Dear Son

Every CEO gets to take a stand or waver

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Things only become sayings or cliches if they are true. From LinkedIn yesterday.


The event planner left a voice message yesterday saying my price was too high for her client, even though i offered two discounts. (one for 100% advance payment, the other for contracting a second, future, engagement simultaneously.

One standard $3,500 discount for 100% advance payment, and another $2,000 for what i creativity labeled “seed discount”; a goodwill gesture anticipating future bookings.

The $2,000 seed discount would be added back into the second contract, so it’s technically not a discount – more like a short-term loan to help them meet short-term budget constraints for the first booking.

i love being able to talk about price integrity with conviction and commitment.

The real client – the event planner’s client – wants an amazing Disney speaker for a half-day leadership engagement for her association’s 27-member statewide board of directors.

She’ll find less expensive options.

i’m a firm believer you get what you pay for.

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Dear Son

Trying to fit a mold is dangerous

Yeah but, i don’t want to ruin my chances for a promotion.


Big company or small company, the internal competition for promotion is relative.

Bad moves are remembered well.

So don’t ever make any, right?

You know, play it safe.

You can let loose and be yourself when you retire.

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Being Brave

Speak like you mean it, and be willing to walk away

Speakers Bureau Contract sample
There was a clause in the contract that over-rode this . Signed last night, Jan. 12, 2016.


Began 25 minutes behind schedule and ran over my time by one minute, a net loss of 24 minutes. Never complained. Saw it coming and adapted on the fly. This is what a professional speaker does.

Did the client or the audience have any idea?

Certainly not the audience.

Just another day of doing work that matters.

Coincidently, received an email from a different client with great news. The Speakers Bureau’s client agreed to remove their video taping request.

i was willing to walk away from a big contract, rather than compromise my values.




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Professionally Speaking

i love the classroom

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Yesterday at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.


Personal leadership 101:

Live your life so that if anyone ever says anything bad about you, no one will believe it.

It’s a very intentional choice.

And to be very intentional, you’ll need to over manage things you used to under manage or ignore.


At first, but once you’ve done it long enough for it to become a powerful habit, you have now actually created something (a personal brand) worth defending at any cost.




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My conscious was bothering me


You can reach a point in life that even the smallest miscommunication bothers you.

Purchased a new MacBook four days ago, and yesterday i took it back, unopened.

Bought it utilizing the back-to-school tax free incentive.

Went to purchase our third 11-inch MacBook Air, this one for Chapin as he enters High School.

Bought a 12-inch MacBook (not an “Air”) that is smaller, lighter, and has a bigger screen.

Since it’s a new Apple product, the temptation to own it tugged on my heart.

So i took it back explaining that it won’t be going to our Son and i’d like to pay the tax that we saved under the back-to-school premise.

Apple said either way it was legit and not to worry about it.

There is something about a 100% clear conscience that is priceless.

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