Archives for the promise

This One Made Me Laugh

Some stories you just can’t make up.     I talk about the importance of loving one’s family, but also know not everyone is having success in that department. This news article made me laugh out loud in both the silliness of it, as well as feeling sad at the same time for this guy. Comedy is Tragedy, and this is a bit of both. Hope you’ll Promise to love your Family. Thanks to FOX13 in Utah for this story.   ~ jason hewlett Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for
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The Descent: The Greater Ascension

  As I sobbed into the phone from the summit of The Grand Teton, following a 24-hour long arduous trek to get to the legendary craggy peak, I left a message for my family in both gratitude for their help with my preparations to ascend, and also mixed with terror at the thought of what I had just accomplished. It wasn’t until the moment I stepped foot off the top of the mountain to begin the journey home that I realized The Descent is more important and dangerous than any Ascent. Every mountain climb has an Ascent and a Descent.
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Gotta Hand it to United

  A few weeks ago I posted a blog called, “The Promise United Never Made”. Wow did that stir up some strong feelings from the opposers, critics, and posers out there!  Haha. My whole point was simply that United Airlines only had it as a GOAL to make the customer experience be positive, that they never made any kind of PROMISE to us. Many people agreed with my assessment and the change in language, and how that shifts the strength of power in our words. And then others showed up shouting how promises can’t be guaranteed, it depends on the circumstance,
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The Promise of Congruence On & Off Stage

When I was a kid I met my hero, a basketball player who is in the Hall of Fame now, and at the time was the epitome of all I wanted to be in life. I collected his jerseys, wore the same brand shoes as him (before that was a thing), and collected every basketball card ever made about him. The time came to meet my hero.  He was there to sign our memorabilia. I went up to him, asked if he would be willing to sign my stuff… And he refused. He said that he was under contract not
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The Work Family Saves The Day

The other night I took the stage for a very important Awards Ceremony after being introduced as if I were the greatest performer in the world. Plugged in my iPhone which runs my 40+ music cues before my hour long Show. I introduced the first song and….nothing. My phone was frozen. I laughed nervously and fidgeted with it. And then I tried to shut it off to reboot. Wouldn’t slide touch off. Oh. My. Gosh. The pit in my stomach was beyond anything I’ve felt in a while.   AV Team began scrambling, ran up and checked all the connections.
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cmi speaker management

If you’ve run a business you know finding the right people to help you accomplish your dream is a very challenging thing.  Instead of hiring anyone, you may have tried to go it alone. In running my business over 17 years I have experienced being the so-called “chef, host, busboy, clerk, PR, HR, owner, waiter, janitor, distributor, designer and lawyer” all at the same time. Trust me – it’s not a good idea. Through the nearly 2 decades I have tried and failed to surround myself with those that caught my vision, or in most cases, found great people who
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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 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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