Straight Talk with Chuck Gallagher

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A Candid Interview with Larry Williams

ChuckGallagher_google-plus-cover3Having been a radio broadcaster for so many years, it is always comfortable for me to be in front of a microphone. It’s even more fun when I am the interviewee instead of the interviewer. It’s a great exercise in role reversal. So imagine my excitement when renown speaker and talk show host Chuck Gallagher asked to interview me. I was thrilled.

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The Blurred Line between “Imitation” and “Inspiration”

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by Larry Williams

weird al grammyThey say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!” Nobody knows this better than Weird Al Yankovic. He has been imitating artists for more than thirty years. All the while, he has asked their blessing to perform and re-record their hits every single time. In this case (as in others) – permission is granted, co-writing credits are given, royalties are shared and collaboration is mutually enjoyed.

In the recently decided court case of “Blurred Lines” – Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were handed a judgment to pay 7.3 million dollars to the family of Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement of the song “Got To Give It Up.” There were obviously many variables that jurists used to establish what was and was not protected under the copyright. At the heart of the argument was the word “inspiration.”

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Record Scratch – Discovering the Power of B-Sides

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by Larry Williams

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Mike Wolf. He hosts a video interview program entitled Entrepreneurs Making a Difference. In this interview I share the unique and original B-Sides methodology and how I literally stumbled upon this concept years ago when I was a radio broadcaster.

For years, I used this methodology for personal self-improvement. Besides my work in the radio booth, I was also the owner of a popular entertainment company. But with no real road map to follow – I simply relied on B-Siding various things to be successful.

This interview will share the record scratch moment that changed my life and the reason I now travel the country sharing this methodology. At the 18 minute mark you will hear about a B-Side of mine that was very personal. Then, you will hear what happened in 2009 that changed everything. It is an amazing story that made national and international headlines – and at the heart of it, was my B-Side.

This interview gives a good glimpse into the passion that I share about B-Sides from the platform. If you’re a meeting planner and are looking for a powerful and original mechanism of personal development that will bring real fulfillment and change in the lives of your attendees – my Develop Your B-Sides keynote will rock their world.

Learn more by visiting my website at www.LarryPresents.com

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How to Save the Music Industry

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by Larry Williams

Dick Clark 45 Records (vertical - B&W)In 1995, I attended a meet-and-greet where I first met my idol, Dick Clark. In a live Q&A from the stage, I boldly stepped forward and asked the question “will American Bandstand ever make a comeback?” He responded “no” and went on to say that people today have a rather short attention span and a program of that nature would likely not work in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world. This always stuck with me and I am now beginning to see the bigger picture of how this has affected the music industry some twenty years later.

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The Formula

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How Hillary Clinton could become the Next President of the United States

by Larry Williams

This, by no means, is meant to be a ringing endorsement of the yet-to-be-announced candidate for the upcoming 2016 Presidential election. But it is important for me to state my viewpoint now so as not to be accused of jumping on some sort of bandwagon.

I have noticed a trend in the election cycle that pretty much trumps everything when it comes to electing our Commander-in-Chief. Sadly, I believe the majority of Americans have now embraced this not-often-discussed condition. So what is this mystery formula? Drum roll please! We care more about being a part of history than we do about issues!

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Dick Clark Book Dedication

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by Larry Williams

Dick Clark 45 Records (vertical - B&W)On this, the two year anniversary of the death of music legend Dick Clark – I am honored to announce that my upcoming book, Develop Your B-Sides, will be dedicated to his memory. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think of my friend and mentor. Dick personified everything that was right about the entertainment business.

It gives me great satisfaction in knowing that Dick was introduced to the concept of B-Sides, as it was a sub-chapter in my previous book, Customer Service A to Z, that he wrote the Foreword for. That sub-chapter contained an overview of this methodology that I have researched at length for the better part of a decade. Dick was an avid reader and very complimentary of my original manuscript before graciously agreeing to write the Foreword.

B-Sides Book Cover (Foreword & Afterword)Develop Your B-Sides tells the story of the 45 rpm record – the biggest selling product in the history of music. Deep within the grooves of the vinyl record lay a marketing strategy that was the best kept secret in the music industry. By understanding this strategy, you will be able to select useful ideas and techniques that will enhance your own personal and professional development. Now you can use your love of music and apply its lessons and strategies to improve your skills. If you love music, you will love this book!

My book will have a Dedication page that recognizes Dick Clark for his enormous contribution to the music business. He has set the standard by which all others will forever be measured. It’s hard to believe he has been gone for two years. May his memory live on.

Look for the book on paperback and on Kindle – available on June 1, 2014.

