Heretics, thankfully

Dream Golf book
Gift from a client.
page from a book with one sentence highlighted in yellow
First page of the introduction. Yellow highlighted sentence. Watch the two-minute video to hear more heretical talk…

Heretics, thankfully.

Heretic soundbites inspiring me to share them here…

If you think people are coming here to play golf, you are out of your friggen mind.

There are Links courses and then there’s everything else…

As different from each other as a Caddie is from a golf cart.

Forgettable, formulaic designs. Pretentious clubhouses. Signature holes. Golf carts on paved paths that make you feel like a token in a giant board game.

Regard your work as though it will still exist 500 years from now. Is that too much to ask? Anything else would have been too little.

•  •  •  •  •

This website is about our WORK. To ponder today’s post about our HOME, click here.

It was amazing

Magic happens when you live admirably. Just yesterday we (Disney) repeated as the 4th most admired company in the world according to Fortune.

It was amazing.

At least three times my client said that.

In roughly five minutes between other people coming in and out of the conversation as the session concluded.

Later a text:

The team keeps talking about the presentation and YOU!!

To which i text back:

Wait, what? i’m just a messenger. Walt’s genius deserves the credit for the architecture. PS. Thank you.

•  •  •  •  •

This website is about our WORK. To ponder today’s post about our HQ, click here.

If you want to stay on this site and read more posts from this Blog, click here.

Client call questions

Client call questions:

  1. Who’s the audience
  2. Why Disney and this topic
  3. What do you want the buzz to be
  4. Conference theme & why
  5. How does topic support theme
  6. Greatest success past year
  7. Biggest unsolved challenge last year
  8. Budget
  9. Add ons

Logistics:

  1. Date, time, venue
  2. How many
  3. Seating
  4. Agenda
  5. Who introduces me
  6. If i start late, when should i end
  7. AV check
  8. Contract
  9. Recording
  10. Media
  11. Payment
  12. Feedback
  13. Testimonials
  14. Future opportunities
  15. Anything else

How’s that for a little behind the scenes look? It’s not the Magic that makes it work, it’s the work that makes it Magic.

•  •  •  •  •

This website is about our WORK. To ponder today’s post about our HQ, click here.

If you want to stay on this site and read more posts from this Blog, click here.

To listen more or to not listen more, that is the question

inspiring mission
Last night, a random commercial. Love the aspirational vision. Essentially, i aspire to do the same.

 

The Speakers Bureau gave them the top keynote speaker recommendations.

However, several members of the speaker selection committee had seen me speak a month ago and told the leader he should contact me.

As we concluded the 30-minute call, he said i should hear back in a couple days.

Was proud of myself for intentionally doing far more listening this call than usual.

Not sure if it was a good idea.

 

•  •  •  •  •

This website is about our WORK. To ponder today’s post about our HQ, click here.

If you want to stay on this site and read more posts from this Blog, click here.

 

My email response for posterity

Disney Keynote Speaker
GNP 2014.

 

Boldness fertilizes genius. Just before i filed this email in the digital client folder, i reread it. And i thought to myself, “You wrote that? That’s pretty bold. i like it.”

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”  – Vincent Van Gogh

 

Yesterday…my email reply…

Thanks for your message. The proposed call was intended for us, not the committee.

The purpose is to accelerate my understanding of what the bullseye is for the keynote speech.

There’d be three possible outcomes from our call:

1. We’d both easily realize my content isn’t a right fit for your target.
2. The bullseye and my content would be close but not a perfect match. And if i can’t hit the bullseye, i’d decline.
3. Or, there’s no one else in the world who can not only hit your bullseye like my content can, but i’ll actually split the arrow already in the bullseye.

The fact there’s no video on my website is a bold and different move. It’s intentional. And risky. The same intentionality (and risk) Disney Institute applies to their website and You Tube channel.

PS. If your conference isn’t aiming for content that can change things, i’ll have to respectfully pass. There are more committees than not that are subconsciously going through the motions and checking off their to-dos, without respect for bold and risky.

Taking risks is risky. So is playing it safe.

Be amazed and be amazing. Our world needs more of that.

•  •  •  •  •

This website is about our career health. To leave this site to read today’s post on my home health website, click here.