“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
-Marcus Garvey

French botanist Jacque Barrow said: “A farmer grows a multitude of identical anonymous plants together in a field, and a gardener cherishes each plant individually.”

The above quote struck me in a profound way this month. I am in the final preparations to be the keynote speaker for a very large medical leadership conference in the Intermountain West for IHC. My topic is “Creating Culture: Extraordinary Engagement from our people”.

The reason this quote hit home is that no matter who we are working with, in any profession from students, to sales teams, to nurses and patients, we have to decide if we see people as our products for income – like a farmer. Or if we see them as individuals with unique needs and qualities that make them important as individuals as a gardener with a garden would treat them.

Last month I had the honor of stage managing a crew of theatrical professionals as they produced 6 shows in 3 days for an audience of over 1,500 people. Our cast included David Copperfield and many other great luminaries of magic and its allied arts. A week later I headlined on the very same Vegas stage with my own show. It is amazing how thinking like a gardener and treating each team member as an individual of value and honoring their expertise produced shows where the qualities of each team member shined and a superior product was produced.

The most valuable person to everyone you meet is themselves. The most magical name they have ever heard is their own. And the most important story is the one they are about to tell.

Want to have an exceptional life. Care about people individually, remember their names, and listen more than you speak. Treat each person like a spectacular part of your garden. And not a line of identical crops. They will bloom into incredible friends who will gladly share their extraordinary skills and talents.

I’m never too busy for your referrals, especially for Halloween events and Holiday parties.

Stay creative, innovative, and keep practicing whatever you are passionate about!

Your friend,
-Paul Draper


Read more about Paul:
Paul Draper Mentalism (pdf)
Transformational Leadership with Paul Draper (pdf)

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry. —
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll; —
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul.
-Emily Dickinson

On The Lighter Side

Adorable little girl on stage in my Las Vegas show at The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

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And this is an article from Forbes Magazine that my friend Donal Chayce shared with me that really resonated. A good list to think about: 11 Secrets Of Irresistible People

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ComicCon: Salt Lake City!

It looks like I am the closing event for Utah’s largest Convention with over 120,000 attendees. This marks my 3rd appearance filling a 3,000 seat showroom to overflow each time, so get there early. My show is Saturday night September 26th at 8pm

I will also be the Emcee for the 3,000 seat room 355 for the entire run of the convention. The celebrities I am hosting include major stars of Film, TV, and Print including: Linda Blair from the Exorcist, Joel Hodgson the host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vic Mignogna from Dragonball Z, and Animaniacs Live!

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