Disney and the new $2 billion earning Star Wars trailee

The article is poor at identifying Mark Hamill’s voice, but notes that some good Marketing (i.e. the splendid new Star Wars trailer) added $2 billion to Disney’s market value today.

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/new-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-features-chewbacca-and-han-solo-and-added-2-billion-onto-disneys-value-2015-4

Peter McLean

Old(er) Blokes Can Get It Done, Too

It’s taken a little longer than I thought, but I’ve returned to the Blog and today is the start of a new series, answering questions and responding to the needs of my readers.

Many of my readers are older than the age of 30. In fact, they’re in their 40s, 50s, 60s and older, and know that they have plenty of life left in them yet, but are concerned about ‘where [they] go from here.’ I’ll be writing a series of posts on creativity, wisdom, experience and value for those who are now what might truly be called middle-aged.

Midge-Ure-Tour-PosterBut I’ll start somewhere you might not expect: Midge Ure.

Last night, a few of my siblings and I went to see Midge Ure perform live at a pleasant venue in Perth. Midge Ure was a founder of Visage, was the lead singer for Ultravox, had a solo music career and many more musical endeavours through the years. His most well-known music came from his career in the 80s, back when I was a teen. If you don’t know his music, you may recognise his song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, which he co-wrote with his friend Bob Geldof. The song was the ‘big one’ used for Band Aid back in 1984. Midge and Bob co-founded Band Aid. Bob went on to be given a knighthood. Midge, sadly, did not, but he was awarded an OBE.

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Taking a 2 Week Writing Break

Writer-at-work-signI’m taking a 2 week writing break starting this weekend. I won’t be taking a break from writing, but will be taking a break from substantive blogging, in order to concentrate on some major writing and creative projects. I’ll be posting new articles again from the week commencing Monday 23rd of March, with topical and strategic posts AND including the beginning of a series of articles in response to my most recent reader survey.

In the meantime, I’ll reblog some of my more popular posts for readers to peruse.

All of my client work (and life!) will continue as normal, if you need to contact me.

Stay tuned for further announcements.

Cheers!

Peter McLean

Early Bird Discount Ends Monday

The early bird discount for our April 20-21 Perth Authentic Speaking Executive Leaders Workshop ends this Monday March 2.

This is a transformative Public Speaking and Communications Development Experience for Leaders. It is my proven system that yields fantastic results for leaders and speakers at all levels of experience.

Further details are at http://www.authenticspeaking.com.au/viewStory/Executive+Leaders+Speaking+Workshop. Or, contact me for more information.

Places are very strictly limited, so sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Peter J. McLean www.lamplighter.com.auwww.authenticspeaking.com.au

Don’t Miss My 2015 Reader Survey

imagesMy  2015 reader survey closes in just one hour!

Complete the survey and you will be helping yourself by informing me about the kinds of articles, information and services I can provide to serve your needs and interests.

Take my 2015 Reader Survey here at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2003235/2015-Reader-Survey

The survey will stay open until the 20th of February, 12 pm (UTC +8 hrs). I’ll be posting a summary of the results next month for your interest.

Last time, a grand total of one of my readers completed the survey – and got more of what they wanted. Others started and didn’t complete it. And yet others said afterwards, “If I’d noticed, I would have completed the survey. Wish I had!” So make sure you have your say too.

I look forward to reading your responses and sharing the results!

Peter J. McLean

How the Oscars Could Help Your Leadership

cate_blanchett_oscars_2014_winner_best_actress_blue_jasmine_19h83ba-19h83biIt’s Oscar season and that means lots of glitzy, glamorous people speaking seemingly endlessly and dully about how their film is so important, they’re so privileged to be part of this group and they’re making the world a better place and really ‘giving back’ – helping the poor and downtrodden and all that – as they show off their $100,000 necklaces, $200,000 dresses and most recent botox-enhanced features.

One thing you must admit is that Hollywood definitely knows how to promote itself and make stars out of pretty average people.

Hold Your Own Oscars

Holding your own ‘Oscars’ for your business or industry can be a way of making stars out of your people and your leadership. The annual Awards Dinner Night or even the Grand Ball should be considered by any reasonably large organisation. It serves as a reward and recognition for your people and also gives you the chance to lead from the stage.

Here are some thoughts to increase the impact of your own ‘Oscars’:

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Don’t Miss My 2015 Reader Survey

imagesIt’s time for my 2015 reader survey! It’s been 5 months since my first reader survey and I want to shift it earlier into the year in order to plan for 2015.

By completing the survey, you will be helping yourself by informing me about the kinds of articles, information and services I can provide to serve your needs and interests.

So, please take my 2015 Reader Survey here at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2003235/2015-Reader-Survey

The survey will stay open until the 20th of February, 12 pm (UTC +8 hrs). I’ll be posting a summary of the results next month for your interest.

Last time, a grand total of one of my readers completed the survey – and got more of what they wanted. Others started and didn’t complete it. And yet others said afterwards, “If I’d noticed, I would have completed the survey. Wish I had!” So make sure you have your say too.

I look forward to reading your responses and sharing the results!

Peter J. McLean