Are You An Expert Or Just Someone Talking?

I’m weary of people with a string of initials after their names and a ton of self-righteousness in their advice misinforming others that it takes six months of monk-like sabbatical to create an hour’s speech. If you’re truly an expert, you should be able to speak extemporaneously and entertainingly on your topic for an hour, handling questions and using examples. Period. If you need to prepare as though you’re launching a missile to Mars, then you’re self-centered and trying to get …


Guest Column: Three Key Ways to Help Your Heirs

Three Key Ways to Help Your Heirs   If you intend to pass on investments, real estate and/or business assets upon your death, remember that your loved ones will be dealing with complicated estate issues in a time of great grief and confusion. You can make their lives much easier and maximize the impact of your assets by clarifying what you have, where it is, and how you envision it being used.   Here are three ways you can greatly …


In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

• Why do they say a terrorist group “took responsibility” for a terrorist act? Why don’t they say that the group admitted guilt for murder? • A person who blows herself or himself up to kill others isn’t a “suicide bomber” but a “mass murderer.” • Telling me you’re unhappy with my opinions in a free newsletter makes me wonder who’re reading it to you. • I can watch old “Law and Order” episodes all day. They’re better than most …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 3/23/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: We are fond of pointing out that there is more power in our cell phones today than in the computers that first put a man on the moon. We’ve produced cars with over 1,000 horsepower, not because they’re useful for transportation, but because we can. Yet the power of the written word seems to have diminished, with a proliferation of publication without scrutiny over quality or even facts. The power of privacy is a distant memory, …


Ten Reasons Why You Can’t Fill Jobs, And What You Can Do To Change This

Ten Reasons Why You Can’t Fill Jobs, And What You Can Do To Change This By Roberta Matuson   It pains me to stand by and watch others continuously try to fill the same jobs day in and day out. I’ve reached the point where I can no longer sit back and be silent. Here are ten reasons you can’t fill jobs, and what you can do to change this. Your expectations are ridiculous. Requiring administrative personnel, such as receptionists …



Guest Column: Within Decay, Rebirth

“Within decay, there is rebirth.” by Dan Weedin This was a quote by a speaker whom I recently had the pleasure of hearing. He is the executive director of a beautiful public garden and forest reserve near my city, and he was describing a picture of a fallen tree in the reserve. I don’t recall the attribution of the quote, yet because the speaker used it so adroitly, it caught my attention.   Your business and career is constantly in …


Land of Opportunity

I was in Washington, DC last week and went for a manicure prior to my Million Dollar Consulting® Convention. The manicurist had an exotic look, and I asked where she was from. She told me, Afghanistan. I have a habit of knowing most of the world capitals, and use that to stimulate conversation. “Kabul?” I asked. “Yes!” she said, and explained how her parents had come here for more opportunity 20 years ago. I returned to the hotel by calling …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 3/16/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I learn more than anyone in the room when I teach, coach, consult, and facilitate, which is the only reason I continue to do so with such zest. My learning from the nearly 200 people at my Consulting Convention in Atlanta last week includes: Healthy people are optimistic and encouraging and we merely have to perpetuate that attitude in them. If you trust talented people to do a fine job and stay out of their business, …