Welcome to my blog….

Here you will find all that is me, good, bad or indifferent…

I do not always make the best decisions

Most of the time I have learned I have made some very poor choices, however, I am committed to learning from them and growing as a Husband, Father, Friend and Professional

In my blog you will find times that I am excited, happy, saddened, sarcastic and out right combative…

This is true about me as a person as well

I am not limited to one emotion, I am not limited by one attitude

What some find inspiring others find self-destructive, what some find as comedic others see as offensive

I am not perfect, nor will I ever try to become so…

I am who I am, no more no less

I have been blessed beyond measure and failed to use my gifts to the Glory of HIM when I should have

I am a human being and the epitome of a paradox…

If you are offended by the words I write in my blog I am sorry you have been and if you feel inspired by them hang tight I will probably offend you shortly..

My words and ramblings are not meant to fix the world, that is beyond my scope…

The times my faith is shared is to help strengthen myself and others.

Separation of career, personal and worship life is not something I subscribe to, I am not a separate person all of these is me.

Here you will find all that is me, good, bad or indifferent…

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10 things every woman should know

This list was shared in a running group I am a part of by a woman, mother and friend…I’m sharing it here for my daughters.

10 Facts Every Woman Should Know:
1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.

2. When someone tells you that you’re beautiful, believe them. They aren’t lying.

3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.

4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them.

5. You should definitely have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way others see you, you would.

6. Don’t look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.

7. It’s okay to not love every part of your body….but you should.

8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else.

9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.

10. You’re a woman. That alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.

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Advice For All Men

It’s never too late to Man Up:

Your father probably told you a few things, but just in case he wasn’t around enough, here are some words of wisdom you might have missed out on:
Buy high quality tools, so you only have to buy them once. 

Keep a change of clothes at the office. 

Never hit anyone unless they are an immediate threat. 

Every hat should serve a purpose. 

Never take her to the movies on the first date. 

Learn to wet shave. 

Nothing looks more badass than a well-tailored suit. 

Shave with the grain on the first go-around. 

Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them. 

Buy a plunger before you need a plunger. 

Exercise makes you happy. Run, lift, and play sports. 

Brush your teeth before you put on your tie. 

A small amount of your paycheck should go directly to your savings account every month. 

Call Mom and Dad every week. 

Never wear a clip-on tie. 

Give a firm handshake. 

Compliment her shoes. 

Never leave a pint unfinished. 

If you aren’t confident, fake it. It will come around. 

You can tell the size of a man by the size of things that bother him. 

Be conscious of your body language. 

The only reason to ever point a gun at someone is if you intend to shoot them. Period. 

Always stand to shake someone’s hand. 

Never lend anything you can’t afford to lose. 

Ask more than you answer. Everybody likes to talk about themselves. 

Never have sex with anyone that doesn’t want it as much as you. 

Go for women out of your league. You may end up surprised. 

Manliness is not only being able to take care of yourself, but others as well. 

Go with the decision that will make for a good story. 

When you walk, look straight ahead, not at your feet. 

Nice guys don’t finish last, boring guys do. 

Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it. 

Don’t let the little head do the thinking for the big head. 

No matter their job or status, everyone deserves your respect. 

The most important thing you can learn is personal responsibility. Bad things happen; it’s your job to overcome them. 

The first one to get angry loses. 

A man does what needs to be done without complaining. 

Never stop learning. 

Always go out into public dressed like you’re about to meet the love of your life. 

Don’t change yourself just to make someone happy. 

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. 

Luck favors the prepared. 

Women find confidence sexy as hell. 

Do whatever you want to do, but be the best at it. 

No one is on their deathbed wishing they spent more time at work.

