Live Stream this Friday, 20 May 2016!

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Community College, Speaking | No Comments


I’m so honored to be the 2016 Commencement speaker at Barstow College this Friday, May 20th at 3:00 PM PST. If you are in the area, please let me know. The event will also be live on live stream here:

I’ve had the pleasure of teaching for Barstow College since 1997. I’ve been able to teach 2-3 classes every semester for BCC since 2004. I have over 2,700 students that have gone on to do amazing things around the world! I’ve had the pleasure of teaching at 7 different community colleges and also the Univ of Kansas, Univ of Nevada, Las Vegas, Univ of Maryland, Park College, and the Univ of Texas. Over 130 college courses taught while having the OPPORTUNITY ( I hate the word “work” in reference to a job) to serve in the military on active duty and as a DoD civilian and now run my speaking business. It all started with Barstow College and I love this college and the OPPORTUNITY it provides for everyone.

It’s a long way from not graduating high school in Northern California. I tell every audience, “Life is not a SPRINT, it’s a beautiful MARATHON” Have a GREAT Day and enjoy the ride with ENTHUSIASM and OPPORTUNITY!

Aug Geht’s,

Introducing The 4th Point of Contact with MMA star Sascha Sharma

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in 4th Point of Contact, Videos | No Comments

This is a new series that I’m working on called The 4th Point of Contact.

As most of you know, my recent book is called The Three Points of Contact  which refers to a three point stance, a position that give you maximum stability, balance and the ability to move in any direction. Imagine a football game, when a defensive linebacker is ready to move the moment before the ball is snapped.

So what is The 4th Point of Contact? Well, imagine now that same defensive linebacker the moment after he has sacked the quarterback. He’s got all four points on the ground, two hands and two knees.  The 4th point of contact means truly being in control and having the upper hand.

In this series I’ll be talking to professionals from all fields, people who have mastered their craft and are truly in control of what they do. These are people who have not only used the themes from my book but taken them to the next level.

I’m honored and humbled to have Sascha Sharma as my first professional athlete on this segment. He is an amazing young man who overcame Gullian-Barre Syndrome as a teen to become one of the fastest rising MMA stars in Europe and around the world. He’s a native of Stuttgart, Germany, my home for the last 4 years,  and was recently on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF 22).

Check out the video below, and be sure to tune in to Sasha’s next fight in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 9th. More info on that here.




In this segment of The 4th Point of Contact, Sascha and I discuss the following topics, many of them from my book, Three Point of Contact ~

Self-Talk: 2:20
Thanks/Karma: 3:40
Sascha shares story from his father: 4:40
Stillness: 5:40
Healthcare: 7:14
Guillain-Barre Syndrome: 8:40
Enthusiasm: 10:00
Enthusiasm Killers: 12:05

Sascha fighting at India MMA:

Army Magazine Book Review

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in army, books, military, Reviews | No Comments

Army Magazine COVER_March2016

Thanks to Army Magazine and Lt. Col. Chad Storlie, U.S. Army retired, for reviewing my book for the March 2016 magazine.  The issue is already available on their website.

Army Magazine is one of the world’s premier professional journals for leadership and advancement of the military arts and sciences.  It’s published every month by the  Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and I encourage you to check it out!




Greg Cheek Speaks 005 ~ Kimchi, Nori and Drawing #002

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Food, Give Away Day, Videos | No Comments

People are always asking what I do to control my weight, my cholesterol, blood pressure, stress. Running is great, and fitness certainly helps but in this episode I share a little secret about the amazing foods that help me stay in great health.

I also announce the winner for my Give Away Day, as well as a few other people who have been going above and beyond in their sharing of my videos.





Healthy eating with Kimchi and Nori. Also mentioned the victory by Amy Hastings(Cragg) at the 2016 US Marathoning Olympic Trials.

Recorded live in Stuttgart, Germany.

