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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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Secret Hack to Sell More Books on Amazon

I’m betting that most of my readers are either already authors, want to be authors, or know someone close who fits either category. If you’re in the first group, try this hack and you’ll see it pushes extra sales your way. If you know an author, feel free to forward this on to them.

  • It doesn’t matter if your book is already published or not yet launched, you can still use this hack.
  • If you’ve already done the first steps, skip ahead as needed.
  • If you need help, get in touch. I can help at any step from publishing to marketing.
  1. Get your book ready to publish to Kindle and Amazon print (formerly Createspace).
  2. Hit that button and publish it! Get this done first so you’re not waiting on proofs and edits. Wait until your book is live and for sale before you move to step two.
  3. Sign up for the Amazon Associates affiliate program. This way all the links you send out point back to you and Amazon pays you extra money on any sales that come from you.
  4. Copy the link to your book and add it to your Works inventory database. If you don’t have one set up yet, you really need to get in touch.
  5. Find a hot-selling book that just came out, is coming out soon, or hit it big for some reason. Old books come back all the time when a TV show or movie comes out, e.g. The Handmaid’s Tale. Get the link to it.
  6. Put together a sheet of instructions and send it to everyone you know. Have all the necessary links in the instructions. (If you want a detailed tip sheet with these instructions, message me back.)
  7. Tell them to type in the link to your book on Amazon and add the book to their cart. They don’t have to buy it.
  8. Type in the link to the other hot-selling book you researched and add it to their cart.
  9. If they want to buy either book, perfect! You just made a sale. But they don’t have to buy. They can just let it sit in the cart until the end of time or go back in and empty the cart.
  10. Your book will now be more likely to show up along with the best-selling book anytime someone searches for either one. Because of the association effect you’ll grab a few of the customers who are buying the other book.

Hope this makes you a ton of money! Do me a favor if it does. Once you hit a benchmark- $1000 in a day, one of the Amazon best-seller lists, or your own personal goal, send me an autographed copy.

Here’s a concrete example. Bear in mind, by the time you read this, I’ll have more recent ones as well.

A buddy of mine and former Marine Paul Yurkin published Memoirs of a Security Contractor a couple of years ago. Mat Best, spec ops veteran, security contractor, and owner of Black Rifle Coffee, also released his memoir Thank You for My Service. Both books are very similar in tone and story.

The difference- Because of his coffee and wildly popular Youtube videos Mat has a monstrous following, and his book skyrocketed to several best-seller lists. If Paul’s book shows up on the suggested products from Amazon, he’s liable to make sales as well. It’s a perfect book to associate with because it carries the same customer base.

It gets even better. Because Mat owns Black Rifle, both Mat and Paul’s books are liable to show up when customers search for Black Rifle Coffee.

Here’s a funny catch. I was going to read Mat’s book much later after used ones show up on Amazon. While working on the links for this newsletter, I went ahead and ordered a brand-spankin’ new hardback copy. It’s proof the hack works, because it sold me unintentionally.

I’d love to hear any success stories based on this.

Take care,
Dr. Redbeard


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Memoirs of a Security Contractor by Paul Yurkin Book Review

Awesome book about my buddy Paul Yurkin’s time over in Afghanistan training police forces in country.

Here’s the review-

Find it on Amazon right here-
https://amzn.to/2KXpAV8

 


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Best Practices no. 124- Advice from a Guy Who Works with Conference Celebs

Last time I talked about using celebs to boost attendance at conferences, so this week I thought I’d talk with a guy who works WITH the celebs. Just don’t call him an Agent (you’ll see why later).

Here’s Rikki at a convention with actor Brian O’Halloran from Clerks.

I met Rikki Adams a few years back at X-Con, a pop culture convention in Myrtle Beach SC. As we were both there for a number of years, we got to know each other pretty well. You might also remember X-Con was also mentioned in a previous interview with Robin Roberts, the founder of X-Con.

Rikki quickly progressed in the convention scene from a volunteer to a fulltime job. As a matter of fact, he’s booked almost every single weekend this year working conventions. As he works professionally year-round in the industry, he has a lot to offer. To avoid inundating you with a monstrous e-mail, I’ll break his interview down into several segments.

