19 08, 2019

Trying Out New Technology 


In business and life, it’s never too late to try out new technology.  I took to the river on Saturday for the first time in 22 years. Fellow youthful veterans, Bill, Rolf, John and I crewed the boat the 'Awesome Foursome’ won in at Atlanta with oars that won silver in Rio. It was fun to use such lightweight technology and quite a contrast from wooden oars and boats, as pictured, in my winning 1981 Victorian Schoolboy Eight from Geelong College.

7 05, 2019

Positioning First and Last


In the Olympic Games, if someone wins by a large margin or loses by a large margin, their race is memorable. We mostly remember those who position first and last. You may remember the brilliant Usain Bolt in the 100m or the courageous Gabriela ‘Gaby’ Anderson-Schiess in the Marathon - where Gaby walked semi-conscious over the last 400m of her Marathon in 5 minutes 44 seconds to finish. We hardly experience or remember those in the middle of the field. As a Global Conference Speaker, experience tells me that my audience is most likely to recall maybe three or at best, four things from my talk. Firstly, unless my audience applies what I am sharing within the next 12 hours, almost all of my content will be lost to them. Secondly, if I share a valuable idea with my audience that transforms their view of their world, then they may retain the idea. Thirdly, if I share a story that touches them or shifts them emotionally, they are likely to remember the story. If my story illustrates my message really well, they will retain both the story and the message. Finally, if I open in the first minute and close [...]