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banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

How can you learn from proven leaders’ wisdom? One quick way is to get an insight to their thought process by reading up on their quotes.

Years ago, a business acquaintance I had met in San Francisco while consulting on a high-tech real estate project for Santa Fe Southern Pacific in Silicon Valley got me started on looking at quotes from different leaders in various industries. Continue reading

Rebecca Crownover Author of My Daddy is in Heaven With Jesus

opm 1st place ribbon Rebecca Crownover - Pictures By Brilliant Pixel PhotographyAfter Loosing Her Husband to a Terrible Accident Rebecca Crownover Needed to Explain to Her Daughter What Happened to Her Father.

After the loss of her husband to a tragic ATV accident, Rebecca Crownover struggled to find a book that explained this tragic loss in a simple way that her daughter Acie could understand and relate to. Continue reading

Devon Blaine SoCal Publicist of the Year on Professional PR and Crisis Intervention

devon blaineDevon Blaine, founder and owner of The Blaine Group in Beverly Hills

Talks to OPM about her award for publicist of the year, The business of professional public relations, business, promotional and marketing strategy and the Blaine Groups specialty in crisis planning, control, intervention and management.

Devon Blaine Audio Interview on her life, career, PR, promotion, winning publicist of the year and crisis management ►Right Click and “Save Link As” to Download File◄

NOTE: There was one question, on the recording that was asked,but somehow did not get recorded. The question was about women having to work harder to build a business. Devon answered that she did not believe that to be true….. Listen to the audio to hear her full answer.

One of the things I like about what I do is meeting and working with public relations professionals. I have been blessed to work with some big names and many smaller companies.

The other side of that coin is that I have also worked with many companies that call themselves professionals, but only seem to be playing at it. Public relations, I have found, can rarely be faked. They say even a blind squirrel can occasionally find a nut or two, but I have rarely seen a bad PR firm pull off a successful event or project.

What I have seen is that promotion is a tricky game and that you can never be sure that any effort will deliver a result, but you can be assured that no action or a half hearted stab at it will result in failure .

So when I get to work with firms like The Blaine Group, it just makes my day and my life easier. They are professionals that do what they say and say what they do and they work at under-promising and over-delivering, not the other way around.

I believe I have been blessed to know and work with people like Devon and her amazing staff and believe that if you are serious about your product, project, service or business, that you should seriously consider The Blaine Group or a firm that can and will deliver. – JW


devon blaineDevon Blaine

A professional communicator, Devon Blaine is the founder, president, and CEO of The Blaine Group, Inc., a total communications agency established in 1975, which was recently named the 24th largest public relations firm in Los Angeles.

She has represented many diverse business, manufacturing, financial and healthcare clients  and several bestselling authors with their publicity needs, both promotional and as a crises intervention and management specialist.

Devon Blaine is experienced in all facets of the communications industry. She has written newspaper and magazine columns, scripted radio and television commercials, served as a production supervisor, strategized political issues and campaigns, developed and implemented investor relations plans, and created communications campaigns for a diverse range of clients.

Besides helping other businesses maximize their success, Blaine has long been active in numerous organizations that aid entrepreneurs, thus earning her reputation as “the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur.”

She is three times a past president of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), a dynamic and diverse group composed of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other money providers, and service providers which exists for the sole purpose of creating win‑win‑win situations amongst its members.

Devon is past president of the California chapter of National Small Business United, a grassroots leadership organization for free enterprise with the mission of improving the climate for  small businesses in the United States.  An elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, she was active in the California delegation since 1978 and served on the Board of Directors of the 1980, 1982, and 1984 California State Conferences on Small Business.  Blaine was appointed as a delegate to the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business by then U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, and elected by her peers to co‑chair the California delegation.

Additionally, she is a past president and a founding board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and was honored as their Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 1987.  She is also an active member of the Los Angeles Angeles Mid-Market Professionals, TEAM, PRO, Bruin Professionals, Association of Venture Founders, the Chief Executive Officers’ Clubs, and the Public Relations Society of America.

In 2012 Devon Blaine was named Book Publicist of the Year by Book Publicists of Southern California specifically for the international campaign The Blaine Group waged on behalf of Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust by Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski, Alfred Music Publishing.

In nine months, Ken Scott has had more than 150 exposures:  interviews, reviews, book signings, speaking engagements, etc., including coverage in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, WGN, ABC, NBC, events at the GRAMMY Museum, The Beatle Fest and more… in short, a wildly intensive and effective campaign.

The Publicist of the Year Award also recognized  the body of work her agency The Blaine Group has implemented through the years including representing four best sellers:  Nice Girls  Do:  And You Can, Too, by Dr. Irene Kassorla; On A Clear Day You Can See General Motors, by J. Patrick Wright; Meg, by Steve Alten; and Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About, by Kevin Trudeau.

The Blaine Group

Formerly an actress and model, Devon Blaine established The Blaine Group, a Beverly Hills‑based full‑service communications agency specializing in public relations, book public relations, financial public relations, investor relations, crisis management, the development of collateral material, marketing, and advertising in 1975.  Since that time, the agency has expanded dramatically, creating successful communications campaigns for clients in diverse fields.

