Monday, 25 March 2019

Tired of the Rockstar Getting all the Glory?

Tired of the Rockstar Getting all the Glory?

Long trench in hard dry ground for putting pipe in

On Saturday I had the rockstar trenching guy come and spend an hour digging about 40 metres of trenching (it saved me a stack of hard work digging rock hard clay).

I then spent the next 5 hours laying the pipes, running cables and conduit, testing everything worked, and then burying it all. Mind you it was 32C as I was doing this. (you can tell how hot it is by looking at the tank in the photo. The radiant heat makes it look all wobbly!) I did a stack of hard work yet the trenching dude was the most impressive.

It made me think of the number of times one or two people get all the credit (the rock stars) yet there were so many people doing a stack of hard work to achieve the results gained.

In your workplace and your life, who are the people who continue to work tirelessly while the Rock Star gets the credit? In the events world, while the speakers get the credit, it is the eventprofs, the admin team, the AV crew, the back stage team, the security crew, the cleaners and even the humble MC who help bring the show together.

Make sure you are showing gratitude to those who are doing the work!

Man operating trench digger

PS The latest episode of the Get More Success Show is out. This episode is all about how to Beat Bullying.
I talk with Daniel Merza about some of the secrets to resilience and avoiding the win at all costs trap. 
Click here to listen.


 

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, 18 March 2019

The Food of Love

The Food of Love

I have been part of several celebrations over the past few weeks. It has been an absolute privilege to be part of them. Each one had music playing.

There have been several protests around the world recently as people are fighting for a better world and a better life. Each on had music playing (even if that music was their own voices)

There have been vigils around the world as people come together to support each other in hard and tragic times. Each one had music playing (either in the background or sung together)

I have been to a few funerals of late, celebrating the life and love of those who had passed. Each one had music playing.

Music has always been an important part of my life. So many songs trigger memories I thought I had lost. So many songs remind me of special people and moments in my life. So many songs lift my heart with joy.

Shakespeare got it so right in his play, 12th Night. "If music be the food of love, play on."

When you need some love to deal with the pressure of work, the failings of the world, to consider your future, or to just feel better, get out those songs that give you joy and love. Play them. Play them loud. Play them often.

Play on!

PS The latest Get More Success Show is out. This episdode has a great conversation with Kim Seeling-Smith as we chat about how Employees can engage better in the workplace and what a good boss needs to do to make that easy. She is adamant that employees are far more than simply an asset, and should be treated as such.

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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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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Is Your Perspective Robbing You of Pleasure?

Is Your Perspective Robbing You of Pleasure?

Mitchelton Winery Lookout

Have you achieved some amazing things in your life? Things that made your family, friends, colleagues and clients go "WOW".

When you achieve these things and the people in your life say how cool it is, do you go, "Yeah but it's only...." or "Nah but it is not as good as ... " or "Yeah, but anyone could have ..."?

You may find that your perspective is robbing you of some pleasure and acknowledgement of success.

We often get hung up on the detail and the micro perspective of a situation or actions. We focus on what we did wrong and not on the progress or the impact of what we have done.

That is why I love this lookout tower at Mitchelton Winery. It must be so easy to get stuck looking at label designs, menus for the restaurant, the chemistry of the wine making, the details of the grape harvest and so on

But from the top of this look out you can see the hundreds of acres of grape fines, the motel wing, the rivers edge chapel area, the art gallery, the full car park and the large number of very happy customers.

Don't rob yourself of the pleasure of your hard work and skill.

Make sure you look at the full perspective of what you have done and when someone gives you a compliment, say "Thank you".

 



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Monday, 4 March 2019

Is It a Gift Worth Giving?

Is It A Gift Worth Giving?



One of my speaker buddies gave my a gift yesterday. Yes that’s right. It is Bacon Jam!!

Made right here in Melbourne at the Salami Shack. It’s made of 90% bacon. No bacon flavouring here!!

Now my buddy knows my passion for bacon. So as a token of thanks for some event work we are doing together, when he saw this, he bought one for me.

What a gift! It is not too big so I don’t feel indebted. It is something he knows I love, so I feel heard and considered. And it is something out of the ordinary, so I feel surprised and delighted.

Contrast this to when I often receive a speaker gift of a bottle of wine. While I am grateful for the gift, I don’t drink – so it is a little bit wasted. It is also very common, as in the previous speaker also got one, so I don’t feel that special, and if I have travelled interstate, I now have the added issue of trying to get it home without it breaking.

When you are giving gifts to your speakers, or associates, is it a gift worth giving?

A few subtle questions to the recipient and a stalk on their social media may help you give a gift worth giving.

PS A great gift worth recieving is the Get More Success Show. Our latest episode features a career camera man (and career sniper, childs entertainer among other things) sharing some great tips about shooting videos. Have a listen 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, 25 February 2019

Want to Do Something Delightful In the Dark?

