Providence Journal #1

I love technology.

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…

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 

Book Review – Power Questions

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…

5 Stars

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!

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points – Making an Impression

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

Another Rave Review on Libby & Dan

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!

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Press Release – Libby & Dan

PRESS RELEASE

 

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.

For more information, contact Dan Weedin at (360) 271-1592; (360) 824-8100 (fax); or dan@danweedin.com. Please also visit our website at www.DanWeedin.com.

Twitter – #LibbyDan

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Libby and Dan
Libby Wagner

Extra Points – Barking Up a Tree

Barking Up a Tree.

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

The Best of Dan Weedin Now Available

I’ve been fortunate to have a regular column for the Kitsap Business Journal for two years. Now, I’ve compiled all that work into one eBook.

Your investment – $10

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This eBook features 22 columns from 2010 and 2011. The topics range from leadership, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, life balance, social media, business, and much more. Each column is about 700-800 words, so it is an easy read. I’ve received wonderful comments from readers and believe you will gain great value from this compilation.

What others say about Dan…

“Dan has a special knack of simplifying complex business strategies. His column in the Kitsap Business Journal, using everyday analogies relative to the business world, is especially beneficial for daily tactics and team building. His insightful nuggets are great reading for enhancing business success, whether you’re an entrepreneur or a corporation. I always find some practical take-away to pump up my work.”

– Barry Hacker, Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, WA)

“Dan has the rare talent of being able to communicate sound business concepts in a way the reader is able to understand and implement the information.”

– Gale Kirsopp, Principal of Kirsopp Consulting, LLC (Kingston, WA)

Dan Weedin has the rare capability of helping customers by turning abstract concepts into tangible benefits, bringing an entirely more dramatic sales process to insurance sales and related services.”
– Alan Weiss, Author of The Million Dollar Consultant ®

I hope you’ll consider purchasing this eBook and adding it as a resource for your career.

Extra Points

The Journey.

Whitney Houston

I went into my iTunes Store on Sunday to purchase a couple of songs by Whitney Houston. I’ve always loved her voice, and with her tragic death on Saturday, I figured it was about time to add her to my library.

Back when I was a kid, I remember buying records in music stores. This was when vinyl was still in style and cassettes were cutting edge. I loved taking my time strolling along the aisles and flipping through LPs and reading the jackets. (I’m certain my daughters think of something completely different when they read jacket). The purchasing of my music was more expensive, took more time, and quite frankly was more enjoyable. Today, it took me a total of about 3 minutes to locate two Whitney Houston songs, pay less than $2 for them, and download them into my phone. (just as foreign language to someone living in 1975, right?)

The journey is almost always more fun than finally hitting that destination. My journey in the music store about 40 years ago was an event, normally done with friends, that I still hold as a fond memory. I can’t remember all the records I bought, but I do remember the journey.

That’s a lot like your life. Don’t blast through each day like you’re downloading music into your iPhone. Enjoy the journey. It’s what you’ll remember anyway…

This week’s quote – “Things that hurt, instruct.” Benjamin Franklin

What Price Fame?

The tragic death yesterday of the legendary singer, Whitney Houston, at the young age of 48, adds another famed celebrity to a different and undesirable walk of fame.

Whitney Houston

Yes, we still have yet to discover what happened to Houston, but suffice it to say that her history of drug and alcohol abuse leads one to consider the possibility that this may have contributed. Nobody deserves to die alone in a hotel bathtub.

Whitney Houston joins a star-studded line-up of people who succumbed to the pressures and expectations of the world – Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Chris Farley, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.

Whitney Houston and I are about the same age. We grew up at the same time in history, but on different coasts and certainly with a different skill set. Her silky smooth voice (perhaps the best female voice I’ve ever heard at her peak) gained her world fame and adulation. I never saw her sing in person, nor met her, but she impacted my life with her amazing talent, as did many of the people mentioned above. Unfortunately, as history has shown, fame often leads to intense pressure, expectations, too much money, and too many “friends.” Drug and alcohol abuse, dysfunctional relationships, depression, and other maladies can befall those stuck in the limelight.

You can’t blame people. We are all human. Had our lives been the opposite, whose to say I wouldn’t have been induced to the vices Houston admittedly fell victim to, and her maybe a happily married music teacher in Newark. That’s the ultimate tragedy. What most of us only know her as is a singer. For us, she will live on in her music. For her mother, her daughter, her close friends, and those who loved her because she was just Whitney (not because she could sing better than just about anyone else on the planet), they are left grieving and mourning because she was gone too soon for no good reason at all.

In the “old” days, celebrity was tougher to reach. Now, because of social media and reality television, it doesn’t take as much talent (if any at all) to reach a level of celebrity that blows Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes to hell. And the bad news is, the perils and vices come to those 21st century “celebs” as well. You may need to be careful of what you ask for!

Rest in peace, Whitney Houston. It’s a tragedy for the world and those who loved you. Thanks for giving us music that will last forever. I hope your story will inspire someone else to avoid the same fate.

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved