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Dear Son

He was joking

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This keynote was only 20 minutes. It’s on You Tube and is packed with activities that kept me off the red circle.

Had to laugh and smile yesterday, Wednesday.

Asked our son to unpack what he meant when he told my wife he was proud of Tuesday’s Disney Customer Service 3-hour workshop.

He was joking.

Obviously, my feedback was, “You shouldn’t joke like that with Mom, because she didn’t know it was a joke.”

And based on the 30-minute debrief we had on the car ride home from the event, on every important client metric, had gave high marks.

He had only seen 60-minute or less keynotes, not the three-hour incredibly interactive session. For example, the audience never had time to fall asleep – too much thinking, doing, sharing, planning – all of it by design.

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i’m proud of dad

My wife told me our son said he was proud of me.

He attended a half-day Customer Service and Leadership workshop i delivered for the top 36 executives for a nationwide restaurant company.

Heard this just before bedtime, this morning finds the details still unclear.

Perhaps the day will provide an opportunity for clarity.

Interestingly enough my son, who worked the event, and i conducted an extensive debrief on the 30 minute car ride home.

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Authenticity

Just had a relapse epiphany

Just had a relapse epiphany.

Another blinding flash of the obvious.

Watched a brief clip of Simon Sinek and it hit me what it is about his style that has always felt off to me, but not until watching this clip.

First let me say he’s a brilliant and gifted speaker and storyteller.

The epiphany last night was the revelation of his absence of personal experience examples in his speaking.

As a speaker, it finally made sense.

Be passionate, tell stories, use personal examples.

Two out of three isn’t three out of three and i must ensure to avoid the same industry stereotypical standard.

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Final 120 Days

Simultaneous translation gratitude

Diego and Vivian shared simultaneous translation duties backstage.

Simultaneous translation gratitude goes to Diego (pictured above) and Vivian (whom i met after the photo opportunity).

The original goal – and i asked permission to do this publicly – was to say thanks to Diego and Vivian at the speech’s start so the audience could feel a connection to the Spanish voice in their ear, translating the Disney Creativity messages.

Dear Son, i forgot.

PS. Asked Thinking Heads to get their emails so i could apologize. They were gone soon after my speech.

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Final 120 Days

Ain’t no glamour on the road

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On the flight from Kuwait to Dubai…posted to TEDxAUK Instagram.
High School Seniors
While i missed being there Saturday night as our Son and his friends had dinner at our home, i remain content for being at all the other dinners they’ve shared at our place. After dinner, they went to Universal Studios for Grad Night.
Emirates delayed bag form
i begged them not to confiscate the bead jar.
Florida homesite
Had the airport car service drop me off at neighborhood entrance and i walked home from there. Entering our back yard is an indescribably peaceful experience.

Ain’t no glamour on the road.

The effort required to make it back home from Kuwait was anything but joyful.

The world isn’t perfect, of course.

Sometimes, it’s not even excellent.

Then i remind myself that whatever is irritating me is only a first-world problem and i immediately return to a peaceful and grounded state of being.

Son, when you learn to recognize that your biggest “issues” are trivial compared to many people’s issues, you will find a peace and contentment that allows you to thrive.

Having an incurable disease is a huge lifetime challenge. The good news is you live in America with access to the best the medical world can offer.

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