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Did You Know You Can make Money from Empty Printer Ink Cartridges?

You can. It’s not a lot of money though.

You shouldn’t even be saving those cartridges for the money. Do it for the planet.

Those of you that know me know that I’m no tree-hugging hippie. I’m not like AOC who wants to ban cows for their methane-producing burps. However, I think it’s just plain stupid to throw things away just because it’s easy.

I’m big on recycling and reusing things.

Like empty printer ink cartridges.

Here’s a plan for you to help with this that’s a no-brainer.

1 Find a way to recycle them.

Office Depot’s reward program gives you a dollar’s worth of rewards for each one you turn in. That’s how I do it, because I like going in, shopping (I have a thing for office supplies), and seeing the usual crew there. There’s other places online that will send you free postage paid bags to mail them back in.

2 Don’t throw them away.

It really is that simple.

Now go feel good about doing something good.

*COVID-19 UPDATE- Office Depot has currently frozen the program until this mess is over. I say again, don’t throw them away. Just keep them somewhere in the car or house until you can go back again.


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Pay For Your Home in Cash BONUS Info

I wanted to post something really cool in regard to yesterday’s e-mail.

A few hours after hitting send on it, I received this from my good friend Ricardo-

I mentioned the book Good to Great yesterday, and my buddy said this addition to it by the author was an amazing read to add to it.

In Ricardo’s words, “Good To Great in the Social Sectors is my faith book not written by or about faith.” I haven’t read it yet, but Ricardo is a guy whose instincts I trust.

If you’re involved in NGO’s, faith communities like churches, or other social enterprises, you’ll want to check it out. You can find it on Amazon HERE.

Now, I asked Ricardo if I could mention his gift, but I didn’t warn him I’d be bragging on him a bit too.

HERE is his public face online, so you can follow him. Ricardo is a true friend that I know from churches near my home. For years, he’s worked in France as a missionary and served in churches there. In addition, he’s also worked with refugees in other nations to minister to and serve them. Because he’s fluent in French, he worked with people from primarily French speaking nations in Africa. At a time when refugees the world over were being hated on, my buddy was making lifelong friends with folks who’d lost everything.

I know it may sound cliche, but this man would give up everything he had if someone in need asked him for it. A real, true to life, willing to give the shirt off his back kind of guy.

He’s supported mostly by folks in the states that believe in his mission, so check him out and throw him some support.

Dr. Redbeard, a guy who is in awe of how awesome Ricardo is


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Is it possible to pay for your home in cash?

Is it possible to pay for your home in cash?

Well, sure.

Three quick things about that though-

  1. It’s not easy.
  2. It would probably take a long time.
  3. It’s a really worthy BHAG* kind of a dream and you should shoot for it.

I’m a big Dave Ramsey fan, and one his team members Chris Hogan put out a form titled Pay Off Your Home Early. It’s a great plan and you can find his original form HERE.

My goal is a little different right now. We’re living in a big warehouse while we save a bunch of money for our home, so I thought I’d modify his form a little. Mine is a version called Pay for Your Home in Cash.

You can grab it right HERE or right click it below.
(Chris Hogan- I hope you’ll forgive me for modifying your form)

Visuals like this form work for me, but I’d love to hear about your home payoff adventures. Send me a message and let me know how you’re doing it..

If you want more info on all that kind of stuff, I’d love to help you, but I’m not your guy. Check out Dave Ramsey and his team on the home stuff. That’s who I follow.

Dr. Dave

Rare pics below of the warehouse I live in with 5 kids while we save. This was before we modified it a bunch.



*BHAG- This is a term from Good to Great by Jim Collins. It means Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Everybody should have some of these!

**Most of the links in this e-mail are affiliate links. It means if you click on them and buy, I make a few pennies off each sale without you spending more. It’s a neat way I help supplement my income.


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100% Success Rate with SBA Disaster Loans for My Clients

I realize as you read this that it’s too late to get any of the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan money before it runs out.

