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How to Convince Employers to Send People to Your Conferences

I wish I had come up with this myself, but I cannot claim credit for it.

The team over at the Social Media Marketing World came up with a great resource to send to potential attendees. It is just a sample letter and instructions that folks can pass on to their employers asking permission to attend the conference and possibly get it paid for by the company.

And it is incredibly effective!

I would highly recommend you take advantage of this. Craft a version of the letter and use it for your own conferences. I already do this to grab a few more attendees at my own keynote and training events.

You can find the letter by clicking HERE or on the screenshot above.

If for some reason the link is no longer active, e-mail me and I will send you a copy of the letter I use.

The goal here is to be the one conference or event that makes employers say, “If our people only attend one event, it has to be that one.”

Thanks!

Dr. Redbeard


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Welcome to Best Practices for Conferences and Vendors

Welcome to a new series for conference planning, conference vendors, and all things related!

I bet some of you get all weird with conferences, with post it notes and mindmaps all over your living room wall. That’s okay, though, because I do that working on my keynotes. In the biz we just call it storyboarding and planning.

Before we go any further, I’d like to tell you what this series is all about and introduce myself better.

#1- This series is all about helping you create and manage rock star level conferences. I promise to do that by sharing my own lessons and experiences as I attend and speak at conferences, including excellent, bad, and even horrible ones.

#2- I do not run conferences and am not a meeting planner. What you’ll be getting from me is unfiltered information from an outside point-of-view. In other words, the stuff you may not hear otherwise.

#3- I am a keynote speaker and trainer. I attend conferences and events all over the world in various industries. Not only that, when organizers bring me in, I enjoy serving at the conferences and attending them as well. You might hear me do a keynote one hour and find me attending a breakout session as a student the next.

#4- Other attendees open up to me and tell me a lot that they do not say on evaluation cards. Maybe it is my Santa Claus-like appearance or my counseling credentials that does it, but people hunt me down between sessions to hang out. Every now and then I even talk one into going mountain climbing nearby.

#5- I’m known for offering added sessions during conferences that I don’t charge for. I love hosting meet-ups in the lobby or a nearby eatery. I have even been known to lead Sunday church services or dinner party tattoo contests.

I hope you enjoy the series, but more than that, I hope your conferences and booths become legendary in your industry.

If you came across this post and want the series delivered to your inbox each time a new one comes out, click HERE.

Dr.David Powers, who is sometimes known as Dr. Redbeard by attendees

PS- If you do get crazy with the post it notes and planning, here’s some inexpensive ones I found on Amazon. Not that I bought them at all. Well, maybe I did (a couple of times).

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David Goggins (Navy Seal) vs. Negan and Lucille (Zombie and Glenn Slayers)

WARNING: There is profanity below!

Here is Redbeard’s Review of Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

 

 

 

 

Here’s a more detailed recap:

Swear words and their variations:

I read Goggins twice, counted swear words for the first half, and doubled the numbers.

Negan’s numbers came from Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth? by Andrew Kahl

Racial slurs: Goggins- 14, Negan- 0

Hell (not including Hell Week): Goggins- 44, Negan- 0 Damn: Goggins- 54, Negan- 26

Shit: Goggins- 90, Negan- 47

Ass: Goggins- 66, Negan- 16

Bitch: Goggins- 4, Negan- 8

Sexual references: Goggins- 26, Negan- 25

Fuck: Goggins- 260, Negan- 465

Negan for the win!

Goggins- 558 and Negan- 587 (+29)


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Does the World See You as a Goof?

I had a meeting recently with a new small business consulting client. Based on our phone call to set up the meeting, I knew she was younger than me, sounded full of energy, and seemed ready to do the hard work of building an entrepreneurial venture.

When I arrived at her condo for the meeting, I was dumbstruck. She was absolutely beautiful. I mean supermodel beautiful. She was also very muscular. I’m not talking female bodybuilder muscle, but more like a female cage fighter or superhero. I think it’s quite possible she could’ve actually been Supergirl.

A lesser man would have stood there in the doorway and just stared at her slobbering for ten minutes unable to speak.

 

I’m no lesser man. I cut my stare short in only five.

But onto the point of my story. Meeting her got me to thinking and wondering, how does the world see me? How does the world see you?

All her life, this young lady has likely been judged because of her looks. I know many of you might think, “Oh what a curse being beautiful is,” but it really is in a way. Maybe not so much a curse, but something she has to anticipate and work around. People tend to stereotype beauty and good looks and equate it with a lack of intelligence, sleeping around to get what they want, or getting by on nothing but looks.

And there’s also putting up with lesser men who stare and drool.

I’ve never been a handsome guy. I’ve never been dapper or gentlemanly. I have a certain look that sometimes sparks fear, apprehension, and nervousness. People see me on the street at night, and they walk to the other side as they pre-dial 911 on their phones.

I’m fine with that. There isn’t much I can change about my appearance, especially now that I have a big ugly scar on the top of my head to go along with all the other war wounds and the fierce red beard.

