Australian Journal: Epilogue

I flew out of Auckland in the best Qantas could offer, business class on a 747, no first class on the plane. But the seats were new, state-of-the-art, and reclined into full, flat beds. My neighbor in the adjoining seat, Phil, is a motor yacht captain, who was flying to Ft. Lauderdale to take the boat’s owner into the Caribbean. His wife is, as he called it, “chief stewardess” on the boat, so they travel together, but she was already …


Urgent, Useful Intelligence from Linkedin

Here is what I received today, as just one example, from linkedin. Can someone appreciate the great depth and usefulness of this stimulating, career-enhancing, business-generating value? The people mentioned are lovely, nice people. But, come on…. LinkedIn Network Updates Feb 18 – Feb 25 FEATURED UPDATES PROFILE Florian Kupfer is now Owner at Cenario Marketing CONNECTIONS Craig Anderson is now connected to Ronnie Lu , Peter Montague Walsh , and 1 other person. Lisa Anderson is now connected to DAVID …


Australian Journal Redux: New Zealand Day Eight

Well, it’s the long ride home. Wonderful dinner last night overlooking the lake at The Bathhouse, with Rob, Michael Sheargold, Libby, and me. I finally got to pick up a check. Rob is very generous, world class, but I had the angle on the waitress. Speaking of which, when I visited the men’s room, I saw the “vacant” sign, and went charging in, right into the arms of a lovely woman, done up like a donut. (Yes, a REAL woman.) …


Australian Journal Redux: New Zealand Days Six and Seven

Too cold and damp for the chopper. Breakfast overlooking the lake worked, however! Dinner in The Bunker with Rob and a small group, great talk. One participant said, “It was the best night of his life.” Must have been Libby’s charms, not me. Next day, a wonderful full day with the group, highlighted by afternoon role-plays on stage. Outstanding group of nearly 200 high achievers who are seeking to create more and more value for their clients. May be back …


Speaking with Alan

The most recent class (January 2009) of Speaking with Alan, the most intense program available for creating, practicing, and marketing a speech. The 2.5-day workshop is held at Alan’s home, and includes fine dining every night. Left to right (standing): Alan Weiss; Phil Symchych, Regina, Canada; Stuart Cross, Nottingham, England; (sitting): Kim Wilkerson, Cedar Rapids, IA; Ann Latham, Easthampton, MA; Lisa Hamaker, Bolton, MA; Jenny Schade, Evanston, IL. Click here for the next upcoming workshop.


Australian Journal Redux: Day Five/New Zealand Day Six

Finished a terrific workshop, great people, then a massage, then to St. Patrick’s Church, built in 1855. Finally, dinner with Libby at Quay Restaurant, overlooking the harbor. Next day we flew to Christchurch in New Zealand, but not before the Qantas computer system failed throughout all of Australia. We managed to finally get underway, had a long layover because of a late connection, but arrived in Queenstown barely an hour before the festivities began. Rob Nixon, one of my Million …


Australian Journal Redux: Day Four

Second wonderful day here, group is making terrific progress in ideas to dramatically expand and enlarge their businesses. Rob Nixon stopped by and he took Libby and me to Doyle’s on the beach in Watson’s Bay by water taxi. On the way back, a Jack Russell Terrier sat in the captain’s chair, while the three of us had beers on the aft deck. It seemed so right at the time. Last half-day tomorrow, some down time, then on to Queenstown, …


Australian Journal Redux: Day Three

We had a wonderful first day in Six to Seven Figures, my newest workshop. Wonderfully diverse group, engaged in the hard work required to change thinking processes, the key ingredient for major business growth. Dinner at Aria, the best meal I’ve ever had in Australia and one of the finest dinners I can recall anywhere: swordfish sashimi, and then a wonderful trout, accompanied by Chassagne Montrechet. Libby and I then walked to the Opera House to see Juliette Binoche (the …


Australian Journal Redux: Day two

An uneventful 14-hour flight, only five of us in first class. Qantas has improved both the quality of the pajamas and the softness of the beds! I slept for 8 hours. I try to have a quick dinner and read for two hours, sleep for 8, then write, read and have breakfast during the final 4. Dismal day, but clearing up, about 69°F and everyone apologizing for the weather. You can see in the photos the overcast when we landed. …


Australian Journal Redux: Day One

On Sunday I began thinking that my connection to Sydney in LAX today would be too tight, since LA was getting some turbulent weather. I called Amex Black Card, but they couldn’t come up with any good alternatives, and told me a flight out of New York which I found on my computer while talking with them would cost an additional $1500 (not that that was an issue). Ironically, Black Card boosts me to the top of all the private …