March 2012 (No. 56)

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Perception is Reality
Blockbuster Event: Libby & Dan
The World According to Captain Jack
Dan Weedin en Espanol
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Perception is Reality

This past Monday, I wrote on my Extra Points memo about making an impression. I'd like to add a pinch of salt to that recipe here in my newsletter.
Each one of us daily get opportunities to make an impression. Those impressions go a long way into developing professional and personal relationships, being referred, closing business, and leaving legacies. I often get the feeling that we take these opportunities for granted. That can be dangerous to your ability to build sustaining relationships to succeed in business and life. Allow me to share with you a recipe to keep you out of hot water and in the pink... 
  1. Dress for success. You don't have to overdress, but match the situation. Depending on where you will be determines whether you need to be business formal or business casual; slacks, dresses, or jeans; ties or jackets. However, remember this - you won't go wrong being slightly overdressed. The other way can lead to embarrassment. If in doubt, always ask!
  2. Make your mother proud. My mother drilled table manners into me. Fortunately for me, they stuck. Make a habit of understanding table etiquette all the time because it's easy to slip into default mode at the worst possible time. Nothing says "blown opportunity" like using your fingers to scoop food on your fork.
  3. Make your English teacher proud. I was at a recent business event where the speaker used improper syntax. Doesn't come across well when you're supposed to be the smartest person in the room. Know the difference between "good" and "well," "them and "their;" and a host of other common gaffes.
  4. If you're writing, please know that "lose" and "losing" is never spelled "loose" and "loosing." And "alot" is NOT a word; it's "a lot." Please. These errors are exacerbated in writing. Oh, and remember that punctuation always goes inside "quotation marks." (here is an example) 
  5. Send thank you cards. Another "Mom-inspired" courtesy. I don't mean email, either. I mean a real live, found in the mailbox thank you card. It sets you above the crowd because it so rarely happens.  

You never know who is observing you and what pull they have in helping you attain success in business. You can also help your children out by teaching them this simple recipe. I have my mother to probably do, too! Your biggest takeaway should be that by observing these rules, you can't go wrong. That, in and of itself, should be a recipe for success!


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Libby & Dan Event

 THE Consultant Mentors of the Northwest
Kick off 2012 with a BANG!

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Taking You to the Next Level...

Join us for an information-packed workshop created just for consultants, entrepreneurs, and professional service providers of any industry.


On June 21st, 2012, Libby Wagner and Dan Weedin will combine to host a full-day event made to take your business to the next level.  


Both Libby and Dan are Master Mentors in the Alan Weiss global consulting community. Both Dan and Libby attribute their accelerated success to their close work with Alan and his elite group of world-class consultants from around the planet. Alan is the author of Million Dollar Consulting and has personally trained both Dan and Libby to help others to grow in their business and practice.


Here are a few things you will walk away with...

  • Creating great client relationships
  • Value-based fees: The art and science  
  • Life balance: Creating the time of your life for busy professionals
  • Social media: Avoiding the traps and leveraging technology for consultants
  • Self confidence and self-esteem: The differentiators  

The location is the beautiful Washington Athletic Club located in downtown Seattle, WA. Your investment is only $99. We will even buy you lunch!


Bottom line - Libby and Dan are serious about helping you grow in your business. Don't miss out on this almost free event.  It will be the best decision you make in 2012!      


Rave Reviews from February's event...


"This was a fantastic workshop and everyone took away far more value than the cost of admission.  I won't miss Dan and Libby's next event."    

Mark Walters, Bellevue


"The information and your expertise was priceless!"
Diane Zakrajsek, Seattle 

"The entire event was a home run!"
David Dallaire, Bellevue

"Simply awesome!"
Earl Bell, Seattle


"Great seminar! Dan and Libby have great "chemistry" in presenting."

Debra Linn Allbee, Poulsbo 

The World According to Captain Jack

Captain Jack
Hello. My name is Captain Jack and I'm the terribly charming, witty, and intelligent pal of my human, Dan. I've been observing human behavior and have come to the conclusion that you all can learn a lot from dogs. Especially me. You see, I'm a Jack Russell and we are unquestionably the smartest dogs on the planet. Welcome to my column...

Trouble found me last week. Or, I found trouble. I'm still trying to figure it out.

I was minding my own business hanging out in Dan's bedroom while he was out making money for me. But, I get bored after 15 minutes. I happened to find these really cool wooden things. I thought they were for me. Turns out they were a wicked temptation. I spent some time chewing and gnawing on this fabulous wood. Felt good on my teeth. Turns out they are called "shoe trees." Dan sticks these wooden things inside his shoes! I guess they weren't in his shoes because his feet were in his shoes. Apparently these things aren't cheap (I can tell by the taste of the wood). I was put in time-out. I hate time out.

I doubt this shoe tree incident will keep me from taking risks. The time out consequence was a small price to pay for the minutes of enjoyment I had chewing on that sumptuous wood. Sometimes you have to take risks. Sometime you fail and sometimes you don't. But, if you're not failing, you're not trying. If you fail, learn and move on. If you win, then you win and you know what that means. Don't ever get so comfortable in life that you're not willing to chew on some shoe trees. You never know when what you're chewing on was really meant for you!

Just saying...

Captain Jack

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Dan Weedin en Espanol
Hablas Espanol?

One of my "re-inventions" for 2012 is to begin to build my intellectual property - articles, videos, etc in Spanish. I had a wonderful trip last August to Bogota, Colombia where I gave a presentation to a conference on Occupational Health and Safety Management. One of my goals this year is to build on that and become more "global." This is a start.

The video below is now on my You Tube channel. I am grateful to my colleagues Maritza Castro (video) and Elena Rodriguez Brenna (copy translation) for their help in making me more bilingual! I also offer gratitude to Maria Guzman and America Empresarial and Radio Caracol for their support and opportunity.

Dan Weedin en Espanol
Dan Weedin en Espanol


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