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Want to be a leader? How do you start your day? by The Speaking Business Multiplier

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by Douglas Vermeeren, The Speaking Business Multiplier

There are lots of ideas out there on how to grow a speaking business but one that I don’t hear repeated very often centers around how you start your day. As a speaker, coach or trainer how you start your day will have a direct impact on how you can influence the day of someone else. Think about this for a minute: What makes you a speaker worth listening to? The answer is simple. It’s the value you add to the lives of others. If you are able to share powerful strategies, insights and concepts you will have the power to lift others to higher levels. And if you are not willing to push higher and go deeper than your students you will eventually have none. Why? Because if you can not add high value those students will look elsewhere.

sunriseSo on to the point of this article. How are you starting your day? I have had the chance to surround myself with many of the top thought leaders in the world. Many of them are my close friends and I have spent many private moments with them off stage that has revealed how they are in reality. The most important common attribute I have found is how they start their day.

How you start your day often dictates the rest of the activities you engage in through out the rest of the day. In other words if you start in control of your day you keep it. If you start chaotic that’s the trend that continues.

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Recently I was listening to a Navy Seal talk about the idea of starting the day right. Your first victory is getting out of bed. If you can conquer the pillow it sets the pace for the rest of the day. I also liked the idea he talked about of starting early. When you start early you have the control of the moment. You are not competing with others for what you want. If everyone else is asleep you can decide everything according to your priorities. Those of you with children understand what I mean. If you wait to get up until they are up – they set the pace and make the rules.

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John and I working on The Treasure Map movie.

One of my close friends is John Demartini. You may know John from The Secret or my films The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment or The Treasure Map. John is a deep well of information and if you’ve ever heard him speak you will most likely be amazed at how much information he retains.  He can with little effort go into incredibly deep principles on human behavior, quantum physics and ancient philosophy that baffles most people. He can easily quote hundreds of sources on all of these subjects and present the references and additional insights without much effort at all. He truly makes it look easy. Once I was chatting with him about how he is able to retain so much in depth information and how he is able to have it at his fingertips. His answer was that each day he spent several hours reading and researching what he teaches. He has done this now every day consistently for decades. If you want to have a similar command of your subject matter it is essential you give it the same kind of attention.

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John and I at the filming for The Gratitude Experiment

One of the other side effects that I have seen first hand with John has really inspired me. The first time I saw it was at one of our movie premieres. After the film we opened the floor to questions and answers from the audience. One of our audience members I really think was out to stump John. He was a philosophy major at the local university and he really knew his stuff. The audience was a bit weirded out with the deep questions he asked and it was almost as if this audience member was looking to debate or have a contest where he wanted to prove that he was the smartest guy in the room. But because John knew his stuff not only was he able to turn it into a valuable experience for all, he was actually able to win the “heckler” into siding with him. (Yes, we do get hecklers in this business too.)

(As a side note people often ask me how I get to work with so many of the top speakers in the personal development and self improvement industry. Or how I am able to get so many TV appearances and radio interviews? Or any other thing I am doing that brings my business more visibility and success. My answer always comes back to preparation and making sure I know my content. This may sound simple but the more value you can provide the more opportunities will appear for you.)

I am firm believer the reason that coaches and speakers sometimes get a bad rep out there as  less than powerful essentials for business is that many who claim to be leaders are actually cutting corners. Whenever I hear someone say “I don’t need a coach” or “I’ve already heard enough motivational speakers.” I know that they have run across someone who has not pushed themselves to be valuable to their audience.

The beginning of the day should be dedicated to expand their mind. Experts begin the day by studying their subject matter. I know I have talked about the importance of developing content before but this is such an important subject. If you want to be considered an expert in your field you cannot be comfortable with what you already know. Those who are satisfied to feel comfortable (in any field) never move from where they are to where they could be. Think about it. Getting up out of a comfortable chair to rise to a new location doesn’t happen unless you are really committed. It applies on a lazy Sunday afternoon as much as it does to life. If you want to become better your will power has to be more powerful than your desire to stay comfortable.

