The Promise of Appreciation

  How many times have you been on a plane and thought, “I sure hope this pilot doesn’t succeed today!” Hmmm.  Probably never. As a Dad I rarely recall thinking, “I hope on Christmas Day on our 2-week vacation to Kauai the kids will ask, ‘Why didn’t Santa bring us more presents this year?'” (yes, this happened last year. Ouch.) As a Speaker and Performer I don’t recall the last time I was like, “Dang, they audience is laughing hysterically again?  Taking notes about what I’m saying?  Another standing ovation?  How sick can I get of these?” Yeah, that just
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How’d He Get In The Speaker Hall of Fame?

                                “Your son has some, well…. challenges,” the teacher began. “Such as,” asked the mother. “Well, reading is an issue in multiple areas, especially out loud and comprehension.  Same with math, the concepts just aren’t working in his mind.  His writing is compromised and his handwriting is illegible.  He seems fine with social skills and making friends, but we are a bit concerned he is doing odd things with his face and mouth which are distracting to others,” she continued. “What can we do to help him?” the mother
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How Keynoting for Keynote Speakers Almost Killed Me

  “You think you’re a ‘Speaker’?  You think you’re a ‘Keynoter’?  I’m sorry to break it to you, but you have no content, no message, and no one considers you a Speaker from what I just heard you do up there.  You are an ‘Entertainer’, you are ‘After Dinner Entertainment’, that’s it!  Don’t try and be anything else, because you have nothing we want to hear but your entertainment, singing, and funny stuff. Now, if you want to become a Speaker someday, if you really want to invest in yourself and become a true Keynoter, well then here’s my card, I
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Jim Carrey: The Most Unappreciated Actor Ever

Sully is now in theaters receiving rave reviews!  With the movie Philadelphia, and then Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks made the unprecedented transition in a little over a decade from comedies such as Bosom Buddies, Money Pit, and The Man with One Red Shoe, to two-time Oscar-Winner (1994-1995), quickly regarded as one of the most respected actors of a generation. The jump took a bit longer (20 years) for Robin Williams, as he transitioned into Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting (1998, Oscar-Winner), all the way from a legendary stand-up career, to Mork & Mindy, Popeye, and Aladdin.
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Quantity Time vs. Quality Time

The honor of my life is to be a Dad. Over the years I have restructured my entire existence around one concept: Quality Time vs. Quantity Time as a Dad. I used to swoop in for the big moments of my children’s lives to say I was there, using the phrase “Quality Time” as my cover while chasing financial success, hiding behind my favorite hobbies, and just being busy. But then something flipped in my brain when I realized even that Quality Time was compromised by my mind being elsewhere, my heart not in it even when I was present.
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The New Web Site – The Promise

Welcome to The New Web Site – The Promise The Promise is the “Jason Hewlett Brand”, it is the new push we are going with, the wording we have searched for as a team, finally properly defined, after 16 years of working on it. The Promise is all encompassing of every message you’ve heard me give: Signature Moves: How To Stand Out in a Sit Down World Limitless Head to Heart Commitment to Joy The Show: Live in Las Vegas & Father Time Under the umbrella of one word, PROMISE, you get all that I’ve ever spoken on, performed for,
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Why You Want Recommendations Before You Buy

  Before you head out to grab a bite to eat at a new place you probably, like me, Google reviews, ask your trusted network on Facebook to see if it’s worth it, and whatever you read is generally what you’ll do.  Good Review: Let’s Go!  Bad Review: Send the In-Laws. Having an Event Planner say a few nice things backstage about your Speech, Show, or Emcee work is really fulfilling.  Sadly, that’s usually where it ends, as asking them to say it in the camera can turn awkward and brutal as they struggle to recreate the magic of what
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A Day in the Life: A Non-Gig Day

  Last night at a movie premiere of a classic remake my friends have been working on for years, I was approached by multiple people in the foyer with a look of surprise on their face to see me.  In essence they all said how they were surprised to even see me in public, as I’ve seemingly disappeared to the public in their opinion, yet they were so inspired and grateful for my blogs and social media posts. This was surprising as I know a few people who like what I write but didn’t realize the effect it has on a
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A Goodbye to Ashlee Smoot

Dear Friends~ It is with extreme sorrow that we say goodbye to the amazing, beautiful, athletic, incredible Ashlee Smoot.  She passed on Saturday night, March 12, 2016, surrounded by her family, children, and husband. We found out she had Stage 4 Cancer 17 months ago.  Pretty weird diagnosis for the embodiment of health, physical fitness, mountain biking fanatic, and young mother of 3.  At 32 she was given little chance to survive even 6 months. Since she’s a fighter, she lasted nearly triple that.  No one was surprised. You supported Ashlee even if you didn’t know Ashlee. You supported this
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Dear Mother

  My Mom turns a certain age tomorrow, the kind The Beatles sang about, “….would you still need me, would you still feed me, when I’m….” yeah, that age. I still see her as mid-twenties, as that was the first face of my childhood, the one I longed to see every waking moment, the one I reached for each morning and kissed every night. Searching back in my memory, and attempting to navigate past the photos that make up the pathway, I attempt to recall the first true moments that shaped my life.  Indelibly, there is always Mother. Sadly, I can’t
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