Farewell to Dr. Randy Pausch

Many of you have probably heard the inspirational story of Dr. Randy Pausch.  The video below was taped last year on the Oprah show.  Dr. Pausch’s battle with cancer ended today as he passed away.  Regardless of whether you have already seen this, take 10 minutes and watch this clip in his memory.  You will be better off for it.



Pulling mail out of the box

As if you needed another good reason to use Send Out Cards as your mailing system, I give you a case in point tonight…

I was mailing out a campaign for my parents 50th anniversary celebration.  It is a cool postcard with a photo of them at a party 50 years ago in Bogota, Colombia.  Everything was stated in the card for all guests.  I confidently pressed “SEND” and turned off the computer.  Whoops.

When I got upstairs, the lovely Barb asked me if I’d included the “attire” section.  My Mom is “old-school” and doesn’t care for jeans.  That’s cool and we all agreed to it.  My problem – I just sent out 50 cards without that vital information!

Had I just returned from the Post Office, this would have been a real problem.  As a Send Out Cards person, I simply needed to go back down to my office, fire up the computer, log back in to SOC, cancel the mailing, edit my card, and re-send it out again.  In the matter of 10 minutes, I did what would have put me in jail for a federal offense had I been “old-school” in my mailing habits.

Are you ready to make your campaigns, both personal and business, easier?  Learn how to become a Send Out Cards user by clicking here.   Call me to set up a free gift account at 360-271-1592 or e-mail me at dan@danweedin.com.



Just Added to NAHB Speakers Bureau

I’m proud and happy to announce that I’ve just been added to the speakers bureau for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  If you are in the construction industry and need a speaker for your business, group, or association, I’d love to talk to you.  You can see the topics and issues I speak on by clicking here.



Another Rave Review!

Holy cow…another rave review.  Thanks to Josh Klein from Silver City Brewery for his words.  I’m very appreciative.

Can I help YOU do the same thing in your career?  Find out by visiting my web site and learn about my Boot Camps, Varsity Speaking Academy, and individual coaching.  Click here to learn more…


Are you reading the signs?

I just came back from my weekend reunion with a dozen high school buddies.  This is the 13th year we have played 5 rounds of golf in just 2 and a half days.  It’s always a blast, but as we get older it becomes more physically challenging.

This year we convened in Boise, ID where it was a “chilly” 95 degrees in the afternoon rounds.  After our second round of the second day, I was physically beat up.  The sun, the fatigue, and the golf course had me walking around like a zombie.  All I knew I was I needed to go to the bathroom…bad!

As I was walking to wash my hands I noticed the absence of urinals.  Then to my horror, I saw the remains of a wrapper for a personal female product.  I was in the Women’s bathroom.  I had missed the sign because I was so sun-whipped and tired.  I hurriedly got out of there and didn’t tell my friends.  I knew I would hear about my faux pax the rest of the weekend.  My golf game was terrible and I didn’t need to add insult to injury.  Fortunately, all the women golfers wee sitting inside their air-conditioned home on a brutally hot afternoon.  As my wife told me later, “You could have gone to jail!” 

What signs do you miss when you speak?  How about some of these…

  • Your in a sales meeting and your prospect is giving you a buying sign.  Do you shut up and take the order?
  • Your giving a presentation to a large group of investors and they are yawning during your PowerPoint.  Do you shut off the slides and talk to them instead?
  • You are presenting a speech at your Toastmasters club and your audience seems more interested in the agenda than your topic.  How do you engage them?

Here’s the bottom line…if you don’t learn how to read signs from your audience, you may end up like I did in the wrong bathroom.  Well, in your case maybe thought of as a dull speaker or without a sale.  Those could be career-killer type issues if gone unchecked.

Learn to read signs and you will become better at engaging every audience every time.


P.S.  If you are asking, “How do I learn how to read th signs?”, then you are a perfect candidate for my Varsity Speaking Academy or Panic to Power Boot Camps.  To learn more about sign reading and how to register, click here