Okay, so you might be the world’s most interesting person. But the prospective client you’re meeting with wants you to be interested in talking about her and her issues, not about you or your firm. Imagine you injured your arm, that it appears to be broken, and that you have been referred to an orthopedic surgeon. He
In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill concludes that nothing happens until someone has a “burning desire” to make it happen. There has to be a decision and a commitment to make it happen—a mission to see it through. When I talk to a prospective client for my individual coaching work, I’m looking for someone
Marianne is a therapist in northern California who works with families with troubled teens. She has, over the past fifteen years, created a somewhat successful practice. But she recently consulted me because she was worried that the economy had made it difficult to keep her practice full; she felt that she was no longer making
As I was preparing to present a workshop in Indiana for a room full of financial professionals, I overheard a small group of them discussing fishing. “Chris,” I called out to one of them at the beginning of the workshop, “When you go fishing, are you looking for just anything that will take your bait,
Let’s talk movies. My father loved the “lone hero” characters played by Gary Cooper, who faced off with all of the bad guys virtually solo in the 1952 movie High Noon. To my dad, Cooper represented the idea that action heroes had to find their way by themselves. Dad believed that strong, successful people don’t
In 2005, Steve Jobs—CEO of Apple and of Pixar Animation—gave the commencement address to the Stanford graduating class of approximately 5,000 students. “I never graduated college,” he began, and then he told three stories. The first story was about “connecting the dots”. Jobs told how he dropped out of college, but continued to attend classes
REMINDER Later today you’ll have your last chance to join my free teleseminar, More Clients TODAY! Click here to learn more. Japanese Samurai warriors were taught to “die before going into battle.” Learning to accept death as a plausible outcome of a battle, a warrior was able to fully give himself to the battle.