“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Forget for a moment what you think and focus for a bit on how you think. The way you think about things shapes the way you act on those things.
Stinkin’ Thinkin’ – Thinking that is corrupted by untruth or that produces counterproductive outcomes. Alcoholics Anonymous has talked about this for years. It involves convincing yourself A will produce B when it has consistently produced C! Einstein said the definition of insanity is “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results!” Stinking Thinking in business includes expecting a poor performer to get better with no intervention, seeing your company as better than it really is, committing to a way of behaving that actually hurts your chances for success.
Stagnant Thinking – Thinking that is static, blind to new information, and that resists creativity and innovation. It is easy to get stuck in a rut. It takes work to pull yourself out. Many people and companies are on “thinking” autopilot! Examples of stagnant thinking include: assuming the way you did things in the past will get you into the future, not believing you can ever be bested, getting stuck in redundant processes, and not thinking your way out of them. Strategic Thinking – Thinking that produces a plan based on a purpose. Strategic thinking overcomes barriers, forges new roads, and creates new worlds of opportunity! It is focused and creative thinking about things that make you better. Strategic thinking breeds success! Companies and people that think strategically are perpetually unsatisfied with roadblocks and think to overcome them. Intrigued by how to do things better and faster. Continual improvers.
Action: Listen for a week and make a mark beside each kind of thinking you hear at your company. If it is not heavily strategic, let’s change that!
After 20 years of running his own business and consulting Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Daren Martin will use his international experience to motivate your audience to “Create a Culture of Service.” Dr. Daren’s thought leadership and change strategies in transforming companies earned him the title “The Culture Architect.” Combining humor, thought-provoking content, a dynamic, and his engaging presentation style; Dr. Daren Martin teaches company leaders how to turn team members into owners. Call 888-766-3155 to book Daren for your upcoming event.
Effective time management is about being the master of your time rather than a slave to time-wasting. Knowing how to manage time is critical to success on any level- personal, professional, and organizational. Get this:
Up to 80% of the average working day is spent on activities that do not promote you
Only 17% of Americans track their time
46% of stress reported among employees in the US is caused by poor time management and getting overwhelmed as a result
87% of students could achieve better grades if they had better time management skills.
Here are 7 tips for you, so that you can be the master of your time rather than a slave to it:
TIP #1: SET GOALS. NO GOALS= NO DIRECTION.
Think of goal setting as if you are the captain of a ship. You have just looked into the GPS of the ship and said: “What am I putting into the GPS of the ship of my life?” If you fail to program the GPS, you don’t set your goals. You just drift in the sea. You’ll end up somewhere, doing something, living somehow. However, you need to be able to determine for yourself what to program into that GPS. Where are you going?
To manage your time, you need to ask yourself: “What am I managing it for? What are my goals?”
Write down your goals and keep your goal list short, including no more than three. What are you looking to accomplish today? What are you going to accomplish this year? What are you putting in the GPS of the ship of your life?
TIP #2: LEARN TO BE QUICK AND HARSH WITH PRIORITIZING
We are bombarded with many tasks and so many other things that we want to do. We tend to multitask throughout our day and overextend ourselves. When the day ends, we ask ourselves: “What did I accomplish today? I ran around all day, but what did I actually accomplish?”
That’s because we tend to spend major time on minor things. The things that matter less tend to take most of our day.
Prioritize by making 2-second decisions on what matters the most to you, and just get out of your own head and give yourself a number. How much does this matter right now? How important is it, between 0 and 10 If you have certain things today that you assess as a “10” for you, you decide that no matter what, those are the things that you are going to focus on. The twos, the ones, the threes they can wait for later.
TIP #3: GET ORGANIZED. NOW.
The mess has to stop because the mess is eating up your energy and wasting your day. If your household or your desk is chaotic, you’re going to find yourself spending a lot of time looking for things and information, trying to reorganize as you are going through the day.
Start each day with your inbox and your desk is organized and your household in a decent state. you will find that you’re having an easier time managing your day. You wouldn’t be running around looking for things and trying to figure out where everything is and what to do. When you can find something that you really need, it gives you a clearer mindset.
