2021 Disney Keynote Speaker firsts

couple gazing into each other's eyes
These two share 66 years of Disney Service and Leadership.

2021 Disney Keynote Speaker firsts…this is an “intermission” in my unpacking last night’s intensely-painful event.

Deep breath.

Exhale.

And remember that writing is as cathartic a daily exercise as any other option.

Here goes a remarkably simple, uneventful story. Yet this story illustrates a dramatic leap in my artistry as a professional speaker. And it happened just four months ago. This is significant in the 23-year arch of a prolific speaking career.

Here goes:

Grateful that risk taking yields growth…

Let’s review the Disney Keynote Speaking firsts from 2021: 

Walked from home to Disney Convention Center, to speak.

1st Disney speech – in 2,000 speeches – delivered without slides.

1st time using conference A/V staff to role-play a story.

1st Disney Keynote delivery in jean shorts.

1st time in Walt Disney World’s 50-year history a Disney conference speaker walked from their house to speak at Disney.

Bonus 1st: 1st time in 23 years with a 16-month (Covid) public-speaking gap.

All firsts happened in one day. Would have been ridiculously easy to take no risks. Just do what you always do – what works – since 1999. Without multiple risks of failure on this day there’d be no growth. And because none of the risks failed, it was an epic growth day.

None of these firsts required a checklist. All of these firsts required an unexplored frontier.

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Knowing is a trap

Mater and jeff noel
Mater asked for his left fender to be scratched.

Magic happens by over-focusing on what is generally under-focused on or ignored. 

Having never purchased a new car, it’s easier to justify flying to Maryland to watch a special movie with our son.

Knowing is a trap.

Say what?

To know is to do. 

To know and not do is to not yet know.

Knowing is a trap.

Doing is freedom.

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Disney Jesus

Disney Jesus? No. Not even close.
Disney Jesus? Which one? Neither. Nice try.
Are you sure? Those eyes look heavenly.
Surely not the Disney Jesus.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Disney Jesus? Probably. i heard (s)he rides a bike.

Disney Jesus?

What?

Jesus roamed the earth with only the clothes on his back.

He possessed wisdom for all ages.

No books, no notes, no iPhone.

In a dream, i envision me being like a Disney Jesus – carrying nothing more than the clothes on my back and an iPhone.

Preaching the Gospel according to Walt.

And a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

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A lifetime of deconstructing

Love the Toy Story 4 character. Love that i’ve deconstructed my life and continuously reconstruct it, as seen in this view from Mt. Reynolds (9,156′). This experience crushed the person i used to be with a severe fear of heights.

A lifetime of deconstructing Disney’s DNA so that i can reconstruct Disney’s DNA in brilliantly simple ways in order to be the best teacher.

To teach is to learn twice.

Teach what?

World-class, time-tested, massively-implemented Disney business insights.

My job is to remove the Pixie Dust and Magic from what outsiders think are secrets.

My second job is to reintroduce the world-class Disney basics to outsiders so that they clearly see it’s not a Disney proprietary insight, but simple common sense that uses focus and discipline to flourish.

Focus.

Discipline.

Focus on the basics.

Discipline yourself to never take your eye off of the basics.

You’re welcome.

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Just use what’s around you

Florida inlet from airplane
Florida inlet from airplane two days ago. Unable to identify it.
Wisdom on a napkin
Faculty member joined us at lunch and shared wisdom so profound, it was necessary to capture it.
Wisdom on a napkin
Wait, there’s more.

Just use what’s around you.

You can type on a phone.

You can write on anything.

Always carry your phone and a pen.

A dining hall napkin may be your quickest way to scribe wisdom.

It was yesterday at lunch when a stranger imparted something profound in a way i hadn’t heard before. Instinctively reached in my pocket for the GNP pen.

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