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TWO MASSIVE CORONA TAX BREAKS

Special provisions from the federal government in response to the Covid 19 crisis present a huge windfall opportunity

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DON’T START SHOOTING BEFORE YOU SEE THE TARGET CLEARLY

Imagine trying to win a skeet-shooting contest… while blindfolded, and not even knowing which direction the skeet is being

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OVERCOME YOUR NEGATIVE “CORONA PERSONA”

As we’re all reeling from the loss of jobs, return of deposits, and reduction of our income, you may benefit

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HAPPILY DIS-ILLUSIONED

Happily Disillusioned By Billy Riggs, the World’s Only Dis-Illusionist You and I have something in common: we’re both illusionists…

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CUSTOMIZED JUST FOR YOU

If your group or organization holds a decent number of seminars over the course of the year, you may find that some other motivational…

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TEACHERS ON A MISSION

Good teaching does not occur by accident. Onthe contrary, it is the result of finely honed skills and an intimate knowledge of the…

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THE POWER OF SELF-DECEPTION

The capacity of the human mind for self-deception is astounding. Until we accept this fact, and consciously choose to look inward at our own personal belief systems (rather than

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“WOW-MANSHIP,” THE ART OF DAZZLING YOUR CUSTOMER

WOW! I was floored. After more than 20 years as a loyal AVIS Rent-a-car patron, I was transformed into a Hertz customer in…

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DELIVERING SERVICE THAT MESMERIZES

Positively Magical Service! (Part II) By Billy Riggs An entire industry thrives around delivering customer satisfaction. Yet, satisfaction…

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AUTHENTICITY: MERGING YOUR PUBLIC ILLUSION WITH YOUR PRIVATE REALITY

Few things will so sap your joy as consistently behaving in a manner that is inconsistent with whom you really are, because…

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T, THAT’S WHAT I WANT FROM PD!

A recent article in Education Week Magazine (by Sarah Schwartz, May 15, 2019) reports that the most profound emotion that…

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THE ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BOSS AND A LEADER

A boss and a leader are not the same things. In fact, they’re almost opposites. Though millions wear both hats simultaneously…

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THE CASE FOR PROACTIVITY

I’ll never forget Villanova University’s victory over Patrick Ewing’s mighty Georgetown Hoyas in the NCAA National Basketball Championship…

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IT’S FUN-DAMENTAL: HOW TO MAKE IT ENJOYABLE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS TO BUY FROM YOU

Companies who are able to transform customer interactions into fun experiences gain a huge advantage over those who don’t…

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THE KEY TO CREATING EMPLOYEE LOYALTY

In 2013, Army Captain William Swenson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Ganjgal…

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SMILE… YOU’RE BEING HIJACKED!

It was Monday morning, February 3, 1969, and Al was relieved to be leaving behind the frosty weather of New England for…

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HAVING A PMA IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter difficulties of all kinds, knowing…

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TEACHING TODDLERS ABOUT ATTITUDE

Every parent has struggled with a grouchy child. The whining and crying can drive you crazy, not to mention the frustration…

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HOW TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS (A VERY MOVING STORY!)

Sister Helen P. Mrosla wrote this moving story years ago. It so moved me when I first read it that I’ve saved it for nearly a decade…

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PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

Look at the two photos below. The one on your left appears to be snarling and angry, while the one on the right seems serene…

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WINNER BY A NOSE AND A PRAYER

Steven Van Rensselaer was a go-getter by anyone’s definition. Elected to the New York legislature at the tender age of 25, he…

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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!

Harlan was a loser. He’d lost his Dad at the age of 5, and for the next 6 decades things only seemed to get worse. He dropped…

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FAKE IT ’TIL YOU MAKE IT!