TIP # 4: PLAN YOUR DAY
Stop starting your day without planning it because before you know it the day will run you- you will not run the day. Planning the day is about answering this one question: what must happen today? And then you write it down. You never, ever start your day without answering that question. How important is this? How important is that? Get out of your own head and give it a number, 0-10. Stop spending your day on your 2s and 3s. Plan ahead and focus on your 9s and 10s. That’s how you run the day.
TIP #5: DELEGATE. EVERYONE AROUND YOU CAN DO SOMETHING.
Stop being superwoman or superman. There is no trophy for you at the end of the road. Everyone around you is capable of doing something. And the only reason they are not doing it, is that you never told them to. Yes, I know that in an ideal world people could read your mind. Well, they don’t. And for that reason, you have to tell them. If you delegate- your life will improve instantly. If you don’t- you can blame no one but yourself.
TIP #6: CHOOSE TO MANAGE YOUR STRESS (OR YOUR STRESS WILL MANAGE YOU)
Stress is a choice. So is calm. Stop getting worked up. This is a behavior pattern that you can change- if you choose to. It doesn’t matter how you choose to manage your stress- walks, baths, yoga, talking to a friend- you know what works for you, so make the conscious choice to do it. You can also choose not to manage your stress or to manage it very poorly. That’s a choice that you can make. The result comes with a high price tag, though- poor thinking, poor health, and complete misery. Doesn’t a bubble bath or a walk sound much better?
TIP #7: SET BOUNDARIES. SAY NO.
Why are you doing such a poor job at setting boundaries? Are you scared not to be liked? Are you pleasing others at the expense of yourself? Are you too tired and worn out because you didn’t set boundaries and now you just continue not to set them, just to become more tired and more worn out?
Can you just prioritize yourself for once? For heaven’s sake, and for the love of you- just say NO.
Run the Day- or the Day will Run You!
Managing time is managing yourself. We are talking about managing your life and everything that matters to you. Are you a leader or a follower? Are you going to run the day or let the day run you? Only you decide. And you, only, will pay the price or earn the reward.
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
These are traditionally a big part of the turn of a new year.
What else can you do to find success in 2019? I think we forget one critical path to achieving new goals…it is the HABITS we have.
If you want to be a leader that evolves and grows consistently, you must have the right habits. Intentional habits are essential to many things in life. Look at a person’s habits, and it will tell you a lot about that person.
My favorite tool for changing habits and tracking progress is old school. I have been using it for three years now. I love my wall calendar that shows the full year. I track my workouts, my nutrition, and my most important projects. I have a color coding that helps me see my consistency. If you want to change your momentum for 2019, you must be intentional about your habits.
Here is my calendar for the year. You can see where I was consistent and where I wasn’t.
If you want to get a calendar like this, use this link. I love my calendar. I am ready to get started on 2019.
How about you? I’d love to know what #habits you are tracking to make this next year epic.
Here is to an ahhhhhh-mazing 2019,
P.S. You want to make more money ( or better yet keep more money). You want more time off. You want to simplify your life. No matter what you do…track your habits on this calendar.
Gene Hammett is a Motivational Business Speaker, Author, and writes a Weekly column for Inc. Magazine. His Award-winning Podcast Leaders in the Trenches is heard by leaders all over the world. His newly released book, The Trap of Success gives all business owners a Guide to Success! Known for his ability to: “take an otherwise routine topic and make it new, exciting and captivating” Gene is seen as one of top Motivational Business Speakers around! To hire him for your next event, contact us today at 888-766-3155 or visit: Hire Gene Hammett
At this time of year with everyone wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; have you found the true joy?
This year in stepping back, I have found true joy comes in the little things! Lots of time we miss them until we see how they fit into the big picture of life!
This New Year 2019 we have formed our business plan around the word-IMPORTANT! We don’t want to miss seeing the little things daily that bring the joy of what we do alive each and everyday!
Do you need a new focus for your professional and personal life? I urge you to take the next few days to make some needed changes so you won’t miss seeing the true joy, peace, and contentment of life in 2019!
Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau!
Tired and with a negative attitude setting in, I walked up the dark sidewalk to yet another house in a part of town I wasn’t very familiar with.
My once positive thoughts about volunteering to deliver toys and food on Christmas Eve were shifting to negative.
