Resolve to Stop Making New Year Resoutions

New Year’s Resolutions might serve us better if we were to set them up as a “report card” of our lives. Just like in grade school, might I suggest that you design a report card that is divided up into sections: Family, work, recreation, spiritual, community.

How are we doing in each of these areas? What “grade” would we receive in each of these areas? What would the notes say from our “teacher” under each of these categories? Which would say “needs improvement” or would say “…really excelled in this area this year”? Which would say, “needs to apply more effort” or “more time”?

I had created such a report card for myself that I gave to each of my family members twice a year. THEY filled out the card on me. My wife and my kids told me how I was doing in each area.They graded me giving me and gave me both praise on things I was doing well and gave me encouragement on areas in which I was “failing”.

We tend to fail at things that are “self serving” but seem to flourish when we work to please others. Perhaps we should simply resolve to serve our families, friends and community better and then ask them how we are doing at check points along the way.

I resolve to quit making New Years Resolutions. Instead, I’m opting to make help others with their resolutions and their goals and their desires. In the end, I will have succeeded in attaining everything that I really wanted in the first place.

I will have become a better human being.

The Improv

While some people are worried about the effects of the B.P. oil spill, the effectiveness of President Obama and the outcome of the world cup others are enjoying and living life to their fullest. People always want to laugh, be entertained and be taken away from reality for a mental break. Whether it is going to see Toy Story 3, seeing the Broadway hit “Wicked” or going to see a comedy show at The Improv, people need to laugh and leave their worries behind.

I am privileged to do just that for people. My comedy magic shows (based out of Dallas Fort Worth Texas) has been seen around the world. For a trade show traffic stopper in Las Vegas, an awards banquet in Portland, Oregon, and for festival entertainment with my Make Believe Circus.

And, as a motivational speaker, my job is to remind people that they have the ability to do anything. We become what we dwell on. I’d like to inspire people to dwell upon the best things in life. As a result, life will be the best!

If your company, non-profit organization or church is looking for something fun, exciting, interesting and amazing… please give them my information! David Hira – comedy magic, illusion, keynote speaker and motivational speaker. I’ll do my very best! Many thanks…

Clean Entertainment for Corporate Audiences

After a recent show I called my client to say thank you and to get feedback. “They all love you and your show… we’re glad we didn’t go with a comedian.” Ah, I hear this all to often. What is the reason behind this common thread?

Safety.

Corporate events and customer appreciation events are all about having fun and adding a little excitement. The last thing anyone wants is there to be that “oh no…” moment when a performer says the wrong (stupid) thing in front of the crowd that the corporation is trying to “win over”. Suggestive or sexual humor or innuendos are never appropriate. Keeping it clean, fun, upbeat and positive is my motto. Political humor, religious humor, ethnic references or references to the economy is neither funny nor appropriate at a corporate gathering.

The client continued, “We once had a comedian and had to tell them to please leave out any dirty stuff or political references as our crowd does not take kindly to those types of remarks. The comedian PROMISED to leave that material out but he didn’t.” Oh my. How do you solve that?

I promise my clients two simple things. There is NEVER any suggestive, political, religious or ethnic humor in anything I do…not on stage nor off stage. You will NEVER have to ask me to leave that type of material out of my act because it was NEVER in my act to begin with. Secondly, I offer a full 100% money-back guarantee. If you audience is not completely delighted with my performance you pay no performance fee.

It is more important than ever to treat your staff, your customers and your potential customers with complete respect. Respecting their personal viewpoints means never making fun of things that they may hold dear. Being sure that your speakers and your entertainers are committed to this is essential. Check references before you hire your entertainer or speaker. Be sure they have a guarantee. Insist on seeing recent video of their performances. Get everything in writing.

Know of someone who is planning a corporate retreat, company event, trade show or convention? David Hira is the perfect entertainment or keynote motivational speaker for corporate, non-profit or church events. Find out more at http://www.davidhira.com or by calling 469-688-3954. David travels from Dallas – Fort Worth and is available nation-wide and internationally.

Dallas – Fort Worth Based Magician and Motivational Speaker

People have asked why my website, www.davidhira.com , does not mention my home city. I am a Dallas magician and motivational speaker that travels the entire world with my clean fun magic and illusion shows and my engaging and entertaining clean keynote motivational speaker appearances. Because it is easy and inexpensive to fly anywhere from the DFW Dallas/Fort Worth area I simply don’t “advertise” from where I will be traveling! So, when people are looking for the best magician or best motivational speaker in their cities I simply say, “I am!” I can be anywhere in a matter of hours. Now you know another one of my secrets! Look for me in Austin, Orlando, Chicago and Washington D.C. in the coming months. And if you’re having an event in Bora Bora or Fiji, I’d love to be your number one choice! Hope to see you at an event sometime soon!

David Hira – Magic

Being a magician means that I have the ability to do what others think is impossible while creating wonder, astonishment and disbelief. For years I learned to do this through the tricks that I learned, practiced and performed.

