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Entertainment Never Sleeps – Tip Jones – Overdrive Entertainment [Ep 31]

During one, hot, Oklahoma summer in the mid 1980’s, MTV proudly played the Top Five at Five video requests from the day’s call-ins.  That entire summer, the same five music videos (back when Music Television actually played music videos en masse) came on like clockwork. One of those songs was “Tears are Falling” by KISS.

Fast forward to 2016, and one of my childhood buddies, Tip Jones of Overdrive Entertainment, found himself readying a venue for a KISS concert just an hour or so from where we’d grown up as the concert promoter and event agency responsible for making the show happen.  In a surreal moment, Jones texted the pal who encouraged him to get into the entertainment business in the first place to say “I can’t believe I get to do this for a living.”

In this episode of the podcast, Cooksey visits with Tip Jones as they unpack what it took to go from a third-generation retail furniture store owner in a small, Oklahoma town to one of the most in-demand concert and event management companies in the region.

Autograph's Authenticity Questioned In Family Dispute
Autograph’s Authenticity Questioned In Family Dispute

We talk everything from the economic impact of entertainment events to why companies and municipalities should use a professional entertainment company to manage their events to what ‘s really behind ticket prices and more.  Tip even shares a couple of moments he claims are the reason he got into this crazy business in the first place.

While sharing one of his most memorable moments with country music legend Charlie Daniels, Cooksey quickly jumped on the opportunity to settle a decades old family dispute.  It’s all explained in the episode.  [We will include some pictures here in the notes, but please click the link below to VOTE and help Scott SETTLE THE SCORE!]

Charlie Daniels Overdrive
Image provided courtesy of Overdrive Entertainment

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How To Build The Life You Really Want and The Steps Toward Success You Must Take Today! (Ep 24)

Building on the momentum of recent weeks, in Episode 24, host Scott Cooksey shares how 2016 is off and running with intention and purpose.

Sharing how he practices what he suggests on the show, Cooksey reveals his “ONE BIG GOAL” for this year, shares what he is doing differently to achieve it, and why making time for your family and loved ones is important NOW….while you are building the life and business you really want!

One important fact to remember is that “nobody is responsible for your success but you” and further more, it is not anyone else’s responsibility to make sure YOU get what YOU want.

The only question that remains is: What will you DO about it?

The simple questions and steps you need to take are all included in this podcast episode. Just remember that you don’t have to be perfect right away, but you MUST move the needle in the right direction.

Share YOUR “Big Goal” for 2016 in the show notes at www.IdeaCharger.com/Episode24 and if you haven’t listened to Episodes 21-23, and you’re at the point of wanting to (re)gain control of your own life and business, this would be a great time to give these lessons a listen.

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Ep 20 – Why You Should Never Set Goals

Stop Setting Goals

If you have been in business for very long, then you most certainly have experienced the typical “next year, our goal is to do more!” Or, “this year, our goal will be $X million dollars in sales!” [A number seemingly pulled out of thin air, or worse…a number simply a percentage greater than last year’s total.]  This is precisely the reason you should never set goals.  Let me explain.

“More” is not a strategy!

There is no creativity in goal setting today.  Too often, what often gets construed as strategic planning, is not much more than wishful thinking.  In short, people are lazy.

insanity- Taking the same action over-and-over again, each time expecting a different result.

Unhappy with the fact that the company’s sales results were essentially flat for a number of years, a company president shared with me once that “he wanted more”.  Isn’t that exactly what conventional wisdom says a company president should say? In fact, it is exactly what that same company president had said in each of the previous five or six years…each time with the same result- roughly the same amount of sales as the year(s) before.  Are you surprised?

Activity Alleviates Anxiety

Filled with desire to achieve a new result, do you ever feel paralyzed & uncertain what to do?  Research indicates that learning occurs in four stages (Read:  Unconscious Competence- A Lesson From Sesame Street). To first learn a new skill, or achieve a new result, one must first take a new action to discover that you likely don’t know what you don’t know- and you need awareness to turn that newly discovered knowledge into action from which you can learn.  Once you took that first step, did the outcome bring you closer to or farther from your desired result?  Adjust. Try again.  It certainly beats the analysis paralysis which prevents so many people from experiencing a change in the outcome of their efforts.  Do something, even if it is wrong!

