Point to Ponder

Are you taking advantage of all your opportunities to be happy?

"I 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 Schweitzer

Are you happy in your career or business? Does it show?

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 choice! 

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 damm".

"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. 



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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 presentation.

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 involved mentally. 

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 presentation.


Last Minute News
June has been jumping so far. 
Working to complete writing projects. Our last formal CAPS Edmonton meeting with Colleen Francis.
Friday night CAPS Edmonton hosted what we trust will be the 1st annual CAPS Foundation fund raiser.
Wayne 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 Foundation.
Irene and I have also been working on our place in Egremont with new plants, shrubs and trees. Each year it gets better!
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 as well.

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June 2011

                 What's New!
CAPS 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 mid month.
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About Bob

Bob is a professional speaker, author, leadership, sales, and business success expert

Bob is a long time leader and professional charter member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a member of NSA-Arizona, as well as the International Federation for Professional Speakers.
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.
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