Want To Do Something Delightful in the Dark?



At the recent Australasian Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME2019), I got to meet some fabulous puppies and some amazing people!
They work with Guide Dogs Australia to host the Dialogue in the Dark sessions.

I have always admired the massive amount of training and care that a guide dog needs. Even more so since my friend Vic started training and caring for puppies for Seeing Eye Dog Australia.

But this conversation (or dialogue) was a fabulous one to have.

What is Dialogue in the Dark, I hear you ask.

Well it is a simulated tour of Melbourne done in the dark! Don't worry though, you get a white walking cane to assist you and some very capable guides (usually visually impaired people so you are operating on the same level playing field) and often their canine friends.

That's not all they do. They also run individual and team activities conducted in complete darkness and delivered by these professional facilitators with blindness or low vision. The workshop place you in unpredictable situations similar to many business landscapes, highlighting the importance of effective communication, leadership and trust. It also provides a great reminder about the importance of human interaction.

Dialogue in the Dark workshops have been operating for 30 years in more than 40 countries. From its Aussie base in Docklands, Dialogue in the Dark offers a range of professional development workshops, team building tours and school experiences in partnership with Guide Dogs Australia.

It also provides more than 20 people who are blind or have low vision with employment, training and development opportunities. And, the best part is that all the revenue generated from Dialogue in the Dark is re-invested into the operation.

If you are after something fun and different to do or you want to take your team (of have your boss take your team) on a great team building exercise, I highly recommend Dialogue in the Dark.

So do you feel like a tour of Melbourne in low visibility? It is one of the most delightful things you can do in the dark!

PS The latest episode of the Get More Success Show is out. This time I chat with Julian Mather - expert in video, as he should be with over 20 years experience as an ABC camera person.
Oh yes, before that he was a sniper in the Army. So he knows how to focus on what is important. Check out our conversation here. 


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Monday, 18 February 2019

From Little Things, Big Things Grow

From Little Things, Big Things Grow



Not only is that a great line from a Paul Kelly song, it is true of our efforts as well.

Two years ago, my brother in law gave me an apple tree. And I am so thrilled that after fighting back bugs, possums, drought, hail and bashing it with a lawn mower (accidentally), we have been harvesting the first fruit from it.
Check out good this apple looks (and they taste lovely too!)

Like a conference or event finally coming to fruition, it is a joy to taste the fruits of your labour.

But the thing is, it hasn't been a hard slog.

Yes there are times when it is hard work but most of the times it is just a load of little pieces.
Pruning back the tree (or the run sheet) to focus on the real value elements.
Sharing the progress of the buds (or registrations) as the tree/event comes to life.
Ensuring the right support is there (fertilisers, AV, MC) and now to enjoy the final product.

What event or project are you working on where all your little things are finally falling into place?

Don't worry if seem like you are only doing little things.

Remember - from little things, big things grow.



Click the image below for the song from Paul Kelly that chronicles the struggles of our indigenous peoples performed at the memorial service for Gough Whitlam.






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Monday, 11 February 2019

How You Can Easily Add More Value To Your Prospect

How You Can Easily Add More Value To Your Prospect



I just got off the phone from a prospect who is looking for someone to host their annual industry awards and dinner.
Her colleague had seen me host an event and had been part of my Sponsorship Workshops, so it was a lovely phone call to get.

She was talking to me about some of the concerns she had, the unique industry issues they have, the history of their events and was looking for solutions and ball park pricing.

It would have been very easy for me to give a ball park price and have a limited conversation and not give her too many ideas before they sign me up.
In fact, some of my colleagues tell me I am too generous with my information.

But I know something they are yet to work out. This prospect even admitted it!

She said she was a little concerned about the event - because of it's history, their limited budget and the pressure to get it "right." But after speaking with me, discovering that my dad worked in the industry, hearing some of the suggestions and possibilities she could do so shift the focus of the event and make it more positive for everyone, she felt far more comfortable.

That is worth the risk of giving away too much. When your customer or prospect feels better or more comfortable about an event because of you, you are becoming part of the team. Some of the PCO's I work with have said to me, "Now we know you are the MC, we know we don't have to worry about that anymore."

If you can make your customer or prospect "feel comfortable", the value is immeasurable.

So how can you make your customers and prospects feel more comfortable?
What can you do, what information can you share or what ideas can you give them so that you are strongly embedded as part of the team?

All relationships start somewhere. If you can add comfort to the relationship as swiftly as possible, the value is priceless.

PS The latest episode of the Get More Success Show is out. This time I am chatting with a US Based Internet Lawyer discovering some of the common errors that people make on the internet that can cost them money. As well as learning why the World Wide Web is not longer truly World Wide. You can listen to the episode on your favourite podcast app or click 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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