As a total communications agency, Blaine Group has implemented consumer, trade, and financial public relations; investor relations; and advertising efforts and have provided marketing strategy, based on conducting market research, for a diverse range of companies and organizations. They have also created and managed special events and fundraisers and have directed community relations projects.

In addition, The Blaine Group provides a variety of special communications services to its clients. These include managing crisis situations; conceiving and coordinating seminars and press conferences; event and party planning; developing master plans and collateral materials; proposal, article, letter, and speech writing; conducting surveys; and publishing newsletters and brochures. They both create and implement.

Today their client base encompasses a wide range of businesses and industries with particular emphasis on business-to-business communications, publicly-held companies, technology-based businesses, the medical and healthcare fields, environmental-related firms, consumer products, publishing, fashion and beauty, continuing education, non-profit organizations and trade associations, and the world of show business.

The Blaine Group, Inc.

A Total Communications Agency
8665 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #301, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
O 310/360-1499 · F 310/360-1498
E-mail:  devon@blainegroupinc.com

Spike Humer – 10 Day Business Turnaround

Spike Humer Business Acceleration and Turnaround Expert

If your in business and are an entrepreneur then you have probably heard of, or been to an event where Spike Humer has spoken. For over 25 years Spike has been at the forefront of formulating innovative business growth and explosive marketing strategies for entrepreneurs, small businesses and multimillion dollar organizations.

I have watched Spike speak on stage for years and over the last couple I have been fortunate to call Spike a friend. He in the top 10 business experts I have met that are truly authentic and have vital information to make grow, expand or just save your company from certain disaster.

If you want to grow or find yourself getting desparate and do not know how to turn your ship around, Spike Humer and his candid, no bull advice is probably just what you need to stop the insanity.

I always love to catch up with Spike when I can and on this call I decided to kill two birds with one stone.. Say hello and catch up and then record the rest of the call for this interview. I had a great time and Spike, as usual gave up some real golden nuggets. Thanks Spike – JW

Spike Humor

Spike Humer is a highly successful business executive, entrepreneur, seminar leader, and consultant with more than twenty-five years of real world, hands-on experience leading both public and private companies throughout North America. As an international speaker, business consultant, and growth strategist he changes businesses and lives worldwide.

Spike Humer International, a consulting and training firm, specializes in all aspects of…

  • Executive mentoring
  • Organizational Development
  • Performance Assessment
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Business strategy and tactical execution
  • Strategic planning
  • Management Assessment
  • Leadership Training
  • Joint Venture Development
  • Marketing Strategist
  • Sales training
  • Corporate Turnarounds.

In addition to running/overseeing Spike Humer International, Inc., Spike served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Consultant for The Abraham Group and Jay Abraham who is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent marketing consultants and business strategists. While co-presenting and co-consulting with Jay Abraham, Spike Humer has been a major collaborator on The Abraham Group’s seminars, workshops, mentoring program, and private client consultations and transformations throughout Asia, Australia, and North America.

Jay Abraham had this to say, “Spike is probably the finest business performance enhancement specialist he has ever met and an utter master at finding the underperforming leveraging spots that is keeping your business from soaring.”

Spike has coached, counseled, consulted, and taught individuals and businesses in over twenty-three countries. He has appeared on the same speaking programs as such notable speakers as Chet Holmes, Mark Victor Hansen, T. Harv Eker, Stephen M.R. Covey, John Assaraf, Stephen Pierce, Rich Schefren, and many other industry thoughtleaders.

Widely regarded as a leading expert on business and personal change

Throughout his career he has designed, led, and implemented highly successful corporate turnaround and organizational restructurings for small-to-midsized organizations. His advice, guidance, and leadership has reinvigorated the image, reputation, and performance of companies and corporations using a “strategy of significance” and by creating a top-to-bottom culture of service, authenticity, and accountability.

Darren Stephens: was the founder and international chairman of the multimillion-dollar global business network, Mars Venus Coaching, and I have ownership in 5 other international businesses. As the author of 8 Bestselling books, I am widely recognized as an expert in the field of business management, marketing, internet marketing, self-development, hypnosis, NLP, Rapid Success Technologies, relationships and psychological transformation. In my international speaking engagements over the last 20 years I have shared the stage with

  • Richard Bandler
  • Tony Robbins
  • Jay Abraham
  • Tom Hopkins
  • Jim Rohn
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Dr. John Gray
  • Brian Tracy
  • Armand Morin
  • Dr John DeMartini

I’m mainly known around Australia for being the go-to-guy for “How To Write A Best Selling Book”, and with good reason…

CConsidering that over the past 18 years I’ve brought to market over 85 books, and many of them have become best sellers – So I know what I’m talking about in this area…

I’m mostly recognized for the worldwide success from marketing the popular book, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. This may come as a surprise to you, but when John Gray first started looking for a publisher for the book “Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus”, he was told it would never make it, and…

Every single publisher they tried rejected the book and knocked it back…!

