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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Visit Dubai | Travel Tips | Frank Furness

I love Dubai and have been doing business there for the past 15 years, up to 3 trips a year.
I have seen it grow from a sleepy town with big aspirations into one of the most vibrant places on the planet to visit.

Every time I travel there I am amazed at the new hotels, roads and shopping malls.

Here are some of my tips when visiting Dubai

Culture – Although Dubai is a Muslim Emirate, about 80% of the people working there are expats. When you visit, you will feel like to are in any other Western Country. 

Saying that, always remember that it is a Muslim country and respect their culture and traditions.
I always find Dubai very easy going and can walk around with shorts, sandals and a t-shirt and the ladies don’t have to cover up. Dress is like any Western country. 

You will see many locals in the shopping centers, many men together in groups enjoying coffee or with three or four wives. Please respect their privacy and don’t photograph them, they are a quiet, gentle and respectful nation.

You need to also get used to Middle Eastern timings and the way of doing business.

Things hardly ever run on schedule and you must adjust to that. 

I recently presented at a large conference and was supposed to present from 2.30 to 4. 

At 3.30 I was still in the Green room chatting to the organizers and when everything finally kicked off at 4, there was a lot of local formalities and introductions and I finally took to the stage at 4.30, a half hour after I should have finished.

This has happened so often, but I don’t let it get to me although I am such a stickler for time.
You will also find people taking calls or checking emails during meetings and being a conference speaker, found it really frustrating to see people walking in and out during the presentation. 

When I first started working here many years ago and I expressed my frustrations to the organizer. He just said that that was the way it was in the Middle East and I would have to accept it and now I just go with the flow

Business – When I do business there, it reminds me of London and I wear dark suits, white shirts and lace up shoes. Speaking at large conferences in Dubai and doing business in the financial sector, I have always dressed formally and fitted in well. 

Remember, most of the time you will be doing business with other expats from around the world, Royal families, governments or locals. 

When doing business with locals, do not be surprised if they don’t answer emails immediately (or at all) and then call at the last moment with a decision and you have to run around frantically to make things happen.

Climate  - I love the sun, so Dubai’s climate suits me well. 

Try to avoid June, July and August when the heat is unbearable.

My favorite months to visit are December and February. The days are hot and the evenings slightly cool. Expect average temperatures of around 35%

Hotels – In all the times I have visited to Dubai, I have never experienced a bad hotel.
Dubai has aspirations to be the vacation capital of the world and the standards of the hotels are better than anywhere else I have traveled. 

Staff are clean, friendly, professional and highly trained and whatever position they have in the hotel, this is their career. 

In England many hotel staff are working in hotels until something better comes along, not so in Dubai…

My nephew works at the JW Marriott in Dubai and he shared with me that the training and standards are the very high and they are measured on everything.

My favorite hotel group is the Intercontinental and I am a Platinum Ambassador which guarantees room upgrades, welcome drinks and amenities.

On my latest visit, I wasn’t disappointed, given a huge suite with a massive balcony and the staff were great. 

My favorite hotel though is the Le Royal Meridien where I normally stay and it is run by  Pam Wilby, who I wrote about in my book ‘Walking with Tigers’. 

She is a legend in hospitality and her hotel has consistently been voted the best hotel in the Middle East and last year voted the best Spa hotel in the world. 

If you can, that is the hotel I personally recommend and if you get a chance meet ‘Roy the Butler’ who I speak about in my seminars on world class service and watch my video interview with him.

Immigration – Again probably the best in the world with more counters than anywhere else and I always feel good when they look at my passport, look into my eyes and say, ‘Welcome back Frank’.
Once again, a reflection on the training and standards.

Travel – Travel used to be easy with the taxis, but traffic is now the same as any other major city, crazy….

Airport – Together with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Koh Samui, this is one of my favorite airports. 

The shopping is the best at any airport and the prices good. I always stock up on my Cuban cigars here and they about half the price of any other duty free.

I normally avoid shopping at any duty free around the world as I have found them to always be more expensive that shopping locally. Not so in Dubai, except at Starbucks who wanted to charge Dhms7 for a bottle of water that was Dhms2 next door at the duty-free shop, what a rip-off….

When I mentioned this to the cashier at Starbucks, he just smiled and said smart people never buy water from them.

Emirates, together with Qatar and Singapore Airlines are my favorite airline (British Airways my worst).

The aircraft are new and most of the time I will be flying on the A380 which is so smooth. The service is great and you will normally find the staff number up to 15 nationalities, so no matter what language you speak there will be someone that can help.

Taxis are clean and inexpensive and they will not try to rip you off as if you report them they will probably be winging their way back to where they came from.

I normally like to stay at the beach or Marina area near Jumeriah or the famous ‘walk’ and taxi fare will cost around Dhms120 (around $35) 

I love going to the shopping malls and attractions, but end up spending frustrating time sitting in the taxi in traffic.

On my recent visit I decided to use the tram and Metro and was blown away. The tram does a circular route around the Marina and connects with the Metro which travels all over Dubai. A day ticket cost me Dhms21 (around $6) and gave me unlimited travel anywhere until midnight. 

The system is spotless and efficient and even goes to the airport. I would highly recommend this for any travel you do in Dubai.

Drinking – you can only drink at hotels and it is expensive. A while ago a friend and I had a jug of beer at the Jumeriah Beach hotel which cost $100, he hasn’t been back since.

Places to visit – Apart from the great hotels and beaches, there is so much to do in Dubai. 

Remember, Dubai has the highest building in the world, the Burj Al Khalifa (which you must visit), 

the biggest shopping center (Dubai Mall, ladies, their shoe section is bigger than most standard malls) and the only mall with a Ski slope inside (Mall of the Emirates) which you must visit. 

They are building the biggest park (that will dwarf Central park), have the highest hotel (JW Marriott Marquis) and are building the fastest train, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, a distance of 120 kilometers in 15 Minutes.

They are also currently completing the biggest Ferris wheel in the world.

They also boast the only two ‘Seven star’ hotels in the world and it is worth a visit to the Burj al Arab although they will probably charge toy $30 just to see the hotel.

Dubai has the finest restaurants in the world and attract the rich and famous, many of who have houses there. 

When my nephew worked at Nobu Restaurant, he said that on a daily basis you would have famous sports stars visiting and he met the Kardashians and enjoyed some jokes with Samuel Jackson.

If visiting these high rolling places, you will see money being spent like nowhere else on the planet with people paying $500 for a single malt or glass of Krystal.

You have to take a visit to the Gold and spice souks and I love doing a Dhow trip in the evening.

For sports enthusiasts, Dubai has some of the best polo, golf courses and horse racing tracks to be found anywhere.

You have to try the amusements parks, Legoland for the children and the water parks. I remember going down the highest water slide in the world, terrifying…

A visit to the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm (also a great hotel to stay) gives you access to swimming and playing with the dolphins. 

One of my favorite things to do is the 4x4 desert excursion. They are fairly scary and you explore the sand dunes, but the drivers are amazing. These finish with a BBQ in the middle of the desert at midnight with entertainment, something you must put on your list.

You can spent fortunes in the best shopping malls in the world or visit Deira where they take you into the back rooms and you can buy any fake imaginable.

Dubai is a city that you either love or hate (I can’t understand that people don’t like it). It is pretentious, expensive, exciting, world class hotels and restaurants and I can’t wait for my next trip.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Speak for High Fees in Many Lands

Double your Market, Double your Income

Keys to Conquering the International Speaking Market


Your Business Plan
If you want to work the International Circuit, you need to plan for it. Work out how many days each year you want to speak overseas, the market you want to work and develop an action plan.
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London – September 23/24 2017
Orlando, Florida – 14/15 October 2017

Your Unique Market

Choose your unique and specialty market. Our market was initially the English speaking International Financial Services market. Over the years this has spread to include the Hospitality & CEO Market and now massive in the International Health & Fitness Market.
I have presented in 58 Countries, worked with translators globally and recently presented at the first International Online Conference for the Health & Fitness Industry.
There were 4 speakers and it was filmed in Z Studios in Manchester in front of a live audience of about 100 people, but was beamed out live to thousands of Health & Fitness Clubs around the World

