Sports Broadcaster, Motocross and Supercross Champion
Q. What in your life brought you to the realization that you wanted to improve your voice?
A. Ever since I can remember, since I was a little boy, I had a really bad stutter/stammer. My earliest memories of speaking were of difficulty and embarrassment. And I was offered speech lessons throughout grade school and junior high but never really experienced any gains. Nothing seemed to work. At one point there was even a doctor that said that there was an overgrowth, a little bit of flesh under my tongue that needed to be cut out. And I went through the pain of having that done. I was probably 12. That was not a very good experience. And, so, I just learned to deal with it but never really fixed it. At the end of my racing career, Kawasaki, who I was riding for at the time, was doing Immediate Training Day, and it was something that we would do yearly. And on this particular day there was a new individual that was brought into the fold. There were 16 athletes, and there was this individual by the name of Arthur Joseph. I felt like, “Whoa, this guy is not like anybody that we usually work with. There’s something different here.” I enjoyed working with him that day, and then, within a couple of days or a week, Kawasaki decided that if I was interested, they would pay for my training with Arthur. And right away, there was something I was open to because I felt there was a spark. There was something special about working with this individual. Unfortunately, my relationship with Kawasaki ended within a month or so after that. And, so, the relationship with Arthur ended. And, eventually, my racing career ended shortly after that. A couple of years later, I was offered a position to join the Super Cross broadcast as a pit reporter, an analysis-type thing. And Arthur was the first call I made. So that ran for about six months. We worked together a little bit, and then, in late 2006, I made the commitment to become the Color Analyst for the Supercross/Motocross broadcasts, and from then on, it was a full commitment with Arthur.
And that’s when things really started to change for me.
Q. Do you recall a moment when you felt a shift or even a breakthrough because of your Work with Arthur and/or Vocal Awareness?
A. I believe it has always been a work-in-progress. That it is one of those journeys that you are on, but you never really reach the destination. The work that we do together has been something that always needs to be refreshed, to be conscious—something that I always need to be reminded of. I’m a person that has a lot of thoughts going through my head, a Type A personality, go and go and go. And I cannot express how much I enjoy working with Arthur.
I wish that I could wake up every day, spend 30 minutes on a Skype call with him and, then get going. Because he has been such an important person to me—and not only for developing my skills as a broadcaster and owning that position within my sport. Working the Vocal Awareness program and working with Arthur, doesn’t just change what you say and how you say it, it changes who you are. And that is to me the most impressive aspect of the Work that we’ve done together. He is one of those individuals, of which there are very few in the world, who helps you see the best in yourself, always seeing the best part of you that maybe you don’t see because we are always our own worst critic. Arthur is there, that voice that gives you the confidence that it takes to be your best.
Q. What has been the biggest benefit thus far from your practice of Vocal Awareness?
A. The biggest benefit is that it is helping me, not only to empower my voice—the message and the messenger—but helping me see the best in myself. The stuttering, I feel, is something that will always be there and that I constantly have to put myself in Vocal Awareness to conquer, to suppress.
And I can rely on the techniques that I’ve learned: being conscious, slowing down, all the specific things that I need to help me keep that suppressed so that it doesn’t rear its ugly face. Arthur did a great job of making the Work that we do together personal for me. Not, “Okay, well, this is what somebody else did,” but, “This is your deal.” In the work that Arthur and I have done together, the key word that we’ve always used is “champion.” And so, he always would ask me: The word “champion,” what does that mean to you? What sort of work ethic does a champion have? And what was interesting is that we brought it back to my racing career.
He said: Okay, when you achieved the championship that year, what are the things that you did to achieve that? What were the acts? What was the work ethic, the dedication, the blah, blah, blah—all of these things. And, so, what I found is that, if I have the mindset of a champion and if I apply that to my broadcasting, that there are these categories that are the same, the exact same, and it’s the key to success.