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Get Unstuck When You’re In A Rut

No rock star has ever risen to fame by following a path free of challenges. The road to rock is paved with disappointments, setbacks, tragedies, and days where you’d just rather curl up in the fetal position and hide in your closet underneath your studded leather pants.

There are many “chords” or concepts involved in being a rock star that I share in my book, Opportunity Rocks, and my keynote experience. Some of these include: Pushing past fear to seize opportunities, Embracing your vision and committing to it, Developing a strong, Positive energy, and Surrounding yourself with the right people and the right relationships.

A recent Unstuck Happiness Conference reminded me of just how universal these chords are. Speakers shared stories of the experiences that threatened to break them, and the tools they used to overcome them. While you may never have lost a child, been homeless, lost your arms and legs to a flesh eating bacteria, or been molested as a child – you can still transform your life and your business by learning the strategies that helped get these speakers “unstuck”.  Here are a few rock star success takeaways you can use to rock your life.

Sheryl Green, a resiliency expert talked about the fear she had to face and overcome in order to leave her husband after he was arrested for soliciting a minor online. She experienced a deep depression during this time, but overcame it by facing her fears and living by the motto “Never Miss an Opportunity”.  She uses a technique called The Regret Hangover – not to be confused with the tequila hangover (does anyone have an aspirin?), focusing more on how she will feel if she doesn’t take action, rather than how afraid she is to take action. We all experience fear and doubt, but if you want to make it on stage and take the business world by storm, you’ll have to push past that fear.

When Judi Moreo decided to start her own business, Universal Models and Finishing School, she threw her life savings into it. With just $2000 to invest, and an economic downturn right around the corner, Judi learned just how essential it was to commit 100% to her vision. The road was rough, but through her determination, she built an empire and has dedicated her life to inspiring others to achieve their dreams. Are you 100% committed to your business? Are you shedding blood, sweat, and tears to make your dreams a reality?

Eddie Garcia loves to ask, “Can I give you hand?”. Not because he’s helpful (though he is). It’s because a few years ago, Eddie contracted a flesh eating bacteria. Doctors didn’t think he would survive… but Eddie was strong. He may have lost his hands and feet, but he didn’t lose his amazing spirit. Eddie shares his positive energy and his message of perseverance with the youth softball and basketball teams that he coaches. When you face a setback at home or at work, do you allow it to change your attitude or do you find a way to stay positive and inspire your team?

Conference founder, John Polish’s only daughter was born with a genetic disorder and only lived a few days, but her impact on John and the world can’t be ignored. John allowed himself to be a victim of his circumstances, but the experience inspired him to help himself and others get unstuck. In order to do that, he needed a partner. He met Dale Krause (Mr. Bucket List), a man dealing with colon cancer and dancing his way through chemo. Together, they founded the conference and connected with the other inspiring speakers who share their stories to help others overcome their circumstances.

All of these speakers changed their lives and became rock stars because they took action. Are you ready to learn why Opportunity Rocks?

 

 

 

“Marvelless” Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer/Keynote Speaker, Author, Husband, Dad, and believes in God. He works with organizations who want their teams to achieve rock star results. He does this in a fun, entertaining, and engaging way using the success secrets of rock stars.

Are You Balanced In Business Or Life?

Imagine getting on a plane and you’re the only passenger. How weird is that! Some may think awesome, I can sleep! Others may find it too quiet or creepy. Your creator or whom ever you believe in made you to be social, to interact, to connect or to Love. That can’t happen when you are by yourself. When you think about the time we have on this earth compared to eternity, it’s pretty dog gone short. So why wouldn’t you take advantage of every opportunity possible to connect and love as many people as possible?

Well a lot of things get in our way. The two biggest: work and fear.  Fear of rejection, making a fool of ourselves, or just speaking out loud. But when you let these fears over take you, you lose control or lose out on opportunities. So if work is one of the factors that gets in your way of love and connection, and you are a driven person, you are probably short changing yourself and missing opportunities.

