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HMS Enterprises, Inc., San Antonio, TX Event

Monday, December 4th, 2017

I had the privilege of bringing the Mayberry Method to HMS Enterprises during a recent manager’s meeting in San Antonio, TX. Lots of fun and lots of learning in one of the greatest cities in America.

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Riley County Kansas Clerks – Manhattan, KS

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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“Rik Roberts presented the “Mayberry Method” to our group.  He was very well received by all level of employees.  Not one person, in the audience of 190, lost interest during the 90 minutes he “entertained” and educated our group.  We even had an added bonus of unexpected interaction of an official Kansas Highway Patrol Officer that assisted in his great message of how to react/respond when in an unusual or difficult situation.  Many employees have requested to have him back again!

Cindy Volanti, Human Resource Manager – Riley County Kansas


Monday, October 23rd, 2017

I know what jokes you are thinking of right now! But no, they were not a “dead” audience and they were not “dying to leave the room”. They were in fact a great group of very family focussed funeral home directors and suppliers who wanted to take their service to another level.

Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association

Among the group were Gregg Bright (far left) and Tim Koch. The group was also complimented by a gentleman who recently remodeled his home to be a replica of The Andy Griffith Show set! You can check out the results – and even stay in this bed and Breakfast – at Tell him “Old Barn” sent you!

“Rik was fantastic. Everyone is still sending me positive comments and others want to know how to book him for their events. Thanks, Rik!”

  • Bob Atkins, Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association


Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Kansas, that is!

What an enjoyable morning it was in Manhattan, KS presenting The Mayberry Method to the Riley County Clerks office. These hard working folks are on the front lines of making sure things county-wide are running smoothly. Fife likes this kind of group!

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“Rik Roberts presented to our group the “Mayberry Method”.  He was very well received by all level of employees.  Not one person, in the audience of 190, lost interest during the 90 minutes he “entertained” and educated our group.  We even had an added bonus of unexpected interaction of an official Kansas Highway Patrol Officer that assisted in his great message of how to react/respond when in an unusual or difficult situation.  Many employees have requested to have him back again!”

Cindy Volanti, Human Resource Manager – Riley County Clerks Office – Manhattan, KS


Wednesday, August 30th, 2017


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“May I use this means to express our sincere appreciation for a job well done at our annual Mid-Year Conference.  Your portrayal of Barney Fife was “right on” and was very funny with some real life lessons to be learned by those in attendance.  I’ve heard nothing but positive remarks regarding your presentation from our attendees.  Best regards.  Ron”

Ron Borders, President/Gen. Mgr.
Missouri Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

Zanesville-Muskingum Chamber of Commerce

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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“Rik Roberts is a consummate professional. As advertised and a true professional. He adjusted to the audience and time situations remarkably. Pre and post event contact was very thorough. I would highly recommend Rik.”

– Dana Matz President, Zanesville-Muskingum (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce

Tennessee Land Title Association

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Rik made our annual conference!We tied in our TitlePAC fundraiser into his act and Rik was so accommodating! We also had problems with audio visual presentation but Rik didn’t miss a bit. Attendees commented that his comedy was hilarious but there was substance in his presentation on eliminating distractions in the work place.

Rik is a pro in every sense of the way and a great comedic talent. I recommend Rik whole-heartedly! Thanks so much, Rik!!

– – S. Hulse, Tennessee Land Title Association

Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Recently I had the honor of presenting “the Mayberry Method” to The Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative in Centerville, TN. It was a blast. Here are a few words from Miranda McCaleb, Vice President Employee & Member Services.


Richland School District Two (SC)

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Every once in awhile I get to present to a group that is top to bottom straight out awesome. This is one of those times. The Mayberry Method found its way into South Carolina for a meeting of support staff and personnel. Even though I barely made it out of school, I love returning.

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What would Fife say about those deflated footballs in N.E.?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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So, I really didn’t want to write anything related to the recent accusations against The New England Patriots. NFL investigators found 11 of 12 footballs were under-inflated in a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in he AFC Championship game. The story seemed to have run it’s course with a million sophomoric jokes and former quarterbacks admitting to doing the same thing.

