networking workshop on Friday teaching how to build relationships in your network rather than just create contacts. On Saturday morning, he gave a key note seminar for about 200 participants called: "Do You Want to Get Lucky? (How to Create Your Own Opportunities)".  Saturday afternoon, Patrick conducted a smaller seminar called "Painting With Passion" teaching people how to paint a picture with words and then how to find their own passion when they speak.

Monday, July 2, 2012

June 2012 (news)

Braunschweig, Germany - At the European Leadership Conference, Patrick presented the seminar Painting with Passion . . . the Effective Use of Words. Young leaders from across Europe attended the seminar and learned how to use words to create mental images and experiences in the minds of the listener. Participants also watched videos of various speakers and learned how to harness their own passion when speaking to others.

May 2012 (news)

Fargo, North Dakota - Patrick traveled to Fargo to be a keynote trainer at the North Dakota Supreme Court Clerk of Courts Conference. Patrick presented the seminar: Design the Future - Lateral Thinking for the Creative Leader. Court Clerks from all over North Dakota attending the conference. Patrick provided tips and techniques for creative leadership and problem solving.

Friday, May 4, 2012

March / April 2012 (news)

Breaking News: Patrick has taken off two months from speaking to finish his newest book: Blessed to Survive - The Thanksgiving Day Massacre.  The book is in the final edit stages and should be due out this summer. 

February 2012 (news)

Books/manuals: Patrick has authored two new e-books for trainers that are available for free. The first book is geared toward JCI trainers but would be useful for any international trainer. It provides a background of knowledge for a seasoned trainer and then offers tips and techniques gleaned from trainers around the world. It is called Teach, Coach, Train! and it can be downloaded here:

Patrick has also produced a manual of stories from experienced and high-level JCI trainers from around the world regarding their experiences as a trainer. It is a must-read for any up-and-coming trainer who is ready to explode on the international stage. There are more than 30 stories from trainers in the United States, South America. Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is called: Caring and Sharing: Stories of JCI Trainers and this e-book can be downloaded here:

January 2012 (news)

Miami, Florida - Patrick presented a seminar at UA Insurance Company concerning bad faith and insurance claims. Patrick taught a group of adjusters how to avoid the pitfalls of bad faith claims, including claims where a claimant attorney is trying to set up the insurance company.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

December 2011 (news)

Florence, Kentucky - On December 3, 2011, Patrick spoke at a prayer breakfast in Kentucky that was organized as a thank-you for all local clergy in northern Kentucky. Clergy from different churches of different denominations attended the prayer breakfast along with local citizens interested in hearing Patrick's story. He talked about Overcoming Tragedy and the Role of Faith to about 150 people. The event was hosted by the Boone County Jaycees.

On-line training: On December 18, 2011, Patrick held an on-line training for new training commissioners regarding the certification of international trainers, standards to use for certification and policies/values that need to be used in the process. Participants were from the United States, Suriname, India, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, France, Belgium, Colombia, Netherlands.