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Just in Time Learning

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

With the advancement of technology at an astounding rate, the opportunity to increase your value to others has never been better. Here is an example…

I use Constant Contact for my newsletters. I was finishing one and wanted to preview it. An error notice I had never seen popped up. I copied the text and went to their instant chat for customer support. Within one minute, I was instant messaging a support person with my question. Within 3 minutes it was resolved. Now that’s what I call “Just in Time” service.

The value was that I got the information when I needed it, how I needed it, and just in time for me. I am setting up new ways to make “Just in Time” learning, consulting, or access to me a reality in my business. What about you? Where are ares that you can provide instant support that will differentiate you from your competition?

I encourage you to take some time and be creative. Determine ways that you can implement “Just in Time” service to your clients and prospects. Take advantage of the technology at your disposal and become a leader in your industry.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Rules of Engagement

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Like many people, professional golfer Jim Furyk uses his cell phone as an alarm clock. Because of it, last week it cost him a double-bogey!

Furyk’s alarm didn’t work and he overslept, causing him to miss the start of the pro-am portion of the Barclays Classic. The penalty? He was disqualified from the tournament. Now, as absurd as I believe this rule is (the pro-am portion doesn’t count towards the regular competition – it’s just an exhibition), Furyk knew the rule. His breaking of that “rule of engagement” probably cost him tens of thousands of dollars from the tourney and the Fed Ex Cup standings.

What rules of engagement are in your business?

How about these often overlooked “rules:”

  • Being on time to meetings
  • Calling and e-mailing back promptly
  • Proper manners while eating a meal
  • Being dressed properly for the situation you are in
  • Sending thank you cards
  • Confirming appointments

You can probably think of more. These seemingly small things can cost you and you probably don’t even know it. Just like Furyk’s slip up, making a double-bogey on one of these may cost you tens of thousands of dollars and you will never know it.

Figure out your rules of engagement and make sure you follow them. You never know when doing so will make all the difference in the world!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

A fun day in Pittsburgh is capped by a day at PNC Park to watch the Pirates battle the St. Louis Cardinals. Below is a copy of my latest blog post for the Kitsap Sun, where I am a community sports blogger. I wanted to share the experience with you…

I went to PNC Park last night to take in the Pirates-Cardinals game. Here are my impressions of the evening…

1 – It’s a beautiful ballpark. A couple years younger than Safeco Field, it has a spectacular view of the downtown skyline in Pittsburgh. It appears to be smaller (fences too) as there is considerably less seating in the outfield than Safeco. That being said, it has a cozier feel. I still like Safeco Field the best, but PNC Park is right there. A great place to watch a game and enjoy.

P.S. The food was also less expensive!

2 – The Pirates actually won for us with a little help from a couple NW homies. Ryan Doumit (Moses Lake) was the catcher and played well. Evan Meek (Inglemoor HS in Kenmore) picked up the save (even though he gave up a run). He got out of a bases loaded, one out, and Matt Holliday at the plate situation.

Ronnie Cedeno (the former Mariner) played flawlessly at shortstop and made the final out. He also had a double. Lots of other ex-Mariners in the stadium including Ryan Franklin and the now third-string catcher Jeff Clement.

3 – It’s amazing that a guy who has been dead for 37 years is still so idolized. Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, who died in an airplane crash on December 31, 1973 on a humanitarian mission, had more #21 jerseys than anyone else. The Bucs have memorialized him on the field with a 21-foot right-field wall (where he roamed for 20+ years). Clemente was a legend and continues on in Pittsburgh after nearly 4 decades.

4 – After the game, we went to the Jerome Bettis Grill for dessert. My cousin told me about the cool men’s bathroom. Yes, you read me correctly, the cool men’s bathroom. I had to check it out.

Guys, when you walk in and hang a right into the urinals, you see a huge one-way window. You ge to look out but nobody else can see in. Kind of like NCIS! As you are taking care of your business, you can casually look at all the people in the bar, the myriad of big screen TV’s, and keep tabs on your girlfriend if you need to (I didn’t even have my wife there, so I simply gazed at all the people and activity). Now THAT is a cool men’s room!

BONUS – I forgot to add on my blog for the Sun – it was a thrill to watch a future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. He went 3-5 with a run scored, however he is sitting on 399 career home runs. I have to admit I was pulling for him to jack one out so I can say I “was there” on that historic event. No such luck.

A very fun evening. That’s what going to baseball games is all about….a wonderful setting with your family, a Pittsburgh cheese steak and beer, a home team win, and a trip to the coolest bathroom ever!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved
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The Attitude of Gratitude

August 23, 2010 1 comment

This morning, I attended Mass at a beautiful church here in Pittsburgh. The priest’s homily was on the attitude of gratitude. It was a poignant reminder of all that we should be grateful for in our lives. Regardless of your spiritual persuasion, gratitude is an important aspect of anyone’s life. Why?

First, it shows humility to be grateful for what you have. Second, gratitude leads to a positive attitude. Third, it keeps you focused on the important things in your life.

What are you grateful for?

Mine are easy, yet the simple task of listing them is important to keep focus, perspective, and humility. Here are just a few off the top of my head…

  • My family
  • Our health
  • Living in this country that allows us great freedom of choice
  • Our extended families
  • Our dogs (they may not be happy about this placement)
  • My business and all the associates and friends that have come from that
  • The opportunity to send my kids to higher education

I’ve seen first-hand through my Rotary experiences how the majority of the world live. That’s not me, and if you are reading this, it’s probably not you, either. Gratitude is a gift in and of itself in keeping our lives (professional and personal) in perspective. We often need to be reminded as it’s easy to take what we have for granted. I got my reminder this morning. I hope this serves as one for you!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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New Rave Review

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

As Alan Weiss has always said, “If you don’t toot your own horn, you don’t have any music.” I also believe that when others toot your horn, the music goes twice as far.

I was honored over the weekend to have been given a wonderful testimonial from professional speaker Frank Kenny…

“It is my pleasure to recommend Dan Weedin to you. I have found him to be a smart, effective, passionate worker on behalf of clients and community, a talented public speaker, knowledgeable business person, and dedicated family man. He was a featured speaker at our Bigfoot social media conference, playing a very significant role in the conferences’ formation. If you need speaking, coaching or consulting services, give Dan a call.”

Thank you, Frank! I appreciate your kind words.

With those kind words being said, please note that there are a couple of opportunities around the corner where you can gain professional growth:

September 3 – Free Teleconference on Being an Influential Leader – 11:00 am Pacific

September 28th – Two live workshops at the Clearwater Casino Hotel – Panic to Power and Got Confidence?

Click on the links to learn more and register!

Libby and Dan Part 2 – Time Management & Speaking

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

This is the second of a three-part series with Libby Wagner and Dan Weedin from their presentation at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce last month. This episode focuses on time management techniques from Libby and speaking strategies from Dan.

For some reason, this video is not being embedded. Sometimes technology doesn’t cooperate. To watch the video, click here.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

A Little Creativity Redux

August 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Yesterday I wrote a blog article on being creative with marketing tools like You Tube. Here is a prime example.

I met a local general contractor, Brent Erickson from RESCOM General Construction, through Linked In. I checked out his website and found a terrific video introduction to his company and their work. This is an example of using video proactively to promote your business.

Click here to go to Brent’s website

Thanks Brent for giving permission to give your web site out as an example. I mean, who wants people to look at your web site right? (For those wondering, this was meant to be funny!)

So get creative and find ways to expand your market…

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved