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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?

 

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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.


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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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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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Review of the ADHD Nerd’s One Page Planner

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Here’s my review of ADHD Nerd Ryan McRae’s One Page Planner.

You can find him at The ADHD Nerd.

You can find the planner at One Page Planner.

 


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Lessons Learned from a Head Injury or What Can I Learn from Busting My Head Open

I was out hiking recently on some abandoned railroad tracks and climbing on the box cars and metalworks and … SMACK!

I hit a beam with my head so hard it made me go blank for a second. I was up on a ladder at the time. I do not even remember coming down. At the bottom I reached up to touch my head and check the injury. I felt my fingers go into the wound. That was when I fell to my knees and the blood started pouring out.

Head injuries bleed a lot anytime, but when you sever an artery, it’s much much worse. My superficial temporal artery was severed on the left side and there was an eight inch opening across the top of my head.

I was with my wife and oldest son. She bandaged it up really quick with the gauze from my IFAK, but it bled through in seconds. Then she took off her shirt, zipped her coat back on, and bandaged it with that.

Then we had to hike out to a road somewhere. It took awhile. It turned out the closest way out was over the tracks, through a muddy field, over several ditches, and climbing over and around two fences. Thankfully I didn’t pass out. My wife isn’t a weakling, but it’s not easy for anyone to carry 230 pounds of pure man.

But we made it.

An ER visit and 17 stitches later I have a really nice scar developing on my melon and a great story to tell. You’ve just read the story, so now let me throw you a few life lessons from a head injury.

  1. Wear a helmet. There are times in life where you should take extra precautions. I should obviously wear a helmet around big metal things. You decide when you need some extra margin in your life.
  2. Pay attention to signs. Pay attention, but do not necessarily obey them. I cannot tell you how many DANGER and NO TRESPASSING signs we passed that day. They did not stop me, but I should pay more attention next time and be better prepared. When people throw you caution flags in life, take note and then go from there.
  3. Make every opportunity a chance to learn something new. At the ER, while she was sewing up my head, the doc brought my son over and showed him all the layers inside my brainbox. He enjoyed it, as he’d never seen the anatomy of the skull other than in scientific illustrations.
  4. Dress appropriately. I always wear dark colors, usually black, because I get into so many activities that either leave me filthy or bloody. Dress the right way for what you’re doing.
  5. Look for the humor. After she saw the pics of my open head, my sister asked if it was too early for Phineas Gage jokes. Always look for humor in any situation.
  6. Go minimalist. So little is needed in trauma events. Outside of definitive care in the ER, all we needed to hike out was a bandage and pressure. Do not complicate things with stuff. It does not always help and sometimes hurts.
  7. Train your team right. My wife is a former paramedic. My 14yo son has multiple certifications in wilderness first aid and CPR. He’s also in good shape and pretty fearless. He never freaked out a bit. We sent him running to scout out a way out.  
  8. Be ready to hike out. Had I not been able to hike out on my own, I would’ve been in serious trouble. Always have a plan B and enough margin to get out and get safe.
  9. Problems makes the most simple things difficult. I have to be really careful about scratching my head, showering, and putting a shirt on, at least until the stitches are out. I have only one hat I can wear that doesn’t touch the stitches. Plan ahead for problems before they occur.
  10. Take care of yourself. At the hospital we talked the doc into giving us a suture removal kit. It makes pulling the stitches out way better than using the tweezers you pick your toes with and a pair of scissors out of the drawer. My wife will do it, and all the kids will probably enjoy watching. Do not always depend on outside resources to help you. Have the gear, team, and training to do it yourself.

And a last bonus lesson, do not ever let something stop you from adventuring! Less than 12 hours after the injury I was on a stage delivering a lecture. Another day later I was back on my workout routine like a beast.

No matter what happens, whether it is a head injury or a business failure, put my tips into action.

Dr. Dave, the guy who looks like an alligator bit his head

PS … If you want to see all the gross pics, check out my Instagram or Facebook feed. I posted all the ones that Facebook would allow to stay on there.


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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Here’s my Christmas present to everyone that migrated here from my newsletter.

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Top 10 Space Operas

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I’m a sucker for lists. Being hyper-organized makes lists really appeal to me. I’m also a big sci-fi nerd. This list, Space Opera: 10 Best Books to Read popped up in my inbox the other day, and I had to check it out.

After looking through the list I realized I really need to up my Space Opera reading list next year. I’ve only read or seen the movies/television adaptations for four of them.

So, if you’re a sci-fi nerd like me, how did you fare? Do you have any changes you would make to the list, either additions or subtractions?

If you want to up your game like me, in addition to reading and watching, a great way to really absorb a book is to teach it. I’m asked to teach courses based on books a lot to accentuate their educational value for students from elementary on up to the college level. For instance, you could easily teach a course on politics using James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series.

I published a book doing this for Battlefield Earth. You can find it on Amazon. Galaxy Press also has some great teacher resources for it as well. If comic books are more your thing, I also published a book titled Using Comic Books for Education.

 


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