Let’s Get Honest – My Stuttering Video!

I’ve stuttered all my life, written about it a lot, but rarely spoke about it publicly. The current #LetsGetHonest campaign on LinkedIn helped me take the leap and share my message.

I’m proud of this video, proud of my life, and am happy that I have not let speaking issues hold me back.

Please share with your network if this resonated with you in any way.

 

Thanks and keep smiling!

Tim

 

 

Ten Superstars That Keep Me PUMPED UP!

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Autumn can be rough.

Many people battle the blues after summer ends, especially northern climates like where I live when it can cool off quickly. We already have snow here in Edmonton, Canada 🙁

The days get shorter, there is more darkness, and it’s common to get stuck in a rut.

There are many distractions, in my case kids in school, other activities to participate in, and the blessed TV 🙂

We all have our guilty pleasure TV shows that we MUST watch, and many new programs start in September. Of course several sports leagues are in full swing this time of year. I battle this annually.

Like anything else right?

But when I need a little boost, I head directly to my social platforms and check in on my favourite people. I crank up the frequency of listening to podcasts, reading blogs, and books to keep me sharp and motivated.

Whose content do you check out when you need that extra boost?

I love to watch, listen &/or read:

Jane Anderson – https://www.jane-anderson.com/ Need some perspective on your personal brand, focusing on LinkedIn? Check out Jane’s content, and new book!

Fizzle – https://fizzle.co/ The Gang over at Fizzle just makes me happy 🙂 I listen to their podcast regularly, and I find the delivery so honest and entertaining! The team over there is awesome!

Angela Duckworth – http://angeladuckworth.com/ Her Ted Talk on Grit captivated me. I listen monthly, and am buying the book as soon as I can. I heard her recently on a local radio station and was so excited. The premise of her content is so helpful, and should motivate us all to do great things. Check out her Ted Talk http://bit.ly/1fZKIno

Mel Robbins – http://melrobbins.com/ She’s so awesome! I still watch her Ted Talk video “Stop Screwing yourself over” several times per year. She’s funny, incredibly direct, and gets you thinking for sure. It was a nice surprise to hear that she is now regularly contributing to Success Magazine. Check out her very popular Ted Talk http://bit.ly/1dK6evy

Paul Castain – http://yoursalesplaybook.com/ Paul’s one of the first guys that I followed in the sales and leadership space, and I’ve never wavered! He’s the man! His consistency of showing up, ability to inspire but give tough love when necessary is much needed. He’s a whole lot of fun, doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a HUGE LinkedIn group to compliment his business.

Pat Flynnhttp://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ I’ve been following Pat for years. Smart, sincere, family guy, amazing content AND a super singer 🙂

Gary Vaynerchukhttps://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/ & http://askgaryveeshow.com/ I listen to him every day if possible. He’s a no bs type of guy, call’s it like it is, and an incredibly entertaining guy. He’s a pioneer online and is Massive!

Anthony Iannarinohttps://thesalesblog.com/ I LOVE his perspective on sales and leadership. He’s been around forever, has a new book out, and is a content creation machine!

Nametag Scotthttp://hellomynameisscott.com/ Scott’s been wearing a name tag for almost 6000 days, and makes money off it. How cool is that? You gotta check him out. His Ted Talk is http://bit.ly/22M4TMn

Tim Musheyhttp://timmushey.com/ & https://sellleadsucceed.com/ Now wait a minute! Why the heck would somebody put themselves on a list like this? This is not being arrogant, cocky or some weird attempt at being funny. But I regularly look back at my old content to remind myself that I am creative, I can make a difference and people like what I’m doing.

There have been many “ah-ha moments” over the years when I read a blog post, watched a video, or read all the comments I got for something I posted online and say, “darn, that was pretty good”.

Just a reminder. Would love if you took a minute to comment with who inspires you, and has go-to content that picks you back up when you are down (but not out).

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Richard Branson’s Take On Personal Branding!

Hey!

 

Hope you had an amazing summer if you live in the Northern Hemisphere!

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re just getting started 🙂

I have a fantastic time with family, friends and colleagues. I seemed to be travelling most of the time and loving every minute of it!

Here in Edmonton, Canada, the weather seemed to change over night, and fall is upon us suddenly. Hopefully we are not done quite yet!

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to do with my business going forward, and I’m still throwing around a few different ideas. One thing I do know is I want to create more videos. I’ve really enjoyed the process, need to refine a few technical things and keep getting better at it. Look for some video series from me this fall.

In the meantime, my brain is in “branding-mode” 24-7. I was researching some quotes recently and came across this gem from Richard Branson.

Such a great description of personal branding by one of the best!

PB June 7

 

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I’ve Met Incredible People Through Social Networking

As cliché as it sounds, putting yourself out there through social media channels can have tremendous benefits.

 

When I first started online, I was so sceptical, and afraid to reach out to industry experts. But as I reflect back after many years, I am quite proud of the list of FANTASTIC people who I have been able to connect with.

This list is not to brag, but just to illustrate how powerful it can be to just put yourself out there and not be afraid to reach out to anyone. I have corresponded with many of these people through social media.

