Monday, 15 January 2018

Beware the Intimate Enemy

Beware the Intimate Enemy



On Saturday I shovelled 2 cubic metres of soil from the driveway into the new garden bed and I had to fight my Intimate Enemy every step of the way.

Sally Kempton said, "It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head."

Saturday was a typical Melbourne summers day - drizzly rain that would start and stop, a bit warm and, due to the rain, a little sticky. Not the most pleasant conditions. Let's face it, shovelling and wheelbarrowing slightly wet soil is not an easy job either.

At every stage my Intimate Enemy was telling me why I should stop, and there we a lot of reasons. Here are some of them:

  • It's raining, you could get sick
  • You broke your leg and this is a large strain
  • Wait until the weather gets better
  • It would be easier if someone helped you
  • The dog will get mess everywhere
  • You're tired and need a break
  • You did a lot of physical work yesterday
  • (insert feeble excuse here...)
In case you hadn't worked it out, my Intimate Enemy is my own brain.

What was even more peculiar is that I could see it happening. So at that time I would just counter the Intimate Enemy with logic.
  • If I don't do it, it won't get done.
  • I need to move the dirt to access the garage
  • It will only take a couple of hours and I have nothing else planned to do
  • If I don't do it now then I will only have to do it later.
Along with logic I used my other secret power. The power of Dory!

That's right, I was simply repeating to myself "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" as I did each shovel and each barrow load of soil. I knew it was just time and effort that would get me there.

With the power of logic and Dory I persisted and finally the job was done.



Dear-Reader do you have an Intimate Enemy with an outpost in your own head?

It is amazing how the biggest barriers to some of the goals we set is ourself.

When your Intimate Enemy attacks, why not try a little bit of logic and Just Keep Swimming!  



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Monday, 8 January 2018

Want a FlashPacker?

Want a FlashPacker?



My gorgeous wife and I went away with friends to Broome over the New Year break. As you can see above, they have some amazing sunsets, friendly locals and wild and wooly cyclones (we were waylaid by a day as Tropical Cyclone Hilda had a quick visit).

As with all holidays, I love staying in really fabulous places but I hate paying through the nose for them.

Fortunately, our travel buddies, Danielle and David, found a very cool unit on Air BnB that we booked for the week. (You can check it out here). Little did we know that this was part of a FlashPackers.

Now I know what you are thinking, what on earth is a FlashPackers.

Well, a FlashPackers is a BackPacker accomodation that is pretty flash! The building is super clean, they are a bit more expensive than your usual back packers, they have tighter rules than a back packers to deter unsavoury types and their services are better than usual.

What that meant for us was down stairs from us was a bar with cheap (but cold) beverages, some cheap and cheerful food, a pool (with Unice the Unicorn) and some super helpful staff.

We had the privacy of our apartment but services of a greater accomodation right on Cable Beach all for 1/3 of the price of the Cable Beach Resort.



So now I will continue to look for FlashPackers, or the equivalent in what ever area I need something.
You know what I mean, it does the basics really well, gives you a few bonus extras, makes you feel at home and super comfy without having to pay a premium price.

What about you Dear-Reader? Would you consider a FlashPackers?

When it comes to events and MC/Hosting services, I could be the FlashPacker you are looking for so get in touch!


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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Fabulous Festivus!

Fabulous Festivus!


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It's almost the end of the year. How ever you celebrate it, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus, Jolly Hannuka, Fabulous Kwanzaa, Joyous Bohdi or at the very simplest, have a Cool Yule.

It's funny that during this relaxing time of holidays, I have a lot to do. Website refresh, garden retaining wall to build (with corresponding dirt and mulch shovelling into the garden bed), shed walls to line and a host of other things. I am realistic enough to know that they won't all get done by mid January.

One thing that I know will get done is the Annual Review that I do.

This time of year is great to look back at what I learnt and achieved in the year gone and what plans I have for the year ahead. I have done it so frequently that I have created a two page template for it.

As my festive gift to you, I want you to have a copy as well. Feel free to share it with others who may find it useful. You can access it here.

It has been a weird year for me. The broken ankle in March really blew my plans out of the water and while I have pretty much recovered, it continues to have an impact and has helped me reassess a lot of what I am doing.

It has been a weird year for the world. While Brexit, Trump and North Korea continue to make head lines, fewer people live in extreme poverty, the number of people without access to electricity world wide fell to below 1.1 billion for the first time, measles has been eliminated in the UK, and many other fantastically positive things are happening (you just don't hear about them much).

So here is to 2018. May it hold great joy, success and happiness for you and those you care about.

My focus for 2018 is to MC a lot more events, host different conversations and facilitate some great discussions. If you know of events, showcases or conversations that need a professionals touch, please let me know as I would be glad to assist.

What about you Dear-Reader? What is your focus? What are you aiming for? How will you know that 2018 has been a success for you?

Until next year, enjoy the festivities and thank you so much for being part of my world and happily receiving my burst of inspiration each week!


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Monday, 11 December 2017

Less Is More

Less Is More



I am currently in Perth presenting this evening and then tomorrow in Adelaide as part of a whirlwind tour as President of Professional Speakers Australia.

As I was soaring across our great land (in the same way that bricks don't * ) I happened to look out the window. Something struck me with the simplicity of this fluffy white view.

It was stunning yet it was also featureless.

It was simply cloud and sky and I paused to marvel at it.

With the ever increasing complexity of business, life and even the speaking industry, sometimes it is the absence of features that makes things so fabulous.
Ever reminding us that Less is More.

Dear-Reader where do you need less in your life and what can you appreciate more?  


