Tuesday, 19 June 2018

You Are Leaving Signs

You Are Leaving Signs



On the way to my personal trainer this morning (yes I have a personal trainer and he hurts me!) I saw this number plate on a courier truck.

Thaaaaat's not a good sign.

I mean, would you hire a courier who hates their job? Can you imagine how they may throw delicate packages around? How much care do you think they would have with what they are doing?

I am most likely jumping to conclusions. Maybe they bought this number plate thinking it was a good joke. Maybe they don't work and this is a truck they drive around in their retirement. Maybe they have a long term contract and don't really care what the rest of the world thinks.

There are any number of reasons to explain this number plate. What is important is that they have left a sign. A sign that will influence how they are perceived.

You do the same thing every day. How you dress, how you interact with others, how you treat the barista at the coffee shop, comments you make to your friends on the phone that other people overhear, the jokes you tell and even how you treat animals.

You leave signs that people will use to assess whether they want to deal with you or not.

I am not saying that you have to be perfect, it is way too hard. But I am saying that it is worth considering what signs you are leaving and what signs you want to leave and adjusting your actions accordingly.

So Dear-Reader, what signs are you leaving?


PS My guest on the latest edition of the Get More Success show is Tania de Jong AM. She has left many amazing signs. During our chat she talks about how she shares her love of music and in the process, improves the life of many and has created several charities to increase her reach.

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Monday, 4 June 2018

Put Your Poo in the Post

Put Your Poo in the Post



Bowel Cancer is the second deadliest cancer in Australia. Approximately 80 people a week die from it.

That is shitty to say the least!

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month and Bowel Cancer Australia are doing great things to help for the early detection and treatment of bowel cancer.

The great news is that bowel cancer is one of the most treatable cancers if detected early. The even better news is that when you turn 50, the Australian Government sends you a free kit for Bowel Cancer Screening. In theory, it shouldn't be an issue.

That's where people come in!

One study shows that less than 46% of people returned the kit (less than 44% for men!) A more recent study has that down to just 41% (39% for men - what is it with us men!)

Here is my theory, the first kit arrives when you turn 50. No one likes to be reminded they are getting older. A female friend of mine had her kit arrive on her actual 50th birthday. She was annoyed so put the kit in the cupboard - out of sight, out of mind.

Also, people don't like talking about poo. It is ok if you are travelling as you can go on endlessly about the different toilets, plumbing set ups and the gastro which meant you were not getting off the toilet for a few days. But people don't want to talk about their own poo, whether they call it poo, poop, shit, faeces or doody.

So you know who is the best person to encourage the poo conversation? A five year old!

They will play with it, bathe with it, run with it, show it to you, take pictures of it ... you name it, they will do it.

So let me be serious for a second, if you are older than 50 or know someone that it, can I encourage you to Put Your Poo in the Post?

Get a test kit from Bowel Cancer Australia, go to the toilet, channel your inner 5 year old, poke your poo with a stick, and then put your poo in the post. You could very well save your own life.

Dear-Reader you are too important to those around you to postpone this because you are too embarrassed, too busy (it takes less time than it takes to make a coffee) or too scared to poke your poo with a stick. Check the video below for a bit more information.

At the very least you get to send your poo to someone. Haven't you always wanted to Put Your Poo in the Post?






PS The latest issue of the Get More Success show is out.
This time we talk with Geoff McDonald, the Ideas Architect on what it takes to get the job DONE.
Click the image below to listen to it.

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Monday, 28 May 2018

Dance to My Tune

Dance to My Tune



This is the background of the Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre. I was fortunate enough to attend a performance by the Ensemble Gombert there this week.

Now I must confess, it is not the kind of performance I would usually attend but one of my fellow members of the Ice Haloes performs with them so I thought it would be a good opportunity to see what the sophisticated people do.

Oh my lawks a lordy! It was stunning.

While the entire performance was in German, it didn't matter. The harmonies and the emotion of the music jumped out and grabbed you. I had the translation of the piece but I just listened and enjoyed it without trying to work out what it meant at the time.

They performed two pieces. Hugo Distler's Totentanz and Bach's Jesu, meine Freude. While the Bach was great, the Distler was a production of it's own. It is a Motet, which Wikipedia defines as a mainly vocal musical composition, of highly diverse form and style, from the late medieval era to the present. 

They had kindly provided an English translation of the piece, which was about when Death comes to us all, how will we be seen. The first dialogue from Death was very powerful.

To the dance, line up for the dance:
emperor, bishop, burgher, farmer,
poor and rich, great and small,
come to me! Mourning will not help.
Lucky is the one who mindfully
did good things during his life,
thereby detaching himself from sin -
Today I say: Dance to my tune!

The motet showed how different people meet death. Life has shown us that no-one is spared death. Yet many live as if Death will never come.

I am so grateful to my friend Vic for introducing me to this piece. Listening to how Distler felt people would meet death reinforced that life is to be lived and to be lived well.

To try new experiences, treat all people well, to give what you can, to not be blinded by ambition or be arrogant with any authority we may hold. We will all Dance to Death's Tune one day so let's make today as good as possible for those around us. By doing so, we will make life (and death) good for ourselves.

Yes, this piece is old. It is based on text written in the 17th and 19th centuries. But the message still holds true.

