I have a confession to make and it’s embarrassing so let’s get right to it.
On Saturday, I flew into St. Louis, MO to speak at Dr. Dustin Burleson’s seminar for orthodontists. Even though my flight was delayed by two hours, I still arrived in plenty of time to do my show at 7:00 p.m. (When I speak at an event, I will often do my “Theater of The Mind” show the night before.)
I use my trusty Uber app to summon a car and I see that it’s going to cost me $1,118 to get to the hotel! Huh? My phone must be reading my location incorrectly but I try it again with the same result. I double check the hotel address and then it hits me like a ton of bricks.
I am supposed to be in Kansas City, MO not St. Louis, MO. I booked the wrong flight.
Now, I am stressed because it’s 239 miles from where I am to where I need to be. Feeling like a dumbass, I see if there is a flight I can take that will get me there on time. Nope. I think about flying private. Nope can’t do it on short notice. Uber? Actually no driver in sight who wants to make that trip.
I hop on the first rental car shuttle I see and quickly rent a car. Feeling like a fool, I text the meeting organizer letting her know the odds of me being on stage at 7 are slim. I have NEVER missed a show and I feel just terrible.
The GPS tells me that I will arrive in fours hours at 6:50 but then a huge thunder and lightning storm hits. Traffic is at standstill because you can barely see the car in front of you. Fortunately, it clears and I am on my way.
I drive and drive and drive and and I’m constantly checking my ETA. As I get closer, the GPS says I will be there at 6:45. And sure enough, after just under four hours of stressful driving and a long day, I arrive at the hotel. I leave my car at valet and I’m whisked off to my room bypassing check in.
I quickly take off my travel clothes put on my suit, put what I need for my show in my pockets and off to the show I go. (Fortunately I do a mind reading show, so I don’t have a lot of “props” to carry like a magician would.)
At 7:00 p.m. on the nose, I am ready to start. I take a second to focus my mind and energy and I hit the stage and KILL it. I put on a stellar performance that perfectly sets up my presentation in the morning.
I left the stage and had a couple beers and cognac to end a very stressful and but successful day.
Of course, the next day I rocked the house closing nearly 100% of the folks in the room. No joke, I closed just a tick under 100% and walked out with a pile o cash.
If you’re not closing like a rockstar, I’m the best on the planet to help you fix that problem. I have one spot left open for the private, two-day event I’m having at my house where we’re going to focus on one thing — increasing your sales and profits. It’s not cheap. 5K is the investment but it’s chicken feed compared with the results you’ll see in your bank account.
Email me at [email protected] if you want details.
Just don’t ask me to make your plane reservations.
Kick butt, make mucho DEEnero!
Dave “A Travel Agent I’m Not” Dee