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Introducing My Friend, Jeff Havens: The One & Only

By Jeff Havens By now you’ve heard your fair share of motivational speakers. Some of them are impressive, and others are impressively boring. Some of them make you analyze your own behavior and help you see things in a new and productive way, while others make you wish you were participating in an IRS audit instead. But either way, all motivational speakers focus their entire energy on telling you what you should do. Which is perfectly fine. However, it’s way more fun to talk about what you shouldn’t do. There’s nothing wrong with being asked to embrace change as it comes. But wouldn’t it be more entertaining to listen to someone “encourage” you to fear change and fight against it with everything you have? Wouldn’t it be a refreshing change of pace to hear someone urge you to blame others for your mistakes? After all, we’ve outsourced textiles and manufacturing
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Commitment to Joy: CEO & Homeschool

In the effort to “Viva La Vida Loca”, ala Ricky Martin, I am constantly trying to figure out how to actually make my life crazier.  Hire a trainer to learn kettlebell swings?  Why not!  Take 2 days off to make Pinewood Derby cars with my boys and end up with a broken block of wood and 3 of us sobbing? Bring it on!  Sing through the sore throat until you’re at the doctor doing Vocal Physical Therapy?  Yes please! And so it is, the craziness that is my life.  I love it and wonder how it can get any more bizarre, and then it does.   Next thing I know I’m performing in front of Mrs. Hall, the teacher who discovered I could sing and changed my life forever.  And wait, what’s that?  We have brought back together The Troubadours from The Waterford School and are bidding adieu the Founder
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The Myth of Mentoring

To be clear, mentoring is not a myth. Unicorns are a myth, as are comfortable bicycle seats. (Seriously, cyclists, why do you hate your butts so much?) But there is a myth about mentoring that I’d like to clear up. I speak so often on the importance of mentors when addressing corporate leadership, as well as youth audiences, that I’ve even included a discussion about this in my book, “Signature Moves: How To Stand Out in a Sit Down World”. The Myth of Mentoring is this: You have to be the top of the heap, best of the best, and a major Success before you can Mentor someone. The truth, however, is that everyone can and should be a mentor. You don’t have to have specific expertise to offer great guidance to those who need it. For example, I have never ridden a shark. However, I believe I could still
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Commitment to Joy: The Daddy Daughter Dance

The Annual Daddy Daughter Dance has become something of a big deal in the Hewlett household.  We have a few different dances to choose from as Valentine’s Day nears, and have made the rounds through the years, going from one venue to the next checking out the dances we decide are the best.  This year we found ourselves at the Daybreak Dance in our neighborhood and had a wonderful time. It’s fun to see the daughters all decked out in their outfits, flowers in their hair, ready to P-A-R-T-Y. And it’s also funny to watch the dads show up in, what just very well may be, the only time this year they put on a tie or a buttoned up collared shirt. The combination of Daddy Daughter is an interesting one – Girls want to dance / Dad shows up to eat Girls spend hours doing hair, buying dress, getting ready
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CEOs Recognize Me in the Airport Bathroom

I’m often asked with utter excitement from a bright eyed kid, “What’s it like to be FAMOUS?!?  You must get recognized everywhere!” I’m often at a loss as to how I should respond. Do I let the kid down and tell the truth, or do I mix things up and lead him to believe it’s all you dream of! “Yes, my little friend, it is INCREDIBLE to be me.  Not only am I unable to go to the mall without being mobbed at JC Penny, but I can’t even go out to eat with my family anymore because the crowds are so insane, Ronald McDonald is trampled as they flock to attack me in the KidZone!” Sorry buddy.  I’m just not that famous when it comes to the kind of fame kids and some grown-ups capture in their imagination regarding the concept of “fame”. BUT – and I’d say –
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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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