Because it already has.

At least in the first round of funding.

But I want you to be more prepared to go for the loan in any subsequent funding cycles.

100% of my clients who went for the money got it last week, and I’ve been working overtime helping them figure out how best to use it. Because of the financial margin this money allows, none of my clients have had to layoff or furlough any workers.

Here’s how we did it, so you can hopefully get in next time:

  1. We had everything ready before the loans opened up. I force all my clients to be meticulous in their paperwork and records. This way, anytime an opportunity (like this) or a negative event (like an audit) opens up, they’re fully loaded and ready to fire away. Get your mess in order right now before the next funding opens up!
  2. We jumped on everything immediately. Every time a new SBA application came online, we filled it out and sent it in. Then, when the bank sent us a modified SBA app, we had it sent back within 30 minutes.
  3. There was a preexisting relationship with a local bank. I hate big banks, and I only use them when they have a financial product my local bank doesn’t carry. I encourage all my clients to do as much banking as possible with a local bank. If you don’t have one, go open up an account right now at a local bank. Not a local branch of a big bank, but a LOCAL bank.
  4. Plan ahead for how you’ll use the money before you get it. Questions like this came up with bankers during the process. It seemed like they only wanted to help applicants who knew what they were getting into and understood what the money was for.
  5. Pray before, during the process, and after.

Here’s some other things I had to do in the past week for my clients once they got the money that it would be wise to work on beforehand:

  • Set up systems to record the loan usage in their bookkeeping software.
  • Build a meticulous process to keep track of all paperwork, texts, papers, and any single thing related to the loan. The only way this loan will be ‘forgivable’ is if it’s used in the right way. You can guarantee that your usage of the loan will have to be proven.
  • Craft amazing thank you notes and social media posts thanking their banks for their help.
  • Sending out public relations articles to their mailing lists and on social media letting their customers know the good news.
  • Pitching articles to local and regional media about their success in getting the SBA money.

That’s really it. It may not sound like much just reading it, but this is actually the compilation of years of work with some of my clients. Believe me, if you’re a small business owner, I know what most of your record-keeping looks like.

All of this is simple, though time sucking, work that you can do yourself. If you need help from me, give me a call. Now that the first round of funding is over and most of my clients are getting used to the crisis and the quarantine, I’m freeing up some time.

Until you call, I’m headed out to the back porch where my kids have a fire pit and some marshmallows ready.

Dr. Dave


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Look Ahead! A Stress Reduction Hack for Quarantine Time

Many of my readers may not know, but even though most of my professional life was spent in prehospital emergency medicine, my doctoral degree is actually in counseling. That’s one of the reasons I’m able to help my coaching clients so much by utilizing the skills I’ve learned from counseling.

Since the isolation and quarantines began in force, much of my work with clients has been focused on finding the right balance between…

  • Working from home
  • Trying to stay sane and healthy
  • Kids doing school at home
  • Out of work or on furlough
  • Trying to create something new
  • Finding toilet paper and hand sanitizer

Here’s a little secret that I’m telling everyone.

Keep a Post-Coronavirus File!

Here’s what that looks like.

  1. Keep a file, box, or envelope of things you want to do or need to do once this is over.
  2. Place physical items in your container. Digital is great, but I’ve found that things you can hold onto make a big difference.
  3. Add to it whenever needed.
  4. Pull it out and look at it once a week. Handle the items and notes in there.
  5. Once this crap is over, make plans for completing each one.

Here’s a look inside my file:

  • A note to visit the Tervis store. I returned some damaged Tervis cups, and the new ones were delivered back to the store just before everything shut down. Our family loves Tervis dishes, and they have an amazing warranty policy.
  • Two DVDs from the library. When my library closed, they said to keep any books for now so they didn’t end up in a return bin just sitting there. No late fees of course. I use my library a lot, and I can’t wait to get back to grab some movies and the new Jack Reacher audio to listen to in my car.
  • A drawing of my next tattoo. I’ll show you this one once it’s done. Don’t want to spoil the surprise.
  • Plans I’d made for celebrating my wife’s birthday in late April, which is all post-poned for now.

