Where the heck did the summer go?! Break out the checklist!

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I’ve never been a fan of blog entires that start with a question, though it deemed fitting today as I not only realized that I hadn’t blogged since the end of March, but also that this Monday is indeed Labor Day and I have no idea what I have accomplished over the past few months!

Business is booming in the Twin Cities and especially at my property and brand!  My months have been filled with sellout evenings, crowd control, celebrities (come on, it’s The W) and the clash of upscale clientel meets Priceline week-enders (no thanks to William Shatner and his dirt cheap deals!)  Oh and a whole lot of fishing.  The seasons are changing though, and I find it necessary to force myself into Checklist mode as the month of September is amongst us and I suggest that you do the same.  Let’s face it, before we know it 2012 will be over.  We’ll be making New Years resolutions for 2013 and saying to ourselves “Damn, I didn’t accomplish hardly anything I had set out to do this year”.  Oh and don’t forget that you’ll most likely also be saying “See, I knew the world wasn’t going to end in 2012……what were those Mayans smoking?”

Here are your Meat and Potatoes:

Checklists are best left basic and simple if you ask me.  Everybody has a smart phone these days with all sorts of cool apps and programs that literally take multi-tasking to a new level in that we are so engorged in projects and always a click away that almost everything ends up incomplete.  Usually the result is due to the fact that instead of following your checklist you end up checking your Facebook or Tweeting about some crazy homeless guy that just tried to rob you or something.  See where I’m going with this?  KEEP IT SIMPLE!  Don’t use your fancy smart phone for your personal checklist, in fact make the effort (as hard as it is, I know) to unplug from everything while you’re reviewing your checklist.  Get yourself a little mini notepad and physically write down the tasks at hand.  (the hardest part is to not lose the notepad)  Create weekly and monthly and if your are even so bold, yearly goals and post them somewhere so you stare at that piece of paper at least several times a day. 

This all may seem like Day One stuff people, but we’re all human and we fall into old habits quicker than you think!  Sometimes all it takes a crazy spikey haired hotel guy in Minnesota to remind us how to stay organized in our lives.  The rest is entirely up to you!  You’re going to want to get on your A-Game quick though before someone else does.  Words to live by ay?

Dig my style and want to know more?  Get my book  Hospitality: Minnesota Nice read it……live it……then get back to me on how it helped and if I can be of further assistance to you!  Heck, even if you want to tell me “Brian, you wrote a pile of crap and don’t quit your day job dude”.

As always,

Yours in hospitality!

-B

Moaning Monday Maniacs in March

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March in Minnesota is always unpredictable!  Just three days ago we were at 75 degrees and sunny, and were actually warmer then the city of Los Angeles!  This morning Minnesotans at least in Minneapolis anyways arose to a blustery 40 degrees with 20 mph winds!!  You can imagine the attitudes people brought with them into the office as they not only had to drag their butts back into work, but had to pull their winter jackets out of storage once again. 

Being the nocturnal manager of my property my day ends around the same time most folks start, so I often find myself holding back my enthusiasim a bit.  At least until everyone has a cup of coffee or two in them.  This morning seemed exceptionally tense with the weather acting the way it is, and I have about 15 minutes in a “pass-along” to try to motivate my staff to deliver exceptional service once again.  I always try to bring some sort of topic or current event to the meeting in which the staff can use with guests, because let’s face it regardless of what business you’re in your going to need some sort of neutral small talk in your back pocket to whip out in that dreaded uncomfortable silence.  

Today’s message was easy: The Weather.  Sounds boring I know, but I actually went online and printed off the last years weather forecast, which included 2 feet of snow as a reminder of how lucky we have been this year so far, and then I pointed out the fact that it is suppose to be back in the 70’s by the end of the week.  This simple reminder seemed to turn their spirits around a bit and shed a light of hope on the upcoming week ahead…..that or the caffeine had just kicked in!  Either way in our business when in doubt, talk about the weather.  Especially with the foreign travelers who automatically assume that Minnesota has mountains of snow all year round, polar bears and penguins walking around and guys like Steve Buscemi (from the 90’s movie Fargo) walking around in those fuzzy hats with the flaps sayin “Oh yah..don’t cha know”.  Ok so perhaps we really do have guys like that walking around saying that but what are you gonna do?

