Monday, 7 January 2019

Are you the Conductor of Your Own Destiny?

Are You The Conductor of Your Own Destiny?



Maybe "Destiny" is a bit too full on for this time of day, conductor of your own life is a bit full on too. Maybe conductor of your coming year or the coming months is more appropriate.

Whatever you find more palatable, the question is, are you in control?

Not complete control because there is so much that happens that is outside your control that happens that you have to deal with.

Ok, I have worked it out. Here it is. Are you willing to take responsibility for the actions that need to be taken to get the results you are after?

This is more than simply saying to yourself, "Yes of course!"

 

  • It is continually stepping up and being willing to make tough decisions and uncomfortable actions.
  • It is exerting your influence on others (both subtly and blatantly) to get the outcomes you are working towards.
  • It is training other people to do the jobs they should know how to do themselves anyway but doing it in a patient and caring manner.
  • It is being willing to put your hand up even when you don't want to because you know it's needed.
  • It is stepping outside your own desires and looking at what is best for the team and taking the appropriate action.
  • It is being willing to make a fool of yourself and not caring what others think.
  • It is putting suggestions forward and when they are knocked back, going with the group consensus anyway.
  • It is getting there early when you would rather stay in bed. It is going above and beyond to make sure the entire experience is great for everyone and not just you.
  • It is asking the hard questions to those who don't always like it.
  • It is having fun when things are getting a bit too serious.
  • It is tapping in to the synergy of everyone in the room and making sure everyone knows the part they play.
  • It is taking a little more than your fair share of the blame and a little less than your fair share of the credit.
  • It is doing what you don't want to do when you know it has to be done.
  • It is shining the light on those that deserve it.
  • It is keeping things running on time and on budget even though that can sometimes hurt.
  • It is picking yourself up, cracking a joke and then continuing to move forward when things don't work out.
  • It is counting on the team around you and letting go of the control.
  • It is passing on the baton and training your own replacement (even though you love your job).
  • It is leaving when it's time.


Spider Man's Uncle Ben said to him. "With great power comes great responsibility." I find the reverse is true also.

"With Great Responsibility comes Great Power."

The more willing you are to take responsibility for a situation, a position, a life, the more power you have over it and the Conductor is the most powerful person in the entire orchestra.

Are you ready for Great Power?

Are you ready to be the Conductor of your own Destiny?  


PS If you are looking to have more power over your next event, be it a conference, a departmental meeting or an internal company event, starting Feb 6th, I will be running live on line sessions on how to be a master event host. It is an eight week course with a stack of additional resources. Check GetMoreMCSuccess.com for more details.


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Monday, 31 December 2018

Do You Have Your Happy File Ready for an AWESOME 2019?

Do You Have Your Happy File Ready?



Have you got your happy file ready?
Do you have a happy file?
Do you even know what a happy file is?

OK - Let's start at the beginning.

A happy file is a place where you store all the nice emails, cards, things that others have said about you. They are the comments or moments that made you feel good about what you do, who you are and the person you are growing up to be. It could be from a family member, friend, client, competitor, stranger, whoever - just something that makes you go "YEEESSSSS!!!" on the inside.

Maybe they said, "Wow you have done an amazing job with your kids. They are such a joy to be around" or "You are amazing at what you do, without your efforts we could never have received the acclaim we have" or "You always know the right thing to say. Thank you".

You know the times they say it, write it, post it - make sure you capture it and put it in a file somewhere.

A happy file is important because it is a brilliant place to turn to when you have doubt.

I don't care who you are. There are times you will have doubt. "Am I doing the right thing, will this work, am I any good at this, am I barking up the wrong tree" - It happens to EVERYONE.

When it does happen, open up your Happy File and have a look at what others have said about you in the past (because sometimes you simply cannot trust your own perspective). It helps boost you in a time when you need it.

With a powerful Happy File in your corner, it will make the coming year a whole lot easier and more successful for you.

Let me know if you need any help.

