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  • It’s Jan 26th, Australia day. The day many of us wave the flag, put lamb (or any other meat product) on the BBQ and drink a lot.

    Unfortunately the Australian of the year this year is Rosie Batty. I wish to all […]

  • Let’s Do Better
    I am tired of all the disrespect and lack of tolerance.

    Whether it is road rage, bombing, messy divorces, frivolous legal suits or over entitled celebrities, it is NOT progressing our planet or […]

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    Can you believe it is the start of another year?
    As we get older the years seem to pass more quickly so it becomes even more important that we make the most of the time presented to us. That means no more New […]

  • I am concerned about the increasing racism I see on my internet feed from people who I thought knew better. The blaming of Muslims for terrorism as if they are the only religion who has had extremists tarnish […]

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    Sorry if that title comes off a little negative.

    But let’s be frank, come April you will probably struggle to remember what your New Year’s Resolutions let alone be on the path to achieving them.

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    This is Winston.

    He is our 15 month old toy poodle. Yes he is very cute. (I like to think he takes after me!)

    This morning at 5:30am he was howling like a banshee.

    I went to the […]

  • My apologies for the delay in this weeks motivator. You see, I didn’t work yesterday as I was busy celebrating seven magnificent years of marriage with my gorgeous wife.

    Success comes in many forms and […]

  • Your Melbourne Cup Runneth Over

    It is the Monday before Melbourne Cup.

    For many, the excitement is building about the “race that stops a nation”.

    The trainers have been working hard to get the horses […]

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    Ask not for whom the internet trolls 
    It trolls for thee
    (apologies to Hemmingway)
    Trolling is easy.
    Look at any social media site and you will see examples of it. Wikipedia defines it as “a person who sows […]

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    Overnight Melbourne had one of the wildest thunderstorms it has even seen. Rolling thunder and lightning (very, very frightening) lasted for hours.

    I know it lasted for hours because I lay awake listening […]

  • I believe that people love strong leaders. They want someone who is willing to take the hard road and give reasons why we should join.

    Here is a short video sharing further thoughts on Do You Have What It Takes […]

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    Gough Whitlam was a polarizing figure. People either loved him or hated him. His passing overnight will sadden many.

    I was thrilled to portray him at the recent Melbourne Fringe Festival but I really knew […]

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    I had the great delight to host the Challenge to Lead Gala Dinner on Saturday. The guest speaker was Colonel Marcus Fielding, military strategist, author of Red Zone Baghdad and philanthropist.

    It was […]

  • ThumbnailSometimes, you just have to do something. It may not be much, but it is something.

    My friend Melina from M.A.D. Woman is having a crappy time at the moment – literally!

    She runs the Making A Difference […]

  • ThumbnailI received the news yesterday that I have been awarded the global certification of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). According to the National Speakers Association of Australia’s current records, there are […]

  • ThumbnailI have been preparing for weeks.
    I have tried to get my butterflies to fly in formation.
    The excitement is building to a climax.

    This week I perform in my one man Melbourne Fringe show, Gough. It’s on!

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    Accountants the world over are dealing with this question from their clients on a regular basis.

    Some of us ask this question every time we look in our purse/wallet or visit the ATM.

    Businesses with huge […]

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    It’s Monday … AGAIN!

    This seems to keep happening on a regular basis. So why are people surprised when it comes around?

    “Can you believe it’s Monday already!”

    It’s a bit like Christmas, birthdays, […]

  • Danielle Storey is one of the founders of The Cartridge Family. (To be completely open, she is also my business partner in the Exhibiting and Sponsorship Institute).

    The Cartridge Family is a multimillion […]

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    In another deviation from the normal format of the Entrepreneurs In Action series, I wanted to share with you an interview that I did with Jacki Mitchell on RPPFM’s Taking Care of Business show last week. I was also fortunate to share the microphone with my good friend, and fabulous speaker, the delightful Danielle Storey.

    In research that is repeated time and time again, 30% of people have a greater fear of public speaking than they do of death. Yet t is such an important skill set for all people, particularly business owners. During the show we cover a range of topics from tips on the best use of visual aids to how to create a presentation to what it means for your branding.
    The Show

     Size 36 MB and Duration 39 minutes

    To give you a summary of the keypoints on this show, here is the “track listing”

    02:30 Why would you need to Speak in Public?
    04:00 Learn how to Get Things Wrong
    07:12 Do you have to be Born a Good Speaker?
    08:25 What Formal Training as a Speaker?
    13:40 What about Speaking for Introverts?
    16:00 What do I speak about when Networking?
    17:10 Tips for new/shy speakers
    20:25 Tips for PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi
    22.35 Business Times Magazine
    24:30 An opportunity to speak
    27:22 What is Slam Poetry?
    28:58 Highlight the Elephant in the Room
    34:30 Branding on the Platform
    36:00 Having a Plant in the Audience
    36:50 Pearls of Wisdom
    Resources referred to on the show are:
    Melbourne Impro – Watch and learn from some of the best improvisers in the country
    Humourversity – Learn to be funny or add that funny edge to your presentations
    Toastmasters – A structured approach to learning how to speak to an audience
    EASI – The Exhibiting and Sponsorship Institute for all of your Exhibiting and Event Sponsorship needs
    Business Times – BusinessTimes is a website and a monthly colour magazine giving a voice to business
    Bloom Networking –  Jo Schutt runs different networking events and the Peninsula Health and Wellbeing Expo

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