I’ve often had a weakness for watching the X-Factor…we’re all allowed one momentary lapse aren’t we?!
I’ve admired the willingness of some people to put themselves into the lions den, where they stand in front of some of the most renowned people in the industry they’re looking to succeed in, then leave themselves wide open to feedback, advice and ridicule. Not just as they stand there but potentially for weeks or months to come worldwide.
So it’s the day before the Network Marketing Mastermind Event in Orlando; the legend Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter and myself go to the Village Inn for breakfast (yes, where we met Alex originally – from a previous blog!) and then popped to GAP as I had lost my belt! Yes, I thought it was surreal going shopping in GAP with Big Al too!
(As an interesting aside, it took quite some time to find a parking space at 11am on a Thursday at this huge shopping mall. Big Al was curious as to what this says about the recession…)
We got back to the hotel and I had a text from another legend from our profession, the Mastermind Event organiser and host, Art Jonak. It asked me to be in the Anemone Room in the Renaissance Hotel next door to where I was staying, in one hour! So much for my afternoon nap.
And it mentioned bringing my speaking notes with me.
I walked across to the venue, up the stairs, found the room only to see Art, Randy Gage – who I have been following for fifteen years, and we were joined by various other icons from the profession including Mr Beach Money, Jordan Adler.
I realised very quickly what was to follow – Randy was leading a session (Simon Cowell!) with the first year speakers, where he and the veteran speakers of Mastermind where going to listen to us deliver and then offer feedback.
My feet nearly did that spontaneous thing they do where they shuffle in reverse but no, I HAD to go in and face the panel.
I sat and observed the incredible feedback that fellow new faculty members Eugene Hong and Jerry Scribner received. I listened in awe at the fantastic tips that were shared and advice given and then from being a tad nervous, I couldn’t wait to have my chance.
Some really intuitive insights followed and I was able to put these thoughts into my presentations that were to follow over the next couple of days.
It seemed the Mastermind was an event that not just the audience got great benefit from, but the speaking panel were able to learn and develop greatly too thanks to the X-Factor panel who gave up their time to help us improve.
Picture: The panel, led by Randy Gage and Art Jonak, share their pearls of wisdom.