The Secret of Customization

  Last week, my fellow speakers and I pulled off a surprise Village People remake of YMCA/ CPAE for the CPAE Hall of Fame banquet at the NSA National Speakers Association Influence Conference. My friend, Eric Chester, contacted me back in October with the idea, as he would host the banquet.  We kept it a secret for 8 months.  Invited only other CPAE Hall of Fame Speakers to participate, and had one rehearsal the day of the event. It took me about a month to get the tracks and record background vocals, and then another few weeks to figure out
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It’s Not About You

In response to my last article about the speaker who showed up unprepared and was disinterested in being a professional, I received a response from one of my favorite speakers on the planet – and he also happens to be one of my dearest friends.   Dr. Paul Jenkins wrote in response: “Here’s the main thing I’ve learned as a speaker – It’s not about you!”   I concur. Think about it for yourself, in speaking, in business, in marriage, in every aspect of life you can consider, this is sound advice from Dr. Paul.   ~ jason   Jason
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How Easy Are You To Work With?

  This past week I helped with an event where Speakers were presenting to youth.   Most Speakers showed up like you should: Prepared, Early, and Excited. However, not all were like that. In particular one Speaker showed up 4 minutes prior to being introduced. I didn’t have a phone number for this person so we weren’t sure they were coming. Caused a bit of a panic. Then I was asked, “Who’s going to run my Power Point?” I said, “We didn’t know you needed Power Point. Where’s your laptop?” “I don’t have a laptop!” the Speaker snapped. I replied, “We
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How Much Do You Give?

  Tonight we are enjoying our first full night’s rest in a hotel on this, our 3-week RV adventure across the US, in Orlando.  We will be here a week and then continue the journey back to Utah for another 3 weeks. It has been a fascinating and powerful learning experience trip (that’s positive speak for “it’s been a disaster” – but since I claim to be a motivational guy I’m not allowed to say reality out loud too often). This trip has actually turned out to be the toughest we’ve ever done.  In terms of the saying, “Everything has
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