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Fear of Moving On!

This isn’t your Grandma’s FOMO
We’re not talking about “Fear Of Missing Out” but rather…
FEAR OF MOVING ON

The time hasn’t come to “go back” to work, but the time has come to move on with life.

We’re getting closer to a solution that enables us to gather together safely.

We’re getting closer to a time where offices won’t be empty.

And that’s scaring some people!

So what’s to blame for this new FOMO – FOMO 2.0?
🔹 The same culprit that sabotages your change efforts at work.
🔹 The same culture that said “work from home will never work for us” prior to this pandemic.

The Three Deadly C’s:
🚫 COMPARISON
🚫 CONTROL
🚫 COMPLACENCY

So if you’re feeling a pang of anxiety when approaching change, here are three strategies to try:
👍🏼 Instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Strive to be better than THAT person.
👍🏼 Instead of trying to control the situation, focus on how you can control your response. That’s ALWAYS within your control.
👍🏼 Make peace with the fact that life is constant improvement. Biologists call it evolution. “Trying to maintain is a fool’s game”

Go be the change you want to see in the world my friends! 😍

Gregory Offner is the “Man with a Million Dollar Voice!” He is an expert at Disruption having recently spent over 2 months in total silence as a result of 14 surgeries needed to repair and rebuild his vocal cords. That was the critical spark needed for Greg to know how to help individuals and organizations identify the one change that can change everything! To book Gregory for your next virtual or hybrid event contact us today at 888-766-3155.

How to Maximize Your Potential in the New Year

How was your year? Are you looking for change in the new year? Here’s one super simple tip to find more fulfillment in your life. I’ll give you a hint: it’s about maximizing your mornings.

Randy Fox is a Professional Speaker, Leadership expert, Best-selling Author, and NCAA basketball official who inspires organizations and individuals as they seek to maximize their potential and performance. It is all about people with Randy, who brings ultra-high energy to the stage, or on virtual with his undeniable passion for people, and an engaging approach to motivating and inspiring others to achieve great results. To book him for your next event contact 888-766-3155 today!

Leaders Must learn to BOP! – Be Open to Progress

These are trying times to say the least. Much has changed. Here is something that has not… Each of has unbelievable potential, which, for the most part, is only limited by our minds. Our mind-set is the first thing we have to empower if we’re going to create progress in world of change.  It may be uncomfortable and even painful, but we must shift our focus to the possible if we are to harness our potential. 

This is especially true in this ever-changing, always challenging marketplace.  While any number of actions and initiatives may be employed to progress, our minds must first be willing.  When the going gets tough, the mind has to get tough to get going. 

It takes guts to confront an uncertain future.  But that future, though unpredictable, also brings the possibility of progress.  Even unwanted “change” can present opportunities, but we’ve got to be in the right mental state to identify and pounce on them.  Turbulence and problems are life forces that may be seen as opportunities for growth and advancement.  Be open to change as an opportunity to create progress. 

As Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  Acceptance evokes our personal power to navigate change and create progress.  Some transitions are welcomed and some are not.  Either way, recognize that we are engaged in a transition, and our attention is needed. 

Learning to BOP (Be Open to Progress) helps.  In bop music of the 1940s, musical interaction between the soloist and the drummer was referred to as “dropping bombs.”  When the world “drops bombs” and sends its jazzy licks our way, we need to feel we have bombs to drop as well that will put us back in the groove (or at least know where we can find shelter). 

Be ready, willing, and able to improvise.  We create our future with our responses to change.  Interact with the change, get intimate with it.  We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control our reaction to what happens to us.  When we open up to new experiences, we discover potential in ourselves we never knew we had.  Often, it takes more effort not to do something than to do it.  It helps to be flexible in how we view problems.  We need to quit burning up our energy in shooting down ideas.  Latch on to a couple of ideas and go for it.  Think “Yes, I’ll do it”instead of“No, Not me,” or “This will not work.”

