Monthly Archives: February 2018

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What are Your Kids Reading?

I am a voracious reader. Have been since I was a wee little brat.

I once read The Hobbit during a sick day at home in elementary school.

One year I read over a 100 books.

I often have 3-5 books I’m reading at any given time.

But no matter how much I love reading, I just can’t get my kids to appreciate it as much as I’d like. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

I did find one idea that I started incorporating into my own books that I write.

This is my little girl Astrid looking through a copy of Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson. She just picked it up and started leafing through it. You know why?


All over his book, written by an adult for adults, Russell has stick figure drawings to illustrate key concepts. They’ve become so popular that he even published a small booklet with nothing but the drawings inside.

I’d show you one, but I didn’t ask Russell’s permission yet, so I better not. You can buy his book right HERE if you’re interested.

I’m not saying you need to insert cartoons into everything you do, but what I am saying is this, if you want to reach both kids and adults more, make it fun and interesting. Find out what appeals to your audience and give them a good time.

If you’re teaching EMT and paramedic skills for a living, use coloring books for anatomy lessons.

If you’re preparing boring financial reports for a company, insert some photos of what actually happened with those expenditures.

If you’re a life coach, meet outdoors. I sometimes do coaching sessions while we hike trails.

Life is way too short to do everything the most boring and uninteresting way, so don’t. Have a little fun. You have my permission.

Dr. Redbeard

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





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A Special Message for Meeting and Event Planners

Category : Resources

Dear Meeting Planner,

I know you’re bombarded not only with planning your event, but also with a lot of requests to speak at that event. I’d like to do my best to be easy to work with and help you decide if I’m right for you or not.

Here are the top ten reasons to hire me…

  1. I look different.

Translation- The visual of my large beard, bald pate, and physically impressive frame engages the sense of sight along with hearing in my presentations and the audience is more apt to remember what the ‘big bearded guy said’ more so than many other speakers.

  1. I practice presentation Zen.

Translation- I won’t lull the audience to sleep with a boring slide show or a monotone voice.

  1. I’ll kick you into gear.

Translation- I find that motivation and inspiration are sometimes fleeting. I prefer to issue challenges that moves change from a thought to an action.

  1. I won’t picture you in your underwear.

Translation- That’s just gross. I’ll find another way to ease my own nervousness so that I can see the audience both as they are and as they want to be.

  1. I may burp, trip, or cry during my presentation.

Translation- I’m not perfect, and I don’t want to be. I find that audiences relate better to speakers who are real and genuine in what they’re talking about, instead of perfectly polished speakers with memorized note cards.

  1. I’ll educate you in relevant pop culture trivia.

Translation- With our constant access to media in so many ways, people absorb a tremendous amount of information from movies, television, books, and magazines. I enjoy using pop culture information to establish a link with the audience and enforce my points.

  1. I’m a superhero.

Translation- We all have a unique and particular superpower. Mine is to use my resources and analytical abilities to deliver a presentation that will ignite the superpowers of those in the audience.

  1. I’m a mad scientist.

Translation- I’m a certified genius, member of Mensa, have six college degrees, and read 50 books a year. I certainly don’t know everything, but I do aim to give what I know to others.

  1. I’m the most interesting man in the world.

Translation- At least my kids think I am. My DRD4 dopamine receptor gene is very healthy. The DRD4 is referred to by scientists as ‘the novelty gene’, which means that I am genetically gifted to seek out new things. I try just about everything, even if it scares the liquid out of me. I enjoy using my experiences to inspire and motivate people to try new and daring things.

  1. I’m done.

Translation- I have 42 more pages of why you should hire me, but I feel that the best speakers know when to cut it off.


Oh, wait…I have a BONUS reason- I’ll be a cheerleader for your event or company.

My social media kung fu is very strong. At a recent conference, my tweets and posts generated a lot of marketing value for the conference, even from people who did not attend but belonged to the same industry.

This included…

Over 83,000 people reached through retweets and shares. This doesn’t even include my own following of more than 19K people.


26 new Follows and Friends

I don’t charge extra for talking about your event. It’s just something I love to do.

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Dr. Redbeard’s Reading List

Welcome to Redbeard’s Reading List!

Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown It’s not minimalism or doing more with less. This book is all about doing what’s important.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod This amazing book will help you make the most out of the first part of the day and set the stage for all day awesomeness.

Strengthsfinders I use this book and test with all my coaching clients. It will reveal your top 5 superpowers.

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Have You Ever Been Through a Rite of Passage Event?

Whew! One done and four more to go.

We held a Rite of Passage event for my oldest son Abishai this year. After him I have three more boys anda girl to plan and hold them for. Another great reason to space out your kids as best you can.

We had a blast at the event and did our best to honor his passage into adulthood with…

  • Feats of strength
  • Huge amounts of carnivorous food
  • Gifts and challenges from other men
  • and Fellowship

As we planned and then held his event I tried my best to find a book that would tell me what to do. I couldn’t find one. There are articles and research into rites of passage for other cultures, but not modern America.

I found how some people groups and cultures do the following to welcome manhood…

  • perform a circumcision
  • have their young men build their own house and move out
  • turn over the care of their cows
  • and other painful, interesting, or outrageous activities and lessons

I found some neat ideas, but nothing that helped my planning, so I wrote a book about it.

If you want to plan a Rite of Passage for your young man, I hope it’s a great resource that will help you.

You can order a Kindle or print version HERE if you’d like one. Since you’re on my list I’d also love to give you something more if you order one. Just send me proof of your order by replying to this e-mail or at, and I’ll send you a PDF copy of the book to share with your spouse or Pastor.


Dr. Redbeard

PS…If you have any questions while you’re planning a Rite of Passage, be sure to fire them off to me. I’d love to see what you’re coming up with that’s different from the one I did.

Here’s my boy at his event…

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Jack Ryan for President

Welcome to the first installment of a brand new series exploring the leadership qualities of fictional Presidents, specifically Jack Ryan from the Tom Clancy novels.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”





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