Set Speaking Sub-goals. A speaking event should also be a learning experience for you, the speaker. One major goal is of course, to please, motivate, educate and move the audience. Try some new things, take some risks and make sure YOU learn from the event.
You must also qualify as a prospective buyer. The reason for this is the same as looking for a house: A broker is not going to waste theirs or a seller’s time on a prospective ‘buyer’ that does not have two dimes to rub together. Be prepared to divulge your financial status with documented proof and sign a non-disclosure statement as well. Of course, you are prepared to put down 50% of the purchase price, and have plenty of working capital, right?
Having said all of this, if you happen upon a shop for sale be observant and make a few visits before you know much. It will tell you a lot. I have been involved in a lot of discussions about buying an existing coffee shop. You have to take into effect the age of the business and the time left on the lease (w/renewal options). That is where half of the worth is at. There is always the case that someone may see value where others do not as well.
Then again, it’s always a gamble buying an existing business because what an owner says, what’s on the tax returns, and what is reality may be completely different things. That is where a trained eye and lots of observing come in real handy.
Sculptor Bill Burgess founded FrameWorks 34 years ago, then Ron and Julie Burnham owned it for 14 of what Colvin calls the “glory years,” when renowned photographer Myron Wood frequented the business.
Walking may not be grueling, but it is still hard. If you walk at a decently fast pace up a hill, you are going to get a great workout. And most importantly, you will not have to worry about missing a week of your busy life because you fell off a treadmill at full speed. What does this mean? Walking does not endanger your body like other activities such as running or sports can, unless you walk through a bear sanctuary or next to an icy cliff, which is never a good idea.
In a bar, where everyone is feeling loose you can get to the point of talking in a sexual undertone a lot quicker than when you are just out on the street. Just imagine striking up a conversation in a park with a woman and immediately trying to take things sexual with her. She will want to get away from you as soon as possible and she may even break out the can of mace.
I was so upset being the only guy left at the end of the night, that one day I decided enough was enough and i had to do something about it. Boy, was that the best decision I ever made. Within just a few weeks I was approaching women with confidence and more important than that, I was getting great results.