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Music Legend Brenda Lee to write Afterword for B-Sides

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by Larry Williams

It is an honor above measure that Brenda Lee has agreed to write the Afterword for my upcoming book – Develop Your B-Sides. The Afterword is the “concluding statement” or “final thoughts” about the book and offers a postscript to its content. On Thursday March 27, 2014 – Brenda personally contacted me to discuss the book. We shared a great conversation as we discussed the subject matter of the book and her career.

In 1960, at age 15, Brenda Lee had one of the most famous B-Side hit records of all time. Her song “I’m Sorry” climbed the charts straight to #1 and became her signature song. As we reminisced about her career, I said, “I read somewhere that you toured with the Beatles back in the day!” She replied, “oh yes, that was on my first European tour. The Beatles were my opening act!” Needless to say, I almost dropped the phone. Wow!!! How many people can say the Beatles actually opened for them?

Brenda Lee was one of the biggest recording artists of all time. Just take a look at this condensed version of her resume.

B-Sides - AfterwordBrenda Lee is a legendary recording artist with multiple gold and platinum records to her credit. She is best known for her hits “Sweet Nothin’s”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and, “I’m Sorry” – her signature song and #1 B-Side hit. In the 1960’s, she had 47 U.S. chart hits and is ranked 4th in that decade – surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Ray Charles. She is a member of the Rock & Roll, Country Music, Hit Parade and Rockabilly Halls of Fame. She has also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She continues to perform to sold-out audiences around the world.

My book, Develop Your B-Sides, takes you on a musical journey of discovery that will find you adapting marketing lessons used for years by the music industry – and applying these strategies to enhance your personal and professional development. In essence, you will be taking what you know and love about music and using this universal language to improve your skills. What could be better than that? It will be a game-changer.

I am honored to have one of the biggest B-Side artists in history embrace and endorse this unique book. It is a dream come true. Thank you, Brenda Lee!

Look for this book on paperback and on Kindle – available on June 1, 2014.

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Patrick Henry to write Foreword for B-Sides

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by Larry Williams

I am thrilled to announce that Patrick Henry will be writing the Foreword for my upcoming book – Develop Your B-Sides. I first met Patrick Henry in Johnson City, Tennessee in 2011 when we shared the stage at the Boost Event. His keynote was incredible. I cannot remember ever seeing a presenter more prepared and polished. I was an instant fan. Thank goodness I approached him and became a friend. At his suggestion, I joined the National Speakers Association and began my journey as a professional speaker. His Foreword will offer the perfect introduction for this book.

Develop Your B-Sides will take you on a musical journey of discovery as you learn the marketing secrets of the music industry and apply these lessons to improve your own personal and professional development. The methodology is a game-changer and will enhance your skill set. We all have B-Sides worth developing and this book will help you find the key to harness their importance and reach your full potential. With his background in music and personal development, I cannot think of anyone more suited to write this Foreword than Patrick Henry. I am honored he accepted my offer to do so.

Here’s a little bit more about Patrick Henry.

B-Sides - ForewordPatrick Henry is a professional speaker and member of the prestigious National Speakers Association. As a motivational humorist, his keynote presentations engage and uplift his audiences with original content in customer loyalty and productivity. He is a former Nashville songwriter who combines music and stories to inspire creative engagement at home, work and in the community. His book, The Pancake Principle, shows how to create excellence in business and in life. It is available on paperback and Kindle through Amazon.com. Patrick is a SiriusXM radio personality and can be heard on The Family Comedy Channel and Blue Collar Radio. Visit his website at www.PatrickHenrySpeaker.com.

Look for this book on paperback and on Kindle – available June 1, 2014.

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B-Sides, Release Date Announcement

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by Larry Williams

I am pleased to “officially” announce a June 1, 2014 released date for my new book – Develop Your B-Sides. This book will explore a never-before-revealed marketing strategy used by the record companies for more than thirty years. While you enjoy this musical journey, you will discover the most amazing parallels in personal and professional development ever published.

B-Sides Book Cover (Foreword & Afterword)I discovered this amazing methodology back in the early 90′s and used it personally to develop many aspects of my life and career. It wasn’t until 2009 that I decided to go public with this discovery in a short series of seminars. Now, five years later, I am ecstatic to share this with the world.

The 45 rpm record was the biggest selling product in the history of the music business. Now, for the first time, we can uncover the hidden marketing gem of music company executives and utilize their intellect to draw useful lessons that will enhance our own personal and professional development. This book will be a game-changer! It takes the universal language of music and offers an enjoyable easy-to-implement strategy to improve your skills in life and business. If you love music, you’re going to love this book!

Look for it on paperback and on Kindle – June 1, 2014.

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Meeting Planners Can Now Take Note!

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The “official” speaker demo video for Larry Williams is now available for viewing. If you’re a meeting planner, please take a moment and review this video. Larry Williams uses the universal language of music to introduce original concepts in personal and professional development that inspire others to achieve greater success and self-improvement.

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