The Power Of The Ask With Mark Victor Hansen And Crystal Dwyer Hansen

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A famous passage goes, “You have not because you ask not.” Another one says, “Ask, and you shall receive.” If it’s that simple to get what we want, why do we still have a lot of unreached goals and desires? Today, Elizabeth Bachman interviews Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen to discuss the power of asking and how to break our inner barriers to asking for what we want. Mark is best known as the coauthor for Chicken Soup for the Soul, while Crystal is an international speaker, researcher, and an expert in human potential. They have written a book called Ask!: The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny, which they will also touch on in today’s episode.

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The Power Of The Ask With Mark Victor Hansen And Crystal Dwyer Hansen

This is the show where we talk about presentation skills and how to use them to move your audiences to take action as well as the leadership and visibility needed to be a good presenter, whether you’re speaking on stage, speaking to promote your company, in a meeting or a one on one conversation. It’s all presentation skills. I’d like to invite you to go to our free four-minute assessment at You’ll see where your presentation skills are strong and where you might need a little bit of support. I’m honored to have, as my guests, Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup For The Soul and Crystal Dwyer Hansen. Their bios are long, intensive, and impressive.

Mark and Crystal have written a book called Ask!: The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny and asking has been much a theme on this show. I’m going to be excited to interview them. Crystal Dwyer Hansen is an international speaker, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and entrepreneur. Her expertise is in the field of Human Potential. Having personally guided people from depression, anxiety, and hopelessness to triumph, freedom, and happiness, Crystal is convinced that all people have unlimited potential for greatness if they only understand how to access those resources. She’s a member of the International Coaching Federation, a certified clinical Hypnotherapist, the Founder of Crystal Vision Life Limited, which is and Skinny Life, which is a wellness company.

Mark Victor Hansen is best known as the coauthor for Chicken Soup For The Soul. It’s a book series and brand which has sold over 500 million books. Mark’s a sought-after keynote speaker and entrepreneurial marketing maven. He has helped countless people create massive success for themselves through his unique teachings and wisdom market. Crystal together are known as passionate Philanthropists and Humanitarians working for organizations such as the Horatio Alger Association, Habitat For Humanity, American Red Cross, and many others. They’re passionate about creating a clean planet and are the owners of Natural Power Concepts. It’s a company focused on cleaning up the planet through natural energy devices, and Metamorphosis Energy, a renewable energy development company. Crystal Hansen and Mark Victor Hansen, thank you so much. I’m happy and honored to have you on Speakers Who Get Results.

It’s our pleasure. We like speaking and we love results.

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How To Ask: Everything begins with asking yourself.

It’s interesting because as I was thinking about it, the way this works it out, I have three episodes in a row of this show all about asking. The day we’re recording this after I did a Facebook Live saying, “You have to tune in.” That’s you two plus I’ve got an episode with a dominatrix about how to ask her what you want. I’m doing a show about getting online speaking gigs and why it matters. Particularly for corporate women were mostly women hitting the glass ceiling of corporate, who are my main clients. You would think they would already know this, but the inner barriers to asking. I’m curious to get your knowledge on that. Before we start though, the question that I ask everybody is if you had a dream interview, if you could interview someone from history, who would it be? What would you ask them and who should be reading? You can choose who answers first.

I’ll go first. My dream interview would be Susan B. Anthony, who was involved and instrumental in the women’s suffrage movement to get women’s rights and be able to allow us to vote. The reason I would choose her is that she put women light years ahead of where we would have been having she not been proactive. The interesting thing about Susan B. Anthony is she came from a Quaker background, but she was locked into human rights, civil rights. She also worked against slavery. When she was only seventeen years old, she petitioned for anti-slavery. She’s such a fascinating person. She was met with great opposition, thrown in jail, and all of these things that could’ve shut someone down. She had much courage at the time and was met with such resistance. I think the first thing I would ask her is, what was your self-talk every day? How did you talk to yourself each day to keep going and to stay strong and committed to your mission?

In 2020, we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the Amendment to allow women to get the vote. One of my family members is working on a book about the women’s suffrage movement. It took them 78 years. I’ve been thinking about asking, why you should ask and ask again. How long did these women start asking for the vote? Do you think she would say, “It took them like eight or ten years?” She said, “Seventy eight years.”

Think about that kind of resilience. It’s amazing. I think there’s much to learn from studying a person like Susan B. Anthony. I love it. I’m glad she’s writing a book.