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Often as I conduct my seminars for speakers I ask them to get uncomfortable. Sometimes this means thinking about your business in new ways. That can be very uncomfortable. As I ask people to do this many people simply shrug and say ‘well, I like things the way they are.’ If that’s the case you’ll always stay with what you have. But in the same breath they will say they want better results. If you want better results you must level up the activities that created those outcomes.

So here’s the challenge for this article. Dedicate at least an hour each day to expanding your mind in regards to your speaking business. The three areas I would invite you to focus on would be 1) You personally – What do you need to master so that you can become more effective, motivated and happy. 2)The Content you teach. What can you find to help your students. What is out there now? How can you teach it better? How can you make it unique to your voice? How can you turn it into an exercise or activity?  3)Your speaking, coaching, training business? What is really going on now? What is missing? What could be improved?

Set some goals. Take some action. Most of this stuff you may teach already. Make sure you are applying it too.  A lifeguard can’t save others until they know how to swim themselves.  Set a goal to give your best to others and soon they will give their best to you in the form of compensation, word of mouth and recommendation.

douglas-vermeeren-600Douglas Vermeeren is the Speaking Business Multiplier. His clients include beginning speakers all the way to celebrities, athletes, top business leaders and more. His focus is on helping them to develop high profit speaking, coaching and training businesses. He is the author of three books in the guerrilla marketing series and filmmaker behind 3 of the most popular personal development films of all time. http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

Personal Power Mastery Intro session curriculum

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Personal Power Mastery

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Douglas Vermeeren PPM 1For more information about the upcoming seminars near you go to http://www.PersonalPowerMasteryEvent.com or http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

Douglas Vermeeren on In HollyWood Magazine

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Douglas Vermeeren featured on the cover of In Hollywood Magazine
In Hollywood magazine

Douglas Vermeeren is not your ordinary filmmaker. Over the last decade he has directed and produced three of the most influential personal development movies.

His first film The Opus came out in 2008 and featured several of the top personal development leaders to answer the question of how to take the vision of what you want for your life and build it into a workable plan and then create it as a reality in your life. The film came out hot on the heels of the groundbreaking movie The Secret and featured many of the same cast answering questions many were felt unanswered in The Secret. The Opus was translated into more than 23 languages worldwide and has been rated among the top 5 most influential personal development films of all time.

His second film The Gratitude Experiment explored the relationship between the power of gratitude and tangible appearance of positive outcomes in reality. This film also featured many of the top thought leaders in personal development of today. The film attained theatrical release in many territories and secured Vermeeren a position as one of the top inspirational directors in the genre. As a result of the success behind The Gratitude Experiment Vermeeren also became a regular in the media talking about the power of Gratitude and the direction of inspirational media.

Recently his latest film The Treasure Map was released to great critical success. The film has had theatrical release in many locations including the United Kingdom. The film explores the abundance mindset and explores the exact actions that are used today to create wealth and abundance. Vermeeren has proven that in addition to creating powerful life changing films that he is indeed a trend setter in the content that is appearing in this genre. The Treasure Map is still making the rounds through many art house cinemas and special exclusive screenings through out the US, Canada, UK and Australia.

While Vermeeren claims that he is far from complete in what he wants to create in this genre his next project is taking a gigantic leap into something very different. For his next film Vermeeren has announced that he will be going to camera on a narrative feature in May. That feature will be anything but inspirational. It will be a zombie movie. Fans and critics alike are stunned at this change in direction and are eagerly awaiting what the results will be.

This new film titled Creepy Zombies is slated to have an October release and will have a limited theatrical release. For more information on this newest project go to http://www.CreepyZombies.com for more information on Douglas Vermeeren go to http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

Douglas Vermeeren makes an incredible shift for his next film

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On the heels of wrapping his latest personal development film “How Thoughts Become things,” Director/producer Douglas Vermeeren makes a startling announcement. Douglas Vermeeren became known as one of the foremost directors and producers in the inspirational and personal development genre with his award winning films, The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and The Treasure Map. His films have been translated into more than 23 languages and developed into books featured in just as many languages. But this week he threw a curveball when he announced that his next film will not be an inspirational picture.