I hope the start of the week treats you well and remember to take charge of your situation before your situation takes charge of you and always think three moves ahead!  That’s all I’ve got

Yours in Hospitality

Brian

 

Here’s to new adventures in Business!

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Greetings fellow blog folk!

My slacker behavior has gone on long enough, and I must Blog!  I’m sure you can relate, especially if you’re a fellow blogger yourself when I say that after a few days of not posting anything you start getting “the shakes” a bit.  Alas, my two days off went way too fast!  However yesterday was a very productive day as I ventured into a side business, run by myself, but partnered with a close associate of mine that will make a nice bit of side action.  I’ll spare you the details, and the sales pitch…… as I plan on keeping family and friends, a good distance from this business.  That’s definitely one of the things I have learned the hard way over the years, is that when it comes to non-traditional forms of business, your family will almost always try to talk you out of it.   I’m pretty excited though, my online networking has really started to boom as Twitter followers just hit 3500 tonight and plan to be at 5,000 by the end of the week!!!  All strangers, but all potential clients!  It’s a lot of work and a lot of schmoozing, but the connections are priceless.  Actually, you could put a price on it, and people are even crazy enough to pay for followers on Twitter, when really with a bit of work…..and about 5 seperate outside websites, the sky is the limit!

So CHEERS to New Business Ventures….. no matter how small they start!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Hospitality,

Brian

Motivation does not last….

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Enjoy your Sunday folks, I picked this article up off another great website and although it seems a bit rough structure-wise, the message is clear and I personally found it to be rather motivating in it’s own way. I  hope it stimulated some thought for your upcoming week, may it be a good one!  

Motivation does not last

October 21, 2009 | Author: | Posted in Motivations Articles
 
“Jim Rohn, now an Apple acclaimed author, apostle and business philosopher, started his adorning adventure back he was 25 years old.  At that point in his life, he was not alone bankrupt but in debt.  Bankrupt is a acting banking state; however, poor is a accompaniment of apperception from which accretion takes added effort.  Almost every abundant baton and banking success has suffered from banking abridgement at one point. None of them anytime advised themselves poor.  Every abundant baton aboriginal developed cocky afflatus afore they could finer affect others.  Zig Zigler said, “Motivation does not last, but neither does bathing, that is why we do it every day.” The aforementioned account applies to inspiration.  In adjustment to affect added people, you aboriginal crave a afire admiration aural yourself.  Your own close affection and cocky afflatus blaze will ammunition the blaze to affect others.  One of the greatest thrills for me is to apperceive that I accept touched, confused and aggressive addition to go advanced and accomplish their dreams.  Jim Rohn said one of the greatest thrills for anyone is to apprehend their name in addition else’s testimonial.  Teachers and pastors rarely baddest that vocation for the banking rewards;  they baddest those careers to affect others to advance their abounding potential. 
I started teaching seniors in aerial academy the day of my 21st birthday.  Now some 40+ years after I still apprehend from some of those students.  The joy I feel audition about the appulse I fabricated on their lives transcends explanation.  My adolescent son had the befalling to abstraction law but chose to be a aerial academy abecedary instead.  His affection for his acceptance provided him the befalling to be the youngest administrator of an all-embracing aerial school.  Currently he chairs the all-embracing analysis of a basic academy in New Hampshire.  The appulse he provides inspires his students, his baby sons, his admirable wife, the adroitness at the academy and apparently so abounding others whose lives he has touched.  We anniversary accept the befalling every day to affect others.  Perhaps it is a smile or a affectionate chat to brighten someone’s day.  As a adolescent distinct mother, I abstruse that accouchement apprentice added by what we do than what we say.  Accouchement are acutely observant. They apprehend added than best accord them acclaim for observing.  The acutely baby altruistic acts of parents, co-workers or administration affect others to extend themselves.  Every action creates an influence.  Back the bequest you accept to actualize revolves about affectionate gestures, you affect me and you will enhance the lives of others. 
Everyone will be remembered for the problems they actualize or the problems they solve.  You choose.  As I address this, I attending up on the top of my cycle top board to a simple little gray bedrock which was accustomed to me by an agent about 30 years ago.  Engraved in the bedrock is the one word,”inspire.”  The badge of acknowledgment for what seemed to me as a baby action of affection impacted and inspired.  Whose activity will you accept the befalling to affect today?
Even added important – – will you accomplish the accomplishment to affect others today? What a admirable apple we will actualize by extending afflatus and affection to others.”
 
