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Once upon a time, long before I wrote and produced for a major label artist; before I saw my songs climb the Billboard and UK top music charts; before the PHD, and before running my own entrepreneurial business, I was just a kid with a music dream in a far-away, war-torn African refugee camp.
I remember bombs falling all around us, screams everywhere, people running for shelter. And I remember my mother holding me tight and singing into my ears. And mostly, I remember that those songs were the healing and antidote to our fear and hunger. Her music made me HAPPY. Fast forward many years later, I moved to America, and found myself still turning to music for healing, happiness, and my antidote for fear. You see, in my dreams, music was America, so as Paul Simon once sang, “I walked off to look for America!”
My life’s first lesson was that HAPPINESS creates success, and not the other way around!
The first few years after I arrived in the USA, I lived in Minneapolis, and they were some of the most exciting years of my life. I had immigrated from Africa with only $100 to my name. And like any true musician, I couldn’t help but spend it all on my first guitar. But who cared if I was broke? I lived in Minneapolis, the land of Prince and Steven Greenberg’s Funkytown, and I was determined to become Pelè Kazir, a contributing member of that history-making music scene.
But it was never easy.
I worked hard, sold studio time, wrote and produced for anyone I could find, until I had my first really big break. It was a chance to work as a songwriter and producer with Steven Greenberg’s Funkytown studio. (Remember that song?) While I worked at Funkytown, I got a chance to produce Doc Severinson of NBC’s TONIGHT SHOW and Dennis Green, the Late head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. My next big opportunity was writing and producing on a major label for the legendary Alexander O’Neal, one of the pioneers of the ‘Minneapolis Sound’. My songs and production work on his album landed on the UK Top 40 and US Billboard Top 50 charts. I had finally achieved my biggest possible music industry dream…or so I thought!
And that’s when I discovered the ugly truth.
After all the hard work over the years in the music industry, and after even writing and producing for a major label and landing on the charts, I had no financial success from music whatsoever. I quickly started to realize that the music industry was actually stacked negatively against artists, songwriters and producers. We were just glorified ’employees’ to the big record label decision makers in Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York, and we never saw much of the money we thought we deserved.
Something was wrong with this picture, so I quit.
I walked away and I went back to school to follow in the educational footsteps of my late father—Dr. Frank—to earn an MBA and a PHD. Based on my graduate research, I wrote 4 books, all related to the topic of ‘NARRATIVE AS INFLUENCE’. What I didn’t realize back then was that I had been learning and uncovering the SECRETS that today’s most successful online entrepreneurs were using to make MILLIONS of dollars each year!
At the time, I didn’t fully understand how to leverage my research, so I became a motivational speaker, and went to work for Les Brown, one of the world’s greatest motivational speakers. I even became the Toastmasters District 6 Champion of Public Speaking for the region of Midwest USA and Canada.
Yet again, I found out that despite all my hard work as a motivational speaker, I wasn’t making any money! So after those initial adventures, I went off and got several jobs in the corporate world as a software developer, VP of HR, and later as a Vice President of Product Marketing. Now I was finally making the six figures I’d dreamed of, but something else was wrong with that picture…I was terribly unhappy. The musician and entrepreneur in my life had died.
My life’s second lesson was that you must use your PASSION and follow your PURPOSE.
After almost 25 years in Minneapolis, it was time for a change. I moved to Austin, Texas, another music town known as ‘The Live Music Capital Of The World’. (What is it with me and Funky Towns anyway?) Anyway, this time, I had more than just one guitar. This time, I had a world class, state of the art recording studio, years of business experience, and then, the strangest thing happened…
I discovered the unique power of applying my ‘NARRATIVE AS INFLUENCE’ research on LinkedIn!
I quickly renamed my research into something easier for people to digest. Instead of ‘Narrative As Influence’, I began calling it: STORYBOUND MARKETING. Armed with this new moniker, I began helping friends and colleagues use LinkedIn for finding, keeping, and growing high-value clients. The results were outstanding! In fact, I discovered that I could build my own business while simultaneously helping others build theirs. The two efforts were merely two sides of the same coin. So I doubled down, and over time, I learned the following:
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Dr. Pelè is a gifted author and speaker. This guy is a gold mine!
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Dr. Pelè shares authentic messages that touch everyone, enlightening his audiences with an energetic and entertaining manner that is fun for all!
Dr. Pelè's teaching style is so enjoyable, you won't even know you're learning!
Growing up I dreamt of being a singer ... with the help of Dr Pelè, not only did I get to check off another item on my bucket list, but I found healing, peace, balance, and closure along the way. Thank you, Dr Pelè.
I recently had the opportunity to attend Dr. Pele’s presentation, in which he shared his passion for turning continuous learning into results by addressing the gap between training and on-the-job results. He quickly engaged the group with energy, enthusiasm, and music. Attendees were blown away by Dr. Pele’s passion for the subject. He was very entertaining and enthusiastic in his delivery and provided participants with a memorable framework for taking learning and development to a new level. It is a real pleasure to see Dr. Pele in action and I look forward to working with him in the future.
Dr. Pelè, Thank you so much for such a wonderful job in helping us meeting our members learning and development needs. This year was among our highest ranking years and it is due to your talent, knowledge, and willingness to help develop others. Thank you!
It was such a pleasure having Dr. Pelè as our keynote speaker! The evaluations were extremely positive.
Dr. Pelè has a unique, inspirational story that is totally next-level, and it's really nice to hear his story along with his music! Great presentation, great music! Everyone was really into it. If you have an opportunity to work with Dr. Pelè, I think you should do so.
C'mon Dr. Pelè Kazir, Gimme some o' dat music!
It was such a gift to have Dr. Pelè bring his talents, experience and knowledge to our small community. Dr. Pelè is not only willing to meet with high profile businesses organizations; he has also helped our community by speaking to entrepreneurs and youth groups. His ability to tailor to specific audiences is incredible and his unique use of humor in his delivery makes for an entertaining and effective style.
Dr. Pelè really helped me to understand the psychology and technology of online marketing, and how to automate increased lead generation and enroll more ideal clients. As a result of implementing Dr. Pelè's teachings, I closed 5-digit business in my first 30 days, and I'm on a path to close 6-figures in my first year.
Dr. Pelè brings an incredible amount of both skill and passionate enthusiasm to his work. He is well grounded in the psychology of human behavior and its application to the technical and corporate worlds. He is also fearless in sharing his passion and authenticity in the most exuberant, yet professional of ways.
One cannot help but smile and be uplifted while listening to Dr. Pelè. In his song, “Getting Better” we have a message that each individual is significant no matter what their role is in life. Love God, love others and do stuff to make a difference. Dr. Pelè communicates this so beautifully with his upbeat and inspirational song.
I was privileged to experience Dr. Pelè's speech and I left feeling totally fired up and energized! Why? It's because there are some speakers you listen to and others you watch ... with Dr. Pelè, it's more of an experience. Any organization looking to energize their personnel should look no further than Dr. Pelè. He and his message will become the gifts that keep on giving.
Dr. Pelè (Kazir) puts his entire heart and soul into his music. He’s a truly inspiring artist!
Dr. Pele’s training programs fill a gigantic gap in leadership development that takes a leader from not just identifying development opportunities but rather to the next level of executing leadership development.