Category Archives: Empowerment

Morning! from Thom Gossom Jr.

Morning!

The morning air is crisp, not yet cool. The sun’s rays reach through the majestic trees, an invitation to the great day ahead. The bay glistens in the background. It’s beautiful! The involuntary grin deeply creases my face. I say my prayers. I’m happy!

Some people go to therapists. Some meditate. Others search daily for that elusive inner peace. For me it’s morning’s freshness and my bicycle at 6am, cruising through the neighborhood. Morning is the gift we’re all given. The bicycle is the gift I give myself.

I’ve been riding bicycles all my life. Love it! I remember my first lessons with training wheels, my first lesson without them. I remember crying when I realized my dad was not behind me holding me up. Then I promptly fell.

Most mornings in good weather, sometimes in not so good weather, I raise the garage door and leave the house for a 75-minute ride through the neighborhood. It’s peaceful. Quiet. There are hardly any cars, dogs, or people; just me, the morning and the promising day ahead.

“The Bicycle Man” they call me. I’ve been called worse.

There are three regular riders on the circuit as I call it, in their colorful bike outfits. They ride as a group always with a bright “good morning” for me. There are some regular walkers offering big smiles while soaking up that morning promise. “Good mornings” abound! Like warm coffee on a cold morning the day flows.

Peaceful solitude only lasts so long. After the 7 o’clock hour the cars, school buses, and people start to flow. I make my way back to our home.

The newness of another day!

Thom Gossom Jr. defied all odds, and as a sought-after Keynote Speaker is on a mission to help others do the same! Thom has come full circle in life; from a walk-on determined athlete in challenging times, using the education he received to become a successful Corporate America leader, succeeding as an Award-winning Hollywood Actor, becoming a best-selling author and film producer, owning his own company-Best Gurl Inc., a Communications Firm, being a sought after Keynote Speaker, serving as the Chair of the Auburn University Foundation Board, to now inspiring, motivating, educating and entertaining audiences all over the globe. To have Thom Gossom Jr. at your next event, contact us at 888-766-3155 today.

Don’t Leave Your BIG Goals to Chance! Reliably Achieve BIG Goals Faster

Don’t Leave Your BIG Goals to Chance! Reliably Achieve BIG Goals Faster

By Carl Loop

Do you hear people state a BIG goal that makes you inwardly (or outwardly) just shake your head in disbelief? As in, you have about as much chance of accomplishing that as a New Years resolution (which has about 8% chance of being accomplished on average).
And yet, people do accomplish goals, they even accomplish BIG goals that they (and often everyone else) once thought were impossible!
• 7 and 8 Figure Business Growth at Record Speed
• Owning 200 Investment Property Homes
• 1st Female NFL Coach and Hall of Fame
• Feeding 10’s of Thousands of People
• Winning the Nobel Prize
• Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with No Arms and No Legs (Kyle Maynard)

Leaving your BIG Goals to Chance risks having them downsized or discarded! Reliably Achieve BIG Goals Faster from these 5 Steps!
5 Steps to Reliably Achieve BIG Goals Faster!

The Power of Vision.

“Without Vision the Past Predicts the Future.”
The future is predictable without a Vision. A Vision uses your Belief System to creates new access to something greater. A Vision is your “come from” place and communicates your BOLD Stand. It’s the secret weapon that pulls you through tough times and boosts you to a higher place.
Having only a resource and task focus develops survival/safety concerns which bring survival results and create interactions of force, competition, self-interest and disconnection. Vision focus develops aliveness, power, collaboration, community and connection, all of which reliably drive you higher.

Don’t Go it Alone.

Individually, we are self-limiting, less accountable and less reliable. One of my BIG successful clients says: “we have that little voice in our head that doesn’t want us to be anything.”  When we are aware of others knowing and supporting what we are up to, or being aware that others expect our greatness, it pulls us higher and more reliably forward. The best version of ourselves comes when we contribute to others and others contribute to us.

Performance on Purpose.

“If you’re just performing to lifeless goals, you’ll be lifeless about achieving them.”
The greatest version of you, the version that has and can achieve the impossible, comes from connecting to a purpose (rooted in your Vision) that moves you. Performance on Purpose comes from seeing your life as a movie where you are the hero having victory over undesirable forces, and where you are helping to free others from those undesirable forces.
A goal driven by purpose has a much higher reliability to be achieved.
Also, we must continuously renew ourselves with our purpose so we can maintain performance at our extraordinary personal best.

Planning.

“Businesses that Plan Together Pull Together.”
Create a unified Roadmap of Prioritized Goals, Plan, Action. Clarity catapults results.
It’s only a lofty dream until you know the steps for achieving it.
Often, in the patterns and chaos of daily doing, we miss the BIG pieces unless we have the Vision, Goals, Plan, Action roadmap.

