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Speakeasy Ideas: Upward

This eight-part video series reveals the simple and timeless truths about how to be more productive, more hopeful, and happier at work. It starts by solving poverty.

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You’ve already carefully selected the best employees you can find. So how can Speakeasy Ideas: Upward training materials help your employees improve themselves and become even better?

Here’s how: By unlocking their potential for employee excellence, increasing their productivity, and becoming more self-reliant and happier at the same time!

In the course of eight short videos, each between 2 and 4 minutes long, we have distilled the core ideas that unite freedom, productivity, prosperity, self-improvement, and self-reliance, all presented in a format that is fun, entertaining, and inspirational.

Speakeasy Ideas: Upward Employee Video Training series begins with a simple idea, poverty, something few people want for themselves. And we show how the solution to poverty is the creation of new wealth.

The video series proceeds to an examination of what wealth is, how new wealth is created, the conditions in which wealth is most likely to be created, and why a business is a magical engine of wealth creation.

The Speakeasy Ideas: Upward series caps off by illuminating the incredible opportunities that a job offers for creating new wealth and why profit is a beautiful thing.

Speakeasy Ideas: Upward is designed to be relatable, relevant, and inspiring for employees of all levels of experience and all backgrounds. Speakeasy Ideas: Upward serves employees and employers by showing the indissoluble union that unites the self-interest of employees, the interest of the business that employs them, and the interests of the customers they serve.

The whole theme of the Speakeasy Ideas: Upward Speakeasy Employee Video Training series encourages employees to feel good about being part of a business, because the work they are doing is productive, noble, and helps other people by creating value for them. The best way for employees to serve their own self-interests is by helping the business for which they work be as productive as possible.

And as employees increase their own productivity and find ways to improve their efficiency at work, they are simultaneously helping to grow the business while becoming increasingly self-reliant.

Productive, self-reliant citizens don’t feel entitled and expect things they’ve never earned or produced. Instead, they appreciate the freedom that makes success within a business possible.

Additional Training Tools To Help Your Business


Speakeasy Ideas: Upward video training comes with fun, interactive quizzing features. There are short quizzes at the end of each video to see how much employees are absorbing and learning.

A quiz will appear after each video module, and a score of at least 80% is required before moving on to the next video module. In the case of someone getting less than 80%, they can see the questions they answered incorrectly and have an opportunity to try again.

Online Dashboard

For any group purchase of multiple user licenses, an online dashboard is included. The dashboard allows one or more group leaders to monitor:

  • when group members register and begin the Upward course
  • how far each group member gets through the Upward course
  • how each group member performs on quizzes

The dashboard also displays individuals and group statistics for all group members.

Employee Activity Worksheet

Also, Speakeasy Ideas has carefully prepared an Upward Employee Activity Worksheet, which comes with the purchase of the Upward program, that can be completed alone or in a small group of colleagues, depending on the workplace environment and number of employees.

The Activity Worksheet takes the general ideas presented in the Speakeasy Ideas: Upward videos and quizzes and tailors them to increase productivity within a particular business.

Speakeasy Ideas: Upward Employee Activity Worksheet guides employees to think about the particular work they perform while encouraging them to be innovative and brainstorm about ways they can increase their efficiency or improve the products or services the business offers.

This exercise helps employees to create new wealth, for the business and ultimately for themselves, because efficiency is productivity (a theme developed in the Speakeasy Ideas: Upward videos.) As the efficiency and productivity of employees, and therefore of a business, increase, greater value is produced for customers.

Live Coaching and Training

For an additional fee, Speakeasy Ideas certified professional employee coaches will provide an in-person, live training seminar to teach and inspire employees about becoming more self-reliant and better citizens by increasing their productivity at work.

Prices vary depending on the location and number of employees. Please contact Speakeasy Ideas by clicking here if you’d like more information.

What’s In Upward and What’s Not

The Upward online program features the core, most important ideas necessary for an employee to become better, more efficient and productive, happier and hopeful, with an improved attitude about his or her job.

Nothing less, and nothing more.

We’ve been careful to avoid unnecessary data that are likely to be forgotten or cloud the message. We’ve also included nothing that’s contentious, divisive, or in any way problematic for a workplace environment. Upward presents nothing but simple, universal, time-tested truth.

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Employee Videos

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Utilizing some imaginary castaways on a tropical island, we demonstrate visually that “poverty” means the absence of wealth. These castaways have nothing but the clothes on their backs — no food, no water, no shelter, no heat, no medicine, etc. These castaways are “poor” by any definition of the term. The will die soon if they don’t do something productive and create wealth. This first video module sets the stage for all following modules.

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We tackle the old, mistaken canard that wealth is synonymous with money. Using our imaginary castaways again, one of whom finds a printing press and prints lots of money, we show that everyone on the island is still poor. They are hungry, thirsty, cold, sick, unless and until some start to use their minds and hands to work productively. The point we drive home is that the productive creation of new wealth is most important in improving one’s own life.


This video focuses on the fact that wealth can be and must be created by producing goods and services that are valuable to others. As some of our imaginary castaways begin to catch fish, build huts, and find drinking water, etc, they are creating wealth and starting to work their way out of the desperate poverty in which they found themselves moments earlier.


The answer this video provides is: No! When some create new wealth, it takes away nothing from others. In fact, the opposite happens: When some create wealth, and others want to trade for what they see as valuable goods/services, the others must produce something themselves so that they have something with which to trade. In other words, the creation of new wealth by some incentivizes the creation of new wealth by others.


The focus of this video emphasizes that a business is wonderful, productive organization of people and resources to create new wealth – i.e. creating goods and services that others value. With a spin on the famous “I, Pencil” essay (but we use smartphones), we show that a business can produce valuable goods and services far more efficiently than a person can if she tried to do it all on her own, from scratch.


Here we emphasize that any and everything a business does is voluntary — that the only way a business can succeed is by offering products and services that others (customers) voluntarily choose to buy or trade for. A business cannot force anyone to do anything. The voluntary nature of a business unites the interests of everyone within a business to the interests of the people whom the business serves.


Rather than employees thinking of themselves as slaves to “The Man,” and business owners as cruel task-masters, we offer a different and compelling perspective: That a job is a mutually agreed-upon partnership in which some people trade their labor for pay, and others trade pay for labor, all in a partnership to make as many people happy, satisfied, and smiling as possible. Our theme is that having a “job” means being part of a productive team that aims to provide what others want, need, and value.


The word “profit” has become virtually synonymous with “greed,” “corruption,” or outright “evil.” So we present a very different view: We show that where one finds a business making profits, one finds many happy and satisfied customers who value what the business produces. The profits of a business are symbols for the happiness and satisfaction of others. And thus being an employee of a profitable business means helping and delivering value to others.