Invent your future by committing to lifelong learning.  Knowing that change is coming and even why we must change is not enough; it helps to know how to progress.  Be ready for the world and its endless opportunities for progress.  Learn what you need to learn, and more. 

Action steps often need time to work. It’s important to give them that time.  However, we must also be open-minded enough to know when to use alternate approaches and strategies to move forward. 

Commit to progress, not to a plan.  Commit to action.  Keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart open for ways to progress. 

Award-winning business author Dean Lindsay is a powerful keynote speaker  with a humorous and engaging approach. He has been hailed as ‘America’s Progress Agent’ by The Strategic HR Forum as well as an ‘Outstanding Thought Leader on Building Priceless Business Relationships’ by Sales and Marketing Executives International. All of Dean’s presentations – Onstage or Virtually Online,  are fully customized and designed to reach each client’s desired outcomes.  Book Dean Lindsay today: https://bit.ly/34L4wt7

Kindness + Creativity = Balance

Unprecedented. I predict that will be the most used word in 2020, the year an unseen enemy affected change across the globe.

By mid-March, live speaking and comedy events began being postponed or cancelled. What was shaping up to be my busiest year yet had quickly morphed into a year with no events in the immediate future. I had two choices: 1. Sit back and wait, or 2. Do something.

I chose to do something. 

Or several somethings.

I knew, as days of stay-at-home orders turned into weeks, the uncertainty would give way to stress. My first “something” was the decision to be kind to myself and keep my life, mind-body-soul, balanced.

Although I was relegated to spending more time at home, I chose to stick closely to a schedule, keeping the same hours for meals, sleep and work. Gym time became challenging.

Fortunately, we live in this virtual age where every exercise that can be done in one’s home is readily available. My only dilemma was in choosing which one. My biggest challenge: staying motivated to work out. Boring was out of the question; fun was required. It would require creativity.

My home gym offered virtual workouts as did my Zumba instructor. I continued to walk daily. During work breaks, I chose a playlist and danced in the living room. (Thankfully, no one saw that spectacle!) The schedule, coupled with regular exercise, helped decrease the stress and increase balance in my life. And, it was fun!

My next “something” came from a desire to do… something. You know how, when you see people hurting or in need, your heart produces an altruistic feeling of helpfulness? And, if you don’t find a way to help, that feeling turns to helplessness.

First, I had found balance for myself; now, I needed to help others. Sheltering at home, my options were limited. This would require creativity. Just as I’d been kind to myself, I also wanted to be kind to others. I brainstormed: What were the needs of those around me?

Today I’ll share with you 3 simple actions I took that helped others, enabling me to balance, more completely, my own life and may help you:

  1. Supported small businesses at least once a week. 
  2. Checked in on elderly neighbors, via text, and left groceries on their porch.
  3. Sent cards and postcards to staff and residents in a local nursing home that had offered unprecedented care for my mother in her last days. (There’s that unprecedented word again; and it fits!)

As time passed, I drew on the creativity and kindness ideas of others. We were all in this together. Sharing and implementing each other’s ideas gave us a sense of community. We realized that kindness plus creativity equals balance in our lives and, in during these uncertain times, helped us ease the suffering in others. 

Jim Kwik, author of Limitless, says, “Difficult times can define us, develop us, or diminish us.”

When change comes your way and you’re faced with choices, what will you choose? Never sit back and wait. Always do something. 

Jean Bailey Robor, professional speaker and award-winning author is the “No Buts About It” expert. With 20+ years’ experience in the corporate world, she offers fun and educational keynotes and workshops to help you succeed in living your best life, starting now.
Book Jean Bailey Robor Onstage or Online today: https://bit.ly/3bqf17J

Do You Need More Joy in 2020?

Have you heard about choosing a “Word” for the year as promoted by Jon Gordon, Best-selling Author and Speaker? At http://jongordon.com/blog/choose-your-one-word-2020/ Jon explains how doing this and applying it can change your life, including your business!

