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Dear Clients and Colleagues:
Besides the inevitable activities winter brings, it's the best time for
reflection and planning. Here are a few "cool" ideas.
The Dr. Phil Show - Cool New TV Show
So far, it's a hit. Dr. Phil is doing fantastic in spite of armchair
critics who said success was a long shot without Oprah. For those of you
who have been under a rock, Dallasite psychologist Phil McGraw, an Oprah
regular, launched his own show last September. His target market of
stay-home moms are happy as clams. This means ratings are good, and lots
of money is being made.
Why mention Dr. Phil's show-so many of you being in industry? Three
reasons. One is to update you on LodeStar Universal activities. Working
behind the scenes on the show, I spent much of the summer traveling to LA,
studying rough cuts and coaching one of his regular guests. A second
reason for mentioning the show provides you with a better understanding
how I help you pack a communication wallop: Working with a wide diversity
of clients and communication issues provides me with unique perspective.
As many of my clients know, I often work with venture capital and high
tech investments. What you may not know is that over the years, I have put
together a respectable stable of executives and professionals who
transferred their expertise to media and entertainment--either as talent
or subject matter experts
Here's a third reason. Dr. Phil demonstrates the concept of creating value
in a challenging marketplace. Ho-hum ideas abound. The Dr. Phil show is
one business concept providing deep value.. As the world turns today,
traditional telecom may be in shambles, but a low budget movie that
touches the heart such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding is still going strong.
Conventional thinking says entertainment is risky-and telephones aren't.
Just as soon as you think the world works one way, you are in for a
surprise. All depends, doesn't it?
The Comedian - Cool New Movie
Stand-up comedy is brutal. Audiences are neither politically correct nor
polite. Feedback is instantaneous. They either laugh with abandon or stare
coldly while you melt like brown sugar doused in water. Especially for
those who have heard me speak or are clients, this movie is a must. It
will deepen your understanding of speaking. For the rest of you, it's well
done and a good time. This wonderful film, produced by and starring Jerry
Seinfeld, is a documentary about his struggle to create a new stand-up
comedy routine. Cameo appearances by Letterman, Chris Rock and Cosby add
to the fun, pathos and drama. I never was a Seinfeld, the TV show, fan. No
matter. I now am a Seinfeld, the man, fan.
Biz Talk - Cool New Cable Show
It's taking a lot longer than anyone expected, (especially me) but the
first Biz Talk airs this winter on Dallas cable. For those who don't know,
Biz Talk a hip talk show about not so every-day people in the business
world, the human beings behind the numbers. The first guests include
legendary restaurateur Kathy McDaniel; corporate architect Brigette
Preston; sales guru Debbie Mrazek and venture capitalist Molly Pieroni. By
the way, they all happen to be women. Just worked out that way.
It's been my baby for several months and is slowly taking shape and form.
Yours truly is host and co-producer along with many fantastic supporters
and volunteers. During one of my LA trips this summer, I practiced my talk
show host skills with a team at CBS studios where I enjoyed working with
the son and daughter of the famous radio DJ Casey Kasem.
Star or Superstar - Cool Speeches
My most requested speech for corporations this fall has been Star or
Superstar? Higher Performance Tips for High Performers. More than any
other lately, I've been asked to make this talk to management teams and
C-level executives. One example comes from the mouth of former Secretary
of the Navy, John Dalton, a client from many years ago. John and his
terrific wife Margaret used to live in Dallas when John worked for Goldman
Sachs. During the keynote, I provide a checklist for people to assess
where they stand on the road to stardom. "Stardom" serves as metaphor for
being the best you can be.
What I have observed over the years is that there is a difference between
good and really good. And it's not simply raw talent. Everyone talks about
continuing to learn. Everyone talks about having a team. What I see is
that how and what people continue to learn makes a big difference as does
how their personal support team is created. (For more information, please
The Wellness Revolution - Cool New Book
Interesting books to cross my path recently? Dr. Tom Diaz, my client and
Dr. Phil's personal physician, recommended The Wellness Revolution. Turns
out, it was penned by best-selling author and an old friend Paul Pilzer
(former economic advisor to two presidents). Paul predicts the current
$200 million wellness industry will grow in 10 years to $1 trillion. Check
it out to see how he proposes to solve obesity, the health-care crisis and
Entrepreneur's Money-Raising Road Show - Cool CD's and Audio Tapes
The Wellness Revolution also offers many ideas for entrepreneurs to create
new companies. That's part of the fun of it. This reminds me to tell you
my audio and CD series the Entrepreneur's Money-Raising Road Shows are
available on my website and on Amazon. These tools are full of valuable
information and anecdotes that you cannot get anywhere else. The
information is actually good for anyone making a high-stakes pitch. A
workbook to go along is in the works.
Star Pitches, Way Cool Presentations - Cool Workshops
If you are interested in one of our presentation or entrepreneurial
workshops such as Way Cool Presentations or Star Pitches, please call the
office and we can give you the latest schedule. One event is specifically
geared to financial planners and helping them build their seminar
Check out the www.lodestaruniversal.com website for upcoming dates. Any
person who mentions this newsletter gets a 10 percent reduction. Former
clients receive a 25 percent reduction off any workshop. And anyone
repeating a class receives 50 percent off.
Not bad a bad way to start 2003!
President, LodeStar Universal
P.S. Please visit our website www.lodestaruniversal.com or LodeStar
Universal at 214.696.3510 or 866.781.6192 for a schedule of seminars and
speeches. Learn more about how we can help you, your company or employees
grow and thrive in 2003.
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