They include:

  • John Corcoran
  • Paul Castain
  • Barbara Giamanco
  • Dan Waldschmidt
  • Kelley Robertson
  • Bob Burg
  • Kim Garst
  • Jordan Harbinger
  • Dany Iny
  • Mary Beth Storjohan
  • Mark Hunter
  • Jeb Blount
  • Michael Boyette
  • Jennifer Paige
  • Carrie Wilkerson

…. and many more!

Was it always them?

Hopefully!

Do some of them have assistant that help with their social media interactions?

Perhaps.

But I’ve formed a special relationship with Paul Castain, and help run a LinkedIn music group with him.

Click here to check out the group.

Barbara Giamanco interviewed me for her podcast.

Click here to check out the interview.

Michael Boyette reached out and asked me to guest post on his blog.

I had the distinct pleasure to speak to several people on this list via Skype or phone, most notably Dan Waldschmidt.

One thing I decided to do early on in my online journey, was to reply to key people when they send out emails to their lists. I got to know Mary Beth Storjohan and John Corcoran like that.

Did I mention that  Kim Garst and I tweet each other about NHL hockey 🙂

Oh yeah.. Gary Freakin’ Vaynerchuk accepted my request to connect on LinkedIn! It took 18 months, but darn it, he did it!

Social networking can be very fun, and incredibly rewarding if you take the time to engage and put yourself out there. But if you think that you will not be able to connect with certain people because they are “too big”, you might be surprised who actually responds and who you become connected with.

 

 

Happy connecting, and let me know if you need any inspiration how to reach out to industry leaders.

If you’ve had the opportunity to connect with somebody, I’d love to hear your story.

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Struggling With Time? These 5 Tips Will Help!

We are all busy. There never seems to be enough time in the day.

 

Running with full-time jobs, extra curricular activities, responsibilities with kids, volunteer things… I could go on and on.

For those of us who are working towards other business opportunities while working full time, it can be a daunting task to find the time to make it all happen.

Check out this quick 90 second video with my 5 best tips for finding the time to get it all done 🙂

 

One Hello On A Mountain Run – Really?

 

Way way back in 2011, in a galaxy far away, I was at a conference in the incredible Rocky Mountains of Jasper, Alberta, Canada. I was there for two days and had the distinct pleasure of staying at the Jasper Park Lodge; the best accommodations in the area!

Before an evening function, I decided to go for a late afternoon run. Behind the resort was a lake, golf course, and what looked like a running path through the woods. I figured, there were worse places in the world to run, so I would check it out!

Part way through my run, as I was avoiding bears and other wildlife (just kidding), I noticed another man doing the same thing. We crossed paths at some point and I said, “hello”. One thing lead to another and I found out he was from Atlanta, Georgia. I told him I grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. I also found out that he was a hockey fan, a referee and all round sports guy. As fate would have it, Atlanta was about to lose their NHL hockey team (the Thrashers), to Winnipeg (the Jets) and I was getting hockey back in my hometown after a 16 year absence!

You know that awkward moment when you sometimes say hello to somebody, they reply, and an uncomfortable pause insues from there?

Yeah that did not happen this time!

We were totally engaged, and that common love of professional hockey, and the strange occurrence of one team leaving the league, and one joining really bonded us. We have stayed in touch periodically over the last five years, and FINALLY Skyped yesterday. Where would we be without social media to keep us connected?

We’ve promised to speak again in July, stay in touch more frequently, and explore a business collaborations together.

Why did this all happen?

 

Because I said hello on a run.

And he replied hello.

Then I found out where he lived and what he did for work.

Then I probed some more and found out that he was a hockey fan.

Then we connected the dots to that strange situation where his hometown hockey team was moving to my hometown.

Then we agreed to exchange contact information.

Then we connected on some key social media channels like LinkedIn.

Then life got in the way and we did not correspond for long stretches of time. But we were still connected.

Then I sent him a note to say that my new website was live, and he should pop by and check it out some time.

Then he said great, and suggested that we set up a Skype call to finally speak in person.

And that lead to yesterday.

 

See.

Easy?

This does not have to be complicated. You just have to put yourself out there. Always remember this takes practice. I have all the respect in the world for people who are shy and more introverted. That’s ok. I totally get it. I’ve stuttered all of my life. I’m sure that I stumbled on some words when I was speaking with Jim, but I did not care. I’m well past that now.

All I said was hello.

“It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet”.

Whoooaaa!

Sorry for some reason I started to write Adele lyrics!

I actually just said hello to him!

Now I have a fantastic connection for life, and a great story to share at speaking events, training sessions and via social media for years to come.

I’m a big proponent that everything happens for a reason, but I’m also a believer that good things happen to those that put themselves out there and are laser focused towards achieving their goals.

I’m always in “networking” mode, and I learned that from my parents who were teachers. They are still well-known in our community, and are always locked and loaded with a friendly smile and a warm “hello” waiting for a stranger or friend.

Say hi to people.

Smile.

Engage.

You never know where it might lead.

 

 

Here is the link to another of my blog post that hopefully inspires you to start more conversations.