At first consideration one might think that a simple inspiring narrative film might be the next logical step that Vermeeren might make, but the reality is far more surprising. Vermeeren declared on a panel discussion at a recent personal development forum that his next film will be a “Zombie picture.”

What is meant by the declaration of a zombie picture has yet to be seen as the details given were less than precise. Some of the revealed points include that the film will be titles “Creepy Zombies.” It will be shot both in Vermeeren’s hometown of Calgary, Alberta Canada and Los Angeles, California. The film will go into production for June of this year and have an expected release date of October 2016.

Vermeeren will be writing the script.

When probed further about why a shift from personal development is in order, Vermeeren replied that “this was really his first passion. Not specifically Zombie movies. But fantasy, adventure and narrative stories. This is what I went to school for in the beginning.”

When asked if his most recent film will be his last venture into the personals development realm Vermeeren replied that he had just finished principle photography on his latest personal development film “How Thoughts Become Things.” Once it is released he will spend more time in the non-documentary filmmaking, but the future was unwritten. There may be more personal development films in the future.

The Treasure Map Movie coming in September

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The Treasure Map

The Treasure Map

The Treasure Map coming in September

If you enjoyed film like The Secret, The Opus or The Gratitude Experiment you are in for a treat. Douglas Vermeeren, the Creator of The Opus and Gratitude Experiment is about to release his latest film The Treasure Map. This film, featuring experts from The Secret and other well-known personal development thought leaders will tackle the question of wealth and abundance. While the film will have some important law of attraction lessons on the concept of abundance this film promises to deliver many practical strategies on how to actually make money. “Wealth and Abundance begins with mindset yet requires correct strategy and activities to generate results,” Says Vermeeren the films creator, “And this film is calculated to share those strategies that only the wealthy know and understand.” Raymond Aaron, one of the films leading stars explained, “The rich do what’s often difficult so they can live easy. But the poor and broke do what’s easy and as a result their lives are hard.”

Randy Gage, also a star of the film answered the question of who this film is built for and who can expect results from it. “Anybody can create prosperity and theres never been a better opportunity than right now.” “Now is the time and this is vehicle,” Confirmed the world’s greatest hypnotist Marshall Sylver who rounds out the cast.

Some of the other notable members include experts who have made their fortune in real estate, investing, business and even capitalizing on their own intellectual property.

This film stars such notable experts as Dr. John Demartini, Loral Langemeier, Raymond Aaron, Marshall Sylver, Randy Gage, Stefan Aarnio, Darren Jacklin and Douglas Vermeeren. You can find out more by going to http://www.TheTreasureMapMovie.com

The Official release date of the film is September 28, 2015. The film will screen in select cities from that date forward. to find out how you can see this fortune changing film go to the official website.

Check out these preview clips on the film:

John Demartini and Director douglas Vermeeren on the set of The Treasure Map

John Demartini and Director Douglas Vermeeren on the set of The Treasure Map

John Demartini https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqmiHpBCTeM

Director Douglas Vermeeren with Raymond Aaron

Director Douglas Vermeeren with Raymond Aaron

Raymond Aaron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNaIP42fdO8

Former WWE wrestler Rick Titan, World's Greatest Hypnotist Marshall Sylver and Director Douglas Vermeeren

Former WWE wrestler Rick Titan, World’s Greatest Hypnotist Marshall Sylver and Director Douglas Vermeeren

Marshall Sylver https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u96yTsh9UBo

The Treasure Map

The Treasure Map

How Thoughts Become Things – 1

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How Thoughts Become Things - 1

How Thoughts Become Things – 1

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct results of his own thoughts. – James Allen

How Thoughts Become Things – What we dwell on is what we become.