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Who wants a free way to get more business?

Here’s an idea I wanted to pass along to all of you, my friends, that should help with getting more leads, business, and website views. It’s a low cost (meaning pretty much FREE) thing you can do.

I’m not sure what type of work all of you are in, although I know many of you are in similar fields as me. Whatever you do, I’m sure you can adapt this somehow to your field.

Although my business cards and bio often list me as an adventurer, pioneer, or beard expert, the core of my income comes from three sources- speaking (keynote and training), coaching/consulting, and books I’ve written.

*If you’re curious about this, feel free to check me out on my website to see more about how I do this.

I’ll reveal more business tips later, but the one I want to focus on today I call The Resources Page.

In my speaking I always mention a resource page near the end. It’s usually a blog post, and I forward an easy-to-remember custom domain name to it. One of mine is ConferenceSpecials.com. During the lecture I mention the attendees can go there to deep dive for more information, read up more on my sources, buy my books, and get in touch with me. I almost always offer a free gift as well. It’s usually one of my books or a resource that applies to what I’ve talked about.

I usually just do these as blog posts and leave them up there indefinitely. That way, people can always come back to it, pass it on, or folks who never saw the lecture might find it on a search for the topic.

By following this simple tactic, I’ve used this activity to accomplish several key things…

  • I provide more value.
  • I give them a reason to check out my website.
  • I’m offering them a bonus free gift.
  • I up my chances of getting more clients or selling more books after the presentation (and sometimes during!).

Check out one of my pages that I created for an emergency medicine conference HERE.

I know there’s a million ways this could be done by using paid services, easier clicks, or other apps, but I’ve found this to be an easy simple way to do it. If you want to throw in some of the more complicated ways that’ll cost you more later, go ahead and do that. I always recommend starting easy first.

I hope this helps you in your business. If you want to get in touch and brainstorm how to make this work for your particular industry, drop me a line. I’d love to talk.

Dr. Redbeard
Adventurer, Pioneer, Father of Five (Also Speaker, Author, and Coach)

PS…I always love taking a selfie before the room I’m speaking in fills up.


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It is Summer, my AC is Broken, and I am Melting

What stuff are you putting off too long?

The AC in my car is broken. It has been that way for about 4 years now. I just cannot bring myself to fix it. Because of the broken part and where it is deep inside the dash just past the Black Gate of Mordor, it is a $1500 fix.

Somewhere past that gate is my broken car AC.

Every time I think about fixing it, I wait too long, the weather cools down, and it seems unnecessary. I am writing this right now in the middle of the summer in South Carolina. It’s 98 degrees outside and about 4 billion percent humidity. I want to fix it really bad right now.

But the summer is almost over.
But it costs $1500 bucks
But I need to tough it out
But it is not that bad if I drive really fast with the windows down

The excuses win, and I say I will wait until next summer.

Some of you might be thinking I just need to tough it out or maybe you went without AC for a long time and it did not kill you. Well, that is you.

I am a certified ginger. Heat and sun are my Kryptonite. I have climbed mountains, rucked for days in the Marines, and run 2 marathons. I can handle stress, trouble, and pain. But in the heat, I melt. I do it in stages too. Sweat, turn beet red, and then melt into a puddle leaving a nasty stain where even my sweet caramel core melts down.

Put your Ben and Jerry ice cream in the microwave for 2 minutes and watch it. That is me.

So, what big thing are you making excuses about or willing to endure the pain of?

I am seriously gettng personal and asking this. I know you have something.

Marital counseling
Starting your business
Quitting a job
Having kids

What are you putting off?

If I can help you look at things and make that decision, get in touch.

Thanks,

Dr. Dave the Decision Instigator

PS- In my book Becoming a Turtle about my solo expedition across North America I talk about how I used the windows down-AC off method to determine the need for showers. Check it out!


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Help Wanted- I’m Looking for a Doctor Who Companion

I’m Seeking a Companion

That might sound weird to some of you, so let me explain.

I’m seeking a companion in the sense of the Doctor Who use of that term. If you already know what I’m talking about, and you’re interested, you might be a shoe-in for the job. If you’re not sure what a companion is, you’re not completely out of the running, but you might need to educate yourself before applying.

