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Going Back Old School in a Digital World!

This time of year is all about…

  • setting goals,
  • making resolutions, and
  • planning sessions.

These are traditionally a big part of the turn of a new year.

What else can you do to find success in 2019? I think we forget one critical path to achieving new goals…it is the HABITS we have.

If you want to be a leader that evolves and grows consistently, you must have the right habits. Intentional habits are essential to many things in life. Look at a person’s habits, and it will tell you a lot about that person.

My favorite tool for changing habits and tracking progress is old school. I have been using it for three years now. I love my wall calendar that shows the full year. I track my workouts, my nutrition, and my most important projects. I have a color coding that helps me see my consistency. If you want to change your momentum for 2019, you must be intentional about your habits.

Here is my calendar for the year. You can see where I was consistent and where I wasn’t.

2018 Wall Calendar

If you want to get a calendar like this, use this link. I love my calendar. I am ready to get started on 2019.

How about you? I’d love to know what #habits you are tracking to make this next year epic. 

 Here is to an ahhhhhh-mazing 2019,

P.S. You want to make more money ( or better yet keep more money). You want more time off. You want to simplify your life. No matter what you do…track your habits on this calendar.

Gene Hammett is a Motivational Business Speaker, Author, and writes a Weekly column for Inc. Magazine.  His Award-winning Podcast Leaders in the Trenches is heard by leaders all over the world. His newly released book, The Trap of Success gives all business owners a Guide to Success! Known for his ability to: “take an otherwise routine topic and make it new, exciting and captivating” Gene is seen as one of top Motivational Business Speakers around! To hire him for your next event, contact us today at 888-766-3155 or visit: Hire Gene Hammett

Are You Living Thankful All Year Long?

livingthankfulWhat does being thankful really mean?  How does it affect our lives and businesses?  Let’s hear about a lady that is the role model of living a life of thankfulness.

Meet Miss Margaret: who in her span of 96 years has seen many changes including the death of her husband and child, and has focused her whole life on being thankful and grateful for it all! She loves God, family, flowers, and serving others. Her large family cherish her as the core of their lives. Enduring strokes, physical pain, and heartache, she lives a life work of serving others and giving thanks.

Seeing the world through a different set of blue eyes, Miss Margaret has chosen not to have a computer, iPhone, or a social media platform!  Her information system is radio, TV, reading books, magazines, newspapers, prayer, and sharing face to face time with others! She dedicates herself to making a difference and is not a complainer but a winner!

Miss Margaret loves being in control of her day, (even though she has to use a walker, and has a nurse nearby)! She answers her own phone, door, and keeps track of her financial statements. Originally from Ohio, she has lived all over the country following her husband’s corporate career; and has a sharp memory and shares the adventures as if they were yesterday!

Recently we visited Miss Margaret taking her flowers and a big balloon! We were greeted at the door with a big hug and kiss. Spending time in her kitchen where she can keep check on the weather and neighborhood by viewing it through her bay window, and hearing about what her family was doing and what they had planned for Thanksgiving made us realize what living thankful is all about! No mention of herself, but focusing on what she wanted to know about our lives and business.

As we left she invited us back and said we still needed to go out for lunch soon! Getting into our car, we had just been given a dose of hope and joy, which we could take into our lives and share! We had not missed having the TV on, or our iPhones drawn in hand, or the iPad out to show her what she was missing!

Today we received a Thanksgiving card with a hand written note thanking us for the visit, flowers and that awesome balloon!  She reminded us of lunch soon, and how she enjoyed seeing us!

What can we learn from Miss Margaret about having a successful business and life?  It’s all about keeping it personal, real, and focused on the important things. Putting others first and keeping it simple to be able to handle the many needs of life. Miss Margaret knows living a life of thankfulness is one of the reasons she is still here to enjoy each day-do you?

We here at Simply Sue Speaks Global Booking Agency wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving time. We are honored and thankful for the opportunity to “earn your business”  and to match you with the best speakers and individuals in the world.

As we plan a new business year, we will be making thankfulness an important part of our business plan and living life each day, and learning more ways of doing so; how about you?

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The “Must-Haves” to Be a Professional Speaker in Today’s World!

speaker of todayI am often asked as a booking agency for professional speakers and a speaker myself; what does a speaker need to have in place to be successful? In response I always ask first, “why do you want to be a professional speaker?”

This is the key to any successful career-knowing the “why” you are are doing what you do! What I learned as a graduate of Dale Carnegie: “you have to love what you do, and be excited about it” has been key in making sure my focus is on the why first! Knowing your “why” gives you vision, meaning and purpose to overcome any obstacle!

Once you know your “why,” it only makes sense that you need to have a well thought out written business plan of how you are going to become the best in your field of expertise.  As a speaker, you are starting a small business with you as the service, and then you can create products as add-ons to what you love and do best-speak!  Your plan needs to include: financial, marketing, operations, systems and processes.