Where SHOULD You Focus?

target-2To achieve big results, you must have a vision.  To have a vision, you must allow yourself to detach from your past failures and engage with an image of what your new success looks or feels like.  Go ahead.  Get a vivid picture of success.  What would be different if you achieved success? How would it look? Feel? Smell?  What would people notice most about you?

Now, before you get overwhelmed with the natural feelings of “but I don’t know how to get there”, simply bask in that vision for a few minutes. Hey, take an hour!

Welcome back! Feels good, doesn’t it? Now, write down a list of new actions (short term) that would lead you closer to that vision becoming your reality.  Want a new job? Apply for a new one every day for a month. Want to lose those extra pounds you gained over the holidays…four years ago?  Decide to go for  a walk for 30 minutes every day.

Recent, widely-quoted research seems to suggest that mastery of a skill occurs once you have exercised that skill for 10,000 hours.  Becoming an “expert” is a  lofty goal. [For those counting at home that is spending 12 hours a day, every day, for 27 months; or by spending 30 minutes a day for nearly 55 years-if you have that kind of time.]  No matter your level of commitment each day, proficiency in any skill only comes from experience.  There are no shortcuts!

Focus on building new behaviors.  Experiment with new behaviors and identify the correlation with your vision. As you take more and more deliberate action in the correct direction, that vision will begin to come into focus.  Celebrate the small victories.  Track your progress toward the greater desired result.  Just don’t gauge how well you are doing with a pass/fail mentality.  Focus on moving yourself in the right direction.  The big, satisfying goal will just seem to “happen”.

ACTION:  Share a big goal publicly with others as a motivator to keep yourself accountable.  Take a minute and describe your big vision below.  Even if nobody reaches out to you to check your progress, YOU will remember it was posted here and the discomfort of complacency will encourage you to take action each day.

Episode 12-Craig Price-Negativity

Craig Price, leadership and negativity speaker, podcaster & Comic-Con panel facilitator trekked over to the IdeaCharger Studios in The Woodlands, TX to talk negativity and why it matters to people who succeed.

QUOTE:  “I want to plow right through any obstacles because I am already prepared for them.” – Craig Price

STORY: Craig’s unique perspective on the world turns many popular views on success around and looks at them from, well, a different angle. One worth a second look!  We cover topics from “unicorn farts” (A technical term….and a first for this podcast) to breaking down how Craig can get past his introverted nature to better maintain lasting profitable relationships with his clients.

CHALLENGE:  Embrace negativity by separating it from the oft-confused concept of fatalistic thinking.

CALL TO ACTION:

  1. Make it a practice to ask the tough questions like “what would happen if…” rather than just nodding in agreement as quickly.
  2. Listen to Scott Cooksey as he is interviewed about Connection on REALITY CHECK with CRAIG PRICE podcast HERE or check out the show notes and stream HERE  (Episode 182)

BOOK: Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide by Craig Price

FOLLOW CRAIG: @realitycheckpod on Twitter; www.realitycheckpodcast.com

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Be A Connector, Not A Commodity!

“It’s not always the most popular person who gets the job done.”

-Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

Are You A LION? WHY?

I have had the privilege of working with leaders from over 1,000 companies over the years. My personality is one that suggests I have never met a stranger.  Networking is something intuitive for me, yet I find the idea of LinkedIn Open Networker (LION) appalling.  In fact, I would rate it one step above a cold caller who believes the phone book is a list of your personal contacts.

(NOTE:  For my younger readers, a phone book is a huge listing of households and businesses every land-line telephone number in a particular city or metropolitan area.  These used to be provided free of charge for everyone and delivered to your house annually.  The most impressive use I ever saw of an actual phone book was seeing it ripped in two in a feats of strength act at a school assembly.)

