Extra Points ~ Perspective

September 1, 2014 2 comments

This week’s focus point…PerspectiveJack and Dan

I like to write when I’m inspired or moved. It’s both exciting and therapeutic for me.  Today’s originally scheduled topic was bumped because an event moved me to reflection. I guess that means you get to share my thoughts…

On Friday, I found out one of the Senior players on my first high school basketball team I coached back in 2000-01, passed away after a 2-year battle with brain cancer. I had lost track of her over the past decade and didn’t even know she was sick. To say I was stunned and saddened would be an understatement. Her passing is the second from that team, as one of her teammates succumbed to complications from Crohn’s disease in 2003.

As I looked at our team photo that hangs in my man cave, it was tough to swallow knowing that two young ladies at 18 years old, that had a whole life waiting in front of them, were now gone. I know when I was that age, I couldn’t fathom that concept. In reality, at age 49 I’m not sure I still do…until moments like this stop me cold in my tracks.

Here’s your Labor Day message from all of this ~ Life is fragile and not promised. We all just come around this way once. We are afforded opportunities every day that we either accept or reject based on whatever priority is in our heads that day. Those may not always be the best decision-making factors.

If you’ve been putting something off for later because now is not the perfect time, then start it now. There is no perfect time. If you need to tell someone you’re sorry and have been waiting for the right moment, then do it now. If you are stalling on forgiving, creating, becoming, trying, learning, caring, or resurrecting…why not start today? September 2nd is no guarantee. Plan to live forever, but live like there is no tomorrow.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 This week’s quote -

 We weren’t put here to dip our toe in the water. We are here to make waves.”

~ Alan Weiss

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Inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd. Learn more and register now to save your seat to this dynamic event.

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NEW ~ Unleashed Executive Experience for Agency/Company Owners and Executives

August 26, 2014 Leave a comment


Welcome to the most powerful and dynamic program I’ve ever created for business owners and executive leaders on unleashing your vast potential and maximizing your own unique talent and that of those around you.

My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.



Here are the Top 10 business results we’ll work on throughout the program:


  • Helping you to become more visionary in your strategic thinking. We will push you out of the gate towards thinking bigger, better, and “badder.” Regardless of your size and industry, you can maximize your value and skills through improved self-confidence, language, and self-discipline.
  • Rapidly improving your communications and influencing skills to better inspire your employees and increase productivity.
  • Enhancing your company’s branding and messaging to reach your audience with greater influence.
  • Arm you with techniques and tactics to accelerate professional development and training results for your managers and staff.
  • Eliminating “Organizational Amnesia,” so that your business won’t suffer with any transitions.
  • Enhancing your ability to effectively use 21st century marketing tools to communicate your message.
  • Positioning your business to be a “destination” organization so you can more effectively recruit new talent.
  • Quickly and easily provide you with strategies and tactics on improving your life and work balance. We will turn you into an expert juggler so you never drop any of those balls!
  • Strengthen your own “muscle memory” through better habits and behaviors that will lead directly to achieving your goals and dreams.
  • Significantly improving your own metrics for success and accountability.
  • Enjoying life more!



This 12-month Program for Entrepreneurs and Executives has been designed to:


I’ve worked with countless small business owners and executives on strategy, communications, leadership, and growth. Out of that work, I’ve designed a program to help you squeeze every bit of talent out of you, your employees, and your company. This will result in a richer and more rewarding life experience for you, your employees, and your valued clients.


Challenge you to abandon the fears and trepidation that holds you back from taking risks and realizing rewards. The result is you enjoy a life free of stress and anxiety while achieving your dreams.
Provide you with a broader, more global perspective of your business. It’s easy to get myopic and constrained. We all need guidance to help us reach our potential. The result is you will maximize your ability to boost revenue and exponentially grow because your worldview has become an open gate!
Enhance your leadership skills as a business owner, entrepreneur, or executive. The result is by being more skilled in communicating and influencing, you will unleash your employees to improve themselves and rapidly improve your business.
Enhanced thought leadership skills. What does this mean? If you’re asking, that’s why you need to be here. Your clients want to work with thought leaders. Find out how to position yourself as one. The result is by being an object of interest, you will generate more opportunities where people seek you out, not the other way around.
Guidance in developing a personally tailored intellectual property game plan (includes publishing and speaking). The result is the more people see your work and value, the more people you will help run through their open gate, and the more personal reward you will achieve.