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Ask!: The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny

I also think there are a lot of pissed off people. A lot of people were pissed off at 78 years and kept asking. Mark, who would you interview?

I love the question and there are twelve people. We had a sort of down to make sense for this and it’d be William Shakespeare. The reason is starting in high school, I never stopped reading him. You had a similar verisimilitude of the answer. I even went to his house when I was in England. I’d ask him two questions. Number one is how did you market? He became the best. Bacon was an equally good writer. Maybe we could argue that. How did you market? He was willing to do it. Number two is what is the thought-form that you put in your head to write not only the greatest stuff, but number two, you did travel, but nobody else did.

To write Hamlet, he had to go to Denmark or my family’s home country and he did stuff and also in Italy and all that. That wasn’t acceptable back then. That was not a normal thing. When you go through his house and find out where it came from, he came from parents that had absolutely no education and it depends on who you believe. There are different scholars that believe different things, but he only had a third-grade education. Phenomenal vocabulary, phenomenal insights, and depth of wisdom. I want to ask him, “How did you get to the depth of wisdom you got?”

It’s interesting when you think of history being written by the victors. Why is it that Shakespeare is the one whose work survived? I think it has to have something to do with the heart he put into it.

He dealt with soul issues like all the world’s a stage. I’m going to transliterate it for everyone reading. Most people don’t know who the walk-ons are. The problem of right now is that most people don’t know who the walk on are, who could make decisions that will be omni beneficial, to use my teacher Bucky Fuller’s term? It’s all beneficial.

We’re talking about asking for what you want. You two have written a book on it, which is wonderful. Tell me why did you write this book? What inspired you to write this down?

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How To Ask: Contribute to something bigger than yourself. It takes a lot of the pressure off.


Mark and I are blessed to meet many amazing people all over the world. We bond with the people we need. We’ve traveled to many different countries and we love people. What we notice is those who are achieving the success and happiness that they desire and those who fall short, there seems to be one minor difference. That is the ability to ask because we find that all people have more natural talent and ability than they could use possibly in four lifetimes. We’d look at this guy who could be running a city and he’s not even making his rent. He’s not smart or this woman that could be CEO of a company and she can’t even afford food for her kids. We’re like, “What is that one thing if we could break it down to one tool?” We realized that asking is a cultivated art and science. Throughout our lifetimes, it’s been one of those things that have continued to take us forward to the next step. We started to take a deep dive into it and figured out that there are three channels to which to ask. Ask yourself, ask others, and ask God. Each one of those channels is equally important to learn and to master.

I’ve got to add one thing. We were on with Jeffrey Hayzlett. He said, “You got to have number four, ask your wife.”

Ask your spouse. Let’s be equitable about this. For that matter, I have you on my show because I asked and you said yes. I followed you both for years. I’m happy to do this. Can you take me through the three bits about the difference between asking yourself, asking others, and asking God or universe or whoever we want to call it?

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Let me frame that for you. I have spent my entire life saying, “Let’s take adversity and turn into an advantage. Let’s look inside the adversity and find the phenomenal opportunity,” sort of what we call about the silver lining in every cloud. Back in 1974, I’ve been traveling around the world as a graduate student with the world’s smartest guy, Dr. Buckminster Fuller, who finished Einstein’s Unified Field Theory. He had thousands of inventions and 40 books. I built the Wall Street Racket Club and Botanical Gardens and ADRA. I thought I was a hotshot. The oil embargo hit I crashed and burned in one day. I lost $2 million so fast and violently that I had to check a book at a library on how to go bankrupt by yourself. In bankruptcy courts in Long Island, New York, Eastern division, the ambulance-chasing lawyer said, “For $300, I’ll take you bankrupt.”

I said, “If I had $300, I wouldn’t go bankrupt.” For six months, I slept out on a sleeping bag in front of another guy’s room. I asked myself, “What do I want to do?” This fits everyone’s reading and your team. I wanted to speak to people that care about things that matter. They would make a life-changing difference. I was inspired by Bucky’s philosophy more than even his invention and innovation. If we could make the world work for 100% of humanity, physically and economically with proper technology is what he believed. I still believe that. I went to my roommates in Hicksville, Long Island, New York. In America, we call it being a hick, being a nobody. I asked my three roommates, “Is there anybody young speaking that’s not a lawyer, not a doctor, not a celebrity, not famous and maybe not a cotton top, like an older person like I am, white hair?”