Over time, a wonderful thing began to happen. In the midst of my performances people started saying, “These aren’t just tricks, are they?” What they meant was that I wasn’t just some guy trying to fool them. Instead, I was creating such impressionable moment for them that they actually got to believe, just for a moment, that anything was really possible.

Hurray! This is what I strived to achieve. Indeed, for all of us, anything IS possible. Note that I did not say “everything is possible”. What is the difference? Focus. When we focus individually or focus as a team on a result it most certainly can be achieved!

We all have the capability to do what others think is impossible. My job is to remind and reinforce to each person that I meet that this is indeed true. Find a way you can do it, not reasons why you can’t. Focus on what you wish to achieve and then make it so. Do something every day to reach your goal, our dream, your vision. Then, one day, it will happen. Then, you too, will find that one of life’s greatest joys is doing what others said was “impossible”.

Business Tip: How to be a Mindreader

David Hira, Mind Reader, Magician, and Motivational Speaker

How can you have just the right product or service, tweaked perfectly to your customer’s smallest wants and desires, so that that people will shop with you and tell all of their friends time after time? It’s easy: become a mindreader.

If you’ve seen my magic shows or my keynote presentations or if you were ever one of my customers when I owned my restaurant, day spa, jewelry shows, or if I navigated you through U.S. Customs as I did for Cartier, Seiko and Fossil Watches, you know that I must be a mindreader! People leave my keynotes saying, “How did he know that was exactly what we needed to hear?” My customers always gave my other businesses awards for “Best of..” over and over again. We won community awards of every kind!

Was I really a mindreader?

No. Now, our magician’s code is, “Never reveal the secret to a trick.” But (because I know YOU can keep a secret), I am going to break the code just this once to help you in your business or job. Here’s the secret to knowing what your customer’s want, what your community wants, what your church wants, and what your spouse or kids want or need from you: Ask them and ask them often.

The first question you need to figure out is who is YOUR customer? Your customer is whoever it is that you have to please in order for you to sustain your lifestyle. She could be your business client, someone who patronizes your store, or an online buyer you have not yet met in person. He could be your student or your students’ parents. Your customer may be your spouse and your children or your neighbors and your community. With that in mind, please read on!

How good are you at asking the people that sustain you, “How can I please you best? What can I improve for you? What might you want from me in the coming months?” This simple act of engaging people, listening to them, and then taking action allows you to match your customers’ lists of wants and desires with what you provide and always yields great results.

What are some ways this can be done? Phone a few customers each day. Make it a part of your routine. Create a short survey on your web site or email them a short survey. Print up a short and easy to fill out card with your questions. Give them multiple choice answers and a place for them to write in answers. Get out to where your customers are and ask them pointed questions.

What questions can you ask your customers?
•    What aren’t we carrying or what service aren’t we providing that you really wish we did?
•    What bugs you most about doing business with us?
•    If you could name 3 things that we do best, what would they be?
•    If you could name 3 things that we could do better what would they be?
•    What is your biggest need as my customer?

What questions can you ask of your spouse and children?
•    What aren’t I doing or providing to you that you really wish I did?
•    What bugs you most about being married to me or about being your dad/mom?
•    If you could name 3 things that I do best for you, what would they be?
•    If you could name 3 things that I could do better what would they be?
•    What is your biggest need as my spouse/child? (Do any of these questions sound familiar?)

When I am hired to provide a great fun magic show, perform “Mingling Magic” (expert sleight-of-hand), or give a motivational and life-affirming keynote I ask a LOT of questions. Why are these people gathering? What is the purpose of this event? Is there anything I need to know about regarding these people? Has there been any incidence that I need to know about that is affecting people’s emotions, thoughts, or attitudes? What is the average age and income of those who will be present? What do you hope to achieve as a result of me being at this event? How will you measure that result?

In order for me to be successful and to be relevant to those I will be affecting and engaging I need to know who they are, how to best relate to them, and what is on their minds.

So now you know my secret: I am not REALLY a mind reader.

Since I’m not a mindreader, I simply need to ask. When you start asking questions, on a regular basis, you will be surprised at how much more successful you will be at everything you do!

From David and Angela’s Kitchen: Potatoes Au Grautin (with olives!)

Potatoes Au Grautin From Motivational Speaker David Hira's Kitchen

Rich, wonderful and popping with flavor… this potato recipe has been our family favorite for decades! When we have a family gathering all of the nephews and nieces beg my wife to make this. The green olives and bacon make this recipe an absolute standout.

Potatoes Au Gratin (with olives!)

6 – 8 baking potatoes, baked in oven with the skins on
1 lb Velveeta cheese, cut in cubes
1 cup mayonnaise
1 onion, chopped OR onion flakes if real onions aren’t handy
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 strips of bacon, chopped and sauteed until half cooked
1/4 cup pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Remove skins from cooked potatoes and cut into large cubes.
Toss with all ingredients.
Pour into greased casserole dish (Square and deep is best!).

