here at the NSA-Arizona booth (host chapter for the 2009 convention)
holding the Cavett... most likely the closest I'll come to this
covetted NSA award. Bob is a member of NSA-AZ in addition to his
CAPS charter membership.
I recently returned from
attending our National Speakers Association annual convention
in Scottsdale, Arizona. Pretty warm... our coolest
day was only 106F... with most days in the 110-120F range.
Even took a break or
two to cruise on the Mariott's Lazy River with some fellow
Canadians. Nice way to break the heat wave.
It was a great time to
reconnect with colleagues and friends; a wonderful shared
experience in refocusing our efforts in being better in what
we do and what we share with our audience. Met some
amazing new 'friends' too, like NSA-AZ member, Gilat
Ben-Dor (pictured above at the CPAE banquet). Definitely
worth the trip. Lots of thought provoking presentations, breakout
sessions, and conversations enroute to events and sessions.
Hmmmm. I love the people in this industry.
a sheer contrast to the heat: For 72sub-arctic freezing days and 72 even colder
nights Nando Parrado
(Miracle in the Andes) and his remaining teammates struggled
to live and to survive after a tragic plane crash in the Andes
Mountains. It was an experience that would change them forever.
Only 17 survived and Nando lost many teammates as well as
his mother and sister. Seeing and hearing his challenging
struggle to live puts our day to day 'issues' into perspective.
I'd had a long challenging day enroute to Phoenix for the
annual NSA convention with canceled flights, taking a side
trip to Vancouver instead of a direct flight... taking 12
hours vs. the scheduled 3 1/2. After hearing Nando on the
second day of our convention, I realized I too had issues,
but no 'real' problems.
One of the
highlights of the convention: Opening night saw my friend
Vince Poscente (former Olympic ski racer) take the
stage and captivate them as well. The highlight of the evening, for
me, was seeing his 11 year old daughter Alex
Poscente, introduce him. She was amazing and she wrote the
introduction piece herself. Told her, "I'm glad I will be
retired before you enter the business". We both laughed.
Following his presentation, Vince was bogged down with well wishers
and his book table was un-manned. I invited Alex to come with me to
sign books for her dad. She did, to her delight and that of
each who purchased one. A very special young lady who got a real
taste of what her dad does for a living. And she liked it!
It was fun
observing her and her dad as she would autograph each book and then
hand it to him for his... more so when so many told her "You were great up there...
and your dad was ok too." with a smile. Later she told
me, "You know, I kinda liked it when they said that." I
told her, "I know your dad did!"
Just dropped off my application to renew my
Canadian Passport as I know I will not be going anywhere
for the next couple of weeks. The old one was getting pretty
full... only a couple of empty pages left. Smile... but it has been
well used in the last year or two... and hopefully the new
one will see a lot of the world too.
Talking with the folks
from the Professional Speakers group in the Netherlands about
speaking at their convention next March and the folks in India said
something about next year.
I am very blessed to be
able to do what I am doing and to have so many wonderful people in
my life to share it and who encourage and push me past my comfort
zone. One of the riches of this business is the amazing people who
enrich my life.
This fun mag cover shows
me last summer in Mexico. This year we will be working on the
country place and taking a break to head to the Okanagan and the
west coast. And a man can dream too.
Summer is a good time
to relax, reflect and refocus. It is a great time to work
'ON' your business as well as 'IN' your business. It is a great time
to make changes in your lifestyle to bring more energy, enjoy better
health, and increase your connections and friendships. Enjoy this
note from my friend and fellow encourager, Brian Tracy.
Keys to High-Energy Living
By Brian Tracy
Energy is a key luck factor. For you to be at the
top of your form, to be action oriented, fast moving, and extremely
productive, you have to have high levels of physical and mental
For you to be able to take advantage of all the
possibilities around you and to have the continuous enthusiasm that
keeps you and others motivated and moving ahead, you have to
organize your life so that you feel terrific about yourself most of
1. Eat the Right Foods The
first key to high energy is a proper diet. To perform at your best,
you must eat the right foods, in the right balance, and in the right
combination.Your diet has an inordinate impact on the amount of
energy you have, how well you sleep, your levels of health and
fitness, and your performance throughout the day and into the
2. Watch your Weight The second
key to high energy is proper weight. Proper weight is essential for
health, happiness, and long life. Being slightly under your ideal
weight is best. As they say, you can never be too rich or too thin.
