Putting the 'WE'
back in POWER
By Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, 2011
Spirit of CAPS Recipient
By now, many of you know I was blown away
when CAPS President Ravi Tangri, CSP announced my name as the
2011 Spirit of CAPS recipient last November in
Toronto. At least those in the audience saw the
stunned look on my face when my name was announced and I choked back
the tears on my way to the stage. I was madly thinking,
"What do I say?" as I walked up to the
stage. Thankfully, we took time to take pictures which allowed me to
catch my breath and to collect my thoughts before speaking. I
didn't remember what I said. I ordered the DVD so I could actually
see what people heard. At the time, it felt warm and comfortable and
focused as I talked. Guess that was truly being in the moment! One
of the amazing things about this award was how many people from
around the globe were so pleased that I received it, some even more
so than myself. It was tweeted and on Facebook before I even left
Part of what was said in my acceptance
speech was, "I cannot accept this award... by
myself!" I went on to explain that many of Ravi's kind
words on my accomplishments were directly related to asking for help
and the successes were shared with those who said 'yes' when
I believe the power in success
is asking for help and knowing who to ask. We fail in isolation, but
we seldom succeed there.
My friend David Gouthro, CSP picked 'Better Together' as his 2012
CAPS Presidential theme. He is right on the money in sharing this
concept, as this is how we created CAPS and have both grown it and
sustained it since our inception in 1997. For those who know him, he
models this concept in his life.
One of the success secrets to the many
areas where we made progress was in the 'ask'. I
have found that people are more willing to help than I am to ask.
People like being a part of 'WE' and that provides the power to
change organizations, like ours, and lives through our members.
A few examples and
- To Jeff Mowatt,CSP (Past National
President) flying out to Vancouver when we had our 1st
meeting of what became CAPS Vancouver nearly 15 years ago. He will
be there for their 15th anniversary this April.
- To NSA allowing me to be the first
Canadian to attend CAMP NSA for 'their' incoming Chapter
Presidents (1999), and then opening their doors for our leaders
every year since. This has been a part of their commitment to
serve, not only us, but the other member organizations in the
Global Speakers Federation.
- To my wife, Irene, helping with our
CAPS Edmonton team and website as well as my own web-work and in
proofing and helping edit all the articles, newsletters and
- To my fellow speakers who have been
supporting our joint venture promotion site, www.AlbertaSpeakers.com
for the past 7 years.
- To our chapters supporting each other
and sharing ideas, speakers, and resources. This is a building
block that helps CAPS grow as a successful National
- To the 85 Authors who were willing to
contribute their wisdom when I was the creative lead in
Quantum Success (2006) in support of Laura's
- To the 40 authors who contributed to
create In the Company of Leaders (2008) and the
30 authors who helped create Foundational Success
(2009) in support of the CAPS Foundation. Sharing your wisdom was
leading by example and coming together brought real power to our
- More recently, to the 11 people who
bought a month in a CAPS calendar to support CAPS Edmonton as we
rebuild and move into 2012.
- To my friend Sheryl Roush (San Diego)
who is coming in a day early to help me create and deliver a Speaking for Success speakers mini-boot camp as
a fundraiser for CAPS Edmonton in March. To the 3 other speakers
who will deliver 20 min TedX styled talks to add to the program.
I could go on, but hopefully
you get the point. I have been fortunate to leverage the
power of WE in my business and personal relationships as well. Being
open to ask has allowed me the privilege to travel the world and see
my Ideas At Work in the lives, publications, and organizations I am
fortunate to serve.
I wish each of you a successful 2012. I
wish too for each of you to experience more success than you can
even ask for... but ask anyway! The power of WE is in the
Talk with you next
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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available on our www.ideaman.net website.
7 years of Point to Ponder
will be the resource for a new motivational book we have
started work on... working title: Prepare Yourself to
My intent is to have it
ready to publish in May when we return from Australia.
I am also working on an
idea to collaborate with some of my fellow Accredited Speakers...
with the formation of a joint website, perhaps a book, and other
promotional ideas. I have had the website for many years: www.AccreditedSpeakers.com
There will have
several sections on the proposed joint venture site;
- One will be as
information on the designation and how to earn it.
- One will be listing all
who have earned it.
- One will be a listing of
those of us who are willing to offer complimentary advice or
coaching to those seeking it.
In addition, some of us
will be co-operating to create part of it as a promotional tool to
let Districts know they can bring us in to do programs as well as
corporate clients to encourage them to hire one of the Toastmasters
professionals. We will most likely add a resource or store section
A few of us have been
talking about working together over the years. It looks like it will
finally come to fruition. Yeah!
January was a fairly busy and
productive month moving into my role
as President for our CAPS Edmonton chapter. Fortunately we have a
good board who are willing to work (within their schedules) to take
on the role of serving our members. I am confident that we will be
successful in meeting and exceeding our goals this year.
I had the pleasure of spending an
evening with young people from Boys and Girls clubs (Big Brothers
and Big Sisters) and sharing some tips and techniques to help them
become better speakers. They had asked their co-ordinator for some
training in this area and I was pleased to respond.
Irene was surprised with flowers from
her daughter in Australia for her birthday; as well as a few
trinkets from her loving hubby and dinner with her folks. All
around, a great way to start her birthday week. Not Cuba or Paris,
but still special.
Plans are coming together for
our trip to Australia at the end of March with stop overs
to play tourist in Hong Kong. Even have an afternoon session
of Speaking for Success booked for Saturday April 14th in Perth,
Finished my revamp and update of
Speaking for Success and am waiting for the 2nd
proof copy to return from Amazon's Print on Demand company next
week. 1st proof came in and we are making some changes to the cover
due to color bleed.
Doing a 1 hour tele-seminar for CAPS
Toronto on Product development on Feb 7th. Will be doing a longer, 2
hour version in person for CAPS Ottawa in May.
Decided to revamp Speaking for Success
primarily to see how the process worked so I could talk about it
first-hand for these two seminars.
The bonus will be in creating something
that can be offered for sale at three events, 2 of them in March and
the 3rd in April while in Australia. I will also take it with me to
We are working
to revamp our Speaking for Success CD/DVD set -
re-packaging it as a companion piece for the book. We will be
creating it as a part of a success package with the book, a 2 disc
set, and a new (to be done in next month) on-line Speaking for
Success series similar to what we've done with our Secret Selling
Tips and our Secret Leadership Tips series.
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Andrei and his wife Irena when they were
in Edmonton last month. They are amazing folks. We are
discussing how to get me back to Russia to speak at his
convention when he is District Governor in 2013.
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be doing a product development teles-eminar on Feb
7th for CAPS Toronto.
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of Point to Ponder - working title: Prepare Yourself
are coming together for Bob and Irene's trip to Hong
Kong and Australia including an afternoon workshop
on Speaking for Success in Perth on April 14th.
plans are being made for a return trip to Russia to
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