Big spark catches easy! – How to start a word of mouth pandemic!

Pop quiz What catches wildfire easier? a)    big spark b)    little spark c)    Don’t be silly,  I never play with fire Many people make the mistake of thinking that working on a big problem that’s of great significance to others will be too hard.  So they practice on the little stuff, that’s not particularly important to them or anyone else. [...]

The Wind in the Wildfire – why Alex Baisley is about to take off!

There was a slight tremor in his hand as Alex Baisley walked on stage.  I could relate.  Speaking in front of a thousand people would be easier than speaking in front to this room.  It was late in the afternoon on Saturday Jan. 29th and Alex had just been asked to address the Evolutionary Business Council in the [...]

What’s stopping you from writing that book?

You've spoken of it to me before so often. The truth is, writing a book is the most common dream people tell me they have. A book is also one of the best tools for influencing positive change, for influencing word of mouth, for influencing, period. So what's stopping you?   I'd like to hear about, so please post your [...]

Turn Your Dreams Into Reality! (by Nancy Drew)

It’s hard to believe – it’s the wrap-up of 2010! I’ve recently finished one of my last goals of the year, climbing the highest summit in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko. I climbed alongside Tom Fabbri, an author and motivational life coach who is completing all Seven Summit climbs – the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Check out his [...]

Why you’ll fall in love with Annie Zirkel!

When the game gets scary, who keeps you from hiding? Annie's voice was shaking a bit when she first told me.  "I know I can help a lot of people with this" she said.  "I just need to remember who I am and not let fear get in the way!" Friend and colleague Annie Zirkel has just been short listed [...]

Why Sherry cringes at the thought of selling on social media

If you’re like Sherry and you cringe at the thought of selling on social media – read on! Sherry approached me at one of my workshop; a slightly defeated look on her face.   We had just finished a session by Stuart Crawford, one of my favorite social media experts and a colleague I really admire (follow his blog at http://stuartcrawford.com/). [...]

Are you ready to change the world? How big are you willing to play?

What do Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea) and Charles Mulli (Father to the Fatherless) have in common? They both know what it’s like to put everything they own on the line to help make the world a better place and the both have ignited wildfire word of mouth epidemics. About two decades ago, both men had life changing experiences. [...]

Words as Weapons! Making your feedback more supportive.

Feedback is an interesting thing.  You've probably been taught to use "I language" when giving feedback.  It's true, the most generous thing you can do in giving feedback is be selfish and make it all about the impact to you. . "I feel frustrated by what you just did" is far more easy for the person you're speaking to to [...]

Why the movie “King of Kong” can help you make more profit

If you’re old enough to remember the first generation of video games you’ll know that Donkey Kong was once considered the hardest game on the planet. Most of us never made it past level 3 of the 22 levels. . So when the movie “King of Kong” was recommended to me, it was tempting to take a pass. I may [...]

Using Gratitude and Food to Grow Your Business

It’s  Thanksgiving in the US in a few weeks.  And regardless of whether you’re  reading this in Canada (and wondering why I mention it with  Thanksgiving  long past) or in the US (and visions of turkey stuffing just came into your  head), you should as a business care about this fact. . Thanksgiving  is about gratitude.  So it’s the perfect [...]

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