Happy New Years!

To all our friends, family and clients, hope you all have a safe and spectacular New Years!

May 2014 be the best year for all of you and your families. May your dreams all be realized in the year ahead, and keep dreaming big and strive for all your goals and dreams!

All the best!

Rod…

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The Business of Public Speaking

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The business of public speaking

The world of public speaking is one tremendous giving and receiving – giving your message/passion and receiving the satisfaction that comes from a well-delivered talk on stage.

Sure, if you’re a speaker you will give a lot – running a business, delivering compelling talks from stage, teaching, training, educating – everything it takes to provide value to your clients.  After all, you are the perceived authority and you give all you have, exuding passion every time you step in front of the microphone!  In my 20+ years of working with and helping public speakers, these are often common elements of what drives one to become a speaking professional.

But is that Enough?

Having success in this industry comes from two very important things:

  1. Loving what you do
  2. Enjoying a thriving business

Having great stage presence is critical in public speaking (yes, I’m also including teaching, keynotes, coaching, etc. – when…

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Greek Chicken and Potatoes

Made the best Greek chicken and potatoes this week. I was inspired the show Eat Street, where a famous Greek truck in New York was featured. As they said, “Lemon and Oregano is the secret of great Greek food!”

I don’t have specific quantities/amounts for the ingredients, just use enough to coat liberally (for the oil). I did that, and the whole family loved the results!

Chicken

  • greek chicken 2

    Cut 4 or 5 boneless breasts into 3 pieces, for each breast.

  • Add to a bowl and add your  1/4 cup favourite oil
  • Add about a 1/4 cup of lemon juice (you cannot add too much, so have fun with it).
  • Add 2 TBSP of Paprika – this adds the colour
  • Coat liberally with oregano.
  • 1-1/2 type red wine vinegar
  • 2 tspn finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 tspn dried thyme
  • Mix together by hand and let chicken soak for an hour or two.
  • Cook on grill, oven or pan – your choice or as the season dictates…

Potatoes

  • greek potatoes 1I always prefer to cook the potatoes completely ahead of time (baked or micro).
  • Cut potatoes into wedges, 4-6 per potatoe.
  • As with the chicken, add oil, lemon juice and oregano.
  • Cook – brown the potatoes for about 15 minutes in a non-stick pan.

Note: as an alternative, Greek rice can be made in the rice cooker, simply add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and a touch of oregano.

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead

I really enjoyed this article, great insight into one of the things I believe in most => CREATE SYSTEMS.

I learned this trait as a professional engineer, it was reinforced by a close friend and mentor who flourished in the entrepreneurial world, and I keep working that process to this very day!

Goal setting is important, but it’s what you do in terms of applying energy and effort into accomplishing the goal – that’s where systems come in to play…

I believe you’ll find this article very enjoyable.

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead