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Share Your Fire with John Verrico

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

This communications professional transformed his dance moves into leadership skills.

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie have a chat with John Verrico, founder of Share Your Fire, about the importance of effective leadership and motivation in various contexts, pulling from his journey from being a disco dancer to becoming a communications professional in government agencies and the military. John discusses the need to understand individual motivations, adapt leadership styles, and create a sense of cohesion within teams. He touches on the challenges and benefits of remote work, work-life balance, and the evolving dynamics of teamwork. John also breaks down his approach with Share Your Fire, which hinges on building trust, offering opportunities, respecting others, effective communication, and recognizing shared humanity.

Listen to this episode and learn about collaborative efforts, individual empowerment, and creating an environment that motivates people to achieve common goals!

About John Verrico

John Verrico is a training professional, problem-solver, and motivational speaker focusing on communication and leadership. He has more than four decades of experience as a public affairs professional in the military, and in federal and state government agencies, working primarily in media, community, and employee relations. As an under-sized youth and the victim of bullies, John found hope in classic monster movies & "B" flicks where he learned that the little guy could win. Drawing from these lessons, John combined what he learned through professional observation, formal education, and first-hand experience about how communication, leadership, motivation, and resilience are deeply entwined. Today, John is an edutainer who helps empower villagers to keep their torches lit and face their monsters.

John’s humorous and interactive keynotes and workshops engage audiences as they discover helpful insights into office climate, culture, relationships & communications. John is committed to helping businesses and individuals succeed by exploring effective communication & leadership. What makes his approach different is that he doesn't use canned materials. John works with clients to tailor the key points to his audience. While John can pull from a bank of applicable stories, his natural affinity for storytelling makes every presentation unique.

John retired from the Navy Reserve as a Master Chief Journalist in 2005 and is former President of the National Association of Government Communicators. From his early childhood, John was taught by his father, John Fiore Verrico, to experience everything life has to offer and learn something new every day. Taking this advice to heart, John has worked across a broad spectrum of fields, including journalist, janitor, stand-up comic, electronics technician, short-order cook, disco dance instructor, and media spokesman, to name a few.

He earned a master's degree in organizational leadership from Norwich University and a bachelor's in communication from the University of the State of New York.

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Key Take-Aways

  • Why effective leadership builds upon diverse backgrounds.

  • How individual motivations and aligning leadership strategies with personal values enhance team engagement and performance.

  • What the preservation of work-life balance and connection among remote team members looks like.

  • What TORCH stands for.

  • Why using the philosophy of autonomy or directive management correctly can contribute to motivated and successful team members.


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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.

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