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.
Click on the image below to listen.





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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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Monday, 23 April 2018

Celebrating 50

Celebrating 50



It has finally happened. I turned 50 last week.

I am a firm believer in celebrating success and that if you make celebrating success a habit, you will make success a habit. So naturally I celebrated.

We had a huge party at a fabulous venue (The Riversdale Golf Club who were just fantastic) and I had family and friends from across the spectrum of my life come and help me celebrate.

It has often been said that it takes a village to raise a child, so I had my village come and celebrate with me. Naturally the chief of that village, my gorgeous wife, was a key driver behind the celebration but that is as it should be.

You Dear-Reader are also part of that village.

Your regular feedback, requests for information and sharing of your life successes continue to help shape me and my business.

So as a small gift for you, please enjoy the performance of the choir I belong to, Mood Swing. They were there and did a few songs, this being the finale. Click on the image below to play it.

I am half way to my Happy Healthy Hundred and I wanted to thank you for your company and support on my journey.  








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Monday, 16 April 2018

Closing Ceremony Focus

Closing Ceremony Focus



Image: 7 News

You know you have stuffed up on an event when the national broadcast of the event tells you at the end of the event how bad you did.

No doubt Channel 7 Executives knew that they were going to cop some abuse for many of the issues of the closing ceremony so they allowed their commentators to explain how it wasn't Channel 7's fault and then really tell the organisers how wrong they got it.

See the footage by clicking this link or the image above for Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempalas explaining how disappointed they were.

While Johanna and Basil listed many issues that the organisers got wrong, there was one main thing. The big issue was the focus of the Closing Ceremony.

After days of events and competitions it felt like the closing ceremony was used to make a political statement when it should have been a celebration for the athletes. A celebration of so much hard work in getting to these games, let alone securing any medals.

Event Professionals know that successful events are not about the corporations that run them, they are all about the delegate.

They are about the people who have turned up to connect with others, compete with others, celebrate with others. When you take the focus off the delegates, they have no reason to stay and as we saw at the closing ceremony, an event without an audience has no soul.

It may be as simple as a dinner party, a birthday party or an event for your work group. The principle still applies.


Dear-Reader for your next event, granted it may not be the size of the Commonwealth Games, where will your focus be? 


PS The latest Get More Success Show is out.

In this episode we chat with James Harding, the man behind Hard Cuddles on what life has been like on the wrong side of the tracks and then moving back to the right side of the tracks. As well as talking about how he works with senior executives and middle managers to get in touch with their authenticity for a more successful life. Click here to listen now. 





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Monday, 9 April 2018

Time is Money?

Time is Money?



It is commonly said that Time is Money.

Well this month, I get to be $50!

I have strong memories of looking at statues of explorers like Burke and Wills and calculating that they died when they were 40 and 27 respectively. At the time I remember thinking, "wow, they weren't that old." Now I am definitely thinking they were very young!

Time changes things.

It is not just the passing of time that changes things, it is what you do with that time.

Even though I am turning 50 this month, I really don't think I have started to mature yet. In talking with 70 year olds, they still feel 18 on the inside.

Time is money, and while it is good to save money, that is not what money is for. Money is to invest, to spend and to share.

The same is to be said for time.

Time is to be invested in acquiring new skills. It is to be spent doing fun, foolish or even worthwhile things. It is to be shared with those who need it, who you love or simply who you want to.

My personal mantra is Happy Healthy Hundred, so this means that this month I am half way.

I am ready to spend more time with people I love and doing things that I love.

Dear-Reader, if your time is money, how are you spending it? How are you investing it and how are you sharing it?  



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