Monthly Archives December 2016

The Promise To Show Up No Matter What

    One of my favorite stories in recent memory comes from my friend, fellow Speaking Professional, Manley Feinberg II.  Check out his web site HERE.  It’s one thing to be committed to a client to speak at their event, sign a contract, book the flights, get everything ready and then realize weather just crushed your chances of making the trip to the remote location.  So you make the call and say sorry, can’t make it.  Bummer. There are Speakers, Performers, and any type of service workers and employees, that clock in, do the job, but just do what they
Read More

2017 Goals vs. Promises

As the NEW YEAR approaches, what are the GOALS you are focused on accomplishing to really hit a home run this coming year? If you’re like me, you realize that sometimes GOALS aren’t enough. Call it what you will: Resolutions * Commitments * Goals I ask the question: “Why Set a Goal when you can Make a Promise?” I’m not saying Goals aren’t important – that would be ridiculous!  We all need to set Goals. But Goals are those pieces we can chop away at.  Usually Goals are associated with numbers, systems, projects. In that case, Goals are good. Where
Read More

The Promise of The Performer Amid Personal Tragedy

  Tonight, just prior to taking the stage, for my final performance of 2016, I just happened to answer a phone call from an old friend.  Watch this video to see the news I received:     It is rare for me to feel this sad.  Carla is a most exemplary person, full of life, wit, so smart and wonderful.  The news of her loss hits hard.  Yet nothing would make her more proud than for me to go out there and lift others with a smile, but how tough is that in this moment? What is my responsibility as
Read More

The Promise of Your Best Work

What is your level of care when it comes to your work? The lady who swiped my card at the store today: she’s just doing a job, didn’t even bother to say hello or converse when I tried to engage with her, just looked down and away.  Luckily there was the storefront manager-turned-bagger who walked up, with a smile, and saved the day with friendliness. So I ask in a different way: What is your Promise of Your Best Work?   There is a certain restroom I find myself in every trip heading out at my hometown airport.  For over
Read More

The Promise That Went Viral: 1-Year Anniversary of Seeing My Wife at Target

  You never think something you write on a whim on Facebook before going to sleep will change your life, nor be read by an estimated 100 Million people in less than a week, and end up landing you as front page news in London, China, India, Brazil, Italy, France, and every major US city.  24 hours after writing the post entitled, “I Think I Cheated On My Wife Today”, we had already been featured as the top story on The Today Show web site, written up in People magazine, and had too many radio, TV, and media requests to
Read More