As a keynote speaker or keynote entertainer as some people call me, I have the privilege of traveling a lot.  Back in the day I was one of those guys who would find my seat, curl up to sleep, or dive into a movie or book. Can you relate? Until a few years ago when one of my coaches shared with me all of the opportunities I was missing out on by being a hermit.  The person sitting next to you could be your next gig, your next best friend. They may know someone you know, they may share knowledge that could change or help you in some way. They might even be your next love connection. Or vice versa, you might have information or a story that could be life changing for them. A pay it forward missed opportunity.  If you don’t fly a lot, then maybe you’re like this at work, a restaurant, club or other places where there are lots of people. While traveling to Orlando to speak at a conference, I was fortunate enough to receive my first class upgrade. Sitting next to me was a nice looking older woman who was giving off a really positive vibe. So I asked the standard ice-breaking question that we all know the answer to, “Where are you headed?”  “Orlando” she said with a smile. “Where are you from?”, I asked. “Atlanta. I’m heading to the World Championship of Volleyball to see my Granddaughters’ compete”. I didn’t know there was such a thing, but since I love to interview people, I started firing questions off to her. She had ordered a drink and was ready to talk. I could see how she lit up and I wanted to make sure that I was her best seat companion ever.

Before the flight was over I found out that she has been married 5 times, two of the same men twice. She had worked most of her life in the telecommunications business. She supported most of her husbands, had a son who became her priority and she was moving on through life. She asked if I have ever heard of a Rockin’ Blues player named “Joe Bonamassa. “I think I have”, I replied. “ My guitar playing buddy Mark Werner from Missouri is a fan of his.” She went on to say how she became a fan by hearing his music on a bus tour in another country and now follows him around the country. So I said, “You are a groupie”.  Her son retired at age 50 after inventing some sort of software and then selling it. Now he is a full time volleyball dad. I also found out that the Red Rock Amphitheater has 322 steps to the bottom.  I don’t know about you, but I love to here stories like this. It restores my faith in America and the American Dream.  Yes we have a lot of challenges in this country, but it is still the greatest country in the world. Challenges are what make us grow in life and at work, so if you want our country to grow, we must have them too. As I sit on a plane to Tampa with my awesome, amazing family on this 4th of July, I want to thank all the men and women of this country around the world that sacrifice daily for us to have this freedom and daily opportunities to succeed. Also to those who have given their lives. You have a duty, obligation and responsibility to your creator, (who ever you believe that to be). Personally. I choose to believe my creator is God and he wants us to be our best every day. “For me – it’s to be the BEST husband, father, Christian, and speaker I can possible be.” Do you do your best every day? Do you encourage your team and family to do their best everyday?  Do you choose love over fear?  Do you even know what your best is or what your goals are?

So where am I going with this for you?  If you make life or success your duty, obligation and responsibility you are at rock star status. Rock Stars play full out all the time. That’s how you win. That’s how you win big, sell out arenas. That’s how you win consistently. It’s a commitment. What plays a key factor in this for you is Love. You have to love what you do and who you do it with. If circumstances do not currently allow you to love what you do then love why you do it. Or whom you are doing it for.  That may mean paying it forward, trying to always be in a positive mood, helping out strangers, and yes talking to strangers on the plane.

Marie is one of my new friends and fans of Marvelless Mark. I told her about my book Opportunity Rocks and gave her a signed copy. I shared stories with her about my touring career, when I headlined at the Venetian at Las Vegas, and my current speaking tour. We exchanged information right as the wheels touched down.