Set “Control Points” So You Maintain Progress.

Communicate frequently at specific, committed times. Committed communication greatly increases Reliably Achieving BIG Goals Faster.
Develop and Commit to an Escalation process when things go off track. Have a “By When” date on when you will complete something.
Define and Accept an accountability process and have discipline to hold yourself -and accept having others- hold you to it.

Don’t leave your BIG Goals to chance.  Schedule a 15 minutes conversation today!

Carl Loop says the most amazing thing about what he does is to help people “See the Unseen” to LEAP opportunities.  His various award-winning corporate, entrepreneurial, creative, technical and leadership background and experiences enable him to bring a new perspective so you see the unseen to “Achieve The LEAP.”

Carl is passionate about helping people “Achieve The LEAP.”  To date, he has helped businesses profit by 10’s of Millions of dollars…and counting!  When Carl was very young, he could jump really far, and became a bit of a celebrity in schoolyard competitions. People started calling Carl “Leaping Loop” and it has stuck ever since! Call 888-766-3155 to book Carl for your next event!

The Strategic Fit – Building Relationships with Speakers’ Bureaus

The Strategic Fit – Building Relationships with Speakers’ Bureaus

By Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM

This is the final piece in a three-part series recapping a conversation I had with Sue Falcone, Founder and CEO of Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau on how planners can strategically build relationships with speaker’s bureaus. The Strategic Fit - Building Relationships with Speakers' Bureaus

This is the final piece in a three-part series recapping a conversation I had with Sue Falcone, Founder and CEO of Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau on how planners can strategically build relationships with speaker’s bureaus. Part one introduces the value of the speakers’ bureau, and part two talks about event speaker trends.

Christy: What do you do about speakers who speak from scripts and are reluctant or unwilling to adapt the message to an audience?

Sue: It’s essential to make sure every client gets a unique and custom experience. Audiences will not accept “canned” presentations, although once that was the norm.  Every speaker search I do starts with a thorough questionnaire for the speaker and the planner so that I know exactly what is expected from and needed from both sides.  It doesn’t matter how many times I have worked with a client; every piece of business must be earned.  Fresh, relevant material is a must and that means adapting to the audience.

Christy: What do you say to those who think they can’t afford to hire a speaker or to those who would prefer to simply book directly?

Sue: I focus on creating an experience from the initial contact, so fees are not the first thing we discuss. I want to know what the client is looking for and what the goal is for bringing in the speaker. From there, it’s my job to find solutions and secure a speaker they like and need.

As for being able to afford my services, there are a few key points to keep in mind. Always ask if the bureau’s fees are paid for by the client or the speaker as it varies by organization. At Remarkable Speakers! the speaker pays for the booking, so there is no cost to the client for utilizing my services. It is also important to know that the speaker fees we quote are not marked up to cover the fees the speaker pays us.

The additional thing to keep in mind is the expertise offered by the bureau. After listening to what the client wants, I make initial recommendations, factoring in not just the speaker’s content but their style. It has to be a good fit at every level. No one has time to waste, so working with a pro means only seeing speakers who meet your needs, style and budget. Watching clips on You Tube and searching the net for speakers can take hours and may not lead you anywhere.

Christy:  Planners are so often in ‘go’ mode that they forget to stop and consult the experts. It’s a good reminder that help is available and that the service providers will likely do a better job than we could. Thanks for that quick reality check!

Sue: I think we can all fall into that trap sometimes! To continue: as for budget: I never apologize or shy away from the cost to book a speaker. Some of the best advice ever given to me that I live by was: “when quoting fees you should be able to do it without blinking an eye. Do it with confidence, facts, and commitments.”

That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for negotiation.  Both sides need to walk away feeling good about the partnership. I can work with both parties to create mutually agreeable terms.  I love the “thrill of the hunt” and closing deals. After booking thousands of speakers I have tons of creative ways clients and speakers can find middle ground.

Christy: My friend is a speaker. Why do I need one of yours?

Sue:  Now, more than ever, everyone thinks they are a speaker, or knows someone who is! I always thank my clients for the opportunity to “earn their business.” Often, when looking for a speaker, initially, people do not know what they want. Even if they have a friend or colleague in mind, it’s a good possibility they still are looking for suggestions. I find that many times after a few questions, the client is not quite as sold on their friend as it might have first appeared.

Knowing the speaker has advantages but does not guarantee it’s the right fit. I ask questions about what they are looking for in their speaker, and does their friend have all need to have a successful event. I share key things to look at; great video clips, an active and engaged social media presence where you can see reviews and testimonials, and what their marketing materials look like to see how fresh, current, and relevant their speaker is. I make sure they think through the ‘why’ around choosing their friend as the speaker.  It’s important to remember that the impact of choosing the best speaker reflects on them.  I want my clients and potential clients to be seen as “rock stars” for choosing the perfect speaker and having a successful event. Sometimes their friend may be their speaker of choice.

