"When you speak the audience will
When your heart speaks you can capture the
2008 World Champion of Public Speaking
LaShunda emerged as the 2008 World Champion from a field of 10
speakers from around the globe. Her comments provide a lesson for us
as leaders as well.
Hearts have spoken and we are
capturing the world, one leader and one reader at a
All the best for the rest of the summer as we confidently move
Update: I headed south for a much needed break
at the end of the month. Flew to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Sat (Aug
30th), to do some sailing and generally be a beach bum with a few
good books to keep my mind active and recharge.
I hope you
enjoyed the September long weekend. This is what I hope to be seeing (movie clip) the
day this ezine goes out to you...smile! I believe we need to take
breaks to recharge, reflect, and refocus. And, I do attempt
to practice what I preach! (Big 'on the beach' smile...)
Then I travel back to Edmonton on the
7th for my rappel training that evening. With
your help, I will be rappelling off the outside of a 27
story building at 9:45AM on Monday, Sept. the 8th in
support of Easter Seals... each rappeler has to raise a minimum of
$1500 to participate.
Pic: This is me as I rested (slumped)
against the wall following my successful rappel last year. I hope it
will be less terrifying and less of an emotional challenge this
Visit: www.dropzonebob.com to see more about last
year's rappel. If you would like to support this wonderful cause.
Just visit the site to be able to 'safely' donate
I could 'really'
use your help this year to help this amazing organization. Please
make a donation this week and challenge your friends to join
you in your support of Easter Seals.
And then I dig back into working on projects and presentations
for clients in the fall, including an upcoming speaking trip
to Iran, with stop overs in Rome in November.
Final note:It has been an
amazing summer and I look forward to an even more amazing
Being able to keynote in
Calgary to a sold out luncheon, being introduced by my friend and
fellow Accredited Speaker and International President Jana Barnhill,
spending time with fellow A/S Sheryl Roush and Ross MacKay, and
thanking some of those who helped me grow as a speaker and as a
leader, as well as creating and publishing The Power of
One! and In the Company of Leaders allowed
me to give back to my Toastmasters family... this was a
rare privilege... and one I did not take
I paid to have it professionally filmed and we'll
let you know how that turns out. Perhaps it will become available
in whole at a later time. I will initially pull a
couple of clips for the website from this film.
(c) 2008 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
By Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, Accredited Speaker
YOU have this great dream, or this fantastic
idea bursts into your head. You're excited about the unlimited
possibilities and can't wait to share it with your closest
friends and family. Ever had that happen? Me too and all too
What is their reaction? All too often, their
initial reaction is to ridicule the idea, to point out its
flaws, to remind us about our lack of education, our lack of money,
our lack of experience, or to point out how so and so tried
it and it didn't work. The result ... too often, you let your dreams
die, be minimized, or give up on your ideas. You let your
friends and family rob you of your future and your potential for
Why do they do that? Well it might be for a
variety of reasons, some of them with the best intentions. It might
simply be their concern to see you avoid getting hurt or to side
step what they see as a path to failure. It may be and often is
based on their own fears projected to your action and life. It might
be due to a personal failure on their part and a fear that, if you
succeed, they will lose you. Or a fear they will have to deal with
the reality that, just maybe, they could have done something about
their "seemingly impossible" situation. Your potential for
success scares them.
When I joined Toastmasters back in April of
1991, I had a small dream of one day being a professional speaker
who would be able to challenge, inspire, and equip my audiences to
pursue their dreams and to make them live. It grew and so did
Thousands of Toastmasters have dreamed and worked
diligently to attain their Accredited Speaker designation since 1981
when the program was launched. To date, only 58 have successfully
passed this professional bar, and only 8 of us are Canadians. But in
both cases, the work is worthy of our investment and we
needed to overcome the influence of those who would kill our dreams.
Pictured here are 8
of the 11 A/S in attendance at the recent Toastmasters International
convention in Calgary. I was humbled to see each one in
attendance as I spoke on Friday. Their kind words following that
talk humbled me even more.
How do we handle these "helpers" or "idea
killers" in our life? One of the best ways I
know is to be aware of their existence and seek to avoid them in
areas of vulnerability. I don't mean to cut them off
completely ... just realize that they are not committed to or
understanding of your dreams and desires. Make a conscious
choice to keep these areas private, especially during the embryonic
or incubation stages of establishing your dreams or ideas.