If you are not happy with your current level of physical health, you
need to set specific goals for yourself for the weeks and months
3. Exercise is Essential The
third key to high energy is proper exercise. The best activity for
high energy and physical fitness is aerobic exercise. This type of
exercise requires that you get your heart rate up into what is
called the training zone three times per week. This training zone is
about 120 to 160 beats per minute,depending on your age. You then
keep it there for at least 20 minutes or more each
4. Get Lots of Rest and
Recreation The fourth key to high energy is proper rest.
You need an average of seven to eight hours of sleep each night to
be fully rested. You need to take off at least one full day each
week during which you don't work at all. You should take regular
mini-holidays of two or three days each, every couple of months.You
should take one and two week vacations each year when you relax
completely and get your mind totally off your work. (Editor's note:
As you know, I am working on this one...smile.)
Develop a Positive Mental Attitude The sixth key to high
energy is the elimination of negative emotions. This can be the most
important thing you do to assure a long and happy life. Your ability
to keep your mind on what you want and off of what you don't want
will determine your levels of health and happiness more than any
other decision you make.
6. Start a Personal Mental
Fitness Program The seventh key to high energy is for
you to go one a 21-day positive mental attitude diet, one day at a
time. Resolve that, for the next 21 hours, you are going to keep
your mind on what you want and keep it off the things you don't
want. You are going to think and talk positively and optimistically
about your goals, other people, and everything that is going on in
7. Become a Personal
Powerhouse The more you practice the health habits we
have talked about, the more energy and vitality you will have. The
more you keep your conversation focused on your goals and on the
things you want, the greater the amount of strength and power you
will feel. You will be more alert and aware. You will feel more
positive and action oriented in every situation.
Action Exercise Resolve to become
intensely action oriented from now on; whenever you get a good idea
or something needs to be done, move quickly.
Brian Tracy has been empowering
business professionals by sharing his knowledge all over the world.
His techniques will allow you to reach your goals and achieve the
We helped to move our daughter Amanda's
stuff to Edmonton and saw her safely off to Australia. She is now in
her 3rd week of teaching and loves it.
Went into the film studio to produce 20
more video clips.
Did an interview with Kit Grant for a
CD going out to his Gold Member program. Great idea to keep
them informed each month.
I spent the day sharing speaking tips
with a group of leaders and supervisors for a large Pulp Plant in
Peace River. Their director told me he saw a marked improvement in
their contractor presentations the next day.
Board meetings for CAPS Foundation and
our Editorial Board.
Following our dropping Amanda off at
the airport in Calgary, we stayed over for a special bar-b-q
hosted by Natasha and my Calgary CAPS friends in honor of our
marriage.Natasha wanted to do this for quite awhile and we finally
worked out a schedule that worked for everyone. Amazing evening
with some great friends and colleagues.
Scottsdale for the annual NSA
convention was amazing.
Moved the remainder of the 3 tons of
bark mulch and prepped the ground level deck at our country place
in Egremont... whew!
Bob pictured here with Nido Qubein,
CSP, CPAE, Cavett, NSA Past President, and legend who was also
a gracious co-author for both of our Foundational Success and Quantum Success fund raising projects.
August will be mostly at
working on websites, writing projects, promoting the Foundational
Success project, and other working 'on' the business, we will be
spending time at our Egremont place. Lots to do, with a new deck in
the works, two arbours to build, lots of landscaping to finish, and
perhaps a mojito or two on the deck.
Working with our US subscribers on
renewals for year three of Secret Selling Tips.It is our privilege to play a
part in helping these companies encourage and equip their sales
teams to succeed, even in tough times.
We hope to get out to BC to visit
friends in Kelowna, family in Langley, and in friends in Washington
Speaking for Connections
West (women entrepreneur's) breakfast for the WEBA group on
the 7th in Edmonton at the
request of my
friend and fellow Drop Zone participant Catherine Vu. (Catherine and Bob pictured above at last year's
Late breaking news
Finally finished the new ground level deck. Me and
my big ideas...lol. Started with the idea of building a
base for our hexagon gazebo and expanded... now we have a ground
level deck 32' x 12 ' which will be connected to the existing raised
deck by a series of stairs. Then we'll redo the raised deck and
install new railings.
It will be very nice to sit and
enjoy a mojito (as we did on Sunday evening) and
Lots of work around the place.
Irene has uploaded some pictures of the yard and the deck on her
as you need a plan when making improvements around the house,
you need to work 'on' your business or career from time to
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