We have done this for several years here at Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau, and we have seen the results of taking the time, meeting with our staff and coming up with that one special word that we each will apply to our lives and our business relationships all year long.

As we welcomed in a New Year, New Month, and New Decade, our “Word” for 2020 is Joy! We saw that choosing Joy puts us in a positive mindset, and it will guard us from those negative thoughts that can rob us of the life we can have! We even have it featured at the entrance to our headquarters!

One of our Remarkable Speakers, the humorous mindset expert, Dave Caperton, when he heard we had chosen Joy he was estatic! He is known as “The Joy Strategist” https://bit.ly/2TQehCV and he sent to me “5 Small Things That We Can Do” to have more joy in our lives! I am sharing them with you in the hope that this just might be the key to you having a successful year ahead!

  • Keep a JOY-nal-   Writing what you’re grateful for each day rewires your perceptions to enjoy more happiness and less stress.
  • Do Kindness-  Small kindness is a form of magic anyone can do. What could you do right now that could conjure a smile or make a problem vanish? 
  • Use Names- Personal connections start with names. Practice today with your server or your driver. See what a difference it makes.
  • Make a Face- Research shows that the mind and emotions take cues from the body. Want to feel happier? Smile!
  • Humor Yourself- Compassionate humor is stress-relieving, healing and bonding when we share it with others. Look for the humor potential in every moment, especially the frustrating ones. 

    Can you see why Event Planners and Dave’s audiences’ love having him at their events?

We wish for you a Remarkable 2020 and have a joyful time along the way!

Sue Falcone, CEO- Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau,
is honored for the opportunity to “earn your business”
and loves to showcase her Remarkable Speakers. Call
her today at 888-766-3155 or contact her at https://bit.ly/3aFeY7Z
to set up a time and day that meets your schedule!

Leadership Through Change

The modern workplace has significant levels of stress. It can also be immersed with conflict related to change-management and downsizing. Technological change can cause conflict, as can changing work methodologies. Sometimes change would come in the form of a new boss. Someone coming in with new ideas and new methodologies. Just reorganization alone, which is some workplaces tends to be almost chronic, leads to tremendous amounts of stress and conflict.

While leadership is about change, change causes anxiety to many. In some instances, nothing is worse to productivity that extreme and disturbing anxiety in the workplace. This is when people constantly focus on their sources of anxiety (job loss, loss of power, loss of advantages) rather than on their own productivity and the success of the company overall.

Change interferes with autonomy and can make people feel that they’ve lost control over their territory and power. It also creates excess uncertainty. If change feels extremely uncertain, then people will reject it. People will often prefer to remain in misery than to head toward an unknown. In life in general, as much as in the workplace, we all need a sense of safety. Oftentimes with change, much unknown creates much irritability.

Leadership Definition – How it Connects to Change

Leadership is defined as the act of leading a group or organization. But sometimes leadership is faced with challenges in the face of change. Any decisions that imposed on people suddenly will cause anxiety and distress.

Everything seems different. Routine, as much as complained upon, brings certainty and confidence to many. Sudden decisions will create much bitterness and talk in the hallways.

In departing from the past and moving towards newer regulations, many will worry about loss of respect, face and status. Perhaps there are things that they do not really know. Maybe there are things they are not really good at. Things that were sort of protected by the older regulations. The concern would be that the newer regulations may expose inadequacies or incompatibilities.

Change also brings up concerns of being able to adapt to the newer requirements. Especially with technology, those that are not as technologically savvy may take longer to learn and feel extremely intimidated and agitated.

Many will worry that more will be required of them and are not sure how.

Leadership & Change – Getting Past Resentments

Resentments will come in two major forms: past resentments and present resentments.

Past resentments are sometimes staying put and quiet as long as everything is steady. But once anxiety is up, and things are steady no longer, these old resentments may surface again. The older they are, they may be harder to resolve. New resentments may arise stemming from the newly created circumstances.