Two weeks ago I received an email from Marie that brought a smile and tear to my eye at the same time. It went like this:

Marvelless Mark,

I read your book the next day.  It was incredible.  How can I order copies????  I have to say reading the book made me realize I was married to five men, not just because they were losers, but they had no goals in life.  I always had a goal, working and taking care of my son.  Although I no longer work, your book made me realize that although I embrace each day as a gift, I need some goals!!! Leaving Orlando, I was on my way to the airport and saw a helicopter and realized I have never flown in one.  As a result I am going to book a helicopter flight around Atlanta!!! I think you are now vacationing with your family in FL. Hope all is well with you and you have fun.  My phone number is 770-xxx-xxxx and I guess you can see my email is ……………….. Hoping you will send that photo you took of us.  Please let me know how to get books.   Marie

Marie purchased 7 books to share with friends, is not afraid to embrace life daily, set goals, play full out, and be her best everyday. Why ? Because she is a rock star. She gets it. Even at her age and being retired. Did I mention she was a two-time cancer survivor of lung and breast cancer?  She makes some of us younger peeps look like whining little babies. Thank you Marie for being you, sharing with me, and being a rock star role model to many.  Opportunity Rocks and you just proved it.

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Marvelless Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer who works with organizations who want their teams to achieve rock star results. He does this in a fun, entertaining, and engaging way using the success secrets of rock stars. Mark love’s what he does and wants to share his love and passion of rock star success with the business world.

How Jury Duty Helps Your Business

How will jury duty help your business? Who loves jury duty? What’s not to love, right? Just think of the networking and interesting people you will meet.  It’s fun, convenient, and the pay is great. NOT!

Most people would not agree. In fact, when you mention jury duty, it never seems to be a positive conversation; typically, someone has a great story of how they got out of their responsibility. I received my call for duty a few weeks ago. At first, I was tempted to postpone, cancel, blow off or even get a Dr’s note. Then, the little voice inside told me to suck it up and embrace it. Man, was I glad I did! I got up early that morning and picked out some conservative clothes, (which is difficult for me to do) grabbed my computer, some snacks and headed to the courthouse. After parking and walking a few blocks toward the entrance, I began to see the amazing characteristics of people heading to the same place as me. (Seems like the lawyers all shop at the same store) As I entered the building and stood in line at the metal detector, someone had forgotten to take their metal objects out of their pockets, lines began to form for the elevators and counter where traffic violations are paid. Once inside the holding room with the other potential jurors, someone who looked important gave us a speech, played a video, showed us how to check in, and how to not make the judge angry. Then they said something and it really struck a nerve with me. “It’s your constitutional right to a trial. It’s one of the privileges of being an American. With those rights comes responsibility.” Boom, Mic Drop!! I thought about that for a second, and then realized it’s that way with just about everything. The constitution allows us to do just about anything. To work for someone, start our own business, get married, be a husband or a wife, to be a father or a mother. To be as rich and successful as we want to be. It is one of the privileges of being an American and with those rights comes responsibility.

So most of us will do just about anything to protect our family, our marriage, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, our business, and to a certain degree even the business of someone we work for. So why are we so down and out about jury duty? Why do some make up bogus or lame excuses to get out of it? Some of the examples I heard-  One guy said he had to pick up his wife from the airport. One said he was going to propose that day. One said she didn’t like people, and one even said they don’t agree with the law.

So what does jury duty have to do with business? What a great band inside the courthouse. One of my chapters of Opportunity Rocks compares your business or team to a band, how important it is for your band to have the same dream or vision, to surround yourself with “like minded” people, create and drive the change and not be afraid to take the necessary actions to get things done.

Even as a keynote speaker in Las Vegas or anywhere in the world that I may speak there are three key elements to keeping the band running smoothly. First, put the band first. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith said, “As good as I am, I am nothing without my band.” He knew the band came first.  Second, honor everyone’s unique abilities and contributions.  It doesn’t matter if you’re the judge who is the drummer setting the tone and pace for the rest to follow, or the attorneys who would serve as the rhythm section to start to make the song come together, or the bailiff and court reporters who would be the bass players. The bass players don’t always get noticed but the song would be pretty lame without it. 

