Posts Tagged ‘Alan Weiss’

Extra Points: The Urgency of Time

October 26, 2015 2 comments

This week’s focus point…The Time Urgency of ExperienceDan Weedin Unleashed-40
Have you ever caught yourself saying any of the following…

“I will wait until I am older…”
“I will wait until I have saved more money…”
I will wait for the perfect time…”
There are many other derivations of the “I will wait until” excuse. Let’s be clear about one thing – there will never be a perfect time; money will almost always be something you want more of before; and the value of time isn’t taken seriously enough by many people.

Alan Weiss has often said that you can always make another dollar, but you can’t make another minute. This is an abundance mentality. The problem with putting off experiences is that if you wait for the “better time,” it’s likely that you never embark on the experience (travel, project, career, etc.).

Don’t put off opportunities to experience life where you are today. Finding the money; finding the time; committing to putting you and your family first; and creating a mindset of being in the moment and enjoying your life will reap huge dividends in your attitude and spirit. I’m not suggesting recklessness. I am suggesting open-mindedness, boldness, confidence, and action. Today is fleeting. What will you do today to take advantage of the minutes? What will you plan for to take advantage of tomorrow and the days, weeks, months, and years after?

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This week’s quote –

“Power is like being a lady… If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

~ Margaret Thatcher

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Kick Start Your Consulting Career in 90 Days!

September 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Calling all Consultants, Business Coaches, and Speakers!

Join me and fellow Master Mentor Betsy Jordyn for a 12-Session Professional Development Experience for established and aspiring consultants, coaches and entrepreneurs who are seeking to transform their expertise into a thriving consulting practice that generates more than money. With our guidance, you will create a career and lifestyle that enables you to:
• Experience the joy from using your favorite skills and talents.
• Generate the type of revenue that would allow you to achieve your bucket-list dreams and goals.
• Create an integrated lifestyle that gives you the time and capacity to focus on what matters most.

Imagine for moment what it would be like to invest all of your energies and strengths into building your own business…all while making a positive impact to the world. Could you envision the quality of life that you could create for you and your loved ones?

It is undeniable that the market need for consultants is greater than ever before. The return of business is creating both opportunities and challenges for so many companies.

But establishing a profitable business is often harder than it looks. It requires skillful mentorship and powerful encouragement to move into this new territory of entrepreneurial life. And we are offering you this support to you right here and now.

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• Know exactly how to transform your expertise into a thriving consulting practice – step by step
• Identify and own your unique brand as a consultant that is build upon your individual wiring, gifts and highest potential
• Learn tools and practices to attract the right business and deliver on that business with excellence
• Cultivate your confidence in your ability to work for yourself, to ask for what you are worth and to proactively advocate what your client really needs
• Experience the strength and power of being in an actively circle with other entrepreneurs who are also taking risks
• Expand your vision for what you can be and what your potential is – including the potential of being a thought leader and expert in your field

The best investment you can ever make is in yourself. This is a great way to transform your consulting, coaching, and/or speaking practice, wherever you are in your development.

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The Great Escape Revisited

August 27, 2015 Leave a comment

JackEarlier this week, you may have read the tale of the great escape as told by the escapee, Captain Jack. The dude showed he’s still got game when it comes to getting unleashed – or in this case running with the leash still secured to him. He explained the extra “baggage” kept him from being able to fully maximize his agility and nimbleness, so he was quickly corralled by yours truly.

All that being said, one can learn a few post-event from his response.

Although being scolded, Captain Jack showed no remorse. He trotted home accepting the fact that his adventure was short-lived; he drank up the entire bowl of water; went to the window to get a full stretch, and then settled in for a much deserved nap.

Very often, when we humans fail at some attempt at a new opportunity – maybe it was a sales call, an interview, a misunderstanding, or just a good attempt that went awry – we allow that failure to become “leashed” to us for hours, days, months, or even years.

Dogs have it figured out better. They chalk up failure to happenstance or serendipity and just move on. They are seeking out that next smell; or that next opportunity. Wasting time on failures means you just might miss that next chance for success.

Take it from dogs – Be bold and courageous and do your best. If it works, great. If you fail, then you’ve learned something. If you walk away from failure without having learned something and improving yourself, then the failure wins. If you walk away from failure and let it stick around and rent space in your brain, then it wins again. The only way you win is to dump the leash and be free to check out new smells and new opportunities to run.

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Read more Captain Jack in my (or our) new book, Unleashed Leadership. Pre-orders now being taken with a subsUnleashed_Leadershiptantial discount. Order today and assure you get a signed copy on the first release in October!

