Honey Can You Please Pass the Prozac? – Depression in America

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog, Written Blog | 0 comments

Honey can you please pass the Prozac? Maybe not as common as salt and pepper, but the last 20 years has seen a meteoric rise in depression and the use of anti-depressant drugs. The NY Times in 2013 reported that ONE IN TEN Americans and ONE in FOUR women in there 40’s and 50’s are taking the drugs. Are there really that many unhappy people in the USA who can not deal with these feelings on there own and need drugs (legal or illegal) in an attempt to change the way they feel? One in four…one in ten…that is really hard to comprehend. What is “depression”? When should drugs be involved? That article states the primary problem:

“Depression is being overdiagnosed on a remarkable scale.”

Real time update on this story. It is actually worse, NBC News in December 2016 reported – ONE IN SIX adults are taking anti-depressants. Usage has increased over 400% in the last 20 years and overdose deaths have quadrupled! Anti-depressants are the most prescribed drug in our country. Isn’t that amazing! It is a huge business over $13B.  We are blessed in the USA with so much abundance and reasons to be happy and optimistic. We have the richest country and have the highest rates of depression. Nigeria is desperately poor, corrupt in a legendary way, generally filthy and has a shortage of food and water. The depression rate is 0.8%, by far the lowest of all countries surveyed.

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Keeping Score and Personal Accountability

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Blog, Written Blog | 0 comments

Keeping score is fun! That is a belief that has served me well for my entire life. I think it started with my Dad and the way I was raised. He was a Ford dealer and from a young age I would go with him to the dealership on Saturday mornings to sweep, clean cars and a special pancake breakfast. I would make a few bucks for my efforts too!Dime Kitty crop

We started a savings account and I collected dimes in special holders to take to the bank for deposit. Anyone remember those? I still have about a dozen with Mercury dimes – these were called Dime Kitty. You saved 30 dimes per folder.

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Don’t Drop Your Bucket

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

In my career of coaching 1000’s of sales professionals and leaders to get better, there is one strategy that will work EVERY TIME to improve your skills. For many they have NEVER done it or if they have it has been many years.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog, Written Blog | 0 comments

Screen-Shot-2015-11-18-at-11.20.42-AM.140637Below is a list of potential questions to ask your parents and grand parents. Jim Rohn taught me, “If life is worth living, it is worth recording.” You can of course do this at any time and Thanksgiving gives many families a rare chance to be together. This list is a conglomeration from many sources and is big! You do not of course have to ask all these questions. They simply serve to be a guide.

 

I used them to interview my Dad four years ago. I wish I had done it earlier BEFORE he was quite sick going through chemo for lung cancer. I did do it with my mom (pictured above) who is still with me. The recordings came out very well and we are glad we have them. It would be amazing if I had these recordings from my grandparents! I only have one from my Grandmother made in the early 1990’s when she was in her prime! She really loved to watch it too since she had never seen herself on TV.

 

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How to Have a High Energy Day- PART 2

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Video Series | 1 comment

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How to have a high energy day – Part 1

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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Malcolm Butler Super Bowl Hero

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Blog, Written Blog | 0 comments

I just got done watching the Superbowl. I grew up in Washington so I am disappointed in the play call at the end of the game. How do you know run the ball with Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, you only have a yard to go and it is second down with plenty of time left and a time out? They said he scores 87% of the time on 3rd or 4th down. Every other  Seahawks fan in the world is asking the same question. You virtually had the game won! Pete Carroll said he had a 3 receiver set in and the Patriots had their goal line defense in and he did not like the match up so they threw it. Call a time out and change your personnel! Russell Wilson could have not run the play and called a time out himself to change the play. Sorry but I am pissed! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! Then a miracle happened for the Patriots.

The player who secured the game for the Patriots was a long shot to make the team. Malcolm Butler went to a small Division II school called Western Alabama after he was kicked out of Hinds Community College. He was evaluated at the Alabama Pro Day according to NESN and at only 5”11” 190 his workout did not impress and he was not drafted. In the pre-season NESN reported that:

“Butler can’t burn up a track or jump out of gym, but he’s proven to be a playmaker on the practice field and in the Patriots’ first preseason game, when he allowed just two receptions on seven targets from Washington Redskins quarterbacks.”

He is a “proven playmaker”. It just goes to prove that talent is overrated. He was evaluated and deemed unworthy by the pro scouts and was not drafted and got his shot with the Patriots and made the most of it. At the Pro Day in Alabama they just measured him on short term physical tests.  They could not measure the intangibles – GRIT, TENACITY, HEART and the ability to make plays! In the post season interview he said before the play he saw himself making a play before it happened! That is a play maker. He said, “I did my job.” A Super Bowl hero.

 

 

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Start the New Year with Momentum

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog, Written Blog | 0 comments

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We are 3 weeks into the year, have you set yourself up to win? Recently I did a global teleclass and captured the recording. Follow this link and you can listen to an interactive call to help you get plugged in and switched on! Your chance to reach your goals this year goes up ten fold when you take action.

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How to: Use Your Smart Phone to Make Role Play and Training More Valuable

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

You’ve probably seen the research that says in order to get better, you must get deliberate practice. The key to deliberate practice is quality feedback. What most people don’t know is that the best way to get this quality feedback is via video and audio recording with a device that most people use on a daily basis; their smart phone.