To me it’s about helping people make good decisions so even if we don’t book a speaker, I am still thankful for creating a relationship that can be developed for future business. The other opportunity is for me to add a new speaker to my roster as we are always looking for Remarkable Speakers!

A huge thanks to Sue for her time, expertise, buoyant personality and wisdom. I speak to many people each day and few have Sue’s remarkable spirit, candor and enthusiasm. I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I had speaking to her. To continue the conversation, leave a note in the comments section below, find me on Twitter: @SMEChristy or email me: Christy.lamagna@strategic.events.

CEO, Sue Falcone, recognized the need for a speakers bureau that would represent professional speakers, and provide the perfect speaker for clients who sought the best for their events with a personal “hands on” custom touch.

From a former corporate executive, to becoming a professional speaker and author being hired, and creating a distinctive and unique speakers bureau representing speakers for hire, she gained the experience and expertise needed to give a full service experience.

 

It All Begins with ‘D’

Having  just celebrated July 4, we were reminded of those deeds that brought this country into existence.

Now, 241 years later, we see the founders of this country as courageous, bold, defiant, rebels who dared stand against an empire. We see them as larger than life, as in some way, different, if not better, than mere mortals like us.

Were they really different? Better? Destined to reshape the history of the world?

No.

No one, despite our perception of their lives, is born to greatness. Greatness isn’t programmed into one person’s genes and not into another’s. Greatness isn’t determined solely by intelligence, or simply by the fact that someone might have a specific innate skill, though both intelligence and skill help. Greatness is achieved one action, one decision, one dream at a time.

But no one action, no one dream, no single decision, is sufficient to achieve greatness. In fact, greatness requires something more. Something more difficult, more demanding.

I find myself remembering my second year at Yale. Professor George Lindbeck had given me three D- grades on three successive papers. I was livid. So, I decided to find out what his issue was – I had never received such poor grades.

I confronted George on a cold, October afternoon in the quad as he was on his way to his office. He listened patiently, and then replied, “All of your life, wherever you have been, you have been one of a handful of exceptionally bright people. Look around you, Falcon. This is Yale. Everyone here is exceptionally bright. What matters here is how disciplined, determined, and focused you are.

George didn’t wait for me to respond. He just turned and walked into the building without speaking another word. As for me, I stood there, in the deepening cold, shocked by what he had said.

While it is true that every revolution in the history of the world – for better or worse – began with one person who saw the world, not as it was, but as it could be, it is just as true that dreaming isn’t enough to change the world. No one can dream the world to be a better place. But a person who has a great dream, armed with discipline, is someone who can.

I have often been asked how I survived a childhood that bore a striking resemblance to “The Grapes of Wrath.” Confronted when I was seven by the death of a child my own age, I was given two different messages.

The first was this was my fate as well, and, there was nothing I could do to change it. The second was given to me by my grandfather. “If,” he said to me, “you can envision a world in which you do not die on the farm, and write that dream upon your heart, suffer for it, live for it, work for it, whatever you dream will be yours.”

He was right. When life is difficult, when I am forced again to confront the possibility that I will lose my sight, I touch my heart, awaken my dream, and do the hard work.

Falcon is an International Speaker and Innovative Visionary. He creates the artistic image for his audiences and clients to: “See the World Again.  For the First Time!”  Whether with his voice, camera, or pen, Falcon’s goal is to create an emotionally compelling visual experience that will provide you with a competitive edge. Falcon is ready to take your audiences to a new level, helping people understand what it means to be human!

 

What’s Your #1 Excuse That Keeps You from Succeeding?

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“The person who really wants to do something finds a way, the other person finds an excuse.” Anon

 

 

What is an excuse to you?  It is described by Webster as: “a reason for either doing or not doing something.”  Normally we think of it as “not doing something”, but it can also drive us into doing something a certain way as well!

What is your favorite excuse? We all have them, don’t we? Some of us, even more than one!  Are your excuses preventing you from reaching your full potential?

Know what the #1 Excuse is-as found by Alexis Sclamberg, a contributor to Forbes.com, and author of “Borrowed Wisdom”?

It is the- “I’m NOT _______Enough!  You fill in the blank with what you use!  Are you NOT: young enough, old enough, smart enough, good enough, rich enough, healthy enough, thin enough, strong enough, educated enough, or handsome or pretty enough?

We can all get caught up in the “I’m NOT Enoughs” but what are the solutions to not using them as an excuse?

Recently I did a survey asking others what their solutions were to overcoming this #1 excuse, and here is what I found:

•        read and gain information on how to face your “I’m not” and win!

