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Have A Laugh Fridays – “Tim Mushey Style” Sales Call Prep

This is how you properly prepare before a sales call “Tim Mushey style!”


Oh yeah, if you have not stopped by my Facebook page yet, why don’t you this weekend at

There is also “no cover charge” for Black Friday over at our LinkedIn discussion group – The Daily Music Sanctuary.

I peaked your curiosity didn’t I?

See you over there 🙂


The Five Star 5 – 40 Years Update…

At the end of August, I decided I needed to lose some weight. I had progressively let myself go, and for the first time in my life wanted to see if I could commit to losing a few pounds.

I am very proud to say that I DID IT!!!!

I attempted to lose 10 pounds over a 9 week period, and on my last weigh in I had lost 12 pounds!

Here are the top five lessons learned over the 9 weeks:

  • It is NOT an easy thing to do!
  • I still needed a TREAT day once per week to enjoy my favourite foods
  • Eating healthy 95% of the time takes a lot of work but is worth it
  • Eating smaller meals more often did surpress my appetite
  • A  normal portion size is much smaller than I ever thought

Bonus lesson

  • I have a new mindset that if I deeply commit to something, I can achieve anything I want. There were some rough days, but I rarely wavered from my plan.

My thoughts often shifted to the discipline it takes to write daily, correspond on social media on a regular basis and move my business forward “a little bit every day”.

Anything that you need to do on a regular basis can be accomplished if you dedicate to it. I am feeling more confident than ever and look forward to keeping the weight off.

Here is the link to my original blog post discussing my weight loss plan:

  • What do you need to commit to today that you are needing to work on?
  • Doubt that you can do it? Think again! You’ll never know if you don’t try!

If this inspired you to work on a personal challenge, I would love to hear about the results.

Please email me at:

Good luck!

Saturday Music Memories – It is Hard To Stay Mad..

When they can still rock like this 🙂

The “Push For 400” is on…

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“Like” it if you like it!

Robert Kiyosaki Says ….

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.”

I found this quote as I was preparing to give a speech recently and I can’t get it out of my head. Really take a moment to think about it.

Very powerful words!

Have a great day!

Saturday Music Memories – Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians in my online community (and Happy Weekend to everyone else)!

Enjoy the long weekend and the time you get to spend with family and friends.

Way down the list of things I am thankful for is the fantastic music that has come out of Canada over the years. Bryan Adams is close to the top of my list!

Here is an old classic “Run To You” from 1983!

Have a great weekend…

Have A Laugh Fridays – FANTASTICLY Funny Biz Quotes!


I love this list of quotes that i compiled last year!

It looked as awesome as I remembered it when I first posted.

Enjoy this list and  have a great weekend..

ps did you love that I used the word “Fantasticly” and told the spelling editor to take a hike?

  • How many people on their deathbed wish they’d spent more time at the office? – Stephen R. Covey
  • The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. – Lilly Tomlin
  • Right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I’d have to throw myself in front of a train. – Jim Halpert/The Office
  • The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.  – Roy L. Smith
  • By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. – Robert Frost
  • If you break 100, watch your golf. If you break 80, watch your business. – Joey Adams
  • The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon
  • Aim low, reach your goals, and avoid disappointment. – Scott Adams/Dilbert
  • “There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.” – Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • “Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.” – Sloan Wilson

Saturday Music Memories – Incredible Young Drummer!

When I first heard Casey Cooper drum, I was blown away! I love the enthusiasm and passion for his craft. His talent is second to none at the young age of 21.

In this video, he covers Nirvana’s “In Bloom”.

Want more? Of course you do. You can connect with him in the following places below:

YouTube –


What the heck, how ’bout Twitter too:

Saturday Music Memories – “What A Nice Day”

I just got Keith Urban tickets yesterday for a January 2014 show in Edmonton! I thought it would be appropriate to share this blog post again!

Keith Urban is one of my favourite artists. I have had the extreme pleasure of seeing him play live twice. I think Alicia Keys is one of the greatest talents in the music industry today. The collaborated at Live Earth in July 2007 for a fantastic rendition of “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Have A Laugh Fridays – Best Golf Putt EVER!!!

If you are a golfer, click on this link! It will be the best 12 seconds of your day. If you are not, you will still appreciate the skill involved!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Is It Time To Hit “Reset” With Your Team?


Managing, coaching and/or leading a team can be a very rewarding role when things are going well. There’s a method to the madness in motivating and inspiring team members. When things don’t go well, the accountability has to fall back on the manager, and tough questions need to be asked. One of the questions that has always intrigued me is,

“Do you know your team members?” (yeah, yeah I do!)


“Do you really KNOW them?”

I heard a story once about a sports star who was allegedly upset that his General Manager did not phone or visit him while he was in the hospital recovering from surgery. This caused a great debate – whether the manager should have had to make personal contact, or if it was satisfactory that his support team did the checking in.

I had a strong opinion on the situation initially, and concluded that the player was another over paid athlete who was whining and wanted a “big hug” from his adoring fans! A radio announcer quickly put it in to perspective for me. He said that although it was ridiculous to expect a General Manager to make calls to a player in the hospital, he needed to know his  players. If all it took to keep a multimillion dollar player happy was an occasional phone call or visit to the hospital, was it really that big a deal? Maybe he only had to do things similarly with a handful of players, but it would have kept harmony within the team. Speculation ensued and the player ended up being let go in a very public dispute.

“The Blind Side” movie provided another great lesson about knowing players.  A high school football coach had an offensive lineman on his team who was having difficulties blocking opposing players. The coach got frustrated, and did not know how to teach the player to block better, and protect the quarterback. The player’s mom was watching that practice, and went on to the field and gave some insight to her son. She knew that he had scored very well on testing at school when the topic was protection. She gave him examples of how he had protected the family and others close to him over time, and how it related to the football team concept.  It really sparked something inside him.

From that point on, he did an incredible job protecting the quarterback. The mom commented to the coach that he needed to know his players better. Every time the player struggled and was not blocking as well in the future, they just had to remind him again that this was his “football family” and he needed to protect them too!

In today’s business environment, now more than ever, Sales Managers and Executives need to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies of each of their team members. In the sales profession, some reps will be better at presenting, others will have more technical knowledge, and some will be customer relationship building standouts.

Work your butt off to understand the different personalities that you are managing, and adjust your style when  dealing with each of them . Focus on assisting them in areas of weakness, and capitalize on their strengths. Well-rounded reps will be much more successful on your teams in the long run than those who are one-dimensional.

Managers need to be prepared to change-up their leadership strategies based on their team member’s needs. If your team genuinely knows that your number one priority is their success, life at work should already be good if not great. If things aren’t going well with your team, ask yourself:

  • How well do I know each individual?
    • What motivates them day-to-day?
    • What are their long-term goals?
  • What can I do to get to know each person better?
  • How can I further their career development? (i.e. one-on-one coaching, encouraging continued education, job shadowing, mentoring)

Taking time to get to know your employees gives you valuable insight into leading your team effectively. Happy employees are more productive which is a win-win for everyone.