For now, I’ll let him tell you about his best experiences working conventions. Here’s Rikki-

It was definitely XCON. I considered it a mid-sized CON.  The volunteers were local and we all knew each other as friends. Being friends helped because it made us care about the big picture, which was to ensure everyone had a good time, including the clients.

Everyone was assigned duties based on their strengths.  There were also a lot of activities just for the volunteers and awards given out at the end for those that went above and beyond. I remember one year the award went to the guy that volunteered to clean up the vomit in the bouncy house. He actually volunteered to clean it up. Another nice thing  about XCON was the after dinner. There were two. One for the clients and one for the volunteers. It was nice touch.

I enjoy the bigger cons, but I tend to lean towards a smaller ones because they’re more intimate.

I can’t really say there has been a “worst experience” as a volunteer.  I was just happy to be there. The only time it gets bad is when there is someone in charge, and they do not know what they are doing.
At XCON we would meet throughout the year before the show and discuss our assignments. By the time the show starts, we all know what is expected and are able to handle the unexpected.  And if we couldn’t, we knew who to contact for guidance.

You don’t see this a big cons. There are so many people involved and sometimes it would take an hour just to find the right person to talk to.

After working two shows as a volunteer I was officially signed on with ZSC entertainment.  I would be called as an agent or handler…but I am neither.  We are assistants to the agent. Handlers are volunteers that get assigned to assist us.  I am OK with being called a handler, but it does offend others within this group.

When someone’s intros me as an agent, I correct them because the agent is the boss and has a lot more responsibilities than I. I would never want my boss to think that I was trying to pretend I was her. So as long as I am not referred to as an agent, I am OK.

We’ll hear more of Rikki’s story in future newsletters. He has a lot of advice for vendors, speakers, and promoters.

Until then, I’ll leave you with this, Brian O’Halloran cutting off Rikki’s ponytail at X-Con to give you an idea of the steps Rikki goes through to keep his clients and the audience happy.

Thanks for tuning in,
Dr. Redbeard, a speaker who has no hair for Brian to chop off

For information on booking me as a speaker, click HERE.

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Couches are Repositories for Butt Sweat and Farts (no. 82)

Most life coaches and motivational speakers will act like everything is perfect. Sure, they’ll tell you about a past time when they hit a few roadblocks. As a matter of fact, it’s the main theme or story in most keynotes. But the bad stuff is always in the past, never the present or even the recent past.

Not me.

I’d rather tell you about how I screw up or when things go wrong. That way you can glean some lessons from it. Like a good parent, it’s my job to help you recover from or avoid the same mistakes I make.

You know, like the time last year I busted my head open climbing on an old abandoned train.

Let’s talk about couches. Most of them are pretty gross. When I visit people’s homes, I always angle for the hard furniture, like a dining room chair, and not the soft cushiony stuff. Basically, couches are repositories for years of butt sweat and farts. Those things get trapped in the fibers and soak into your clothes when you sit down.

Let me tell you about my couch. Here it is by the dumpster.

It’s gross.

It’s got all the adult smells plus 15 years with 5 kids. That means 15 years of kid farts, poop accidents, puke, and pee-throughs times five.

It was time for a new couch a long time ago, so what were we waiting for?

Here’s the success story part of the message. We just got completely out of debt, including the mortgage and cars, using the principles from Dave Ramsey. Then we budgeted $1500 for a new couch and saved up the money to pay cash for it. Even better, we found a great one at Costco for only $1000.

We wanted something like THIS, but it just didn’t fit the budget, and we’re okay with that.

Boom! We got a new couch with that new couch smell and no stains. Also, with only one kid still in diapers, the stains and smells will decrease greatly.

Here’s the lessons from this story:

  • Don’t sit on other people’s couches unless you know them well.
  • Get out of debt.
  • Any speaker or coach with a 100% perfect life is full of crap.
  • Don’t ever take a used couch from anyone.
  • Save up cash and go buy a new couch.
  • If you want to sit on my couch, visit soon while it’s new.

Thanks!
Dr. Redbeard

PS: Send me photos of your couches. You can see ours and some fun in the video HERE.

PSS: The absolute best thing about a new couch- huge boxes to make forts out of!

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