•        find your Strengths and focus on them FIRST

•        surround yourself with others that do not live in the “I’m NOT’s”

•        find an accountability partner and meet with them at least weekly

•        clearly define your dreams and set plans in place to achieve them

These are some great solutions to the “excusing” of the “I’m  NOT”________ enough, don’t you think?  Do you have some others that you would like to share? I would love to hear them, just leave me a comment on this blog post.

Have a great “I AM ENOUGH” week!

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Sue Falcone- Owner
Simply Sue Speaks Global Booking Agency
www.simplysuespeaks.com  (new website coming soon!)

Are You Doing the Impossibles? Think You Can?

possible“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

It’s easy to do what we see are the possibilities, but do you ever think about doing and living in the “I’m Possibles?” Think of those areas that you have put off-limits, the dreams and wishes that certainly can never be made into possibilities!

Today take the challenge and pull out the things that you have declared were impossible in your life, and turn just one into the reality of today! You won’t regret it, and you will find out, “it’s kind of fun!”

Happy New “YOU” Year!

“Simply” Sue

Happy Thankful Thursday

A lot has happened since we began our weekly journey last Thursday to celebrate being thankful at least once a week, hasn’t it?

A tragedy felt by our entire nation, personal disappointments, the reality of death, and getting caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle of the season, are a few of the distractions that can take us away from being and expressing our gratitude for life itself.  

Still there is no reason to give up on creating a new attitude of thankfulness; because the world needs to see it in each of us.  It is valuable to the healing and being able to become stronger to face what may lie in store for us in 2013.

I noticed one thing as I was intentionally sharing the simple words of “thank you” in my day to day world. People look at you as if they had never heard the words before, and they do not know how to respond or what to say!

What do you say when someone thanks you for anything?  Have you heard the words “you’re welcome” lately? Haven’t seen it in a text, or on Facebook, or even on LinkedIn, have you?

As we fix to put the last minute touches on our holiday season, isn’t it amazing that we can rediscover the simple power of the words “thank you” and “you’re welcome?”  

I challenge you this week of Christmas to add these words back into your vocabulary, and see what happens in your business, and personal lives.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at “Simply” Sue Speaks!

Thanks for your support and help, and we look forward to: “Being heard and seen in 2013?” How about you?

Thank You,

“Simply” Sue

                                                                                                          

 

 

Only You Can Change Your Life- Guest Blogger Melissa Hassard

“Change before you have to.”  — Jack Welch

In life, we can get stuck in a place where there seems to be little or no way out.

It’s a job we find unsatisfying or a relationship that is not healthy for us; but we are mired in our own patterns and ways of dealing with that person.

You can choose to live like that or you can choose to change it.  And yes, it really is that simple.  It just takes hard work to get there.

It’s an awesome gift we have been given, this free will, and it is both a blessing and a curse.  We can choose to do nothing with it, or we can choose to work very hard and make our lives richer. 

Think of something you want to do.  Something within the realm of possibility, but you never thought it was actually possible for you.  It is something “other” people do.

Envision yourself having achieved your dream.  Take a moment, close your eyes, and relish the sweetness of that moment.  Taste it, even if it lives just on the tip of your tongue.  

Now imagine what it will take to get there, working your way backwards.  Why backwards?  Because you are going to figure out the steps you will take to get to that point.  And then, my dear reader, you are going to set your mind to it and make it happen. 

Yes, it is work.  For the last six years I have been working to change my life.   I realized that when we are outside of our comfort zone, we grow.  It is absolutely necessary that you get out of your comfort zone and discipline yourself when it comes to what you want.

In 2006, at the doctor’s office, I stepped on the scales and weighed in at over 200 lbs.  Two-twelve to be exact.  Since high school, I’d always been five or ten pounds above ideal, but with three pregnancies and the subsequent raising of small children (Happy Meal, anyone?) I’d lost track of how much extra weight I was carrying.

It was my a-ha moment, my epiphany, my moment of reckoning.  While I’m sure the nurse probably didn’t notice, for me, it was literally as if the world stopped while I processed that number.  Right then, standing on those scales, I came to a conclusion, then a decision, and I set about keeping a promise to myself.  In all I lost 85 lbs., and have kept it off.

No radical diets or surgeries.  I achieved my goal by listening to my body, re-learning how to eat, and refusing to let old habits have any control.  It was an act of will, or discipline.  It was liberating. And I realized that by applying this principle in many areas of my life, the sky was pretty much the limit.

How? Make a list of the things you want. I love nothing more than to motivate, support, and encourage you to build your big, beautiful life.  It is possible, and I am here to help you do it!

Melissa Hassard is a Team Member of “Simply” Sue Speaks! and you can see more by clicking on Meet the Team.  She can be booked for your next event by contacting us here at this site.