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Have you ever stopped and really listened to your customer?

usavballThis past fall I had the opportunity to train on human behavior for the USA Volleyball Board and Club Directors.  Though I knew the topic of my presentation and the content I would be training, it’s what I didn’t know prior to arriving in Denver, CO that made the difference.

Since I checked in the night before and wasn’t presenting until late morning, I asked to sit in on their meetings regarding some difficult policy changes and the implementation that needed to take place.  When you understand the model of human behavior and you listen during a meeting like this, every personality pops off the page.

  • The D (Dominant) personalities had the goals and targets established and the teams setup to start the implementation.
  • The I (Inspiring) personalities were up front sharing about the PowerPoints they already created and the excitement they have to share the message.
  • The S (Supportive) personalities were patiently waiting quietly to hear what the final outcome is and then they will do what is asked of them.
  • The C (Cautious) personalities waited to hear the facts of the policies and the strategy for implementation.  With an estimated 30 min. left in the meeting, they started asking excellent questions for next hour concerned about the liability of the new policies and if the proper processes had been followed.

For our organizations/companies to succeed, we need teams made up of the full model of human behavior so each of our strengths can be a benefit.

Give time and energy to those who are hungry to learn

When was the last time you were on a college campus other than when you attended or went to a sporting event?  How can you assist you local college or university to provide their students real life examples of the workplace environment, interviewing preparation, important skills, etc.?

Arkansas Tech University’s College of Business recently held a morning session inviting professionals with varied backgrounds from around the state to share their insights on the job marketplace.  I was one of two business owners on the panel, but the only way that gets paid to talk for a couple hours back to back.  The students were inspired by one of their alumni who graduated within the last two years, started a website programming company, sold it to a local business and now runs it within that company.  Hard work and determination paid for him early in his career.

During the Q & A session, I challenged the students to find a mentor, both personal and professional.  But most importantly, they need to be open to the mentors suggestions.  It is never easy to receive feedback or wisdom from someone else when you mind is made up, so they will need to stay open-minded and absorb the knowledge from this individual.

Make time to look for opportunities to give back in your community.  Help others find a way to succeed.

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Finding the Balance to Reach Goals: Exercise and Eating Right

There is not a miracle cure, program or pill out there when it comes to achieving a healthy weight and fitness level.  Actually, their is simple math to the whole thing:  Burn more calories than you consume.   I have had doctors tell me that most people don’t understand that they can do more for themselves than a doctor or hospital can do for them.

I am the first to admit that now that I am closer to 50 than 40, eating right and staying physically fit have become a priority.  I am in a different season of life.  My eyesight has given in to reading glasses.  My pants’ waistline has attempted at times to go another size up.  I tend to want to sleep a little longer.  And on and on it goes as we get older.

I lived a very active life in my younger years of 35 and below.  Then I was in my corporate/work mode and lost my focus and desire to stay in shape.  So here we go again, setting goals and making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  Here’s what I have done to get reengaged:

1.  Started slow.  I heard about this one guy who had a plan for eating and exercise to kickstart my effort.  Go here and learn more.  http://www.fit2fat2fit.com/

2.  While I had initial success, life got in the way of my focus after 60 days.  It was then 6 months later that I restarted.  This time with quality stretching and daily jogging.  What started out as 1 mile without stopping has expanded to 3+ miles in 60 days.

3.   Now that my commitment level is back in line, I am going back to the fit2fat2fit game plan.  I needed to see myself exercising whether or not I had a program to follow.  If it was always about a program, then I wasn’t committing to myself.

4.  Working out in the early morning is my best method to stay committed.  Nothing interferes with my mornings.  I am talking about exercising for 30-50 min between 4:30 am – 6:30 am.  I believe in the philosophy that if I workout early, the burn lasts all day.

Get started, do something, sweat, drink water, change your diet little by little, find a partner, stretch well, push yourself, set goals, track your results.

How are you Wired?

Here’s a great collection of pics from the IL PTA State Convention.  What a fun group to train on communication and human behavior.

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Not a Rocket Scientist nor an Engineer

Scott may not be all that sharp, but he can follow this flowchart and have success.  

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Keep Learning from Those Who have the Answers

If you have read my blog, you know that I am an advocate for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and his teaching/training.  The success of his ministry on the radio has now allowed his company to launch a live webstream of his show.  Please realize, that while God may have given a presenter like myself a gift to speak in front of others, I am constantly learning from those who know more on a subject than myself.  Watch Dave live or checkout the archives.

 

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Tim Tebow shared his Heart “Hard Work beats Talent, when Talent doesn’t Work Hard.”

In the south, football is life in high school. In NW AR, they hosted a 7 on 7 tournament with 40 teams from 14 states to compete. But this event is more than football. They also combine character, leadership and faith in to the weekend. I am not a Tim Tebow cult follower, but I am very aware of the platform he has for Christ. Tebow spent the day with the athletes at their tournament, but then closed out the day with an inspirational and challenge to accept Jesus Christ. He wan’t flashy, he was the Tim Tebow you often see others criticize for being humble and living out his faith daily. This young man has a great platform to share the Gospel. Here are a few Tebow quotes from last night:

“Hard Work beats Talent, when Talent doesn’t Work Hard.”

“I never woke up saying I want to be average. Be great!”

“Don’t be afraid to be bold. Be different. There are teams who will want you in their lockeroom.”

“After winning the BCS National Championship and having worn John 3:16 on my eye black, 94 million people Googled John 3:16. I didn’t think there was anyway 94 million people didn’t know John 3:16.”

Tim’s whole talk last night started out as character and life, but he had a purpose. After winning the championship, Coach Meyer hugged him and said, “I love you. I am proud of you. You finished strong.” This allowed Tim to then share about Christ to each of the 700 attendees last night. It was powerful.

Even “Professional” Presenters Need to Wet Their Whistle

As a board member for Youth Strategies, a non-profit in Northwest Arkansas, I have volunteered this summer to teach/train the high school version of Financial Peace University.  Every Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks, we have been going through the content of FPU and inspiring these 20–25 students to think about their future and how money will affect their lives and decisions.   A new University of Arkansas intern was a guest in the class and posted this photo and pic on Facebook.

“One must be fully caffeinated to teach ‪#‎daveramsey‬‘s‪#‎financialpeaceuniversity‬ to a room full of high schoolers. ‪#‎youthstrategies‬ ‪#‎kumandgo‬ ‪#‎caffeine‬ — with Scott Huse and Scott Huse.”

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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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Do You Want Creative Students?

Over the weekend, after keynoting for Indiana PTA and sharing my early years education experience, an attendee came up and handed me the following insight:

Creativity, when teachers were surveyed:  “Do you want creative students?”  They responded, “Yes”.  “Do you want students that have all the traits that add up to creativity?”  They responded, “No”. It then said, “Scott’s high school years are the description of a creative kid.”  And today I have the opportunity to share about the value of family and education. How ironic!!

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