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Unleashed Summit LIVE. Registration is OPEN!

May 29, 2014 Leave a comment

I will be holding the inaugural Weedin Unleashed Summit event at the gorgeous Clearwater Casino & Resort in Suquamish, WA on Tuesday, September 23rd 14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. You will be joined by dozens of business leaders, professionals, and peers from the area to take part in this event. The fee is only $99. Space is limited to 75 people, so registering early is essential to assuring your seat.

You will hear me discuss concepts, strategies, and best practices from the information I’ve been sharing with you and from my new book, Unleashed: A Guide to Maximizing Your Career & Enriching Your Life:

  • Identifying the “open gates” in your professional and personal life so you can take full advantage of all your opportunities.
  • Creating branding and marketing prosperity through intellectual property creation.
  • Improving your ability to be an influential leader and a more dynamic communicator.
  • Best practices on how to better prioritize, delegate and manage your time.
  • Best Practices on improving your work-life balance.
  • A chance to network with your peers and enjoy a beautiful location.

Everyone in attendance will receive a free, signed copy of my book. The first 9 people to sign up will be my guest for lunch after the event to continue our discussions and enjoy a meal together! (Note – there are only a few of these left…registrations have been coming in!)

Note: If you’re a current active client (coaching/mentoring/consulting) at time of registration, there is NO fee to attend.

Weedin Unleashed Video on Avoiding the Success Trap

May 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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Weedin Unleashed Special Holiday Edition Date

May 27, 2014 1 comment

Join me in a little over an hour for this Tuesday post-holiday broadcast…14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

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Extra Points – Memorial Day Special

May 26, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Memorial Day Special

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Reprinted from Memorial Day 2012 and 2013. Looks like a tradition in the making…            

When I was a kid, Memorial Day was a day off from school. It was a great holiday because it marked the beginning of summer, the nearing of the end of another school year, and baseball.

My dad was a World War II veteran, a 30-year Navy man, and we lived in a Navy town. However, Memorial Day was just another holiday.

Today, that’s all changed. Yes, I still do like the perks – my wife gets the day off to stay home; the food; and the return of the sun. But I also more deeply understand the meaning for today.

It’s a time to honor all of those who gave their lives in service to our country. Those who served any length of time. And, to those who also serve us in law enforcement and the fire service. Thank you…

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This week’s quote – 

“I only regret that I have one life to lose for my country.

~ Nathan Hale
Weedin Unleashed LIVE broadcast tomorrow at 9:30 AM Pacific – Click here to join

 

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Weedin Unleashed Video – May 19, 2014

May 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Topic = No Straight Line – Trend up!

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Extra Points – No Straight Line

May 19, 2014 1 comment

This week’s focus point…  14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

No Straight Lines

The past 8 weeks for me have been a blur. In that time, I’ve been to San Francisco; Bogotá, Colombia; Portland, OR; Billings, MT; Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and the metropolis known as Hurricane, WV.


After all of that, I returned home and found it difficult to get back into the “swing of things.” I was tired mentally and physically. I had follow ups to complete and commitments to keep. And sometimes I could even get a little grumpy. Go figure…

There are no straight lines to your “desired state.” No matter what your goals and direction to that desired state you defined at some point, things happen. I call it gravitational pull. Gravitational pull is all those speed bumps that not only slow you down, but try to pull you back down to that default position that you didn’t want to stay at. It’s rebounding from those speed bumps to get back on track and avoid any further pull that make us truly successful.

How do you do it? First, you recognize it’s happening. Seems simple, but it’s the most important and hardest part. Second, you get help. Use your coach or mentor; your spouse or significant other; or whatever source of inspiration that guides you. You can’t be brilliant by yourself. Third, you acknowledge that you’re human, that this stuff will happen, and get back to business.

Bottom line…you take the time you need to refresh your mind, body, and spirit as quickly as possible and get back to a positive mindset that leads you back up, not down. There is no straight line to success, but it is about trend. Trend the right way…

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote – 

“All progress is experimental.

~ John Jay Chapman

Join me LIVE to discuss this topic, ask questions, and meet Captain Jack. It’s free, easy, and will be the best 30 minutes you will spend today. Click here for details.