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Here’s how the Program works:


  • The heart of the program is three live, dynamic and exclusive full-day Unleashed Out of the Yard experiences. These will be streamed live and available to all registrants, however everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. The sessions will all be in the Seattle area in 2015, however we will look to move around in the future. The first session will be held in mid-January.
  • In between these live events, we’ll have four virtual and interactive webinar workshops. The focus will be on a key concept or best practice, sharing experiences, and engaging in valuable Q&A. These are not boring slide shows. You will see me live broadcasting from the palatial studios of Toro Consulting, Incorporated…with Captain Jack at my feet.
  •  Live sessions and webinars will be recorded available to you on a private members only site for unlimited review as long as you are a member.
  • Each month, I’ll send you exclusive material and resources to augment our discussions and prepare you for future ones. These will be available to members only.
  • Dogs run in packs. You’ll go through this program with peers and colleagues, who will become trusted advisors, friends, and partners in your professional and personal growth and development. It’s always more fun to be unleashed and running together.


Program Details


 Day 1 – The Unleashed Mindset (mid-January)


  • How to maximize strengths & talents both for yourself and your team. Self-assessments, exercises, and case studies will guide you through this section.
  • The Invisible Fence Syndrome: How to think bigger, not just for you but also for your entire company.
  • Being the Lead Dog. Leadership skill development and training from influencing to delegating to time and email management skills.
  • How to build and boost even greater self-esteem and self-confidence to eradicate the negative fear that shackles us.
  • Setting expectations and metrics for success in your organization.


 Day 2 – Building the Pack (mid-May)


  • The Holy Grail: Recruiting and hiring better and more talented people to grow your team.
  • Generations in the workplace. How to assure diversity in ideas, concepts, strategies, and tactics.
  • Creating your own dynamic mentoring and accountability programs. This includes turning you into an exceptional “head coach.”
  • Creating a positive and rewarding life-work balance for everyone in your organization.
  • Perpetuation: What’s your exit plan and how will you get paid?


Day 3 – Barking to Be Heard: Marketing & Revenue Generation Strategies (mid-September)

  • The Bark: How to improve your language to become more persuasive.
  • Creating a bone-crunching value proposition that exemplifies how you improve the condition of others.
  • Garage Band to Rock Stars: Building a potent sales team that is based on delivering great value.
  • Social Media and Web sites…marketing for this century.
  • Creating a value mentality within your entire organization.


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Investment Information:


Here is the pricing for a one-year membership for the Private Unleashed Pack, including everything detailed above:

Until September 15: $3,950 per person (a 20% discount)

September 16 – October 15: $4,450 for the first person, $3,950 for each additional person from your company (a 15% discount).

After October 16: $4,950 for your company first registration. All registrants from your organization after the first one are $3,950.

You have two options for payment: in full, or in equal halves 30 days apart. I accept all major credit cards, business checks, and cash flown in my homing pigeon.

OFFICIAL START – January 1, 2015

Bonus for all registrants prior to November 13th

I will host a complimentary 2015 Unleashed Strategy Session to:

  • Debrief on 2014 – The good, the bad, the ugly, and how to finish fast. December is NOT a throw away month!
  • Begin strategizing, goal setting, and creating objectives for 2015
  • Discuss and game plan the most important business issues you are likely to face, including the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Technology, and Regulations.


This is available for all registrants and it will also be recorded.



The Inner Circle: 


I will host a group of no more than 10 people at an exclusive, intimate dinner the night before each of the three workshops at an outstanding Seattle restaurant. Members will enjoy incredible cuisine, drink excellent wine, and have great conversation. There may even be a special cigar bar opportunity for those that enjoy them. It’ll be the same group each dinner, creating a natural “best practices pack.” As an added bonus for this group, I’ll also host private conference calls with you, as a group, approximately one week after each live event to assure implementation and help out with accountability. So consider this wide-open gate – three special dinners, private conversation with me, trusted relationships with your peers, and added accountability with private conference calls with me. The investment? Simply an additional $750. First come, first served.