Engaging People Is Not Only A “Work Thing”.  

 

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I was not the smartest, nor the most naturally gifted student in school. But I did pretty well overall. High school was better for me than university, but I will elaborate on that during a different post 🙂

The one thing that has always given me a competitive advantage over my peers is my dedication to hard work, and never give up attitude. Call it heart, call it ……. well grit like Angela Duckworth does in this awesome video.

Just ask the kids that played hockey against me when I was growing up. Rarely was it a fun experience for them. I would never back down and always played my heart out until the final whistle.

Music In My Life, Gord Downie & Memories!

Waking up at the start of a short week is tough enough, but hearing the news that Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip has cancer makes it tougher.

He has brain cancer, and it’s terminal. What a kick in the gut that news is!

We hear news like this all too often, but when it’s somebody in the spotlight that has giving you so many happy memories, it really stings.

Gord and his bandmates hit the bar scene in 1983 in Ontario, Canada and the rest is history. They never hit it big in the U.S. although they did play once on Saturday Night Live. I’m not sure if they really cared about the U.S limelight though. Because for well over 30 years, they have been Canada’s band. No matter the city, no matter the venue, no matter the weather, Gord and the rest of the guys, always brought it, every freakin’ night.

Three things stood out for me about Gord Downie when I heard this news.

  1. His lyrics have left a lasting impression on me. I’m not sure if I can recite as many lyrics of any of my favourite bands as I can with the Tragically Hip.
  2. His on stage performances, long rants included. Gord has a tendency to go off-topic on long rants during songs which became his signature. They were always entertaining, sometime a little drawn out, but that is him.
  3. His passion for what he does. His energy, positive enthusiasm, and LOVE for his fans has always been something that I took note off.

I have so many memories of great shows. Who could forget the annual summer festival “Another Roadside Attraction“?

  • The Winnipeg Stadium shows were amazing!
  • The Assiniboia Downs show was just as fun!
  • The Winnipeg Arena Shows – Epic!
  • Rexall Place shows in Edmonton – A blast!
  • Camrose Stage 13 Festival – Almost blew away in a wind storm but Gord still rocked!

On an 8 hour bus ride for our high school grad trip in 1991, some classmates kept playing the Tragically Hip “Road Apples” album over and over again. I was so sick of it. But after I returned home, and reevaluated my disdain for the band, I quickly changed my mind and was all in. I’m still not sure what flicked the switch and made me a super fan!

I travelled to Australia in 1998. Whenever the Tragically Hip music came on, it was a “Canadian Bonding Moment“. I can vividly remember several occasions when we, the backpacking Canadians, hit the dance floor and sang their anthems word for word.

Several Australians asked me during my trip, “Who is that?” They are awesome!

I actually dubbed (recorded) a cassette tape (yes it was 1998) for a boss of mine who wanted my “Hip Mix” while on that trip.

Here are some of my favourite lyrics from Gord Downie:

At The Hundredth Meridian

If I die of vanity, promise me, promise me
If they bury me some place I don’t want to be
You’ll dig me up and transport me, unceremoniously
Away from the swollen city breeze, garbage bag trees
Whispers of disease and the acts of enormity
And lower me slowly and sadly and properly
Get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy

At the hundredth meridian (hundredth meridian)
At the hundredth meridian (you’re going to miss me)
At the hundredth meridian (trust me)
Where the great plains begin (at the hundredth meridian)
At the hundredth meridian (at the hundredth meridian)
At the hundredth meridian (baby, you’re going to miss me)
At the hundredth meridian (trust me)
Where the great plains begin

Wheat Kings

Sundown in the Paris of the prairies
Wheat kings have all treasures buried
And all you hear are the rusty breezes
Pushing around the weathervane Jesus

In his Zippo lighter he sees the killer’s face
Maybe it’s someone standing in a killer’s place
Twenty years for nothing, well, that’s nothing new
Besides, no one’s interested in something you didn’t do

Wheat kings and pretty things
Let’s just see what the morning brings

Cordelia

Angst on the planks, spitting from a bridge
Just to see how far down it really is
Robbing a bank, jumping from a train
Old antiques a man alone can entertain

It takes all your power
To prove that you don’t care
I’m not Cordelia
I will not be there
I will not be there
I will not be there

Courage

There’s no simple
Explanation
For anything important
Any of us do
And, yeah, the human
Tragedy
Consists in
The necessity
Of living with
The consequences
Under pressure
Under pressure

Courage, my word
It didn’t come, it doesn’t matter

It feels strange even trying to put a business spin on this, but humour me for a moment.

 

 

There are not a lot of celebrities that go by just one name in Canada, but I would venture a guess that most people between the ages of 24 and 55 would know who “Gord” or “Gordie” is.

I can’t imagine what Gord is going through right now, but I hope he feels some comfort that he has the love of a nation behind him. It’s amazing to me, that he’s planning on doing one final tour for some combination of himself, the band, his family and the fans. Or maybe it’s for everyone 🙂

It’s going to be incredible, and I CANNOT wait to see it!

 

 

Click this link to the announcement of his illness:

Thanks Gord! For everything!

The longer I love, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.