 

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On Being Johnny Cash

May 17, 2014 1 comment

From my May column for the Kitsap Business Journal…

Last month, I was in Bogotá, Colombia, to speak at a conference. I stayed an extra week to visit with family, as I am half-Colombian on my mother’s side. I have five aunts still living and scads of cousins. It’s always a joy to mix business with pleasure, especially in such a cool city as Bogotá.

I was sitting with my aunt and two cousins on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in her living room that overlooked the mountains in the distance. The view was spectacular and I had that feeling of being a continent away from my normal world. That changed suddenly when the radio station we were listening to made a switch in programming from its Latin music to one I was very familiar with. As I was absorbing the ambiance of the classic South American city, I recognized the unmistakable dulcet tones of … Johnny Cash. I literally did a double take. Here I was in Bogotá and the voice coming from the radio was a legendary American country artist. I might as well have been perched in Nashville.

It doesn’t matter your age, the area you live in, or your taste in music. If you’re an American over about 20 years old, you know the name and the sound of Johnny Cash. Although he passed over a decade ago, Johnny Cash developed a symbol so powerful, that millions of Americans can picture him in their mind by just listening to his music. Now that’s brand.

When I say Johnny Cash, you probably picture the ruggedly handsome man in black, with wavy jet-black hair and a guitar slung over his shoulder. You hear the deep, rich, baritone voice with a slight twang that drips with heart and soul.

How badly would you like to create a brand like that for your business?

If you’re smart, then pretty badly! We all want to be “top of mind” when it comes to our profession, whether we offer a product or service. The question becomes, how can we become like Johnny Cash?

Without belting out a rendition of “A Boy Named Sue,” I’ll share with you my five strategies and tactics to Being Johnny Cash …

1. Create a Look.  Johnny Cash was “the man in black.” Heck, he had a song by the same title. He became synonymous with the bad boy image of his time by always being dressed head to toe in black. What “look” can you create through consistency? Consistency in marketing is critical. It includes your logo, your signage, your documents, your letterhead, and your social media presence. When people see your work, they should immediately be able to identify you.

2. Create a Sound. Johnny Cash’s voice is so unique, once you’ve heard it, you will always recognize it. How are your products or services unique? What separates you from your competition? If you aren’t unique and an object of interest, why would anyone do business with you over someone else? Cash’s voice drew people in. How does your exclusivity and image of difference do the same?

3. Create a Following. Johnny Cash certainly wasn’t the only country-western singer of his time, yet he created an immense following of loyal fans. Do you have that? What kind of a business community are you building? What value are you providing so that people will follow your writings; listen to your speeches; buy your products at any cost; or seek you out because of the experience of others? Entertainers are skilled at creating “groupies.” Maybe you need some, too.

4. Create a swagger. JC was one of the original entertainers with “swag.” The term swag comes from the hip hop music industry and means superlative style. JC had superlative style based on the machismo that he exuded. Do you have swag in your persona? Now, I’m not talking arrogance; rather a powerful self-confidence. If you don’t have supreme confidence in your ability to help others with your products and services, then why should they? The first sale is to yourself, and you need to buy in big-time.

5. The Music. Johnny Cash reached into people’s souls with his music. It was often describing pain, sorrow and loss that his audience could identify with. He also sang with humor to lift spirits. What’s your message? Don’t have one? You’d better get one then, and a good one. Your message is about how you improve the conditions and lives of others, and you’d better “sing” it in a way that causes an emotional response. Logic makes people think; emotion makes them act. Too often, business people like to express themselves logically, and lose the attention of their audience because they couldn’t uncover the emotion.

Bottom line — People of all types are hugely successful in this world when they have a consistent message that engages the masses and do it in a confident manner that touches people’s emotions. Johnny Cash did that. So did Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and Mark Zuckerberg. If you’re not doing it, you must start. Take a look at my list and start moving boldly forward. If you are doing it then keep learning, growing, and developing your brand so one day, you will be as legendary in your world as Johnny Cash is in his.

14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001Dan Weedin is a strategist, speaker, author and executive coach. He helps business leaders and executives to become stronger leaders, grow their businesses, and enrich their lives.  He was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant™ Hall of Fame in 2012. You can reach Dan at 360-697-1058; e-mail at dan@danweedin.com or visit his website at www.DanWeedin.com.