Nearly 300 people filled the main sanctuary at Faith Point Church in Killeen Friday for the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Leadercast seminar.

Participants were given information during speeches conducted by politicians, businessmen, service members, authors and athletes.

“The reason we host this event is that we think it is important to invest in our leaders, especially our next generation leaders,” said Joshua Watson, staff pastor of Faith Point. “It’s the leadership that will move this country forward and the caliber of national speakers will help us to invest in one and change the life of many.”

He said preparing for the event took a lot of work with an enormous amount of volunteer staff that came on board. The speakers were broadcast live from Atlanta into communities that participated from all across the world, including Killeen.

“In a crisis you have to focus, follow intuition and make decisions,” said David Allen, best-selling author and productivity expert. “Appropriate engagement is the master key when dealing with your staff, company, health and social life, as well as engagements.”

Allen wrote “Getting Things Done,” which details the art of stress-free productivity.

Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic Track & Field gold medalist, also spoke, detailing her life as a professional athlete, and how she handles the pressure during competition.

“Right before the gun goes off, I am thinking about all the hard work that I’ve done to get to that place and how much I desire to excel in that moment,” she said. “But when I’m in the race I am thinking about executing every phase of it.”

She also spoke about her struggle with overcoming strain symptoms and joint pains throughout her career.

At least 60 students and staff from Copperas Cove and Killeen ISDs attended the conference.

“I thought it was phenomenal last year and that’s why I’m back,” said CJ Lucksinger, teacher at Audie Murphy Middle School. “I like what they’ve got to say and the steps they go through in being confident ... and staying focused and on target with what you are doing.”

Nelly Santa, a science teacher at Audie Murphy Middle School, said the training will help her at her job. “It gives you techniques for the classroom, especially when you are a lead teacher and can feel overwhelmed,” she said. “You can even help the students become leaders with the different techniques we learn.”

Event volunteers are already gearing up for next year’s event, said David Padget, event coordinator and ambassador for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. “We go into our local communities and talk to businesses and organization to set up appointments and communicate the vision of Leadercast,” he said. “This year is bigger, but we are always asking ourselves what can we do better.”

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