Marketing yourself – the key to success

·            Identify clients you have spoken for in the past that have international offices. Get a referral to the decision maker in the overseas office. Email or send a letter and follow up with a phone call.
·            Dial and Smile – Pick up the phone and cold call. When I started out, I identified companies and banks that have international offices and phoned the President. One of those calls resulted in a business relationship with a company that spent between $50k - $100k each year sponsoring me to speak to their clients around the world.
·            Find five clients that will provide you with 50% of your work each year. We have five large international companies that each book us for between six and thirty talks each year. We also have two or three Companies that we are developing should any of the ‘big five’ drop out.
·            Actively prospect when speaking abroad. When speaking overseas, we will scan the local papers, magazines and yellow pages for potential clients. We’ll then phone and establish who the decision makers are and endeavor to set up a meeting and sell our services. A lot of these Companies are open and receptive to meeting with you.
·            Referrals – always ask for referrals. Apart from existing clients who we do repeat business with each year, we have over 200 potential clients that have been given to us as referrals. If you leave the client satisfied, they will always give you referrals – IF YOU ASK!
·            Add on an extra day to meet with potential clients – Wherever I speak in the world, I add on an extra day to see potential clients and bureaus. I can normally fit in 5 appointments for the day and this always results in at least one extra booking. On a recent trip to Singapore I managed to give a keynote speech to a large Insurance Company and in the same day have five meetings with potential clients. One of these meetings was a cocktail party where I met with twenty of the most influential business leaders in Singapore.
This was only achieved because I had developed a center of influence in Singapore who had arranged the talk and all of the meetings. He is rewarded with a percentage of the fee, which makes it a win-win situation for everyone.
·            Find the other offices – When speaking internationally, find out where the International client for whom you are speaking has other branches around the world. Find out who you should contact at the other offices to do the same talk. In January, I spoke at a large software company in Dubai. The CEO from London was in Dubai at the time and heard me speak. After the talk, he asked me to contact him to replicate the talk to their other international offices. They have offices in 33 countries.
·            Network and socialize – Before going on an international talk, surf the net to see what social events are happening while you’re there. Then arrange an invitation, as you’ll always meet potential clients at these events.
·            Have fun and take a tour – If I visit a country for the first time, I’ll always take an extra few days to see the place. This normally includes a half-day bus tour.
·            It’s amazing whom you can meet on these tours. I’ve met and become friends with the Vice-President of one of the largest insurance companies in the USA and a grand old lady who turned out to be the wife of the owner of one of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains.
·            Bureaus – find out who the bureaus are internationally and meet with them. When I spoke in South Africa last July, I met with the leading bureau. This resulted in bookings in November in Sun City and Mauritius.
·            Web site – Have a Killer Website and Incredible Social Media Strategy. By doing this I have just secured a talk with a USA bank from the Internet. This has also generated three other enquiries, one with an International Company who needs someone to speak in five different Countries for them.
·            Please do a search for ‘Sales Technology Speaker’ on Google and see how I dominate the first page. I have developed an Online Program with 160 videos and 12 EBooks showing how to build an International presence and get found on Google, YouTube and LinkedIn searches.
·            Always meet with the decision maker at the event. I was recently booked to speak in Scotland to a company who had just merged with a German telecommunications Company. After the talk, I spent some time with the German CEO and now following up to present the same talk to the German counterparts.

Be Aware of Cultural Differences

Middle East - Don’t show soles of your feet when seated, considered an insult.

China & Hong Kong – Hand over and accept business cards with both hands.

Japan – Don’t try to copy the Japanese way of bowing, you will never get it right and make a fool of yourself.

Malaysia & Singapore – Point with your thumb, not your index finger.  

Adapting your talk

When speaking to English speaking foreigners, always speak slowly. Remember, English is their second language.
United Kingdom – The British, Scots and Welsh have a different sense of humor to Americans. They are passionate about soccer, rugby and cricket, hardly any knowledge of baseball, American football, ice hockey or basketball. They can appear to be conservative and don’t like too much rah-rah. When you get to know them they are great audiences.                                                  
South Africa – sport crazy, especially rugby and cricket with a great sense of humor like Americans. Enjoy lots of motivation and excitement.  
India – possibly the best audiences in the world. They enjoy lively interactive motivated talks. You are almost guaranteed a standing ovation. They love to be photographed with you.    

Chinese & Japanese – They are very formal and serious. They have a great thirst for knowledge. Make your talk less motivation and more education. If they like you they will generate a lot of repeat work. It is very important to learn about their culture         
Singapore – smart and elegant, but want value for their money.
Middle East – Gregarious and outgoing. Very emotional and love stories. If selling CDs, send them ahead of time. You will be x-rayed when entering the Country and they might take your videos and watch them, very strict on morals.  
Germans, Swiss, Belgium’s – very serious, less motivation, more education and don’t waffle – get straight to the point.

