What’s Sam’s “WHY?”
I’m often asked how I got started.
The question is, how far back do you want to go?
I grew up in a small SoCal town called New Cuyama.
How small? Well, let’s just say it had more horses than people.
I used to ride my Palomino Joe to the library and tie him up outside while I went inside to fill my backpack with books.
That library gave me a window on the adventurous world just waiting to be discovered outside our isolated mountain valley.
When I was asked to be valedictorian for our graduating class, it was a big deal.
I spent a lot of time crafting my talk, and asked my dad (who advised FFA students on public speaking) if he’d listen to my dress rehearsal and give suggestions.
He listened to my little “bird leaving the nest” homily and said simply, “It’s an okay talk, Sam. I just didn’t hear anything new.”
He wasn’t being mean. He knew I wanted honest feedback.
He added, “Sam, if we’re going to ask people for their valuable time and attention, it is our responsibility to say something original.”
I protested, “But Dad, there’s nothing new under the sun.”
He smiled. “Sure there is. Do you know the definition of original? If we haven’t heard or seen it before, it’s original.”
Aaahh. That set me off on a life-time mission to craft new insights and step-by-step methodologies people hadn’t heard or seen before.
Dad was right.
People are busy. If we want their attention, we’ve got to EARN it by introducing something original, meaningful, memorable, and actionable.
In other words, we need to be intriguing.
Hopefully, that’s what my programs and products do, and it’s what I teach people in my writing, coaching, and speaking.
What have I learned in the 30 years I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of sharing the work of the Intrigue Agency (originally Action Seminars) around the world?
If we want to succeed, we must intrigue.
Hope you find these best-practices valuable, and I hope you’re able to use them to improve your effectiveness and your quality of life – on and off the job.