The guy said, “Here’s a ticket. I’m in the real estate business. This is the best speaker you’ve ever heard. He’s a few years older than you.” I went out and this guy mesmerized the audience and he became my best friend, Chip Collins. I went up to him and I asked, “Can I take you to lunch?” He said, “Yes, I’d love a free lunch but you aren’t going to make it. The chance that you make it in speaking is 1 in 1,000. If you stay out of the five boroughs of real estate and go into life insurance, which is a bottomless pit for motivation, I’ll teach you what to do.” He gave me the questions to ask, which is critical. He said, “The chance you making it is low, you’re not going to make it.” In the first three years, I did 1,000 talks a year.

I’d be as early as 6:00 AM with insurance meeting one at 10:00, one to 2:00, one at 8:00, and selling between. That’s all I did. Tony Robbins and I are the only two guys I know that have done 1,000 talks for the first three years, sculpting and getting pretty good at it. It was exciting. I’ve done over 6,000 talks in 80 countries around the world and 7 million people live. It’s gotten better, but they kept saying, “Do you have that story in a book?” The first book I did was called Stand Up Speak Out and Win. I was earning about $70,000 a year speaking, but now suddenly I’ve got a book to sell. I sold 20,000 copies at $10 each and made $200,000. I tripled my income. I changed my talk to Triple Your Income, Double Your Time Off, like talking one through the roof and so did my book sales. I’ve gotten 309 best sellers in 59 times, number one in The New York Times. I haven’t looked back.

This is asking yourself, asking others, asking God, right?

Can I speak to that too? We’re both pretty strong on our own. He’s a storyteller. He loves telling the story. Asking yourself, that part is critical to start with because that is the reflective journey. It breaks down to three critical phases of asking yourself. Everything begins with asking yourself and the first critical phase is, “Where am I right now?” All of these little sub-questions that come under, “Where am I right now?” You need to understand where you are before you can go forward. All of us do. Sometimes we’re not in touch with that because life is scrambling on. We feel like we’re hurdling out through outer space and we can’t get off. It’s like stop spending some time with yourself and start asking yourself the questions, “Where am I now? What do I like about what’s going on? What’s working? What’s not working? Where am I finding resistance? With whom am I finding resistance? What’s a better pathway?” All of these sub-questions about, where I am now?

The second critical phase of that ask yourself part is, “Where do I want to be? What’s my ideal scenario?” Define that through more questions, more sub-questions. “If I were doing everything I want, what does that look like? If this day looked perfect, how did it unfold?” “If I were talking to the perfect clients, what conversations are we having? What are we saying to one another? What’s the outcome of those?” You need to define what that looks like or you don’t have any architecture for your life. Without this asking yourself part, the reflective question, you can’t ever get a solid plan for your life to go forward. Then the third critical phase of that is, “What specific actions am I going to take around that once I define those things?” That’s important because the action steps are important, “Who am I going to call? What do I need to look for? Is there something else I need to study and find out?” You put your plan into action. We say you can’t sit on the couch and wrap yourself in a blanket and start asking for these.

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You need to put your asking journey into action and we talk about in that in the book, it’s the section called Preferably A Good Asker. That starts with three beliefs. You have to believe that you deserve your answers and you have to believe that they’re out there somewhere for you. People say sometimes, “How do I get belief?” You have to suspend your disbelief because belief is faith. This walk of life is faith. I have to have faith that everything’s going to work out if I get in my car and drive to the grocery store. This entire life of ours requires faith that it’s going to work out. Something good is going to happen and we’d have to have that belief.

The second part is the visualization. That is that second critical phase of, “What do I want? What does it look like?” If I imagine for a minute and visualize my perfect successful life and started there and then you said, “Who am I talking to? What am I doing?” That visualization part is an important part, and to get rid of your left-brain nagging, “You can’t do that,” voice and you need to go into that imagination voice. Then the other part is action. That’s how to prepare to be a good asker. Believe, visualization, and action. Those are three critical elements of preparing for this asking journey.

It’s fascinating and great and indeed, the visualization is important. I was thinking as we’re getting ready for this about stage fright and all the things that are spending years helping people not talk themselves out of walking out in front of an audience. Mostly it means that when we’re afraid, we’re inside our own heads. It’s listening to the voices rather than making it about them, about your audiences. I’d like to ask you about perception because one of the things that are a running theme in this show is your strategic speaking to get results. If you make it about them, if you make it about the people you’re going to ask, you can also think about how are they going to perceive you. Take that into account so that you come across as someone worth listening to. I don’t know if that made sense, but positioning yourself in a way so if you’re ready to go and ask, they’re ready to listen.