Spanish – easygoing and very laid back. Great love of life and a lot of fun.

Malaysians & Thai – Softly spoken, respectful and emotional. Also love stories and lots of humor.

Australia – Very much like the South Africans, sports crazy (learn about their sports and teams) with fantastic sense of humor.     

Iran – Wonderful people, but be careful that you don’t offend their culture. Make sure you have non-offensive PowerPoint slides and speak slowly as you will always be working with a translator. 

Time Out

If you’re going to a country for the first time, take an extra two days to sightsee. We have seen and done incredible things while speaking internationally. Why not? It’s one of the perks of the profession.                                                  


·            If speaking in a country for the first time, ensure you have all the details of the venue and mobile phone numbers of the organizers. If something goes wrong or your limo is not there to pick you up, these are essential.
·            Check that you have the correct visas. Very serious immigration officials with machine guns once delayed me for four hours in the Czech Republic because of visa problems.
·            When checking into a hotel, ensure that the organizers have arranged payment. Sometimes they fax booking confirmation and not payment information to the hotel.
·            Ensure that you have a rock sold, signed contract and receive payment before the talk. It can be difficult chasing your payments from 10,000 miles away.
·            Allow for jet lag. If you have a 13-hour flight and a 10-hour time difference, you will not give your best performance without a rest. Take a natural herb tablet called Melatonin that sorts out the body clock immediately.
·            Try to take day flights, you can get a lot of work done and arrive in time for a good night’s sleep
Coming soon…. Speak for High Fees in Many Lands Online Course
·            25 Videos
·            80 Audios
·            Strategies, Tips and Worksheets.
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Speakers Bootcamp