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And He Prayed

And He prayed..
The tears hadn’t dried from his eyes as he left the cemetery that morn

To wish his wife Merry Christmas again alone and with a heart that was torn

“Dear Lord I did not make her smile enough here and now I dream, 

To take some moments back, to hold her, to smile, to be…” 

The words trailed off I saw him leave a wreath upon her stone

Back to the quiet house he lived in that she had made a home
No man should bury his son, but yet he did this year

He said goodbye to Caleb the fighter, who makes us all grin from ear to ear

A son who made his father proud and our Father proud with his faith

Saying good bye, became see you later

A testament to our Savior
Christmas Eve, we arrived and embraced as we had never done,

Forgiveness rang thought the house thanks to the Holy One

He shared with me how he found out the cancer has consumed him, 

His body yes but not himself, my brother has been winning

As food was brought and we prepared to dine we bowed our heads to pray,

We’ve been here before so many times but this time we truly prayed

“Dear Lord thank you for all my blessings for richly have I been

For faith and family and even my health for good days there are

Dear Lord your blessings to me are greater than the number of the stars”
…And We Prayed

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Stillwater MN Voted Best City Ever

I recently conducted a survey asking people where the best place was to live ever. I asked one people, me. I voted for Stillwater MN. 

Stillwater is awesome, that is all. 

True story. 

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Runner’s Massage Special

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Social Media Release Form

After a quick discussion on the ADT group I decided to post this release form for anyone to use… I created it years ago.#4 socialmediaphotoreleaseform

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Social Media For The Car Sales Professional

Sometimes the very best content can be a simple conversation, here is a conversation that I started on Laura Madison’s facebook page that had some of my favorite people chime in on, enjoy:) Find the full post here.

Would you recommend creating your own youtube channel/blog/social media profiles rather than just using the dealership’s? Asking for a friend…

  •  Laura Madison Yes! I also like the idea of contributing to the dealership’s blog and social sites, but I think it’s important to have a personal presence. That seems to be what creates and maintains relationships best.
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  • Terry Lancaster people connect with other people
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  • James Klaus Micah Birkholz I beg my team to create their own social media outlets. You can share everything you want on to the dealerships outlets. I like the idea of them having their own lead generation, as well as branding themselves. It is much easier said than done. I have 2 out of 10 doing it right now.
    3 hrs · Unlike · 3
  • James Klaus Laura Madison we to chat one of these days.
  • Micah Birkholz I have always been a vocal advocate of creating your own brand inside of a brand… with that being said I heard recently of someone who used the dealerships’ social assets only and lost all their content… hmmmm.
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  • James Klaus Micah are you hanging out in the Alpha Dog Tribe?
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  • Micah Birkholz bwahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahaahha
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  • Jeremy Brown Sr. James Klaus 2 out of 10 ? Bravo brother! I set up everyone of my guys with their own youtube channels, got them ipads to upload with and want to guess how many actually do it consistantly?
    3 hrs · Like · 1
  •  Laura Madison I was wondering if you were thinking of her, Micah. I saw that. I feel so badly! Am super glad I have backups of everything and it’s all on my own channel.
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  •  Laura Madison Jeremy Brown Sr. ahh! I seriously think it’s going to be a requirement in the next few years or they’ll be left behind..
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  •  Jeremy Brown Sr. i go as far as telling my guys that they dont work at “Dealername Toyota” they work at Jeremy toyota or laura toyota or MicahToyota , you get the point, but what worked on me hasnt worked on them. arggggghhh
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  •  James Klaus Jeremy Brown Sr. let me guess….0! You can lead a horse to but you can’t….. I have been discussing why people don’t want to do this, even where Laura Madison used to work other salespeople saw her being successful and still didn’t do it!!! Cody Jerry Laura Madison is it the extra work that is the issue? I also have salespeople that say they would prefer to remain anonymous online!!!
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  •  Cody Jerry 100% do your own as as salesperson. If you put hours into your content, and the next person puts 10 minutes, the quality of your blog, on average, goes down. However, if you control everything that goes into that blog, you can control how it grows. See More
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  •  Micah Birkholz I think the issue is that people try to duplicate, that which is not scalable… You cannot scale personality, you can scale processes.
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  •  Cody Jerry James: I think it is the work, and the lack of understanding of how it works. Too bad Laura doesn’t do webinars on how to make your own blog site. She could charge a small fee to attend.
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  •  James Klaus Great point Micah Birkholz! But with all the help available out there any one can do this. If I had a salesperson come into my office right now and say “Can you help me with personal branding, a blog, and social?” I would first tear up with joy, then do anything I could to help, even if that meant hiring someone to help, like a personal branding coach etc.
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  •  Micah Birkholz With that being said I also believe that is the main reason why sooooo many “automarketing” companies went for the easy kill with facebook ads rather than truly helping the dealer with unique content…. reach is dead for those whose content never had life. As an individual it is imperative to be unique, or as one of my favs has said( Renee) be your best authentic self…
    3 hrs · Like · 3
  •  Jeremy Brown Sr. I agree Cody, my frustration though is , once the a-z part of video is done how do you get people to Do it? lol I understand most of the problem is me for not being able to convince or close my guys on doing it, even though they get the benefits of the “spoons” my branding gets them.
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  •  Micah Birkholz Jeremy Brown Sr.interesting point you brought up… in regards to that: If you ask a franchise saleperson what they do they will tell you they sell cars, if you ask their customers they will say they sell the brand…James top 20% of your team or the 20% that will be the top?
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  • James Klaus Jeremy Brown Sr. Don’t get frustrated! I was getting there then we hired a new salesperson who just bought it from day one. He has been here 2 months and is second on the board for the second month and he is killing it! With him buying in it means that 2 of my top 3 bought it and are killing it! The rest will follow once they realize the difference between the top and the middle is videos, etc.
    3 hrs · Like · 2
  •  Cody Jerry I met with several different small businesses this week about creating websites for them. They know Wix, Weebly and Squarespace exist, and that drag and drop websites are easy to use. 

