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P.O. Box 340
Yucca Valley, CA 92286

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     “I have known James Melton for over 20 years. Jim is a person of the highest character and integrity. As a Captain in the United States Air Force auxiliary, his expertise in aerospace led him to be a presenter at the United States Air Force National Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. I recommend him without reservation.”
—Patricia Faunt, LtCol USAF/Aux, Ret.


Five question that could make or break your future:

Why is communicating with impact and authority important to you?

What is hidden in plain sight that reveals everything about you?

Why is it more important to be decisive than it is to be right?

What role does charisma play in leadership?

What do vision and values have to do with team cohesiveness?


Available Topics

Challenge the Limits Beyond Tomorrow

A power-packed and thought-provoking, high-energy keynote presentation
Session length: Approximately 1 hour
Enlightening, Vitalizing and Entertaining! To get what you want in life you must be focused, dedicated and disciplined. This session provides immediate and practical tools for guiding yourself and others to higher levels of accomplishment. Are you ready to explore your future and make the changes necessary to fulfill your dreams? This session is designed as a catalyst for people to re-evaluate their daily choices and provides insights to cross the threshold into your future. This mind-expanding presentation will motivate, inspire and provide action ideas for immediate results. What lies ahead in the next 20 years will have little correlation to our past. Research dictates that the shift will be phenomenal.

High-Performance Leadership
Managing For Maximum Performance

Club Managers Association of America, (CMAA) credit approved
Session length: 1 hour – Half day – Full day
Have you ever heard of a one-person football team? Even the quarterback can’t win the game alone. This leadership session will present techniques to bring out the highest qualities in you and create a team player mentality in your employees. Effective leadership and job efficiency are just some of the benefits of operating within a cohesive team. This thought-provoking session will offer methods to call out the best in yourself and others. Participants will learn to identify their leadership style, interpret the actions of others, respect individual differences and make choices to change behaviors.

Sales and Service Essentials

Club Managers Association of America, (CMAA) credit approved
Session length: 1 hour – Half day – Full day
This presentation will identify techniques to enhance client relationships, provide First Class Service, and increase your closing ratio. The personal side of sales and service is explored. Methods are presented to refine communication and enhance personal confidence. “Hands-on” activities can be scheduled to gain experience in relationship selling, negotiating and closing the sale.

How to Communicate with Impact and Authority

Session length: 3 hours to 2 days
Move your presentations to the next level and turn a good talk into an outstanding performance.

The most important ingredients to command leadership and the respect of your peers are the ability to convey your ideas in an intelligent, clear, concise fashion. This program is designed for the busy professional who is ready for a no-nonsense approach to enhancing the teaching and learning experience. Based on scientific research, and 20 plus years of experience, these techniques are offered in a practical, ready-to-use format to convey a message that will be heard and acted upon.

“When your presentation is good, it is energizing. But when it is weak – your reputation is at stake!”

An Action Plan For Your Future

This session offers an eight-step action plan to establish and achieve effective purpose, balance and direction in business and personal life. The premise is that there are many ways to reach an end—some are better than others. This focused, dedicated and disciplined process provides immediate and practical help to guide anyone toward higher levels of accomplishment. Methods are presented to overcome resistance to change. Also offered are creative and effective methods to move from the problem to the solution.

The Power of Decision

In your personal and professional life, when leading people, it is often more important to be decisive than it is to be right. Although the reverse seems true, it actually is not. Many people are good decision makers who are not good leaders, but when you think about it, there are no good leaders who are not good decision makers. Although no one decision is ever taken is isolation, each one leads to the total process. Even so, decisiveness is one of the most powerful tools available to leaders in any field. Looking behind the scenes to see how great decision-makers function is essential. Understanding the decision-making process is the leaders most important bit of knowledge. Decision-making is the ultimate task.

How To Read A Person Like A Book

Whether aware of it or not, everyone reads body language to form first impressions. Non-verbal communication, however, is all too often only vaguely understood. Here is a simple method by which we can gain insight into the character, sincerity and intentions of others so we may better understand ourselves and those around us. When we understand the basic framework of the individual we can apply this knowledge directly to manage ourselves and others effectively.

