Last week I was in Seattle with my friends, and we were in one of those situations where we weren’t sure where to go out to dinner.

You know what I am talking about, where everyone is hungry, but no one wants to make a decision?

It was getting late at night, around 8:00PM and as we were walking around looking for a place to eat, I went up to a group of strangers and asked for their opinion on the best restaurant in the area.

The group was very helpful and they directed us to a local barbecue spot that was only a few blocks away, but they warned me that the restaurant is always packed, especially this late at night.

Since we were all very hungry combined with the great recommendation, I decided to roll the dice and take our chances with a packed restaurant. [click to continue…]

A few weeks ago I visited NYC for a 2 day leadership speaking conference. It was the first time I had been to a speaking conference, which normally is not my thing, but much like anything else the only real way to learn if you like something is to try it.

There were some good things about the event, and also some bad things.

Let’s start with the good.

dan-gheesling-APCA-NAINHands down the best thing about attending the leadership speaker event was meeting the students. To have a group of students spend all day in hotel conference rooms was pretty impressive. They were all excited to be there even though they could have snuck out to enjoy one of the best cities in the world!

On top of that, they were all tuned in during the presentation I gave. A lot of them did not know what to expect during the presentation, but I always appreciate when a college audience really pays attention. There were even a few who signed up to be Student Ambassadors on the spot (slight plug).

The only bad thing about the event was the “sales” aspect of it. At this point in my speaking career, I enjoy meeting both students and administrators, but I don’t want to influence an administrator to book me at their school.  Bottom line, if someone wants to book me at their school, all they need to do is see me speak. I don’t say that from a cocky standpoint, but more-so from a standpoint of what you see is what you get.

Personally, I’d rather work off of a referral/word of mouth basis for this business, then going the whole “sales/conference” route. There is nothing wrong with going that route, I think it is widely successful for some speakers, but it’s just not for me.

For me, the aspect I enjoy most of speaking is this:



Walking away from a speaking event knowing that at least one person like Nain was helped, or I might have altered their path/career/education decisions is one of the biggest reasons why I enjoy speaking.

If you’d like to book me for your speaking event, you can find out more here!

From time to time I get interview requests, whether it is for a podcast, radio station, blog, or even school newspaper.

Around the summer time these requests pop up a lot more because of Big Brother, which is understandable.

I realize I am not Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, or LeBron James (weird combo of people there) and I’m not pretending to be, but I want to share a story with you, so you can learn what NOT to do when asking someone for something.

About a month ago I received an interview request from Podcast X (not the real podcast name, just using it for the sake of anonymity).

If I do not personally know the person requesting the interview, or have any connection to them whatsoever there are a standard set of questions that are asked to the outlet.

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A (Not Average) Day In My Life

This past week I sent an email with a survey to who signed up for the list asking for your help in starting the blog back up! The survey just asked what would you like to read from the blog in the future. Thank you to everyone who responded. There was a wide range of […]

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Student Ambassador Program – Year 2

Last year I tested out a pilot program for students in Universities across the US and Canada. It started as a simple idea. Whenever I get the chance to speak at a University, I would always send a quick tweet out. Every single time I would send one of those tweets out I would get […]

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Nova Scotia Speaking Event & Meetup

This month I am going to be speaking at the Nova Scotia Secondary Students’ Association’s provincial conference, “Challenging the Status Quo” on May 15, 2014. Public speaking is one of the things I’m lucky enough to call one of my “jobs” and I’m very appreciative for the opportunities I get to speak. Anytime I go somewhere to […]

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Week 24 & 25 Video Blog (Vlog) Roundup

In  2013, I started a daily vlog challenge to last for 365 days.. I have been posting vlogs  on my YouTube channel that are 3-5 minutes long and completely unedited for better or worse. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet, you can do so by clicking here. Subscribing will send you a daily notification whenever the vlog is uploaded. Here are all of the vlogs from […]

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Unsocial Media – Get Better At Twitter

Last week I wrote about meeting and connecting with people at conventions and how to do more than just “network.” During that convention, I had a chance to meet some people face to face who I had been conversing with via Twitter and online for a few months. There is a tendency for people to communicate differently online than in […]

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Networking At Conventions

This past weekend I had the chance to go my second gaming convention (in June 2013 was E3) ever. Unless you count me going to the Nintendo World Championships in 1990 in Detroit, then this technically was my third gaming convention. Among all of the PAX (short for Penny Arcade Expo) gaming hysteria, hype, and […]

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