Big Data Is Not All Its Cracked Up To Be

Algorithms rule the world.  Everything is math. Data is meant to be crunched.  But, not all data.

According to my LinkedIn profile, my “network” has over 1,700 connections.  If you quickly do the math of “connections of connections of connections” I apparently have a “reach” of about 4 gazillion people.  The problem is, most of those people, until I offer a bit of knowledge useful to THEM,  do not care about me or the connections I have.   The point here is NOT about how many connections one has, rather, it is about the quality of those connections that truly counts.  For the record, I have personally interacted or held some kind of conversation with nearly every one of the people I am connected to on LinkedIn. (There are most certainly a few who slipped by me in a weak moment or as result of some long forgotten exchange.)

Add Value First, Reward Will Follow

If you speak as part of promoting your business, you should encourage your audience members to connect with you.  LinkedIn, however, may not be the most appropriate place.  Friends you met at a party, but don’t necessarily have any significant common ground with professionally, likely are good enough for Facebook.  If you find someone’s perspectives interesting, but not sure you are willing to commit to more than an arm’s length admission, Twitter works great.  Should you have a meaningful exchange with someone under the auspices of business, however, LinkedIn is likely appropriate.

In a previous article, I shared how you could leverage connections you have collected on Facebook into your business world. Whether you are “old hat” with LinkedIn or just getting started, I recommend beginning to build value with people you already “know”.

Say It. Don’t Spray It!

Plenty of people claim to be “networking experts”.  I have known many over the years.  The problem is, if they have to TELL YOU they are a “networking expert”, I would offer they probably have a large of business cards, but no earthly idea of what to do with all of those contacts. Here’s a photo of what I found in the desk of a previous co-worker who complained he wasn’t able to generate more sales: Business Cards

If only he had ever just tried to contact half of those cards to learn what problems they needed help with TODAY.

Here’s the gold:

Find out what problems or challenges your contacts are needing help with today and connect them with someone else you know who can offer assistance or BEST SOLVE that problem! Just GET INVOLVED with your network!

Hey, LIONs:  Less IS More!

Stop collecting connections and building a useless “network” of people with whom you never actually get to know, interact, or connect!

In my experience, a list of 100 people you know well and interact with regularly with a specific message  yields much greater results than building a long list of people whom you hope, pray, and wish someday might buy from you.   Be of assistance to your network and you will build a loyal following for life.  Who knows, they might even refer some business your way.


Scott Cooksey works with organizations to build sustainable, lasting, profitable relationships with clients and reignite the power of teams.  Learn more about how he can work with your organization or speak at your event by visiting www.IdeaCharger.com.

The Secret to Becoming Memorable

You look down, they know you’re lying and up, they know you don’t know the truth. Don’t use seven words when four will do. Don’t shift your weight, look always at your mark but don’t stare, be specific but not memorable, be funny but don’t make him laugh. He’s got to like you then forget you the moment you’ve left his side. And for God’s sake, whatever you do, don’t, under any circumstances…

– Rusty Ryan, Oceans 11, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2001

The 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven is one of my favorite, go-to movies whenever I just want to relax and be entertained. The witty banter, funky music and…well, who doesn’t enjoy a good ol’ Las Vegas story?

In the above scene, Rusty Ryan, played by Brad Pitt, offers advice to Linus (Matt Damon) just before he steps into their latest con scheme.  The goal is for Linus to “sell” the con, and put into place yet another important piece of the complicated scheme to rob a Las Vegas casino.

Certainly, I am not endorsing your undertaking an elaborate con.  Rather, I ask what are you doing, deliberately, to sell your own capabilities to those around you to make a legitimate, positive impact toward achieving what you deserve?

