How to Avoid Burnout in Your Career

  50 year old speaker says to 25 year old speaker: “I’m not sure how much longer I can do this, I am burning out, I’m just tired of it – the road, the gigs, the commitment, the grind – I can’t take it anymore.”  25 year old speaker thinks: “I will trade you all of your problems to have this problem right now…”    Burnout is the real deal for anyone in any profession or industry, especially when you have accomplished the highest levels, been acknowledged in the Hall of Fame, gone through the ups and downs that comes
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Friend or Foe: Professional Peers

  This past week was spent at an annual conference I never miss no matter where it is, this time in Dallas, TX. Having spent thousands of dollars to attend, I was excited to see my friends in the speaking business, and feel the familiar friendship of those going through similar trials and triumphs is really something I look forward to. As I sat down with a group of friends I haven’t seen in person in over a year, the first thing I was asked was, “Wow man, did you let go or what?  Your beard is out of control,
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Social Media: Arch Nemesis or Superhero Sidekick?

  ~ Training & Philosophy for Speakers, Entertainers & Business Owners ~    Maybe you’ve heard my story about becoming present with my son on our Daddy-Son Day, as I realized I was looking at Facebook rather than enjoying his 3-year old moment on the slide at the McDonald’s PlayPlace all those years ago. He is now 10 years old and the moment, 7 years hence, when I deleted the Facebook app, in order to promise and focus more on the present moment, has been a very important story for many people through the years, but mostly for me. I
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Don’t Miss Influence 2018

Training for Speakers, Entertainers & Entrepreneurs ~    Where will you be on July 14-17, 2018?  Every year our family faithfully makes the pilgrimage to the hottest places in the United States and savor the friendship, learning, and fun that is our membership as a part of NSA. The National Speakers Association is the greatest organization on planet earth for anyone looking to join our business, young and old, newbie and seasoned pro. Their annual convention, INFLUENCE, is the best event you’ll ever attend. I invite you, one and all, to come and join us. Get your kids involved –
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The Million Dollar Round Table 2018

  Training for Speakers, Entertainers, Performers ~    Hello My Friends, I come to you with a full heart exploding in gratitude. I have just come off the MDRT, Million Dollar Round Table, stage in front of 15,300 attendees from around the world.  Less than 2,000 speak English. If you have the aspirations of being a corporate speaker the MDRT event is the top of the top.  It is one of the finest run events I’ve ever seen, as well as one of the hardest stages to get on. Rather than re-write the entire experience here I have shared a
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Pre-Performance Jitters: How To Turn Nerves Into Excitement

  Training for Speakers, Entertainers & Performers ~   Sitting next to my wife and daughter at Church on Father’s Day, we sat ready to give our talks.  My wife and daughter had theirs written out, I sat empty handed as I had barely thought about the talk due to prior time constraints. Noticing the uncontrollable bouncing of her knees, I watched my beautiful pre-teen nearly go into a mental meltdown prior to her 3 minute talk. If you’re a performer, speaker, entertainer, then you know this feeling all too well. I leaned over to her, held her hand, and
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Summer: Don’t Let One Moment Slip By

      Training for Speakers, Entertainers & Entrepreneurs ~ Summer has begun! If you are feeling the pressure to do absolutely nothing in your home office then you are not alone.  85% of homebound business owners can’t hide from their kids in their own office, while the other 15% install blinds and door locks strong enough to keep them out (I made those figures up). The lure of summer can be both a welcome respite and equally set you far behind in your business goals for the calendar year.  Here are a few tips to making this a summer
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Client Photos & Frames: The Ultimate Follow Up Gift

  Training for Speakers & Entertainers ~ Well my friend, I am giving away all of my secrets now. Actually, I didn’t come up with this idea, I first heard about it from my Uncle Ernie who did photos and framed pics of his clients attending Utah Jazz games when I was young.  And then Chad Hymas, Hall of Fame Speaker, did the same thing for his speaking clients. I’ve been doing this for years so here’s the process: Take a photo with the client after the event when they’re really happy with what you just did on stage Print
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Attend Every Show You Can

  This past weekend I sat with tears in my eyes as I watched a beautiful musical called “Tuck Everlasting” at the brand new, multi-million dollar Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy, Utah. Everyone around me was crying, too. A week prior I sat in awe watching the masterful Waldo Waldman kill it as keynote speaker for Maverik. A week before that my family and I sat in disbelief at the brilliance of the touring show, “Hamilton” (mostly disbelief at the cost of the night, but that’s another blog post). When was the last time you attended a musical, a concert,
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Gratitude Always Wins

    Want to learn how to be referred by your Heroes in the business? The Mentor met with 2 hopefuls, equal time, equal effort. One he never heard from again. From the other he received a handwritten Thank You note, a gift card to a restaurant, and a follow up email to ensure it was received. Who did The Mentor become endeared to? This process has played out in my office time and time again, and it is equally as important to your success with your clients as a pertinent event follow up practice. When you do the event,
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