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G.S.D.F. – Get Stuff Done Fast… What I Learned From Sitting Next to Ray Edwards at James Malinchak’s Big Money Speaker Bootcamp

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Not long ago I attended James Malinchak’s Big Money Speaker Bootcamp. This is not the first time I attended this program. Yes, I’d heard the information before… at least, most of it. As always, James introduced some new material to keep things fresh and relevant to how the market constantly changes, as well as give previous attendees another reason to come back year after year.

Always On The Lookout…

Whenever I attend any kind of event I’m constantly on the lookout for new information, or to be reminded of something I might have forgotten over time… information that I can use in my own business or that I can share with our TopLine consultants to help them and their clients achieve greater success.

James Malinchak Photo

One specific thing that I learned from James’ event that made a HUGE impression on me was not something that James said (although I did take away some ideas from him), but what the guy next to me did as a result of what James said.

One of the great blessings I have received in living on this planet at this particular time in history is the opportunity to meet, associate with and call “friend”, Ray Edwards. Ray and I met a number of years ago and we’ve kept in semi-close contact during that time. In the past few months, Ray and I happened to be at two of the same seminars and  we sat next to each other at each one. Little did I know what a blessing that would turn out to be.

The first seminar was Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula event. Don Crowther was one of the presenters and he challenged the audience to turn to one of the people sitting next to them and make a commitment that they would get something done within a certain period of time. Since Ray and I were sitting side by side, we made very specific commitments to each other about something we were going to do. I didn’t think too much about it, and consequentially, didn’t take it too seriously at the time.

Quick and Decisive Action Produces Results

But two days later, Ray sent me a text message and said he had accomplished what he told me he was going to do. That caught me by surprise because I still hadn’t done anything. Now in order to avoid looking foolish I had to get on the ball and do some catch-up work.

Blue Wrist Band

Fast forward a couple of months, and Ray and I were once again sitting next to each other at James Malinchak’s Big Money Speaker event. James had a blue wrist band placed on the table where every attendee would be sitting. The band was imprinted with James’ website address and a message that read, “Get Stuff Done Fast.” This saying is one that James repeats over and over during his presentation, and is a hallmark quote that he uses to encourage fast action; a partially finished product waiting to be perfected before it is introduced to the market can’t benefit anyone.

From the stage, James told the attendees to unwrap the band and put it on their wrists to remind them to “get stuff done fast”… to take fast action and not to delay getting their ideas, products or services started, completed, and introduced to their intended audience.

A Tale of Two Men: One Takes Action (and gets results), the Other Doesn’t

Well, Ray put his band on and looked at me and smiled. Me? I left my band in the wrapper, unopened. The next morning before the seminar started, Ray sent me a text message and told me he had written a book overnight!

Ray at James Event

Overnight?? How could Ray have done that? I know what it takes to write a book; I’ve authored or co-authored 28 books myself… but I’ve never written one overnight. So now I’m intrigued (to say the least) about what he did and how he did it!

Fortunately, I know Ray very well and he revealed his “secret” to me. And the next day, James asked Ray and me to join him on the stage and talk to the group about some of the things we do in our business. And of course, Ray – being the generous person that he is – told the audience exactly what he did to crank that book out overnight.

Click here to watch Ray’s excellent presentation.

So what can we all learn from what James said from the stage, what Ray actually did, and the blue G.S.D.F. wrist band? Actually, a few things…

  • If you have something (a product, service, information, expertise or knowledge) that can bring real-world value to another business, person or family, you have a moral obligation to make sure they have all the information that they need to decide whether or not they want to avail themselves of it or not. I don’t mean you should “sell”, coerce or pressure them in any way, just make sure that they can make an educated, knowledgeable and informed decision that is right for them and their specific circumstances.
  • Action is important, but quick, positive and decisive action is critical. A partially completed product sitting on your desk, your computer’s hard drive, or still in your mind can’t benefit anyone, and you and your intended recipient lose out on the benefits that could otherwise be yours.
  • If you have to, use self-imposed deadlines, completion dates and motivational reminders (such as wrist bands) to keep you on track and to ensure that you complete your tasks.
  • Make verbal commitments to others regarding your project and its completion and ask them to check in with you from time to time to see how you’re progressing. Ask them to demand accountability reports to keep you from coming up with “reasons” or excuses for not being focused on your project’s completion.
  • Constantly be on an “Idea Alert”, always looking for new ways to add value to those who do business with you or with whom you associate with or have business or personal relationships with.
  • If you’ve made a commitment to another person to have a specific job, task or project completed by a certain time, make sure you stay on track and keep them informed as to your progress. Don’t wait for others to check in on you; beat them to the punch and surprise them with an update on your progress.

So what about you? What are you doing to make sure that others who could benefit from what you do, what you know, or how you can serve them are able to take advantage of what you have to offer? I’m very interested in ideas, processes or strategies that you have or that you use, as well as what you would like more information on. Please share your ideas and feedback. I promise I’ll answer every comment or question, and all of us will benefit.

Martin Howey, CEO
TopLine Business Solutions

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