One of the most renowned pianists of the first half of the 20th century was the elegant, mysterious Olga Samaroff. She was…

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THE UNWITTING DOCTOR OF DEATH

In the middle of the 19th century the obstetrics ward of Krakenhaus Hospital in Vienna, Austria was supervised by Hungarian…

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THE VIEW FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY

The year was 1935, and an eighth-grade boy whose uncle had nicknamed him “Sparky” was doing even worse than usual. As…

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THE FALSE BEAUTY OF AN ILLUSION

il·lu·sionnoun. 1. An erroneous perception of reality. 2. An erroneous concept or belief. 3. The condition of being deceived by…

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THE POWER OF IMAGINATION

Just a few months before I was born in 1958, the first International Tchaikovsky Competition was hosted, as it has been every…

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WHY WE BELIEVE WACKY THINGS (PART I)

They say that seeing is believing, but new research suggests that isn’t so. To the contrary, believing is seeing. We do not…

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WHY WE BELIEVE WACKY THINGS (PART II)

This is a continuation of Billy’s previous blog…Really smart and quite sane people can believe not-so-smart and way-too-crazy things…

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WHY WE BELIEVE WACKY THINGS, (PART III)

This is Part III of Billy’s previous blog…As I write this morning two monsters, brothers named Said and Cherif Kouachi, are…

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THE POLITICS OF CRAZY BELIEFS

DISCLAIMER: Billy Riggs does not speak on (or even address) the topic below in any of his public presentations, but his interests are…

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STEALING SANTA CLAUS

Years ago I watched myself on videotape performing a very difficult sleight of hand move onstage. It’s a part of a routine in which scores…

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THE DAY I MET MOTHER TERESA (REALLY!)

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF IT’S REALLY A MIRACLE?In August of 2014, doctors pronounced dead a Brazilian man named Valdelucio Gonclaves..

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WHICH CAME FIRST, THE HAPPY EGG OR THE SUCCESSFUL CHICKEN?

In 2006, New Age self-help guru Rhonda Byrne published her international best-seller, The Secret. The thesis of that landmark book…

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THERE’S MAGIC IN A BIG DREAM

On a recent speaking trip to Chicago I finally saw the opportunity to undertake a pilgrimage I had been planning for over a year…

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HORRIBLE BOSSES, LOVABLE LEADERS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

I once had a barbarian for a boss. He hovered over each employee like an angry schoolmarm, barked out orders like a drill…

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DISILLUSIONED WITH NETWORK MARKETING? GOOD! (THAT’S THE FIRST STEP TOWARD MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU!)

You and I have something in common: we’re both illusionists. There are differences, of course. I perform my classic illusions on …

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GRAND ILLUSIONS CHAPTER ONE: THE BIRTH OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLUSION

It was one of those rare, once or twice-in-a-lifetime epiphanies, a flash of insight that was – I would learn later – to become a hinge…

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BEING YOURSELF: PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

The classic fantasy movie, “The Wizard or Oz”, provides an interesting parallel to the progression through which our illusions…

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BELIEFS HAVE CONSEQUENCES

DISCLAIMER: Billy Riggs does not speak on (or even address) the topic below in any of his public presentations, …

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THE LAST VESTIGE OF JIM CROW: REPEAL THE DAVIS-BACON ACT

DISCLAIMER: Billy Riggs does not speak on (or even address) this topic in any of his public presentations,..

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EYE DON’T THINK I CONTACT IS ALWAYS EYE-DEAL

KNOW WHEN TO BREAK THE RULES OF CUSTOMER SERVICE As a rule, you should always greet your customers with a smile,…

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THE EIGHT STAGES OF AN ORGANIZATION (AND HOW TO STOP AT NUMBER 5!)

Every philanthropic organization (and many companies, too) tends to trace a predictable arc from its birth through its apex to its eventual obsolescence ..

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A SECRET ABOUT RHONDA BYRNE’S BOOK, THE SECRET

A LITTLE SECRET ABOUT RHONDA BYRNE’S BOOK, THE SECRET (Shhh! Don’t Tell Anyone, But It’s Utter Nonsense!) …

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NIAGARA AND THE DANGER OF DRIFT

The Woodward Siblings, 1960 On July 9, 1960, a middle-aged resident of Buffalo, New York named James Honeycutt…

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HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CHANGE?