So far, very few had offered a thank you, and I was feeling somewhat unappreciated.
As the front door opened and I stepped inside with the last delivery on my list, I was glad my task was nearly done and I would soon be on my way home.
“Daddy! Is this Santa Claus?” yelled two small blond high-energy boys with glee. Immediately, my mood was transformed back into one much more in tune with the true Christmas spirit.
That night, I was Santa Claus to the families on my Talladega Jaycee Christmas for Kids list. But I also received a special gift myself.
My gift was the reminder of what Christmas is really about: Sharing, giving, and loving. I realized that it isn’t about my feelings. It’s about my helping someone else feel good.
I also learned that sometimes in the business of doing good, it can be easy to get cynical. You won’t always get an acknowledgement of your efforts.
During the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year, should you feel negativity creeping in as you take your time to help others, remember that it’s not about you. It’s about the people who are benefiting from the good deeds you are performing.
Know that while people may not express appreciation as openly as those two young boys, your actions are appreciated and your efforts are making a difference in people’s lives.
Thank You for what you do and Happy Holidays!
Speaker , Hardy Smith works with businesses, nonprofits and associations who want an ongoing culture of performance. Organizations across America have benefited from Hardy’s 30-plus years of experience working in the high-performance world of NASCAR racing. He is an Event Planners Dream! This is what they are saying about Hardy: “I really appreciated the careful thought and planning that Hardy clearly put into his course at the Institute for Organization Management. His warm personality was matched with his heart and experience for helping our industry seek excellence not only in our organizations but in ourselves. He would be a great addition to any conference.” – Katherine Morgan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
To hire Hardy for your next event call 888-766-3155 or click here: Book Hardy Smith
According to the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs Report”, creativity and problem solving are listed in the top three skills that employees will need by 2020. Critical problem solving is one of the most important attributes that employers look for in a new hire because no organization is without problems, and every industry will eventually be disrupted.
In this highly competitive world, having creative problem solvers working for you means seeing things from another angle. This is why brainstorming with a group of people is better than figuring everything out on your own. There is always something you’ll miss. Creative problem solvers are great at finding new opportunities for your organization.
Most companies say they would like to be more innovative, and innovation starts with creativity. If you hire creative employees you’re already ahead of the game. Amy’s Ice Cream in Texas has one of the most creative hiring practices I’ve seen. Here is their job description:
“Pick up a white paper bag. We ask that you take the bag home and bring back something creative. We would like you to express your artistic and creative side through this bag! Decorate it, make it into an object, write an original song on it, fill it with amazing things…the possibilities are endless! Most importantly, have fun and take your time. Show us who you are through the paper bag. It does not have to be artistically brilliant, just creative.”
This has proven to work well for Amy’s. One of their annual events, the Trick Olympics, was started after her employees began doing tricks with the ice cream like throwing it up in the air and catching it behind their back. Now the Trick Olympics is held every year and donates a portion of the profits to a local charity.
One way to hire creative employees is to give them problems to solve when they come in for their first interview. How they react under pressure and how creative they are at solving problems then will give you a good idea of how they will solve problems when they’re working for you.
Once you have your employees, create an environment for them to be creative and trust that they will find the best solution. If they’re not being micromanaged and have a creative environment, they will usually rise to the occasion and surprise you.
More about Julie:
Innovation Expert, Julie Austin is a sought-after Keynote Speaker, award-winning author, and Inventor of Swiggies – The Wrist Water Bottle by Hydrosport. Coming from a background in the TV & film industry as a commercial actor and TV host, she also has worked in the development of over 1,000 scripts. Julie knows the creative and how to sell it from a business perspective. Miko Carating of Daekyo America says, “Julie’s topic of using innovation and creativity to add value to your business was inspiring. Our Franchisees left with ways to generate more ideas of their own.” Julie knows a thing or two about innovation. She’s an inventor/innovator who turned $5.00 and a lump of clay into an international NASDAQ winning product—the Swiggles wrist water bottle, now sold in 24 countries. To book Julie for your next event, contact us today at 888-766-3155 or click here : Book Julie Austin
What if someone says No? Do you crumble into a pillar of salt? Not at all. Working to please everybody doesn’t serve anybody. A good clear NO is empowering. You know where you stand and it saves everyone’s time. And, a clear YES gives you a huge opportunity to help someone grow and have great success. It’s the space of miracles. It is such a privilege when someone wholeheartedly says YES and trusts you to help them. Thank you to all who have given me this privilege.
