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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How To Get Work as a Speaker & Performer

  The #1 Question I get from every Speaker, Performer, and Business Owner I talk with is: “HOW DO I GET MORE WORK?” The answer remains the holy grail of anyone wanting to be on stage more often. We all believe we have what it takes, and to be honest, a majority of those that aren’t getting work quickly is because what they deliver is not either understood in their marketing materials, or once they take the stage are not good enough to be referred again. Blunt truth, but honest. If you’re SO GOOD then you SHOULD be getting more
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The Promise to Deliver Greatness

  In the past 15 days I have done 15 events. VIDEO HERE That’s a lot to put yourself through when not every event is in the same city, state, or company. Add to it that I took Sundays off, and had other days without a gig, and you realize I was doubling down a few times. I’d speak at 8 AM, catch a flight at 11 AM, speak that night in a different state. That’s a fair amount of work. But let’s be honest, is what I do really work? To be fair, compared to most people, I have
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