Losers complain when the direction of the wind changes. Winners just set their sails differently to take advantage of it…

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TAKE THE RED PILL

The thesis of the cult-classic film series, The Matrix, is that the world we all perceive is actually a computer simulation fed into the brains of people who are…

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ROCK YOUR BUSINESS WITH MARVELLESS MARK KAMP

What can rock stars teach us about life and business? Plenty, according to my friend and colleague…

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$50,000 IN CONSULTING… FREE! (SORT OF)

How to Overcome the Price Objection in SellingPrice is, of course, an important factor when customers consider a purchase,..

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THE KEY TO GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE: HIRE FRIENDLY PEOPLE!

I recently spoke at the brand new Hotel ZaZa just outside Houston, Texas. It’s a boutique hotel chain…

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CALL ME “CHEESE WHIZ”

WHY HIRE A FUNNY, MAGICAL MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER?One of the most rewarding aspects of being a motivational speaker is the opportunity …

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HOW TO BECOME A BORN LEADER BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!

My newest book, How to Become a Born Leader, is now available. Purchase a copy by clicking on “Store” at the top of your screen.

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THE THREE KEYS TO INFLUENCING PEOPLE

Leadership, at its core, is the ability to influence other people. Three hundred and fifty years before the birth of Christ, the philosopher Aristotle summarized…

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DARK MAGIC: THE COMING AI REVOLUTION AND HOW TO PREPARE YOUR KIDS FOR IT

“I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t do that.” HAL 9000 computer from 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley KubrikThe earth shook in November of 2017 and no one noticed…

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HIRING TIP: CALL REFERENCES… THEN DON’T BELIEVE THEM!

One of the most important lessons a boss can learn is this: hire slowly; fire quickly. Take great care to find the right people for the right positions. ..

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT TEACHERS’ UNIONS

Over the past ten days (August, 2019), I’ve been the keynote speaker for 9 opening convocations (that’s a kick-off rally for faculty and…

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SETTING A NEW STANDARD

On Oct. 12, 2019, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge became the first human being in history to run the marathon in under 2 hours, finishing with 20…

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THE TERRIFYING BEAUTY OF AN ILLUSION

il·lu·sion ( -l zh n) noun. 1. An erroneous perception of reality. 2. An erroneous concept or belief. 3. The condition of being deceived…

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THE FIRST DOMINO JUST FELL

Tremors in the Global Economy….In last month’s blog, I predicted that an economic catastrophe is coming to the world that…

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WHY EXPERTS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS WRONG (AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU AND YOUR MONEY)

In 1968, Dr. Paul Ehrlich released his international bestseller, The Population Bomb, predicting the starvation of hundreds of…

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MEGATUDES CHAPTER TWO: AN ATTITUDE OF VISION

Life is like a bicycle; it derives its stability from forward motion, and what is true of your life as a whole is also true of your career…

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HOW TO BE FUNNY (PART II)

Nothing is worse than telling a joke and hearing nothing but crickets chirping in response. (Okay, cancer is worse, but you know…

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MEGATUDES CHAPTER ONE: THE WELL OF THE MIND

Happiness and success, the crown jewels of life, are universally sought for ourselves and envied in others. But these twin…

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR NEXT CONFERENCE 50% BETTER… WITH NO EFFORT AT ALL!

I’ll never forget it. The meeting that day in the summer of 1997 was a disaster. Being generally accustomed to attentive audiences…

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CHAPTER FIVE: THE MOMENTUM OF AN ILLUSION

In the early part of the nineteenth century, there was but one province of India not subject to British rule.The state of Kolhapur was…

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HOW TO BE FUNNY (PART I)

It was every young speaker’s worst nightmare, especially one who viewed himself as a funny motivational speaker…

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The World's Only DIS-illusionist Performs His Own Illusions... while shattering yours!

Billy Riggs