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My Three Words for 2017
by Robb On January 3, 2017

I learned about the My Three Words exercise from Chris Brogan a few years back. If you want a deeper background, you can read all about his approach HERE.

Like most folks, I have both succeeded and failed miserably in following the purpose of the the exercise. In an attempt to do the former and not the latter, I am sharing this in hopes that A) my tribe keeps me accountable, and B) I always have another reference point.

So here goes… My three worlds that I am using to guide myself this year:


Smooth stems from my desire to enhance my processes related to work. No more stuff falls through the cracks. All my interactions with clients, family, friends and colleagues are easy. It stems from one of my favorite lines to share with clients: “It’s my job to make your job easy.’

Love is somewhat tied to Smooth in that I have set a pretty high goal related to coaching. In the many years I have provided coaching one theme has stood out. The more I can love on my clients the more impactful the work. Less judgement, less soap boxing, more acceptance and embracement. I’m sure my wife will benefit from this as well!

Move. I’d benefit from being in better physical shape. I’ll just leave it at that. Plus, any project I’m working on typically needs some type of action out of me in order to get it done. This is just a great reminder of that.

That’s it. Three simple (or maybe not) words that should help guide me towards achieving my best year ever in 2017. Oh, and if I’m ever off, you have my permission to give me a firm reminder of my three words.

Go get ‘Em!


Stand Like a Superhero
by Robb On January 14, 2016

In our Train Your Brain for Success programs, we always share a fun tidbit on the importance of posture when it comes to boosting confidence and improving results.

There is a lot of research and articles out on the interwebs that discuss power poses so I’m not going to launch into a big dissertation, but suffice to say they work and they are fun to practice.

At the request of a client, I shot a brief tutorial on how to get yourself into a power pose.

I recommend that you get into position and hold it for a minimum of two minutes.  Here’s a couple of instances when/where you should think about using the “Stand Like a Superhero” move:

Before speaking in front of a group of people

Before an interview

Before a performance review

Before asking your spouse for money

Before doing ANYTHING you think you are afraid of doing

Have fun, and if it works for you shoot me an email with a picture of you standing like a Superhero.  Workshop attendees really like seeing people using this in real life!


NonProfitThrive Partnership
by Robb On January 8, 2016

Are you a Chamber or Association or Non-For Profit?  You ned to know about


They take a lot of the mundane, time consuming and non-sexy work that non-profits do and help make it a LOT easier to do your job; focus on members.

I met Nicole at the IACCE Conference in the fall.  We got to talking and with all the Chamber of Commerce business we do, it just made sense to partner up.

Check out to see what we can both do for you (Hint… It’s a big discount).

The Official Robb Zbierski Speaker’s Packet
by Robb On May 27, 2015

Robb In Action!

I often get asked what kinds of programs we can offer and what folks can expect to get out of a session. So I had my friend Danny over at Kivikko Creative put this together for me.

Click here to access my Speaker’s Packet.

Once downloaded, you can view a little more about me, a list of available programs, read testimonials from folks I have worked with in the past and find information on how to book me for your next meeting or event.


You Are Not Your Results
by Robb On July 31, 2014

I was reminded of this quote from my friend Tom this week. I had a weird week. I’ll be honest, I’ve had a weird three months. There is always an ebb and a flow in my business, and for some reason, I’ve been stuck in one hell of an ebb. Cancelled speeches, not booking new speeches, getting hung op on, low numbers of referrals and I managed to pack on about 8 extra pounds on top of it all.

But no matter what happens, there has always been one constant. Whenever I’m asked how I am, I give the same answer, “I’m Awesome!” You know why? Because I believe it.

This Guy Rocks

This guy ROCKS!!

It is easy to tie your attitude and your outlook to your results. It’s easy to start questioning yourself or blaming yourself when things don’t go your way. It’s easy to say, “I didn’t close that deal, I must really suck.” Bottom line; it’s easy to get into a slump.

But here’s the thing. You are not a reflection of the results you get. Your results are a reflection of who you believe you are. No matter how many times I get hung up on or ignored or pounded down or “lifed” as I recently heard it put (thanks, Mike!) I KNOW that I am still awesome. I have the same core values. I’m the same great dad and husband. I’m a good friend and a mediocre golfer and a terrible singer. I still like beer and pizza and working on bikes in my spare time.

There are going to be times when your results totally rock and there are times when your results are going to totally suck. In either case, there’s a common denominator. You. How you treat yourself and how you view your situation is going to make all the difference.

Like I said, I was reminded of this line this week. Before yesterday, I had not spoken on over a month. I had my three biggest potential revenue generating programs cancel on me this week. I was trying to get back into the groove after having been on vacation for 2 weeks. My wife and I had a difficult conversation on finances and I could NOT lay off the take-out food. But you know what? I still believed I was awesome. I showed up to my first program in over a month and ROCKED it. Biggest payday in the last three months. A bunch of referrals. Attendees calling me afterwards to thank me for putting on such an outstanding program.