Around that time, John and I became business partners, and I implemented some creative “out-of-the-box” marketing strategies for the Mars Venus Brand. And the rest is history…

Now – That book has gone on to sell over 40 million copies, been translated into 54 languages, and sold in 149 countries. It spent six and a half years on the New York Times best-seller list between 1992 and 1998, and has done over a Billion dollars in sales.

10 Day Business Turnaround

Darren Stephens and Spike Humer, two of the world’s most Brilliant Business minds, reveal the secrets to How to Transform your Business and make it Survive and Thrive in any Economic Climate.

What separates companies in any economy, any market or any industry is your ability to adapt, adjust and execute. Business owners who know where they are, where they want to go, and then take effective action survive and thrive – those that don’t face extinction. Read this book, your future might depend on it.

This book contains hands-on, real-world, strategies designed to show you how to take control of your present and what to do to design your future for you – and your business. The decision is yours. Stay the course or take action now.

Why it’s CRITICAL & URGENT to implement a “Turnaround” before it’s too late…

It could simply be that, you believe your business is not living up to its true potential. It could also be that you want to understand clearly where your business is at that moment, where you want it to be in the future so that a concise plan of action can be developed to get it there.

Maybe you want to build you business up so you can sell out for a BIG PAY DAY – or maybe you want to take advantage of changes in the marketplace or of a new opportunity, or on completion of your own business-building practice.

The reasons why a business embarks on a turnaround plan are many and varied. However, it would probably be fair to say that during times of turmoil hardship, or a tough economy – for the vast majority of businesses, embarking on a turnaround plan is most likely so that it can survive. That is why we look at an extremely short time frame in which to achieve this. It should take you no longer than ten days to come up with a powerfully clear, concise, and actionable plan to transform the business.

If you have any doubt about your need to turnaround your business today, bear this in mind…

Sooner or later you and your business will have to change; “willing change” is better than “forced change.”

The best time to create a turnaround in either your life or your business is when you ‘can choose to’ and not when you ‘have to’.

Sneak Peak

Strategies, tactics, and tips on:

  • Why most businesses are destined to FAIL from the start and how not to be another statistic
  • Debunking the Myth of why business is hard in tough times! WRONG! – We’ll show you the competitive edge!
  • Discover the key “common denominators” behind almost every successful business (How to STACK the odds in your favour for success)
  • The three (3) pillars that make all the difference for successful business owners (It’s really simple when you know how)
  • How to spot a “business crisis” from a mile away long before it happens (Knowing this could save you from certain disaster)
  • What STOPS even the smartest business owner from doing what they know they should be doing (master this and you’ll laugh all the way to the bank)
  • WARNING! Sitting back and doing nothing different is the expensive road to take! (Especially if “where you’re at” is not “where you want to be”)
  • Have you built your business on a foundation of sand without knowing? Discover the “IRON BEAMS” of business for today’s market
  • Uncover the dangerous personalities that’ll poison your business in the shadows of darkness while your back is turned!
  • The 5 Key Questions you need to ask yourself for grasping the “Turnaround Mindset”
  • The crippling (costly) fear that most business owners would never openly admit to… but acts as an invisible ceiling on their income potential (chances are, you have this inbuilt fear without realizing)
  • Revolutionary “Turnaround Philosophy” on “CHANGE” and how to always have the winning edge over your competitors
  • FREE SPECIAL GIFT BONUSES to the value of $697 Just for showing up! Let us reward you for your vision and efforts!
  • Competitors? What competitors? Discover current (and proven) stealth marketing strategies that’ll leave your competition standing on the shore scratching their heads…
  • If you do something you love, the money will follow, right? WRONG! We’ll uncover the grey line between passion and profit
  • If you hate setting goals, but you know you should, then let us show you how to make this a simple, fun and rewarding process
  • The 6 “hard-hitting” & confronting questions you need to answer that’ll give you the harsh stock-take of your business
  • 10-Day Turnaround Action Plans and Checklists for your ULTIMATE RESULTS!
  • Breakthrough Leadership insights and strategies specifically targeted, flexible & supportive to your personality style!
  • FINALLY!! No more “outdated” old-school rigid Time-Management techniques that only work for a few weeks! See our advanced easyto- grasp time-mastery strategies (that actually work)

If you want the bonus audio course sent to you go to Spike Humor’s site and click on the book. You will notice the page is outdated, but you can still get the bonus. Spike says he will be revamping the site soon and apologizes for any confusion.

Click below for the Official Updated Book Page!

Spike Humer’s Site
Buy the Book and Recieve Free Audio Course
Business Breakthroughs Site

Disney Management and Leadership with Former Executive Director of Disney World Lee Cockerell

Lee Cockerell and Mickey Mouse Disney WorldLee Cockerell, VP of Disney World Resort (Retired),

Talks about Disney Management and Leadership Strategies

“As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and a sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.

” One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which continues on as the primary resource for developing the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee talks to OPM about his strategies and how you can use them in your life and your business. Continue reading