In this issue...
• Point to
• Slaying Your Own Giants
International Convention comes to Calgary, Alberta
Last minute news and
• Thanks for
Point to Ponder
"It is not death that a man should fear,
but he should fear never beginning to live." Marcus
Lost another good friend late last month. "He
simply went to bed and forgot to wake up," as my 95 year old
buddy Steve told me.
When we suffer the loss of someone close to us, it
cannot but impact us on a deeper level. Certainly a time to pause to
ponder and to reflect on thier contributions to our life.
Someone once told me, "When someone dies, we are
diminished in some way by their loss."
I suppose that is true, but we retain a part of them
in our memories, in our minds, and in our message as impacted by
their interaction in our lives. Peter was an important part of my
life. His cousin, Dan Small, spoke briefly about his life and
shared some of the stories from earlier years.
Peter Small was many things: a son, a
brother, an uncle, a cousin, a hard worker, a mechanic, an inventor,
an innovative farmer, and a philosopher ("it will be better,
next year"), plus a real friend to many of us. I had the
privilege of his friendship over the past 7 years, since I moved out
into the country Northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. I will miss
his kind spirit, his gentle personality and mischievous sense
of humor, his hard won words of wisdom, and his genuine soul and
smile in my life.
Peter was a founding member of the Egremont
Bachelors Club, of which I am a junior member. I have often
told folks as I travel to speak across North America, that "I am
the young, studdly one." PAUSE, "OK, the young one!" I
go on to explain our membership consisted of Steve (95), Mike (80),
Peter (78) and myself. This usually garnered a chuckle or
Mike and/or Peter faithfully came every day
(unless they were away or working in the fields) to pick up
Steve for lunch and again for coffee about mid afternoon. I would
often join them for a coffee break, when I was up to my
eyeballs in a project or prepping for a presentation. I loved being
able to discuss the world's challenges with these three warm
hearted, wise men, and anyone else who would join us. I also loved
being able to share my travels, travails, and occasional triumphs
with my friends. But, now there are
I share this with you because life is short,
even for those in their 70's, 80's, or 90's. We need to
embrace life; not just exist, to face each challenge, and to stretch
ourselves to our fullest. Life is an adventure to be lived to the
fullest; each day is a gift (that is why it is called the
My challenge for each of you is to live your life to
the fullest, to leverage your abilities and skills, and to leave a
rich legacy for those who follow. My friend Peter
God willing, talk to you next month. Make it
a fabulous one!
© 2008 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
I consider myself blessed with so many rich
friendships and Peter's passing gave me reason to pause and to
ponder each one and their gift in my life. To so many, I cannot
possibly name, my deepest gratitude for your investment,
love, and encouragement in my life.
PS: Picture is taken from Peter's memorial service
Slaying Your Own Giants
by Chris Widener
I read an old story the other day. It is one that almost everyone
is familiar with, and as I read it, I realized that it is filled
with a strategy for successfully defeating giants. Yes, giants. We
all have them in our lives: self-doubt, bad habits, financial
difficulty, bad relationships etc, can all be giants in our lives.
The story? David and Goliath. Take a journey
back in time with me and see if there isn’t a great deal of truth in
this story that we can apply to our own lives today.
Here are the timeless principles I see in this story of the
little guy beating the giant:
Expect giants to block the way to the Promised
Too many times we go for our dreams expecting that it
will be like a cakewalk at the county fair. Not true! If you want to
get to something as great as the promised land you imagine for your
life, realize that the world isn’t just going to roll over and die.
No, competitors will do anything they can to keep you out. Naysayers
will stand before you and tell you it can’t be done. Giants will
appear and you will have to go through them to get where you want to
go. Don’t go into your journey with your eyes closed. Expect to
battle a giant or two!
Attack your giant for a reason bigger than your own
For David, his reason was to defend the honor of
God, since the giant was taunting God. Yes, he heard that he would
get a wife out of the deal, but his biggest reason wasn’t personal.
The same is true with us. Yes, we will gain a lot from our successes
but I have found that personal gain is usually fleeting in regard to
long-term joy and happiness. Those things that bring a deep sense of
personal satisfaction come from accomplishing something positive for
an altruistic reason, or for some cause that transcends us!
Recognize your own strengths.
When asked if he thought
if he could really defeat the giant, David reflected on his past
successes. He thought about all those times that he was guarding his
father’s sheep and had to ward off animal attackers. Surely if he
had killed both a lion and a bear, this human – even if he was nine
feet tall! – wouldn’t be much to do a way with. David knew his
strengths. He knew what he could do, and he would do it again and
again until he reached his goal.
Don’t use someone else’s armor.