So tell me, what’s going in your Post-Coronavirus To Do File?

Dr. Dave


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Things to Do If Your Conference Gets Cancelled- Booklet Edition

It doesn’t matter if you’re a speaker, meeting planner, vendor, or anything else associated with a conference, things happen and the events can get cancelled.

But they will come back!

Use the coronavirus as an example and a training ground. At some point conferences will come back. Once the scare is over or a cure is found, people will desperately want to be around other people. Even an introvert like me is dying to be around others, just not willing to die literally to make it happen. I desperately miss working on my keynotes at my local Starbucks. The buzz of activity around me jazzed me up. Well, that and the caffeine.

No matter what facet you’re in, you need to be top of mind once they come back.

When they come back, you’ll for sure have new competition. Right this minute, people are stuck at home not working, just planning to launch a new conference, new product, or new speaking career.

You need to stay relevant now and not wait until the problems are over to ramp up again.

One way to do this is to launch a booklet and give it out for free. Send it to everyone on your list, post it on social media, and have it available to download on your site. This is for everyone who works around conferences, from speakers and vendors to the people who hire them. Nothing fancy required either. As a matter of fact, a series of 10 page PDF’s is pretty awesome.

Check out the pic below. In April of 2020, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, EMS World sent out their catalog by mail. It was a great way of staying relevant. It said, “We’ll still be here in September. We’ll see you in Vegas.”

So, how about 5 ideas for booklets you can create and send out?

1. Catalog- Like the pic above, go ahead and send out the catalog for the rescheduled event.
2. Keynotes or Breakouts- Edit transcripts of presentations from previous years and turn them into booklets.
3. Best Practices- Publish a white paper of best practices for the industry.
4. Yearbook- Create something that feels like a high school yearbook of stuff from past conferences and events.
5. Futurist Look- Create a future book of what the next conference will be like or shoot out further and look at the future of the industry.

How about your ideas? What could you publish to keep you or your event in the top of mind awareness of your audience?

Dr. Redbeard, a speaker who lost all his events during the coronacrisis


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Dr. Dave’s Prescription for Stir-Craziness

Here’s my prescription for reducing the anxiety of stir-craziness:

1. Go visit this blog from Explorers Web- 100 Adventure Films for Free

2. Pick one film to watch each week for inspiration.

3. Start dreaming and making notes as you watch them.

4. Come up with an audacious adventure to go on and set a reasonable timeline to launch out.

5. Begin the research.

6. Save money, plan, and train.

Boom!

I’d love to, but I can’t go on all your adventures with you, so you better tag me on them or send me pics of them. In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you’re planning. Hit me up. You never know, maybe I’ll know someone there to connect you with or have some intel to help.

Get after it now!

Dr. Dave

P.S. What’s my next adventure? Personally, I’m planning my first ultramarathon. Meanwhile I’m also training my 9yo and my 6yo for their first 5K’s.


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Homeschooling is Weird

I’ve always been a homeschooler, going on 15 years now. My oldest son (15 yo) will graduate high school this summer, and my youngest son (3 yo) has already started drawing and coloring. Then there’s three other kids sandwiched between those two.

We’ve always been in the minority as homeschoolers. The cops even picked up one of my kids for being out doing his PE during the school day. They thought he’d run away from school. Of course, he did have on a backpack full of bricks for a ruck challenge. He was 7 at the time.

Now we’re in the majority. Just about every kid in the world is being homeschooled. Except it’s not really that. It’s school at home, but not homeschooling.

Here’s why- both the parents and the kids are missing out on all the FUN of homeschooling.

From what I’ve seen from my nephews and others, their school at home is not much more than a series of poorly conducted online meetups, bad Internet connections, faulty devices, and school systems completely unprepared for any type of crisis.

