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For the past two days, I’ve been in a conference room in Phoenix — which, all in all, was better than being outside in 114 degree heat — as an incoming member of the Board of Directors of the National Speakers Association. And, while what goes on in the meetings is restricted from public consumption, as is the proper procedure, there is a singularly important aspect to the meeting I’m compelled to share. Particularly as it regarded one issue that was potentially highly sensitive, I was incredibly impressed with the respect and civility the members shared toward one another. They all found ways to disagree without being disagreeable. They seemed to understand that winning this battle on a single matter could mean they lost something significant if they disregarded the friendship and collegiality that they had previously enjoyed. It’s sad, isn’t it, that in today’s w... (more)

The Mainstream Has Become a Sideshow

Never fails. At meetings of speakers or authors, those just getting started in these endeavors ask me if I could give them insight into what it takes to become successful. It’s a question that always kind of takes my breath away a bit. It always seems to me that I have so far yet to go, I don’t know why I’m being asked. Yet, at the same time, I’m truly appreciative and humbled that someone would feel that I could provide them some degree of direction. Previously here on McKain Viewpoint, I’ve mentioned my favorite blogger, Bob Lefsetz. Today, he did it again. He had a phrase on a... (more)

Google Voice

Quick note from my iPhone — my friend (and my wife’s high school classmate) Kevin Mullet told me over the weekend that he had just been approved for Google Voice. I was SO jealous! If you haven’t explored what it will do — you need to take a look, and apply, right away! (Check it out here! Google GIVES you a phone number FREE! Then, you program in your existing numbers. When someone calls your Google number, it rings ALL your phones. You’ll only need one number again…ever. And, it doesn’t matter if your home or cell or office numbers change. The Google Voice number will always ... (more)

So, Why Isn’t Everyone Doing This?

Posting from my iPhone at LAX. I’m flying Virgin America today for the first time, and I’m waiting at the gate to board a flight to JFK/New York City. I’m already impressed. When I walked up to the ticket counter, hip music was playing. The counter is lower than other airlines, so you don’t perceive a barrier between you and the ticket agent. After my bags were checked, the agent stepped from behind the counter to hand me a boarding pass and point me to security. The way she handled it was if I had bought a ring from Tiffany’s! Even though I’m hungry, I’m waiting until I’m on th... (more)

A Three-Step Process to Getting Started on Twitter…

I was in Manhattan a few weeks ago, just finished with a speech and took a moment to check out what was going on with the people I follow on Twitter. You should know that one of the “gods” of Twitter is Chris Brogan. (@ChrisBrogan in Twitter-speak) It seems like there is a three-step process to getting started on Twitter…1) sign up; and 2) & 3) follow Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki. Because Chris had reviewed “Collapse of Distinction,” he and I have shared a dialogue. He’s interesting, smart, funny, and profound. In other words, an extraordinarily cool guy. I noticed that he was h... (more)