Successful People Are Askers

I like to use ASK as an acronym for Always Seeking Knowledge. Successful people are askers. Because they ask for more, they actually receive more.

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Throughout my career as a magician, speaker, marketer of products, and as a business consultant to other small business owners, I've always asked for help from others who are more successful than I am. The interesting thing is... the more successful a person is, in most cases, the more likely that person will be willing to help.

When you ask someone for help, it is viewed as a sign of respect. You are telling that person that you value his knowledge, wisdom, experience, time, and talent, so why not ask? What is the worst that can happen? They say, "No." Who cares? Ask someone else.

But there is a flip side to asking. If you're going to ask, you have to take action, because knowledge without action is completely useless. It's only the implementation of that knowledge that creates something of value.

If you want to succeed in life, ask for what you want and then take action. Just don't be a taker. Pay it forward, and help those who come to you. It will come back to you in abundance. 

(About the author: Lou Serrano is an Audience Engagement Specialist. He connects your organization to your employees, customers, vendors, and special guests in a positive, fun, memorable, and meaningful way.)

 

 

 

Corporate Entertainment Conference in Costa Rica

This month Dee Dee and I had the opportunity to attend Act Up; a corporate entertainment training conference. This event was hosted by David Hira and Mike Arthur in the beautiful country of Costa Rica! Five days of training in an idyllic setting of the Rio Perlas Hotel situated in Orosi, Cartago, Costa Rica.

Although I can't share the specific things I learned at this conference, I can tell you that it had a profound impact on how I look at my business, my clients, my show, and my audience. Most conference are educational. For me this conference was TRANSFORMATIONAL

Coming from me, this is high praise, when you consider I've studied marketing and business development for longer than I've studied magic. I've attended dozens of conferences, studied countless books and courses, and I've even received private coaching from some of the most successful entertainers in this business. Since 2009 I've sold my own marketing and business development course for magicians, and I've coached countless other entertainers on succeeding in this business of entertainment.  

With all this knowledge and experience, you'd think I'd know everything there is to know about this business. Not so. Some of the business insights I received from David Hira are things I've never heard anyone else talk about. Others were presented in a way that made me realize I wasn't doing things to the best of my ability. The insights I received from Mike Arthur on presentation techniques have helped me connect with my audiences in a way I never have before. All of this in less than a week!

You might ask how I've been able to see results in such a short period of time. For those who know me well, you realize I'm a person who takes action. As I often share with my coaching clients, "To know and not do is to not yet know." There is something about the process of "doing" that cements the knowledge in your brain, and it's only in the process of taking action that one sees results.

Knowledge without actions is completely useless. it’s only in the implementation of that knowledge that creates something of value.

Aside from all the valuable knowledge I gained throughout the week, there was value in sharing the experience with other like-minded performers and soaking in all we could of the Costa Rican landscape.

(About the Author: Lou Serrano is an Audience Engagement Specialist. Lou offers more than entertainment, more than fun, he connects your company to your employees, prospects, customers, and special guests in a memorable and meaningful way.)

Adventures in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Adventures in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Last week Dee Dee and I had the pleasure of performing for Enrich Software in Calgary, AB, Canada. On the morning of June 9th I gave a keynote speech to the attendees of their user conference, and that evening Dee Dee and I performed an after-dinner stage show.

We also had couple of days to explore the city. Although it rained on Saturday, it didn't stop us from touring the city and dining at some fine restaurants. Sunday was a beautiful day and we were able to explore Prince's Island via bicycle.

The city was beautiful, and for the most part the people were very nice. We hope to visit again when more time permits. The accompanying video captures some of the highlights. 

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Diversified Utility Services Keynote Presentation

Diversified Utility Services Keynote Presentation

Diversified Utility Services is a utility line construction contractor serving the Western United States. This past Friday they had their annual safety conference attended by seventy employees consisting of linemen, mechanics, and administrators. 

I was brought in to bring a little excitement to the days activities, and my M.A.G.I.C. Formula For Success keynote presentation fit the bill. The entire presentation ran 70 minutes and received rave reviews from many of the attendees including the COO..

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Riverside Medical Clinic Annual Holiday Party

Riverside Medical Clinic Annual Holiday Party

Last week Dee Dee and I had the pleasure of entertaining the doctors and staff of Riverside Medical Clinic. Two hundred twenty-five people showed up for the annual holiday party held at the historic Victoria Club in Riverside, CA. 

Photographer extraordinaire, Chase Leland of Chase Photography and Design, was present to capture all the highlights. Chase specializes in wedding and special event photography, and he did a stellar job of capturing some memorable moments from our show which you can see...

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Magician, Lou Serrano, Awarded "Best Performer of 2016" and "Top Pro" from GigMasters and Thumbtack

Magician, Lou Serrano, Awarded "Best Performer of 2016" and "Top Pro" from GigMasters and Thumbtack

I woke up this morning with two separate emails from two of the top lead generation websites for entertainers, GigMasters and Thumbtack. 

GigMasters recognized me with the "Best Performer of 2016" award, and Thumbtack recognized me as a "Top Pro" for the second year in a row. Top Pros make up less than 3% of all Thumbtack professionals.

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Windstar Cruises Review - Wind Spirit 7-Day Tahiti Cruise

Windstar Cruises Review - Wind Spirit 7-Day Tahiti Cruise

This is a review of the Windstar Wind Spirit 7-day Tahiti cruise. This review is long overdue, as my wife and I took the cruise in July of 2016. 

Windstar is a luxury small ship cruise line, and the Wind Spirit is a beautiful sailing yacht designed for 148 passengers. Although it has a total of six sails, the Wind Spirit also has several engines which propels it through the water at 15 knots.

The small size of the yacht allows it to enter ports that are inaccessible to larger ships, and is an ideal way of exploring the Polynesian Islands of Tahiti.

Sailing out of Papeete, Tahiti we visited a total of six islands including Moorea, Bora Bora, Tahaa, Raiatea, and Huahine. With beautiful islands...

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What Is A Motivational Speaker?

What Is A Motivational Speaker?

I often think that many people have the wrong idea about what a motivational speaker is and what a motivational speaker is not. 

First off, I don't think a motivational speaker can motivate anyone to do anything. For the most part motivation comes from within, and every person has their own idea of what motivates them.

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Las Vegas Magic Shows - The Magic Capital Of The world

Las Vegas Magic Shows - The Magic Capital Of The world

I love Las Vegas. The first time I visited was in 1985, and in the 30+ years that have passed, things have changed dramatically.

At that time the Las Vegas Strip was populated with neon signs, and most of the hotels and casinos that currently populate the 4 mile stretch of land didn't exist. The mega resort boom that started with the construction of the Mirage was still a few years away. 

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Review of Magician For Hire Lou Serrano

Review of Magician For Hire Lou Serrano

Cindy Torres reviews Los Angeles magician, Lou Serrano, after a a performance at a 50th birthday celebration.

Although many of my current bookings are for corporate events across the country, I'm still in high demand for social events locally in Southern CA. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and cocktail parties are all part of the performance landscape.

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