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Thank a soldier today!

29 Oct

A few days ago, I posed this quote on Twitter and Facebook:

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain!”

Shortly after, I received a note from a post college roommate of mine who is now a doctor. He is serving for one year in Iraq with the national guard.  His comments made me appreciate three things:

1) My shower and access to clean water

2) People like him who are serving in our armed forces

3) How technology can re-connect people.  Here’s his note to me:

Last night we had a rare thunderstorm in Iraq.  It was raining hard and I had just finished working out on a cross trainer in the STP building.  I was drenched in sweat and needed a shower.  But because our showers are a 1/4 mile away I knew that i would have to walk back through the mud and the pouring rain after the shower and get wet and maybe even more dirty.  So my roommate, Bert, said: ‘Well, you could just take a shower in the rain’.  So I kept my gym shorts on and stood on the ramp outside of our back door with a bottle of shampoo and showered in the rain.

While it was a cold shower to be sure, it got the job done and I didn’t have to walk back through the mud covered camp.   I could have commented ‘or shower in the rain’ to your post, but then I didn’t want you to think that I was making a glib statement about your post.   Anyway, I thought I would share my funny story with you.  But whether dancing or showering, one way or another I did something creative instead of ‘waiting for the storm to pass’.   And yeah, sometimes we have to be a little crazy over here to keep our sanity.

I’d be interested to hear any RICH stories any one has experienced as a result of reconnecting with a friend due to Facebook, Twitter, etc. Please thank a soldier today…

Live RICH!

Tim Richardson is an inspirational speaker who speaks about how giving increases employee morale, lowers employee turnover, increases customer loyalty and creates higher profits for Fortune 500 companies. He is founder of the Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund. For more information on Tim, go towww.TimRichardson.com

Motivational Speaker with no arms soars!

3 Mar

Motivational Speaker Jessica Cox is an inspiration. I stumbled across this young lady and her story today. If you are feeling like you can’t do something today, watch this video of her flying a plane on You Tube.

Inspirational speaker Tim Richardson speaks about how giving increases employee morale, lowers employee turnover, increases customer loyalty and creates higher profits for Fortune 500 companies, associations, healthcare, and financial services. He is founder of the Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund. For more information on Tim, go to www.TimRichardson.com

Complaints about life? Forget about it!

1 Mar

Professional speaker and good friend Bruce Turkel is way cool. From his creative work at his Branding firm to his musical endeavors, Bruce ROCKS – literally. He posted a clip on his blog that is a good reminder of how good we have it (and how rich we are). Plus it’s funny too. Check out his post Everything is Amazing, no one is happy.

Inspirational speaker Tim Richardson speaks about how giving increases employee morale, lowers employee turnover, increases customer loyalty and creates higher profits for Fortune 500 companies, associations, healthcare, and financial services. He is founder of the Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund. For more information on Tim, go to www.TimRichardson.com

Ex Libris

18 Feb

Yesterday I received a call from my Alma Mater, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. The call was from my friend Rob Tate who was an English teacher there when I was a student. While I never had Rob as a professor, we became friends and have kept in occasional touch through the years. Rob now works in the development department and asked me to sign a letter to be sent out to my classmates who graduated with me. The purpose of the letter is to ask for donations to buy books for the library. I haven’t written the letter yet but in thinking about it, I was reminded of some of the most important books I read during my college years. I probably won’t tell Rob that the books I read that had the biggest impact on me, weren’t any of the books I checked out or borrowed from the library – those books helped me earn my degree in Business Administration. The books that helped shape my life, had nothing to do with reference books or text books like economics, business, finance, accounting, calculus, biology, etc. The books that helped shape my life taught life skills and were read not during the semester but over the summer or right after graduation and included How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Swartz, and The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandio (which Rob gave me for my graduation gift). While I would add other books to that list today, those are books that I read around my college years that had an impact on me.

Someday, I envision a shelf, room, or perhaps even an entire floor in my college library (and colleges and universities throughout the world) with books donated by alumni. These books won’t help students write term papers on their required courses but instead will be books that inspired new thinking, books that helped people make a difference and books that changed the life of the reader as well as those the reader touched in their lifetime.