* with apologies to Douglas Adams!

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Why Fight It?

Why Fight It?



During a recent conference I was hosting, I received a phone call from a speaker I am mentoring. They had won a gig for their largest ever audience (yay!) and now they were getting a bit of stage fright (oops) and their question was, "How do I get rid of it or deal with it?"

Stage fright or pre-show nerves are an interesting beast. You want some but not too much. Enough to keep you on your toes but not so much it is debilitating.

For me it is not the size of the audience that impacts stage fright, it is what you have to do. I have worked audiences over 2,000 and 3,000 people with little fear while hosting a conference or gala dinner. I am even comfortable if my jokes fall flat. But the audience of 28 people when I performed a one man show in the Melbourne Fringe festival nearly had me passing out! The tight confines of the script, the telling of other peoples stories, and being Gough Whitlam had me all in knots. I was not used to being so restricted.

So how do you get rid of your stage fright?

You don't! It is a valuable part of you. Don't fight it but embrace it. Acknowledge that it's job is to keep you safe and that you will be super safe on the stage. Most people in the audience will be so pleased that they don't have to give the presentation and they will be wanting you to be doing a great job.

I assume you know your stuff, or you wouldn't be asked to present on it. So there is very little than could go wrong and a whole spectrum of things that could go right! Embracing the fear and reminding yourself of all the things that will be great about your performance will help keep your stage fright manageable.

You can't get rid of stage fright and you wouldn't want to. It is a powerful tool to motivate you to get your techniques, content and performance skills up to standard. Why would you want to get rid of that?

You will also find, the best way to manage your stage fright is to do more presentations. The more you do, the better you get at it and the less negative impact your stage fright will have on you.

So Dear-Reader why fight it?


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Monday, 20 November 2017

Are You Serious?

Are You Serious?



A recent event I was hosting for the Queensland Department of Communities was their Community Recovery Forum.

It was a serious day talking about serious topics. Financial resilience, community impact, infrastructure, economic impact, and much more.

Personally, I spent most of the day laughing and making sure the audience did too!

In fact many of the delegates, when they spoke to me, would comment about how boring the event could have been if I wasn't continuing to brighten it up. From the Rock Star welcome for the Director General to throwing the microphone cube around the audience, the day was loaded with fun things.

My personal experience is that when something is fun, my mind is more open to learning about what is happening and being open to new ideas. When things are too serious or monotonous, it takes all my effort just to stay awake and focussed on what is supposed to be happening.

There is no doubt about it, life is serious. We make serious decisions with serious impacts and serious conditions exist all around the world.

But being serious takes so much effort and is so draining!

Let's face it, no one gets out of life alive.

So can I encourage you to take serious situations seriously but having a laugh at them or during them?  It doesn't mean you don't treat them with the respect they deserve but it does mean you focus on the positive and fun elements of what you are facing.

Emergency Service personnel typically have very dark sense of humour. Patients with critical diseases can most often find something to laugh about. Fortunately most of my days are far less serious, so surely I can have a laugh?

So Dear-Reader what have you got happening today that feels a little serious and how can you have some fun with it?

By the way, if you have a conference or event that you need to have more fun at (all while taking it seriously) don't hesitate to get in touch and we will see how I can help.



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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, 13 November 2017

Losing $290

Losing $290



We have remote roller doors on our garage. They are nine years old. After nine years, the remotes don't work like they used to.

You can see one of them has a bit of melting going on! The others used to work as we turned the corner near our house and now they struggle to work parked out the front of the garage.

Yes we have tried new batteries.
Yes we have swapped remotes.
Yes we have Googled looking for answers.

It got to the point that I thought I would call the manufacturer and get a service call. They recommend an annual service call and I thought after nine years it wouldn't hurt to have one.

Talking with the support team they told me that a call out fee was $150 and that remotes were $70 each and if the mother board was faulty you are looking at around $600. I figured a call out fee and a couple of remotes (approx $290) to get another nine years of smooth operation was a price I could pay.

The service was booked in, I changed plans to be available and I was all good to go on Wednesday sometime between 8am and 12noon with a phone call about 30 mins before the technician arrived.

At 12:15 having had no contact, I called to find out what was going on as I had to leave the house in 5 minutes.

To this day, I still don't know what happened. The person on the phone didn't know what was happening and put me through to the service department. They didn't know what was happening and said the technician must have had a problem. I rescheduled the appointment (and later cancelled it).

During this call, no one said sorry. No one acknowledged I had a problem and they would fix it. I even said i was quite annoyed and disappointed and the person on the phone reinforced that they didn't know what had happened to the technician. Basically they were saying, "It's not my fault." I am sure they wrote me off as a grumpy customer.

I have since found a place on the internet (Brisbane) that can send me aftermarket remotes for $15. I received one today and it works from the street corner like the old one used to.

I am very happy.

I have since ordered a couple more as I reckon I can spend up to $290 on remotes and still be ahead.

Customer service is all about acknowledging the emotional state of the customer. It may not be your responsibility, but if you don't acknowledge it, you will get the blame for it anyway.

If they had said, "Terribly sorry. I am not sure what has happened. We usually don't operate like that. I can appreciate you took the morning off to be there. If you would like, I can put you on hold and find out how long the technician will be or I can reschedule the appointment. What would you prefer?"

But their perceived lack of caring has cost them at the very least $290 and possibly more. No matter how good your product is, if you don't care about your customer it will show.

With Amazon about to enter Australia, this is more important than ever!

So Dear-Reader how will you look after your customers when they get emotional?

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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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