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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/22/2022

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/22/2022

Somewhere around the ages of 8-12 I did what all the boys did in our urban setting. We tried out for Little League. (When you were older, it was the Babe Ruth League.) This was a rite of passage in the summer, before you were expected to have a job and when schools were basically shut from June 1 through Labor Day. (And when two working parents or a non-intact home were the exceptions. However, my mother did work.)

Some years ago, when my wife’s hip replacement surgery prevented her from air travel for a while, we experienced one of my great dreams (and one of her nightmares) and travelled from Boston to LA by train. As Amtrak snaked through the backyards of America, we saw a thousand ball fields.

This reiminiscense is prompted by the fabled and iconic Little League World Series currently being contested in South Williamsport, PA, with 20 teams from around the world.

We played for love of the game. It was our opportunity to play in organized sports with all the trappings of the real thing (when players took subways to the ballpark in Brooklyn and no one was being paid $190 million to hit .225 playing shortstop). Our coaches and the umpires were without pity. We were screamed at, threatened, cursed,, and otherwise bullied to play better.

It was great.

I was pretty nervous in the field and prone to errors. But, lord, could I hit! At the end of one season a coach asked me to bring in my birth certificate. “Do you think I lied about my age?” I asked.

“No, Weiss, despite it all, you made the All-Star team and we need proof of your age. I also need some proof that you know what the hell you’re doing out there.”

Those weren’t days of participation trophies, law suits over tough coaches or prayers on the field, or fears about head injuries or over-zealous parents.

We were the real “boys of summer.” We would give our own play-by-play accounts using illeism: “Weiss hit the winning runs home with a double over the right-fielder’s head.”

Weiss still remembers.

 

It’s a wonderful feeling to be a bridge to the past and to unite generations. The sport of baseball does that, and I am just a part of it. —Vin Scully (the best baseball broadcaster ever, recently passed away, who broadcast for the Dodgers for 67 years)

You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. —Jim Bouton (former pitcher and author of the controversial Ball Four)

Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field. —Juliana Hatfield

Weiss, are you taking stupid pills again? —My coach, after I committed an error at shortstop.

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Maximizing Revenues in Uncertain Economic Times: A full day in New York City, September 13. How to GROW your business with prudent risk and innovative approaches over the next year. Recovery? New Realities? Recession? Correction? Regression?

I’m back after huge turnouts across the country for “Getting Started in Consulting” with this immediately relevant and applicable program on capitalizing on the uncertain economy. Lunch is included for a ridiculously low fee for the day. You can receive an audio recording for the same fee if you can’t make the date. You need this to move forward and grow in confidence, and not hesitate in fear. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/maximizing-revenues/

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Meet Me in London: I’ll be hosting a two-day, high-level discussion of likely business futures globally, financial considerations, global passive income, the new realities of sales, new approaches to strategy, and so forth. There will be a limit of eight people. I’ll also conduct a full-day experience for a larger group, probably a limit of 30, for an entire day which will address new approaches to value based fees, the five essential short-term revenue generators, role playing difficult conversations, the advanced Accelerant Curve, and scaling the practice. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/london/ At the Baglioni Hotel, across from Hyde and Kensington Parks.

Return to Australia: I’ll be making my 19th trip in October, this time to Brisbane, to present a week of unique offerings from passive income and global “reach” to a new strategy approach. Join me and your peers for my latest value to grow your business and decrease your labor facing our “new realities.” There is also certification for a new approach to strategy (about which a publisher has just purchased a book on the topic from me) for the post-pandemic world that already has 60+ practitioners in six countries. There is limited seating capacity. Fee increases on August 31. https://alanweiss.com/growthexperiences/australia2022/

Million Dollar Consulting® for the World: I’ve provided 14 modules with videos from me, from your colleagues globally, slides, and text. They include everything from launch to self-esteem, proposals to fees, closing business to creating a brand. No upsells! It’s only $115. What do you think about a 10,000:1 ROI? We have over 500 people from 47 countries. https://milliondollarconsultingcourse.com

Beyond Thought Leadership: I’m bringing six experts and huge successes from five countries, spanning the globe, to a 2.5 session with a series of 90-minute interviews I’ll conduct, plus new IP and case studies. The seventh interview will be with me. Nothing else like this, and it’s far too difficult to coordinate schedules to do it again. So it’s now or never. Learn from your peers how they have scaled their business and built great lives.https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/beyond-thought-leadership/ Three seats remain. W Hotel South Beach, Miami.

Million Dollar Consulting® College: I’ve been asked to run this again, and I miss it, so I’m going to do it on December 13-15 (2.5 days) in Castle Hill, Newport, RI, my usual stomping grounds. The beach houses in the winter are fantastic. There’s a great holiday atmosphere that time of year. It will be on my site next week. I’ll be focusing on what I’ve seen as the critical areas for success: brand-building, accelerating referrals, provocative IP, low labor revenue focus, the post-pandemic lasting realities, and so forth.

The fee is $15,000, which includes lodging, breakfast, lunch, breaks, and one dinner. If you catch me at the bar, it could include two dinners. I’m also going to take time to show how I create this and other workshops, step by step, live or remote. Past grads are welcome to attend for $5,000. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/million-dollar-consulting-college-2022/

NOTE: STARTING WITH MY SEPTEMBER 1 BROADCAST, THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH® WILL HAVE A NEW FORMAT, INCLUDING LONGER SESSIONS AND SHOW NOTES. EVERY OTHER WEEK I’LL BE HAVING A DISCUSSION WITH A THOUGHT LEADER AND LEADING LIGHT IN INNOVATION. THIS APPEARS EVERY THURSDAY ON MY BLOG WHICH YOU CAN FIND ON ALANWEISS.COM, AND IS COMPLIMENTARY.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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