Here’s a couple of good links to check out if you need more information-

What is a companion?

Who are past Doctor Who companions?

I’m seeking a companion who will fulfill a variety of roles, but primarily that of assistant, friend, and fellow adventurer. You won’t be the first companion I’ve had, but it’s time for a new one.

The duties of a companion will depend on the skills and strengths of the person chosen. Past companions were geniuses in their own areas. One was a computer graphics master and designed everything from signs to logos and book covers. Another was a fitness trainer who co-authored exercise articles with me.

Companions stay with me as long as their time is mutually beneficial for both of us. Some move on to the next phase of their lives. Others use their time with me to enhance their resumes and level up in their careers. Basically, companions assist me in multiplying my efforts, and it pays handsomely  for them as well.

Here are a few examples of activities and adventures companions have embarked on with me over the years-

  • Writing more than a dozen books and over 500 magazine and newspaper articles, many of them co-authored with full shared credit
  • Organizing logistics and participating in mountain climbing expeditions
  • Speaking to audiences of up to 1000’s of people at conference keynotes
  • Accompanying me on speaking and book tours or other expeditions
  • Starring in movie or television roles with me

There is no standard formal application for companion. If you’re interested, get in touch with me at drdave@redteamgoals.com and we’ll talk.

Here’s a sample list of what I need most right now in case your skillset or desires fit…

  • Licensing my artwork and that of others I own or control to other companies
  • Formatting and publishing electronic and print books
  • Opening up new streams of income from works I’ve already developed, such as online courses
  • Photoshop graphic work beyond my chimpanzee in a china shop level of skill
  • Building online sales funnels

Depending on what you do, much of the work can be done from a remote work location.

To borrow a page from Tim Ferriss and one of his help wanted applications, much of what follows next is modified from him…

PERKS

* You’d be working behind the curtains on high-profile projects. You’ll see all of my projects first, and get to play a critical role in their creation and launch.

* I will ask your advice and look to you for original ideas, new experiments, and more.

* You will also be invited to spend time with the most impressive people in my network. In fact, that would be part of your job.

* I might send you great coffee, there will be strange assignments, and you get to work with a weirdo. That’s me. There won’t be a lot of boredom.

DOWNSIDES

Alas, I still prefer the Shackleton approach to job descriptions. Being my Managing Editor will not be easy. Rewarding? Definitely. Exciting at many times? Absolutely. Easy? Not likely. Think of it like a professional sports team.  I’m not going to haze you or anything stupid, but my content works because I take it very, very seriously. We’re here to create posts that are more valuable (traffic-wise) two years after publication than the week we put them out. We want epic content that gets linked to by “real” media all over the world. If you have the right personality for it, you’ll love this. But…

Here are some fair expectations:

* I’m an unrelenting perfectionist. If you’re not the same, it will probably make you insane.
* I live and die by deadlines. They are absolutely sacred, and I am merciless about this.
* You will need to be self-directed and very self-organized. Besides inflexible deadlines, I won’t provide a lot of structure. I assume you’re bringing a lot of your own process and best practices.
* You need good mental and physical stamina, and you MUST have the discipline to “turn off” and recharge during off hours. You should have a regular exercise regimen or activities for decompressing.

I hope to hear from the right person soon.

Thanks!

Dr. Dave


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Stop Whining and Start a Revolution

Category : Level Up

I always liked seeing this bumper sticker, but I don’t like it anymore. It used to inspire me, but then I started seeing it everywhere. I’d see it on cars surrounded by the usual complement of other stickers that likely came from the same vape shop. You know, the “CoExist” sticker with all the religious symbols, some type of legalize marijuana sticker, and at least one sticker about saving some animal or another.

I’m all for the not whining part, but the other part just doesn’t work anymore. Think about it, if people actually started a revolution every time they got insulted or butt hurt, then we’d be exactly…where we are now. There’s a new revolution around every corner, and most of them involve a lot of whining on social media and a whole lot of people who fall smack into the “I’m a victim too” mob mentality. I’ve quit watching the news and stopped following people who only ever talk about things they’re never willing to do anything about. It’s made me so much happier and more stress free.

Here’s the thing. Revolution really is needed sometimes. I’m talking about that in the most general of terms too. It’s needed in your business, in your family life, in our country, and in everything from your morning routine to how you sleep at night. So many things need sudden and specific changes.

