Behind the Scenes on My Speaking Tour

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Behind the Scenes on My Speaking Tour

I get a lot of questions about my travel routine when I’m on a speaking tour, mainly because of all the adventures in between speaking events, so I thought I’d post a rough itinerary of how our normal trips go.

All the times listed below are only approximate. This is just the usual routine, but everything is subject to whimsy, curiosity, and adventure. All my trips are usually me and one up to five kids and my wife.

0700 hrs- Become awoke and go find morning sustenance. This is usually either the free hotel breakfast, a smoothie made in my small mixer, or a protein shake. Food for us on trips is purely for fuel, unless we’re stopping to eat out at a neat local joint we come across.

0900 hrs- Ignite the Max Rockatansky Pursuit Special and hit the road looking for adventure in a roundabout route toward a specific destination, avoiding interstates as much as possible.


*Disclaimer- Not really my car pictured above, but you get bonus points if you know where it’s from.

Three goals for the day-

  1. Find enough adventure to milk the crap out of life. For us, this is usually hiking, museums, battlefields, or random tourist stops like the world’s biggest ball of yarn or whatever.
  2. Listen to cool audiobooks for mental adventure. Right now I’m listening to Command Authority by Mark Greaney featuring characters created by Tom Clancy.
  3. Work and School. If any of the kids are with me, we do work and school while driving through boring spots. They do as much work as they can en route to avoid doing ‘homework’ in the night’s lodging. I also have them take dictation for me. I’ve dictated entire short stories, articles, and memos to my kids while driving. All I have to do is edit and proofread them later. This also saves me some time later at the lodging.

1700 hrs- Start looking for lodging. We usually stay in hotels. Because we have small vehicles with very little room or a minivan with ALL the kids in it, there just isn’t room  to camp out often. Camping also takes time to set up, more time than it takes to check into a hotel room.  To get the most out of both the trip and working as effectively as possible, i.e. getting a lot done in little time, we prefer hotels. I milk the reward points on these and get a lot of perks and/or free nights.

1800 hrs- Check in, carry bags in, and go swimming or hit the gym. After physical exercise of some kind, sit down and eat supper in the room while watching home improvement shows or Guy Fieri cooking shows on cable TV. We don’t have cable at home, and this is a guilty pleasure. Suppers are usually Mountain House pouches. My favorite right now is the beef stroganoff.

After supper I work more, check e-mails, and create more awesomeness to spread out into the world for a few hours, all the while with the aforementioned TV shows on in the background.

0000 I usually lay down for bed around midnight and read until I conk out, drop the book on my face, and lose my place.

Thanks!
Dr. Redbeard the Wanderer

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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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.


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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Are You Living Life Forward?

My good friend Kent Julian has a business that revolves around living life forward. As a matter of fact, it’s called Live It Forward. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, he expresses it as “empowering you to move from dream to do”. I’ve known him for a number of years, and he not only teaches others to do it but lives it in his own life.

Well, guess what? This year will be the inaugural launch of his new Live It Forward Advance conference!

It’s going to be a blast, and I’ve already bought my ticket to go. But here’s why I’m telling you right now. Kent is big on giving out BONUS stuff, so I’d like to offer you a bonus for attending Kent’s event with me…

  1. Sign up now and you get early bird pricing.
  2. Use my coupon code “drdavid” and save a few bucks even off the early bird.
  3. Let me know you used my code, and I’ll give you a copy of one of my ‘super duper awesome’ books when we meet at the conference.

If you’re someone I already know, that’s wonderful! If you’re someone I don’t know, and you’re using my code, what an awesome way to make new friends at a Live It Forward conference.

I hope to see you there!

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

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Live It Forward Advance Conference (don’t forget to use the coupon code!)

PS…Check it out! Kent and I even go to the same barber. He’s the shiny one on the left.

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