Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/29/10

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

November 29, 2010—Issue #63 This week’s focus point: Success always trumps perfection. The elusive search for the ideal delays, deters, and distracts. Very few airline flights, surgeries, or performances are “perfect.” But most are successful. Focus your clients on the conditions that represent success, and focus yourself the same way. Otherwise, you’ll never “succeed enough,” because your standard is impossible to achieve. Monday Morning Perspective: I am a non-perfectionist. I don’t look back in regret or worry at what I …


I Am NOT Making This Up

If you scroll down you’ll find my post “From Freud to Roosevelt,” about winding up at Roosevelt Hospital on Wednesday when I had intended to be seeing the play “Freud” that night. Well, this from the New York Times this morning: The actor playing Freud in the play collapsed on stage during the Saturday performance and was rushed to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where he recovered. I wonder if we had the same doctor?


Selling Products When Speaking

There is not a thing wrong with selling products in conjunction with a speaking engagement. Here are some tips I’ve found effective: •        Give one of your products away while on the platform. I ask for a volunteer, reward them with “any book on my table over there,” and move on. You can also hold the book or tape up and present it at the moment. •        Have the introducer mention your products and how to acquire them while at …



For Car Aficionados

My new car is off the ship, through customs, and at the dealer. It is 621 HP, 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. Here is Bentley’s writeup: The Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible further strengthens Bentley’s supercar range, following the introduction of the Bentley Continental Supersports Coupé in 2009. The new Supersports Convertible, with the same 630PS (621bhp/463kW) twin-turbocharged W12 engine, is the fastest, most potent drop-top Bentley has ever built, offering the ultimate Bentley driving experience in the world’s most dramatic convertible. The …


From Freud to Roosevelt

We were supposed to have a lovely dinner in New York on Wednesday, prior to Thanksgiving with the family, and then catch the play “Freud.” Instead, I wound up at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. We left The Palace Hotel by limo and arrived for pre-theater dinner at Marea, one of our favorites. I was happily engaged with my fusilli and octopus when I felt a flash of heat. I have been battling a cold, and have been through five time …