Okay, the king was
convinced: David could go ahead, but first, the king put his armor
on David. Like a 10 year old in his father’s suit, David walked
around in the armor. "No thanks," said David. He knew what he needed
and it wasn’t what worked for someone else. Yes, we need to take
advice, but what works for one doesn’t always work for everyone
else. There is no cookie cutter path to success. There is more than
one way to skin a cat (By the way, who came up with that disgusting
analogy? But I digress…). "Dance with the one that brung ya," they
say. So on your way to success, stick with what works, not someone
else’s plan or strategy. David knew a slingshot would work just fine
Take five weapons, though you may only need one.
was one of the really fascinating parts of the story. David
obviously knew that he was good with a slingshot. Good enough to
kill a giant, at least. So there was some assurance and
self-confidence there. But he also knew that sometimes things go
awry. He knew that sometimes it takes a few shots to kill the
giants. So, even though eventually he only needed one smooth stone
to do the job, he had four others for backup! What about you? Are
you five deep in the resource pocket? If not, find a few more stones
to do battle with your giant with.
Run toward the giant, not away from it.
another interesting point. The story is sure to mention that David
ran toward the giant. Why? To get a good shot! So many of us run
away from our giants, hoping that if we do we will be able to avoid
giants all together. Not true. We will just have to do battle with
another giant somewhere else, and all we have chosen to do is go the
circuitous route rather than the direct one. Move in close to your
giant, and let him have it!
Make sure it is dead after it falls.
One shot and
David’s giant took a tumble. Did David party? Nope, he went and made
sure that Giant wouldn’t rise to haunt him another day. He went in
close and with a big swipe of his sword, took the giant’s head off!
Giants have way of coming back to life, so be sure that you have
really conquered your giant before you move on!
Just like David, you CAN conquer your giants! You CAN move past
them into your own promised land! Just stick with these age-old
guidelines and you will be well on your way!
Here they are again!
- Expect giants to block the way to the
- Attack your giant for a reason bigger
than your own victory.
- Recognize your own strengths.
- Don’t use someone else’s armor.
- Take five weapons, though you may only
- Run toward the giant, not away from it.
- Make sure it is dead after it falls.
Take up your slingshot and take a few throws at your giant today!
Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as
well as the President of Made for Success and Extraordinary
Leaders, two companies helping individuals and
organizations turn their potential into performance, succeed in
every area of their lives and achieve their dreams. Visit his
websites at http://www.madeforsuccess.com and http://www.extraordinaryleaders.com. © 2008 Made
for Success. Used by permission of the author . All rights reserved
Picture is of a very old oil painting: Caravaggio 1573 –
1610 - oil on panel (91 × 116 cm) — 1606/07 on display in the
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Toastmasters International Convention comes to
Toastmasters began in the US and soon became an international
organization which helps people with both their communication and
leadership skills. Canadian clubs helped make Toastmasters, International.
Once in awhile Toastmasters hosts a convention outside of the US
borders, for example this August in Calgary.
As some of my readers may know, I began my journey to becoming a
professional speaker, leader, and trainer (and author, altho' I
didn't have that on my list then) in Toastmasters back in April of
1991. It has been an interesting path that has challenged me to
stretch, and frustrated me at times; but one that has been
instrumental in rebuilding my life following a devastating divorce;
rebuilding it better than I could have ever imagined. It has
been a rewarding journey as Toastmasters has become a part of my
family and my foundations for success.
I recently accepted an invitation to be their keynote speaker at
a special Leadership Lunch they will be hosting on
Friday, August 15th. This is indeed a privilege to give back to an
amazing organization that has contributed so much in my life.
Haven't set the title for my presentation yet (thinking about
calling it, "The Power of ONE! You do make a difference); but
you can bet I will be carefully crafting it with so many eager
'evaluators' from around the world in my audience.
This year we will see more Canadian faces doing breakouts,
getting the Golden Gavel, and even keynotes. I am honored to be
included with these great speakers and leaders.
Interestingly enough, this invitation celebrates a
10 year anniversary of sorts for me. Ten years ago (July
'98), I had just finished my role as District 21 Governor for nearly
4000 Toastmasters in BC. Ten years ago (August '98), in Palm
Dessert, I walked across the main stage to be inducted into the
Toastmasters International Hall of Fame as the 48th Accredited Speaker in the world... becoming only
the 7th Canadian to earn this coveted professional level
designation. Another Canadian, long-time Toastmasters and CAPS
friend Ross Mackay, earned his last summer, to bring
our Canadian Accredited Speaker team to 8.
What a difference a decade makes!
Picture is, then incoming Toastmasters International President Terry Daily,
DTM presenting me with my Accredited Speaker plaque in Palm Dessert,
California in 1998.
Last minute news and views
- Worked on updates and additions to our various speaker,
joint-promotional sites. Calgary Speakers, Edmonton Speakers, Vancouver Speakers, Manitoba Speakers, Kelowna/Okanagan Speakers and Atlantic Canada Speakers are up and new speakers
joining every week. More ideas and regions to explore this year.
- Launched year two of Secret Selling Tips for our friends at The Brick. New focus and look to what is being
sent out to their sales teams across Canada, including embedded
flash video sales tips in each issue. Worked with Dave, their
enthusiastic new VP Sales to make this a more accessible and
valuable tool for his teams. Great guy to work with in making this
an even more productive sales leaders success training tool.