Maintain your focus and keep moving forward to see your idea or
dream become a reality. As someone once wrote, "Show no
regrets for the past, no fear for the future. Expect to win! It's a
funny thing in life, if you refuse to accept anything but
the best, you often get it."
We may not choose our family, but we do have full
control over our friends and over the amount of time we spend
with friends and family. This is where we make the decisions that
help shape or determine our destiny. In life, there are those who
would kill our dreams and those who would, if asked, help nurture
our dreams. We can identify and choose each group in which to
associate and invest our time.
One of the most effective ways of dealing with an idea killer
is by doing your homework. If you have researched your dream
and have done your due diligence, some can even be brought around to
being at least a neutral observer, if not reluctant supporters.
Use feedback from these Idea killers as mirrors to show
you your blind spots. Often, they see things that you might miss in
the heat of passion. Keep in mind their input is for
information only and check it for accuracy before
you allow it to impact your decisions.
Demonstrate by your actions, that you're
committed to seeing this project through to completion.
Often our past track record of starting and not completing
projects may influence their support and enthusiasm. This is
especially true with immediate family members.
Idea killers may occasionally become allies, but it takes massive
work on your part to win them over to your team. Keep focused on
Don't let another person's critical attitude determine
your worth or your future. You don't know how high you can fly until
you spread your wings and take to the sky. Please don't let another
person's limiting beliefs, no matter how well-intentioned, stop you
attempting to dream big, to compete for the ultimate prize... to
achieving your personal dreams.
In the mid 80's I belonged to The Entrepreneurs
Association. Our Credo was:
"I do not choose to be a common man
(or woman). It is my right to be uncommon, if I can. I seek
opportunity, not security! I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
humbled and dulled by having the state took after me. I want
to take the calculated risk, to dream and to build, to fail and to
succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I
prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the
thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade
freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will NEVER
cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my
heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for
myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world
boldly and say, 'This with God's help, I have done. ' All this is
what it means to be an Entrepreneur." (Entrepreneur Magazine was initially our
Association publication, it grew to become a force in publishing and
It is too easy for those around you, who are hopelessly mired in
their own mediocrity, to criticize you for trying to follow your
dream or acting to implement your great idea.
Theodore Roosevelt, who was
often criticized wrote, "It is not the critic who counts, not
the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the
doer of deeds could have done them better.
CREDIT belongs to the man (or woman) who is actually in the arena,
who strives valiantly - who knows the great enthusiasm, the great
devotion ... and spends himself (or herself) in a worthy cause.
Who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement;
and at the worst, if he (or she) fails ... at least fails while
daring greatly, so that his (or her) place shall never be with those
cold and timid souls ... who know neither victory nor
"Do not follow where the path may lead... go instead
where there is no path and leave a trail,"writes an unknown
scribe. I have used both statements as my guide in many of my
activities and adventures as a leader and in my business. I
challenge you to do likewise!
If you are to get criticism, and you will, let
it be for following your own personal leadership and daring
to build your own dreams. Couple that with a sage tip from me,
"Remember, they don't build monuments
Good luck in your continued efforts to lead, to build
your career, or your business. Don't let the dream killers succeed.
We need you!(c) Bob 'Idea Man'
Your success is a beacon to the rest of us who
also sail the seas of opportunity.
Lots to do this month...smile, as mentioned above
including getting my passport to Ottawa Iranian Embassy and back in
about 18 days.
A couple of holds for potential clients,
working on client programs for October and November, finishing our
new Secret Leadership Tips series, lots of website
tweaks, working on another Pocket Wisdom product,
Working on a couple of video products (Leadership and Selling),
preparing for Iran, a number of writing projects already in
progress, climbing down the outside of the Sutton Place Hotel,
preparing for another working trip at the end of the month (Sept
28th a fun 3-day cruise from Vancouver to LA and then 4 days in Las
Just got this promotion piece from the organizer of
the one conference where I am speaking in Iran. How cool is that...
hope they are saying nice things about me :0). And he says the other
conference has a billboard up already with my picture on it in
downtown Tehran... wow...I hope to get a picture of that and will,
of course, include it here for you. I love this
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