Don’t forget the voice or lead singer, who would be the county court clerk briefing the audience of fans and sending out the summons.  The problem is this great band is trying to give someone a fair trial, but the fans are not always loyal. By fans I mean the citizens called to serve. In order for the system to work, we all have to be on board and committed.  Just like in business! Your company or team is only as good as the weakest link. So if you want to make your sales goals, deliver a quality product, or offer the best customer service, then you need to make sure your team is engaged, committed, and motivated. As a motivational speaker, I believe you cannot manufacture motivation, but you can unleash it. That’s the secret of being a business rock star, and that’s what we help teams and businesses do. Find and unleash their inner rock star. It’s your duty, right, and obligation to play full out in everything you do. Even jury duty in the courtroom, or the jury duty that you sometimes have to do as a business owner or employee. You need to make your uncomfortable zone, your comfort zone. When you get better your teams will become better. When your teams get better your customers get better and more loyal. Just like we have to protect our judicial system so that everyone who is entitled to a fair trial gets one, so must we protect our business, our family’s and our rights. So the next time you get a jury duty summons in the mail, ask yourself, would I want to work for someone or have someone working for me that is willing to make up lame excuses or lie? Would I want them working for me or with me? What you do in your personal life reflects your business life, and vice versa. A true rock star gives his all no matter what, and if something gets in the way, the show doesn’t stop, you find a way to keep on going.

My name is Marvelless Mark and I approve this message. Please like and share this post but more importantly stop complaining and own it.

Marvelless Mark Kamp is a keynote entertainer who works with companies who want killer openings and closing keynotes using the business secrets of rock stars.

 

 

Rock on,

The Business Rockstar is an Author, International Keynote Speaker, and Customer & Engagement Guru

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Are You A Control Freak?

How do you control 30,000 customers?  If you’re Bon Jovi, it’s pretty easy. A few months ago my good friend, mentor, and keynote speaker coach Mike Rayburn invited my wife Jana and I to celebrate his birthday at the Bon Jovi concert in Las Vegas.  Nice invite, right?

I reference Bon Jovi in my Opportunity Rocks Keynote about his relationship with his band and how he continues to increase his fan base “aka customers” and reinvents himself.  However, his 2017 concert and record had a different feel to it.  Instead of putting on a high-energy rock show like in the 80’s and 90’s- he took us on a journey. It wasn’t long before he had all 30,000 of us mesmerized, engaged, feeling like he was our best friend and really cared about us.

 Keynote speakers want to be able to do that same thing to the audiences they speak to, but we usually only have about 4 to 5 minutes once we hit the stage to do it.  As sales professionals, we want our customers to become raving fans. Why?  Because we want more than just satisfied customers; we want loyal fans that will enthusiastically tell others about us, our products, or services. We want fans who think of us often, who will bend over backwards and put their reputation on the line with referrals and introductions. Boom, when that happens we spend less time selling and more time nurturing the relationships and watch the sales increase.

So what is the secret? Once again it’s not rocket science, It’s ROCK- IT science.
Number 1: Transparency. Bon Jovi shared some of their struggles they have been experiencing the last few years. He told stories about what inspired certain songs and what some of the lyrics meant, so when he performed them they meant something to us too.  We were on the journey, along side him.  He made reference to getting older and how that has affected their band.  He even said after a tease of some of their past hits, that he knew what songs they came to hear and promised to play them, but please listen to some of our favorites from our new record and what they mean to us and maybe you might connect with them too.

So, for our businesses we need to do the same. There are not any secrets anymore, so why pretend that there are. Be open and honest, share information of interest that they may not be expecting. Let them know the great things that are happening and why. What the challenging things and what you’re doing to overcome them. Depending on your level of relationship, you might even share some personal things. You never know when you might find something in common with that person and take the relationship to a whole new level.
Number 2: Likeability- this is key when you’re a Rockstar or a sales professional. I don’t care what kind of music you like, it’s hard not to like Bon Jovi. The guy has remained loyal to his neighborhood buddies in the band, he’s still happily married to his high school sweetheart, he supports many charities, treats his crew and band equally with respect, and the ladies seem to think he’s a good looking guy.  Did I mention he loves on his fans a lot? Hence, the long lines to buy Bon Jovi swag, sold-out shows, and the audience was engaged with their phone lights on all night. 