The best way I could do it as a speaker is a multitude of answers. The first one is what do we perceive that they want? I do an in-depth as you do. I’m sure you teach not only the client but then the client’s CFO, Chief Information Officer, Chief Marketing Officer. You ask them, “What is working? What’s not working? What is it we could do to make it 10% better?” If they’re paying enough, we’d interview the top 100 people in their different divisions. One of the companies we’re working with has 22,000 employees and all the regular line employees can tell you what to do to make a company 10% better, but here’s the problem. Nobody ever asks.

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If you would ask and you call and put that information together, you can take almost ownership of the company. The bigger level of perception is you go to the competitor and say, “What are they doing right? What are they doing wrong? What could they do 10% better?” You bring back to the Chairman or Chairwoman and if he or she is wise enough, and there aren’t many that have an ego that’s open enough to listen. If their ego is excellent going onward, upward, and God-ward, redefined by me, then we can serve them greatly with a bigger perception and expand their business no matter what. That is exactly the times we’re in. We have to figure out how to reposition everybody, to reboot them, to reorganize them, to re-invent them, and re-invent every corporation because many people have lost their jobs.

When I’m with people, it’s how they are thinking. How can you phrase it in a way that’s going to make sense to them? If you’re talking to someone who thinks in terms of numbers and bottom line, then phrase it in terms of what’s the return on investment. If you’re talking to someone who wants to know about your mission and your heart, you’ve got to make sure that you’ve got in there, so there’ll be two different groups that you’d speak to. How do we get past asking? I’m going to ask you to elaborate on this because you touched on this. The scary part is when we’re asking for ourselves or when the stakes are high, asking for money.

I had to learn how to do this, to ask for money for my dream to fund my opera company when I hadn’t even done it yet. I had no results to show. I had to talk about the dream. I was terrified. I was terrible when I started until a speaker trainer fell into my lap and called me up and said, “There’s this thing called the Art of Public Speaking and there were techniques.” It’s like, “You mean there are rules? I don’t have to figure it all out?” Learning how to do that, how can we help ourselves with the difference between asking for something for the company and asking for something for me?

There’s a great story in the book by Preston Weeks that talks about beating out a big behemoth. It discusses this thing, a big behemoth, like a giant of a company. It was a group that went in to give a bid and they were up against this big enterprise that was much bigger than them. When we want something that we’re going to ask for something which we’re in our sales mode, we’re going to go in and we’re going to sell them on what we have. We start to go over all the wonderful things we are all the wonderful things we have, what we want to give them, and what we want to sell them. We’re focused on that, that we’re too focused on what we want. What it talks about is switching our focus. When they sat down with this group, one of the biggest mining companies in the world, they said, “Tell us what your pain points are?” It was more like an interview.

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They’d spent a quick minute saying, “Here are our capabilities. Here’s what we can do. These are some of the ways we would do it.” “Before we get into that, we need to hear what’s going on with you. We need to hear all of your pain points.” They started this discussion. “Tell us every difficulty you’re having right now. What would it look like if those were resolved successfully? In a perfect world, which solutions would you guys prefer to focus on?” All of these questions because that creates a bond. You’re getting to know the person with whom you’re trying to do business. It’s all about getting to know them first before you try to sell them on what you have to give them or to provide to them. I think if we remember that in everything, including relationships, it works across the board. The research we did on a skin, prove out this Harvard study. There are a bunch of studies that we looked at. Most people go into an asking situation, thinking if they ask for something, they’re either going to be perceived as being obnoxious or pushy.

They’re scared about that. If they’re asking for advice or information, they’re going to appear to be stupid, ignorant, and uninformed. The opposite is true. If you go in and ask, the chances of you getting a request granted are 80% more, but you have to ask about them first. It’s the way you ask. It’s that the curiosity factor. The people who ask more questions in the studies, more questions about the person with whom they were conversing, whether it was in a business situation or relationship, they were perceived to be much more likable. That likability factor is huge. You have to create that first before you can do business, before you can enter a relationship. Asking isn’t always asking for what you want. It’s first being curious enough about the other person or the business or where they’re at and what their needs are so that then you can ask how to serve that need.