Find out how Frank
  • Has spoken in 55 Countries over the past 5 years
  • Made over 250 Transatlantic flights to speak to clients globally
  • Made £35k from his first audio series
  • Generated income of £100k in one month
  • Arranges speaking tours to Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australia each year
  • In the next 5 months Frank has 47 International flights, speaks on 4 continents, 12 Countries and 30 Cities
Frank Furness is not only a marvelous, successful professional speaker, he knows all the insiders information about speaking globally. If you are dreaming and planning to become an international speaker, you will treasure and benefit from every word. I wish I had Frank's great ideas before I made my first international presentations. It always pays to get expert advice from a successful expert who has been down the trail before you.
Dottie Walters CSP, International Speaker, Author, Consultant Publisher/Editor: SHARING IDEAS MAGAZINE, 23rd year President, Walters International Speakers Bureau Publisher International Directory of Speakers Bureau's Founder: International Association of Speaker Bureau Owners
Book now - email me for details –                                                                           
Spain – July
London – September 23/24 2017
Orlando, Florida – 14/15 October 2017
Dubai – December
Singapore – January 2017
 Frank Furness embarked on a full time speaking career in 1997. Since that time he has spoken in 53 Countries around the world and continues to secure international speaking assignments. Most of the engagements are self-generated and Frank has become a master of networking and identifying opportunities. He runs his speaking career as a professional business.
He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP Global), the Past President of the Professional Speakers Association of UK and in 2011 was inducted to the Speakers Hall of Fame.
When Frank started his speaking career, he spent a lot of wasted time floundering around and trying to find out how to market himself.
Over the years he has developed professional relationships with some of the best marketers and speakers in the world and learnt from them.
Two hours of personal coaching time with Dottie Walters cost Frank $500 and the advice he received resulted in his first audio course order for £35,000.
Over the last fifteen years he has established clients that are amongst the largest Blue Chip Companies in the world. His clients also include the British Olympic & Paralympic Team and Sport England.
Sponsorship and arranging his own speaking tours has contributed to his success and international exposure.
Frank has now run numerous successful bootcamps on every continent and the delegates are raving.
With the ideas learned on the bootcamp, one delegate secured 11 speaking assignments in the week following. The idea of a BOOTCAMP originates in America where Frank has attended them and experienced the positive results.
A BOOTCAMP is a weekend of intensive learning and action planning. The first day of BOOTCAMP will concentrate on the speaking and platform skills, while the second day concentrates on marketing, products and running a business.
Franks revolutionary approach to using technology and social media to promote himself has resulted in him dominating the first page of Google for the search term 'sales technology speaker'. His 500 videos on his YouTube Sales Tips channel has resulted in many booking, sales and done wonders to build his brand
Frank will be sharing these marketing strategies on day two of the bootcamp
Day One
Platform & Speaking Skills
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Never has this been so true as with a Professional speaker. You need to make a great first impression all the time; when meeting bureaus for the first time, when selling yourself to prospective clients, when meeting potential clients and on the platform. Mark Victor Hansen said that professional speaking is 95% marketing, but if your platform skills are lacking all the marketing in the world will not help you. Today's successful speaker is part entertainer, educator, marketer and salesperson. If any of these areas are lacking, business will suffer.
Day one agenda
  • Your speech structure
  • Relaxation techniques
  • The impact of a powerful opening
  • The 7E's of a successful talk
  • energy
  • excitement
  • entertainment
  • emotion
  • enthusiasm
  • education
  • ending
  • Signatures
  • The use and misuse of PowerPoint
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Video
  • The power of stories
  • Creating impact
  • Humour
  • Discovering the magic of the moment
  • The correct use of a microphone
  • Working with event teams           
Bootcamp agenda - Day 2
Marketing and Business Skills
I know many speakers who are great on the platform, inspire their audiences and leave a lasting impression, yet they are always complaining of the lack of regular speaking assignments. Other speakers are new to the circuit and want to know how to market themselves. This day is for you, the ideas have worked for me and generated excellent income and lifestyle. When I started out as a professional speaker, there was no-one to go to for direction, so many ideas were discovered by trial and error (very costly and plenty of mistakes).
Over the years many 'greats' have shared their secrets with me and you will benefit from these on day two. Entering the International market was a whole new ball game with different marketing methods, but having discovered these, my diary is now filled with International speaking assignments. Product design and sales was another area where I had no knowledge. An investment in two hours of Dottie Walters time resulted In my first audio course generating income of £35,000 in one sale over a handshake. Negotiation skills in selling my talks to decision makers was another area where I had to improve my skills as well as developing a professional press kit and promotional material.
If you pick up just one idea that can generate you more income, then the investment has been worthwhile.
Day two agenda
  • The business plan
  • Setting up and running an efficient office
  • Planning and tracking your business
  • Planning and tracking your business
  • Creating a niche market
  • Marketing and networking
  • Sponsorship
  • Publicity and promotion
  • Your unique press kit
  • Contracts
  • Building a profile
  • Essential equipment
  • Developing alliances
  • Selling & negotiating
  • Generating repeat and referral business
  • The importance of an excellent web site
  • Working with production houses
  • Developing and marketing products
  • Tips Booklet
  • Working with speaker bureaus
  • Breaking into the International market
  • Dealing with different cultures
  • How to handle slumps and rejection
  • Unforgettable titles ('Walking with Tigers' has secured me more business than I thought possible)
  • Travel tip                               
Bootcamp Testimonials
"The course was awesome. You demystified the mysticism surrounding professional speaking and yourself while enhancing your character, strength of personality and generosity of spirit. I have rarely seen anything like it in business. It was humbling and awe inspiring.
Your techniques were from an incredible level of experience. You are a master speaker but also a master at getting work. A hundred books could not have done what you did in two days - show me how to make money from speaking. You also showed me how to have fun at the same time."
David Thomas
Professional Speaker
International Grandmaster of Memory
World Memory Champion Medallist
"The bootcamp is a great, exhausting, intellectual work out and marketing gym. I am focused, excited and ready for the race. Thanks a million, Frank"
Bob Harvey
"What a fantastic bootcamp you put together and ran. I think any person who is seriously wanting to speak for a living needs to attend. I for one, received a huge amount of outstanding ideas and strategies"
Keith Banfield
"It was nothing short of awesome"
Craig Goldblatt
"I cannot find enough superlatives for your bootcamp. It did more for me than attending the National Speakers Association convention in Dallas last summer. I feel I have been taken to the next level and beyond."
Shay McConnon
"The Bootcamp was awesome! Your presentation skills, knowledge and openness combined to deliver a great two days. I'm already underway with my 67 point 'action list' I developed whilst listening to you and the others."
Paul Fletcher - Professional Speaker
"I came to Frank's bootcamp as a successful speaker, TV & radio presenter and media journalist. I left with seven pages of notes & an understanding that I still had a great deal to learn. Wow!"
Michael Jackson - TV & radio presenter