With all that “bad” going on, how did I pull that off? Easy. I focused on the one good thing I could recently. Me.

Now granted, I felt pretty good after that, but not exponentially better. I was always great. I always believed in myself and THAT approach is what stuck with others.

So the next time you are feeling down about your business, your life, your finances, or your relationships, remember that they aren’t the reason you are down. They might be down because of how you feel about yourself. And if you need help getting that straightened out give me a call. We can talk about the time I kicked a baby in the head and laughed about it. Actually it happened twice, but that’s content for another post.

Grow Podcast Interview
by Robb On July 28, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Jason Cass as part of his GROW podcast dedicated to helping insurance professionals.


We had a ton of fun during the interview. So much fun in fact that our scheduled 20 min interview went almost 90 mins. He had to break it up into two separate podcasts.

If you’d like to learn a bit about how personal development can really help boost every aspect of your life, take a listen. I’m sure Jason won’t mind a few more subscribers.

You can listen/download Part 1 HERE

Click HERE for Part 2.

Clearing Out the Stink
by Robb On October 8, 2013

Skunks. They smell funny. I’m not sure what purpose they serve, other than to help promote tomato soup sales in the event of a spraying. We have skunks living somewhere around our house. I know this because I have lost several nights of sleep this summer thanks to their odiferous shenanigans. But lo and behold, those color-confused rodents actually taught me something.

After watching a skunk run across our deck one night, my wife and I decided to start narrowing down the list of places they could be. We got it down to two; under the deck and in the forsythia bushes on the side of our house.

Full Forsythia

If I were looking for a good place to hide, this would be it

We decided to make it a zero-sum game for the skunk and since it’s a lot easier to cut down bushes than a deck, we started with the forsythia. For regular readers, you might know that we just moved into a new (to us) home that has no shortage of items on the Honey-do list. We had spent one of our first weekends clearing out the dead branches in another set of bushes earlier in the summer so I had a pretty good idea of what we were in for.

Halfway There

Halfway There

As I was cutting the bushes down, it started looking a bit scary. The growth was so overbearing that it became obvious the only way to manage these things was a full-on hacking.

The Aftermath

The Aftermath – See the other bushes in the background?


We were a bit nervous about what a barren side of the house was going to look like until I glanced back and saw the other bushes we had cleaned out earlier in the year. They were flourishing. Any Greenthumb will tell you that in order to make sure your plants grow, you need to clear our the dead stuff. If not, it will just choke out the good stuff and you’ll be left with mediocre landscaping.

What does overgrown bushes and a feral skunk have to do with you? Lots. Often times, we find ourselves “overgrown” in life, in relationships, in money, or in projects. We get there because we just “let it be” without actually doing anything; right or wrong. By nature, your brain will run its course and build up lots of unhealthy ideas. And some of those ideas really stink! Just like the farmer who has to methodically manage weeds in his field, you have to manage your thoughts and beliefs. The best way to do that is to clear out the old growth. And then sometimes, you gotta just slash and burn.

One of the best ways to clear your mind is some form of exercise, but lately I’ve been reading a ton. It’s great to let some new opinions and ideas come in and either supplement or replace old thoughts, beliefs and habits you have formed. I’m personally on a mission to complete 13 books this year. What a difference adding this new information has made in my relationships, my career and my overall happiness. If you are looking for suggestions, give me a shout, but start with Roger Seip‘s Train Your Brain For Success! What do YOU do to help control the unruly growth in your life? We’d love to hear your suggestions. Post something in the comments below.

As for the skunk, I think it is still roaming the neighborhood. But fortunately, s/he doesn’t seem to be spending as much time around our place. Unfortunately, though there’s lots of other “old growth” around us. Looks like lots of us have some work to do.

You’re New? So Was I!
by Robb On October 1, 2013

One aspect of our business that I’ll admit wasn’t traditionally my favorite was training and teaching new employees about the inner workings of the job. I think part of it has to do with the fact that there is a corporate term attached to this called On-Boarding. In a past life I was subjected to Continue reading ›

How Many Days Do You Work a Year?
by Robb On September 19, 2013

If you only worked five days a year, how well would you do your job? I had never thought about this question until this summer when I witnessed something amazing. Ever since Mother’s Day, I pose this question to people everywhere, and I have gotten a bunch of different answers. More on that in a bit, but in the mean time, Let me explain what happened on Mother’s Day. Continue reading ›

Bust Your Slump Instead of Your Rump
by Robb On June 28, 2013


Life is full of ups and downs. You land the big piece of business; you lose a bigger piece of business. Your relationship is on Cloud 9; you can’t stand to look at, let alone compliment your partner. You have a blast on vacation; you feel like work is a never ending grind. Every day is a new experience, and for a lot of folks that last instance of being stuck in a not so pretty grind can come up often and last for a LONG time. Continue reading ›