Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose; The Book; The Speech



Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose is based on a story that has been told for over 300 years that illustrates the most productive and successful people in life are those of purpose. And while many have heard a version of this apocryphal story, Greg Coker has discovered the origin of this life-changing story to the world’s most famous architect, Christopher Wren, who was commissioned to rebuild Saint Paul’s Cathedral after the fire of 1666 that devastated London. Greg Coker captivates as he enriches this story dissecting the leadership qualities of Christopher Wren and revisiting the fire of 1666 and its redemptive qualities not only to London but in our personal lives as well. He introduces a powerful metaphor, a “Cathedral,” as something that adds purpose to our lives, that drives our behavior, while encouraging us to not only find our “Cathedral,” but to help and support others in finding their “Cathedral.” The “Bricklayers” in the story provide the backdrop for a rich discussion on employee engagement and the dynamics that occur in modern day organizations. The highlight of the book and the speech are personal stories of people who are building modern day “Cathedrals” and those who have experienced “personal fires,” but like London were able to come out stronger, quicker, faster. Greg Coker concludes with a list of simple yet powerful examples of how we have the amazing power and the responsibility to touch and inspire others in a deep and meaningful way.

As a professional speaker, Greg Coker travels the country delivering this powerful speech in an entertaining and inspirational style to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, trade associations, civic organizations, colleges and universities. Greg Coker’s presentation, tailored especially for you and your organization, will inspire, motivate and move audiences through a range of emotions that ultimately results in everyone leaving with a renewed commitment to one’s purpose and a clearer understanding of the “Cathedrals” that must be built, both personal and organizational.

Call Greg today at 270-223-8343 and schedule him for your next event!

The following is a partial list of organizations that have been moved by Greg Coker’s “Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose” presentation:

  • Lions Clubs
  • Rotary Clubs
  • United Methodist Church
  • Boy’s & Girls Club
  • United Way
  • Downs Syndrome Association
  • 811 Call Before You Dig
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Public School Systems
  • Kentucky School Boards Association
  • Connected Nation
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Embassy Suites Hotel
  • Raffertys Restaurants
  • Mariah’s Restaurant
  • Franklin Bank & Trust
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Farmers National Bank
  • Franklin Insurance
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Leadership Kentucky
  • Delta National Gas

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