August 24th 2009
Do you think you have enough guts to attempt this waterslide jump into a pool? How many attempts (and bruises) do you think it took to successfully nail this jump and dive into the pool? Quite amazing.
August 17th 2009
Here’s a video link to the most memorable one-line quotes related to sports.
August 10th 2009
I had the opportunity to watch a video featuring Don Meyer, who is this year’s recipient of the Jimmy V Award, and it’s a great story of faith, determination and Coach Meyer’s love of coaching.
If you have not watched this video, I encourage you to invest the time to see it. Coach Meyer is an amazing man, gifted Coach, and an inspiration to many.
August 3rd 2009
The question “What’s your favorite sports movies?” was raised this past weekend and here are my 25 favorite sports movies (alphabetical order):
Bad News Bears, Brian’s Song, Bull Durham, Caddy Shack, Chariots of Fire, Cinderella, Coach Carter, Facing the Giants, Field of Dreams, Friday Night Lights, Glory Road, Hoosier’s, Invincible, Million Dollar Baby, Miracle, Radio, Raging Bull, Remember the Titans, Rocky, Rudy, Something for Joey, 61, The Karate Kid, The Natural, and We Are Marshall.
July 27th 2009
I came across 10 Must-Read Articles from the Harvard Business Review’s most influential authors and I’m sharing the list in today’s blog post. Take a look at the articles and see if there’s one or more that interests you.
July 20th 2009
I’ve done some crazy things in my lifetime, but one thing is certain, you won’t ever catch me riding a fish by jumping out of a helicopter.
July 13th 2009
Over the years, sports teams have been successful with offering fans an all-you-can-eat ticket package. Now, Universal Studios is offering an all-you-can-eat pass and it’s very reasonably priced for adults and kids (two different price levels).
Whether you stop at a concessions booth or eat at a theme park restaurant, it can be pretty expensive for individuals, couples and especially families and groups. Universal Studio’s all-you-can-eat pass is a great strategy in today’s economy, and hopefully one that will stick long after the economy rebounds. (more…)
July 1st 2009
June 19th 2009
I’ve had many people ask if I’d consider making a complimentary chapter of the “Create A Sellout” eBookk Toolkit available so people can review some of the contents offered in the ticket sales toolkit.
It’s a great point and something I should have offered when we announced the eBook. We’ve made a chapter available and we’re also offering the $50 savings (more…)
June 15th 2009
June 8th 2009
Every now and again, I receive an email from a friend sharing a short story. Like many I’m sure you receive, some are inspiring and impacting, and some you simply hit the delete key and move on with your day.
This past week I received one of those “impacting” emails that once in a while move me to forward via email to those I believe will also appreciate the message.
Below is that message, which I hope you’ll enjoy and pass along as I have in this post: (more…)
May 25th 2009
The NBA conference finals have been fun to watch, especially with the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic surprising many people with how they’re competing – and winning – against the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Most news stories and even advertisements have the Lakers and Cavs in the Finals with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James facing each other, but the Nuggets and Magic have turned plenty of heads and have people believing they each have a chance to defeat the Lakers and the Cavs.
I’ve often said I enjoy watching an underdog compete, especially when (more…)
May 4th 2009
April 27th 2009
Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said that playing an NBA Playoff game at Energy Solutions Arena was a lot like attending a rock concert.
I was in Energy Solutions Arena for Game 3 between the Jazz-Lakers and Coach Jackson was spot-on when he said the arena is so loud, it’s like being at a rock concert. It may have been a basketball game, but the place was rocking!
As I watched a packed arena of fans standing, clapping and cheering as the Jazz came from 13 points down to win by three in the final seconds, I kept thinking to myself, “This is why I enjoy sports so much,” and “This is why I wrote “Create a Sellout.” There’s nothing quite like a sold out sporting event, especially a closely contested sold out event.
April 20th 2009
April 13th 2009
I read an article in the LA times this weekend - Recession Brought Baseball Back Where It Should Be. The story shares how the Arizona Diamondbacks sell tickets for $5, hot dogs for $1.50, sodas for $1.50, which means a family of four can enjoy a Diamondbacks game, hot and drinks for only $32.
The article shared that according to Team Marketing Report, the cost of four tickets at the average price, four hot dogs, four sodas, two beers, two caps and parking comes to (more…)
March 30th 2009
I listened to Dr. Wayne Dyer speak this past weekend and he said, “I have a very strong belief that everyone who comes into our life from the stranger sitting next to us on the bus to the person driving next to us on the freeway, our children, husbands and wives, and parents; they all come to us as teachers. The key to being effective and awakened in our lives is to be students rather than teachers.”
Dr. Dyer caught my attention with this opening statement because as a consultant, I’m always looking to help people. I’m in constant “improvement” mode, always looking for things to improve. I really enjoy teaching, mentoring, and sharing. However, Dr. Dyer says we should see everyone as someone who has (more…)
March 23rd 2009
I was reminded this morning of how important and powerful choosing a positive attitude can be no matter what circumstances are presented.
We’ve enjoyed some spring-like weather in Utah the last several days, and today’s forecast called for high winds and rain. Instead, we received snow flurries and several inches of snow.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the snow. There’s something special about fresh falling snow and (more…)
March 16th 2009
I shared a quote this past weekend that someone said helped them change their attitude from self-doubt to self-assured. It’s always a great feeling when we can positively impact another person in that way.
