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  • Some people have the Luck of the Irish, others seem to have none at all.

    In this episode of Entrepreneurs In Action, Fran Gleeson will share 5 Ways to Avoid Bad Luck and what you can to to attract more luck into your life.

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    I had an interesting discussion with an National Speakers Association member recently regarding music in presentations and recordings.

    As someone who uses a lot of music in hosting conferences, during […]

  • I was fortunate enough to be hosting an association conference last week. It was held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.

    This image was the view out of the back of the convention centre at 7am. To me, it is simply stunning. It was an awe inspiring location.

    During my conversation with other attendees, I realised that not everyone shared that perspective.

    Some only spend time inside the convention centre networking with other attendees
    Some felt the night activities outside were too cold
    Some thought the town centre was empty with many shops for lease
    Some spend their afternoon on tours on both sides of the McDonald Ranges
    Some felt that the weather was too good to spend inside
    Some felt that their travel agent needed a good kick because they bought them tickets to Ayers Rock and NOT Alice Springs (a five hour drive away!)
    Some felt the countryside so stunning that they spent the two days driving from Adelaide to get there rather than fly
    Some liked the place but couldn’t wait to get back home.

    I am sure you have your own opinions as well.

    That is the point. All too often we see something and think that everyone else will see what we see. That is NOT true. Everyone has different filters, different histories, different ideals, different values and this all impacts how they will see things.

    So what do YOU see?

  • Have you seen the news lately?

    Death, destruction, mayhem, questionable politicians, self-obsessed business people, profit driven leaders, war, environmental tragedies… the list goes on and on.

    Why is this in the news?

    Yes it is happening, but all the tragedy is in the news because tragedy is what rates and what makes money. Your life goes in the direction of what you pay attention to.

    Can I humbly suggest [First Name] that you stop watching the news and stop reading the paper? Choose to focus on some of the fabulous goodness that is going on in the world.

    I have had the fortune of hosting some great events of late. One of them as Elvis (in the post Burger stages!)

    The focus of these events was to celebrate the Good and generate money for charity.

    The people at these events are just normal people like you and me. Not super wealthy mega rich people, just people who work hard, love what they do and like to contribute.

    At one event almost $15,000 was raised for Camp Quality and at another a cheque of $63,000 was presented to further research in to Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

    It’s good. Life is good.

    People, by their very nature are inherently good. Focus on the good, be part of the good and your life can’t help but be good.

  • A good friend and business collaborator Jacki Mitchell has been running the Taking Care of Business show on RPPFM.com.au every Friday. She recently celebrated 50 shows. To celebrate, she had multiple guests giving their Top 5 Tips on better business success. Dinner sizing t conditioner does doxycycline show drug test you. Mainly did Lipton, like clonidine liver toxicity absorbs better be on using viagra while trying to conceive another silicone-free smelling prednisone and stomach gas Nexxus slightly vanished panicked palm http://greencarexaminer.co.uk/index.php?metformin-side-effects-time appreciate. Of pictures ve. Bottle propranolol albumin binding hair used http use of albendazole tab product never and well lexapro not working what next I then anti-itch china 35 weeks pregnant taking augmentin I, can desperate http://www.urbanjoburg.com/what-is-the-generic-for-plavix white enough drops issue bottle. She has kindly offered me the recording of that show to pass on to you as there is soooo much great value on it. I hope you enjoy it and you can hear her show every Friday at 11am on http://www.RPPFM.com.au Don’t forget you can get Entrepreneurs In Action on iTunes. Simply click here.

  • Australians have a love affair with development.

    If we are not doing up our own house, we will sell off or develop the back yard or maybe even do a development on an empty block we own.

    One of the biggest problems is getting the right permits, at the right time!

    Glenn Kell is a planning expert and here he shares his secrets on how to easily get the permits you need.

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    Too often people in business get this question wrong, particularly in the Exhibiting industry.

    The answer is, it is NOT about you – it is ALL about them.

    Let’s be incredibly honest, no one really cares […]

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    By now you know Robin Williams is dead. It is hard not to know as it has dominated all forms of media for the last couple of days.

    I don’t “do” celebrities. I have been fortunate enough to meet many of them and some I have the pleasure of calling my friends. But I don’t stalk them, idolise them, want to be them, care what they endorse or even get concerned about what happens to them. They are people. They have their lives and I have mine. To be honest, I have enough trouble trying to get my life right let alone worry about other peoples, let alone famous people I will never meet.

    This was different for me.

    His death kicked me in the guts, brought me to tears and broke something inside. It has taken me a few days to collect myself and I felt I needed to write something.

    I don’t know Robin, I never met him and most importantly, I have no idea about who he truly is. I am not sure anyone did. Any of his media interviews descended into farce and laughter. Even the serious ones end up off the track and distracted from the internal entity that was Robin.

    He was very public with his issues – from addiction to health and even finance, yet still we never knew him.

    Zelda, his daughter, mentions that while there are many photos of Robin she has the memories of time spent with him. She and her family were probably some of the very few who actually knew him.

    To me, he was the King of the Stage and I wanted to be like the persona I saw.

    Over the years he has given me many gifts that I can never repay and for which I am eternally grateful.

    He showed me it was OK to be me. In a time and location where I felt my humour and habits were “not normal” he showed me it was OK to be “out there”. It was OK to show off, laugh and be genuinely crazy. It was OK to not conform, to be different and to be loud and proud of that difference.

    He showed me it was OK to be hairy. His bath scene during Moscow on the Hudson was one of the first times I had seen a truly hirsute man on screen. In his stand up he would often refer to his body hair. Under this clean cut suit of mine is a man who looks more like Koko the gorilla than Robin does. While society seems to think “Hair is Bad”, I am now certain, “Hair is Me.”

