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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/07/2023

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/07/2023

I don’t usually do this, but the Memo this week is a reprint of my August 4 blog post. I’m interested in the wisdom of my Monday Morning readers about this.

I believe in good grooming. I think most people take care of their health as best they can, and that includes bad breath, body odor, and, ah, so forth. In fact, it’s quite an exception to be at work or in an elevator or at an event and find yourself gasping because of someone’s body odor or personal uncleanliness. (I’ve been on some crowded buses and subways earlier in my life which would be an exception, but I wouldn’t know how to take a bus today.) I make no exemptions here by biology, anatomy, identity or any other word ending in “y.”

Yet, with an abrupt invasion, along comes Lume which advertises it’s for the complete body, “in all cracks,” under bosoms (my word not theirs), and for women especially, “everything at the waist and below.” it is marketed “for private parts.”

And just this morning the Times (no less) ran an investigation and ranking of the best “travel underwear.” What does that mean? Driving? Public transportation on the commute? Flying to Amalfi? Well, it turns out they measured (I am not making this up) “dampness absorption,” retention of odor, and “wick” effectiveness. (That means “to draw off liquid by capillary action.”)

I know that people pee in pools, and that incontinence is a serious problem for some folks. But are people peeing their pants on the way to work, on escalators, or in airplane seats because they’re too lazy to go to the lavatory (or can’t get by the snoring, larger person on the aisle)?

Have I an unnoticed olfactory deficit, whereby I’ve missed all these odors, smells, and stinks among my fellow travelers? (I have a physical exam twice a year, but I don’t recall any doctor ever specifically testing my ability to smell obnoxious odors. Maybe that’s a blessing?)

In any case, I may be somewhat behind the stench curve here, but I haven’t experienced some rise in toxic human emissions that demands that we cover our bodies in Lume, or aloe, or Jack Daniels (which is for internal consumption only). But the next time you’re with me, well, I may just take a sniff or two to see if you’re properly wicked.

Recall the great “transactional analysis” manifesto, I’m Okay, You’re Okay by Thomas Harris. I’m thinking of a sequel: I’m Okay, You Stink.


Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. —Benjamin Franklin

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? —Erma Bombeck

I judge people on how they smell, not how they look.                —Jennifer Lopez

I love the smell of the waves traveling from the horizon and slamming into the Nantucket shore early in the morning, reeking of fish and mystery. More people have walked on the moon than gone to the deepest depths of the ocean. —Alan Weiss

I’ve been publishing the monthly Coaching Confidential® Newsletter for the past year. It focuses on contemporary coaching issues, a case study resolved in the ensuing issue, and “adventure in the consulting trade.” The new year would begin September 15 and the subscription $250. However, I want to build more critical mass (example: about 12,000 peope read this free Monday Morning Memo®) so I’m offering a full year’s subscription to my loyal readers here for $20! Simply go here before August 20, my deadineLink: url.alanweiss.com/syK79wwXC Enter code F355 at checkout. You’ll receive an acknowledgment of your subscription but you won’t be charged until and unless I decide to publish for another year.

NEW: Autumn in New York: Join me for 2.5 days of a great growth experience. I’ll be presenting new IP on the nature of the No Normal® workplace and how we can best attract and help clients. We’ll talk about new approaches to strategy for all types of organizations. Every participant (who so desires) will get “air time” to discuss a particular challenge, question, or strategy. I’ll take you to dinner at two of my favorite restaurants, we’ll see a Broadway play with great seats, and there will be a tour with a unique New York touch. We’ll start with an opening evening reception. Limited to 14 people. October 10, 11, 12. $12,000 fee (until Aug. 31, after that $15,000) includes meals and lodging. Join me for a great business and social experience. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/autumn-new-york/

NEW: Business As A Second Language: This 90-minute Zoom workshop will deal with reframing, social proof, instant examples, influence techniques, turning objections into selling points, and a great deal more. It will be interactive and recorded for ongoing use. Preparing for meetings is important (until, as the saying goes, you get punched in the jaw). I’ll help you stay in the moment and outduel anyone. Are you tired of worrying about “what you should have said”? Now you’ll be able to say it at just the right time. All this for $350, and you can drink while attending. September 14, 10:30 US eastern time. Recorded for all registrants. (After Aug. 15, $500.) Sign up here: https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/bsl/

NEW: The Remote Millionaire®: Yes, I’m going to provide the secrets (and puncture the myths) of making a million dollars or more a year without leaving your home.

And, ironically, I’m going to do it in person, because I’m scheduled to be in San Diego and LA for other reasons and I generate so much money remotely that I like to be with people on occasion (in good weather)! Here’s what you’ll create or improve without leaving home, except for this day with me:

  • Developing unsolicited referrals.
  • Creating client evangelism with prospects.
  • Delivering powerful marketing discussions.
  • Creating contemporary passive income.
  • Establishing client “banks” that are used and replenished.
  • Moving to and enlarging a trusted advisor network.

We’ll be using role plays, actual participant services (from prep work), and exercises to develop the skills to market, deliver, and expand business though dramatic and tangible value from a distance. We’ll master how to do this with individuals, small groups, and/or large audiences. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/remote-millionaire/

Speaking with Alan: One of my most popular experiential events, run twice a year. Learn how to create, refine, deliver, price, and market a speech of any length. A small group practices and video tapes the components over 2.5 days. Are you charging less than a minimum of $10,000 per speech? Are you agonizing over content, or not drawing a sufficient audience? You need this session NOW! San Francisco Sept. 19-21. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/speaking-with-alan/

Master Master Class II: This sold-out event in March was so popular that I’m running another in October in Newport. I accept 16 people in person (you may also attend remotely on our large screen) and we have just two seats remaining! I’m creating new material, exercises, and challenges. Past “grads” get a discount. One person said, “I’ve known you for nearly 20 years, and this is the best thing you’ve ever done!” (Maybe I just wasn’t that good before!) Register here: https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/master-master-class/

NEW! Alan’s Advisory Suite: Nine options for groups or individuals to receive “real time” coaching to build their practices and lives on a continuing basis. The strongest, best people in business, entertainment, sports, the media—all use coaches. https://alanweiss.com/advisory-suite/ For individuals and/or groups.

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

NEW: Million Dollar Consulting® for the World ADVANCED: The new program contains over 60 videos and has 15 modules focusing on what to do in the buyer’s office, overcoming crises, financial planning, and much, much more. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/advanced-global-learning-program/

Sentient Strategy Certification: My new book on the topic (above) has been released, so this is an ideal time to market Sentient Strategy. Write me to apply, join over 70 people certified in six countries. One-time fee of $12,000, includes 90 days of my support, free admission to all future certifications, and admission to a private web board with other Sentient facilitators.  alan@summitconsulting.com In a recent program a participant sold a $100,000 strategy program within 48 hours. Next virtual session on the mornings of Aug. 24-25.

Vancouver Day: I’ll be providing a full day in Vancouver for as little as $400 (US) including lunch on September 9: How to Dramatically Increase Revenues while Radically Reducing Labor. I’ll be returning from an Alaskan cruise and need the money to pay for it! This is a rare appearance in Western Canada. We currently have 40 people and are meeting at the Terminal City Club. https://alanweiss.com/growth-experiences/vancouver-day/

SAC Annual Meeting – San Diego/Hybrid: Join me for the upcoming Society for the Advancement of Consulting (SAC) annual meeting in San Diego and hybrid on Nov. 14th. I’ll be speaking in the morning, followed with additional content from colleagues. Click to learn more and registerStay over and join me at The Remote Millionaire on the following day. You do not have to be a SAC member.

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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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