In this issue...
• Point to
• I'm curious, aren't you?
• Last minute thoughts and ideas
• Thanks for
Point to Ponder
The Greatest Gift!
December is a month of hectic activity. For North
American retailers, it is traditionally a month that can make a
major difference in their fiscal year. For the rest of us in
business it can be very busy as well.
Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but most of us
at least pause to reflect on 'gifts' during this tremendously
commercial part of the year.
I'd like to challenge
each of you to consider the greatest gift of all.
Danny Thomas once said, "Success in life has
nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself.
It's about what you do for others." Wise words from a very
successful entertainer, investor and community supporter.
Wise words for those of us in business as well.
Isn't 'giving' the essence of what makes the successful business or
What is the greatest gift you may be thinking?
Well, I believe the greatest gift we can give is our
appreciation and recognition that we do actually care.
Have you told your family that you appreciate
their contributions and support over the past year? Their
gifts of love and support.
- Have you told your friends and colleagues the same thing?
How about your staff who have worked with you
this year to build or work through the challenges together?
Their gifts of diligence, support and value-added
How about your suppliers who helped you and
were consistent in making sure you had what you needed to serve
your clients? Their gifts of service and support for your
How about the most important people in your
career or business life - your customers? Have you
let them know how much you appreciate the gift of their trust in
doing business with you lately?
My challenge for each of you this month is
to take a moment and reflect on the people who have given you
the gift of their friendship, love and support; and then find some
tangible way to let them know.
All the best for this Christmas season. See you in January,
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It is our continuing gift to your
PS: Santa and I have changed a bit,
but the spirit of Christmas remains the same. Give someone a reason
to smile, to hope, and to dream. Perhaps
PS2: My friend Bev Baker-Hoffman just
shared a few ideas for gifts for that special person. One size fits
The gift of wisdom, the gift of encouragement, the gift
of inspiration, the gift of hope, the gift of
time, the gift of a listening ear, the gift of
compassion, the gift of kindness, the gift of
appreciation, the gift of optimism, the gift of
humour, the gift of loyalty, the gift of
strength, the gift of courage, the gift of
connection, the gift of faith, the gift of
respect, the gift of honesty, the gift of
forgiveness, and the gift of patience. I would add one more to
this list,the gift of friendship.
I have been blessed with many fine supportive friends...and
wanted to remind you that the gift of friendship is one that keeps
giving all year long.
I'm curious, aren't you?
Curiousity and courage are the basis of innovation,
creativity, and idea generation.
Curiousity about how things work. Courage
to challenge the status quo and then making changes to improve
This is where those who lead their respective
industries truly excel. They are not afraid to go outside
the confines of their narrow field and to borrow, beg, and sometimes
'steal' ideas from other fields and industries.
It is a good
management practice to occasionally look at your norms and ask
yourself the contrary or flip side of the equation questions. This
is where innovation and the real creative spark exist and glow the
That doesn't mean you always throw away what you
are currently using. At times it is still very effective and may be
the most productive use of your time, resources and energy. But,
what if there is a better way, a more productive way, a more cost
effective way... and your competitor finds it first? Hmmmmmm?
The secret to thriving and succeeding in our competitive,
and by now everyone should understand, globally competitive market,
is in being constantly on the 'improve.' Sometimes that means
'improv' to find the answers to the questions your existing and
potential clients are asking.
Recently, I attended the Applied Improv Network annual
conference at the Banff Centre to satisfy my curiosity. I sought to
learn new techniques I could apply in my own speaking and
training. I learned some that will be beneficial in helping me think
and draw creatively on both sides of my brain in expanding my
business and the value-added services I provide to my audiences and
So keep questioning and keep on the quest to
personal and professional success.
©2007 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
this holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have
enriched our lives, and made our
It is in this spirit, we
Christmas and a very prosperous 2008
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Last minute thoughts and ideas
November was a novel month.
Actually had a couple of weeks when I was home before heading to
Halifax. Whew! And, to be honest, I needed it, so I could catch up
on some overdue writing and promotional projects... and catch my
My initial foray into the world of Applied Improv at the Banff
Centre was enlightening. Learned quite a bit I can use to make my
training sessions, workshops, and facilitation more interactive and
fun for my audiences. Perhaps, even blend a bit into my motivational
keynotes. Thanks to the AIN team who created this event.
Enjoyed a great evening with the Alberta Entrepreneurs
Association. Also received a surprise invite to The Brick's
Christmas Gala with their leadership and enjoyed my friend Wayne
Lee's amazing performance. Thanks Kim!
Launched www.EdmontonSpeakers.com and www.CalgarySpeakers.com with new speakers joining
us on a regular basis. Have sent notes to other speakers about
creating similar sites for their geographical areas. www.VancouverSpeakers.com is just starting. Will
chat with some of them in Halifax and create additional
sites next month. Kind of fun creating these joint promotional
Working on concepts, changes, formats and features for year two
of Secret Selling Tips. Will continue this work next month and into
December will be delightful.
Sending this issue enroute to Halifax where I am attending the
annual CAPS National Conference. I will be attending a
pre-convention session with Sam Horn, author of POP;
and presenting a Meet the Experts session on Thursday
evening. I then get to fully enjoy my time with CAPS,
Federation, and NSA colleagues and friends. As I tell folks,
"I'm there for the hugs". I know I
will learn a few new things I can use to make what I do more
productive as well as profitable and fun.
I will continue working on expanding our network of Speakers
websites, getting ready for year two of Secret Selling Tips series and Alberta Speakers ad-venture project. Doing
some additional writing and article placement. (eg. Canadian Manager
just featured 3 of my articles in their Fall 2007 Issue. They also
included two from my friend and colleague, George Torok.)
This will be a productive month, as well as time well spent with
family, friends, and colleagues. Might head out to the coast after
PS: Dec 8th is my (younger) sister's birthday.
Missing it again, as I am in Halifax. Happy birthday, Patti...
smile... luv ya!
Thanks for reading
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PS: Pic is from last year's CAPS convention in
Vancovuer, BC. I had fun walking on stage on the Friday morning in
my pj's and bathrobe. They were still talking about it in San Diego
this summer. What a hoot and a chance to live outside the box.
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