As always, when I discuss the actions of a political figure, I begin with the
disclaimer this is not a political blog — nor is it intended to suggest an
affiliation on my part. I have one…it’s just my belief that you aren’t
here for that type of commentary. I’m just using an example of an elected
official in regard to a professional and personal point I’m suggesting we
Near Miami, Florida…Westin Diplomat Hotel…VERY significant conference of
the Consumer Bankers Association…high-level executives in the
audience…I’m on a panel and listening as another member is speaking. A
top-tier leader from Deloitte asks the group, “How many of the top twenty
banks in America will be in the top twenty in just fifteen years?”
Every person has an audience response device, and the answers average about
fifteen of the twenty will still be on top. The moderator asks the De... (more)
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
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. The... (more)
Thirty-three years ago, I was invited to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania and give
a speech. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined what would happen
as a result…
At the time, I was working all summer for the National FFA Organization at
their summer leadership programs, teaching and directing a conference where
over 100 high school students from across the country would take part each
week in personal development activities and visit Washington, DC.
This opportunity to address the awards banquet at the World Livestock
Auctioneer Championship would be a chance to get away fo... (more)
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)
At 6:38pm on Wednesday evening — over an hour and a half after our office
has closed for the day — a person in the speaking business calls my
toll-free number, and leaves a message.
Our system is set up so that voice mails are forwarded to our cell phones at
all times. We want to be totally responsive to customers — and sometimes,
their messages can’t wait. Because I’m traveling from Memphis to New York
City, I’m out of pocket and don’t receive the notification until about
Now, here’s the rub: This guy is calling to ask for my advice and a favor.
He wants my input, and fro... (more)