Here’s what homeschooling is under normal conditions:

  • Free days, sometimes for no reason at all
  • Field trips are the norm more than classwork
  • Museums, battlefields, and parks
  • No set schedules unless you want them
  • Individual attention
  • Creating lessons around  your child’s interests, gifts, and passions

I wrote a book awhile back about some of the weird things we’ve done over the years. It’s free on Kindle for the next 5 days. Go grab it. I hope it helps you make schooling at home a little more fun for you and the kids during this whole crisis.

Homeschooling in the Weird

If you want to see some of the crazy stuff we’re doing during the new quarantine life, follow me on Instagram. I update often on there.

Dr. Dave, the guy that wants to make school fun, no matter where school is


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How do you prep for bad times?

Partly because of my work with Homeland Security and partly because I’ve always been the ‘be ready for anything’ kind of guy, I’ve always enjoyed all things preparedness, self-reliance, and emergency-related. Don’t worry, I’m not a nutcase like some of those folks you might’ve seen on Doomsday Preppers. Even so, if I was, I wouldn’t tell you. That would be crazy talk.

This segment of my business that wasn’t anything more than a side hustle before the coronavirus pandemic really took off to the point I had to enlist help to manage the inquiries and e-mails coming in from both individuals and businesses.

I decided to go ahead and formalize it to the point of spinning it off and allowing it to become a full-fledged operation, but I wanted to see what you thought first.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, toilet paper riots, and more in mind, if I was to create resources for normal folks who just want to be more ready for bad situations, what would you like to see?


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What do you do when conferences halt? (Best Practices for Conferences no. 165)

 

If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that things function better when there’s a back up plan.

Before the back up plan is needed.

I’m not judging here either. I have back up plans out the wazoo. I design back up plans. Even so, the speed and breadth of the COVID-19 mess still caught me a little off guard. My preparedness clients had me scrambling to activate their emergency plans while I was trying to get my own going.

I’m well-prepared for ordinary disasters, but global ones overwhelm everything all at once. One day I’m planning a conference in Florida. The next day, everything is shutting down and people are going wild in the Toilet Paper Riots.

Now that we’re all settling in just a little and getting closer to a stable routine hopefully, I want to throw out a few ideas to maximize your time, for those of you that have downtime or need to find it. Depending on your segment and business, you might be busier than ever. I know I am.

Here’s a few ideas for the ultra-busy and those stuck at home with not as much to do.

Establish a daily routine. The advice is the same for quarantine as it is for military deployments, disasters, prison, etc. Routines help alleviate boredom, craziness, and panic. I’m establishing routines now that I plan on implementing even after this is all over.

Learn more. Now is the time to add continuing education into the mix. Take in and digest those videos, podcasts, and books you’ve put off for so long. Come out of this knowing more than you did going in. Now is the time to get that speaker or meeting planner credential you’ve been wanting.

Create quality family time. We’re all going to be spending more time at home with the family than before. This can get frustrating if you’re also working from home. Many of you are now forced into homescholing as well. Create quality time so that you don’t feel bad for the times you have to say, “Get away! You’re driving me crazy!”

Take some time for yourself at some point during the day. Don’t feel bad about private time. But you better carve that out or it won’t happen. Go ahead and pick a show you wanted to watch and corona-binge that sucker. I’m finally running through the Ray Donovan series myself.

Get outside. It may not be OK to go to a park or trail, but get outside somehow in a safe way. Inside all the time will drive you crazy. I’ve found that biking with a friend is an excellent way to practice social distancing and still get out.

Keep looking forward. I realize the year is shot. I went from a full slate of speaking and training engagements to nothing. Go ahead and plan next year. Book speakers. Line up venues. Plan everything with options for cancellations and get that in the contracts, but work as if next year will signal a return to normalcy.

That’s it. I’m done. Click play on Netflix and enjoy your show.

Dr. Dave, a speaker with no gigs (for now)

P.S. By the way, I am already booking next year. Call me.


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