“This book has arrived at a great time for you, because no matter what stage of growth you currently occupy, Dan will help you to grow further and faster. He creates positive change with positive psychology, but also creates sustainable results through the mastery of the skills and behaviors required for ongoing success. Make no mistake, this isn’t a “self-help” book. You need Dan’s help, as so many others have.” Excerpt from Foreword by Alan Weiss, author of Million Dollar Consulting and 60 other business books in 12 languages

My Recipe for your Professional Steak & Sizzle

August 20, 2015 Leave a comment

58842033-Dan+Weedin+%22Unleashed%22-21My colleague Betsy Jordyn and I just completed a 3-part virtual workshop experience with nearly 40 consultants from around the country on branding. The culmination yesterday actually started getting culinary…

Here’s the deal on banding for any business or practice… You have to have both the steak and the sizzle in order to be significant, interesting, and ultimately successful in promoting your unique brand. The steak is your content and the sizzle is your delivery. Here’s my recipe…

  1. Defrost the steak. Take your talent and skill out of deep freeze and that it. Specifically, truly understand your value and how you improve the condition of others. Define who those “others” are – CEOs, Presidents, or the retail buyer. You are marketing your brand to people, not organizations. Understand and believe in your brand and know clearly who benefits from it.
  2. Season the Steak. Make your content powerful. Make it unique to you based on your experience and “smarts.” Create categories that will be valuable to the readers and listeners of your intellectual property. Create content that will rise above the rest of the “noise.”
  3. Sizzle. Alan Weiss has said that if you don’t toot your own horn, there is no music. You’re responsible for branding yourself through the distribution of your intellectual property, your marketing, your networking, and your value. Here;s the thing – boring never works. You must be interesting. You do this by being contrarian; by being edgy; by being bold; by being creative; by being fearless; and by being clever. You’re genius will never be fully tapped – fully unleashed – if nobody knows you exist.

Bottom line – you can cook your steak inside that fence, but the sizzle will be the thing that unleashes the value to the world. Make no mistake, you need both. It’s a process that requires discipline, creativity, and guidance. I know Betsy and I needed help from our mentor and community….and we still utilize it!

What are you doing to make a great steak and sizzle in your business and career?

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Weedin Unleashed Video: Thunder & Lightning

August 18, 2015 2 comments

15 minutes, 50 seconds

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“This book has arrived at a great time for you, because no matter what stage of growth you currently occupy, Dan will help you to grow further and faster. He creates positive change with positive psychology, but also creates sustainable results through the mastery of the skills and behaviors required for ongoing success. Make no mistake, this isn’t a “self-help” book. You need Dan’s help, as so many others have.”

Alan Weiss, author Million Dollar Consulting (excerpt from Foreword)


Extra Points: Energy

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This week’s focus point…Energy

We humans are all wired differently. That being said, we can all probably land in one of two social styles – introvert or extrovert. There is no judgement; both are just fine. In fact, as a confirmed extrovert myself, I’m thankful for the introverts that bring balance to my life!

I think it was Alan Weiss who I once heard give the best definition of these two styles. It went like this – introverts draw energy from things (processes, projects, and challenges), while extroverts draw energy from people.  Drawing energy means being uplifted, energized, impassioned, and interested. As a self-diagnosed extrovert, I gain all of those aforementioned things from being around and talking to people, whether I know them or not. I actually will seek out opportunities to talk to waitpersons at restaurants, people working out at the gym, or just a person waiting to catch the same plane as me. I draw my energy from people. I have close family, friends and colleagues that draw their energy from that challenging project given to them; the NY Times crossword puzzle, and creating things.

The question for you this week is where do you draw your energy from? Is it people or processes? This small self-assessment will help you to be at your best, so you can help others and yourself. When you’re down, you know where to go to get that energy boost. When things are going well, you can also find that extra energy to reach even grander heights. Bottom line is that you need to know what gives you energy if you’re to be truly unleashed.

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This week’s quote –

Good questions outrank easy answers.

~ Paul Samuelson

The next Weedin Unleashed broadcast is next Monday, August 17th, as I am traveling for business. I look forward to seeing you then. Here is a recent episode. You can view them all on my You Tube channel

Extra Points – Awe and Wonder

May 18, 2015 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Awe and WonderDan Weedin Unleashed-40
I’m writing this article while sitting in a very small American Airlines Eagle fight from O’ Hare airport in Chicago to Sioux Falls, SD. I am heading to Sioux Falls to give a training for a new client.

I was surfing through a magazine as we took off. Taking off is something I seem to be doing a lot of lately, so I took the experience pretty lightly. Then I looked up from the magazine…

It was a beautiful night over one of the iconic cities in America. Suddenly, I was overcome with awe and wonder of what was actually happening. I was in a “transport” that was shuttling me through air at a high rate of speed waiting to “slip the surly bonds of earth…”

This initially mundane experience became surreal when I realized how unimaginable this would be to people living 250 years ago. They couldn’t comprehend the thought of traveling through air and looking down on a city and then at the TOPS of clouds while feeling totally at ease (other than sitting in a very uncomfortable seat). Holy Flux Capacitor!

How often do you “look up” from your “mundane” and seek out something to be in awe and wonder of? I don’t do it enough and I bet many of you are in the same boat. Everything we do offers opportunity to learn, to grow, and to marvel at. We just have to be paying attention.

Be in the moment this week. Take a few extra seconds and marvel at what we have around us and what we can do. Like I’ve heard Alan Weiss say a million times, “You can always make another dollar but you can’t make another minute.”

Enjoy more minutes this week!
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This week’s quote –

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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