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Right or wrong? Should an author make sure there is no question they are for hire?

Disney's Polynesian Resort Aloha sign
Aloha. Hello. The book does not mention being for hire. Mistake?

 

Right or wrong? Should an author make sure there is no question they are for hire?

Because I did not.

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The most unexpected, amazing answer from a half-serious question

Art is never giving the same speech twice.
Art is never giving the same speech twice.

 

After yesterday’s keynote, mingling, and teardown, headed out the Resort porte cochere to the car. The most unexpected, amazing answer from a half-serious question.

Three women from the audience were engaged in their own deep conversation. But I made cordial small talk and then continued walking to the car.

Over my shoulder I hear, “Can I ask you a question?”

Sure, I said, turning around, but not walking closer.

They asked a few more questions, shared a story, and I was making a transition to leave and I said, “Aren’t you supposed to be in a breakout session”?

“Yes, but your presentation sparked a conversation and before we knew it our breakout session was half over, so we’re skipping it.”

Be the spark.

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Ever hear something sounding so bad and so good at the same time?

Church social function
Great speakers do it for free for Churches and Schools

 

Ever hear something sounding so bad and so good at the same time? Last night leaving the classroom, heard an executive say, “The guy wanted $5,000 to speak to us. We’re never gonna hire someone asking only $5,000.”

Whatever we do for a living, are we delivering on an exhilarating level?

Crazy.

Of course.

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Is today our practice for amazing things tomorrow?

field of daisies
It’s as simple and beautiful as a field of daisies – be amazing

 

Today is practice. Rehearsal for the big event tomorrow across the street. Expecting 8,000 people.

What is it about doing something bigger than we’ve ever done – by a long shot – that is so exciting?

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The life of a missionary

walt disney world
Much of my town has been named after the father of modern day business creativity

Heading to the midwest this morning to help 1,000+ people think, smile, and feel grateful. It’s mission work to share reveal exceptional business wisdom from a man I’ve studied all my life and have the privilege to work for – the father of modern day creativity.

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