MJ speaking for newsletterWhat Opportunities Are You Missing to Speak Up?

Missed opportunities of the past need not block those right in front of you.

Have you missed out on golden opportunities? Have you ever wished that you could turn back the clock and say YES to an opportunity that was staring you right in the face, but, for whatever reason, you let it slip by?

Have you ever kicked yourself because you didn’t take action?

I was reading a book recently that talked about missed opportunities. That reminded me of a missed opportunity of my own shortly after I had graduated from high school. Unfortunately,

“We’ve all got a black book of missed opportunities.” ~ Jim Broadbent


I was visiting in California and had the opportunity to meet a man by the name of Ralph Portner. Mr. Portner was the voice behind the television musical variety show – the Lawrence Welk Show.  He was the announcer for all Mr. Welk’s radio and television shows….from the early 1940’s through to the early 80’s. During our conversation, I shared with him that I’d just gotten my 3rd class radio license, and that I’d be spinning records on a little radio station WLRC in Whitehall, MI that summer.

He asked about my radio handle – I had none.  He suggested that I use MJ your Private DJ. He asked how I planned to close out my show each day. I had no plan.

He suggested that I’d close out the show with a quote from a book of quotes that he’d send me. He said, “It will sound like this:  This is MJ, your private DJ, signing off with a word of wisdom. Then share the quote.”

He kept his promise; he sent the book, Words of Wisdom, which I have to this day. But then he went way beyond that to encourage me.

Whether he was in Reno or Lake Tahoe or LA – wherever the Lawrence Welk Band was playing at the time – he’d send me a postcard to encourage.

And because I was so afraid that he’d find some flaw in my writing and change his mind about what he thought I was capable of doing, I never wrote back.  Mr. Portner finally stopped writing.

Here was a top radio / television talent doing his best to help me, and out of fear that he’d find me lacking, I completely missed a golden opportunity.

I don’t want that to happen to you.

I want you to become as influential as you desire. To make the kind of impact you want to make.

If you’re an entrepreneur or a thought leader, someone who wants to leverage your passion, your personality, and your presence – play bigger – and let your voice be heard, I want to help you.

I want you to get the job you desire.

…the promotion you desire.

…the sale you desire

….whatever it takes in the way of communication for you to be successful.

Which is why I have created Learn to Speak Like a Pro Speaking Mastery Retreat.

I’d love your feedback.  What opportunities have you missed because you didn’t speak up, because you didn’t speak out, because you were afraid you’d sound stupid or uneducated or disorganized or whatever?  I’d love to hear from you.

So write in the comment section below and tell me–what opportunities have you missed because you were afraid to let your voice be heard?  I’d love to hear your feedback, and share some ways that will help you get better results, too.

Don’t let another opportunity slip through your fingers. Let’s make today the day you — Unleash your Potential! Ignite Greatness!   Become Unstoppable!

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