Well there you have it, chew on it for a bit and see how the beginning of your week goes.  Also don’t forget to pick up a copy of Hospitality: Minnesota Nice the motivating new E-Book for sale on Amazon and other e-book online reailers.  (click the blue link to pick up the Book and free Kindle Viewer to read it)
 
Yours in Hospitality,
 
Brian

The world needs William Shatner………

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To lighten the theme a bit with the upcoming weekend I figured I’d post an interesting article I found on a website I reference every now and again.  Enjoy!

Our Need For William Shatner by: Kenneth McCormick

In the old days, well old days to you but not such old days to me, certain actors and actresses would become so popular that they would go on seemingly forever in films, until they were not able to do the job any longer or died. Some of these people were Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and others. This was said to be attributed to their great skill at acting. We would watch one of their movies and say things like, wow he still has it. That was a complement which meant he still was a great actor. These names were so powerful that when they would appear on a movie marquee, many people would rush to see the movie, just because a certain person was in it. I guess you would have to say that this was the golden age of movies. Then something very profound happened. Television started to become popular. With television however, it was much harder to attain this type of status, although in the beginning a few did like Milton Berle and Jack Benny, two comedians. Then it happened, one person came on to the scene in the sixties and his fame is still with us to day. William Shatner was not an actor that you would put into the class of a Fonda, Taylor, or Bogart. He never claimed that he was. He began his acting career in 1950. He was born in 1931 and kept his real name which is very unusual. His full name is William Alan Shatner and as most people know, he was born in Canada. His grandfather was Wolf Schattner and anglicized the family name to Shatner. Shatner was raised in the conservative Jewish religion. When I said that Shatner was not in the class of Fonda and others, this was not to say that he was not a good actor. He was trained as a classical Shakespearean actor and appeared in the Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario. There is something about Shatner’s personality that seems to make us like to watch him. I don’t know the man since I have never met him, but he does come across like a very likeable person. I remember watching him recently on an interview show that he had on cable and he interviewed Leonard Nimoy. Icouldn’t pull myself away from it. Does Shatner have some power over us that we are not aware of? There are still a few of us around that remember the Howdy Doody Show. It was a very early tv show for children that featured a marionette as Howdy Doody. Shatner played Ranger Bob in the Canadian Version. Shatner did have some experience in the movies and was in the movie, The Brothers Karamazov. He played the younger brother. The film featured many big names of the time such as Yul Brynner, Lee J. Cobb, Richard Basehart, Albert Salmi, Maria Schell, Clare Bloom and others. Although Shatner made many movies other than Star Trek, I do not believe that is where his popularity arose from. It came initially from television. He made at least a couple of the original Twilight Zones, which are constantly being shown on television. He also did many voices, but when he became the fearless Captain Kirk of the star ship Enterprise, his career was really born. As strange as it seems, he probably didn’t know it at the time, because the series was canceled after about 90 + episodes, but enjoyed and still enjoys constant re-runs. Millions of people have grown up watching Shatner perform some hammy acting at times in the series, but there was that something that he had that made every episode enjoyable. The show began to have a life of its own. Star Trek conventions began to appear everywhere and suddenly everything Star Trek became collectable. Kirk (William Shatner) started to appear in small plastic statue form in all different Star Trek toys. People did not seem to be able to get enough of him. Then came the Star Trek movies. Shatner seemed to have perfected his acting ability to the point where it was even more enjoyable in the films than it had been on the tv screen. The first movie was Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Actually it wasn’t very good. The next film however was considered one of the best and that was Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The other films featuring the original cast were Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, StarTrek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The last Star Trek film that Shatner was to appear in was Star Trek: Generations. We were all at a point now where we needed to see Shatner again. It had been some time since he had appeared on television. Before I get into that I have to tell you that Shatner received or was nominated for numerous awards for his acting. Here is a list of them: 2005 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television – Winner 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Nominee 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Winner 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Winner 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Nominee 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Nominee 2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television – Nominee 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Nominee 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Nominee Shatner was featured in several television series. They were the $10,000 Pyramid, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Battle of the Network Stars, Dr. Kildare, T.J. Hooker, The Defenders, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and the Practice. He also has been the guest star on shows over 260 times and growing. He has appeared in over 52 movies as either an actor or voice. To this we have to add that he produced some shows and directed some episodes of shows. At 79 years old, as of the writing of this article, Shatner is not finished yet and currently has a new show to fulfill our need to see him, it is called Shatner’s Raw Nerve and appears on the Bio channel. It is basically an interview show where a guest comes on and is asked interesting questions by Shatner. It may not be the same as watching Shatner fight a lizard looking alien using only whatever is at hand, but he is getting a little long in the tooth for that. I guess we will just have to satisfy our Shatner needs without the action that used to accompany them. An old Shatner is better than no Shatner at all. Ken is the webmaster of Http://aboutfacts.net an interesting, free Internet magazine that is suitable for the entire family.