Ethics, Values and the Lone Ranger

Ethics is probably the most sensitive issue in today’s professional world. There is no right way to do a wrong thing. This session clearly defines practical methods to check your motives, identify responsibility and resolve issues so everyone wins. Ethics is simply a system of moral principles of conduct or values. By applying the FEEL technique, participants will be guided toward satisfying profitable decision. Getting back to basics will be the focus of this session. The intention will be, not to impose values, but to reveal them within the individual. By allowing our values to surface we can explore their benefits and make necessary alterations. When building a solid business structure, ethics is the cornerstone of your foundation. (Discover the secret as to how Jim has a tie to the Lone Ranger.)

Win-Win Negotiations

Each of us negotiates something everyday. When treated correctly, all negotiations large and small, from the SALT agreements to “lights out” for your children are handled through a process that requires effective communication, understanding a willingness to listen. The skilled negotiator always maintains the edge in designing a favorable final outcome — for all concerned. This program focuses on the strategic points that can make or break any proposal, and is based on principles that will work for anyone.

This personal coaching approach is designed for busy executives, trainers, sales managers and professional speakers who are ready for a no-nonsense approach to moving their presentations to the next level. Based on 25 plus years of experience, these techniques are offered in a practical, ready-to-use format.

     “On my recent speaking tour I incorporated your latest feedback and I was extremely gratified by the rapturous response from both the audiences and conference organizers. So once again, I thank you for your most helpful suggestions and your remarkable ability to transmit those skills to someone like me.”
—Geoff Bond, MSc, MICE, MIT, MIL
Evolutionary Lifestyle Anthropologist
Chlorakas, Cyprus

You can expect to achieve more confident, dynamic presentations for:

  • Public Talks
  • Sales Meetings
  • Board Meetings
  • Industry Seminars
  • Corporate Training
  • Video Presentations
  • Convention Keynotes

We will discuss how to:

  • Prepare your material and deliver it with ease.
  • Create quality visual aids that align themselves directly to fit your style
    and program purpose.
  • Discover your hidden potential to reach new heights of excellence.
  • Design room setup for enhanced audience response.
  • Insure maximum audience involvement and positive support.

You will receive usable take-home techniques to create, deliver and maintain high-level, quality presentations.

“When your presentation is good, it’s energizing.
But when it is weak — your reputation is at stake!”

    The coaching sessions contain such topics as:
  • Cut preparation time in half. Save valuable time and money in preparation.
  • 20 ideas that work. Techniques to prepare, deliver and involve.
  • Captivate your audience. Find out how to motivate and retain attention.
  • Maximize your voice. The gift of voice pitch and tone.
  • 50 instant warm-ups. Icebreakers, and involvement activities.
  • Make fear your friend. Use fear to challenge yourself to greater heights.
  • Create a professional image. Dress, voice visual movements for impact.
  • Organize with ease. Simple 1-2-3 plan for organization and delivery.
  • Enhance your memory. Use association, word magic and effective listening.
  • Impromptu comments. Use spontaneity to your advantage.
  • Humor with impact. Learn to laugh with, not at.
  • Handle resistant people. Use anger, resistance and rejection for your benefit.
  • Involve your audience. How to make everyone feel included.
  • Develop idea ownership. Who owns the problem? Who owns the idea?
  • Habits to enhance your style. Redirecting and creating style.
  • Friendly persuasion. Selling or buying?
  • Confidence enhancement. What does performance have to do with attitude?
  • Research material with ease. Where to find it, how to use it.
  • Personalize presentations. Similar material, different talk.
  • Speak directly to each person. How to give each person a front row seat.
  • Timing that works. Three critical ingredients of the clock.
  • Speak without notes. Your marvelous mind, and how to use it.
  • Power through silence. How to use it effectively.
  • Voice power, Projection and pronunciation.
  • Fielding questions. How to get all hands in the air.
  • Add enjoyment to your work. What do fun, and learning have in common?
  • Increase your speaking profit. Professional dollars that make sense.
  • Why they will remember You. Who was that speaker?
  • Getting feedback. How to do it. Why it is important.
  • Visual aids. How to create them. How to use them.

This program focuses on concepts in human behavior needed to create a cooperative, functioning and self-sustaining society on the Red Planet. These strategies equally apply to any business or personal interaction on our home planet Earth.

Approx. 30 to 60 minutes.