PS TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH ME IN 2019

If you are wanting to be a Professional Speaker and get paid well to speak or you are already a speaker but need to Get More Speaker Sales, I am running a one day intensive with a followup webinar in Sydney on January 17th. There are only 2 spots left! Head to GetMoreSpeakerSuccess.com for more details

If you host events inside your company, or want to add Professional MC to your tool kit, then you won't want to me the Get More MC Success series. It is 8 weeks of webinars, online resources and continuing support to help you get the foundation skills right and start getting more work as a Professional MC. Head to GetMoreMCSuccess.com for more details.

If you are interested in either opportunity, get in touch with me and be sure to ask for the Subscriber Bonus!



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Monday, 17 December 2018

How's Life?

How's Life?

 

Socrates famously said at his trial for corrupting youth, that an "Unexamined life is not worth living."

While "not worth living" is a little harsh, it is evident that there is great value in examining life to squeeze extra value out of the lessons learned or to reflect on situations to consider if there was a lesson there at all.

Consequently, I have created what I call a Regular Results Review. It is a simple one page document you can quickly use to assess the year, what you did well, what you would do differently, what opportunities you have coming for the year ahead and a few other things as well. It is a great way to consider the year that has just passed and how you can get the most out of the year ahead.

To get your copy of the Regular Results Review, simply click this link and it will open for you.

As you are considering your year ahead, I have a couple of options for you (yes this is the blatant flogging!!)
1) Get More Speaker Success
A one day workshop in Sydney on 17th January focussed on how to sell more speaker services and run your speaking business more effortlessly. Click on the link above for more details. Only 2 spots left!

2) Get More MC Success
An 8 week series of live conversations held online, starting Feb 2019. This series is focussed on the skills, tips and tricks to be an authentic and engaging MC. Click on the link above.


Dear-Reader thank you so much for your support this year.
I have many subscribers tell me that they have removed themselves from many other newsletter but they really enjoy this one.
It can be hard to hit a balance of promotions and sharing thoughts and ideas. Your feedback tells me I am pretty much on track.

I hope you have a fantastic festive season and that next year brings great things for you and your loved ones.

I look forward to being in your inbox next year!

Warm regards

Warwick




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Monday, 3 December 2018

Drowning in Words of Starving for Sentences?

Drowning In Words or Starving for Sentences?



When you are on stage or have to speak to a group of people, it is feast or famine.

You either have so many words that you can't stop talking or you are a rabbit in the headlights and the words won't come out. You know that you know what you want to say, it's just that the words have disappeared!

That's where the art of linking or Segues comes into play.

There are four different types of segues. One of my favourites is the final one Chaos.

This is where there is no link whatsoever but you force one in there anyway. They appeal to my sense of humour as well as adding an obvious transition.

If ever you have been stuck in a presentation or talking to someone and are not sure how to get to the next topic, these are brilliant. You can simply ignore what you were just talking about, come up with a whimsical statement or even something surreal and then launch into the next topic.

Monty Python did this all the time on their sketch show. You may be watching something about a family discussing Woody or Tinny words and then up comes "And now for something completely different" followed by something equally ridiculous like a Fish Slapping Dance.

They were so well known for this segue that it became the name of one of their movies.

The similar one you will hear more often is when the host says, "Without further ado" and then changes the topic completely.

If you are interested in finding out how to better connect your presentation points or writing points, why not join me for the free 30 minute session, Sorting our Your Segues this week.
Simply go to GetMoreMCSuccess.com/segue for more information or to register.

PS The latest episode of the Get More Success show is a conversation with Andrea Edwards, a digital conversationalist based in Phuket. She has a really down to earth and practical approach to social media and conversations in business. I trust you will enjoy this episode.

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, 26 November 2018

You Must Have A Safety Cushion to Prevent Pain

You Must Have A Safety Cushion to Prevent Pain



As the Dread Pirate Roberts said, "Life is pain... Anyone who says differently is selling something."

That being the case, I had a good dose of life on the weekend!

We were at the shed and while my gorgeous wife and our friend went into town, I thought I would pop up the ladder and do a couple of things that needed to be done.