In addition, I shared this inspiring video, which I encourage you to invest a few minutes to watch. If at any time you’re having self-doubts, struggling to have a positive attitude, or you’re simply looking for something inspiring, this video quickly puts life into perspective and can encourage you in a very positive way.
March 9th 2009
Have you watched the movie “Pay It Forward?” It’s a great movie about a teacher who challenges his students with a unique class assignment.
On the chalkboard, the teacher has written the assignment: “Think of an idea to change the world – and put it into action.”
One student takes the assignment to heart and creates the “Pay It Forward” concept where he commits himself to help three people. The idea of helping three people is terrific, but the fact that each person he helps commits to (more…)
March 2nd 2009
I’ve heard for years and have read in national publications how we only use about 10 percent of our brain. The other day I shared this ‘fact’ at the dinner table, and I’m not sure why, but today I decided to check the accuracy of my statement.
I did a search on Snopes.com and to my surprise learned that the statement is actually a myth. I was quite surprised when I read the article. For those of you who have heard - or wondered - for years how we could only use a small percentage of our brain, you might be interested to read “The 10-Percent Myth” posted at Snopes.com.
February 23rd 2009
My wife shared an inspiring story with me that she received via email from a friend, which I’ve included in this post. It’s a great reminder of the choices we have each day and in each situation we encounter. If you haven’t read this story previously, I hope you’ll invest a few minutes to read it and share it with someone you feel would also enjoy it. Here’s the story:
John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’
He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee (more…)
February 16th 2009
I hope each of you enjoyed a Happy Valentine’s Day celebration with someone special. I had the pleasure of spending the day and evening with my family.
We concluded the day with dinner and a trip to the bookstore, something we each enjoy doing. The kids have always enjoyed it because it’s been a (more…)
February 9th 2009
I’ve been blessed over the years to have some very special people in my life, and one of those people is Mrs. A, my high school English teacher.
Mrs. A, who most know as Mrs. Albright, has made it a point to keep in touch with me long after my graduation from high school. She sent me care packages and emails throughout my college days, and called from time-to-time to encourage me.
Whenever I came home to visit, Mrs. A asked me to (more…)
February 2nd 2009
There’s been a great deal of talk about the “down economy” and not a whole lot of positive conversations. The economy should definitely raise concerns, and we all can do our part to be more fiscally responsible, but it also creates so many positive opportunities.
For those who know me, I enjoy keeping things positive, looking on the bright side, and finding the opportunity where a challenge or two have been presented. I never met a challenge I didn’t enjoy. My feeling is, no matter what the outcome may be, there’s always (more…)
January 26th 2009
I love starting off a whole new year, and it’s actually hard to believe were at the tail end of the first month already.
I’m really looking forward to February, though, for three reasons: The first, Valentine’s Day, of course. It’s one of my personal favorites. It always has been, but several years ago it became even more special when my wife and I were engaged on Valentine’s Day. I know, not too original, but trust me, she (more…)
January 19th 2009
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there’s nothing I can write that hasn’t already been written about the significant impact Dr. King continues to have today. It’s simply amazing.
If you have not watched Dr. King’s entire “I have a Dream” speech, you can view it here. Also, here is a portion of the Last Speech Dr. King delivered the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. It’s a powerful 77 seconds of his speech.
Dr. King invested a good portion of his life fighting for justice and equality, and it’s a fitting tribute to his (more…)
January 12th 2009
A few weeks ago, my wife purchased four boxes of Rice Krispies cereal because they were on sale for a great price. As much as I appreciate my wife being a shrewd shopper, there’s no way I was going to consume one bowl of Rice Krispies, let alone four boxes of them.
Apparently our kids felt the same way, because not one of the boxes was opened until yesterday. That’s when I discovered just how smart my wife is. (more…)
January 5th 2009
The other night as my wife and I were putting our daughter to bed, we laughed about something – as we often do – and our daughter said, “Mom, red face!” with a big grin.
I asked, “What is red face?” and our daughter responded, “Whenever Mom laughs really hard, she gets a red face.” I asked KJ how many times does she try to get Mom to have a red face each day and she said, “At least once.”
How awesome is that? Wouldn’t it be neat if we all set a goal each day to see how many people we can get to laugh, and in some cases, so hard that they too can enjoy a red face?
December 29th 2008
It amazes me how many sports teams choose to host the majority of its events on non-game days, and don’t fully leverage each home game. In some cases, teams actually make it a rule to avoid “game days” because the feeling is there’s already a long list of things to execute on games days.
There certainly are advantages to hosting events at corporate partner locations, as well as hosting selected events on non-game days for those teams that don’t permit coach or player interaction with fans on game days. There’s also a great opportunity each home game to host events that simply cannot be replicated (more…)
December 22nd 2008
We celebrated our youngest daughter’s birthday yesterday and we had a lot of fun.
It all started at the morning worship service when Pastor Steve was kind enough to recognize KJ’s birthday in front of the congregation.
Pastor Steve then led the congregation in the singing of “Happy Birthday” to KJ, and she smiled from ear-to-year. (more…)