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Access to a Nationwide Network of Cowork Offices for $20/Month

I’m not trying to sell you anything here. Just passing along an idea.

How many of you go to Planet Fitness? It’s one of the top and most prolific fitness gyms in the US. I go several times a week with my dad to hit the weights, and I don’t even have a membership.

Now, how many of you have thought about using Planet Fitness for your work office?

I don’t want to bore you with a long essay for this idea, so I’ll give you all the skinny in a few bullet points…

  • Cheap membership compared to ‘real’ Cowork spaces
  • Free Wifi
  • Access to snacks
  • Locker rooms and showers
  • Massage chairs after a hectic few hours on the laptop
  • Free food on special nights
  • A gazillion locations all over the country
  • Open 24 hours a day
  • Often near other high traffic areas where your clients might already be
  • Get a guest in on your pass, i.e. a client for a meeting

That’s just a quick brainstorm of perks. If you think of more, send them in. Send me pics of you working (not working out) in a Planet Fitness location, and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

Here’s the disclaimer-

  • I don’t work for them, and I’m not making any money off this idea.
  • Not all of them are the same, so not all of them will treat you the same if you’re there all day.
  • Be smart about how you do the office thing. Spreading all your stuff out and getting in the way is a bad idea.
  • Buy a drink or snack at least once every 4 hours. It’s just good etiquette.

This is me in a regular hotel gym while traveling. See how mad I am. No people to talk to and no room for me to work.

Welcome to your new mobile workspace!

Dr. Redbeard signing out


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Conference Best Practices no. 42- How many times do you use the same speaker and trainers?

This is a question that I’ve come across many times over my own speaking career…how many times do you use the same speaker and trainers?

For the sake of this conversation, let’s ignore keynote speakers. Few conferences will use the same one year after year. That’d get boring. At best, keynoters will only return to a conference after several years away and usually only if they’ve done something big that really impacts the industry.

For example, I just released a new theme called Big Life that’s getting me invited back to old clients. Usually, it’s something like a new book.

However, trainers and breakout session speakers sometimes get invited back for years in a row. It just depends on the conference and what the speaker has to offer. My running record is six consecutive years at the same conference. I’m always there presenting new material plus a repeat or two of really popular breakouts that are requested by attendees.

Here’s several great reasons to bring back the same speaker for multiple years:

  • They constantly offer fresh relevant material.
  • They offer material that your attendees need repeatedly, like a certification or skill training.
  • They’re requested by attendees, i.e. bringing them back brings in new and old attendees.
  • They are part of the conference. In other words, they go the extra mile to serve you and the attendees, and it would be weird to not have them there.

And the best for last… You love them!

So, what other reasons do you have for returning speakers… or … for what reasons do you never bring back the same ones?

Thanks,
Dr. Redbeard

I have a full slate of upcoming events, including a roofing conference in Cherokee NC, a small business gathering in Orlando, and several EMS conferences. But there’s always room for yours!

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Why do you need to acquire skills rapidly?

I’d like to start a new series about Rapid Skill Acquisition. It’s one of my most popular books and the subject of many of lectures that I present to businesses and medical organizations.

But why do you need it?

Wouldn’t it be better to acquire skills slowly?
Shouldn’t you savor the learning process?
What about that whole 10,000 hours thing?

The truth of the matter is, there are two main reasons you should think about Rapid Skill Acquisition…

  1. Many of you (and myself included) simply don’t have time to proceed at a snail’s pace.
  2. Some skills are needed right now for a job, a court case, or some other reason.

The next e-mails in this series will cover different aspects of my Rapid Skill formula, but for now, I’ll leave you with the words of John Constantine, a DC comics character.

Ordinary people, they operate within a certain set of parameters, right?
Rules. Limits.
Then there’s blokes like me, yeah?
We cheat.

As you delve into learning how to do your thing faster, I want to hear about it. Feel free to e-mail me here.

Dr. Redbeard


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How do you feel about gender specific conferences? (Best Practices no. 12)

I recently attended and assisted with a conference that was for men only. At least that’s what the website said when I came across it. As a matter of fact, one of the words in the name of the conference was “Brotherhood”.

As attendees started arriving, it looked just like I expected. Since it was a construction industry event, there were a lot of rough looking guys there in various types of dress from business casual to work clothes.

And then a woman walked in.

It went over like a wet blanket. Active conversations stopped cold, and silence fell across the room.

The conference was actually really great. I enjoyed myself, took pages and pages of notes, and met some great folks. I even got to pitch a keynote for next year to the organizers of a medical conference in the next room.