But I can change what I do with or even in spite of those looks, just like the young lady I met with. She’s creating something awesome that has nothing to do with her appearance. I’ve been in movies playing rough characters that act just like I look and appeared as a comic book character. I’ve also written nearly twenty books that have nothing to do with my rugged features.

 

Stop a minute and ask yourself how people see you. Take into account how you look, how you walk and talk, what you do for fun or for money, and how you relax. Then ask other people for their honest feedback.

You might want to change some things so that you can project the person you want to be and not how the world sees you. Or you may be just fine, but you need to figure that out to level up.

Thanks for reading, Dr. Dave  

 

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Don’t Be the Guy that Does this at a Conference…

The following is an excerpt from my e-mail newsletter on Best Practices for Conferences, Vendors, and Speaker. Subscribe to the newsletter HERE.

Since we talked about great vendor booths in the last e-mail, I think it is time to talk about the dark side of them. Among all the free goodies, celebrity guests, and multimedia pizzazz, there is always someone like this guy-

 

 

I discreetly snapped this photo at a comic book convention where I delivered a keynote lecture on one of my most popular topics- Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Believe it or not, this guy was a vendor trying to sell things. In other words, if you want to give him money bad enough, you have to wake him up. So, here is my advice for everyone:

 

Vendors- Don’t be this guy. Don’t hire this guy. Hire energetic people to staff your booths. Conference vending is grueling work, so hire people that can handle it.

Conference Planners- Set up your vendor agreements so that you can be selective. Go for quality instead of just filling space. The show floor is a lot of what drives expo attendance, and a bad experience on the floor will get talked about a lot.

Speakers- If you have a booth or you are selling books or goods at the back of the room, you better carry the enthusiasm from the stage back to that table.

 

Thanks, Dr. Dave

PS- Feel free to send me pics of bad booths. Just be discreet. No need to start a fight shooting pics.

PSS- The con where I took this photo is no longer in existence. Is it because this vendor slept through it? Possibly. I’ll let you decide.

 


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Brand Spanking New Newsletter- Best Practices for Conferences, Vendors, and Speakers

I know this won’t apply to all of you, but I wanted to let you know about a new e-mail newsletter that I’m starting up. I’ve been speaking at conferences and training events all over the world for several years and attending them for even longer.

 

Because of this, I’ve had quite a few requests for information on advice for conferences, booths, and speakers. I decided I would spin that off into a newsletter all it’s own. If you’re at all involved in any facet of con life, click on over to HERE and sign up. It doesn’t matter what industry either, because that’s where my strength lies. I attend or speak at conferences for a variety of industries from comic book conventions to public safety conferences. The really neat thing is that oftentimes you can borrow ideas from other industries and be the first to do so in yours.

 

I hope to give lots of content and advice there not just from me but from other friends as well. There will be some contests as well. As a matter of fact, there’s already one running for the Best Booth of the Year. I hope to see you there. Click HERE to subscribe. If this isn’t something you need, how about I give you a laugh today just for putting up with me. Click HERE for something me and my kids love laughing at- Guy on a Buffalo.

Thanks! Dr. Redbeard

 


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Escape Plan Questionnaire- Are You Ready?

 

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

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A Big Life Analysis of the Movie Triple Frontier

This is the blog version of the review. Be sure to check out the Youtube video version below for additional commentary.

 

 

Triple Frontier is a Netflix produced movie that debuted in march 2019 starring Ben Affleck and Charlie Hunnam. The movie is about a group of former Special Operations soldiers who bring the old gang back together to rob a South American cartel boss.

Despite bad reviews from a lot of my friends, I actually enjoyed it. I think part of the reason for my enjoyment was based on the fact that the entire movie symbolizes the struggle I’m helping a lot of men with. No, I don’t have a bunch of clients taking down drug lords. Only a few are doing that. Most of my guys are just stuck in dead end positions in life and yearning for something more.

That’s what this movie is really about.

So, for a few minutes abandon any critiques of the military and tactical scenes in the movie. I know there are a lot of screw-ups there, and I’ve already discussed many of them at length with friends. I also want you to ignore the obvious errors in their trip across the Andes. We all know that it would’ve likely ended more like the movie Alive than the way it did like the series ending episodes of Prisonbreak.

Let’s dive into a few lessons we can learn about careers and life from Triple Frontier. But first, a disclaimer- SPOILERS ABOUND. I will be giving away spoilers in this review.

 

  1. Always have a Plan B for everything. What happens if, all of a sudden, you can’t do what you want to for a living? It could be anything- injury, forced retirement, laid off, economy sinks, income or family changes, and more.
  2. Be careful what you do when you find yourself yearning for more.
  3. Be sure that you do something that matters to you. Ben Affleck’s character was miserable selling real estate, but I have friends that find great fulfillment in the same occupation.
  4. Always try to properly identify your specific trouble points. For example, you could ask each of the main characters in the movie- I’m having trouble adjusting to life without _____________________.
  5. Be careful when you find yourself replacing your old lifestyle with something dangerous or potentially addictive. Many people use this as an escape mechanism. It’s not always bad if you do this, as long as it doesn’t take over.
  6. Your life will go awry if you lose your focus, change your rules for bad reasons, or betray your values. Ben Affleck’s character is a model for this negative cascade of events.