Well there you have it folks….what would the world be like without William Shatner???? I don’t want to know 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Hospitality,

B

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7 Essential Strategies For Unlocking Your Self Motivation by Michael Locklear

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Happy Friday!

We, for me anyways!  In lieu of my weekend being upon me, my brain has officially checked out, so I’ll leave you with some great reading for a Wednesday!

7 Essential Strategies For Unlocking Your Self Motivation by Michael Locklear.

Yours in Hospitality,

Brian

Thunderstorm Tuesday……Holy Smokes!

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Well folks, your ritual alarm buzzing followed by a 10 minute snooze button slap is going to be accompanied by loud thunder this morning, if your in Minneapolis anyways…..So I went in search of a decent article this morning, that would motivate, but also be perfect “stormy day material”

Here is an article entitled WHY IT IS BETTER TO SIMPLIFY 

“Even in those times of frantic pacing and harried lifestyles, you know that you always have the choice to simplify and do less. It is the solution to almost every aspect of our lives.

To simplify is the answer to your financial difficulties: Shop less and spend less. Don’t try to spend more than what you actually earn. Cut back on your bills and decrease your debt. Rather than trying to handle all your bills and expenses, try to simplify. If necessary, have fewer credit cards, of get rid of your credit card if you have to. Eliminate your financial problems so that you will have lesser stress.

Got some time management problems? Try to do less and manage less on your agenda and you would get rid of the difficulty of trying to handle it all. Instead of figuring out how to deal with your packed schedule, strive to simplify. Decrease your commitments if you can’t handle it. Decline some projects, meetings and some favors which will only eat most of your precious time.

If you want to end your storage problems, begin to simplify be minimizing clutter. When you have lesser things on your possessions, it means you need lesser storage. When this happens, life becomes less stressful. In the process, you will save a lot of money when it comes to maintenance and storage.

Indeed, it’s not that easy to simplify especially if you’re one of those who hoard most of your stuff but in the long run, will simply accumulate space which you need to store other important things.

Simplicity requires the courage to say no to commitments, to let go of your unnecessary stuff, and to be different than the way we always used to do things.

Consequently, you’ll realize that it’s all worth it–less hassles”

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Yours in Hospitality,

Brian

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