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On a recent trip to Montreal, a client arranged for us to stay at the Ritz Carlton. A beautiful old hotel in the heart of the city, we were thrilled with the service and delighted to find that several celebrities, such as Rod Stewart, were also staying there.
Dressed in a sequin tuxedo, I presented a keynote to a large conference of 800 people. It went very well and I received a standing ovation. After the presentation, I mixed and mingled, basking in compliments and accolades about the performance.
All of a sudden, a woman with a thick French accent came running up to me. Speaking rapidly and loudly, she said, “WHO are you?”
“I’m Barbara Bartlein,” I responded.
“Oh,” she screamed to her friends, “It’s Barbara Bartlein.”
At this point three more women came running up to shake my hand. They quickly told me how much they enjoyed my work and purchased several tapes and CD’s.
I was ecstatic at my success in Canada. I had visions of expanding my business internationally; webbing across the globe with goods and services.
My delusions of grandeur were quickly tempered the next day, however, when I ran into this same group of women in the lobby.
“We were surprised to find speaking instead of music on the tapes,” said one.
“Yes, we don’t really understand what you are saying,” said another.
“Oh. Perhaps, I should have given you more explanation,” I replied. “All my tapes and CD’s are from talks I have given.”
Looking very disappointed, one responded, “Oh. We thought you were with Rod Stewart.” And they walked away.
It goes without saying that the plans for international expansion are on hold.
This is one of the problems with success. If you are not careful, success can actually sabotage future accomplishments. You can get so focused on what went right; you lose sight of what can be improved. In the speaking business, we call it believing your own press kit.
Staying grounded is one of the challenges of success in business. Here are some tools you can use to keep your focus and your motivation: