I spent the last two days in Oklahoma with the Institute for the Excellence in Writing people. Their approach to writing is very similar to my approach to speech and debate. They’re some of the most focused and caring people I’ve known. I am excited for our growing business relationship.

Three Conferences to a Successful Platform

You know the bad rap entrepreneurs get, don’t you? They’re dreamy, too spontaneous, unemployable and easily distracted. I’m an entrepreneur, and I have to admit that there’s a lot of truth in this bad rap! But in the last few years I disciplined myself and invested in three incredible conferences that have helped solidify my business platform, empower me with excellent communication skills, and create resources from which people will pay good money.

Platform Conference

These conferences are the three established by Ken Davis and Michael Hyatt: Platform, SCORRE, Launch. Here are brief explanations of my three year history with these:

  1. Platform. I attended earlier this month 2013. This was a wonderful networking of fellow platform builders, a wonderful event for you and your message.
  2. SCORRE. I attended early 2012. I didn’t need to learn communication skills because I ran a communication organization. (There’s that naive entrepreneur in me.) So I took my wife, Wendy.
  3. Launch. I attended in October 2010 when it was the Professional Communicators Summit. Michael was one of the speakers, but is now business partners with Ken and they run it together.

Today, I am suited up and ready to take on the demands of entrepreneurship. If you’ve followed me for a while, you can probably see noticeable improvements in my web properties, businesses, and platform. The improvements of my successes today I will humbly attribute to these three conferences. In fact, let me say in twitter-speak:

These 3 conference were the best investment in my personal & professional life. [tweet this]

Let me explain the three in greater detail, and I’ll start with what was supposed to be last. And read through to the end…I’ll show you how to get $100 off any conference!

Striving to get smarter, better and faster helps us create our future. The risk is that merely collecting, trading and discussing the tools turns into the point.

Seth Godin Blog Feb. 23, 2013

Unconditional Love

Two of my high school friends, Bob and Jodi, married right out of high school. I have kept up with them for 25 years with Christmas cards and such. Though we have only gotten together a few times since our college years, I love these two so much I can hardly stand it. They have taught me a lot about how to love others.

Bob and Jodi

Three Living Room Games for Dads

I have made up the funnest games with my little children, three of our favorite are explained below. These are rough-n-tumble games in the living room. I resurrected them last night and was reminded how much fun you can have with the little ones in just a half hour.

Tree: One of our favorite living room games

Tree is one of our favorite living room games

I have to be honest with you: it was a long time since I played these games. Wendy mentioned this to me yesterday and I took her words to heart. In one of those quiet moments of conversation, she said,

You used to play around with the kids more. Remember all those living room games you used to do? They sure were a lot of fun.

My wife is awesome. This wasn’t a crabby “You should be more fun!” command. It was merely remembering a time when our evenings were filled with tickling and fun. She was right, so I brought back some old Jeub Classics.

Why I Value Keynote Speakers

I invest a lot to bring in awesome keynote speakers to our debate camps. A couple of my coaches have questioned the wisdom in this. Compared to the awesome coaching I bring in to train the students to succeed in competition, I can see how keynotes can be perceived a waste of resources. But I have bigger reasons for investing in the keynotes every year.

Comedia Ken Davis was keynote in 2011.

Comedian Ken Davis was keynote in 2011.

Bringing Awareness

I’m super proud of Jesse Byrnes (www.jessebyrnes.com), a student journalist at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He’s one of my main debate coaches for my local club. On Sunday he tweeted a UCCS website and the scoop went viral.

Monumentum 2013

Jesse and I are coaches for our team in Monument. I’m on the left, Jesse’s on the right.

Local television, of course, picked it up, but some national syndications did, too. All political extremes picked up on it: Megyn Kelly from Fox News and Meegan Morris from Cosmopolitan ran biting responses. Here’s the scoop on the scoop.