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What do You do for Fun or with Your Spouse to Stay Connected and Refreshed?

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It was a God Thing

So how about a God thing tonight?  5+ yrs ago, Kevin Miles came in to my life and I watched from afar as a man chased a vision God gave him to start Go the Distance Ministries. Their purpose is to help men and women: Recover their PASSION, Find and live their PURPOSE, Restore their Hearts to live in FREEDOM and Enjoy LIFE in God. This past weekend I accepted Kevin’s invitation to participate in Hearts Alive & Free in Michigan. (based on John Eldridge’s Ransomed Heart ministries.) Question for you that hit me this weekend: Are you authentic or a poser? If you Are who you Aren’t, then you Aren’t who you Are. It was a great weekend for getting FREE!!!

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Proud College Parents

Our daughter started her freshman year at Arkansas Tech University.  She made the cheer squad and since my wife and I are former cheerleaders for our high schools and college, it was only fitting that we were first in the spirit booth.

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How Long have You Served Others?

For the last 15 years, I have volunteered at my church’s K-2 elementary ministry by teaching and leading worship for the children. As the vision has grown for different ways to teach about God’s love for us, 4-6 week themes are utilized to engage the children/students. This is another one of the stage sets and costumes we are utilizing to kick off the year.    To bad my wife wasn’t there to see me in uniform. I need to bring it home and wear it while I watch Armageddon.  Maybe I need costumes when I am on the road speaking.
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Inspire Everyone, Especially Our Youth

I am grateful for every opportunity I have to connect with young people and provide them a vision for the potential in their life.  Everyone comes from a different background and their experiences mold who they are.  Sometimes it can be that person who doesn’t know their ever move that comes in and can help them capture the “who I can be” vs. “who I am”.  We held series of events to impact the education and family community of Rankin County School District in MS.  They are dedicated to offering programming to support the needs of their students, staff and families.

This first pic is after we spoke to a local group of high school students.

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As we talked about Family Engagement, a strong team from the community attended the lunch session.

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My son, Hunter, joined me to present “Diagnosis to Graduation” which is our family’s story about Hunter’s life on the Autism Spectrum.

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A Talent I Do Not Have

I can still draw the same cartoon face that I did when I was in 5th grade but I never progressed in my sketching talent.  At the CO PTA state convention, one of the member’s sons was at the after party free-sketching protraits.  I very much appreciate the chiseled chin and slimming features he provided me.  And “Yes”, I still had on the camo paint for the protrait.

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Engaging the Future Business Leaders of America

What do you do with a group of 700+ high school students in the same room?  Get them involved in the learning process by experiencing the model of human behavior in breakout groups.  This was a great bunch of students!

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Of course it helps to be an effective speaker while standing on a chair for a stage.

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People are ALWAYS part of the Equation

Quick pic with the TX CERT conf organizer Julie. Had the opportunity to keynote for this group of volunteer leaders and staff emergency responders/educators. Effective communication is critical because people are ALWAYS part of the equation.

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It’s Okay to Look Back, just Don’t Live in It

I was decluttering over the weekend and found a newspaper clipping from 5 years ago. This is from the first leadership conference I was able to participate in as both a keynote/workshop and with multiple speakers in one day.  It was one of those “I remember it like yesterday” moments because of the unique format of the workshops.  For each breakout session, only two speakers were offered to the attendees.  Prior to the breakout time and after a keynote, those two presenters were required to go on stage and “sell” their workshop to the audience so they can make an informed decision.  To a natural “upfront personality type” ,  I ate it up.  So did the other guy with me who happened to also be named Scott.  We co-branded our promotion time as “Whichever you choose, you won’t go wrong with Scott.”

On the other hand, I remember during our promotion rehearsal time that some of the other speakers were very nervous about this opportunity to sell themselves.  It reminds me how some people want a piece of paper to tell their story and are not prepared for the interview.  I constantly remind myself to think like a business owner when I with people.  Not that I constantly selling a product or service, but how I present myself is very important to build trust and confidence in a relationship.  While enjoyed that moment in the bright lights, I realize I can’t live it everyday, but I can learn from it.

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Make sure your Local Market knows about YOU!

Famous Joke:  What’s the difference between a sales rep and a consultant?  A consultant travels for a couple of hours and carries a briefcase.

Because most of my presentations are out-of-state and with large organizations, I often feel like I am neglecting my opportunities to speak in my own backyard.  I thought I would do a little local advertising/marketing to smaller employers with our social media group nwaonline.com  and their promo NWA Deal Piggy.  Checkout my ad.

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