Christmas & New Year in Kuala Lumpur

Travel is good for the soul.

As a Toastmaster I enjoy travel and meeting Toastmasters from around the world. This gives me an incredible opportunity to submerge myself in other cultures; learn a little bit of local conversational language, and meet interesting people who often become close friends.

I lead a busy and varied life and travel often to South East Asia, where I indulge myself with great hotels, fine restaurants and cafes, have connection with good people, and often when walking off the beaten tourist track, see things that are new to me.

Travel has many joys for me, and though I’m past my three score years and ten, I travel alone, and connect with the world.

In August last year, I was in Vancouver and Alaska. For last Christmas and New Year I was in Kuala Lumpur (My home away from home) spending time with friends and experiencing the awesome delights that KL has to offer.

Imagine for yourself what it may be like to stand on the terrace at Melia Hotel at midnight and watch a fabulous fireworks display at Petronas Towers, while clinking wine glasses and wishing Happy New Year to new found friends from Spain, Mexico, France, Malaysia, UK, Ireland, Australia & New Zealand, Iran and Iraq. I did this and it was wonderful.

The Man In The Red Suit

With only five more days to go before the man in the red suit begins his journey to deliver glad tidings and gifts to people around the world, let us be mindful of those who cannot be with us at this celebratory time.

It’s been a big year for me, and now it’s wind down time.

I’ll be jetting away on Christmas Eve to my home away from home, where I’ll experience a different kind of Christmas with good friends. Yesterday I gave my son his gift for Christmas. He’s very pleased and so am I.

In my 44 years in Australia, this will be only the third time I have spent Christmas and New Year away from home. I’ll be thinking of my family and friends while I’m away though, and take this opportunity to wish you all A Merry Christmas and a Sensation New Year. and I look forward to catching up with all of you in 2018.

November News

It’s time to take this workshop on the road.

“Tough Times Don’t Last”

No person knows everything and every person knows something, yet often people believe that if something has to be done well, they have to do it themselves. This isn’t true of course, because a team well directed and guided can produce favourable outcomes in a timely fashion to the satisfaction of all.

Excellent communicators and leaders can create a vision, state the mission and inspire the team to produce spectacular results.

This workshop will give all participants the knowledge, practice and feedback, to forge new pathways to collective and collaborative achievement, which benefits everyone.

Don’t Delay – Contact me today to get details of the next workshop which is limited to 20 participants.

Updating my website

No matter how much effort I put in to update my website, there is always much more to do, and I’m busily doing it. I’ve promised my self and my followers that all will be ready by 31st October, for the launch on 1st November. I’ve looked at my calendar going forward and will dedicate four hours per day, to ensure that this website will be the best it can be. Sadly, I missed my own deadline as opportunities to speak and Emcee a couple of big events.

This has set me back a month and now my website will launch on 10th January 2018.

So much has happened in 2017, that I now am confident I can do all I’ve dreamed of doing and still speak, present, conduct workshops and travel.

Life is for living and loving and I’m loving and living my life.

Meeting Jim Kokochi – Toastmasters International President

Tuesday 17th May, was a huge day in the Toastmasters calendar for me and the Metro Trains Toastmasters – in formation – club. We were delighted to have Jim and Andrew (CEO Metro Trains), and Bruce Hill , D73 New Clubs Coordinator join us for a fabulous, high energy meeting.

Metro Trains Toastmasters Club was the initiative of Stefan Heaton, a young engineer, who I’d met at a Speechcraft Course in Cranbourne Toastmaster Club, and who introduced Speechcraft to his workplace. I coordinated the course,with my TM colleague and good mate, Harry Lew, and out of it, Metro Trains Toastmasters, sponsored by Frankston Toastmasters and Sunbury/Macedon Ranges Toastmasters Clubs was born. Ricky Tuck and I have been working hard as sponsors to coach the prospective members, and am pleased to say that the Club Charter papers are being completed and will be submitted to TI this week. Charter is near.

It’s not everyday that an International President visit a club, and we are very grateful to Jim Kokochi, for making this day such a special day for us all.

Jim inspired us with his keynote, and said “to be good at public speaking we need three things: Skills, practice and feedback” and I said “I like that and will use it if I may”

A picture paints a thousand words, and below you’ll see, the fine people who celebrated the event with us.

Metro Trains - Jim Kokochi Visit

An awesome meeting, and one to long remember.

If you can say it you can sing it

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Whilst speaking to my web developer and other associates, it was suggested I should seriously consider podcasts, a jingle and a monthly newsletter. It is good advice and I’m feverishly working at it.

The Newsletter is taking shape, I’m writing the scripts for my podcasts, and a jingle is in production.

Consider these words which I penned and can apply to all who fear speaking in public, as they applied to me when I first started on the quest to find my talent as a speaker and communications coach.

If your head is spinning/at the thought of you speaking/in front of an audience now/
and your heart is racing/and you can’t stop pacing/then let me show you how/
to control your breathing/stop your heart heaving and/ let you become all the rage/
with a takeaway message/that they will remember/long after/you leave the stage. ©

Let David A Hughes from I Can Do Words help you become the confident speaker you want to be.

Jerry Seinfeld said ‘That at a funeral, most people would rather be in the the casket, than have to give the eulogy’ which sounds ridiculous, yet Glossophobia – A fear of public speaking, is very real for many. Yet it doesn’t need to be so.

Overcoming Glossophobia, is a matter of confidence, and that can be learned.

 

 

 

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