Weiss Advice Issue: 221, December, 2021

A Personal Message: Amazingly, I’ve been writing Weiss Advice for almost 20 years. I thank you for your interest and support. Maria and I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and best of the season no matter whether you celebrate it religiously or secularly (and even if it’s Festivus). In our Christian faith, this is a celebratory time and one of tolerance and forgiveness, traits all too lacking in these troubled days. We wish you and your families and loved ones health, peace, and prosperity, and the best for the New Year.


In 1986 or so I joined the National Speakers Association, I was told to “listen to the pros” and find out how to really progress as a speaker. What I found was that 95% of everyone I saw and heard was not as good as I, and that those who peddled advice were the worst of all. But I did find some truly gifted people, such as Patricia Fripp, Lou Heckler, and the late Jeannie Robertson, who were and are great role models.

As I, myself, was recognized and eventually inducted into the Hall of Fame (they ran out of reasons to keep me out) I tried to legitimately help others for free. As I write this, I’m on the train on a Saturday morning to address the New Haven chapter. I’ve done more chapter appearances than anyone else in the organization by my count.

Yet I’ve heard some colleagues in the Hall of Fame loftily announce, “I don’t do chapters anymore,” as if they’ve reached some upper level of sainthood. My feeling is that it should be a condition of continuing membership in the Hall of Fame to visit at least two chapter meetings a year as guest speaker. Barring illness or incapacitation, why is anyone exempt from payback?

An abundance mindset must include generosity of sharing and payback. I had to sever a relationship at one point with a guy I helped move from near-bankruptcy to great success because he commensurately became the most selfish man on earth, ignoring commitments and uncaring about harm to others.

Most of the contributors to SAC are paying back, in person, remotely, in writing. I don’t want to say “you’re welcome” to anyone trying to thank me.

I want to be the one to say, “Thank you.”

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