Leave A Message At the Tone, Period

Tweet rom the Aer Lingus first class lounge, Boston: In the limo coming up here I find that I have a phone message left for me after 5 pm on Friday. It’s from someone on the West Coast requesting I provide something for a chapter newsletter, since I’ll be speaking there in March. I’m happy to do this. But the message is left after my business hours during a weekend. When I call back today to leave a return message, …


John Updike

Tweet Ironically enough, on a day in which the New York Times runs an article highlighting the popularity of vanity publishing—self-publishing a book—which on average generates sales of 150 books in total, per author, it also dutifully records the death of one of our greatest men of letters, John Updike, who has sold millions of books to a public thirsty for his work. As a junior at Rutgers studying creative writing, my instructor told us to choose one author and …


Spend A Day With Alan and Get A Charitable Tax Deduction

Tweet People often come to my home to spend a day to talk in depth about their business and life. Depending on a range of factors, that fee is typically $9,500 to $15,000. I’m seeking to raise money for the Newport International Film Festival (I did a similar thing for Festival Ballet about two years ago). Place your bid on the commentary to this notice (starting bid is $2,500). We will track them for two weeks, until noon, Eastern U.S. …


Alanism – The evolving collection of Alan’s Apothegms.

Tweet Get the straw out of your teeth and get out of the cornfield. Big fish die in small ponds. When you are 80% done, then move. The final 20% is dysfunctional. Aim for success, not perfection. Tell the audience what they need to know, not everything that you know. Talk the walk. Wealth is discretionary time. Only the gifted few can wing it (and if you’re wondering who they are, you’re not one of them). You can always make …



New Opportunities

Tweet People are nagging me so I’ve caved: There will be another session of the workshops “Zero to 300K” AND “From Six Figures to Seven” on May 19-20 (2 days) and May 27-29 (2.5 days), respectively. These will be on my web site in the next couple of days, but you can register directly with me via email (bentleygtc@summitconsulting.com). The first ten people in 0-300 will have dinner with me at one of my favorite places the first night of …


Warning on Speakers Bureaus

Tweet Top speakers often circulate among them the names of speakers bureaus which act unethically, don’t pay, renege on promises, and so on. One of the worst offenders is someone named Thom Lisk. I want to warn anyone who speaks professionally, especially new people, to steer clear of him. Here is a typical piece of his spam sent to me today, although I’ve asked to be removed from all mailings and he’s repeatedly promised to do so. Note the lie …


Alaina Arrives Home!!

Tweet I’m pleased to announce (really happy as hell, I should say) that our second granddaughter came home from the hospital today, having successfully completed her car seat test, hearing test, and, apparently, SATs (tough hospital). Both girls are now home and settling in. Maria and I, and our daughter and son-in-law, want to thank all of you for your prayers, wishes, and support. In the near future, I’ll announce when, Maria and I are having a mass said for …


From Zero to $300,000

Tweet I’ve just concluded this two-day workshop, which went extremely well. I’m being asked to schedule another. I need at least a dozen people to commit, no deposits, just an expression of interest subject to final dates, probably late spring or early fall. If you are interested (or know who might be and want to alert them) drop a line to alan@summitconsulting.com. We plan to videotape this one if we do it. Thank you.


You Mean I’m A Thought Leader for Only $5,000?

Tweet I’ve just received an “invitation” accompanied by a cheap serving dish made in China. I’m invited, as a “thought leader,” to something called SANG in Las Vegas. When you go to the web site you find the usual suspects have organized this, all the “hot shot” marketing stuff promising you’ll make $40 million in the ensuing 15 minutes. All that for $5,000 or so, and let’s hope the refreshment breaks are good. The invitation, a card sent with the …