Tony Robbins is up on stage, all 6 foot 7 inches of him. He claps his hands, jabs the air, jogs back and forth, and pumps his fist skyward like a giant boxing with God. “Come on!” he exhorts his audience of 2,500, who've gathered in the ballroom of the Boca Raton Hilton for A Date with Destiny, which is Robbins's signature, six-day personal growth extravaganza. “Come on!” He pauses for a second, gazes out at his audience, and breaks into a titanic grin, looking suddenly like a college kid who's showed up at a really, really amazing party. When he spreads his arms out to welcome the crowd, you're looking at a 7-foot wingspan.
“How're you doing out there, ladies and gentlemen?”
They roar. They stand, clap, jump in the air, shout whoo whoo, and otherwise go crazy on him. He's their rock star.
Tony Robbins, who will give a special session at the 41st annual Networker Symposium next March, is a pop psychology phenom. Over the last four decades, his work in the area of emotional growth and healing has influenced millions of people, most of whom will probably never see the inside of a therapist's office. According to his website, he's reached some 50 million individuals through his recordings, TV appearances, online offerings, and books, at least two of which have made the New York Times bestseller list. Four million people have attended his live seminars. His 2006 TED talk, entitled “Why We Do What We Do,” is the seventh-most watched…