We’re all human. We all have areas of brilliance and areas less “illuminated.” And, even where we are brilliant the flame will flicker. So what? I’ve “failed” AND I’ve kicked ass and created miracles. And, the more you want to grow and achieve, the more you will “fail.” Hell if we had to learn to walk as adults we’d never walk because we’d just give up after falling so much. Really? Come on! Crap on that!
I am a recovering thinkaholic. For decades trying for perfection. How it sucked! I was a prisoner of my own mind. Constantly trying to figure out how to do things right, how to be perfect. I would hardly take action I was so worried about a NO or had such a fear of looking bad.
The path from living so-so to living great is cleared by giving yourself permission to fail. Today, give yourself permission to fail.
Carl Loop says the most amazing thing about what he does is to help people “See the Unseen” to LEAP opportunities. When Carl was very young, he could jump really far, and became a bit of a celebrity in schoolyard competitions. People started calling Carl “Leaping Loop” and it has stuck ever since! As a sought after keynote speaker his audiences are sharing: “Carl is an amazingly charismatic speaker. He keeps the audience engaged from the moment he hits the stage!” To book him for your next event contact us today at
888-766-3155 or see Hire Carl Loop
The morning air is crisp, not yet cool. The sun’s rays reach through the majestic trees, an invitation to the great day ahead. The bay glistens in the background. It’s beautiful! The involuntary grin deeply creases my face. I say my prayers. I’m happy!
Some people go to therapists. Some meditate. Others search daily for that elusive inner peace. For me it’s morning’s freshness and my bicycle at 6am, cruising through the neighborhood. Morning is the gift we’re all given. The bicycle is the gift I give myself.
I’ve been riding bicycles all my life. Love it! I remember my first lessons with training wheels, my first lesson without them. I remember crying when I realized my dad was not behind me holding me up. Then I promptly fell.
Most mornings in good weather, sometimes in not so good weather, I raise the garage door and leave the house for a 75-minute ride through the neighborhood. It’s peaceful. Quiet. There are hardly any cars, dogs, or people; just me, the morning and the promising day ahead.
“The Bicycle Man” they call me. I’ve been called worse.
There are three regular riders on the circuit as I call it, in their colorful bike outfits. They ride as a group always with a bright “good morning” for me. There are some regular walkers offering big smiles while soaking up that morning promise. “Good mornings” abound! Like warm coffee on a cold morning the day flows.
Peaceful solitude only lasts so long. After the 7 o’clock hour the cars, school buses, and people start to flow. I make my way back to our home.
The newness of another day!
Thom Gossom Jr. defied all odds, and as a sought-after Keynote Speaker is on a mission to help others do the same! Thom has come full circle in life; from a walk-on determined athlete in challenging times, using the education he received to become a successful Corporate America leader, succeeding as an Award-winning Hollywood Actor, becoming a best-selling author and film producer, owning his own company-Best Gurl Inc., a Communications Firm, being a sought after Keynote Speaker, serving as the Chair of the Auburn University Foundation Board, to now inspiring, motivating, educating and entertaining audiences all over the globe. To have Thom Gossom Jr. at your next event, contact us at 888-766-3155 today.
Today is the start of the second half of the year. I am sitting here early on a Sunday morning with a cup of steaming hot coffee considering that today marks the ending of the first half of 2018 and the start of the next.
You are probably like me and spend most of your time working…doing…creating your life. However, sometimes we need to look back and be honest with ourselves so we can move forward.
In other words, you have to slow down to speed up.
Are you where you want to be in 2018? You likely have accomplished some of your goals and still, have more to do. Same for me.
Here is a simple exercise if you want to evaluate yourself.
1. Look at the numbers.
Can you quantify what has happened in your life and business to show how far you have come? List out your accomplishments. Be careful not to forget the ones that were easy for you, but come as a struggle for others. List out your income, profit, skills gained, weight and your PR in health. Don’t rush this as it is helpful to see have far you have come.