Where does asking God to come in?

When Jack and I needed a title for Chicken Soup For The Soul, we believed in a thought command where you ask yourself 400 times before going to sleep. God gave me my mega-bestselling title. At the time, we lived in California, we now live in Scottsdale, but Jack was up in Santa Barbara. I was down in Newport Beach, California. At 2:30 AM, he calls and back then we did not have cell phones, so it woke up the whole house and I said, “Is there something was wrong?” He said, “Chicken Soup For The Soul.” Both of us got goosebumps and we knew instantly that the title was right.

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Even though we didn’t know we’re going to have 144 publishers all say, “Hit the road, Jack.” The same book is for right now. The book’s called Ask! The Bridge From Your Dreams To Your Destiny and we think everyone’s job is to find their destiny. First of all, they’ve got to speak to themselves in the way they speak to God. Say, “God, what’s your destiny for me?” You’ve got to be ready. If you do it 400 times, have a pen and paper next to the bed because you’re going to wake up at whatever time, 2:58 AM and go remember. In the morning, you won’t remember. You’ve got to get your little butt out of bed, go write it down or type it or dictate it or whatever because it’s like a wet, slippery fish.

It’ll get away and everyone’s got a destiny. Whatever number I’ll give you, 30% or 50% of the people may be jobless in the future and they’ve got to find out how are we going to repivot? How are we going to reorganize? That’s why speakers that have done their homework on themselves and ask, “Who am I,” like Crystal saying., understand Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” If you’re alive, you got some great destiny and you may or may not have explored it. Every speaker has got to inspire every audience to bring that out.

Where does giving back come in? I know you sponsor various nonprofits and such and renewable energy. Where does that come in?

Those are two separate questions, but I wrote a book called The Miracle of Tithing, which businessmen, who don’t know the word said, “What’s a miracle tithing?” I said you haven’t been tithed enough for. It means the miracle of giving. What we did to sell more books than anyone, a lot of 38 principles, the biggest one is we decide who we’re going to give to on every book before we write it. The American Red Cross, were co-chairs of child health, which has helped 10 million kids get out and 500,000 kids get out of child abuse, neglect, and sex trafficking, which a whole another thing. The second question you asked when we sold Chicken Soup For The Soul for a whole lot of money, which was the goal and building up the biggest trademark ever in the biggest brand, selling 500,000 books. I certainly had a lot of money. Dr. Fuller, when I was in grad school, there were seven of us traveling with him. The smartest guy in Israel is still our great friend, but he said, “Figure out how to make the world work with technology.”

I suddenly see the Leonardo DaVinci of our time. A brilliant, great friend of ours. John Petri has all these inventions. If the people will look at, you’ll see our pop-up urban wind. You’ll see we’ve got pulsating waves. The point is you’ve got to have the energy to have water, water to have food, food to have fundamental abundance and 4 billion people don’t have water and don’t have food out of 8 billion people. Suddenly, we were for the first time in human history where we could until Christ’s mission, which is, “I’ve come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” He didn’t put a subtext saying you need the technology to pull that off. We’ve got the brainpower, the technology, and we’ve got a system that’s broken down. I’ve redefined systems, save yourself, time, energy, and money that we can make this system work for 100% of humanity with the new technology. We have to own the company that is going to help facilitate that. I speak to that and I want everyone to speak to possibility.

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Crystal, you looked as if you were about to say something about that as well.

I was agreeing. back to the asking God part, I think what that does for you, for us, we feel like God has created this amazingly orchestrated universe that all work synergistically. There’s this perfect accounting system within the universe. When you put something out there and you ask God, the answer is always going to come to you in one way or another. It may not be the way you expect it. It could be the opposite, but I can’t tell you how many times we’ve asked for something to happen in a certain way and it’s been completely shut down. Thank God, because we were revectored in a different direction.

We do believe. It’s interesting Dr. Gary Schwartz, who was with the University of Arizona, wrote a fascinating book called that The G.O.D. Experiments. He talks in that book about how it’s impossible that this amazing, remarkable, beautiful universe and everything in it was created randomly. We did all of these random tests proving that you couldn’t possibly create such beautiful artistic things without some sort of intelligence, love, and the energy that is pushing all of this together. It’s a mystery. God’s a mystery to all of us, but I love embracing that mystery because we know that there’s something beyond ourselves. That’s healthy for people. I think when we get caught up in this idea that it’s all about me and it’s an ego-centered state of being. It’s like pulling the camera lens back.