I’d love to help you do that, whether it’s through my coaching or my lectures. If I can help, get in touch.

For now, I’d like to leave you with a few things that might help your revolution…

1. Watch this video- How Many People Does It Take to Start a Revolution. If you really do want to start something real, maybe this will help.

2. Decide what you want to change. Be very specific. It’s like picking a niche for your business. Me, I want to change how young boys become men in our American culture. That’s why I wrote Rite of Passage- Initiating Your Son in Adulthood. I guess you could consider it my manifesto for a revolution.

3. Write a manifesto. Don’t be all Unabomber on this thing. I’m just saying that you need to concisely write out what you’re doing, why, and the desired result in a way that helps you build support. Chris Guillebeau wrote one that’s an excellent example. You can download it free right HERE.

4. Let me know about it. If you have a valid revolution you’re starting from something personal to world-changing, and you’ve followed the steps above, I’d love to hear about it. I may even help promote it through my channels.

Until then, stop whining and get to work on your revolution.

Dr. Dave, Your revolution maestro


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Can Taking Photos of Trash Change Your World?

Category : Coaching

I recently came across an article about a janitor at a U.S. border crossing processing and detention facility. The article made me both incredibly sad and angry at the same time on so many different levels. The janitor, who was also a photographer, starting taking and photographing the seized and trashed belongings of migrants coming into the United States.

Now, before this gets political in your mind, I beg you to consider a different point-of-view. I’m not trying to change your mind on how you feel about walls, borders, immigrants, the President, or any of that stuff. You don’t know my opinion on this, and I’m not revealing it here. I want you to consider the people side of things and think about it in terms of your own life and business.

1. Are there things you need to shed in your life to make a positive change? I’m not really a minimalist. I live more on the side of an essentialist philosophy in life. Have only the possessions you absolutely need or love. These folks show up with little and leave with even less.

2. Is there a place you want to be or a journey you need to take where it’s worth giving up EVERYTHING to do it? Immigrants and refugees are willing to do this, usually for safety or a better life. Are you?

3. Are there policies, practices, or habits in place that keep you from doing the right thing when you need to? The janitor may likely get into trouble with the government for exposing their practices in this. They take everything and simply throw it away. Even cash, toilet paper, Bibles, and other essentials. This simply dehumanizes people who get processed into America.

I’ve toured the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC several times, and one of the most emotionally draining displays there for me was gazing upon piles of items taken from Jews who were processed into concentration camps. I’m not comparing the two events, but simply the practice. In that respect, I help a lot of clients that sometimes have policies and rules in place that dehumanize their customers and turn them into numbers. If you think I’m making that up, try calling your local Internet or phone provider for something. Tell me if you feel like a valued customer when you’re done. It pains me to see small businesses do this.

I want you to go read the article on the janitor right HERE. If the link is broken, just Google “Janitor Preserves the Seized Belongings of Immigrants”.

Let the emotion of it sink in.

Then I want you to sit back and ponder my words above and how this man’s actions can make you a better person or business owner.

If I can help you on your journey, reach out.

Dr. Dave



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EMS Pro Convention Resources

Welcome!

This blog post is for attendees of the 2018 EMS Pro Convention in Connecticut.

*If you didn’t attend, but come across this page otherwise, you are still more than welcome to the resources.

The Future of EMS FREE Book Offer…

If you’re interested in a Kindle or paperback copy of my book The Future of EMS, click HERE. The FREE offer for a Kindle version is only good the week of the symposium, so if you’re clicking any other time, it is still available, just not for free.

If you want a FREE PDF copy of it, just sign up for the e-mail list HERE or in the box on the right side of the page. I’ll send it right over.

