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Believing in Greatness

Last week I got to do something I had only dreamed of doing; I delivered a keynote for Build Your Own Brand, an event that showcased three of my greatest heroes, two as the featured speakers and one as the Master of Ceremonies. It was in my own city so I got to deliver to a “home crowd” – in fact, the audience included friends, fans and clients as well as local business owners and high level executives whom I had never met. With complete latitude to present anything I wanted, I scripted a signature speech that opened with The Flaming Lips and the story of a funeral, went right through some of my own challenges and epiphanies and wrapped up with a clip from one of my favorite films. (Sounds strange I know but it all makes sense in context.) I pulled out the stops and went straight for the heart of it. The opportunity was a dream come true but there is nothing like a dream coming true to make you recognize how closely related dreams are to nightmares. I was pumped up but I was also having the speech writer’s version of night sweats. Was rocking out to The Flaming Lips at 8:00 in the morning too in-your-face? Was the story too personal, would they be able to relate? Was the slide show too over-the-top? And most of all – would I be able to do justice to the great speakers who would follow me on the stage and to the MC who was going to be “vamping” me in front of about 100 of his...

“Igniting Your Light” Keynote Introduces Two of My Heroes

It is always a treat to share the stage with speakers I admire. Last month I “double-dipped” on that treat when I presented “Igniting Your Light - Connecting Passion, Purpose and Presence” as the opening keynote for “Build Your Own Brand” featuring two of my heroes, Bob Burg and Scott Ginsberg. I was, as always, blown away by the value and authentic Passion, Purpose and Presence they both brought to the stage. We closed with a panel discussion and, before I knew what they intended, Bob had taken charge of the mic to share with the audience his experience in having me as a coach. Not to be outdone, Scott took the mic and shared his own thoughts. It was all I could do not to blush, and nothing could keep me from bursting with pride. Bob and Scott have both been so instrumental in my connecting MY passion and purpose, to have the opportunity to be their “opening act” made this an event that will forever be one of my fondest memories. I’ve shared their kind comments below. “I have personally been on the phone with Dixie when I had challenges in my business and when I had interpersonal challenges that affected my business.  She is a wonderful, wonderful coach. She asks the tough questions, she draws out the information from you, and she helps you come up with your own solutions, which is what a coach really does. Dixie helps you bring out your effectiveness and I strongly encourage you to choose to be a part of one of her coaching programs.” –Bob Burg, speaker, author “Endless Referrals,” co-author “The Go-Giver”...