Have you ever met someone, shared your passions, dreams and thoughts, only to find out that they didn't hear a word you said? Have you ever met with a business leader and watched as they waited for you to stop sharing so they could start talking?

It's an awful feeling, but a powerful reminder that it's time to listen.

I have learned over the years that I too have been guilty of committing this act against potential business partners. I spent my time waiting to share how influential I was rather than positively influencing the lives of others. I could have come offering a selfless experience, but instead made those meetings about myself. Fortunately, over time, I learned to do so much better, and I stand before you today a man focused on the success of others, changed forever.

I teach my clients how to live an extraordinary life by putting others first. You can guarantee an influential future by listening to the most important words you'll hear today... those of the person sitting across from you. It will be an amazing and profound experience and you will be the better for it.