A few years ago, I learned a parenting trick that changed my life. It wasn’t complicated. I didn’t find it buried in one of those 400-page-long, zero-pictures parenting books that you often assume everyone has read but you. It’s not even that long. You can master this trick in 4 seconds. What is it?
I like all three of those words.
And today, I actually get to use them. Why?
An organization called G5 Leadership is offering free leadership training to readers of this blog.
Normally, annual memberships are $129.
Today they are $0.
Just go to this page and enter code g5acuff
G5 Leadership is one of the best live, web training companies in the world. Think of G5 Leadership as a movie theater and the speakers and their topics as movies. G5 is a venue where people can go and select which “movies” they want to watch based on which topics are most important to them. It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to improve anything from overall leadership to individual elements like emotional intelligence.
Now if I were you, I would be thinking, “It’s probably free because the leaders doing the training are just a random collection of random guys with blue blazers, pleated pants, woven leather belts and anemic resumes/accomplishments.”
First off, well played on the woven leather belt idea.
Second, the leaders are actually the opposite of that. The leaders are ridiculously good.
My friend Tim Sanders, New York Times best-selling author of Love is the Killer App, is one of the leaders they work with. So is David Allen, author of the epic book Getting Things Done. And Bill Taylor, the founder of Fast Company magazine. And … you get the picture.
What/when is the next event?
G5’s next live keynote is on September 15th at 11am EST. “Agreed” with David Marcum teaches you how to approach any negotiation and create the best outcomes for both sides. I am horrible at negotiating and need to watch this one.
The desire to be a leader, grow as a leader, and serve as a leader is a pretty new experience for me. I’m going to do my best to partner with people/groups who I think can help me and you do that. I think G5 Leadership is one of those groups.
Public speaking isn’t easy, but it is simple.
We often try to complicate it as a way to prevent ourselves from actually doing it, but the truth is, writing a speech is ridiculously simple.
Each speech only has to answer two questions.
A few months ago I had breakfast with my friend Chris. I told him about a tweet up I held in Oklahoma City. Here is our conversation:
Later than they want.
Want to know if you’re a leader?
I don’t feel like one most days. I don’t feel qualified or talented or anything enough to call myself a leader. But last week, a single sentence changed that.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to eat lunch with Zig Ziglar and his amazing family.
One of the most successful motivational speakers of all time, Zig is a legend the world over. I knew I’d get to spend time with his son Tom, a brilliant guy in his own right, but was not expecting to see Zig when I was in Dallas. Lunch was great and, during our conversation, Zig went out of his way to be incredibly kind to me. I was throwing tons of questions at him, his wife and Tom.
“How do you pursue a dream without wrecking your family?
“Did you ever wrestle with fear and your ego?”
“How do you not get lost in all the challenges that come with growing a business?”
Zig and Tom graciously answered every one of my questions. At the end of the lunch though, when we were getting ready to leave, Zig leaned forward on the table, pointed his finger at me, as if to say, “If you only hear 3 things today young man, hear these,” and then said this: