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Las Vegas Reminiscing

Man, I haven’t been to Las Vegas in a few months. Amazing how it constantly changes! This week I did a gig in Sin City for Fluke Networks, a sales event with rowdy IT guys (imagine that?), and it was very fun to entertain for 30 minutes and then bring the Award Winners to stage.  Special thanks to Jeff Civillico for the referral, and my awesome agent, Donna Buttice of SeeAgency for the gig! When I travel to Las Vegas I often think about what might have been.  For those that have heard my story, I turned down a very big deal offered in 2004 for the opportunity of performing here for years to come.  Pretty interesting to walk the Strip and see those that are here where I may have been…and to know about their professional success, and unfortunately more often than not, their personal struggles. For me, it
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Cruise Life

Last week I was enjoying the company of the greatest speakers and some of the most incredible people on earth at the CSP/CPAE National Speakers Association Summit in Coral Gables, FL. From there I went to Lou Heckler’s home for coaching on my speaking and got WAY more than I paid for. Unbelievable person and family man. From there I hopped a plane (or 3) to St. Maarten, the lovely island made up of French and Dutch sides, had the pleasure of staying on the French side (the side I’d never been near even with so many cruises through the years), and the next morning drove to the Dutch side where I caught my first Celebrity Cruise Ship entertainment gig since November 2011. My 4th child was born in Oct. 2011, and I remember the sadness of leaving him for 2 weeks of cruises a month into his life. I spent
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How Are You Improving in 2015?

For the past week I have left the freezing cold of Utah behind for the sunny skies of Miami & Gainesville, FL.  What a nice change.  My apologies to my wife and kids for leaving you stranding in the cold and dreary wilderness… As I set out to improve myself in 2015 and build upon the work of the past year, I am fortunate to now be among the elite in the speaking world.  Having received a great award in 2014, the National Speakers Association’s CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, I could easily now say I have arrived, I’ve made it, and settle on my laurels. But if you know me I am incapable of doing so. And I bet that if you landed your dream job, or received the Top Performer Award at work last year, you too can’t stop there. No, now I feel the urgent need to try
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Awesome Animation Video 2015

You know me as an Entertainer. Some people know I speak and am a Certified Speaking Professional (which is a really big deal in the speaking industry), but people are also surprised to learn that I can speak to leadership, front lines, sales, and other groups in a powerful way through humor, music, stories, and customized speeches. And even less people realize I can be an MC: Master of Ceremonies/Host. Think of what I do for corporate events as what Jimmy Fallon does for Late Night TV: I make it fun, happy, sing, do comedy, with a touch of inspiration as well.  I keep you up for the entire event! I love using all of these skills to help my clients create their BEST event yet. Often when I am hired to do My Show, I am invited back, but can only return a few times over a decade since
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TOP 10 MOMENTS of 2014

Happy New Year 2015! As you sit down to pen your goals, driven by your hopes and dreams, let’s take a look back at a most incredible 2014 in retrospect and gratitude.  In order to move forward we must take a gander back! Presenting, the TOP 10 Moments in Performing of 2014: 10. The Team Training Institute – This was my 2nd event in the past 4 years with this incredible group of dental professionals.  It was also my first show where I brought my newly pressed DVD’s to be sold and see what might happen.  I took 40 of them, and SOLD OUT.  It was thrilling to think that people would want my new product, which began a stream of other great shows where I sold a good amount of DVD’s. 9. Maverik – 4th performance for Maverik in 8 years, this time with the band, performing our first attempt of
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The Other Side of the Story

“Excuse me, sir?” said the man in a hoodie at the train stop downtown on a blistering cold winter night. “Yes, are you ok?” I asked. “Thank you for talking to me, most people won’t. I have $2.25 and the fare is $6.00 for this train, and I’m also looking for a way to get something to eat tonight, could you help me?” It’s one of those split second decisions where you’re trying not to judge, but you are judging, and considering, and wondering if you only have credit cards or maybe some cash, hoping you have something small enough to offer… Oh man, did I just write that? Yes I did. And in that split second of wondering if I had some bill small enough to hand this freezing person, I realized it’s not my place to judge, whether he’s strung out and needs a hit, or is really
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2014 Thank You

WOW. 2014 was the most incredible year EVER! Thank you so much for your support, the many many happy clients who purchased my “Classic Show” DVD, as well as my Signature Moves book.  Many new products coming in 2015, including the much anticipated and requested “Father Time” DVD, along with audio versions of the shows, a NEW Book, and much more. The business of making people laugh and bringing a smile to faces is serious stuff.  I appreciate all of those who have stuck by me as I have made transitions that have appeared confusing while refining my message and career path. Finally, I hope you have a most wonderful remainder of 2014.  You deserve the best of life.  Work for it.  Dream, but then work, that’s the formula.  Success comes to those who are consistently working on success. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and say goodbye to the disappointments of
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Anyone Out There?

As an Artist, Writer, Poet, Balladeer, you name it…all you hope for is the wish that there be anyone out there! As a Blogger it’s even more painful – wondering, waiting, hoping, praying someone, other than your Mother, is reading (although I honor you, Mother, and thank you for calling me after each post to say it was awesome!). A SHARE by a friend, no wait – a STRANGER even – on social media makes you feel like you just won the lottery. A COMMENT on the very Blog gives the rush of 1,000 LIKES. Yet SILENCE, ahh, pure silence following the post is that most painful pill that whispers, “No one cares.  Keep writing….for no one….Loser in a darkened room.” And still, we write! We dance!  We sing!  We stand on the stage and tell stories, jokes, creations, parodies, satire, philosophy, our 30 Points That Can Change Your World!!!
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The JHE Team

Last night we had our first JHE Team Holiday Party.  Nothing extravagant, just a nice meal and a chance to get together, many of whom had never met one another. Having been the entertainment for whatever the count may be in Holiday parties, I found it interesting to be on the other end this time.  Hosting, planning, inviting, encouraging people to attend, hoping the meal was good, the reservation upheld, making sure everyone felt appreciated and loved.  Oddly however I couldn’t find anyone to entertain….maybe next year.  The JHE Team is confusing to those who ask me why I need so many people to run this little business, and it’s true, I don’t have any employees.  Thankfully I have assembled a real All-Star Team of the best business owners I know who relieve me of doing what I’m not good at.  Unfortunately I’ve learned the hard way that I am
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Is Your Child Weird?

For years I thought I was weird. And then one day it hit me: “I AM WEIRD!” Now it’s truth, I embrace, I know it, I LOVE it. And I have a happy life because of it, make a living because of it, too. Amazing. If you have a child that is a little different from other kids, have no fear!  It’s a good thing. Discovering how we can influence these little ones we love so dear, helping open the discussion as to why they do what they do, why they like what they gravitate toward, can really help that young person accept themselves for the unique, awesome creation they are.  Heck, it can really help you raise them!  Imagine that! In my Book, “Signature Moves: How To Stand Out in a Sit Down World”, I discuss the 6 Secrets to discovering our uniqueness.  Permission is given for you to
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