2. Write about your experiences.
What experiences stand out for you? What struggles did you overcome? What moments made you proud?
3. Get clear on the next six months.
What do you want from the next six months? To lose weight…more profit…2 weeks off to travel…write your book (the one you have been talking about). List all the things you want.
4. Find your one thing.
Which of these is most important to you? Can you narrow it down to one thing? Can you identify the one goal or experience that means the most to you? You have other goals and other experiences, but can you determine what is MOST important to you for the second half of the year?
Ok with this, you have something that excites you and inspires you to live a bigger life. It can also be scary too.
What to do next?
I know for sure that to create something new that you have to create new paths to get there. You have to let go of the old to create a new way of being. If you share with me your ONE thing, I will send you a free tool to ensure that you make it. This is not a sales strategy or some other manipulation. It is a simple way to align yourself with your “one thing.” All you have to do is reply here and tell me what you want in your life in 2018.
Here is you…and your next six months. Let’s create something that inspires you for the inside.
Gene started working with founders, CEOs, and entrepreneurial leaders to generate growth in their business, after his business world collapsed. He studied everything about how to overcome stagnation, tap into sustainable growth, and empower leadership to achieve more. This potential career-ending setback, began a new journey in his life with a mission to partner with business leaders to help them unlock the growth potentials they may not know exist. Since then, his research has been featured in Forbes, Inc Magazine, Business Insider, Success Magazine, YAHOO!, NBC, and Entrepreneur Magazine. As a regular contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine and Inc. Magazine, he is able to share his insights with the world and his Award-winning Podcast, LeadersintheTrenches.com is reaching thousands of leaders. To top if off he has a Best-selling book: “The Trap of Success-A Brutally Candid Guide to Overcoming Your Fears, Finding Significance, and Attain Profound Success!” and speaks with audiences all over the world. To hire Gene to speak at your upcoming event, contact 888-766-3155 now.
6 Top Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Keynote Speaker!
Want to have the best Keynote Speaker at your next event? Dr. Daren Martin shares how you can assure that happens by asking the “right” questions! You will also see some of his helpful tips that you can use to evaluate the answers you receive!
Q 1 Do you tailor your keynote to the audience and industry or have a set keynote you use for everyone?
I have seen many canned talks that did not resonate with the attendees of the conference. A little research goes a long way in delivering a keynote that is on point and resonates with everyone present. Every industry and organization has their own language, pet peeves, challenges, and opportunities that need to be taken into consideration.
Q2 Are you available throughout the day or only during the time of your keynote?
It can be a great value add if the speaker is around before the keynote (to familiarize themselves with the group) and after the keynote to connect, answer questions, etc.
Q3 Are you also available to do a workshop or breakout following your keynote?
Some topics may benefit from a deeper dive with the speaker in a more intimate fashion. I have done this many times and it is a great way to expound on a topic.
Q4 Are your books available at a discount to our audience or for vendors and exhibitors as a possible sponsorship.
Books are a better takeaway than cheap tchotchkes. You can drive traffic to a location by having them pick their book up at the designated spot signed in advance by the author or at a designated time with the author present.
Q5 Do you have a follow up reinforcement piece we can send following the conference?
A meaningful follow up video or handout reinforces the ideas shared in the keynote.
Q6 Are you willing to do a brief video to make available to our attendees about your involvement at the event?
The right video can get attendees fired up about the conference and create energy around the keynote and/or attract attendees to the conference when attendance is optional.
By asking these top 6 questions you can generate a relationship with the speaker and let them know what you as an event planner and decision maker expect them to bring to your audience so that it is a successful and less stressful event!
After 20 years of running his own business and consulting Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Daren Martin uses his international experience to motivate your audience to “Create a Culture of Service.” Dr. Daren’s thought leadership and change strategies in transforming companies earned him the title “The Culture Architect.” He is a best selling author of multiple business books, including: A Company of Owners: Maximizing Employee Engagement and the hand drawn/written, Whiteboard: Business Models That Inspire Action, as well as Beached Whale: Learning to Swim in the New Ocean and The Sink: Radical Transformation with One Small Change. In addition, his new book to be released soon is: Think/WOW: Customer Service that WOWS! To book Dr. Daren for your next event call