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059: Trip Durham: You’re not going to have two birds in a bush

//059: Trip Durham: You’re not going to have two birds in a bush

059: Trip Durham: You’re not going to have two birds in a bush

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Trip Durham Show Notes

Trip Durham woke up one morning knowing he was going to receive two job offers. He knew that two recent interviews went very well and that he was going to have to make a choice. But for Trip, he decided to make the choice an easy one. He did get two job offers that day and what he did was shocking. Listen to Trip tell his story about how he decided to move onward and upward faster.

Trip was introduced to this planet in the maternity ward of the now defunct Alamance County Hospital in Burlington, North Carolina. He was birthed in Sports Administration by serving as a club house manager for the Burlington Indians, the (then) rookie league team for the Cleveland Indians.

Trip has been a working, full time professional since January of 1991. He started as a teaching assistant for LD and BEH students at an area high school in Alamance County, North Carolina. In June of that year, he was fired due to staff reductions.

He spent that summer typing 162 letters to 162 minor league franchises, hoping that his summers spent with the Burlington Indians and his degree in English would give him an edge. 100 flush letters came back, complemented by four letters of interest.

The Winston-Salem Spirits hired him in October of 1991 and he served faithfully for three seasons. Then he was fired due to change in ownership. After stringing together some part-time work, he was hired by Elon (then) College in May of 1995 to start a marketing department as the school was moving from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. After fourteen years of faithful service, he was fired due to changes in leadership.

In May of 2010, he was tired of being fired and opened up his own college athletics consulting agency. He hasn’t been fired since.

Trip has rebounded – leveraging his resume and the experiences. Each time he was fired, someone gave him an opportunity. While everything happens for a reason, nothing happens without the help of another. Positive association is the motto by which Trip lives – personally and professionally.

He makes it through his days, his projects, his time collaborating with others by using humor, empathy, flexibility and energy.

His professional hobby is public address announcing and he is currently in his sixth season as the announcer at Cameron Indoor Stadium; home of the Duke University basketball team.

Trip started announcing in high school, in tenth grade, when fellow Bulldog alum Jim Rembach (Fast Leader Show Host) was just a pup.

He is married to the former Caroline Hearn of Winston-Salem. They’ve shared travel adventures for 21 years, a stretch that has yielded zero kids – by design (the kids part, not the marriage part

[he is floored she has stayed with him this long]).

When he is finally asked to leave this planet, he hopes to leave behind his ethics – both spiritually and in memory.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“If you’re resolved to do something…grab it with gusto.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet

“You have to be able to have a portfolio of experience or people you know.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet 

“You really don’t get anywhere unless somebody else helps you to get there.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet 

“The network and the experiences, you’ve got to have it.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet 

“If I can help you reach your goals…that’s the way I reach my goals.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet 

“There’s only one of me…capacity is holding me back.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet 

“You need to pay attention and value every hand shake.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet 

“Make sure that they know…they bring value to the table.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet 

“It’s pretty easy, it’s all on how you approach it.” -Trip Durham Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Trip Durham woke up one morning knowing he was going to receive two job offers. He knew that two recent interviews went very well and that he was going to have to make a choice. But for Trip, he decided to make the choice an easy one. He did get two job offers that day and what he did was shocking. Listen to Trip tell his story about how he decided to move onward and upward faster.

Advice for others

If you’re resolved to do something…grab it with gusto.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Capacity. There’s only one of me.

Best Leadership Advice Received

You may not know who I am but people know who you are.

Secret to Success

Being calm and being considerate, all under fire. No pressure.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

Being able to give people the opportunity to share their voice and share their ideas and being present.

Recommended Reading

Winnie-the-Pooh

Contacting Trip

Website: http://2dconsultingllc.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tripdurham

Twitter: https://twitter.com/2dconsultingllc

Resources

54 Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Competencies List: Emotional Intelligence has proven to be the right kind of intelligence to have if you want to move onward and upward faster. Get your free list today.


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About the Author:

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.