London, Oct 24 (ANI): Former U.S. President George W. Bush is embarking on a new career as a motivational speaker.
On Monday, Bush - whose policies inspired millions of Americans to vote Democrat in the 2008 election - will appear as the headline speaker on the popular Get Motivated seminar programme, which describes itself as an "action-packed, fun-filled, explosive, exciting, inspiring, skill-building business event that is world famous for its mega-watt superstar speakers and spectacular stage production."
The Forth Worth event, in Bush's home state of Texas, will also feature Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York Mayor, and Rick Belluzzo, a former Microsoft executive.
The seminar is being touted as a "motivational mega-show [that] packs more inspirational firepower than a stick of dynamite."
He will appear again in San Antonio in December.
Bush is being paid a reported 100,000 dollars for each appearance.
Bush's wife, Laura, has also been booked to speak at three events, meaning between them the couple could earn 500,000 dollars from their speeches.
The appearance of Bush at a seminar about, among other things, "How to Master the Art of Effective Leadership" has produced guffaws.
Some analysts believe that the speaking engagements are part of Bush's ongoing drive to shape his legacy.
In addition to building a presidential library, Bush is planning a book on his presidency.
Wayne Slater, a veteran Texan journalist who has written about Bush since he was the state's governor, says that appearing on stage with winners and success stories is "an introduction to the George W Bush legacy project."
During the events, Bush will reflect on his presidency, including the lessons that he has learnt from his accomplishments, as well as his setbacks. He will also share his thoughts on decision-making and managing complex organisations, according to his spokesman, David Sherzer.
"It's a great opportunity for him to talk to a group of risk-takers and entrepreneurs. This is a neat venue. It's close to home so he's really looking forward to it," Times Online quoted Sherzer as saying. (ANI)