So Dear-Reader, if I may be a bit dark and somber, before you need to Dance to Death's Tune, how will you live so that you may die well?

PS You can listen to an unrelated but lovely piece by Ensemble Gombert here
PPS Vic is fourth from the left
PPPS The latest Get More Success show has an interview with Dianne McGrath. She is one of the final 100 people who may be going to Mars. Listen to the show here. She may die well but on another planet!

 

 

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Ice Bucket Challenge Upgrade

Ice Bucket Challenge Upgrade

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? A fund raiser for ALS or those suffering Motor Neurone Disease. I remember at the time thinking, "Luckily I don't know anyone suffering from that" and I never did the challenge.

I can't say that anymore.

My buddy Leanne was diagnosed about 6 months ago. It seems even worse for her as she is/was a fitness trainer and now she wobbles when she walks and no longer has full control of her body. 
Not only that, but she and her hubby now are focussed on her recovery so can't work as much, need expensive treatments and have spent a shitload on special equipment.

Being the type of gal she is, there is no self pity but there is a big party!!

So we are upgrading from an Ice Bucket Challenge to a FUNdraiser. Let's Eat, Drink and be Giving for Leanne's MND FUNdraiser. We have some fun games, auction items and whole lot of other stuff going on.

I am delighted to be hosting this event at the Sandown Racing Club and would love for you to come and join us if you are in Melbourne at the time.

Even if you can't attend, a donation of a product or service to the auction or to Leanne's GoFundMe would be appreciated.

Let me know if you need more details.



 
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Monday, 14 May 2018

The Most Discussed Element of Events

The Most Discussed Elements of Events



When it comes to events, there is one element that is the topic of discussion above all else.

If you get it wrong, Lord help you. You will be trashed talked on social media and there will be an undercurrent of dissatisfaction throughout the event. But if you get it right, while it won't give you rock star status, it will reflect positively and will give you some peace and quiet.

Naturally, I am talking about the catering!

While it is not the reason you went to the event, it is the most talked about element. With todays large number of Special Diet Requirements, it makes it even harder to get right.

I have heard comments like, "The sessions were ok but how good was the food. The food alone makes it worth it" or "The sessions were good but that food was rubbish. I am not coming back if that is all they can do."

While it seems crazy, it does have an impact. So make this potential problem disappear. Make sure the catering is great and that you NEVER run out of food.

Oh if you are after a winner, for afternoon tea serve fresh scones with jam and cream. I have seen loads of "gluten free" people line up for them! They are the perennial favourite.

Then when you do get the catering right, make sure you reinforce it. Here is something I did for the 2017 Professional Conference Organisers Conference.

As I say, while the positive impact is not huge when you get it right, you don't ever want to get it wrong.  





PS The latest episode of the Get More Success Show is out.
The edition we talk with Chris Wildeboer from Balance Central about what it takes to be successful AND have vibrant blue hair.
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Monday, 7 May 2018

The Power of Yes And

The Power of Yes And



For over 10 years I have been studying, training and performing with Impro Melbourne. They are an amazingly talented bunch of people.

What they don't know is that I have been using the principles of Impro with my coaching clients and in my consulting.

You see the underlying tenet of Impro is the concept of "Yes and". What that means is that you treat the idea that your fellow performers have as the perfect idea for the moment - that is the Yes. Then you build on and add to that idea - which is of course, the And.

Even if your personally think the idea is rubbish, you hate it, oh my goodness why did they say/do that, you just go with it. You treat it like the perfect idea. Time and time again, what happens is that it evolves on the fly and becomes a fabulous scene.

As a manager, obviously sometimes your team are wrong. But when you point that out to them, you are shutting them down. Once they are shut down, they are less likely to make a suggestion or give a thought next time. Using "Yes, and" allows you to build on what they are saying and divert it away to are more valuable response AND they still feel like they contributed.

For example, if you are coming up with ideas on how to cut costs and one of your team says, "We could close the store earlier to save on staff costs." Rather than saying, "No we can't do that" you may respond, "I like what you are saying on saving staff costs. How about we focus on re-stocking during the early shift so we don't need as many staff for the late shift?"

The person has given an idea, you have validated them and then tweaked it to come up with a workable possibility.

"Yes and" takes lots of practice to become a comfortable part of how you operate but the results make the effort worth it.

Dear-Reader how will you use "Yes and" today?  

PS Impro Melbourne have a great range of shows and training happening. Check them out here or check out your local Impro troop to fast track your "Yes And" skills.  


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Monday, 30 April 2018

Do You Get Distracted?

Do You Get Distracted?



I get sidetracked really easily when I am trying to focus.

In particular, social media calls to me to come and waste time!!

To help me stay focussed, I created the poster above. I have it printed out and stuck to the wall next to my desk. It has been a great little tool to help me stay focussed on the things that count within my business.

Granted there are times when I need to do other essential items like my BAS statements but the majority of my time needs to be focusses on these three items.

Do you lose focus at time?
Do bright shiny objects call to you?
You are more than welcome to use this poster.

Click on the image above or on this link and you will be taken to the PDF that you can print out.

I hope it helps you as much as it helps me.  


PS The latest edition of the Get More Success Show is out.
Michael McQueen talks about success and his new book, How To Prepare Now for What's Next.
We had a great chat with some excellent insights. Click here to listen and be sure to subscribe.


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