A couple weeks ago I woke up to a strange e-mail. The subject said "Speaking Opportunity", which I immediately thought must be spam.
But it wasn't.
A guy named Luke, who has been reading my site for a while, just happens to be the president of the Entrepreneur's Club at the University of Kentucky. His club needed a speaker for the kick off event and he wanted to know if I'd be interested.
And of course I was. I've done a little public speaking before and really enjoy it. Once I spoke to about a hundred people in LA. I sent an e-mail back asking for details.
Amongst the details was this bombshell - I'd be speaking for five hundred people or so, which is about five times the largest group I'd ever spoken to before. Awesome.
We're now two days away, and my talk is almost finished. Okay, actually it's only about twenty percent done, but I work best under pressure and have never ever prepared for any other talk I've done. Anyway, we have some really cool stuff planned and I'm really excited to give my talk.
If you're in Kentucky or anywhere near and want to come see me, it is THIS Thursday at 8pm at Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky. No charge to come.
I'll definitely make time to meet any readers who show up, so if you'll be there then you should e-mail me.
Here's one of the signs on campus:
My wife and I enjoyed the talk and I enjoyed the quick chat with you for a few minutes afterward. I thought there would be more people there.
My wife and I are going to Ireland in the spring and will definitely be using some of you recommendations on gear (from Life Nomadic).
Hey it was definitely interesting meeting you and listening to your stories, would have liked to talk to you more about a few things that I do when it comes to business and living life awesome, haha. I'm glad Luke does what Luke does and got this thing together, I thought there would be a slightly larger crowd though
Good luck, and if you're ever coming to the Toronto area, be sure to post ahead of time or let me know!
dude ... i live in lexington ... i would totally be there, but (see bottom) ... i thought you were a douche when i found the site yesterday, but after reading, i think we learned a lot of the same things, although i didnt take any courses, just studied shit on the internet - but its helped my life in so many ways other than just chicks
but i've actually got a date tonight myself downtown so can't go ... you know how it is...
ive also got a site a started recently (more entertainment/humor/girls) megasizzle.com
Please video tape it, Tynan! Post at least a little clip of it so we can get the sense of the scene. I'm really excited for you.
Did you receive my e-mail about speaking at the 2009 Under and Over 21 Convention?
Would love to have you out alongside guys like Matador and Vin Di Carlo.
Let me know if you didn't get it and I'll resend it from my yahoo account.
ps- the 08 trailer just launched, check it out
cool man, so good that you decided to do it. even though there will be lots of people>>> hope it goes well. i doubt that the full 500 people will turn up, but probably certainly a few hundred. im from the UK so cant make it, but im sure you will do well. i love to watch talks like this because you get to meet like minded people. but anyways hope it goes well, and i hope someone catches it on tape, and puts it on youtube!!
I'm beginning to think that my speaking engagement at UK was partially a ploy to get me to come on an adventure with Luke, the guy who arranged it, and his friends.
If that's the case, I hope that I'm involved in many more ploys.
My flight was diverted, delayed, rescheduled, and rerouted. In the end I flew into Cincinnati, where Luke's friend Stephanie picked me up and drove me to a halfway point to meet Luke.
Dan Redford has built a life at the intersection of China/Michigan relations, doing international U.S./China business in raising millions of dollars of investment from Chinese clients into the United States. Knowing he wanted to be involved in U.S./China business, his first large opportunity came as a result of being a paid attendee covering the Shanghai Expo, and connecting with traditional media throughout Michigan as part of that trip. All along the way, he's connected with great people, lent a helping hand, and taken leadership roles in organizations.
In this interview to promote his GiveGetWin deal, a Group Class on Establishing Leadership and Influence, he tells his journey towards leadership and influence positions, and gives you extremely practical guidelines on doing that in your life.
"The Journey Through Fear To Influence" by Dan Redford, as told to Sebastian Marshall
My family really helped me become a leader. My younger brother is a famous basketball player where we're from. As the oldest of our family, it was a really big challenge for me. Seeing my younger brother rise as an athlete in the community and I didn't have to the skills to do that, it hurt.
I didn't pursue playing basketball in high school for a year because I anticipated my younger brother would be starting as a freshman and not wanting to compete with him.