- Moving into our second season for the Alberta Speakers project. A few changes due to
changes in work, but it looks like most of our partners will be
involved again this year. And, of course we are open to
adding new speakers for this project which includes online
promotion and selected print and other promotions.
- Drove to Calgary to spend some time with my Tempe, AZ
friend Ed Scannell who was speaking at CAPS Calgary. Definitely
worth the drive. Ed and I belong to the NSA-Arizona Chapter. I joined last year as my
long term goal is to be able to winter, at least part of it, in a
warmer climate. I figure, I can write from anywhere. "Have
laptop, will travel... wire Hooey"...lol.
- Had the privilege of facilitating some board vision
discussion for GROWTH Alberta.
- Later in the month, I hosted the 3rd annual GROWTH Alberta Business Excellence Awards
evening in Barrhead, Alberta. Seeing the looks of the
faces of those being honored, including The Egremont Hotel (Graham and Colleen), as they
saw their videos for the first time was worth the drive. What
a great idea, to recognize and honor those who serve us so well!
Kudos to Jodi, Pam, and their team for this
February will be fabulous
- Just finished editing and publishing an
updated "BIG DREAMS - small steps" for a
public "Speaking for Success" program I
am facilitating in Hinton on the 29th.
- The following day I will be doing a program entitled,
"And now our next speaker..." in support
of the Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival Society as
well as the local Toastmasters, on being an
effective MC and other fundamentals of speaking. Should be a
wonderful weekend, so if you know anyone in Hinton, pass along an
- Beginning work on two new Leadership writing projects prior to
my Toastmasters' keynote in Calgary. One will initially be an
e-book similar to what I did with Quantum Success with guest leadership experts
and authors. This could become a print version later this
year. The second will be another pocket wisdom book, like the one
we did for Secret Selling Tips, only with a leadership
theme. Like to keep myself busy, as you know.
- Will be creating a special webpage for our Toastmaster
leadership audience, so they can access several ebooks and other
leadership tools and resources following my presentation. Want to
load it with lots of value added articles, books, whitepapers,
tools and tips.
- Moving ahead writing and creating SST year two issues, so
we are well ahead of publication schedules. We have synchronized
our French and English versions this year; we need to work ahead
so our translator has enough time to do her work. Sandrine is a
gem and I am grateful for her assistance in this area.
- Working on systems to allow us to have sales teams sign up and
pay on line. This will also allow us to either work out an
affiliate program or have sales folks selling this program (and
future Secret Leadership Tips) across North America.
- Irene is working on creating a new website for our Success
Publications which will allow folks to purchase some of our books,
CDs, and other products online. Going to convert some of the
earlier workbooks to ebooks and make available.
- Hopefully going to take a break either this month or next
(depends on schedule) and get a warm break from the cold. Am
planning on attending the NSA Platform Skills JAM in Las Vegas in
April, but would be nice to get thawed out before then. anyone
want to go to Puerto Vallarta and go sailing and write it off?
Picture is a couple of years back in Cancun while speaking for a
client in Feb. Just to remind myself that there is warmth out there.
We are experiencing sub-arctic weather. The day of Peter's funeral
we awoke to minus 44 degree temperatures... without the wind chill.
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PS: My friend Peter was, as I mentioned, a
farmer and philosopher. I remember a few years back when he and his
brother Mike had been snowed out twice prior to harvest saying,
"Well, I guess the harvest is over for this year."
And it was... but they went back in the spring and
harvested what they could prior to planting again. We can learn from
this philosophical attitude.
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Check out this cool website my webmaster, Irene
created for CAPS Edmonton, speaking colleague, Bruno
Wiskel, The Prosperous Farmer.
Bruno is a member of our Alberta Speakers promotional team.
The Prosperous Farmer
Check out her work on Jeff's updated site. Jeff is
also a colleague from CAPS Edmonton.
Check out a new project Irene is working on:
Muffins 'N Megabytes
Check out my Applied Improv roommate from our
Banff conference, on David Letterman. This was to have aired earlier
but was delayed due to the writer's strike.
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Bob is a long time (over a decade) leader and
professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a
member of NSA-Arizona, as well as the International Federation for Professional
He is proud to be an active professional member of
these amazing groups of people dedicated to polishing their craft
and to better serving their clients and audiences.
Bob is the co-founder and a past president of CAPS
Vancouver, an honorary founding member of CAPS Sask., an honorary
member of CAPS Halifax, as well as being an active member of CAPS
Edmonton. He served as CAPS National Director (2000-2002.)
He would be happy to discuss how he can work with you
to equip and motivate your leaders, their teams, sales teams, or
volunteers to grow and to succeed.
Call him today at 1-780-736-0009 to explore
leveraging his innovative Ideas At Work with your organization.
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Colleen Waterman win GROWTH Alberta Business Excellence
Graham and Colleen Waterman from The Egremont Hotel's Watermelon Patch Pub were
honored by GROWTH Alberta.
I had the privilege of introducing them, along with 15
other winners in an amazing evening hosted in Barrhead, AB.
One of the highlights was watching their faces as the
feature video of them and their business was played prior to
receiving their award.