Imagine you have been given the task to create such a place. What books should go there? How did a book change you, your life, career, etc.  Create a short best seller list and post it here.

Inspirational speaker Tim Richardson speaks about how giving increases employee morale, lowers employee turnover, increases customer loyalty and creates higher profits for Fortune 500 companies, associations, healthcare, and financial services. He is founder of the Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund. For more information on Tim, go to www.TimRichardson.com

Is Twitter Twaddle?

13 Feb

I recently joined Twitter. I joined in part due to the peer pressure of some of my professional speaker friends. I am not sure yet if it’s a productive use of my time or a black hole of wasting time that prevents me from really enjoying a RICH life.

It would be twerrific to twalk with Twitter Twaddlers and get a Tweet at TwimRichardson (TimRichardson) if it’s not a Twerrible twrouble.

Inspirational speaker Tim Richardson speaks about how giving increases employee morale, lowers employee turnover, increases customer loyalty and creates higher profits for Fortune 500 companies, associations, healthcare, and financial services. He is founder of the Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund. For more information on Tim, go to www.TimRichardson.com

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous…

8 Feb

Today I thought about someone who impacted my life more than 30 years ago. I was reminded of him as I sat in the Boy Scout Sunday service this morning.  When I saw my son sitting in the front row, I started thinking about the positive impact the scouting program had on my life. My mind drifted back to when I was a scout. I am sure I attended a Boy Scout Sunday event but I don’t remember it. What I do remember is the impact that one of the adult leaders had on my life. His name is Bob Burgess. He’s a writer and adventurer and he’s one of the most interesting people I have ever met AND I had the pleasure of living across the street from him from age 8 through age 14.   When I first met Bob, he had a VW van that had a pop up camper on top. He also had a sailboat and a monkey. His coolest factor was OFF the chart! Bob would travel around in that camper writing magazines articles and camping in places where he was researching.  He had a small office outside his home with a Royal typewriter where he wrote. The office couldn’t have been more than 200 square feet but it was like a museum to me. Artifacts and pictures from his adventures adorned the walls. Right over his desk was the jaw of a large shark he had caught. I loved going over to see him because he always had a story. I lost touch with him for several years after we moved away from the small North Florida town where we both lived but reconnected when I moved back to nearby Tallahassee, Florida when I graduated from college. About twenty years ago, Bob invited me on a weekend trip to write a Huck Finn like story on living on a deserted island while eating only what we caught from the bay that surrounded the island. We stayed up until 4:00 am and I sat mesmerized by a star filled sky, the intoxicating sight of an open fire and Bob’s stories and adventures.

Bob has lived a life many can only imagine. He’s traveled all over the world, diving in some of the most beautiful places in the world. He spends two weeks each year living on his sail boat in the Keys while hunting lobster.  He and his wife Julia traveled in Europe for two years after they were married. Between his writing and traveling he made time to volunteer with our local Boy Scout troop where he brought his enthusiasm and zest for life to our outings. He taught me a lot about loving the outdoors, about being excited about life and what it meant to be a leader in scouting. His teachings came full circle when I interviewed him recently for the book I am writing. He told me he was impacted by a speaker he had heard at a high school rally more than 60 years ago. He told me the speaker said you can do anything you want to do provided you believe you can do it. He told me he still remembered that after so many years. He told me keep the following quote from Press on scotch taped it to my Royal typewriter:

Nothing in the World can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common and unsuccessful than unsuccessful man with talent. Genius will not – unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Bob told me that Press On was his guiding creed for his life. Thank you, Bob for being a guiding force in my life.