When you say, “There’s this whole universe, and it’s not about me. It’s about all of us. It’s about all living things. It’s about what we’re doing together. What are we creating here together? What’s my role in the universe, my role in this kingdom? What’s my purpose? What’s the greatest expression for what you made me?” Some of those questions can create a profound shift in your state of being where you come to this state that you’re contributing to something bigger than yourself. It almost takes a lot of pressure off. We’re all in this together.

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I have so much fun hearing all of this and learning from you two. How can we find out more?

I want to go back to because you’re doing strategic speaking for results. I love reading to her speak. I want everyone to learn to speak. I want everyone to learn to write because then become wiser, deeper, more refined, and you have something to say. As we look around, we live in Scottsdale, which you’ve got a senior population there. You see people sitting together, not having anything to say. Not that the quiet isn’t a wonderful thing. It’s much more fun to have. It’s waking up your mind, illuminating your imagination, making you grow and think and expand. My wife does that every time I listen to her. Back to what you asked, we want everyone to go to Amazon and get a copy of our book called Ask! The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny.

Once you’ve got it, go to AskTheBookClub.Com. We’re doing a free book club where you get to ask us, starting in August 2020. Any questions you want, we’re going to have a group of the biggest askers in the world working together to ask how we can make it work for each of us individually and then collectively. We had a show and Scott Carson said, “Everybody go get ten books, but find somebody that’s depressed, despondent, disconsolate, that thinks of their end of the rope. All they need to do is learn the most powerful thing that Crystal and Mark are teaching. Learn how to effectively ask to get the results you want and give away those books.” To our magic mind, I thought, “What a compassionate giving thing that is.” We’re getting many emails and many texts from people saying, “I bought the ten books. I gave it to everybody. I can hardly wait to be join the book club.” Thank you. It’s like when Chicken Soup took off, the handle on was five to twelve people, spare readers, and that’s what’s happening with our Ask!. We’re blissfully thankful.

We’d love to keep the discussion going and everyone’s locked down. We thought it’d be fun to have a book club discussion. We’re giving everyone a chance to read it. We want you to come to the book club and let’s do the asking journey together. It’s our public service to everybody because it’s important. We want to help people get out of this with hope and resilience. Start with a strong, new beginning. We love to stay in touch with everybody. Crystal Dwyer Hansen, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I love to hear from everybody. My website is There’s free audio called Purge Messy Thinking because I’m a transformational life coach hypnotherapist. It’s a great closed eye guided visualization to help you get rid of some of the negative thinking you might be doing and reframe your thinking to a positive, productive mindset. That’s free. If anybody wants that, go get it at You can find Mark at

Thank you so much to both of you for having been on Speakers Who Get Results. I want to remind you, if you’re interested in honing your presentation skills, you can take my free assessment. It’s only four minutes long at That’s where you can find out where you are strong in your presentation skills and where you might need a little bit of support. Crystal Hansen, Mark Victor Hansen, thank you so much for having been on the show. Everybody who’s reading, go out, buy the book and then buy ten more to give them away.

Thank you.

Thank you.


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About Mark Victor Hansen

SWGR 530 | How To AskMark Victor Hansen is probably best known as the co-author for the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and brand, setting world records in book sales, with over 500 million books sold. He is also a prolific writer with 307 books authored or co-authored, including The Aladdin Factor, The Power of Focus, The Richest Kids in America, The Miracles in You, You Have a Book in You, and the One Minute Millionaire series. Mark also worked his way into a worldwide spotlight as a sought-after keynote speaker and entrepreneurial marketing maven. He is a charismatic speaker having spoken to 7,000 audiences in 78 countries.

About Crystal Dwyer Hansen

Crystal Dwyer Hansen is a business strategist and successful entrepreneur, speaker, and author in the US and China. Crystal, also known as the “celebrity coach,” is a certified life coach and wellness/nutrition expert, whose personal coaching, speaking, CD and video programs, books, and articles have helped people all over the world. Crystal is a Member of the International Coaching Federation and the founder of Crystal Vision Life, Ltd, ( and Skinny LifeTM, a wellness company ( Crystal is also the author of Skinny Life: The Real Secret to Being Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit.

Mark and Crystal are heavily engaged and invested in clean, renewable energy through ownership in two companies, Metamorphosis Energy and Natural Power Concepts, based in Hawaii.