    However, they didn’t know where to start. They basically just p
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  •  James Klaus Micah two of the top 3. The other top guy is awesome and does buy in but he sells only repeat, referral etc. He has his book of business and every year he sees his name in Automotive News as the top Ford Sales person in Montana
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  •  James Klaus Laura Madison now that you are in the vendor/training world what types of comments are you hearing from salespeople about wanting or not wanting to brand themselves?
  •  Laura Madison James Klaus I feel like I hear the same stuff from people. 1) they are uncomfortable with the idea, with putting their face out there and 2) they don’t know how to get started. My response has always been, just start anyway. I didn’t have a perfect plaSee More
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  •  Cody Jerry I’m stealing that line, Laura Madison “Action has a magic to it”
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  •  Laura Madison I stole it Cody Jerry! ‘Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has a magic, grace, and power in it.’ Goethe. Absolutely my favorite quote
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  • Renee Stuart Keep in mind #CarPeople… No one can “make” anyone “do” anything. No extra money – No extra widgets – No extra fist pounding [or] pleading. People choose to differentiate themselves because the are bought in. Put simply…they believe that the benefitSee More
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  •  Renee Stuart One more thing… If your employee is not fully committed to owning, managing and be fully active (daily) with the platform they’re choosing to use (i.e. YouTube), your dealership and the employee is better off contributing to the business page. CreatiSee More
    Are you ready to build a strong personal brand, only…
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  • Tracy Myers If Facebook charged people money to use it, this thread would be worth the price of membership. #truth
    2 hrs · Like · 8
  •  Terry Lancaster Kinny Landrum…this sounds familiar!
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  • Jeff Teague · Friends with Laura Madison and 1 other
    I have had really good success with my personal Toyota YouTube channel…..feel free to check it out … https://www.youtube.com/user/toyotajeff1
    I create and produce my own videos. I hope you enjoy…
    1 hr · Unlike · 2
  • Micah Birkholz I did make this back in the day….
    Micah Birkholz's photo.
    1 hr · Like · 2
  • David T Gould Laura Madison I am going to steal the line “I just did shit to see if it worked.”!!! Cody Jerry
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  •  Micah Birkholz “Motion Creates Emotion” has been my favorite for sometime:)
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