Wise Words that Sell From an International Engagement Specialist. The Grow Sell Retire Podcast.
Business and Life Success tips for LAZY over-achiever. This podcast gives you the tips it took me 20 years to get right! Your business can be a lonely place, but hugely rewarding! In Grow, Sell and Retire, my goal is for you to have the tools available to make things happen in your business to create real change. Your business has two rockets and this is the ROCKET FUEL to bring you one step closer to feeling wealthy.
The Who brought us Tommy the Pinball Wizard and now the GSR Podcast brings you Richard Blank who is the Word Wizard who loves Pinball from the heart of central America in Costa Rica. Richard brings his secrets and tips and tricks around engaging clients, building teams and making things happen to move your business to the next level.
Escucha bien y vas a ver Pura Vida the love of life and business Richard has for the people that surround him.
The best selling book, Grow, Sell and Retire, is brought to life in this podcast. B.D. is joined by Thought Leaders, Influencers and prolific Authors from around the globe, offering their invaluable, implementable nuggets of wisdom that will enhance your life and business, today.
Hello! My name is B.D.
Actually, my full name is Barton Dyke Dalton II, a gift handed down from my father, hence the regal suffix.
I come from a long line of liberating people:
Clara Barton, who we get our name from, founded the American Red Cross and liberated people from famine and catastrophe.
The Dalton Gang liberated people from their money by robbing people in the Wild West.
Bart Simpson, no relation but same name, became a part of households everywhere in 1990 when I was living in Spain and learning about working with people, culture and language.
But I am a lazy Over-Achiever.
Immediately after high school I spent a year in Southern Spain on a Rotary International student exchange programme, spending as little time as possible in class but truly integrating myself into the Spanish life and culture. It was amazing and I didn’t want to leave!
When I went back to my home town of Tacoma, Washington, my goal was to find a career path that would support me and take me back to Europe. I majored in International Studies at Pacific Lutheran University during which time I was not lazy, working a full time job with a global logistics company so they would subsidize my university fees.I moved up through the company ranks, selling ice to Eskimos in Alaska – not literally, it was actually groceries to convenience stores, but we did sell ice. Through these business trips I met my wife, Michelle, so there’s proof even good can come from working in management of the evil empire ͞Walmart͟.
An opportunity became available for me to join my father in his financial services business, and in September 1997 I joined Edward Jones Investments. In Tacoma, I built a highly successful financial advisory business, which did not go unnoticed by the partners at Edward Jones. When they expanded into Europe I was offered the chance to come over and be a part of the expansion, that was in 2002 and Michelle and I haven’t looked back.
So….let me tell you about the mistake… the huge…£1.2 million mistake:
In 2011, one of my top clients was planning on selling the family business. They were going to gain 5 million pounds. This was the Lottery ticket they had worked for their whole lives. Choosing the winning numbers each decade of toil. Guess what? With one year worth of tweaking it would have sold for 7.2 million.
Richard’s vision quest journey is filled with twists and turns. When he was 27 years old, he relocated to Costa Rica to train employees for one of the larger call centers in San Jose. With a mix of motivational public speaking style backed by tactful and appropriate rhetoric, Richard shared his knowledge and trained over 10 000 bilingual telemarketers. Richard Blank has the largest collection of restored American Pinball machines and antique Rockola Jukeboxes in Central America making gamification a strong part of CCC culture.Richard Blank is the Chief Executive Officer for Costa Rica’s Call Center since 2008.
Mr. Richard Blank holds a bachelors degree in Communication and Spanish from the University of Arizona and a certificate of language proficiency from the University of Sevilla, Spain. A Keynote speaker for Philadelphia's Abington High School 68th National Honors Society induction ceremony. In addition, inducted into the 2023 Hall of Fame for Business. Giving back to Abington Senior High School is very important to Mr. Blank. As such, he endows a scholarship each year for students that plan on majoring in a world language at the university level.
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