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Louis and the storm

Uncategorized Sep 16, 2016
Last night marked the end of a few days of tropical weather here in the UK. We’ve had three or four of the hottest days of the year in a row, and then suddenly torrential rain for the last 20 hours.

Yesterday afternoon, when the storm first hit, it was sunny and balmy one moment and then a few seconds later the wind picked up and driving rain lashed the windows in the kitchen. All six of us were sitting with the door open watching in absolute wonder. There were flashes of lightning with booming thunder and then suddenly hail stones bouncing all over the garden the size of large, ripe cherry tomatoes. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere in the world, let alone in England.

The interesting thing was Louis’s reaction to the storm.

Last summer we went camping in the South of France and on day four we were caught in an horrendous storm. It was the worst weather to hit that region of France for many years. The thunder was deafening, the rain was driving sideways and...
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Perception is not essence ..

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2016
My daughter is 'chillaxing' on the sofa watching Aladdin as I type. I walked in briefly, just as the Genie was saying ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts, not what’s on the outside.

We’ve probably all been told that many times, haven’t we?

I remember years ago doing some fairly major work to our house. We had a team of builders digging trenches and making wooden shuttering for the concrete foundations of the extension to the house .. it was all very exciting – especially if you’re new to all that stuff .. and it’s your house!

Anyway, the day to pour the foundations came and I was outside at 6am inspecting all their hard work in preparation.

At 6:30am Ray arrived with his concrete pump lorry thing (I know, who knew, right?). It’s a machine that pumps concrete, basically wherever you want it – over the house .. or round it .. or down the end of your garden .. literally anywhere.

Ray was probably in his late 60s...
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You, but on a good day

Uncategorized Sep 13, 2016
I’ve just finished up a call with Mark and Kelly for people who are interested in joining the John Maxwell Team. It’s 10pm here in the UK and Sooze and I are now sitting at the kitchen table eating peanuts and thinking about what story to write today!

Yesterday’s story was all about being the person you need to be to get what you want. Being is such an important part of getting isn’t it?

On the call with Mark and Kelly, I talked about my friend Les Brown in response to one of the questions they asked me. Les is such a big personality and such a great speaker. I was thinking back of when I was filming with him in 2014.

I remember sitting around and chatting for 10 minutes and then starting the filming. The moment the camera came on, Les transitioned from regular guy to LES BROWN! 
If you’ve ever seen Les speak, you know the Les Brown I mean. His eyes sparkled with life, his face radiated warmth and happiness, his laugh was infectious .. it was...
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What's your 140lb problem?

Uncategorized Sep 12, 2016
We were talking about the Paralympics today and a good friend told me a story today about Matt Stutzman, the ‘Armless Archer’ who broke the world record for distance accuracy. There was a program on the BBC about him last night apparently – I didn’t see it but it sounded incredible, so I googled him just now!

I could not believe what I was watching on YouTube! He has no arms but he shot an arrow at a target and broke a world record! It was his own world record, but before that it was held by an able bodied person!

As a Paralympian, he competes from 55 yards back from the target, but for his world record, he shot the bullseye (the CD sized centre of the target) from 310 yards back!!

I just watched him on YouTube pick his bow up with his foot, load it with an arrow with his other foot, lift it up to his shoulder to grasp the string, then ‘draw the bow back’ by pushing his leg forward, then loose the arrow! AMAZING!!

I have mentioned in a previous email...
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You are a work in progress

Uncategorized Sep 09, 2016
In a meeting in Orlando a year or so back, John said ‘Linda, can you get Roddy the recordings I’ve done on connecting, I think he’ll find them useful for the work he’s doing?

‘That would be great!’ I said.

When I got them a few weeks later, I couldn’t wait to listen to them. I put the first one in and pressed play.

Who is this talking, I thought to myself.

After a few minutes I realised, it was John! I didn’t even recognise his voice. The content was good, but the delivery, although good by most people’s standards, was nowhere near as good as he is today.

On our next 1-to-1 call I asked him about it. ‘When was that recording from John?’ I asked him.

He thought for a while then said ‘Oh, that must have been early 90s, so about 20 years ago maybe.’

‘Well ..’ I hesitated for a moment, then said ‘I feel a bit weird saying this to you, but you have really come on with your speaking haven’t...
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How convenient is that?