Please email me directly at dan@danweedin.com, so that you can assure your spot!

Money-Back Guarantee: 

If after the first workshop (mid-January 2015) you are not completely satisfied, you may request your money back, and we will refund it without question. The window is immediately after the first workshop. Not the next day, or the next week or month. If you feel that this program is not for you, just tell Dan after the first session, and your money will be returned.



© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved


Extra Points ~ Making a Splash

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Making a Splash14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the planet by going viral all throughout social media. To say it’s been successful in raising money is an understatement. In a month, the ALS foundation has raised as much as they did the previous year. A friend and colleague posted on Friday, “Can’t we just donate without all the hoopla?” The answer is NO. Here’s why…

Before this challenge, ALS was almost an unknown entity. For almost 80 years, it went by the “aka” of Lou Gehrig’s disease. It paled in comparison to the “name brands” of donations like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and AIDS. This challenge has not only raised tremendous amounts of money, but even better, it put ALS on the map for future donations by raising the brand. Nobody is referring to the Hall of Fame New York Yankee player when nominating others and dumping ice water on their heads. They are calling it ALS and people are checking it out. The carryover effect will be massive. However in order to do that, they needed to create a buzz. Or, maybe in better terms, a BIG SPLASH.

You must do the same in your business. If you aren’t the name brand; if everyone doesn’t know your name; and if you want to create a sustainable business, you can’t just dip your toe in the water. You need to make waves. Like the ALS campaign, you must find a creative and out of the box way to present your message, to gain attention, and to become relevant to your audience. I’m not suggesting you dump water on your head…that’s been taken. What I do recommend is you spend some part of your days brainstorming how you can make a splash so you can best help others and advance your business with tremendous results, too. What’s your plan to make a splash?

Watch my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to honor a childhood friend that is currently fighting this terrible disease. Please join me in making a donation to help research to find a cure.

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 This week’s quote -

 You only live once. But if you work it right, once is enough.”

~ Joe E. Lewis

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Weedin Unleashed – August 18, 2014 ~ Killing Snakes

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Extra Points – Killing Snakes

August 18, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Killing Snakes

Jack and DanA Special Guest Post by Captain Jack…

Hello…I am Captain Jack. I’m Dan’s incredibly witty, charming, and handsome Jack Russell terrier. Since I know how to access Dan’s blog, I have something to say. Listen up…

I killed a snake on Saturday. Some people may find this revolting, but I don’t care. I find some things humans do revolting…like going in a little room to do their business. We all have our hangups…

I’m going to teach you how to catch a snake in 3 easy steps…just in case you ever need to. Step 1 ~ you have to have a passion for catching snakes. If you don’t have a passion for it, you’ll just be going through the motions in a miserable mood. I have a passion for snaring snakes! Step 2 ~You have to be in the place snakes live. You won’t find snakes on the beach, so why would you waste your time there? Seek them where they can be found. Step 3 ~ You have to be ready. If you don’t practice and improve your craft and skill, you will only be mediocre. If you do, then when than magical moment arrives that you encounter a snake, it’s yours! I am always practicing my snatch and grab move with the pillows on the sofa.

Funny how humans can use the same 3 steps in their work. In order for you to be successful on your own snake hunting career, you need to have a passion for your work; a real passion that goes beyond paying the bills. You need to seek out your prospective clients where they live to help them; don’t expect them to always seek you out…snakes don’t do that. You have to be a hunter. Finally, you have to always be improving how you help them so when you have an opportunity, you can take it. That means practicing your craft, your skills, and your confidence. I’m always confident. You should try that yourself!

It’s pretty simple. I never cease to be amazed at why humans make it so hard.

P.S. If you want a view of my kill (he was still alive at this point), then click here. Fair warning: If you don’t like looking at snakes, then don’t.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote -

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

~ Groucho Marx

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 13, 2014 Leave a comment

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…

Help support this very important cause by donating and spreading the word.

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