The thing is, many of the lectures were designed for a male only audience. In other words, guys would be free to cuss, discuss off-color topics, and talk about family issues and business among other men. The conference itself lost a lot of the specificity and openness that was planned by the organizers.

In a similar vein, I’m sure many of you have heard of Rachel Hollis. Many of her events are pitched primarily for women, but a lot of guys still show up. I love listening to her podcast and Youtube offerings, but I’d feel uncomfortable at a female-specific event. Not only that. I wouldn’t want my attendance to take away from others enjoying themselves.

I want to hear what you think. How do you feel about gender-specific conferences and gatherings? I’d like for this to be an open conversation, so please comment below.

Here’s my opinion. I love the idea of open conferences where anyone can attend but also those where only certain people can attend. My wife loves going on what she calls “girl trips” without me, even though she doesn’t do it often. In the same respect, I crave men only gatherings from time to time. And yet we also love conferences where we both go together.

Let me know what you think.

Dr. Dave, the speaker who’ll attend just about any conference where he’s welcome

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My 8yo got picked up by the cops

As most of you know, we homeschool. This means that while all the other kids are trapped in classrooms, mine are out roaming around catching bugs (science), biking (PE), or causing shenanigans (critical thinking).

My 8yo likes to go biking, jogging, and rucking around the neighborhood for his PE. He tells me he’s trying to find his six pack and get in shape for a SWAT team.

The other day the cops delivered him back to my office. They said they found this little kid walking down the street with a backpack full of weights, and they wanted to know why he wasn’t in school and if he was running away.

The whole thing scared the piss out of him, but afterward we all had a good laugh about it. As a matter of fact, I told him if it happens again to just throw the backpack down and start running to see if they can catch him. It’d be a good workout for the cops.

I’m telling you all this to say that no matter if your kids are homeschooled, public schooled, or something different that you need to have fun with it. Make it adventurous. Get crazy.

Now he carries a note in his pocket that tells the cops he has permission to be out. Here’s what I wrote for him:

My name is Gideon Powers, and I am running away from home to join the circus.
Just kidding. I am homeschooled and doing my PE right now.
If you need to, you can contact my parents at ***-***-**** (mom Korrene) or ***-***-**** (dad David).
Their office is around the corner at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach.

If you want some cool ideas for stuff we’ve done, check out my book Teaching in the Weird.

Thanks!

Dr. Dave, the guy that says make the cops work for it if they want to talk to you

PS- I mean no disrespect to the cops. I worked with a lot of these guys during my time with Homeland Security, and most of them really could use the workout.


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Free Course on the Wim Hof Method for Wellness

You may have heard of Wim Hof, aka The Iceman. He’s the guy that runs marathons in the snow barefoot and almost naked, swims under frozen lakes, and more. That’s him below, just hanging out like a normal day.

I’ve been following his method for years, and it’s done some amazing things for my own ‘over 40’ dad bod.

  • Increased strength
  • Increased endurance
  • More gains in the gym
  • Offsetting the natural post-40 testosterone drop
  • And, most importantly, it helped me completely eradicate a lifelong heart condition that’s had me pretty scared as I get older.

The two heart rhythms below are my before and after. The first one is called A Fib. The second one is what I call my ‘Perfectly normal get out of my way because nothing can stop me now because I’m going to live forever’ rhythm.

   

Wim is offering a free course starting Monday that I’m partnering with. I’ll be going through the course myself with him.

I wanted to dare any of you who are brave enough for change to join me. It will be like an accountability group. We can talk about our progress, roadblocks, offer advice, etc. I’ll have two options for communicating: one for public consumption with our group and another for more private questions you might want to ask me.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Go check out Wim’s free course HERE and sign up.
  2. Like my Facebook page. This is where we’ll discuss things openly and post pics.
  3. E-mail me at drdave@redteamgoals to let me know you joined up. This is where you’ll get in touch for private messages.
  4. Another option for privacy is to direct message me on Instagram. I’ll also be posting tons of pics here as I go through the course.

I’m looking forward to this. I live about a mile from the ocean, and our weather is just now starting to cool down. In other words, prime weather to start doing some cold water immersion routines.

SHARE- Feel free to share this with anyone you know. The more the merrier!

BONUS- Me and my kids always enjoy doing a polar bear plunge here in Myrtle Beach SC in early January to kick off the new year. I’ll keep you updated. Anyone is welcome to join us in person or send pics of your own plunge for the community.

Can’t wait to see you in the course!