Oftentimes, when older generation employees feel threatened by newer generation, and feel that their knowledge and experienced are not valued or may not be valued in the newly created circumstances.

The threat of change and the anxiety it causes are more than understandable. Change is promising to some, vital to the organization, dangerous to others. Because of that, change requires proactive conflict management practices. This is done in order to prevent escalation of conflict through change.

How to Lead Through Change

Here are some effective tips for leaders on successfully working through organizational change, without unnecessary drama:

1. Engage and Involve:

People tend to comply much more readily and easily if they feel a sense of ownership. This is rather than them feeling that things are imposed on them. While clearly change IS imposed on the employees, it would be a good idea to engage them in the process. And, to provide them with as much information and rationale as possible. This is in order to give them a sense of ownership rather than risk a sense of resentment.

2. Communicate, and Be Available to be Communicated With:

To keep your employees engaged, motivated and focused in a change-saturated environment, you will need to make yourself more available. This is good for you. As a leader you want to be able to monitor first-hand how things are managed under the organizational changes so that you can react quickly and effectively, and nip disasters in the bud. It is also good for your employees. They will have questions, and they will need clarity. The worst possible situation for an employee in a change saturated environment is to feel that there is no one to talk to other than water cooler talk with other employees.

3. Clarify Roles and Rules:

There is no difference between bigger and smaller corporations when it comes to low levels of clarity in terms of the scope of employees’ work or company policies. Regardless of the size of your organization, a lack of clarity will always lead to conflict.

The rule of thumb when it comes to employees’ scope of work and to company policies is “detail, detail, detail.” Detail aids clarity. In every situation where things are defined in a vague or partially vague manner there are problems. Messages are open not only to interpretation, but also to negotiation and power struggles. This isn’t because employees are necessarily trying to allocate more power to themselves. This may very well be the case, but it’s not always. But, because employees may truly make different assumptions as far as the scope of their work goes, what the policies are, and what is expected of them.

When their perceptions of expectations, scope, and policies clash, they will interpret that clash in a personal manner. Then conflict becomes inevitable. After all, when employees are unsure of what is expected of them, how can they be expected to perform in the best possible way? They can’t. That is why detail and clarity are so important.

4. Be Clear to Battle Fear

In departing from the past and moving toward newer regulations, many will worry about loss of respect, face, and status. One example of this could be a lack of skill or knowledge. This lack may perhaps be protected or hidden by older regulations. An employee may fear that these inadequacies or incompatibilities are about to be exposed.

Similarly, change also brings concerns of being able to adapt to the new requirements. This is especially true with technology. Those that are not as technologically savvy may take longer to learn new systems. They may feel extremely intimidated and agitated. Many will also worry that more will be required of them once the new changes are in place, and they are not sure how to meet those requirements.

The threat of change and the anxiety it causes are more than understandable. Change is promising to some, and perhaps vital to the organization. But, it’s dangerous to others. Because of that, change requires proactive conflict-management practices. In other words, management need to prevent conflict before it escalates. The Red-Shift Blue-Shift model, which we will talk about in greater detail later on, aims to do exactly that.

This model assists organizations in creating a language of effective conflict management. It does this throughout the organization during times of change or turmoil. It’s done in order to proactively address conflicts when they are still small, to increase engagement, and to create a company culture of true teamwork.

5. Promote a Company Culture of Adaptability- and Demonstrate It Yourself

To do well as a leader within your company and to build an adaptable team, you need to be able to accomplish five things. For the most part, what that means is that you need to create a corporate culture that recognizes the opportunity in every challenge.

As you accompany and support your employees through organizational change, remember that change related challenges are opportunities for growth. Highlight that in every conversation, meeting and communication. And furthermore, don’t forget to believe in it yourself, truly and whole-heartedly.

