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The UNconference


Last weekend I attended the NSA UnConference in Atlanta GA.  An UnCoference is exactly like a regular conference only different.  It’s like other conferences in as much as people pay money learn stuff, stay in a hotel for 3 days and hope the chicken isn’t too tough.  Everything at this UNconference was unconventional and everything had an “UN” prefix.  There was the UNagenda, the UNparty …even 33% of the people attending the Jewish Prayer service weren’t Jewish, you know, UNcircumcised.

Now the NSA, of which I am a proud member, is the National Speakers Association.  Imagine a room with over 300 professional speakers. Try to get a word in. But I saw some old friends made some new ones and learned and awful lot.  There were 2 intensives tracks to choose from as well as individual breakout sessions.

One of the tracks was this Thought Leadership.  Sounded too much like multitasking to me.  A can think, just don’t ask me to lead at the same time.

My favorite presenter was Scott Ginsberg. And not just because he is a close personal friend of mine, but because he’s so frickin good. He has all this great information and yet is very down to earth. A young guy, he’s like the Mark Zuckerberg of branding and approachability.

He wrote his first book when he was a senior in college.  Now 10 years later he’s got 12 books. I’m no wiz at math, but that’s almost a book per year.  I can’t read a book in a year.

He’s the kind of guy who, if you didn’t like him so much, you probably wouldn’t like him.  But, I love his attitude. He reminds me a lot of me if I were younger, cuter, and smarter.

You might not know the name but you probably know of him. He’s the guy who wears a name tag everywhere he goes, As of this taping he had gone 3,770 consecutive days wearing a nametag, 24/7. Wait a minute Vinny, what about when he’s in the shower? What about when he’s doing yoga? What about … don’t go there.  Turns out he’s got a nametag tattooed on his….  somewhere on his body. I’ve never asked to see it.

Scott says that writing is basis of all wealth, and Alan Weiss seemed to back that up during the closing panel discussion.  Weiss has written like 40 books! And UNlike so many other speakers with 40 books out there, people actually pay good money to read his books. He said Wealth isn’t the money you make but it’s the discretionary time you have. And he has a lot of time, and he eats out every night.  And he’s in great shape for a man his age. Must pay someone to get fat for him.

The panel discussed Image vs. Substance and it was the consensus that substance is more important.  That was a hard pill for me to swallow.  Just look at me.  I am the very definition of image. I never read Good to Great, but I can tell you first hand it is great when you look this good.

Then Molly Cox stated the obvious, “content is overrated.” Got a good laugh and people started tweeting. People were tweeting and re-tweeting the Funny stuff that’s because humor is so very important.  I always say, “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.” Plus, if you laugh at something you more likely to remember it.

The Sunday during the unConference happened to be  the 150th anniversary of the swearing in of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy.  The NSA UNconference Commemorated the event by doing nothing.  And we were in Atlanta at the fancy Leows Hotel which is just A Stone throw from Stone Mountain.

So what makes a single granite rock a mountain?  Teamwork.  Because Carved into the face of that mountain 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain are Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson, a remarkable team.

Hey “Vinny, wake up and smell the half-caff skim mocha latte, that was a loosing team.”  Don’t tell anyone around here that.  Half of these people think they won the war, the other half or them think the war still going on.

But I love the South, and especially the Southern women, they talk soft, and they talk real slow.  By the time they say no, it’s too late.

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Funny Motivational Speaker Vinny Verelli

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