For any of the resources I mentioned during my seminars, just check below…

 

550 Teambuilding

Team of Teams by Gen Stanley McChrystal

Who’s on Your Fire Team? by Dr. David Powers

The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander by Pete Blaber

Marine Rifle Squad by United States Marine Corps

Boy Scout Merit Badge Class- Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Merit Badge Workbook by the Boy Scouts of America

Crime Prevention by Stephen Lab

 

Boy Scout Merit Badge Class- Fire Safety

Fire Safety Merit Badge Workbook by the Boy Scouts of America

Principles of Fire Prevention by David Diamantes

 

Boy Scout Merit Badge Class- Medicine

Medicine Merit Badge Workbook by the Boy Scouts of America

The Greatest Benefit to Mankind by Roy Porter


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10 Things I Want You to Have in Life

There are 10 things I want you to have in life. It doesn’t matter if it’s from your spouse, your boss, or the person who checks you out at Wal Mart, you should have these things, and your experiences should all lead toward these things.

This list is actually derived from one I did for my coaching practice to help guide my clients. You may not be one of my clients (yet!), but the items are still valid for so many areas of life.

Print this out. Tape it to your mirror. Stick it to the fridge.

Start expecting these things to happen for you as you work toward them. Expect the best out of people and believe that your interactions will help you get closer to this list. Not only that…you should also be the person that makes this happen for others.

Here it is…

10 Things I Want for My Coaching Clients

1. To find pleasure and joy from their personal and business lives.
2. To live a life without regret.
3. To be an active member in their own lives instead of feeling like life is just passing them by.
4. To develop a clear picture of their past and present and create a hopeful one of their future.
5. To be profitable and debt free without working all the time.
6. To experience proper relationships by building new ones and possibly ending some older ones.
7. To help them exceed their dreams.
8. To show them how fun and rewarding work can be.
9. To build a legacy for the future.
10. To be an encouragement to others by being an example of the awesomeness that life has to offer.

If you want a nice printable version of this, just join my subscriber list, and I’ll send one right over. As a special gift to my subscribers, I’ll even personalize the title for you. Depending on your stage in life, you could do something like…

10 Things I Want for My Kids
10 Things I Want for My Investing Clients
10 Things I Expect from Others

Thanks,

Dr. Redbeard


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My Experiences with the Pinhole Gum Surgery- 3 Weeks After

This is a departure from my usual leadership and awesomeness fare, in a post that will delve into my personal life more.

I just had a pinhole operation done on my gums last week. Before the surgery when I was doing my due diligence and looking it up, reading about it, and looking at alternatives I found plenty of information about the operation itself, but none from patients. All of it was from the point-of-view of the dentists.

I thought I’d put my own experience out there so others could judge for themselves and know what’s what with the procedure.

Even though this post might be dated when a reader finds it, the information will be even better because I’ll have a longer experience to refer to. If anyone has questions, be sure to ask.


The biggest news to update…I can drink Mountain Dew again, so I stocked up! The rest you can see on the video.



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What’s the Best Way to Break a Promise?

I had to break a promise to my kids the other day. Have you ever had to do that? Or maybe break a promise to a client?

Is there a best way to do that?

Me and my wife gave a neat present to each of our kids for Christmas last year. It was a weekend trip of their choosing. You can see from the picture below what it was. Basically, we typed up some specs, gave them a map for reference, and wrapped each one’s sheet of paper in a box or bag.

They thought it was pretty cool. Like enterprising kids can be, they started plotting how to join their trips together for a longer trip somewhere further away. My two older boys were scouting out the middle of Florida where we could do a bunch of freediving in freshwater caves, play with alligators, and go mountain biking.

Then, all of a sudden, we had to take it all away. Our whole family just got on the Dave Ramsey plan to get out of debt and some big bills came due to get our house ready to sell. We could no longer afford the trip without stacking more debt on the credit cards, and we couldn’t justify doing that.

We sat the kids down and explained things to them. The older ones understood because they listen to Dave Ramsey a lot, but the younger ones just feel jipped for losing their Christmas gift. I feel crappy too. I feel like I just handed them a new toy, let them play with it for a minute, and then took it away so I could smash it with a hammer in front of them.

I guess what I’m saying is this. There’s no good way to break a promise. It’s like a pulling a tooth. If you don’t have to do it, don’t. If you have to do it, do it fast and get it over with. If you can find an alternative, do that.

So, what about you? What promises have you ever had to break and how did you do it?

Dr. Dave

PS…I just released a new book on using science fiction for education. I originally produced it under contract for a publisher, but it’s been cleared for me to release it on my own now. You can find it HERE if you’re interested.


