Episode 106 -- A Life of Learning and Colorful Shirts with Richard Flint

2-Minute Tip: Create a Presence 


Live everyday to create a presence that has presence when you're not present.


As a speaker, in order for your message to have impact, it has to be something that sticks with your audience when you are not there. You can do that by being a powerful, memorable speaker. 


But that's not the only way.


Give clear guidance. Develop a simple, compelling message. Make sure your audience knows what you want them to do. Tell great stories. 


All these techniques that we regularly talk about help you maintain that presence with the audience even when you're on your way to your next meeting. 


Post Tip Discussion


As I recorded this conversation with Richard, a few things really jumped out at me.


Richard has an eye for the picture in life -- for prioritizing what will really make a difference for people. He also has a tremendous talent for putting structure to his thoughts. He makes a lot of points by breaking them out into simple lists that get to the core of the matter. I counted at least 5 of those lists in this episode. 


From a technical standpoint, these are not just lists. They are excellent examples of parallel structure -- using similar words and phrases almost rhythmically to land a point. 


I talked about this technique way back in episode 10. A few weeks ago, you heard from Joe Apfelbaum in episode 103. He also excels at using parallel structure.




Richard Flint speaking and holding a microphone wearing a colorful shirtRichard Flint, CSP is Chairman and CEO of Flint, incorporated, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals, companies and associations. He has had the opportunity to address people in talks and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Spain. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 200,000 people each year.


Richard speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His humorous and poignant talks and seminars on Leadership, Sales, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success bring about immediate changes and long-term results.


He has written 15 books and produced more than 100+ audio and video learning programs, including being a finalist for The Top Self-Help book of 2005.


Prior to founding his company in 1987, Richard put his four degrees to good use as a Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University and Wayne State University, where he also served as the Baptist Campus Minister. Following that, Richard was the Director of Counseling at the First Baptist Church in both Tampa and West Palm Beach in Florida.


These days he travels the world on his crusade to help others move past their Circle of Sameness and achieve a positive life.


Richard's Lists


Three keys to success:

  • I've got to believe in myself
  • I've got to trust in myself
  • I've got to have faith in myself


Three questions when preparing a seminar:

  • Why is this issue there? What's created the issue?
  • Why does this issue create so much confusion for people
  • Is there a process that will help people resolve -- not eliminate -- this issue


4 Keys to a successful year:

  • What do you really want to achieve this year?
    Why do you really want to achieve that?
    What price are you willing to pay to have it?
    What behaviors do you have to improve to get there?


Three Ds:

  • I have a desire to improve to help other people
  • I have the determination that there is more for me to write, discover, and learn
  • I have the discipline to do it


Six Fears:

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of abandonment -- being left alone
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of rejection
  • Fear of loss
  • Fear of success






Call To Action


  • Check out Richard's links above to learn more about his mission and passion.
  • Who do you know that would most benefit from hearing Richard's message and story? Give them the link 2minutetalktips.com/richardflint and ask them what they thought of the conversation.
  • Don't get best…get better



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