Dr. Redbeard, if it gets cold enough you can watch ice form in the beard


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Conference Best Practices- Advice from a Celebrity Rep for Speakers and Promoters

It’s time for more advice from Rikki Adams, a man who works with celebrities at conventions fulltime. I’ll just leave it all in his words.

Advice for speakers-

  • Don’t be afraid to go off script and engage the audience.
  • A lot of moderators have no clue who you are and will ask questions based on internet searches.
  • Many times the fans will have better questions, and they love to be able to ask you questions in front of an audience.  
  • If you need some tips, catch Michael Rooker’s panel.  He normally just picks up the Mic and walks through the crowed answering their questions.  It’s pretty entertaining.

For anyone who’s not familiar with Michael Rooker, he’s a well-established actor who played in Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead, and other roles. For a link to a popular Michael Rooker panel to see him in action, click HERE.

Advice for promoters-

  • Go to a successful show and watch them.
  • Ask the volunteers questions. Take their books and schedules.  Learn what they did right and tweak it for your own show. 
  • The biggest issue I see with new shows is the floor layout. Traffic is not taken into consideration.
  • You cannot get an a list actor and stick them behind a column, and you don’t want them near vendors. The line for the actor will block the vendors traffic or vice versa.  
  • Train your volunteers. I’ve had some assigned to me that could not count, and they would turn into total fanboys anytime an actor walked by.  They need to be just as focused no matter who is around.
  • Be honest about your market and venue.
  • If you live in a small town, only advertise in that town. You cannot expect 60,000 people to walk through the door.
  • If you can only afford a $3000 celebrity, then book a $3000 celebrity. I have seen too many promoters book clients that are out of their range.
  • If it’s a building year, then it’s ok. But just realize that the fans will not be paying the client fees, you will.

I hope you’re enjoying the interview with Rikki so far. I have one more installment, and it’s all about what he’d do if he were starting a convention from scratch. It’s good advice if you’re just starting out, or if you’re hoping to revitalize one that’s stalled out for growth.

Dr. Redbeard, a guy who’s met Michael Rooker and been extremely impressed with how down-to-earth he is for a big celeb

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Don’t Eat Your Crayons, Recycle Them

I’m not sure if any of you eat crayons. If you do, please stop. They are non-toxic, but all that wax gums up your system. Just a few days after ingestion you’ll end up giving birth to a multi-colored toilet baby, and that’s just gross.

Let’s get on to the cool part.

I get excited when I find new things.

Just the other day I found out that you can recycle old crayons and markers. This made me happy. I have 5 kids, and that’s a lot of crayons and markers over the years. When we eat out, they break a dozen of them at least while we sit for a meal.

Not only can you recycle them. It gets better.

  • You can set up stations in your schools, daycares, and churches.
  • You don’t have to pay to ship them to be recycled.
  • There are tons of resources to help teach kids about the process.

Here’s some links for you:
Recycle markers through Crayola Colorcycle
Recycle crayons through The Crayon Initiative
My fave crayon pack of all
Markers I use for my own art and journal

Sure, markers and crayons are a small part of the landfill, but I like the idea of reducing trash even one piece at a time.

Now, go out and color something nice. Feel free to send me a picture of some freehand art or even a page your kids color from a book.

Dr. Dave, a guy who uses up a lot of red coloring in his beard on photos

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Art Money Success by Maria Brophy (Book Review no. 87)

I recently read Art Money Success by Maria Brophy. It’s an excellent book for artists who want to make money and not be a stereotypical starving artist. I’ll let the review tell you more.

Find the book here: Art Money Success by Maria Brophy

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Best Practices for Conferences no.34- Advice from a Celebrity Handler for Vendors

Back to round two of the interview with Rikki Adams, a guy who works fulltime with conventions and the celebs at them.

This time Rikki has some advice for vendors-

  • Make a check sheet of things you need and ask for it before you reserve your spot.
  • Don’t forget, things like electrical outlets, WiFi, and tall tables should be requested from the beginning.
  • Know how much space you need.
  • Don’t monopolize beyond your allotted space. I have seen some set-ups that crossed over onto other spaces, and that’s not fair to them.
  • Try to get a look at the layout and pick a spot that has high visibility and traffic.
  • In my opinion, some of the best spots are the endcaps. People tend to walk slow in that area because there is more room.  Also, you can normally see endcaps from far away.

Thanks Rikki!

Next time we’ll hear from Rikki on speakers and panels.

Dr. Dave, a really easy speaker to work with because prima donna speakers are a pain in the…


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