Tim Richardson is an inspirational speaker who speaks about how giving increases employee morale, lowers employee turnover, increases customer loyalty and creates higher profits for Fortune 500 companies, associations, healthcare, and financial services. He is founder of the Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund. For more information on Tim, go to www.TimRichardson.com

McKain’s view of the inaguration speech

21 Jan

Last night, as I watched President Obama speak, I wondered what McCain’s thoughts were about the speech. I wondered how different the speeches would have been had McCain been speaking rather than Obama (Obama is clearly a much more gifted speaker). Then I received an email with some wise words from a professional speaker friend of mine – Scott McKain. Below is what Scott had to say about yesterday’s speech:

Today’s historic inauguration of Barack Obama was a watershed event in our nation’s long list of memorable and significant dates. However, consider for moment if this slight change would have occurred –

The prayers are said, the oath is administered, the transition of power completed. Then, no address by the new, and eloquent, President. No chance for him to inspire, no opportunity for us to be uplifted.

Without the remarkable presentation by Obama, the bottom line would have still been the same — the transition from one administration to another. Yet, somehow, it would have been infinitely less compelling…devoid of the power and emotion that is going to be required to turn our nation around.

NOW — imagine your next meeting without its customary professional speaker.

When times get tough, it’s easy to slice the budget by cutting the speaker. However, your next meeting could flat and boring — as today would have been without the address that gave meaning and emotion to the transaction of business the ceremony represents, and Constitution requires.

It’s going to take wise decisions, extraordinary strategy, and plain hard work to turn this nation — and your business — around. However, I promise you that none of those will occur without framing that message in a compelling manner that moves people.

I think Scott was dead on. Click here to read more from Scott McKain. NOTE: Scott has a new book coming out that looks great. I really respect Scott and think his book will offer some interesting points of discussion. It’s called The Collapse of Distinction. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, there are lot of my professional speakers commenting on speeches, poems, and other communication yesterday. Jim Jacobus wrote about the difference between Obama’s inaugural speech and Bush’s welcome home speech.

I couldn’t help but notice the contrast between Obama’s inaugural speech and Bush’s welcome home speech in Midland, Texas yesterday afternoon. I should start by saying I like former president Bush and think he is a good man. I would follow that by adding he has had, beginning with 9/11, some very difficult decisions on his watch. But, I find his term of office sadly lacking from a leadership and decision making point of view. Note here that if I had to characterize my belief systems I would be considered a conservative. That said, I think both sides have points of clarity about how we should govern and be governed and both sides have
indefensible positions of insanity at the same time! What I loathe is the lack of respect for each other and specifically the lack of respect shown over the last 8 years for the office of the presidency and the man who held that office.

As Ron White said … I told you all of that to tell you this! I like Obama! Iagree with many of his positions and some I disagree with. But, I really like him! He is a very likeable person! I started asking myself a few months ago what it is that makes him so likeable for me and obviously many others! And yesterday, watching him speak and Bush speak … it came to me! It was obvious and I think it carries a lesson for us as communicators!

When Obama speaks it is about us and not about him. All of us! He is a master of inclusive language skills, words and phrases that positions him as talking “with us” not “at us”!  Bush, on the other hand, spoke in Midland yesterday and it was all about him! He was funny and clever and as demonstrative as I have seen him as he defended his record. Nonetheless, it was all about him. He was not abrasive but neither was he inclusive. It was as if he was “schooling us” and we were positioned beneath him and his wisdom. He was talking at me not with me and I didn’t like the way it felt!

Through the years I have noticed the same about the speakers I have observed at NSA and other venues where people are communicating to groups. I have seen scores of great communicators who have compelled me and even vigorously challenged me but did it as Obama did yesterday … in an inclusive manner by
talking with me! They have compelled me and shaped my career in countless ways! And, I have seen more than I care to mention or number on the stages and breakout sessions of NSA who spoke at me as if I were somehow less than they were and in need of their “schooling”. Their messages may have been brilliant and I hope I was still able to take their ideas and utilize them but they left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

We all have a choice in how we position our messages to our audiences. As for me, I hope I am inclusive in my language and connect with those I am privileged to stand before much like I felt President Obama did yesterday!  He is now the president of these United States and I will respectfully support the office he holds both when I agree with his decisions as well as when I disagree!

Tim Richardson is an inspirational speaker who speaks about how giving increases employee morale, lowers employee turnover, increases customer loyalty and creates higher profits for Fortune 500 companies, associations, healthcare, and financial services. He is founder of the Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund. For more information on Tim, go to www.TimRichardson.com

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