Cooksey Connects Announces Logo Design Contest


The time has come to try something new, so I’m asking for your assistance. I’m putting up for grabs a CASH PRIZE for someone to design a new logo for CookseyConnects!

Here are some of the parameters for you to consider:
* Using the element of a carabiner, or other clever connecting device
* Something using the words: Cooksey Connects
* Keep in mind the various directions my firm provides services, including: Keynote Speeches, Event Emcee, Corporate Training, Personal Coaching
* Logo should also be easily convertible to Black & White version so it can be placed on promotional items, etc…

In addition to a $100 cash prize, the winning firm will also receive an exclusive posting on the CookseyConnects blog, an agreement to help promote your design company/services (Hey, if you’re not a design firm, I can just say cool things about you as I travel around the country), and other swag I’m working hard to gather (some of which will sport your fancy, winning logo).

I’m starting with YOU, Connectors! Let me see what you’ve got!



Are You Connected?


This past year has proven remarkable for Cooksey Connects. Following a Headquarters relocation to Houston, TX, business has exploded (in a good way)! In fact, my first engagements OUTSIDE THE FIFTY STATES have just been booked! To find out where they are, CLICK HERE.

As I continue to lead training workshops around the country, a growing number of people have been inquiring as to how they can Connect with me.  To make it easy, here are a few links:

Watch for even more updates coming over the next few weeks, including a NEW SECTION on Recommended Reads to keep your Success Library growing!

Remember, you cannot FORCE someone to follow you…but you can give them a REASON to call you a LEADER!


Oklahoma State, Samoa & a Los Angeles Taco Truck


It’s been said that some of the best friends we have in life are those with whom we experienced college.

It’s amazing to me how many divergent roads so many of my friends have taken since our days at Oklahoma State University.  For the most part, we’ve done pretty well.  We are the camp counselors, teachers, fire protection professionals, community leaders, bankers, attorneys, builders, architects, dentists ….basically, the “grown ups” we were studying to become during our collegiate years.  Of course, some of my friends have taken other paths.

One is currently circumnavigating the globe with a backpack of his possessions to share his faith…a far cry from the banking job where we first met just after college.

Another group of friends all wound up working for a technology company that went public during the dot-com craze, most of whom have continued on with other software firms in search of the next big thing…while another simply said “I’m going to take some time off”.

Last month in Los Angeles, somewhere off  Wilshire Boulevard near Koreatown, I found myself sharing some laughs, swapping stories and enjoying some amazing mexican pork goodness by the light of Tacos Juanita’s…a trailer quietly parked on the side of the road.  I was sitting with one of the most colorful characters of my residence hall floor, Dave…or to the fans of last fall’s “Survivor: Samoa“, Danger Dave!

I can’t remember a day of college where something hilarious didn’t fly out of Dave’s mouth, usually as he blasted past you on his red mountain bike (often while defiantly riding straight through the dormitory lobby and onto the elevator).  Here’s a guy who truly has decided to live his life (quite happily) doing what HE wants to do. Dave…I applaud you!

The next time you’re out of town on a business trip, or otherwise find yourself somewhere you usually aren’t…pick up the phone (you know…that texting maching attached to your hand can also place phone calls), send an email, reach out to an old friend.  Most likely, they will be glad to hear from you.  Best of all, there is no telling what they have been up to.