Drawing #002 and the winners are:
German Hearts from Fasching made of Gingerbread: Deena R.

Signed book and journal: Betty L and Susan S

Book referred:
Three Points of Contact

My favorite Kimchi Dish: Kimchi Fried Rice

kimbap: 김밥 (Korean Sushi – Amazing)

Seattle Korean Favorites

Asian Market and outside the gate of McChord AFB – Amazing and Diner in the back.…

Pal-Do Market……


– The Relentless Piggy Bank. A great way to add resilience and fun to dealing with a difficult person or situation. This activity can be found on page 19, chapter 1, Three Points of Contact.

2 Minutes with Greg ~ Subscribe for all Friday Give-Aways

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Videos | One Comment

Just a quick 2 minutes video in the Stuttgart Main Train Station (Haupt Bahnhof) to talk about the Greg Cheek Speaks website and my weekly Friday give aways. If you’re a subscriber on either my website or on Youtube then that makes you a team member, and edible to win.

Subscribe to both the e-mail list AND the YouTube channel and get TWO chances to win every Friday!

The winner for Friday, 5 FEB 2017 is Kyla B! Kyla is serving in Iraq and I will be sending her journal in the morning. Not sure what I’m talking about? You can watch the Journaling video here:

Next drawing is 12 FEB for the two German Herz in the video. Again, I’ll be picking a winner from my YouTube and e-mail subscribers, so sign up today.


Recorded in Stuttgart, Germany on 7 FEB 2016.

Video Blog throwback ~ 2 Minutes to Take Charge of Your Day

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Journaling, Marathons, Videos | No Comments

A couple of months ago I ran the New York City Marathon and spoke at the Marathon Expo. Before doing those though, I recorded this quick video on taking charge of your day. Since my last couple video blog episodes have been focusing on journaling, I thought this would be a good time to post this one.

In this video I talk about “what is your why?” or what is the reason or thing that motivates successful people? These can be a future aspiration, or a physical reminder that gets you going. For me, when I didn’t graduate from high school I kept the empty diploma case, and it was constant reminder to me of the need to strive hard and push through adversity.

In my book Three Points of Contact I refer to these things as “Bulletin Board Material” and that means you can put these things in place you’ll see them everyday and say “that’s what I’m working towards”.  It doesn’t need to literally be on a bulletin board, it can be in a journal, but the point is you see it and it motivates you to keep going, especially when things get tough.

Check out the video below for more tips on making this happen. Got a “why” that keeps you going? lets hear about it!



Video Blog 004 ~ Hunt the Good Stuff, Plus

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in #htgs, Giving Thanks, Journaling, Resiliency, Videos | No Comments

I’ve talked about Hunt the Good Stuff before (#htgs) but for those who are not familiar with it, it’s something I picked up while attending the US Army’s Resiliency Training at University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.

The concept is simple, start your day with three points of gratitude. I write these down in my journal, but have added a few more steps which is why this video is called “Hunt the Good Stuff, Plus”. The things I’ve added are something for someone else, and then something for yourself.

Something for someone else, could be anything, it could be helping something, thanking someone, paying it forward in some way, but plan to do it and make it part of your day.

Then I thank myself for something or give myself something. Writing these things down externalizes them, and making this a daily activity produces incredible results. After only a few days you’d be amazed at how this activity changes your outlook on everything.

What are my Hunt the Good Stuff, Plus points for today? Watch the video below to find out. What are yours? I’d love to hear them, feel free to write them in them comments section below.



Video Blog 003 ~ Journaling and Success

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in #htgs, Giving Thanks, Health, Journaling, Travel, Videos | 7 Comments

Welcome back!

For episode 003 I go to the Stuttgart Haupt Bahnhof and to where it all started for my 25 year ago. Journaling is something I’ve done throughout my whole life, through the ups and the downs. It’s a great way of dealing with stress, it’s a means of meditation and a way to set goals for yourself. It is fundamental to the ACTION portion of my Three Points of Contact.

