My Favorite TAE 2018 Moments (Part 1)

My Favorite TAE 2018 Moments (Part 1)

S o now that Season Seven of the Transformational Author Experience is over…

I took some time to reflect on some of my favorite moments.

I’d like to share them with you… and then, I’d love to hear your favorite moments in the comments below.

This week…

Favorite TAE 2018 Moment #1

Without a doubt, hands-down… interviewing one of my childhood idols, Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton.

As you may know, I was a competitive figure skater growing up.

I competed throughout New England, did local shows, and was accepted to tour with the Ice Capades at age 17.

Another highlight was being accepted as a flag bearer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1981 World Figure Skating Championships in Hartford, Connecticut.

It was at that World Championship, when I was 14 years old, that I watched with awe as Scott Hamilton won his first World gold medal for men’s figure skating.

It was such an incredible moment to see him wearing that medal around his neck it brought tears to my eyes.

Just a few years prior to that he was told he was too short, small and weak to ever be a “real” competitor on the World scene.

Well, he sure showed them, didn’t he?

And I got to witness it there live in the stands!

It was all a 14-year old figure skater could wish for…

So you could imagine my delightful surprise when Scott agreed to be interviewed by me for for TAE 2018!!!

I literally jumped for joy when he agreed. I was even a little nervous before I interviewed him (which is very rare for me).

I was so excited about the interview, my feet didn’t touch the ground for hours after it was over.

A lot of people often meet their heroes and are disappointed when they’re up close and personal. I know I’ve been disappointed by several I’ve met. Their humanness and flaws sometimes hide their true self, and than stinks in my opinion.

Well — for me, meeting Scott Hamilton on Zoom was all the more powerful because he was human with flaws… because he overcame them and continues to live a life that defies all odds.

In case you didn’t know Scott has been victorious over cancer a few times in his life, and right now is living with a brain tumor. He had it when we spoke for TAE, and you’d never know…

He just keeps shining his light and being his brilliant amazing self wherever he goes and in whatever he does.

Here were my three biggest insights from my conversation with him…

  1. Failure means nothing.  Failure is just information.   When you have this kind of attitude toward “failure” it allows you to use every set back to your advantage.  Scott jokes about how he’s fallen literally thousands of times, but the important thing was he learned from his falls, got the information he needed to improve and got back up and did it again.
  1. With perseverance and dedication you can accomplish anything (like he did in overcoming a childhood illness, 3 bounts of cancer and being told he’d never be a “real” competitor on the world scene).  Scott went on to win 4 National titles, 4 World titles and 1 Olympic Gold.  He still holds the record in men’s figure skating.
  1. There’s incredible power in having a ‘finish first/winning’ attitude… not that you have to win gold or literally finish first, but that you have to be the best version of you that you can be.

So, tell me about your favorite TAE 2018 moments below…

Or anything else that I wrote here that you want to comment on.  I look forward to hearing from you!

About the Author:

Since 2004, Christine Kloser has trained nearly 70,000 entrepreneurs, leaders and authors to write their transformational books through her popular programs, Get Your Book Done®, the Transformational Author Experience®, Breakthrough LIVE, and the My Time to Write® mentorship program. She is well recognized as the leader of the transformational author movement, and is gifted at helping her clients feel seen, heard, valued and understood in ways that transform their lives, books and businesses. Her passion is to help people liberate their message - so they can BE who they were born to be, and DO what they are here to do! Many of her clients have gone on to become best-selling authors, sign traditional publishing contracts, speak around the world, and appear in major media including: CNBC, CBS, Time, Business Week, CNN, ABC, New York Times, and TEDx.


  1. KATE Kunkel July 12, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    So happy that you were able to meet a childhood hero. I did meet one of mine when I was in my mid-twenties, and it was a terrible disappointment, so it’s nice to know you had a much more positive experience. On the other hand, because I was so disappointed in the difference between the real person and the hero in my mind, it has made me always work hard to live and walk the talk. What you see is what you get, and that has served me well for many years. Thanks for a great event.

  2. Terry Savitri Ermini July 12, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Inspiring and heart opening take away, Christine. Thank you for posting this.

  3. Laura Abernathy July 13, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Wonderful story, Christine! Thanks for sharing about this and for sharing that darling picture!

  4. Jean Baptiste Rufatabahizi July 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Out of the 32 classes, I only attended four classes by chance. I highly appreciated what all the wonderful speakers shared and how they did it. I exceptionally enjoyed the wonderful experience shared by Alinka Rutkowska, the Author of How I Sold 80,000 Books and the founder and moderator of the Readers’ Favorite forum for authors and the CEO of LibraryBub, which connects Indie authors with libraries.

    Alinka’s class was the best for me because she shared what I need most to sell my novels. Indeed, she talked about the 4PS, Product, Place, Price and Promotion,”necessary to sell thousands of books.” For instance, she advised fellow authors to give away two free books to promote sales. Therefore, my novel A Flower from Kigali Garden has been published as a permanently free e-book and I will give away another e-book at the right moment.

    Last and not least, she does what she teaches. Like Joanna Penn’s book, AUTHOR 2.0 BLUEPRINT How to Write, Publish, and Promote your Book, Alinka Rutkowska’s book, How I Sold 80,000 Books, Book Marketing for Authors is a wonderful free book for blessed authors.

    To put it another way, I love so much wonderful ladies and gentlemen who enjoy transforming lives like Alinka Rutkowska, C J Lyons, Danielle Steel, Ellen Green, Frances Caballo, Kim Garst, Joanna Penn, Nancy Erikson, Orna Ross, Pattimari Sheets, Sandra Joseph, Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (SARK), Bruce D. Schneider, Kevin Tumlinson, Laurence O Bryan, Mark Allen, Mark Dawson, Ricardo Fayet and you!

    Jean Baptiste Rufatabahizi, a five star romance novelist

    Author of A Flower from Kigali Garden, permafree e-book

  5. Christine Kloser July 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    You’re welcome Terry!

  6. Christine Kloser July 14, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    You’re welcome Laura. And, thank you! I think I was 16 or 17 in that photo… right before I got accepted to tour with the Ice Capades.

  7. Christine Kloser July 14, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Sounds like you got a lot from this “favorite moment” with Alinka and many others are are putting it into action. Well done!

  8. Christine Kloser July 14, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    You’re welcome Kate! Sounds like you turned that disappointment with your “hero” into a positive experience of walking your talk which impacts not only you… but everyone you touch with your authentic “what you see is what you get” self!

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