Tuesday, 17 July 2018

10 Tips for Success

10 Tips for Success


Recently I participated in the 10 Tips in 10 Days challenge on Linked in.

You had to shoot 10 short videos (about 2 mins length) each with a tip on how to make progress in a certain area. Of course, I talked about Success.

I received a lot of great feedback about the videos. In fact, one of my clients used them as a basis for a two hour workshop for his team.

So rather than letting them disappear into the ether, I thought I would let you know all about them.

The easiest way to see them is to head to the Challenge Page on the Get More Success show. That way you can watch the videos, listen to all 10 as an audio or have a look around the whole podcast.

The other option is to click on the individual links below. No matter which ones you click on, be sure to look at the last one. (It's my favourite!)

The 10 Tips are:
1 - Focus on Freedom - Define what Success is for you
2 - Be Brand Smart - How you act, dress and interact has an impact
3 - Manage Your Stress - Guest Expert Winston the Wonder Poodle shows how best to manage any stress you may have
4 - Get Perspective - Don't be overwhelmed with what is going on. Step back and get a decent perspective on what is happening in your life
5 - Celebrate Success - If you can make Celebrating Success a habit, Success becomes a Habit. 
6 - Use the Right Tool - Without the right tools for the job, you can take far longer and still not do it right
7 - Be of Service - Contributing to others and focussing on their success will help you achieve yours
8 - Consider your Image - A behind the scene look at getting a custom made suit
9 - Have Fun - Life is too important to be taken seriously
10 - Stuff That! - Who needs rules and guidelines. Sometimes you have to say Stuff That (or words to that effect)

How did you like the challenge?
Was there anything that spoke specifically to you?
What actions will you take because of what you saw?

Let me know if you need any help to achieve more success in your life.





Warwick Merry - The Get More Guy, is your high energy, results focused, action oriented, no holds barred tour de force Master MC, keynote speaker and Exhibiting Specialist. He ensures your attendees Get More from your event. His MC work is like insurance for your event. It guarantees things will run smoothly and on time. As a speaker, he is like a dose of sparkling mineral water – a bubbling, burst of healthy, sustainable energy for your attendees.  If you need a burst of inspiration, cogitation and celebration at your next event you MUST book The Get More Guy, Warwick Merry.

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Monday, 9 July 2018

What Is Success?

What Is Success?


Recently I took part in the 10 Tips in 10 Days challenge. That's where I had to create 10 short videos to be published once a day.

Each video had to give some kind of tip or advice on an area in which I had expertise. In a coming post I will like to all 10 tips for you, but today is all about the first tip.

That tip is to understand for you What is Success. As host of the Get More Success show, I have asked almost 100 people how they define success. Everyone has a different definition but a recurring theme is that of Freedom. Click on the image above to see the short video about it.

Famously, Ralph Waldo Emerson had this to say about success:

 

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived

This is to have succeeded.


So as you consider your future, how do you define success for you?

It could be in money, it could be in experiences, it may even be how you related to those in your life. The key thing is to know that there is NO wrong answer, and no answer to be embarrassed about as long you have something you are aiming for.

It is interesting that many people have no idea what success it. They still work hard and and continue moving forward but don't know what they are aiming for.

So Dear-Reader, what are you aiming for?
How will you define success?
What is it that you focus your energy toward?

Only by knowing what Success is will you know where to best focus your attention.

Let me know if you need any help pulling those ideas together.


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Monday, 2 July 2018

It's 2019 (Financially)

It's 2019 (Financially)



Yet again, time has ticked over and here in Australia it is now the start of the new 2019 financial year.

So where are you?

I have spoken to some of my friends on colleagues who talk about "getting ahead", "putting some money away" or "trying to get some leverage". A recent post on LinkedIn talked about property prices in Sydney 20 years ago and the majority of the commenters were along the lines of "If only I knew", "I wish I had a time machine" or "I shouldn't have sold when I moved".

I love the Chinese saying, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is today."

Whether that is an actual tree, a money tree or a family tree, the saying is true.

The image above is where my gorgeous wife and I will be planting approximately 60 fruit trees. You can see the divots (and if you squint you may be able to see the pink X's) where we are getting the local bloke with a digger to dig the holes for the trees. We will be planting another 20 or so Golden Ash at another place on the farm and, all going to plan, next year we will be putting in quite a few slow growing trees like Oak and Maple as well as another 20 Claret Ash.

To be quite blunt, we will be dead before some of these trees reach their maturity and magnificence.

The fruit trees alone will take five years to get to a stage they will bear fruit. I suspect some trees may die as we fine tune irrigation, try and keep the kangaroos and other animals at bay.

But the second best time to plant is today.

Will you be in the same financial position this time next financial year?
What will you do to "Plant your tree"?
What financial plans do you have to put in place?
Who do you need to speak to to get the facts and make it happen?

Let 2019 be the year that you trees and financial future flourish.

Let me know if I can help at all.

PS I was thrilled to be able to chat with Jonathan Holloway - Director of the Melbourne festival. We talked about some of his festivals and what it takes to make a successful festival on a global scale. Click here or on the image below to hear our chat and don't forget to subscribe to the show.

Warwick Merry - The Get More Guy, is your high energy, results focused, action oriented, no holds barred tour de force Master MC, keynote speaker and Exhibiting Specialist. He ensures your attendees Get More from your event. His MC work is like insurance for your event. It guarantees things will run smoothly and on time. As a speaker, he is like a dose of sparkling mineral water – a bubbling, burst of healthy, sustainable energy for your attendees.  If you need a burst of inspiration, cogitation and celebration at your next event you MUST book The Get More Guy, Warwick Merry.

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Monday, 25 June 2018

Can You Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends?

Can You Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends


Photo: Andre Elhay

Saturday night was an absolute hoot! In fact, so was Saturday afternoon. We played games, won prizes, ate food, chatted and enjoyed the night all for a great cause.

My buddy Leanne was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease about 12 months ago. It is a shit disease. No known cause, no known cure and no real treatment. For a few statistics, check the MND Australia website.

The reality of this is that there is minimal support out there for those with MND. The medical industry's approach is, "You have about two years left, go and enjoy what you can." The insurance company's approach is, "We are good at taking your money but not at paying it back. Your symptoms don't meet our criteria."

Due to the rapid onset of this disease, it means you need loads of new equipment quickly. Wheel chairs, cycles, home adjustments and so on. It also means your partner can't work as they need to look after you (and don't even ask about how hectic the night time is what with cramping, minimal muscle control so have to be turned, and then needing to go to the toilet.)

This is where Leanne's friends came in.

Over 350 people got together for her FUNdraising. People generously gave their time, money, goods to help raise fund for her. I was privileged to be able to host the event. At the end of the evening, we had raised well over $30k for Leanne.

In her speech, Leanne remarked how important it was to hug your friends and those you love because life is fragile and when you are unable to do so, even when they are standing in front of you, it is tragic. Take time to appreciate what you have because when it is taken from you, you will miss it.

We humans think we are invincible yet life truly is very fragile!

But as the Beatles, Joe Cocker and even The Ice Haloes (ok you got me, it's my singing quartet and we cover the song too) tell you, you can get by with a little help from your friends.

What do your friends need today? How can you help them get by?



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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.

Click here to listen to this episode and don't forget to subscribe


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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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