Monthly Archives: November 2014

Audio Cafe 035: Gordie Bufton, Lessons from a Valet pt. 1

How do you build instantly trust with a stranger?

Sean stephensons 10k speeches event

Levi headed to speaking training

I met Gordie ( This November at Sean Stephenson’s 10K Speeches event. I was there to learn more about public speaking and how to be a better podcast host.

Gordie Bufton doesnt drink coffee

The one, the only, Gordie Bufton

Gordie and I met as he was volunteering to help attendees during the weekend. He shared his story of how he used to valet expensive cars and had to make his customers feel safe instantly.

I teach baristas how to make new customers feel welcome, but how do you make someone feel okay with hanging over their keys?

Naturally I thought we could all learn some or at least be inspired and encouraged by his stories.

Audio Cafe 034: 200 Cafes in 2 Years from an RV

Family of four sells three cafes and moves into 21 foot RV.

family living in rv across america

This is an interview with a real Portland Oregon family that has spent the last 2 years selling their three cafes and trading them for a life on the road in a 21 foot RV criss-crossing the United States and visiting cafes. Living the DREAM! Here they share about why they wanted to do this, some of their favorite places, the upsides and draw backs, and what a ‘typical day’ looks like for these RV cruisers. After listening to this interview if you’re excited by what they are doing I suggest you check out their website (, then watch the documentary Tiny House.

parking your house in a parking lotPictured above you can see the agile 21′ RV where a family of four lives.

Quoting Don from his website: “We eat out a lot, enjoy lots of entertainment, travel a good bit, and spend lots of time with our community of friends.  So although our budget is somewhat small compared, for example, to what our government tells us is the poverty level, our net experience is one of comparable enjoyment and provision.”

Don and Carissa Niemyer can be found at