Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays Family, Friends, Colleagues and Clients! As the year closes I reflect on all that I have to be grateful for and all of the many people who touched my life in 2013! I am also internally grateful to all of you who reached out to me as this year also marked the loss of my twelve year old four legged son Archie to cancer. Although it has been over four months I still feel the pain of losing a family member and give special thanks to those who give me their shoulder, listen to my stories and share with me their similar losses. On a professional note 2013 was a fantastic year business wise and I just delivered my final keynote of the year for the Alabama Bankers Association. There is truly something to be said for Southern Hospitality and it is always a treat traveling to that part of the country! I enjoyed my favorite Southern dish of collard greens with a BLT sandwich…and of course the tomatoes were friend and green! While this time of the year is a joyous one for most of us there are those who view the holidays as a time of dread, being overwhelmed and fear of the unknown. Thus I would be remiss if I did not offer something that I often share with those I encounter in the world as a Professional Speaker. Please reflect on this and reach out to those who may suffer from “internal prisons”. INTERNAL PRISONS: THE THEFT OF PRODUCTIVITY IN OUR WORKFORCE As a professional speaker, one of my biggest challenges is to grab the attention of my audience within the first few minutes of the presentation- grab them by the throat if you will. I do this by coming out in a suit and tie, following an introduction in which I have been described as a college graduate who earned both of his degrees with a 4.0 GPA and placement on the Deans and Presidents List. I am portrayed as someone who was once an honors roll student, star athlete, father and family man. Upon entering the stage I ask the audience to take a close look at my face. “This is the face, as your were just told, of a college graduate, a college graduate who earned both his degrees with the highest academic honors available. This is the face of a kind man, an honest man, a trustworthy man, and a man of his word. Please take a close look at this face.” Now the hook- I then turn around, pull a pantyhose mask over my face and turn back around brandishing a toy pistol. I now ask them to take a look at this face. “This is the face of a man who on March 20th, 1992 walked in to the First Tier National Bank, pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the teller and demanded all of the twenties, fifties and hundreds. This would be the first of five armed bank
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Holiday Travel Tips

Been another wonderful week at home sleeping in my own bed but still being able to touch others through webinars.  This past week it was in partnership with BankersHub.  And webinar company specializing in providing financial institutions with all of their compliance and training needs. For the past several years I have been delivering training via webinars through BankersHub and working with the co-founders Erin Handel and Michael Beird is always such a pleasure…true professionals! One more speaking engagement this year before shutting down for the holidays!  Going to Birmingham, AL to deliver a keynote for the Alabama Bankers Association…which means Southern Hospitality and Southern Food! 🙂  And I am going to have it all…fried okra, fried tomatoes, fried pickles and fried catfish and that’s just for starters!  I love the South and will give you a full report when I return and may even have a few pictures of my culinary treats…with an explanation on how I intend to drop the pounds I will surely put on! Finally, with all of the holiday travel approaching I want to provide you with a few tips on staying safe…let this be a joyous time of the year not one that you look back on with regret…preparation and common sense is always the key! Plan Ahead…last Minute Plans are Stressful Lock up Tight and have a Checklist Purchase a Light Timer…these really are a great Deterrent Ask a Friend or Neighbor to House Sit Travel Light…you will probably come home with more then you left with! Buy Gifts with Travel in Mind Check your Bags and Carry Your Presents Don’t Carry all Documents, Money and Credit Cards in One Place Check Your Insurance (auto and health) before Heading Out And Practice Common Sense…to easy to fly by the Seat of our Pants when in Holiday Revelry!
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Gearing Up for the Holidays