Dr. Michelle Rozen, International Keynote Speaker, Change Expert and Author, is a highly influential Social Media Expert, and featured on NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX News and many other media outlets discussing change, motivation and how the human mind works to become exceptional in every area of our lives, professionally and personally. Dr. Michelle Rozen is one of the most sought after International and National Keynote Speakers!  Book Dr. Michelle today: https://bit.ly/34QbHPv

You’re Missing a Great Game!

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“You’re missing a great game!” This is something you often hear yelled at officials by displeased basketball fans from the heights of their seats. Somehow they believe the screaming of insults to people in stripes will make the calls better. I am still puzzled by this logic.

It actually makes no sense at all.

Being wrong doesn’t make you miss a great game; not showing up does.

Did you catch that truth?

Missing a great game starts when you don’t show up.

In the same way, enjoying the great game of life means we show up. We play. We are open to discovering the lessons and principles that will help us along the way. We learn, we keep going, and we fall in love with life.

You have plans for your life. Plans to accomplish your dreams, goals, and passions. What will be the difference between you enjoying the great game of life or missing it?

Here is what I know to be true:

Once you decide to take something on, to go after something that matters, to make a difference, this is the biggest step you must take to enjoy the great game of life:

Start!

Simply begin.

Take one step, even if it is small.

It is amazing how experiences become far less monumental than we think when we just put one foot in front of the other.

What step will you take today to make progress in your professional and personal life to ensure you don’t miss a great game?


Randy Fox is a Professional Speaker, Leadership expert, Best-selling Author, and NCAA basketball official who inspires organizations and individuals as they seek to maximize their potential and performance. It is all about people with Randy, who delivers presentations that are built on heartwarming stories, inspirational quotes, humor, and memorable content that engages, inspires and resonates with people for their journey of success. Randy brings ultra-high energy to the stage, with his undeniable passion for people, and an engaging approach to motivating and inspiring others to achieve great results. To book him for your next event contact 888-766-3155 today.

Overcoming Your Fears!

I love this true story about the human penchant for worry.

Larry David, the creator of “Seinfeld“ and “curb your enthusiasm“ was working as a cab driver in New York City before his big break.

David once told the story of someone getting out of his cab and him being struck with the fear that “what if no one ever got into my cab again?“

Actually, fear about potential negative outcomes is natural – – it’s designed to prepare us should they happen.

However, constant focus on negative outcomes draws them to us creating an unhappy self-fulfilling prophecy.

Click Here and See Will Bowen Share how to overcome your fears without being consumed by them!

Will Bowen is a Funny, Engaging, and One of a Kind International Speaker and Author! Think it’s Possible to quit Complaining? Will shows us how! Featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, CBS Sunday Morning, The ABC Evening News, Newsweek, People magazine, Forbes Magazine, O Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul; Will also writes a daily blog with thousands of subscribers. To have Will at your next event, contact us today at 888-766-3155 or Click Here to See More About Will Bowen



Where is Your Focus?

When I was 16, I took driving lessons from a driving instructor.

I’d been driving for over a year and because I’d had a couple of accidents my dad wanted me to undergo training by a professional.

The instructor and I only had one lesson because I only had one problem to solve — and it’s the same problem I and most people struggle with in every area of our lives.

The instructor said, “I want you to hold your hands completely steady on the wheel — don’t swerve.”

I did.

“Now, look ahead but focus more to your left.” The car glided to the left.

“Shift your focus more to the right.” He said. The car slipped silently to the right.

“The problem,” he summarized, “is that you’re wanting to drive straight ahead but you’re focusing everywhere else. And the car goes where you look.”

Question: where in your own life, are you wanting to go one direction but looking somewhere else?

Today, let’s correct course once and for all.

