Extra Points – The World’s Greatest Martini

The World’s Greatest Martini Martini

Last week, I was in San Francisco for a meeting with Alan Weiss and two of my colleagues, Noah Fleming and Gary Patterson. We were having a cocktail in the bar at Ame, which is a fabulous restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel at Union Square. While sipping a wonderful concoction by the bartender that wasn’t on the menu, I decided to see what other libations were on the docket. Then I saw it in big, bold print – The World’s Greatest Martini. That grabbed my attention!

Turns out they use a unique and rare bottle of gin from Holland ($700/bottle) that’s been aged for 80 years and infused with saffron, among other things. The martini is a normal size, yet due to it’s powerful and rare attributes, comes at a high cost, but with tremendous return on investment. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t be selling 8-10 of them a week.

If you don’t consider yourself your own “world’s greatest martini (insert your value)” then you will never be unleashed. You will never believe your own worth is as valuable and be afraid to “overprice” yourself. Look people don’t buy this drink because it’s dubbed the world’s greatest. They buy it based on the price. If the cost for a drink is $125, then it must be some heck of a drink! That’s the same with you. But the first sale is to yourself. Why would anyone else believe in your tremendous value if you don’t first?

Morale of the story is this – go mix your own drink and believe what you have to offer is worth it’s weight in gold. People want to work and be around the “world’s greatest.” Time for you to belly up to the bar. 

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote – 
Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.”

~ George Bernard Shaw


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Extra Points – Being Gracious

Being Gracious

While I was in San Francisco last week on a business trip, I happened to run into Michael Jordan. Not the “fake” Michael Jordan featured in the commercial. The dude who scored about 40,000 points in the National Basketball Association.

He was sitting with a small group in the lounge at the hotel we were both staying at. I kept looking at him trying to disabuse myself of the notion that it was really him, but the more I looked, the more I was convinced. Finally, a young lady approached him and based on their conversation, it was confirmed that this was the basketball legend. The thing that impressed me was how gracious he was to her. He allowed her to take a picture and even get an autograph. As I was leaving, I reached out to him simply to thank him for years of enjoyment in watching him play. He was very kind to me and we even talked a little Sonics basketball.

Many celebrities and “stars” aren’t gracious for a variety of reasons, most not good. Michael Jordan was. Many business people aren’t gracious for a variety of reasons, and there is no excuse. I’ve seen business professionals and leaders who are rude, intimidating, callous, boorish, and plain mean. You have seen them too, I’m sure. Heck, you may have even worked for a couple of them!

How you act will forever leave marks on those you come in contact with. Michael Jordan left a positive impression on that young lady, on me, and my group. What kind of impression are you leaving in your world? Make it a good one!

This week’s quote –
“At one point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t.”
~Andy Roddick, Tennis Champion


© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

San Francisco Journal #1

Day 1 in San Francisco turned out to be eventful. I am in the City by the Bay for the Alan Weiss Mentor Summit. It’s a conference where all the world class consultants in Alan’s community congregate about every 9 months to learn more about our business, to grow professionally, to network, and to enjoy the city.

I started the evening meeting a couple of my own mentor clients and going out to dinner at a great place. It’s an Italian restaurant a few blocks away from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel where I am staying (in the financial district). We had a terrific dinner and a nice time together. Afterwards, several of us decided to have a nightcap in the hotel lounge.

Sitting to the table next to me was a guy who looked just like Michael Jordan. THE Michael Jordan of Chicago Bulls fame and glory. The more I wanted to dismiss it, the more I was certain. He was even wearing a Jordan logo shirt. I asked my colleagues to take a look and see what they thought. About that time, a young woman approached him and started talking to him about his career. They were literally about 15 feet away. It was definitely MJ. She asked for his picture (which he at least tried to confirm wouldn’t end up on the Internet), and chatted with him. Shortly, she returned to her seat at the bar, giddy with delight.

I thought, if she can politely approach him, I can to. As I stood up to do so, she re-emerged bearing a pen and napkin for an autograph. Geez! He was still kind to her, but looking like he wanted to return to his private dinner. As she left, I quickly stuck out my hand and said, “I don’t want your autograph or a picture. I simply want to shake your hand and thank you for years of enjoyment in watching you play.” He was also very gracious to me and smiled. We actually talked Seattle Sonics basketball for about 10 seconds. He said he loves the city and they and the fans deserve a team back.

Michael Jordan epitomized graciousness this evening. I don’t know if it always happens, but on this night in San Francisco, it did. What a way to start the week!

Copyright 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Debrief from the Mentor Summit in San Francisco

My wife Barb and I spent a wonderful three days in San Francisco.  I was attending the Alan Weiss Mentor Summit and Barb was, well, on vacation!  According to the weather prognosticators, it was supposed to rain all three days.  Gladly, they missed the mark.  It was absolutely splendid weather.  We met friends and toured Chinatown, ate at a couple fabulous restaurants downtown, and re-connected and met many other world-class consultants at the Mentor Summit.

One of the big surprises was seeing one of my other mentors, Patricia Fripp, at the event. She and Alan are partners in The Odd Couple ® Marketing & Strategy Seminar.  I also got a chance to re-connect with 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ed Tate. The last time Ed and I were together is back in 2007 when I attended one of his Boot Camps.