Once you know your why and have your business plan in place;  what do you need whether you are marketing yourself, or others are doing some or all of it for you?  Here are the key things I have found in today’s speaking industry are the “must-haves” in getting the bookings you want and need:
Positive Attitude– Keep in mind, “it’s not about you, it’s all about others!”  Don’t let others disappoint or discourage you!
Be Thankful– Be grateful for the opportunities that come your way and share it with those who invite you to speak, and those who listen
Have and Be Fun– No one wants a “lecturer” anymore! You have to engage and interact with your audience!
Bring Great Content– Audiences of today want content they can use, no canned presentations or sales pitches for your company or books
Website–  Current updated one, that is mobile friendly
One-Sheet– Visual marketing tool available electronically and as a handout
Business Cards– Clear concise message
You Tube clip- Visual of you in action
Target Markets Defined– Know to whom you need to spend your time, resources and efforts in marketing yourself
Social Media Strategy– Electronic communication by which you: share, communicate, connect, and engage with your current audiences, event planners, and future audiences. There are many forms such as: Blogs, Vlogs, Videos, On-Line Communities (over 52 Social Media Platforms to choose from) Podcasts, Texting, Newsletters, E-mail Blasts. Depending on your field of expertise you can find out which ones are best for you
Fee Strategy– These can vary and be negotiated, but I love what speaker Shawnee Duperon shares: “if you don’t value your own work, neither will anyone else!” Practice quoting your fee so you can say it without batting an eye! No apologies!
Good Business Practices– Organization, Customer Relationship Management, and Time Management with systems and processes in place.
Be a Life-Long Learner– Know that education is the key to handle the change that is always a part of being a speaker. You never totally arrive where you cannot learn something from someone, and it keeps your message fresh, relevant, and exciting! Audiences are never the same and you can’t expect them to be! Keep learning to handle any situation with ease and confidence!

Sounds like a lot of work?  I assure you it is! Why do you think Public Speaking is the #1 fear of most people? Not only is it just getting in front of people and speaking, it is everything else that plays a part both before and after that makes you valuable and able to help others! It’s what I call the #WOWfactor.

In the May 2015 issue of Real Simple magazine, Christine K. Jahnke, author of “The Well-Spoken Woman,” reveals 5 tips on “How to conquer your fear of public speaking.” In this valuable article she shares: “for every important speech, I believe every minute you speak requires an hour of preparation.”  She notes this may seem a lot, but for most of us who are speakers, and represent speakers, we know this is so true!

Now you know what it takes behind the scenes to be the speaker that everyone will be talking and remembering long after your presentation, and how to make others feel like a “Rock Star” for choosing or referring you to speak!  I wish you well on your journey!

Sue Falcone
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Is Living Thankful a Part of Your Life Plan?

livingthankfulWhat does being thankful really mean?  How does it affect our lives and businesses?  Let’s hear about a lady that is the role model of living a life of thankfulness.

Meet Miss Margaret: who in her span of 94 years has seen many changes including the death of her husband and child, and has focused her whole life on being thankful and grateful for it all! She loves God, family, flowers, and serving others. Her large family cherish her as the core of their lives. Enduring strokes, physical pain, and heartache, she lives a life work of serving others and giving thanks.

Seeing the world through a different set of blue eyes, Miss Margaret has chosen not to have a computer, iPhone, or a social media platform!  Her information system is radio, TV, reading books, magazines, newspapers, prayer, and sharing face to face time with others! She dedicates herself to making a difference and is not a complainer but a winner!

Miss Margaret loves being in control of her day, (even though she has to use a walker, and has a nurse nearby)! She answers her own phone, door, and keeps track of her financial statements. Originally from Ohio, she has lived all over the country following her husband’s corporate career; and has a sharp memory and shares the adventures as if they were yesterday!

Recently we visited Miss Margaret taking her flowers and a big balloon! We were greeted at the door with a big hug and kiss. Spending time in her kitchen where she can keep check on the weather and neighborhood by viewing it through her bay window, and hearing about what her family was doing and what they had planned for Thanksgiving made us realize what living thankful is all about! No mention of herself, but focusing on what she wanted to know about our lives and business.

As we left she invited us back and said we still needed to go out for lunch soon! Getting into our car, we had just been given a dose of hope and joy, which we could take into our lives and share! We had not missed having the TV on, or our iPhones drawn in hand, or the iPad out to show her what she was missing!

Today we received a Thanksgiving card with a hand written note thanking us for the visit, flowers and that awesome balloon!  She reminded us of lunch soon, and how she enjoyed seeing us!

What can we learn from Miss Margaret about having a successful business and life?  It’s all about keeping it personal, real, and focused on the important things. Putting others first and keeping it simple to be able to handle the many needs of life. Miss Margaret knows living a life of thankfulness is one of the reasons she is still here to enjoy each day-do you?

We here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving time. We are thankful for our many clients, and for the opportunity to represent awesome speakers! As we plan for a new business year, we will be making thankfulness an important part of our business plan, and learn more ways of doing so, how about you?

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It’s Thankful Thursday! What’s Your Word?

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Do You have a Word or Theme for your Life and Business in 2014?

Barbara Hemphill is a Nationally known Productivity Expert, helping people eliminate the physical, digital, and emotional clutter that prevents them for accomplishing their work and enjoying their lives! To book Barbara as your next Keynote Speaker or Seminar/Workshop Presenter: contact Sue Falcone at 1-888-766-3155 or email her at sue@simplysuespeaks.com