Listen to this daily blog by Will: Jumpstart Focus

Think It’s Possible to Quit Complaining????  International Motivational Speaker, and #1 Best-selling Author of “A Compliant Free World” Will Bowen Shows Us How! In 2006 he was delivering a series on prosperity, and noticed that his audience all said they wanted greater prosperity– that is: more stuff.  But, they all complained about what they already had. He suggested everyone break the complaining habit by going 21 days in a row without complaining. Will gave purple rubber bracelets to everyone in attendance urging them to put the bracelet on either wrist and switch it to the other wrist with every spoken complaint. Will’s idea EXPLODED around the world, and continues today! So far, more than 11 million complaint bracelets have been distributed worldwide. The six millionth Complaint Free® bracelet was personally presented by Will to the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, CBS Sunday Morning, The ABC Evening News, NewsweekPeople magazine, Forbes magazine, O magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul; Will also writes a daily blog with thousands of subscribers. To have Will at your next event contact 888-766-3155 today, or click here for more information about Will: Will Bowen

One Person CAN Make a Big Difference!

For reasons I don’t get, some people intentionally do things that cause themselves pain. Maybe you like to eat hot peppers. Maybe you run marathons. Maybe you DVR Dr. Phil.

No matter how much pain and suffering you seek by choice, no one while
driving ever comes upon a long line of brake lights on a hot freeway and says, “A traffic
jam? Alright! What could be better than finding myself in a spontaneous parking lot
while aspirating diesel fumes? ”

Instead, you grind your teeth and fantasize about super-villain style ways you’d like to remove that stupid smoking dump truck idling five feet ahead. The most frustrating part is how helpless you feel. The problem is just too big for one person to solve. Or is it?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported the surprising news that the
behavior of a single driver can make a difference in unsnarling a traffic jam simply by backing off and letting others in ahead of themselves.

In other words, the generosity of anyone makes things better for everyone. It’s the power of one that can make a difference. Don’t you wonder what other big issues could be significantly affected by the choices of one person? A broken work culture? Employee disengagement? Customer service? The answer to all of these and more is, Yes! And it doesn’t have to come from the top down, either.

It takes an understanding of what people need and a willingness to put their needs before your own that will make the difference.  No matter where we are in the power structure, we’re all just people with common needs. These include the need to be recognized and appreciated, the need to feel included and the need to feel that our personal problems matter to others.

A recent Gallup poll found that nearly two-thirds of workers reported that they hadn’t been thanked on the job one time in the previous 12 months. Although that’s sad, it’s also empowering to know changing that miserable statistic is within the grasp of every person every day who choose to make a difference.

Other choices each individual can choose resulting in making a difference in the work place and making it more joyful and less stressful include:

  • Expressing enthusiasm – Enthusiastic and positive people influence other people’s behavior up to a third degree of separation.
  • Not so random acts of kindness – When kindness is random it can change someone’s life. What would happen if it were a daily objective?
  • Shared laughter –Providing shared laughter brings people together in ways only surpassed by the way people come together after a calamity (but lots cheaper and easier than staging a flood).
  • Use positive words – The words we choose not only communicate outwardly but inwardly as well. Dr. James Pennebaker of the University of Texas at Austin has concluded that patients that use positive words express a dimension of happiness even when illness or challenges exist and those who used positive words to discuss their challenges did significantly better than those who used negative words about their illness or pain.

These are just a few ways to change the world around you with your influence and
willingness to meet the sometimes hidden but critical needs that we all have to feel
recognized, connected and uplifted.

It’s about putting others before yourself and, just like in a traffic jam, that can help you and everyone around you to get unstuck and rolling in the right direction.

Selecting an uplifting, informative and motivational speaker is critical to the success of any conference or meeting because that decision will determine the emotional impact of the event. The attendees will remember a great keynote speaker long after the food and surroundings have faded from memory. Dave Caperton is a nationally-known humorous speaker who teaches his audiences how to laugh while they learn how to use healthy and compassionate humor to manage stress, cope with change and boost personal and organizational success. “Dave Caperton is awesome. His background as an educator and comedian allowed everyone to learn and laugh the entire night.” shared Mike Patricelli of Boeing Aerospace.  To have Dave at your next event contact 888-766-3155 or see  Dave Caperton- Speaker