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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America’s Got Talent: My Audition

In 2007 my office received the first of many calls from America’s Got Talent to request I come perform on their show as a contestant. My fellow corporate performer acquaintance, Terry Fator, singing impressionist and master ventriloquist, had just won, receiving a multi-million dollar Las Vegas headlining contract, ultimately replacing the legendary Danny Gans at The Mirage a year later. I was in the midst of doing corporate events in place of Terry that he could no longer fulfill due to his change in life, finances, and schedule. Always rough replacing such a great act, but by the time I
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Day 1 of Homeschool

Day 1 of Homeschool. Reflections on this day: 1. Excited to see how this goes 2. Scared out of my mind 3. Hope I have the right lesson plans and haven’t over-scheduled, or possibly under-prepared 4. Praying I can keep running my business properly, respond to all the needs, emails, and continue to create, all while teaching the young lady beside me in my office the essentials of elementary school life I just pulled her from 5. Reading scriptures, setting goals and understanding her interests for what to learn, the assigned novels, and the writing assignment together was magical 6.
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3 Speaker Tips: How to Follow on Stage Marie Osmond & Olivia Newton-John

  Recently I had the horrific job of following on stage two legends of music, Marie Osmond & Olivia Newton-John, who were busy singing a duet to a media heavy audience. Backstage I could see everyone looking at me as if to say, “And what do you think you’re going to do to follow this?”  It was almost a dare from the AV team and other performers waiting to see how I could go on stage after two of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and beloved performers of all-time. Having been a performer and speaker for over 15 years this kind
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The First of Many Trainings to Come!

It is hard to describe how amazing this past weekend was with the people pictured here. Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23, 2016 was my first official JHE Training on How to Make a Career From The Stage and it went far better than I imagined it would, according to the feedback of the incredible attendees who said it was as good as anything they’ve ever been a part of in the training world for building your business as a Speaker and/or Entertainer.  Just listen to what attendees had to say about it HERE. I can’t wait for the next
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Commitment to Joy: My Wife Approves of My Wandering Eye

My wife has encouraged my wandering eye for years. Yes, I admit it, I am constantly checking out other women as they pass by, and even once in a while mistaken my wife for someone I didn’t recognize (as you may have read what I wrote a few weeks ago, that went viral and was completely a surprise to us – you can read it HERE). I’m surprised people are shocked by this fact, as I think every man in the world does this, but perhaps in a different way. It all started when my wife and I first got
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I Think I Sort of Cheated on My Wife Today

The most bizarre thing happened following the posting of what you’re about to read.  On Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:44 PM I posted on Facebook a few silly and pensive thoughts I had about an experience that day at the store.  The next morning it was gaining steam and by the evening it was going viral.  Within 48 hours we had been contacted by The Today Show, it was featured on Yahoo!, People, Cosmopolitan, and news channels nationwide.  By Friday we were hearing from family members we didn’t know we had, people coming out of the woodwork, with stories
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