Here I am at somewhere around 25,000 feet (give or take a foot) pecking away on my laptop and working on the Internet. Makes these cross-country flights much more productive and fun.
I’ve posted a survey on my Facebook page. I asked my “peeps” a question about visiting cities. Basically, if you are at an airport and have a 3-hour plus layover, does that count as a city you’ve visited? My reason for asking is that I’ve been to many an airport where I’ve dined at excellent restaurants, watched games at the sports bar while sipping on a local beer; purchased “stuff,” and basically acted as if I were a tourist. Shouldn’t any of this count towards plopping that pin on the map saying you were there? Does driving through the panhandle of Idaho mean you’ve been to Idaho even if it takes less time than an airport layover? Just asking…
I’ve received fun and humorous comments on my Facebook page. I hope they keep coming. What do you think?
By the way, I will be chronicling my trip to Providence as I always do with my trips. The main event is Friday when I will be at an Alan Weiss workshop, which I am looking forward to as always. More to come…
I just finished a book by a colleague and friend, Andrew Sobel. Andrew and I were trained together by Alan Weiss as Master Mentors in March of 2009. We were the only two in that training and were treated to being trained by Alan in his suite at the Palace Hotel overlooking Manhattan. I was fortunate to get to know Andrew and consider him a tremendously talented consultant and coach. His new book, Power Questions is an outstanding book. In fact, here is my review…
A Must-Read for Business Professionals and Executives, February 28, 2012
By Dan Weedin (Poulsbo, WA)
This review is from: Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others (Hardcover) Power Questions is the right guide for any business professional or executive who wants to build better relationships, sell more business, and enhance their personal and professional lives. I know I got my return on investment just in the first 10 pages! Andrew Sobel does a tremendous job of sharing his personal stories and experiences, making them relevant to you, and then giving you a specific guidelines on how to use them in your career. As I said, a “must-read” for any one interested in creating value.
I highly recommend you run (or type) to Amazon and pick it up either in hard cover or electronically. You will be glad you did!
Making an Impression.
On Saturday, my fellow school board members and I interviewed six semi-finalists for our Superintendent position. This is basically the CEO of our $60M organization. As you can imagine, all six candidates spent the hour doing their best to effectively answer our questions with personality, knowledge, and style. This was their first opportunity to make a personal impression on us. The three finalists get another shot to make an impression next week.
In business, we get plenty of opportunities to make impressions. Yes, we only get one “first” impression, but that rarely is the only one you get to make. Are you paying attention to your “impressions?”
You get to make impressions on personal meetings, lunch and dinner dates, networking events, and social media platforms. You need to be aware of your manners, your grammar, your language, your appearance, and your body language. You never know who is watching and evaluating you. My applicants on Saturday knew for that one hour period who was watching. Now, as the process continues for three of them, the view will be broadened. You need to always be aware. If you make sure you’re consistent, honest, and genuine all the time, it makes it that much easier. Because in the end, business and personal relationships are built on trust. Make all your “impressions” trustworthy!
This week’s quote – “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar
I always like getting good news, and happy clients are always good news!
Mark Walters, a terrific value-based attorney who attended last week, had this to say about his experience….
Lawyers like me attend continuing legal education courses to stay on top of the law and legal trends. I attend business training workshops to sharpen my business skills and knowledge. This helps me stay strong as a trusted adviser to my clients, and it helps me grow my business. This was a fantastic workshop and everyone took away far more value than the cost of admission. I won’t miss Dan and Libby’s next event.
Thanks, Mark! The next Libby & Dan session is scheduled for June 21st in Seattle. Registration details are forthcoming. Stay tuned!
The Consultant Mentors of the Northwest Kick of 2012 for Business Leaders
Seattle-area consultants hold first collaborative event
Poulsbo, WA (February 20, 2012) – Dan Weedin and Libby Wagner held their inaugural event titled, “Libby & Dan,” at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle on February 15th. The event was attended by 24 consultants, executive coaches, and business professionals from around the Greater Seattle area.
The full-day workshop was aimed at helping business leaders to accelerate their professional growth. Topics included visioning, marketing gravity, value proposition, branding, and best practices. Diane Zakrajsek from Seattle said, “The information and your expertise was priceless!” David Dallaire from Bellevue said the workshop was a “home run!” Earl Bell from Seattle called the event, “Simply awesome!”
The next workshop will be held at the Washington Athletic Club on June 21st. Registration information will be announced soon.
Dan Weedin and Libby Wagner have been personally trained by Dr. Alan Weiss as Master Mentors in his global consulting community. They are two of only 35 consultants in the world so accredited. Dr. Weiss is the author of Million Dollar Consulting, The Consultants Bible, and over 35 other business and consulting books.
My dogs have two very different world views on their fellow canines. Bella (on the left) could care less about dogs that happen to appear on the television. But get her out in the real world, and she becomes crazy. She knows where every dog on our walk lives; thinks there’s a dog in every car that drives by (based on seeing one once); and makes it her quest to bark maniacally at them. Captain Jack on the other hand doesn’t seem to be overly concerned with other dogs on his walk. He can pretty much take them or leave them. But, if he spies them on TV, he goes crazy. He attacks the television, searches behind it for those dastardly dogs, and now even recognizes the tunes in commercials where they pop up. Bella doesn’t care. In the end, neither cares about the others difference of opinion.
We all have different world views. Our own personal experiences and biases lead us to form political, religious, and economic notions. That doesn’t mean the other person with a different opinion is damaged.
During this political season leading up to a presidential election in November, social media has fueled the firestorm of conjecture and opinion. Everywhere I read, people are voicing their opinions louder and with more gusto than Captain Jack assailing my TV. Unfortunately, with it often comes boorish behavior. It’s not enough to have one’s opinion, but castigating those who think differently has become not only commonplace, but encouraged.
Don’t do this in business or you won’t last long. In fact, if you choose to do this in your social media platforms beware. You never know who is reading. Having an opinion is terrific and applauded. Tacking on foul language, degradation, and inappropriate humor may lose you business and friends. Always remember that the cyberspace curtain we hide behind is pretty transparent. Next time you bark, know that the entire neighborhood is listening…
This week’s quote – “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.” Muhammad Ali