Bake uncovered at 325 for 1 hour.
Serves 8-10

When Was Your Last Attitude Tune Up?

Do you remember the time when someone grabbed your attention, spoke directly into your soul and being, and changed your attitude, your thinking, and your life? Was it because they spoke to your heart or because they spoke from their heart? Or was it (most likely) because they were genuine, real, and focused on you?

The fact is, someone “got to you” at one time or another in you life. They made you think about where you were, the decisions you were making and, perhaps, the outcomes you should expect because of the choices you were about to make. They helped to make a change in you to put you on a better path than the one you were on.

People change people. Words change people. Thoughts, ideas, and attitudes are all affected by the power of words. What were the words that rang true for you and made you reevaluate yourself? Who was that “someone” who changed you?

When I was in my twenties I got to meet one of my idols: Jim Henson. A simple conversation about puppetry turned into an attitude altering and life changing experience. Jim’s words resonated with me, and helped me realize my potential and what I was capable of. To this day, I remember his words, and strive to use the power of my words to reach others and show them what they are capable of.

Video of Jim’s Inspirational Words

It is a high honor and responsibility to be a keynote speaker. People often ask me, “What can I expect my people to get out of one of your keynotes?” I simply reply, “It is not what your people will get out of my keynote. It is what my keynote will get out of your people!”

We take our cars in for tune ups. We run diagnostics on our computers to clean them of “bugs” that might slow them down. We take ourselves to our doctors for annual physicals to make sure we’re running in peak performance mode. Yet, most people do not do enough to have their attitudes refocused and refueled on an annual basis.

We MUST work hard to keep our attitudes and our teams’ attitudes in tip top condition. It’s like adding nutrients to your lawn- you have to feed and energize your team member’s minds not just choke out the weeds!

I would be honored to come energize your people, give them the tools and ideas they need to succeed, and change the course of their thinking. Please call me and let me come tune up your team’s attitude!

Motivational Keynote Video

Thoughts on an Elevator

Do you talk to people in elevators? How about to people seated behind you at the movies before the show begins? In line at the bank, the post office or at the gas station?

I know it drives my friends and my family nuts, but I do! I can’t help myself!

It is no secret that I believe in God and in the Bible. When I look at all of the incredible things that God has created on this earth I think that “people” are the most awesome things of all. When I’m on an elevator I cannot help but think, “These people are especially and wonderfully created by God!” I realize that I may NEVER be this close to these people ever again. I simply MUST acknowledge these incredible creations of His who are sharing the space with me for this one moment.

I don’t simply say, “Hello…” I don’t merely ask, “How are you?” In the few seconds we might have together I ask, “Can I ask you a quick question? I love to travel. Where’s the coolest place you’ve been that I need to know about?” Then, let the fun begin! Watch them react. Most of the time they look at me in shock, then in skepticism. Next, they smile as they recall a terrific place… and then they share! It is a wonderful moment for me and a wonderful time for them. I leave a better person and, hopefully, so do they.

Try it! Share a moment with a stranger and acknowledge how special they are.

And remember, you are incredibly and wonderfully made too! There will never be anyone in the world like you ever again. I hope that others will take a moment to notice how special you are and perhaps even ask you a simple question with the hopes of finding out even more about you.

Lets play my elevator game online: where is the coolest place you have ever visited? Post your comments on here so that you and I can share a moment and I can learn something special about you!

From David and Angela’s Kitchen: Alfredo-Rotel Sauteed Filets

As good as a cook as I am (yes, still humble) I was always afraid of cooking fish. Why? Who knows! But I’ve learned that its really easy and, if you cook it my way, it can be REALLY fattening and wonderful!

So, with that in mind, you simply cannot go wrong with this WONDERFUL and easy fish entree. Angela and I like this served with rice and broccoli or asparagus on the side. Make a batch of garlic bread too! We hope you like this as much as we do.

ALFREDO-ROTEL SAUTEED FILETS

2-3 lbs filets (Black drum or redfish; I like to use snapper)
15 oz Alfredo Sauce (I use the kind in a glass jar)
1 can Rotel
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
Creole seasoning
Lemon pepper

Rinse skinned filets and pat dry with paper towels.  Sprinkle both sides lightly with Cajun seasoning and lemon pepper.  Heat cast iron or non-stick skillet on medium-high until HOT THEN add olive oil and then butter. Place filets in hot skillet. Sear fish several minutes per side until light brown and easily flaked in the thickest parts.

Drain Rotel and mix it with Alfredo sauce. Pour this over filets once they are mostly cooked.

Decrease heat and cook several minutes until sauce begins to brown at edges.  Remove from heat and cover.  Let rest (sit in pan) for 5 minutes.  Yields:  4 servings.

To serve, lay fish and sauce over rice. The sauce is excellent in the rice, and you sop up any excess with the bread!

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