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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
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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
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How A Funeral Can Change Your Business

This week my Uncle David Goates’ Dad passed away.  His name is L. Brent Goates, here is his beautiful obituary. I only knew this man a little bit, saw him at extended family gatherings throughout my life, he didn’t even know my name or who I was, but why would that matter?  He had many grand and great grandchildren to account for in the Goates family of extreme success and prosperity, and he was beloved, revered, and respected by all who knew him. Even though it doesn’t matter really to anyone but me that I’ll be at his funeral, I
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The Promise of Mentors

How do you TOP a year like 2016?  This has been one of those years that you dream about, where it seems all the stars align and you realize all the work you have been doing is finally taking shape and headed in the right direction. The challenge with reaching a new level of success is keeping the promise to yourself that you are now going to outdo it all from here.  The other problem is finding a new tier of mentors who can relate to your current realm and offer to help you take it into tomorrow. What is the
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The Promise to The Family: Personal (Part 2)

  Welcome to Part 2 of The Promise to The Family   (If you missed it, CLICK HERE for Part 1: The Business Family: AKA “The Team”)   There are 2 types of families: Personal & Business On a Personal level, there is a FAMILY for which we work, stay disciplined, and bring home the bacon.  This may be your family in your home, comprised of spouse, kids, pets.  For others the Family may be paternal relations, or perhaps dear, dear friends who make up roommates and associates.  And then there are communities, could be religious, health, or those with
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Promise to The Business Family: AKA “The Team” (Part 1)

Years ago, before I had kids, I was at a friend’s home and remember watching him with his little ones before sending them off to school.  The whole family put their hands in the circle, hand over hand, as they shouted altogether, “Gooooooo TEAM!” I thought: Well, that’s corny.  But cute, too. Now with my little kids we do the same thing, except we say, “We Are HEWLETT’s!  Hewlett’s Don’t Give Up!  Hewlett’s Do Their Best!  We Are Hewlett’s – ba-ba-bump-ba-bump-bump-bump!” (jingle for “We are Farmers…”) In other words, we have taken corny and added hokey to obnoxious and created our
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What Do Michael Jackson and Chewbacca Have in Common?

Question: What do the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and Chewbacca, of StarWars fame, have in common? Answer: We expect one thing of them, that they keep their Promise – deliver their Signature Move – or else we wonder if we’re seeing the real thing. Even as he has been gone for 7 years now, if I ask an audience, “What was Michael Jackson’s Signature Move?”  They all collectively yell out, “MOONWALK!” Here’s my attempt to honor the Great MJ In 2015 audiences were breathless and ecstatic upon the arrival of StarWars VII The Force Awakens when Han Solo and
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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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