My company recently hosted an event called “The Atlantic Brand Confabulation” in Eastern Canada. We brought mastermind-marketer Gene Simmons (KISS) in as our keynote speaker. His flight into Moncton, NB was cancelled because of the snow storm so Henry (the brains behind Momentum) and I drove 2 hours in the storm to pick him up at an alternate airport.
If you watch Gene Simmons Family Jewels you might think that it is all scripted…. It’s not. What I can tell you is that Gene & partner Shannon Tweed are exactly the same in person. They are both incredibly intelligent, fun, caring, and disruptive people. We stopped at a new gourmet burger joint after the red-eye flight and had an awesome opportunity to get to know them.
Gene had an array of awesome messages. What really wowed the crowd at the event is when (half-way through his time) he left the stage to wander through the crowd and answer questions from businesspeople, entrepreneurs, kiss fans and everyone in between. I have even more respect for Gene & Shannon then I did before I met them.
His key messages:
Do whatever you can to stand out
Fame is a full time job
If you want to know more – you’ll just have to go an event he’s speaking at. Totally worth the investment.
On that note – I need to go rock and roll all night…. and work my tush off every day.