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Queenstown day 1 & 2 – The Hills

Arrived into Queenstown NZ yesterday for my annual conference. We have 220 Accountants and sponsors arriving tomorrow.

If you have never been to Queenstown before then you are missing out on one of the beautiful places in the world. Nat, the kids and I have been coming over here for 13 years. We love the place. We have been coming over in summer and winter for skiing, adventure activities and golf.

I joined (more so invited) a golf club here in 2008 – the ultra exclusive “The Hills”- owned by Michael Hill (Jewellery entrepreneur with sales of $500M plus). I am proud to be member no. 28. We have around 150 members at the moment and membership is restricted to 200 members only.

It was very difficult to get on to the Hills for the first time. Here is how tenacity and salesmanship got me my first game at the Hills. Here is the exact conversation with the club house manager- once I got the unlisted number….

Me: Hi, my name is Rob Nixon, I am a member of Royal Queensland in Brisbane. I am wondering if I could arrange a game please.

Hills admin: I am sorry sir, we don’t accept guests

Me: That’s exactly why I am calling

Hills admin: Sorry

Me: My name is Rob Nixon, I am a member of Royal Queensland in Brisbane. I am wondering if I could arrange a game please

Hills admin: I am sorry sir, as I said we don’t accept guests

Me: That’s exactly why I am calling

Hills admin: I’ll have to get my manager to call you back

Me: OK

Hills manager calls back:

Me: Hello, my name is Rob Nixon, I am a member of Royal Queensland in Brisbane. I am wondering if I could arrange a game please

Hills manager: I am sorry sir, as Amy said, we don’t accept guests

Me: That’s exactly why I am calling

Hills Manager: You are persistent aren’t you

Me: Yes, and I’d love to have a game please

Hills Manager: The only way you can play The Hills is if you play with a member

Me: (sensing a little victory here) Great, can you hook me up with a member please

Hills Manager: There are only 12 of them and they are all over seas right now

Me: Right, so what can we do

Hills Manager: We could get one of our green keepers to go out with you. He’s very good, he plays of 5

Me: Perfect, I am off 9, we’ll have a great day

Hills Manager: Ok then, it;ll be $500 for the round and you have to pay the wages of the green keeper as well – that’ll be $250 for the 1/2 day.

Me: Done

When I got out there I was the only player all day – other than Corey my guide. I made a comment on good the bunkers were. Answer… We raked them especially for you yesterday!

I went back a few months later and I while I was there they said they wanted to invite me to be a member. I was told they only invite those that they know or like – and they liked me!

I played yesterday, lost badly, and am playing again today and tomorrow. Wish me luck.

 

Accountants Running for Product

During my current seminar series (Remaining Relevant) I am giving away a $3,000 product to 5 lucky Accountants. But they have to work for it. Watch what happens!

Next stop Melbourne with 180 accountants and then Auckland with 80.

 

Abseiling off the CPA building

An update to my charity leap a few weeks back. Official video footage of me abseiling off the CPA building in Brisbane.

Abseiling off a 36 story building full of Accountants – how ironic!

This morning I abseiled off a 36 story building. What was funny was it is “CPA House” in Eagle Street Brisbane! I had my Accountants T shirt on as well. How ironic I jumped off a building full of Accountants!

 

The jump went without a hitch and my EO team raised $2800 for Save the Children Foundation. Thank you to everyone who donated cash – especially the Accountants who were in my coaching session yesterday who I fined for all sorts of trivial misdemeanours!