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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Living The Dream

  At the gas station today the customer before me asked the employee at the register, “How’s your day going?” “Livin’ the Dream, man, just livin’ the dream.” I found that humorous and equally encouraging.  I mean, this guy has what some may consider a not really living the dream kind of job, but maybe it is for him?  Either way it struck me as pretty neat. What does Living The Dream look like to you? Doesn’t need to be anything crazy, like winning the lottery or making millions.  Maybe it’s just having the right job, the right boss, the
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The Secret to Reinventing Yourself

  What is the pie in the sky for you? What do you want to be known for? What do you want to do with your life & career? In 2000 I decided I would become a world-famous Entertainer. By 2004 I had an offer to make that dream happen, but with a price I wasn’t willing to pay. In that moment I had to reinvent myself and quickly became one of the most sought after Corporate Entertainers and Emcee’s in the world. In 2012 I was pretty tired of that show and it hurt me to perform.  My time
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Why Can’t I Get My Fee?

If you’ve been in speaking or performing for any length of time, the question, “Why can’t I get my fee?” may have come up a time or two (million). Here’s the issue: We see others getting the fees we want. We figure we should get that much because we figure we are better. We raise our fees too quickly. And then we wonder why we can’t get the higher fee. It comes down to the market determining your value. If you are finding that you can’t get your fee upon raising it after years and years, or even a few
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The Importance of La La Land and Your Dreams as a Performer

  Don’t mind me.  Just finished wiping the tears from my eyes at another viewing of “La La Land”, only one of two movies on my iPad permanently. I watch this movie on flights, in my hotel rooms, and even skip around to my favorite scenes whenever I need a good smile (opening scene traffic jam). And then it turns to a good cry (The Audition Song through the end of the movie). This movie is significantly important enough for many reasons, but from the perspective I sit here with, having lived this life pursuing both a fulfilling family life
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FREEBIES Often Lead to BIG Fees

  I write these blogs a few days before posting them. Today is a Wednesday and I am flying between a barely made connection (from SLC, UT to Minneapolis, MN) to a small regional airport in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Yes, this client is flying me more than halfway across this fine country of ours to perform a whopping 12 MINUTES. Full fee. No questions asked. This is a company that, if you know your Arkansas history, is obviously the only one in that section of the state who could afford to do this, and has produced some of the wealthiest people
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Exciting News That Will Make Your Career Easier

  Exciting News about the Online Training Course. Did you already purchase and take my course, “How To Make a Career From Stage”? If so, we have ADDED a few new pieces, and if you haven’t logged in for a while, you may want to check it out ASAP.  Click HERE to go there NOW. Once signed in, on your Account page, you will see a tab for “Resources”. In this section you now have full access to, and rights to use as your own, the following as templates to accelerate your career and business practices: * Contract / Appearance
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