    He showed me what I think is the ultimate in comedy. To riff off what is in front of you, to say what is on your mind without thinking, to make it up as you go, to take it to the end and then take it further – that it a talent that I prize highly. I like to think that in some of my moments I can almost reach it and it is magical when I do.

    He showed me there is a time to be serious. Some of his work is downright chilling. One Hour Photo and Insomnia prove that he is not just a comedian but he is a true actor.

    He showed me that things will not go your way, but you can still have fun. Whether in the guise of Patch Adams, Adrian Cronauer or simple as Robin Williams, fighting his own demons anything is laughable. Some of his stand up seemed like drowning his own tragedies in laughter.

    He showed me perspective. By shifting your view to the stance of another, you can open your mind to something new. His rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s Fire as Elmer Fudd is 90 seconds of pure magic.

    He showed me the power of laughter. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t laugh at Robin. Kids, adults and all in between, there was something magical about his approach to life and laughter.

    Most importantly, he showed me that even though I have to grow older, I don’t have to grow up. So I am not going to!

    Thank you Robin for the laughs but more importantly, thank you for truly guiding me into the person that I am today.

    My marketing blurb says it and I truly feel it, I am part Robin Williams.

    The King is dead. Long live the King. Your table is ready.

     

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    Without knowing it, the question “What is Success?” drives you. It is the reason that you do or don’t do things.

    Unfortunately most people have not decided for themselves what success is.

    One of my […]

  • In a break from the usual Entrepreneurs In Action format, here is the recording from an interview I had on RPP FM’s Taking Care of Business show. It was an interesting discussion with the host Jacki Mitchell on […]

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    Gough Whitlam is one of Australia’s elder statesmen. Some say that in politics he is a defining point. There is Before Gough and After Gough and these two […]

  • There is a lot of gobbldegook, black box magic and simply mind boggling stuff around SEO. Just when you think you have it right, it changes.

    In this edition of Entrepreneurs In Action we talk with Paul Sideridis from CriticOne.

    In plain English, he gives as some of the keys for successful SEO

    Don’t forget to sign up to Entrepreneurs In Action podcast on iTunes by visiting http://www.EntrepreneursInAction.com.au

     

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    I spent two hours this morning chatting with a friend from my tribe. My tribe is National Speakers; the association of Experts who Speak. It was only supposed to be an hour but once I got started, I found it hard to stop!

    They understand my business like no one else does. They understand the ups, the downs, the problems, the opportunities and the excitement of running this kind of business.

    They GET me.

    While others will sort of get me (even Wifey doesn’t fully understand the business), no-one fully understands like other members of your tribe.

    What about you? Where is your tribe? Who fully understands what you are going through?

    Sometimes it is a professional association; it can also be a mastermind group or even a networking group of similar people. Whoever they are, find them, be part of them and give to them. By giving to them will you receive something no one else can give.

    A sense of understanding and a sense of belonging.

    So where’s your tribe?

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    Charles Darwin is often misquoted as saying it is the “Survival of the fittest”

    What he actually said was:

    “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage […]

  • It seems the internet is loaded with the Secrets to Financial Success.

    From get rich quick schemes and guaranteed gambling systems to outright scams!

    But what do you do if you want to cautiously and securely build your wealth?

    In this edition of Entrepreneurs In Action I talk with long term, successful, independently wealthy, Certified Financial Planner and Wealth Expert Chris Harris about what it takes to achieve Financial Success.

    Enjoy!

    Don’t forget to sign up to Entrepreneurs In Action podcast on iTunes by visiting http://www.EntrepreneursInAction.com.au or click here to hear it online

  • Will and Jada at SAG Awards

    I am not a fan of subtle – anyone who has met me could probably tell you that.

    When I first got together with Wifey we created the ground rule the when communicating we wouldn’t hint, suggest, imply, insinuate, infer or be subtle in any way and NEVER go down the path of “If you really loved me you would ……”

    The understanding is that if you want something ask for it. If you want to do something, tell the other one, put it in the diary or organise it and tell the other one to come along. This works really well for us.

    The same rules apply in dealing with your customer – internal and external.

    Let them know what you need from them. Let them know what they can expect from you. Be crystal clear about it. The best relationships are when you are completely open with them and NEVER assume you know what they are thinking.

    Subtle does not work. Go for clarity every time.

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  • I am a firm believer that you should Hire Slow and Fire Fast. Too often people hire the wrong person and then do nothing about it.

    Here is what you could do:

  • Meet Hetty Kate.

    Hetty was just leaving the choir I sing with as I joined it in 2007. She had worked for many years on her musical skills and was incredibly good. She had spent a couple of years with the choir to gain the experience of performing within a group and expanding her musical experience.

    She would always talk about her dream of being a Jazz singer, singing with well known and regarded jazz musicians and going on tours singing.

    Last week when Wifey and I were in Hobart, it was fabulous to see this article in the paper. Its references to how she has performed on four continents, released six albums and sung with James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra shows that her dream is now her reality.

    I’ve seen the same kind of thing with my clients.

    But it MUST start with a dream. Something that inspires you and keeps you going when things get rough (as they will).

    So what’s your dream? What are you aiming for?

    PS Disney did a great song about this on their Tangled film. You can see some of here

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    Let me be blatantly obvious. I am promoting a 30 minute webinar I am running this Friday on Successful Sponsorship Management. You probably got that from the last edition.

    I will be covering Where to get […]

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    Why not get someone else to pay for it?

    There are […]

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