So often we have talked about how important ladder safety is, particularly as the shed has a concrete floor. In fact, I was joking with my personal trainer about it a week or so ago as it is one of the main reasons men over 55 are admitted to hospital!

Anyway, I set the ladder. The kitchen bench was in the road so I positioned the ladder into what I thought was a safe place. As I was about two and a half metres in the air, it turns out that position was NOT safe.  The polished concrete did not give enough resistance to the feet of the ladder and I am a heavy bloke so, at the end of the day, the laws of physics stayed true and gravity worked!

On the way down I grabbed at the bulkhead over the kitchen (which I successfully pulled down), grazed my shin, landed on my feet with my forearms on the bench all while forcing the knife block into the microwave and bending two of the knife handles in the process. The ladder itself can now go around corners so it will be recommissioned as a climbing frame for beans, roses or some such plant.

With loads of broken glass from the microwave, my first check was had I cut myself. The answer was NO!  Phew!! Then it was time to sit, calm down and assess the situation.

Turns out all I got was a bruised ego, shin, hand and forearms and one hell of a fright. Yay for me!

So we know have a new protocol for climbing ladders.

  • It is not to be done if only I am there
  • Ladder must be stable with safety person holding it
  • Must have better ladder
  • Where possible, have a huge bed of cushions underneath
  • If in doubt, don't
So Step one, get a better ladder. This is what I will use from now on (ignore the wheels, they are coming off!) Super stable and with working platform!!




What about you Dear-Reader?

You probably don't climb ladders. Maybe the risks you are facing are not physical. Maybe it is financial, project based, competitive risks or something completely different.

What are your protocols for managing risks?

How can you make sure you have a massive bed of cushions to minimise your negative impact and/or pain?


PS The Latest Episode of the Get More Success Show is all about dealing with Uncertainty and how to thrive in it. Evan Leybourn is the head of Business Agility Institute. Check out our conversation here. 


 

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, 19 November 2018

Your Product is AWESOME, so why no customers?

Your Product is Awesome, so why no customers?



You can barely tell from the outside but this is the old State Savings Bank in Clunes, Victoria. It is a beautiful old town that I had the pleasure of staying at over the weekend.

The town sprung up in the early gold rush and has some fantastic buildings, great old oak trees and a plethora of rose bushes all over town. Serendipitously it was also the Clunes Agricultural Show, so we went along to check it out.



Along with farming in the area, Clunes is also trying to establish itself as a tourist down. This is one of the B&Bs in the main street.

Like many small towns and many small businesses, Clunes has so much to offer but without people it will slowly dwindle away and die. Two of the three mechanics in town have closed down, there are empty shops and one of the pubs is for sale half way through a renovation.

Like many small towns and many businesses, Clunes is trying to attract fresh interest and repeated interest in itself.

Every May it has an International Book Festival, some use it as a satellite town for the nearby regional centre of Ballarat, and old wares and art can be seen and purchased every weekend.

Kevin Costner's statement in Field of Dreams, "Build It and They Will Come" is a massive lie. Like Clunes, you not only have to build it, you have to let the right people know about it, you have to give them a reason to come and you have to make it easy for them to come and engage, get informed and buy from you.

So many business have amazing products, awesome services, fabulous prices but they flounder and die without people.

What are you doing today, and every day, to let the RIGHT people know about the value you bring?  



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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, 12 November 2018

Do You Make the Little Things Count?

Do You Make the Little Things Count?




Hosting an event in Sydney last week and the organiser called me the day before saying, "What will we do for music?"

I was pleased to be able to say, "I have a conference play list all good to go and I have the appropriate license to play it."

It's just a little thing, often over looked, but as a Professional MC, it is a little thing that really counts. (FYI there are two different licenses you could have and you need the right one!) 

Eventprofs around the globe know that it is not one big thing but a myriad of little things that make a difference to the experience they are creating.

What about in your area of expertise?

I suspect there are a stack of little things that you know and do without even thinking about them. As an expert or experienced person in your field, what are the little things that you do that you know makes a big difference even though others may not notice?

Dear-Reader, how do you make the little things count?



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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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