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How to Keep a Journal

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 1 comment

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Going Old School – How to: Stand Out

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

Cards are sent so rarely today that when you do, you stand out. When you take the time to send someone a card – be it your customers or business associates – it shows that you appreciate them. This video includes several great tips and ideas on how to leverage this system of card giving for your business or for yourself personally.

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How to: Use a Checklist to Improve Workplace Performance

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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John McGrath Testimonial

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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Improve the Motivation and Communication of your Team: The Value of a Huddle

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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Corporate Motivational Speaker

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 1 comment

When it comes to your next event, the right speaker can have a huge impact on the energy, interaction and success of your event…and make you a superstar as the meeting planner. And here’s the thing…there’s a HUGE difference between a “good” speaker and a “great” speaker. Please watch the video or call to find out more.

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The Key to Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

Do you have what it takes to become one of the 3% of Americans living a heart healthy lifestyle? I offer several easy tips that you can quickly implement into your everyday routine to get you on the fast track to living a healthier lifestyle.

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Behavior Change – A Streak Starts with One

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

Long-term change only happens when you’re committed, never when you’re interested. My belief is that every behavior change comes from one committed decision. What decisions do you need to make today?

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Personal Achievement Guru Brian Tracy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

Brian Tracy is a Canadian entrepreneur, public speaker, author and personal and professional development trainer. The video is Brian’s endorsement for Chip Eichelberger.

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Special Summer Training Opportunity – 50% Off

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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Do you have people on your team who need to take their persuasion skills to the next level? What if a group of 6-10 could spend a day with me? My interactive Switch on Your Persuasion class is for leaders where presenting is not enough. They must engage, persuade and lead others to action.

Very effective for managers, sales people, corporate executives who need to “sharpen their saw.” Summer is always slower with the typical conventions I speak at.

Take advantage now and book a day of training for 50% off in August and September before they are gone. Call me at 865-300-2742.

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How to Drastically Improve your Health & Lifestyle

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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You Can’t Outrun a Big Mac

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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Talent is Overrated

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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Anti-Branding Success Story

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Blog, Written Blog | 0 comments

Golf Magazine just named Phil Mickelson Player of the Year. His brand has become “The Peoples Champion” and I belive that it was not by accident. Like Arnie (Palmer) and his Army from the 60’s, Phil has created a base of Raving Fans. Announcer Gary McCord said he said he was going to be everything Tiger Woods was not. That is an interesting branding philosophy. Who is your biggest competitor? What are they not?

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For Phil it was basics like being friendly with the galleries, taking extra amounts of time to sign 100’s of autographs and bring his family with him often. With Tiger’s transgressions it was easy to position against him with his long marriage to Amy and his three adorable kids. Seeing Tiger now with one of his kids at a tourney actually seems kind of strange to me.

Early in Phil’s career he was said to be kind of aloof and did not embrace the fans. He made a conscious decision to spend the time with fans because he knows that few moments of interaction can lock them in forever as being a supporter.

I have also made that decision in my career to be different. Almost all speakers use PowerPoint. I never have. Most speakers stay on stage. I get out and engage the audience. Almost no speakers create a customized handout for every event. I do every time regardless of how many are in the audience. My style is more like a interactive workshop not a “traditional one way keynote”. It makes for a more enjoyable sticky experience for the audience.

Research your competition and find out what you can do differently that will make a difference.

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You probably knew that sitting too much is bad…just not THIS bad.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog, Video Series | 1 comment

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Your Work is Never Done

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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10,000 Push Ups – are you crazy!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Blog, Written Blog | 0 comments

puash upWow that sounds like a big number. If you can do 10000 push ups every year I bet it would help you stay in great shape, build muscle, stay strong, strengthen bones and make you look better for sure in a swimsuit. If you break it down to a DAILY discipline 10,000/365 rounds out to only 28 a day. A streak starts with just one decision! For it to be a streak you also have to TRACK it.

I have been tracking my workouts for over 20 years and saved each of these sheets – go to the Document Library on my site to print out the Get Switched On Energy Schedule,  place on the mirror in your bathroom and simply fill in the boxes from 1 – 31 for each day of the month you get your 30 minutes of aerobic movement getting your heart rate up and ideally getting a sweat. You can add a “red dot” each day you add your minimum of 28 push ups too.

I am using technology on my Samsung Galaxy S3 smart phone. I downloaded a Push Ups – Your Personal Fitness Trainer app. There are MANY of them out there for Apple or Android. This is cool because you place it down below your face and touch your nose to it to count your push ups. It makes you go DEEP!

What would having the discipline of doing 10,000 push ups a year do for you? What would it do for your family to see your have that “streak” alive in your life? Get started now and see your body transform. It will not have over night BUT you will see results in as little as two weeks. Not a bad idea to add at least 28 exercises a day to build your core too!

This app also is making me do more. I set the alarm for the same time each day to remind me. Doing 54 a day right now -almost 20,000 a year. I made a decision to do a minimum of 28 a day for ever! You can too.

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Don’t Look Back

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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What is Good Customer Service?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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Overcoming the Curse of Competence

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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How to Use Social Media for Small Business – Power of Social Proof

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Blog, Video Series | 0 comments

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