Uncategorized Sep 08, 2016
‘Ok, so ethics is very important when working with your clients. But there’s something else that I want to cover now, that is also a key consideration if you really want to help your clients change. And I’m guessing you do?’ The lecturer seemed to be looking right at me as she raised one eyebrow and nodded in my direction.

I had been studying the mind for a number of years at this college and the lecturers were fantastic.

Then she pulled up a chair and sat at the front of the class room, right in the middle .. like she was going to tell us a story.

‘Let me share an experience with you that I think will illustrate this point.’ She said. ‘I had a client come to see me once, suffering with debilitating migraine headaches. She’d been struggling with them since the birth of her first child.’

‘I asked her to tell me what she does when she gets one of her headaches. She didn’t even pause for breath, she leapt into great detail...
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Making the effortful seem effortless

Uncategorized Sep 07, 2016
On one of my mentorship calls today, Cornelia asked a question about how you can tie together multiple personal stories into one, homogenous ‘keynote’ presentation. It’s a great question that comes up frequently.

‘One really neat way to do that is to have one central theme, or one big idea that everything is united behind’ I said.

‘What do you mean?’ she asked.

One of the many significant benefits of working so closely with John Maxwell, is that he is a limitless resource of first class examples of how to speak. So I used of one of John’s keynotes as an example.

‘His presentation was 40 minutes long and the theme was unconditional love’ I said. ‘He told about 3 or 4 different stories, all related to the main theme. Each story lead neatly into the next and the whole experience unfolded as he took the audience on a journey for the whole 40 minutes. Everyone arriving at the key point at the end.'

‘He talked about how...
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Know thyself, Know thy audience, Know thy stuff :)

Uncategorized Sep 06, 2016
I heard it said that just 5% of people learn from other people’s mistakes. About 15% of people learn from their own mistakes. And a whopping 80% of people don’t learn from any kind of mistakes!

Learning from other people’s mistakes is the least painful of the three options. Learning from your own mistakes is the next least painful (however painful the lesson may be at the time). The most painful of all, is not learning from mistakes.

I think from my experience, it seems the more painful the experience, the quicker I learn. And our most painful experiences are never forgotten are they?

I remember doing a seminar in Iceland a few years ago. I’d spoken there before and it had gone really well, so I felt very confident about this trip. Maybe even slightly over confident.

The venue was a movie theater, so the audience of a few hundred people were sitting in the seats, sloping up to the projector at the back; and I was on the stage at the front. I had a giant screen...
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Two Dads...

Uncategorized Sep 05, 2016
I loved playing soccer when I was young. From about 7 years of age, up to about 20, I played all the time. I got the sporty genes from my Mum. She was super competitive (she still is at 83!) and played table tennis, badminton, darts, bowls .. anything really!

My Dad on the other hand, was not sporty at all. He didn’t enjoy watching sport and didn’t play any sport whatsoever. He was a great thinker. That was his thing.

When I was about 14 years old, the football team I played for at the time arranged a match for us against the Dads. Just as it sounds, we all get our Dad’s to come along on match day and we play a game of soccer, our team against a motley crew of our Dads.

My Dad didn’t even really understand the rules of soccer and he didn’t have any soccer boots anyway, so I knew he wouldn’t want to play.

‘Why don’t you ask Young Dave across the road if he’ll be your Dad for the day?’ my Mum said.

Young Dave was 10 years older...
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Once again, you can't judge a book by its cover ..

Uncategorized Sep 02, 2016
The builders had just started doing some work in the garden but they had enough to keep them busy for an hour or so without my input, so I thought I’d have a quick bath.

I put in some relaxing muscle soak bath salts and relaxed in the slightly too hot water. I had just finished boxing and it was a great way to relax before having a bit of a stretch.

I was just getting into my relaxation zone when the doorbell rang. I could hear Susan answering it and then I could hear her footsteps on the stairs.

‘They need you to empty the septic tank.’ She said. ‘They can’t pump it out as it’s all clogged up.’

‘Now?’ I said.

‘I don’t know!’ she snapped ‘go and talk to them!’

So I opened the window and leant out ‘John?’

‘It’s ok’ he shouted up after a brief pause, ‘finish your bath first.’

‘Ok, I’ll pop down afterwards.’ I said.

I tried to relax again but it...
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