Awaken Mars - Dawn of the New World - James Melton

The Mars Matrix

Leadership Redefined For a New World Civilization

by James Melton, PhD

“The settlement of Mars is one of the greatest human endeavors possible in our time.”
–Dr. Robert Zubrin, Author, The Case For Mars

Why Mars? What in the “world” does Mars have to do with effective leadership here on Earth? How can we expect to function effectively on Mars, when we don’t have our house in order on Earth?

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but

those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
–Alvin Toffler, Author, Creating a New Civilization

marsBlackQuestions like these were asked about the research on quantum physics back in the early 1900’s: “We’re just burning tax money, who cares about the atom?” And yet it is quantum physics that holds the entire foundation of our technical revolution. Often people don’t connect the new frontier of scientific research with how that is going to transform our lives in the future. That lack of vision is so short sighted that it could be the demise of our very existence.

We’re talking about the unseen benefits like spin-off technology from medical to farming. These benefits will be visible in both our current and new society. The technology innovations will be obvious sooner rather than later.

This program focuses on the concepts of human behavior that are needed to create a cooperative, cohesive society, community or team with strategies applicable to any business or personal interaction. An innovative presentation outlining the keys to re-evaluate our professional and personal environments, including specific steps to reshape a culture with a future vision that can be applied immediately.

Techniques are offered to release a person’s highest qualities and create a cohesive team-player mentality resulting in effective people management and job efficiency. This thought-provoking session provides powerful instruction designed to enhance teamwork and open solid channels of communication


M – MATRIX - centered leadership to execute high-impact ideas to shape culture.

A – ACTIVATE the power of decision to gain trust and team confidence.

R – RESILIENCE enhancement to insure sound recovery from adversity.

S – SYNERGY - based strategies to gain agreement for harmonious collaboration.

X – EXPEDITE skilled-leadership direction with foresight to avoid oversight.


The Dawn of a New World

by James Melton, Ph.D

JImDWgalaAs a former journalist, college instructor and professional pilot, Jim addresses Fortune 500 companies and conferences with assignments in the United States, Europe, China, Mexico, Dubai, UAE, and Canada. Public Television produced an eight-part series on his work. He holds a PhD in management.

He served in the military and as a Captain USAF/Aux, Search and Rescue, Public Affairs and Aerospace Education Officer. His love for flying began at an early age when at 16 years, he acquired his student pilot’s license—moving on from there to flight instructor, helicopter and airline pilot.

His interest in science has been livelong and his focus in creating a spacefaring civilization is a natural extension of his continued research. “You can talk about astrophysics, astronomy and science without being a scientist. We should not confuse the knowledge of science with the passion for science. We can be passionate for science and not really know much about it. You can dream about what science can bring without being a professional scientist. At least Neil de Grasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Cosmologist, believes that. But the fact remains, when we leave Earth to colonize other planets, we will be breaching frontiers of astrophysics, of geophysics, of biology, and the sustaining of human life. We will be looking for life out there. Those are goals. Those are forces that operate on the ambitions of people and nations.”



Recently our speaker was the high-flying author and speaker Jim Melton. Jim Melton is one of America’s outstanding trainers and management consultants with more than 25 years as a professional speaker. His sincere, unforgettable and unstoppable enthusiasm inspires people to move into action. He rose to prominence through his best-selling books and public television series and holds a Ph.D. in management.

Jim enlightened the group with the premise that the next step in space travel will be to enable the colonization of Mars. Jim summarized the underlying leadership steps to achieve any task of such significance. Melton pointed to JFK's 1961 address to Congress where he challenged the country with the goal of sending a man to the moon.

Because this challenge contained a clearly defined goal and a deadline, the mission to succeed continued for many years after Kennedy's death. Likewise, this same premise can be applied in business and in life to achieve big results. Additionally, Jim advised that it is the focus on solutions rather than obstacles and on what one wants rather than doesn't want that propels great advancement and goal achievement. In other words keep the positive result in your sights to accomplish your goals.

Another observation offered by Jim was that technology is racing forward and that now it is no longer a concern for technology to keep up with human needs, but instead the need for humans to keep up with the ever evolving technology. As technology advances it is important for ethics, laws and standards by which people live evolve with equal speed.

Lastly, Melton stated that the time of relying on the war machine to advance technology, as was often the case throughout history, has passed. It is now time for collaborative development around the globe. More can be accomplished on the human and the technological front through effective collaboration by diverse groups of people.

