Public speaking is widely accepted as one of the biggest fears of people across the world. Quoting our mission statement “We are more than a flooring company, we are a place to learn and a place to grow. RMI is in the business of creating opportunities..and building leaders..” Our founders Mark and Rick Wagner saw an opportunity to give our employees a chance to step out of their comfort zones by organizing a public speaking tournament.
The tournament was a head-to-head bracket style competition. Each speech was 2-3 minutes long and centered on our FITT Values (Forward Thinking, Integrity, Teachable, Teamwork). Each week for a month we brought in judges from the community and held speech competitions that included anyone and everyone who wanted to participate from the owners of the company to field account managers and warehouse workers. At the end of the month, the final five employees each gave a 5 minute speech for an $800 cash prize and a trophy!
Alexia Diaz, one of our corporate account managers, was the winner of the tournament! She exemplifies our FITT values and our mission statement that “We are more than a flooring company, we are a place to learn and a place to grow. RMI is in the business of creating opportunities, building leaders, and redefining what it means to be a flooring partner.”