Point to Ponder
Are you taking advantage of all your opportunities to be
don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know, the
only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have
sought and found how to serve." Albert
Are you happy in your career or business? Does it
Many of us miss amazing opportunities to bring a little joy
into the lives of our clients, and through that ourselves,when
we forget why we are in business. I tell my audiences that,
"the main purpose of business is to make the lives of
our clients better, at a profit." Profit is not a bad
word - it is the life blood that enables us to be there when they
need us again in the future.
I had the privilege of sharing these and other thoughts for
Edmonton's Business Link a few years back. We broke
new ground as we video cast that presentation to 17 other
centres across Alberta and Sask.
When we are too focused on the daily challenges of dealing with
conflicting demands, customer quirks, and the hectic pace in which
we live and do business, it is easy to forget.
We lose the joy and zeal we had when we first started. This is
a downward spiral making life more difficult and our
relationships less satisfying. This spiral can be easily
halted and reversed. It's a matter of perspective and
Our success in business and life is built on long-term mutually
productive relationships. Those relationships are enhanced and
enriched when we reach out and touch people. A few years ago, I had
the opportunity to visit with my friend Eric
Chester, CSP when he was presenting here in Edmonton. Eric is
the leading authority on dealing with Generation
Why? He has a new book out "Getting them to give a
"There is a great paradox in reaching out to touch
someone - and that is, the more you reach out to others, the more
you will be touched yourself. Joy and happiness in great measure are
waiting for us if we will reach just a little
further," writes Joan Rawlusyk.
My challenge for you this mid-month is to make
a conscious effort to reach out and touch the people that come into
contact with your life personally and in your business. Be open to
sharing joy and happiness in what you do.
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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How do we enhance our own success
in life? I have found that when we focus on serving others and
helping them grow and succeed, we inevitably create success in our
own lives and careers as well.
Making a sales pitch
or pitching an idea to management or a volunteer team takes focus.
Keeping their attention is a
challenge in itself. People can listen at 400 to 500 words per
minute, while we normally talk at 125-175 words per minute. This
leaves a big gap that needs to be handled in the development of your
Remember to create
word pictures for our minds. If you don't, we tend to
think or fantasize about other areas. We think about grocery lists,
work undone, or even fantasize about intimate things when we are not
I tell my audiences and
students if they smile as they leave, at least I know they've had a
good time. I try to verbally paint pictures that challenge them to
think about what I'm saying and keep them actively involved in my
June has been jumping so far.
Working to complete
writing projects. Our last formal CAPS Edmonton meeting with Colleen
Friday night CAPS
Edmonton hosted what we trust will be the 1st annual CAPS Foundation
Lee produced an amazing show with stars, like our friend
Debra Kasowski providing the entertainment. He is
an amazing hypnotist and a fellow member of CAPS Edmonton. I had the
pleasure of being the MC for the evening.
We raised over $4300 in support of the CAPS
Irene and I
have also been working on our place in Egremont with new plants,
shrubs and trees. Each year it gets
Irene is off to
Calgary today (Tues) for the Canadian Senior Nationals Track and
Field event where she will be one of the officials. She has done
this in the past and has been qualified to officiate internationally
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Edmonton hosted a fund raiser for the CAPS Foundation
with Wayne Lee which raised $4300.
We have added this new Mid-month
Musings for 2011. Often Bob has ideas or motivational thoughts
that just can't wait. So we decided to add a shorter message
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and a past president of CAPS Vancouver, an honorary
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of CAPS Halifax, as well as being an active member
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