Okay, take a moment and ask yourself on a 1-10 scale for likeability- how would you rate? Or more importantly, how would your fans rate you? Do you smile a lot? Do you surround yourself with like-minded people? What does your family, team, or clients say about you to others?

When was the last time you ran a likeability test on yourself?  And remember transparency? You have to be sincere. Fans and customers are smart and can see right through you if you’re not. Just run a few Google searches on yourself and see who the Internet thinks you are. Don’t forget to check what images pop- up too.

Number 3: Hard working –Brain Tracy said, “Success comes before work only in the dictionary” Mic drop. In my opinion, Bon Jovi and Brett Michaels of Poison are two of the best and hardest working fan pleasers on stage. I performed with Brett on a private corporate show and man did he ever work the crowd. Even after his time was up and his agent was ready for him to leave, he shook every hand, posed for every picture, and thanked the crowd over and over again until the last person was gone. Bon Jovi did the same and his band did too. They connected with the bleachers as much as the people right in front. Even the section that looked at his butt all night, they would give love too. He treats every show as if it were his last. Did I mention they played for almost 3 hours? That also falls under the “always over deliver” category. When you go the extra mile, you will find you’re the only one there. Not just you, but your whole team or band too. It’s all part of the standing ovation formula. At the end, the lights came on, the crowd wouldn’t stop cheering, and the band members all hugged each other and came out for their bow.

I quote Gene Simmons in Opportunity Rocks as saying, “People say we are marketing geniuses, but if we take credit for anything, we listen to our fans”. In business, when you are 100% transparent, you honor and respect everyone’s contribution to the team, your work ethic is second to none, you listen to your customers, and you and your team will have a high level of likeability.  Watch your fan base grow and your customers will be working for you. This winning formula will also create distinction, which eliminates extinction… so let’s get ready to ROCK – IT!

The Business Rockstar is an Author, International Keynote Speaker, and Customer & Engagement Guru

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PS. I am going to be transparent with you right now. Last year, 85% of my keynote speeches came from referral. I always consider it a huge compliment, blessing and gift when I receive them or someone sends them to my website. So please feel free to repost, share or forward this article to any and all who might appreciate it. Thank you and Rock On!

Four ways to make you the One & Only

Have you ever been to a Las Vegas show, experienced a keynote event, or heard and introduction like: “Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome the one and only…………….only to find out they really were not “the one and only”? Or maybe you’ve heard a similar keynote speaker or you’ve seen entertainment acts that reminded you of someone else? What does the one and only really mean? To me, it’s one of the highest compliments you can receive as a speaker or an entertainer. In marketing, it means you’ve done such an awesome job of branding your product or service- that people always think of you. Better yet, your name comes up when speaking of a competitor. Numerous times friends and colleagues would introduce me as  “one of a kind”, “there’s nobody like this guy”, and you guessed it, ”the one and only” Marvelless Mark.  It’s a title or a brand one must earn, hone their skill or craft, live and breath it every day. Walk the walk and talk the talk as they say. So how does that happen?  Pretty simple. It’s not Rocket science it’s ROCK-IT science. Being the one and only requires 4-key rockstar principals:

  1. Reinvention.
  2. Innovation
  3. Unlimited Energy
  4. Taking Risk (or being fearless)

Some rockstar examples of my favorite one and only’s are: Kiss, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, and Taylor Swift.  If you research the careers of these music legends, you will see that they constantly practice these 4 things. They are constantly reinventing themselves, they are always innovative and creative, they perform with unlimited amounts of energy, on/off the stage, and they are not afraid to take risks. Well maybe they are afraid, but they don’t let fear stop them! Who can really say that any of these artists are not “one of a kind” or the “one and only”?

