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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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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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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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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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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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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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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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

Enjoy!

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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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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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A Special Message for Meeting and Event Planners

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Dear Meeting Planner,

I know you’re bombarded not only with planning your event, but also with a lot of requests to speak at that event. I’d like to do my best to be easy to work with and help you decide if I’m right for you or not.

Here are the top ten reasons to hire me…

  1. I look different.

Translation- The visual of my large beard, bald pate, and physically impressive frame engages the sense of sight along with hearing in my presentations and the audience is more apt to remember what the ‘big bearded guy said’ more so than many other speakers.

  1. I practice presentation Zen.

Translation- I won’t lull the audience to sleep with a boring slide show or a monotone voice.

  1. I’ll kick you into gear.

Translation- I find that motivation and inspiration are sometimes fleeting. I prefer to issue challenges that moves change from a thought to an action.

  1. I won’t picture you in your underwear.

Translation- That’s just gross. I’ll find another way to ease my own nervousness so that I can see the audience both as they are and as they want to be.

  1. I may burp, trip, or cry during my presentation.

Translation- I’m not perfect, and I don’t want to be. I find that audiences relate better to speakers who are real and genuine in what they’re talking about, instead of perfectly polished speakers with memorized note cards.

  1. I’ll educate you in relevant pop culture trivia.

Translation- With our constant access to media in so many ways, people absorb a tremendous amount of information from movies, television, books, and magazines. I enjoy using pop culture information to establish a link with the audience and enforce my points.

  1. I’m a superhero.

Translation- We all have a unique and particular superpower. Mine is to use my resources and analytical abilities to deliver a presentation that will ignite the superpowers of those in the audience.

  1. I’m a mad scientist.

Translation- I’m a certified genius, member of Mensa, have six college degrees, and read 50 books a year. I certainly don’t know everything, but I do aim to give what I know to others.

  1. I’m the most interesting man in the world.

Translation- At least my kids think I am. My DRD4 dopamine receptor gene is very healthy. The DRD4 is referred to by scientists as ‘the novelty gene’, which means that I am genetically gifted to seek out new things. I try just about everything, even if it scares the liquid out of me. I enjoy using my experiences to inspire and motivate people to try new and daring things.

  1. I’m done.

Translation- I have 42 more pages of why you should hire me, but I feel that the best speakers know when to cut it off.

 

Oh, wait…I have a BONUS reason- I’ll be a cheerleader for your event or company.

My social media kung fu is very strong. At a recent conference, my tweets and posts generated a lot of marketing value for the conference, even from people who did not attend but belonged to the same industry.

This included…

Over 83,000 people reached through retweets and shares. This doesn’t even include my own following of more than 19K people.

89 Likes

26 new Follows and Friends

I don’t charge extra for talking about your event. It’s just something I love to do.


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