The fact that the New England Patriots are headed to the final game for the sixth time in thirteen years (winning in 2002, 2004, & 2005) should be the story. Unfortunately for them, it isn’t.

But, this story, one of seeking advantages by breaking the rules, won’t go away. The accusations threaten to further tarnish the reputation of the coach, quarterback and the franchise. It’s unfortunate, but self-inflicted.

This Post is Not About Football

It occurred to me that the story is probably lasting longer than it should because it’s not really a story about football. It’s about integrity. It’s about business. It’s about life.

How you go about becoming a success in business has many parallels to this story. This may be a bit of a stretch but stick with me.

This New England team is kind of like that company who has talent, is based in a great city, but isn’t patient enough to succeed on their own merit. They have the skills, execution and delivery to win more often than not. Yet, there is a lingering doubt that they aren’t good enough. So they search for other advantages.

They are like the CEO who has a few ghosts in their past, but now are performing at a high level. But instead of building off of that hard work, they steal a few trade secrets from their competition when no one is looking so they can cash a bigger check. And the ghosts linger, longer.

The NFL is like an organization that is fully aware that their members are stealing, cheating, and representing them poorly – but they are bringing in the cash and paying their dues on time, so they prefer to stay out of it.

This Post Is Not About Athletes 

I’ve got nothing against the Patriots or Tom Brady. This really could be about any team, or athlete. All of them are looking for advantages. Surely some of them are using far worse tactics than (allegedly) letting the air out of the ball. But the pattern developing should be a wake up call for the ownership.

Sure, those who call themselves “fans” will forgive major violations for a victory. They are willing to look the other way for a championship. But, how hollow is that feeling of success when you haven’t really earned it on the “up and up?”

This acceptance of an unfairly won victory is the part of the story that bothers me. But it doesn’t keep me awake at night.

This Post Reminds Me of Why I Like Mayberry

The episode of the Andy Griffith Show where Aunt Bea makes her annual batch of “Kerosene Cucumbers” comes to mind. You may remember it. As she prepared her pickles for the fair, she brought a batch to the court house for Andy and Barney to sample. The fellas, not wanting to hurt her feelings, told her they were great. As soon as she left the room, they spat them out into the garbage can.

But it didn’t stop there. She thought they liked them so much that she kept bringing them batch after batch. Soon, the fellas created a scheme. They bought pickles from the store and put them in Aunt Bea’s jars. Now they could chow down and not have to spit them out.

Problem is, Aunt Bea had an “overinflated” impression of her pickles. She tasted them and decided to enter them in the fair. She won. Now we have a controversy.

Andy & Barney eventually came clean and admitted to replacing the pickles. All was forgiven and a lesson was learned.

This Post Is About Not Compromising 

Instead of creating controversy by searching for easy answers, we owe it to those we work with and serve to go about things the right way. Sure, some days we will come up short, but it shouldn’t be for lack of effort. Choose not the shortcuts in an effort to get better at all costs. Instead, opt for what you can do to simply become better.

So my challenge to all athletes, performers, pastors, teachers, leaders of all kinds – and myself, is as follows:

Pursue excellence through execution and action. Not by deception (or deflation).

Understand that the fruits of success come from great patience, practice and development.

Realize that a victory won with deceptive practices is far less great than a loss earned with effort and integrity.

Choose not to be distracted solely by the trophy, the money or the accolades. Instead, become focused on creating through diligence, passion and dedication. Success will follow.

Don’t be greedy with your talent. Share it with others so that they, too, can become greater.

Use other’s success as a template, but not as a script. Inject your personality and beliefs into everything you do.

When offered a chance to advance using questionable tactics, challenge the person offering to become greater in their expectations of you.

And above all, put in the work – even when no one is looking.

Does that get you pumped up? I hope so. You can do great things the right way. You can become more than you are by doing more than you have. And when you reach your goal, you’ll be glad you didn’t take any shortcuts.

Life’s a journey, enjoy the comedy.