 

There are a lot more lessons I could impart from the movie, but I’ll finish with one more.

Ben Affleck’s character was the one in which I saw the most evolution. In fact, he’s a poster child who represents many of my clients in that he possesses an amazing specific skillset but can’t find a place to apply it outside the realm of his job. In the movie he was a master tactician. He was so good in fact that other members refused to sign onto the job without him.

There are so many places and ways he could have applied these skills in the civilian life, but he just couldn’t. He just couldn’t quite figure it out. Because of this he ended up in a job he hated, divorced, running around in the jungle stealing money, and murdering farmers. 

really hope this isn’t going to be you as well. I also hope you don’t stay in the position most men do who don’t take off for the jungle drug lord money hideout. Most men stay in jobs that slowly corrode their souls and steal their happiness. Don’t do that.

 

My job is to help men create Escape Plans so they can move away from lives like that without sacrificing everything to do so. After all, there’s not much point in escaping if you do it the wrong way and have to go right back to it. That’s what happened in the end of the movie. Each man ended up having to go right back to the old life.


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

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Thank You for the Overwhelming Response to My Testosterone Study!

I was amazed at the level of response to the recent request for help with my testosterone study. After that last e-mail I received a ton of response from men and their wives. Most of it confirmed my suspicions, but there is amazing strength in numbers, especially on a subject that many see as potentially embarrassing. 

I’m happy so many guys jumped in, I’d like to give you a high five via a random guy from a stock photo-

Quite a few men opened up to me about their struggles, and several even provided me with additional information and links to add to the research. I even have several conferences that I speak at now willing to add my survey questions to their conference brochures, which should yield a lot more responses.

But I still need your help. I still need as many men as possible to respond, so I’m asking one more time.

If you fit my category of men over 40, your information is vital. If you know a man over 40, please feel free to forward this e-mail to them for me.

Here are the questions again:

1. Have you experienced a lag in strength, libido, muscle mass, or energy not related to another cause?

2. Have you tried any testosterone therapies, prescription or otherwise?

3. Have you ever had your testosterone checked?

As always, all information is private. Any information released in a report will only be a compilation of results, unless I have your specific permission to release detailed information.

Thanks so much for your help,

Dr. Redbeard, proof that a full quiver of children doesn’t necessarily mean my testosterone levels are high

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

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I Need Your Help for a Study on Post-40 Men and Testosterone

I’m getting ready to talk about a taboo subject among men. This is not a gimmick, and I am not trying to sell you some snazzy magic pill to turn your sex life into a place where all the magic happens.

As part of my Escape Plan coaching I am finding that men over 40 do not even realize that one of the reasons for their general unhappiness is often low testosterone. It is not always the job or your wife that is making you so unhappy. 

As part of my own journey since I turned 40 (I am 44 now), I have been researching testosterone. Most people, men and women, only associate testosterone with the sex drive. 

Here is what I am finding out so far:

  • Men lose on average 1% of their testosterone each year after 40
  • A low but still normal testosterone range can have a huge negative effect on the body
  • Pretty much all over-the-counter testosterone supplements are pure crap
  • Prescription fixes have big problems and do not always work
  • The most reliable fixes are cheap and easy

Despite my massively fierce red beard, and the fact that I have sired 5 kids from my loins, it turns out that I am on the low side of normal testrosterone levels. Several years of cholesterol-lowering medication that hurt me more than it helped assisted in destroying the high T-levels of my youth. I found this out in a big way as I ramped up my workout program trying to get back to a simple goal-

  1. Bench press my body weight for a 3 rep set
  2. 10 unassisted dead hang pullups

I could not do it, and still cannot although I am working every day on remedying that.

The cholesterol meds and age decreased my muscle mass tremendously. Add to that my weight gain, and I have trouble moving my body the way I should be able to. Even though I dropped from 264 to 232 pounds, I am still having trouble.
*Check the end for more info on the cholesterol drug issue.

Here is where I need your help, if you are willing. There are a couple of questions below, and you can just respond to this e-mail. It will come straight to me. Anything you send me will be confidential, unless I get your permission first. The only way I will use any of this information is in a very general way, such as “x number of men age 40-50 tried X therapy with no change”. This question of mine is only a survey, no a true scientific study, so don’t worry if you don’t have lab results and all that.

After the age of 40:

  1. Have you experienced a lag in strength, libido, muscle mass, or energy not related to another cause?
  2. Have you tried any testosterone therapies, prescription or otherwise?
  3. Have you ever had your testosterone checked?

That is it for now.

I hope a bunch of you will help me out. By all means, if you’re under 40, feel free to forward this to your dad, older brother, uncle, or Chuck Norris. Ladies, please send this on to your husbands for me.

Thanks everyone!

Dr. Redbeard, proof that it doesn’t take high testosterone to grow a massive beard, but it helps.

PS- My buddy Kent Julian turned me on to a book The Great Cholesterol Myth that exposes the scam of high cholesterol by the drug manufacturers. If your doc says you have high cholesterol or you are on meds for it, you need to read it.


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