I invite you to consider the potential value of Bag the Excuses to you and to those people who mean the most to you.

“Ninety-five percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver
Bag the Excuses

The Talk

Excuses, and regrets, often prevent people of any age or circumstance from pursuing worthy goals and achieving genuine fulfillment. In this inspiring, thought-provoking, feel good presentation, participants are encouraged to find a better way, to reexamine their attitudes, values, priorities, habits and behaviors by considering a series of challenging questions. The result will be happier, more enthusiastic, more productive individuals open to change. With the focus on improving personal performance and building more meaningful relationships within an individual’s family, place of business and community, participants will experience both personal and professional growth from this highly relevant talk.


“Dick, thanks so much for your help. In the conversations I’ve had since our meeting your words  have most definitely resonated with the group.” – Douglas H. Lagarde, Head of School, Severn School

“Our management team had the opportunity to listen and learn from Dick Webster. Thought-provoking and energizing, he illustrated how a group of individuals committed to a common purpose can achieve great results. It was a privilege to experience a leader, coach and mentor of his caliber.” – Shane Twomey, First Vice President, Morgan Stanley

“On behalf of the faculty, I want to thank you for an uplifting, energizing, reaffirming presentation. You have validated our mission as educators.” – Lydia Geacintov, Director of Studies, The Pingry School

“Dick, the excuse that I bagged at last year’s PCACAC Conference Session totally worked. I made the leap forward, and I credit it all to you. Thank you!” – Aundra Weissert, Associate Director of Admissions, Washington College

“Today, teachers and administrators stopped by the office to let me know how valuable your talk was. Thank you for providing us with such a positive message that has made everyone at Worcester think about who we are and how we go about our lives as educators. – Dr. Barry W. Tull, Headmaster, Worcester Preparatory School

“Thank you for your excellent talk. I have had nothing but positive feedback from the kids.” – Tom Gilburg, Former Head Football Coach, Franklin & Marshall College

“Dick Webster is an asset to anyone with whom he becomes associated.” – Van P. Smith. Former Chairman, United States Chamber of Commerce

The Slight Edge

From my many years of experience in a variety of leadership capacities, I have acquired a deep appreciation for effective “coaching.” The “coach” can make a difference in the performance of the individual “team” members. This was true for me initially as a student and an athlete. Certain teachers and coaches made a significant difference. Later, as a young, aspiring educator, I benefited enormously from the impact that some school heads had on my personal and professional growth. It wasn’t the person’s “title” that influenced my attitude and behavior nearly as much as his or her approach to me and my particular needs. They made an investment in me, in my development, in my peace of mind. They challenged me to reject mediocrity, to be the best I could be.

While I am still attempting to reach that lofty goal, largely because of my “mentors’” seemingly unwavering support and counsel years ago, I continue to value the opportunity to provide similar support and direction to individuals who can benefit from my experience and the lessons I have learned from some very learned, caring people who touched, and continue to touch, my life.

Do you want more out of life? Do you have a clear goal? Are you operating on all cylinders? Do you have an experienced, enthusiastic individual giving you the moral support and objective feedback you require? If not, why not? Are you prepared to bag the excuses by having a winning coach energize your human spirit and encourage your positive growth? Do you want to find a better wayThe Slight Edge can be yours.


“Dick Webster knows what makes people tick and how to motivate, and he knows these things not from textbooks, but from practical experience.” – Gene Corrigan, Former President, NCAA

“Dick Webster made me want to do my best. More of an influence on me than words can ever begin to express.” – Kathy Breitowich, D.D.S.

“Over the past 25 years, I have observed Dick Webster encouraging and motivating people of all ages to perform beyond their own expectations and to levels they never thought possible.” – Clifford Nichols, Headmaster Emeritus, Sewickley Academy

“Coach Webster conducted a series of seminars focusing on the concept of ‘personal excellence’ and very effectively linking excellence on the athletic field to excellence, integrity, and the benefits of hard work in the academic realm. The GPA of the lacrosse team improved by more than two percentage points. The players attributed their changed attitudes to Dick’s inspirational presentations.” – Robert Rau, Ph.D., United States Naval Academy

“An exemplary role model…an inspiration to many!” – Sandra Kowalski, Valparaiso University

“Coach Webster has the innate ability to bring out the best in everyone.” – Brian Keith, 1st Team All America, USNA

“A superb motivator, Dick Webster inspires and leads by example and by imparting a work ethic, moral convictions, and a dedication to success that leave an indelible mark on those whose lives he touches.” – Ridge Diven, Director of Athletics, Park School  

“Motivational and inspirational! When Dick Webster speaks, people listen and, more importantly, learn. This is a person who goes the extra mile and compels other to do the same.” – Anya Barrett, Vice President, Executive Services, Merrill Lynch

“’Try not to become a man of success,’ Einstein wrote. ‘Become a man of value.’ You, Dick, have done both. Words can’t express what you’ve meant to so many.” – Julie Bierman, M.S./CCC-SLP


“The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney