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Meeting Planner’s Nightmare Saved with 2 Words

The Shef September 18th, 2015 No Comments

Every meeting planner dreams of a smooth event…but conventions don’t always go as planned. Imagine that you are a meeting planner in charge of planning a convention for 350 people in Baltimore, MD. The speakers have been hired, hotel rooms and meeting rooms are booked, and everything is running smoothly…until the roof of your hotel collapses  just […]

7 Life Hacks from My Son’s Boot Camp

The Shef August 18th, 2015 No Comments

Military boot camp is an amazing experience, both for the young person going through it, and for the recruit’s loved ones. My son will be graduating from Navy boot camp at Great Lakes, IL in just 3 weeks; and I can’t wait to be introduced to the young man he has become. US military boot camps […]

3 Ways to Capture Your Morning for Success

The Shef August 7th, 2015 No Comments

The first 15 minutes of your day can either set you up for success, or leave you spinning your wheels! Stop beginning your day with email, social media, and other demands, and start putting YOU first in the morning. I’m out on my front patio, having finished meditating and am about to start my yoga routine. I […]

Your Customers Demand More Cowbell!

The Shef August 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Give your customers more of what they rave about. While it is valuable to fix problems and shore up your weaknesses in business; the highest performing people and brands all do the same thing…they focus more on what they are awesome at. Being a “Jack or Jill of Everything” is a recipe for disaster. A fun […]

Time Crunch and Success

The Shef July 10th, 2015 No Comments

Perfect timing rarely exists. I recently found out that I had 10 days to find a new place to live and move due to an expedited closing on the house I was living in. The move couldn’t come at a worse time; after all, I was performing in a huge event, and was taking my […]

Bridge or Bullhorn Marketing for Your Small Business

The Shef June 5th, 2015 No Comments

You’ve just received a private message from someone on one of your social media accounts, and it reads something like this: “Thanks for connecting with me on LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter. I’d like to offer you a special 15% discount on your carpet purchase……” Offering a special to your readers or followers via social media is smart, however, […]

Follow Up Freak

The Shef May 22nd, 2015 No Comments

Growing your business relies upon building relationships. Relationships are largely built upon frequency of contact. Why do you think that 1 call will create enough rapport and trust to help you close the deal? Here is a short video where I discuss 2 awesome books to help you stay on track! One of the books […]

Your “Yes” Inventory and the Importance of Recharging

The Shef April 23rd, 2015 1 Comment

What is a “Yes” Inventory? All of the obligations that you agreed to, all of the events you attend, essentially everything you do for someone else’s schedule. We live an insane, hyper-connected world that has made many of us addicted to responding constantly to the needs of others. Why do we need to take inventory of everything […]

Ready to Recharge

The Shef April 16th, 2015 2 Comments

Recharging your Motivation is something that we all must do, and it is something that only we can do. I recorded this short video for you from my kayak this morning. Had to get a quick paddle in before I head to Chicago to speak to an awesome audience of hospital CEO’s this morning.   […]

3 Business Tips from Hollywood’s #1 Personal Trainer

The Shef April 3rd, 2015 No Comments

What does it take to whip your business into great shape in a short amount of time? Discover what Hollywood’s #1 personal trainer, Steve Jordan told me while I was visiting him in Los Angeles. Steve and I met at a speaking event in Las Vegas, and I was flying to LA the next day to […]


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