Point to Ponder - lessons from the bathroom
I recently returned from a trip to Ottawa, Ontario where
I was the closing keynote for a national food and
beverage conference. Thanks to CSCM for bringing me in to share
a few ideas on productivity and having more fun time.
This is one of the
Vimy memorial sculptures (above) on display at the War Museum
in Ottawa where we went for cocktails on the Monday evening.
Great to see our tax dollars at work where they actually support
something of value.
The conference was
held at the Delta City Centre hotel. Nice facility and great
staff. Great audience as well.
I found some delightful
soaps and shampoo bottles in my bathroom. I actually brought
them home as a keepsake. Let me explain why.
Each of them had something
of value to spark my thinking and get me going for the day.
I loved their shared philosophy and that a hotel would invest
in them 'just' for me.
I share 4 of
them with you with my thoughts:
Every day is a gift waiting to be opened
I was speaking with them (CSCM) about liberating time to allow
them to lead and to enjoy their lives more fully. When we treat
each day as a gift and an adventure to be lived, we get more
from it as we move through it.
when you need to feel like your heart has wings, dream big
I remember meeting
with Peter J. Daniels in Adelaide, Australia when I first started
down this professional speaking path. He challenged me to dream
bigger so that I would have the necessary motivation to work
through the challenges and detours I would encounter. He was
so right! What drives you is what will help you on your path
to a more successful, fulfilling life.
the headlines you make in life will be based on the difference
you make in the lives of others
Each of us is somebody
who can make a difference where we choose. When you invest in
the lives of others, you expand both your service and your influence.
This is where you make the biggest difference. Give it forward!
celebrate those who fill your cup and love you unconditionally
Too often we forget
to thank and to celebrate those who are important in our lives.
When we do that, we rob them and ourselves of the joy of knowing
the difference they make in our lives, A small gesture or token
of affection can make a major difference. I try to remind Irene
how special she is and how much she means to me on a regular
basis. Remember and celebrate them today.
How amazing is this;
to invest in your guests by encouraging them to celebrate life,
to dream, to be someone, and to love.
Until next month
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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One of my goals and projects for March
is to complete the rewrite of
my 'A Legacy of Leadership' enroute to updating it in a print format. Last year many of my
presentations were leadership oriented and/or to leadership audiences.
My thought was to have a print version (originally done as an
e-publication in 2006) available for purchase when I speak.
I am speaking in Burlington, Ontario
on April 19, 20, 21st of this year, again with a leadership
focus. Hence the deadline to have it ready for publication by
the end of this month. Should be fun. Part of the
challenge is going through and updating or adding to it after
6 more years of leadership adventures.
Pictured right: Our amazing campers
from Grande Prairie.
I am doing one in Halifax, NS on
Sat. May 25th and one here in Edmonton on Sat. June 1st. Both
will allow me to generate funds for a project idea I have in
support of the CAPS Foundation where I serve as a trustee.
The one in Edmonton will also be
raising funds for Kiva, a great micro-finance lending program that
my friend Diana Bowes champions.
I love that I can use my skills and talents to support other
projects and people. I'm glad to help.
Following our return from Florida and our vacation and
cruise, we jumped right back into a busy schedule. Productive
month in Feb. with presentations in Grande Prairie for an Executive Woman's group, our 2nd Speaking for Success Boot Camp,
and a visit to a special Toastmasters club.
Our CAPS National President,
Nabil Doss spoke at our Chapter on Feb 9th.
My friend Hugh Culver
spoke at a CAPS Campfire on feb 20th. Then this past week my
trip to Ottawa to present for CSCM.
Pictured here: Irene and I in Grand
One of the things I
love about my role as a travelling speaker is the chance to
hang out with my friends and fellow speakers where possible.
My friend Michael Hughes picked me up at the
airport and took me to dinner at an amazing steak house in Ottawa.
Michael and I serve together on the CAPS Foundation. My CAPS
friend Janet Stewart organized
a late lunch on Tues following my presentation. What a treat!
I have to share about my
visit to a special Toastmasters club in Grande Prairie.
One of the ladies who
attended my Boot Camp is a club coach for a club
where many of the members are disabled or have challenges. I
told her I had planned on staying over and would be pleased
to come and share a few ideas with them. Ended up doing an hour
long program with them. It was a highlight of my time in Grande
Prairie. Often we pre-judge other people and
I find I do once in a while, too. I was sitting in the coffee
shop outside the art gallery where the meeting was to be held.
I watched as some of the members we coming in, I wondered to
myself, "How will I speak to them? Wonder
if it will make sense?"
I put those thoughts away and proceeded
to share my program as enthusiastically as I could. Out of
the blue, one of the young ladies blurted out, "I
love you!" with the sweetest smile, and then hid
behind her hands. I simply said, "thank
you!" One of the other ladies was in the midst of
asking me a question. I stopped her, and said, "Let
me savor this moment. It's
not o ften I have a woman
tell me she loves me." I smiled, paused, and then
asked her what her question was. I still smile when I think
about my evening with my fellow Toastmasters in Grande Prairie.
I am so glad I said yes to sharing. Just think what I would
This is a
busy month for Irene as well. She is off to Kananaskas for a
labour school. So, I will work on the edits while
she is away. She is still waiting to go back into her building
on a trial basis to see if she can return to work. Perhaps later
this month when they have finished the air balancing and renovations.
She has been working from home since June.
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above in our rental Mustang last month in Florida. So nice
to drive with the top down and enjoy the sun in late Jan.
and early Feb.
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