What do you use your journal for? Write in the comments, and you could win a journal that I’ll send to you from Germany. Stay tuned for episode 004 ~ Hunt the Good Stuff.




The Power of Journaling. Recorded at the Stuttgart Main Train Station (Haupt Bahnhof).

Book referred:
Three Points of Contact

WED, 27 JAN 2016: Greg Cheek Speaks 003, Journaling and Success, Three Points of Contact.

Thursday, 28 JAN 2016: Hunt The Good Stuff #htgs Start each day on a positive note and ready to seize the day. Three Points of Contact.

Friday, 28 JAN 2016: The Resiliency Piggy Bank. This fun activity will help you build resilience. Located in the Action section, page 19, Three Points of Contact.

Video Blog 002 ~ Is the Best Defense a Good Offense?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Videos | No Comments

Are you acting or being acted upon?

This a question and exercise is something that use in my book The Three Points of Contactand the response has been amazing. As Stephen Covey says it isn’t about the actions that happen to us, it’s our response to those actions that matter. In this episode I’ll walk you through how to think about your day and decide if you’re acting or being acted upon.

Want get something cool from me in the mail? Just subscribe to my YouTube channel and  leave a comment, this Friday 29 Jan 2016, I’ll pick a winner and send you a beautiful moleskin notebook so can take full advantage of of episode 003 ~ Journaling and Success.

Until next time,




Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? Refers to Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits and Act or Acted Upon. Recorded in Vaihingen, Germany. This video talks about an activity in the Action section on page 18, chapter 1, Three Points of Contact that allows you to keep score if the Best Defense (Act Upon) is a good offense (Act). Still one minute too long – I will work on that.

Books referred:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

WED, 27 JAN 2016: Greg Cheek Speaks 003, Journaling and Success, Three Points of Contact.

THURS, 28 JAN 2016: Hunt The Good Stuff #htgs Start each day on a positive note and ready to seize the day. Three Points of Contact.

Video Blog 001 ~ Parts 1 & 2: Make plans to Travel Today and Auf Ghets!

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Travel, Videos | No Comments

As many of you know, and as the name of my website should maybe tip you off, I’m a speaker. I’ve been teaching public speaking for years, I am an extemporaneous speaker and motivating audiences are is one of the things I do best. So this blog will be less about writing and more about speaking and what better way for me to speak with you all then with some short videos.

These video blogs will short and lo-tech. No fancy editing or effects, just me, my phone and a selfie-stick. I’ve got so many great things I want to talk with you about, so this first chapter is a bit long, sorry about that! As I get into my groove these will be a bit shorter.

So here they are, Video Blog 001 ~ Parts 1 & 2 on travel and auf ghets. What is auf ghets you ask? check out the video below to find out 😉

If you like what you see, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Got something you want to hear? let me know!




Auf Ghets, Three Points of Contact. Recorded at Köz Restaurant in Sindelfingen, Germany. This video talk about the Power of Auf Ghets and how it correlates to the push to success by Jack Ma, George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, Jeff Bazos, Steve Jobs, Cam Newton, Julian Edelman, Dr Ben Carson, Dean Karnzaes, Stephen Covey, and Victor Frankl.
Part 2, Chapter 9, page 149.

Books referred:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Defiant by Alvin Towny
50/50 by Dean Karnazes/Matt Fitzgerald
Gifted Hands by Dr Ben Carson
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Filming location: Köz Türkisches Restaurant, Grabenstraße 2, 71063 Sindelfingen

Translation/Definition: Auf Ghets: Let’s GO!

Next Video, Tuesday, 26 JAN 2016: Greg Cheek Speaks 002, Act or Acted Upon, Page 14, Three Points of Contact. 26 JAN 2016

Steve Jobs Famous Connect the Dots Speech at Stanford:
Cam Newton:…
Julian Edelman:…

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