What are you waiting for?

I had an interesting discussion the other day, and it was one I had heard before.  It’s the discussion about whether or not to hire a coach NOW, or wait until one is ready. People have different criteria for being ready.  An obvious one is Financial, having the funds to invest in coaching or training.  Other reasons (or excuses) include Time and, the one that came up the other day, Current Level of experience. Now this latter one can be valid for some trainings and coaching that require a certain level of skill or qualification to participate, but for the

Success is Within You

On my journey to playing in the Olympics in Sydney 2000, I overcame a lot of obstacles – the biggest one was not having people around me to say “You can do it.” Fortunately, I didn’t rely on the belief of others. The only way I would know whether I could or couldn’t was if I kept going…. if I backed myself. I did keep going and did represent Australia at the Sydney Olympics in Beach Volleyball. On retirement, I struggled to believe in myself and my skills OFF the volleyball court. I stopped chasing dreams and what it is

The Best of 2014

In the trend of rounding up the ‘best of’ for the year gone by, I thought I’d do the same here with my TEN most popular articles.  I hope it makes it easy to navigate the articles that were found most useful by readers and to also discover ones you might find useful for your own success in the new year ahead. My selection was guided by readers comments and engagement both here and on social media.  It starts off with a theme of goal setting, and then gets into tips and insights for speakers and leaders. January 9 –

What do you REALLY REALLY want?

With Christmas and New Year (and my birthday even, hint hint) it’s a time when you might get asked “What do you want?” It’s a question I often pose to my clients as we enter a new year to consider goals and vision for one’s life, business and success. It can be a tough question for some. I know I have often struggled with getting really clear on my goals at times, and have found myself going round in circles without a clear focus of direction. Here’s the truth: The times that I have been absolutely clear with what I

Sharpen the Axe

If you were given the task to cut down as many trees as possible in a short window of time and were given a blunt axe, would you take the time to first sharpen the axe? Let’s see if this is really true in your own business and what you can do to be even sharper.

If You Could Change ONE Life?

I had the privilege and joy of speaking to a group of kids that came from families with health behavior issues.  Through my networking group I learned about Maui Health and Family Services and when I heard about a special event they were having I eagerly offered my services to speak to the group. I value the opportunity to make a difference and find that speaking and sharing my story is a way that I can do that.  In the past I had been to Cambodia, South Africa and Peru – all in one year of big change for me

Bringing Out The Best In Others

As a leader you want to bring out the best in others so that not only they can perform better, but then so can the whole team and/or organization. I have drawn upon the parallels of leadership within my sport of beach volleyball, to come up with some tips to help you lead your team – whether as business owner, a group leader, a speaker or even a parent. What makes my sport of Beach Volleyball unique is that we are a team of just 2 people and we rely on each other to win every point.  I am still

Step Into The Leader You Are

Everyone is a leader in some way, so are you being the best leader you can be, and are your peeps paying attention? “I’m not a leader,” you might think… but my bet, is that in some area of life you are.  Whether it is as a parent, as a role model to somebody or a leader in your community. There is more than one way to be a leader so don’t let any preconceived ideas on leadership stop you from stepping up and taking a leadership role when asked. All leaders DO NEED to have a level of confidence,

How the World Sees You

To be a successful speaker you want to FASCINATE your audience, and now you can get the advantage on this with a gift. Branding expert and leading authority on the science of fascination, Sally Hogshead, has just published her new book How the World Sees You (July 1.) To celebrate the insights gained from a decade of research, she is launching Project Fascination with the goal of showing 100,000 people how their personalities add value. As a part of this project, she’s given me a special code to share with to you. The first 100 people who use it to