Make This Year Different

DiceMaking change is difficult.  No doubt you have found changing old habits, processes, systems and perspectives always less than an easy task. Making change successful, however, is more than just rolling the dice.  Here are some simple IdeaChargers to get you started:

  • Read More
    Become a student of the world.  Pick a topic-any topic.  Learn about something you know very little about. Hell, read a novel instead of yet another business book.  Just read.
  • “Wing It” Less
    There is no substitute for experience.  There is also nothing greater than being prepared BEFORE you need that experience.
  • Stop Repeating What You Know
    Offer more insight into what you know.  Quotes are convenient. Knowledge is power. Opinion sets you apart.
  • Build Connections Before You Need Them
    Spend 20 minutes per day reaching out to people you already know.  Find out what/how they are really doing and connect them with someone else, then, step back. [This is a longer-term strategy for results and one which averagely successful people most often overlook.]
  • Be You
    You have a gift.  You are unique.  At all costs, do not let your gift become a commodity.  Dig in and get to know yourself, first.  Then, share it with the world!

New years resolutions are convenient, but unnecessary.  The time to begin your own path to success starts now.  Practice the above five concepts above, and watch what happens.  Here is my promise:

You Will Be More Memorable!


Are You Already A Step Ahead?

Share how one or more of the above points have made an impact on you already.  Or, hold yourself accountable by posting a comment to put how you plan to make yourself memorable.

How To Fix America

GroverClevelandPopularVoteMapAs I write this post, it is Election Day in the United States.  This particular election is dubbed the “mid-term” election, as it is the midpoint of the current presidential term.  For many states, this is a key opportunity to set the stage on both the federal and state levels of government for the opportunity to make changes for the next two years.  Hope. Change. Better. Worse.  You have heard it all before, right?  Well, sort of.

Have a conversation with any toddler, anywhere in the world, and you will get an example of “cause and effect” thinking.  While the child’s brain develops, they begin to learn that when they do “this” then “that” happens.  Of particular note in our house, for example, is when bad behavior results in loss of privileges like watching her favorite shows on the iPad. [Who knew a two-year-old in 2014 would be a fan of the 80’s sitcom A.L.F and the comedy classic I Love Lucy…at least THIS week?]

As an adult, another truth begins to emerge.  Watch any well-written television drama, read a great novel, or simply pay attention to the decisions you make in your own life and it becomes quite evident that “what happens to us” is more a collective result of multiple actions, rather than a simple “cause and effect” result.

Enter the “disconnect”

We have a problem.  This water-based marble hurling through space that we call “Earth” isn’t sitting still, nor is its future completely dependent upon a single decision by any one person.  If you watch the political ads in any campaign cycle, you’d think the End Times were upon us…and it is all the fault of ONE PERSON–namely whomever the political opponent the ad’s producers seem to be attempting to discredit in favor of their own candidate.  I hate to break it to you, people, but it just isn’t that simple.

What we need in this country is innovation.  Perhaps it is YOUR IDEA that has been cooking in your brain over the past few weeks, months or years.  Maybe YOUR COMPANY has collected the talent, resources and capital necessary to launch the NEXT BIG THING, but you cannot seem to get it launched due to that ONE OBSTACLE in your way.  Or could it simply be that your mojo is in need of a reboot?

Here are the facts:

  • Infrastructure is horribly expensive and often already out-of-date by the time it is actually put into service.
  • Employers feel squeezed by regulations, lack of employee loyalty and global economic pressures.
  • Employees feel squeezed by an ever-connected workplace, a lack of employer loyalty, and wages that have simply NOT kept up with the true cost of living in America today.
  • The Democrats blame the Republicans.
  • The Republicans blame the Democrats.
  • Lobbyists blame everyone, but most importantly….
  • It has ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY—You are out of excuses!

Turn off your cable news stations.  Stop buying into the hype and Niagra Falls-like bombardment of misinformation coming at you today.  The solution IS SIMPLE.

Figure out what YOU want, need and are willing to work for.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and PLUG IN YOUR IDEA CHARGER.  It’s time to move ahead and make success happen for YOU.  It’s really not up to anyone else.

DAMN THE TORPEDOS!

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