In his closing wish presented to the group, Jim urged us not to fall prey to negative attitudes and news, but to instead bring our focus back to create expansion and awareness. As an extra bonus, Jim provided free copies of his latest book to members attending this week's meeting. To learn more about Jim Melton and his programs you can visit his website at

“I have known James Melton for over 20 years. Jim is a person of the highest character and integrity. As a Captain in the United States Air Force auxiliary, his expertise in aerospace led him to be a presenter at the United States Air Force National Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. I recommend him without reservation.”
—Patricia Faunt, LtCol USAF/Aux, Ret.



The time has come for humanity to journey to Mars. We are ready. Though Mars is distant, we are far better prepared today to send humans to Mars than we were to travel to the Moon at the commencement of the space age. Given the will, we could have our first teams on Mars within a decade. The reasons for going to Mars are powerful.

We must go for the knowledge of Mars. Our robotic probes have revealed that Mars was once a warm and wet planet, suitable for hosting life's origin. But did it? A search for fossils on the Martian surface or microbes in groundwater below could provide the answer. If found, they would show that the origin of life is not unique to the Earth, and by implication, reveal a universe that is filled with life and probably intelligence as well. From the point of view learning our true place in the universe, this would be the most important scientific enlightenment since Copernicus.

We must go for the knowledge of Earth. As we begin the twenty-first century, we have evidence that we are changing the Earth’s atmosphere and environment in significant ways. It has become a critical matter for us to better understand all aspects of our environment. In this project, comparative planetology is a very powerful tool, a fact already shown by the role Venusian atmospheric studies played in our discovery of the potential threat of global warming by greenhouse gases. Mars, the planet most like Earth, will have even more to teach us about our home world. The knowledge we gain could be key to our survival.

We must go for the challenge. Civilizations, like people, thrive on challenge and decay without it. The time is past for human societies to use war as a driving stress for technological progress. As the world moves towards unity, we must join together, not in mutual passivity, but in common enterprise, facing outward to embrace a greater and nobler challenge than that which we previously posed to each other. Pioneering Mars will provide such a challenge. Furthermore, a cooperative international exploration of Mars would serve as an example of how the same joint action could work on Earth in other ventures.

We must go for the youth. The spirit of youth demands adventure. A humans-to-Mars program would challenge young people everywhere to develop their minds to participate in the pioneering of a new world. If a Mars program were to inspire just a single extra percent of today’s youth to scientific educations, the net result would be tens of millions more scientists, engineers, inventors, medical researchers, and doctors. These people will make innovations that create new industries, find new medical cures, increase income, and benefit the world in innumerable ways to provide a return that will utterly dwarf the expenditures of the Mars program.

We must go for the opportunity. The settling of the Martian New World is an opportunity for a noble experiment in which humanity has another chance to shed old baggage and begin the world anew; carrying forward as much of the best of our heritage as possible and leaving the worst behind. Such chances do not come often, and are not to be disdained lightly.

We must go for our humanity. Human beings are more than merely another kind of animal; we are life's messenger. Alone of the creatures of the Earth, we have the ability to continue the work of creation by bringing life to Mars, and Mars to life. In doing so, we shall make a profound statement as to the precious worth of the human race and every member of it.

We must go for the future. Mars is not just a scientific curiosity; it is a world with a surface area equal to all the continents of Earth combined, possessing all the elements that are needed to support not only life, but technological society. It is a New World, filled with history waiting to be made by a new and youthful branch of human civilization that is waiting to be born. We must go to Mars to make that potential a reality. We must go, not for us, but for a people who are yet to be. We must do it for the Martians.

Believing therefore that the exploration and settlement of Mars is one of the greatest human endeavors possible in our time, we have gathered to found this Mars Society, understanding that even the best ideas for human action are never inevitable, but must be planned, advocated, and achieved by hard work. We call upon all other individuals and organizations of like-minded people to join with us in furthering this great enterprise. No nobler cause has ever been. We shall not rest until it succeeds.

—Dr. Robert Zubrin, Founder, The Mars Society


MarsSocietyLogoThe above declaration was signed and ratified by the 700 attendees at the Founding Convention of the Mars Society, held August 13-16, 1998 at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado.
Mars Society, 1111 W. 8th Ave., unit A, Lakewood, CO 80215.