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My Experiences with the Pinhole Gum Surgery- 1 Week After

This is a departure from my usual leadership and awesomeness fare, in a post that will delve into my personal life more.

I just had a pinhole operation done on my gums last week. Before the surgery when I was doing my due diligence and looking it up, reading about it, and looking at alternatives I found plenty of information about the operation itself, but none from patients. All of it was from the point-of-view of the dentists.

I thought I’d put my own experience out there so others could judge for themselves and know what’s what with the procedure.

Even though this post might be dated when a reader finds it, the information will be even better because I’ll have a longer experience to refer to. If anyone has questions, be sure to ask.

Prior to the Procedure-

I actually delayed this thing for months because I just wasn’t keen on an operation in my mouth. I hate anything to do with dentists, mainly because I’ve had a few horrible experiences to taint my view of anything dentistry-related.

I finally did it because I wanted the majority of the healing to be over with before I travelled to a couple of high profile keynote speaking opportunities.

My dentist was great on advising me about the procedure and the aftercare, which is quite extensive, with the exception of one thing. She didn’t tell me beforehand about the no soft drinks thing. This floored me when she told me after the procedure. Instead of weaning myself down (i.e. drinking a 12 pack of Mountain Dew the day before!!!), I had to go cold turkey.

Hint- buy this one week prior and enjoy with my blessing.

I have a weak bladder when I’m nervous (i.e. at the dentist), so I overhydrated the day before and drank almost nothing the morning before the operation. The procedure lasts about 2 hours, and there’s no getting up to go pee pee once she starts.

Mine was scheduled after lunch, which worked great. Consider it a last solid meal for a while kind of thing. Whenever you schedule your procedure, eat a big meal first. You won’t want to eat for a while.

During the Procedure-

My dentist has those cool noise cancelling headphones for patients. That and two episodes of Property Brothers got me through most of the operation. However, if you can go the full sedation route, do it.

During the procedure, there was a lot of grinding, tearing, and ripping kind of noises, which pretty much raised my stress level. A couple of times, she pretty much lifted my head up off the chair pulling on my gums. The noises aren’t that bad, as long as you don’t mind the kind of noises that are on the Saw movies while people are being torn apart.

The procedure itself didn’t hurt too bad. Not as bad as a sharp stick in the eye, as Jack Reacher often quips.

After the Procedure-

Afterward, it hurt like hell. I’ve been in a lot of fights in my years, and I’m talking full on people-trying-to-kill-me fights with my time in the Marines and Homeland Security. My face felt worse after this than any of them. A week later and  I can’t touch that side of my face without wincing.

My face is still really swollen, and if I didn’t have my legendary fierce red beard to cover it up, you’d see bruising all over. This is me prior to the surgery all flowers and happiness…

I’ve not eaten on the right side of my mouth for a week, which limits what I can eat and how big my bites are. I can’t eat anything crunchy or sticky for a long time, so it’s mostly soups and tofu for me.

Facial movements are really inhibited because I can’t stretch the gum area until it heals longer. That means no popping my jaw, spitting, blowing on anything, laughing, or even working out. If I grimace or smile too big, I’m afraid my face might fall off. I feel like a really grumpy looking robot.

Oh yeah, no soft drinks for a long time either. Did I already say that? Oh well, it bears repeating.

The Results-

The dentist showed me pictures of the before and after shots. She did this because I’m not even supposed to look at it. Pulling my lip down to look will stretch the gum. Do you know how hard it is not to look now that she told me not to? It’s crazy unbearable. It’s like when the guy at a restaurant tells you the plate’s hot.

The pics looked good though. My gum area on that side was recessed really bad, mainly because I’m such a crazy strong brusher, and I’m left-handed. Now it looks like it should.

I’m getting used to the new eating protocols. The way I look at it, I’ll probably shed a few pounds, in the sense that you usually lose about 10 pounds if you get the flu. I’ll lose my ten because my face hurts, and I can’t eat.

With all that said, the whole thing isn’t unbearable. It’s better than a tooth implant as far as I can tell. If my gums got much worse, I might’ve lost three teeth because of the exposed roots and such.

I’ll continue to update this series of posts as time goes on, and the healing continues. In case you’d like to hear me talking after the procedure, check out my video explanation below.

Your non-smiling friend Dr. Dave


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