Mar. 07, 2008
Froehling happy to inspire Pahrumpians
By CHRISTINA EICHELKRAUT
Most people would call Keith Froehling a motivational speaker.
But he disagrees with that moniker, preferring instead to call himself an "inspirational speaker."
"I believe that myself, you, none of us can motivate other people, but we can inspire people," Froehling explained. "I always felt that people motivate themselves, but we'll always need those mentors, those people that come to inspire us."
That is exactly what Froehling does through his company Keith Froehling International, which offers seminars, corporate training and life coaching.
"A company will bring me in to help them with specific needs," Froehling said. "They tell me where they might need to focus on, or what they need to improve on, or where they're hurting, and what I do is I come in and offer them either a multi-hour or a multi-day training."
Froehling will work with companies in areas ranging from team-building, sales and customer service, to communications and training.
Sometimes he goes to the office to work on location and other times he'll hold an event.
Locally he's worked with the Ponderosa Dairy in Amargosa, Brian Strain at State Farm Insurance and Frazier Furniture.
An active member of the community, Froehling has also spoken at the Pahrump Valley Senior Center and at the Pahrump Valley High School career day event.
He is in a good position to inspire others because his own story is one of becoming inspired to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
In 2000, Froehling was on the East Coast making a good living in corporate America.
"Like many people, I was working a lot of hours and making a lot of money, but there were other areas in my life," he explained. "I let my health slip, I wasn't in a relationship, there was just a lot of things that were happy but not fulfilled."
In addition, Froehling felt he didn't quite fit in to the corporate environment.
"I've always had a lot of energy," Froehling said. "But in corporate America it's almost to the point where if you're up all the time or if you're positive, they almost want to drug test you on a monthly basis because they don't understand quite why you're so positive."
That was when he attended a program put on by Tony Robbins, another nationally recognized motivational speaker.
After the event, Robbins came down and greeted people who attended.
Froehling was sitting in the front row, and remembered, "We talked for about five minutes and he offered me a job."
Soon Froehling was working as Robbins' top trainer and traveling to events all over the world.
"Every 10 weeks we would live in a new city in the United States or abroad," Froehling said. They would put on free workshops and promote upcoming seminars for Robbins.
The decision to leave a steady, well-paying job to work with Robbins was seen as a bit drastic by some of those around him, but Froehling doesn't regret it one bit.
"A lot of people were very concerned with me ... I even had people poke fun," Froehling said. "Looking back, those couple of years that I was with him, those 56 cities I lived in, I call it a Harvard education in life. The people I met, the lives I got to touch -- no one can take that away from me."
In 2002, Froehling went out on his own and did a seminar with Mark Victor Hansen of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" fame.
Hansen had told him he would share a stage with him if Froehling could put 1,000 people in the room. Froehling packed the seminar with 1,500 people.
From then on, Froehling began working with everyone from the Pentagon to Stedman Graham, as well as writing two best-selling books.
In 2005, Froehling was speaking at an event in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he met the owners of the ACME general store, Sandi and Vince Tucker.
The Tuckers told him all about Pahrump, which he admits he had never heard of before.
In 2006, he was invited by the Pahrump Chamber of Commerce to be a guest speaker at the Biz Expo. So he drove down from his home in San Diego and spoke at the event.
It wasn't long, however, before he and his wife became active volunteers in the community.
Froehling was recently elected to the board for the Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Rotary Club, Friends of the Library, and the Pahrump Valley Community Action Team (PVCAT).
And of course, he began holding seminars and offering his services locally.
"I worked with the community from the very beginning," Froehling said. "There were these concerns, that (I) was this international speaker, and (they) couldn't afford me ... but I'll work with anyone who is willing to listen, no matter what the expense is."
Although he and his wife still have a home in San Diego, Froehling said both of them spend most of their time in Pahrump.
Froehling has come a long way from where he was in 2000.
"Every day I wake up, seven days a week, no matter what's happening in the world or in my life. I wake up and I'm just grateful," he said.
Froehling may be reached at 727-1669 or via e-mail at email@example.com.