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Mindfulness moves from the monastery to mainstream

By David Gee Less stress. More focus. Increased productivity. Better health. How about that little list for some new year's resolutions? According to lots of mental health experts, and some hard data, mindfulness can help anyone achieve those things. If you just put your mind to it! “Over the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace,” ...

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The dealer/manufacturer relationship

By David Gee The relationship between recreational boat builders and their dealer networks is a symbiotic one, with each needing the other to survive. And like any relationship, it requires dedication, diligence and constant communication to build and maintain trust and respect that go beyond contractual agreements and product portfolios. “Almost anyone will acknowledge that trust is the key to ...

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At the Helm: Elevate your new year

By David Gee “What the new year brings to you depends a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” I don’t know who said that, but I like it. I like lots of quotes. Especially at this time of year. If you could see my office as I am writing this, you would notice all kinds of ...

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2020 Forecast: Everyone eying the economy, elections

By David Gee The economy, consumer confidence and the elections. Those three things will to a large extent likely determine what kind of year boat dealers are going to have in 2020. “Overall economic conditions” once again topped the list of biggest concerns for those Boating Industry readers who responded to this year’s industry forecast survey. About 82% of the ...

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At the Helm: Sailing into the holidays

By David Gee I love this time of year; for its festiveness, for the chance to gather with friends and family, for ancient stories and meaningful traditions. However, as a boater and watersports enthusiast living where there is winter, I am less of a fan of this time of year. More accurately though, I am fine with December, it’s just ...

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It was great at Elevate!

By David Gee How much fun was that?! Our Elevate plan was to create something new and different for the recreational boating industry; a unique, leader-specific, industry-wide, future-driven, smaller-by-design, strategic conference unlike any the industry had ever seen. And we are pleased and proud to say the first-ever Elevate conference went according to plan - and beyond! The event got ...

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At the helm: Charting a course for the next 90 years

By David Gee In 1929, an enterprising, entrepreneurial boating enthusiast by the name of James W. Peaslee decided what the world needed was a publication “devoted exclusively to the interests of the boat and motor dealer, and builder.” With that, BOATING BUSINESS was launched, just as the stock market crashed. Fortunately, the recreational boating business in this country survived, as ...

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Final day at FLIBS

By David Gee On our last day at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, managing editor Adam Quandt and I had an interesting conversation with our Uber driver on the way to the show. I'll share a bit of it. Uber driver: So you're going to the big boat show, huh? Us: Yep. Uber driver: Are you going to buy ...

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My first day at FLIBS

By David Gee How do you begin to describe it? Over 1,500 boats, most quite large, wedged in bow to stern, gunwale to gunwale, seemingly stretching to the horizon? Yachts that have tenders that cost more than your house, day boats, night boats, bowriders, center consoles...all here at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and all for sale and looking ...

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Why your marketing may not be relevant – and how to fix it

By David Gee When you are in the media, you are on the receiving end of lots of marketing messages. Some are good, some are bad and some are really ugly. In fact, there is about an 80-percent chance there is something fundamentally wrong with your marketing. It’s flawed because it’s about you, your company, and not them, your prospect ...

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