While I love traveling around the country speaking for a diverse range of audiences it is toward the end of the year and a time when I cherish sleeping in my own bed! One of the nice things about technology surrounds me being able to train and make a difference in peoples lives while sitting in my office and skipping the airports and airplanes  This week I did a 2 hour webinar for the Credit Union National Association and the feedback was fabulous…lots of attendee interaction which is my favorite part…love to expand on things that peaks their interest!  The moderator said it was the most attendee interaction she has ever experienced…when they are asking questions I know they are engaged and I am doing my job! I mentioned last week that my stay at The Peabody in Memphis would include me getting to take in the “Peabody Ducks” which I have included a few photos of…it was a red carpet rush to get a good spot and I am hopeful that the pictures capture a small feel for this special daily event.  On a different note while it is a little early to be wishing you all Happy Holidays (though you would not know it from the department stores), I would be remiss if I did not warn you to keep your guard up during this joyous season.  Unfortunately there is an element out there which uses these times to take advantage of the distracted…please be aware of your surroundings, park in well lit areas and keep safety at the forefront of your mind. There is always an increase in robberies during the holiday season as it is just another factor of desperation beyond drug use, gambling debts, unemployment, foreclosures and all the other ailments that seem to be such a huge factor in our society these days.  Be safe!
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The Duck Parade and More!

I have finally had a moment to sit down and connect with you, my readers to let you know what I have been up to the last week.  I do hope to be able to do this more regularly as things progress and schedule allows. Last week I was in Los Angeles for the LA Firemen’s Credit Union. I enjoy LA considerably and the people are always bustling with activity and energy. I am looking forward to going back soon! Perhaps it might be your location? If you are interested in seeing me at your next event to speak, please contact me by clicking here and sending me more information. This week, I have an exciting speaking engagement with the Independent Community Bankers of America! As a wonderful bonus, I will be staying at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Mephis.  The exciting part is the “Peabody Ducks.” If you have not heard of this lovely parade of the ducks it is a wonderful and very unique experience that I would encourage everyone to see.  When I return I hope to have a few photographs or perhaps even some video of the parade itself. There is more information and history regarding the legend and how they came to be at Peabody Memphis Hotel link here: http://www.peabodymemphis.com/Peabody-ducks/.  I was quite excited to know that I would be standing in the same place as some of our celebrities including Nicholas Cage, Emeril Lagasse, Jeff Bunham and many more. Such a dignified life they lead and my best to a hotel who has continued to provide them with excellent treatment and retired “duck” from their menu’s all over the hotel. I also wanted to share a wonderful letter that I received from the ICBND for my well received engagement in their Annual Convention in North Dakota:  http://www.troyevans.com/testimonials/icbnd-testimonial-letter/ . I think the best part of my profession and my endeavor to teach and help others is the amazing people I meet as well as see the beautiful countryside that our continent provides. Check back here for more as the weeks progress.  I am sure I will have more to share including new product releases, exciting pictures of places traveled and so much more!
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A Busy September!

Autumn is here and it seems that the Financial Industry picks up with the thought of the holiday’s coming and shopping and financial security seem to be at the forethought of all financial institutions.  My speaking engagements will be sending me from one end of the US to the other. In addition to the public speaking, you will also notice that I will be applying a new program called the “Secret Caser Program” in four new institutions. I don’t always travel to educate, but also offer webinars and will be conducting a few of them this month as well.  This is a great way to expand the education when several branches need the education and are wishing to educate as many as they can without the hassle of traveling and out of office time. Some of the cities I will be in will be: Henderson, Marion, Sturgis, Salem, Morganfield and Clay, Kentucky with visits to Minneapolis, Burbank, and Memphis. They don’t let me sit still very often, but if you are interested on booking me or implementing one of my program contact me soon to book before the Holiday’s hit. Would like to thank the following facilities for inviting me to be a part of their program: Independent Community Bankers of America in Minneapolis Los Angeles Firefighters Federal Credit Union Independent Community Bankers of America in Memphis The Credit Union National Association Ohio Valley Financial Group Bank Trust Financial Framers Bank of Marion United Community Bank Looking forward to the travel and the engagements as they come and hope to produce more materials for your needs as time progresses. Be sure to keep up with me by clicking my Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or my Google plus (links at the top of the page)  and get updates by post as they come in or subscribe to the Newsletter by filling out the form to the right. See you soon! Troy  
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