What does this mean for us? First and foremost, do people say your organization, your products, or you, are “the one and only”?  Do they say- there is nothing else out there like it or I’ve never met another person like them?

If not, then you might be in danger of falling off the charts. So let’s break it down. Reinvention– To produce something new that is based on something that already exists. If people or companies are starting to copy you or your products, you are no longer the one and only. So what action or steps do you need to take to reinvent?  Start with the Why? In his Ted Talk, Simon Sinek explained that the idea started with the why, not the what. So ask yourself and your team- why it’s time to reinvent. Then get everyone onboard and fired up as much as you are about the idea or vision.

Innovation according to the dictionary is this: The introduction of something new. American hero Captain Sullenburger, who landed the plane safely on the Hudson River says to him innovation means, Changing before you’re forced to. Boom! Personally, I used to be so protective of my signature moves, routines, my catch phrases that I would really take it personal when people would start to copy me. But my awesome friend John Daly Jr. put me in check. He used to give his ideas away at association training seminars where many of his competitors would attend.  John said, “By the time I share one of my ideas, I’m already on to my next great one.” That was his motivation to keep pushing forward and being innovative before reinvention was needed. It should be your action step as well.

Unlimited amounts of energy is generated physically and mentally. Great leaders need equal amounts of both for effectiveness and longevity. Physical energy is pretty simple. Eating real food, the right kind and amounts, and a consistent exercise program. Key word is consistent. That’s another important topic and we’ll feature it in an upcoming article called “Be Fit To Rock.“

Mental energy is a different animal. That can be described in many different ways and is different for everyone. For me, it’s controlling my attitude, and keeping my ego in check to fuel me rather than rule me. How do I do that? In my book Opportunity Rocks,  I quote the one and only Lady GaGa saying, ”I wake up in the morning, I make my hair bow, I put on my cat suit and call up everyone in the house of GaGa and say, “How are we going to be brilliant today”?  What if you did that everyday with your team or yourself? Would that feed your attitude to fuel some rock concert energy? Rockin’ Yes!!!!! Having control over my ego allows me to convert arrogance into positive energy and keeps raising my standards.  If we are constantly raising our standards, then our goals or dreams are naturally getting bigger and more exciting. When that happens, we can’t wait to get out of bed and start your daily jam session or working as you may call it. When you get closer to your goals, you’re excited, your team is excited and that kind of energy is contagious and unlimited. Your action step is to have a dream or goal so big it motivates you. If it doesn’t, it’s not big enough. If people are not talking about you or saying you are crazy, it’s not big enough.

Taking risk or being fearless means this: Daily massive action and to boldly go where no one has gone before. Thank you Captain Kirk. I know we hear that all the time, but are we really doing it? What are we afraid of, being too successful? Working too hard? If that’s the case then you might consider changing careers. Taking a risk may mean failing. Awesome. Failure breeds success. So the more you fail, (and learn from the failures) the more successful you will be. Prince opened up for Elvis Costello once and was literally booed off the stage.  Did that stop him? No. Taking a risk can be blocked by fear. But try using fear as a GPS to show you where you need to go.  Watch out for another article titled Use Fear As Your GPS. Your action steps, now ask the what. What is the worst thing that could happen if I faced my fears? What is the best thing that could happen? What will actually happen if I face my fears? Distractions and procrastination can also stop you from taking a risk or being fearless. So you may consider applying some systems to keep that from happening. An accountability partner is a great start.

 So in conclusion but certainly not in conclusion. Are you “the one and only?” If you are, What are you doing to stay “the one and only”? It’s the difference between being a rock legend or a one hit wonder.  If you’re not the “one and only” what plan of action do you have that includes, Reinvention, Innovation, Unlimited Energy, and looking your fears right in the eye and telling it to get out of the way.

80’s rock star Billy Squire sang, “Everybody Wants You?” Do they?

The Business Rockstar is an Author, International Keynote Speaker, and Customer & Engagement Guru

Click Here to learn more about Marvelless Mark