Homelessness and Sales….

Every Thursday morning at 7:00 I start my day with a rollicking, yet professional meeting with the Think Referrals Business Network. We have our breakfast, present our 60 second updates, maybe watch a presentation and/or discuss some of our business challenges. And, we have fun.

Some of the challenges that emerged today related to sales.

Sales. A scary word that conjures up plaid jacketed, smoking, slick used car salesmen and buyer’s remorse. EEK… But, this word is what we all do, all the time. Ask Daniel H. Pink! His newly released book “To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others” addresses this very issue. I love Dan Pink’s books (“A Whole New Mind” “Drive”) and this one is another goody. I recommend reading all three.

Pink discusses how we all work in sales, “whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.”

Or a homeless person asking for help. Read more

Buffoonery Workshops and Philippe Gaulier…

Postscript:

The Bouffon Workshop in Chicago has been postponed to April, 2013. The following story stays the same, just further on in time. Thank you to the campaign donors for continuing to support me!

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Last week I found myself expressing, aloud how rich it would be to someday extend my bouffon training by studying under the Master Bouffon, Philippe Gaulier from France.

Be careful what you wish for. Read more

Out with the Old, In with the New: 2011-2012

It’s the last day of 2011, and here we venture into a “new” year where we renew our cheque writing habits and scratch out the 1, and replace it with a 2, and initial the error. But, that’s just a technicality.

Really, the New Year always seems to have a refreshing sense of renewal, a clean slate, a second chance, a new step, new energy and resolve, a dusting off, a shedding of old, and a new determination of marching forward. I love the sensation, yet, the realist in me says “it’s just another day”, and nothing has changed. Thank goodness, the spiritual side of me chooses to embrace the illusion of newness, and pulls up the new clean agenda with hope.

New Year’s resolutions can become a dangerous concoction of expectations, unattainable aspirations resulting in disappointments, so I step around the ritual with caution. One of the people I have “met” online, and follow is entrepreneurial mentor Chris Brogan. He offers us a suggestion to replace the over zealous resolutions by choosing three words for your 2012 guiding track. You have to dig deep inside and figure out what words resonate with how you would like to drive your year. I like this.

So… in the spirit of Chris, I would like to write three words that represent for me my departing year, and also my arriving year.

The main energy for 2011, for me, involved family, and some new steps towards my business. I learned that there will always be difficult challenges in life, and the other challenge is to balance it all, without guilt, with laughter and pleasure.

2011: Showing up, leading, cocooning

2012: Embark, Focus, Manage

Happy New Year to you all. I sincerely wish for you a road of good life, with good lessons, and laughter. And, if you would like to share three words with me, here, I would be honoured.

Cheers!! 🙂

Our inspiring neighbourhood... Happy New Year

Better to grape than gripe?

Team-Building at it’s worst… but, fun to watch!

(at least there might be some wine at the end?)

We had some grape picking, wine making fun recently in the Okanagan! (no feet!)

To read more: Bouffon Droppings

Just a Saturday evening…

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West Vancouver

It’s Saturday evening, and it’s a quiet one on the home front. My desk is cleaner and now I’m staring at my empty blog post space, like an empty canvas I must fill before midnight. No, no-one has a gun at my head but I did give myself a 30 day blog post challenge that, so far, I’ve been fulfilling. (not all my posts are original, but a sincere desire to share some others’ good writing)

But, here it is, and I’m asking myself, what do I want to say, express, and place in my blog. Sometimes, we can’t be brilliant or full of inspiration, and maybe that is okay.

So… it’s Saturday night, and I think it’s just good to sit back and listen to some music, do some reading, or maybe even dance to that music. Or, go for a night stroll…

Maybe I’ll just ask you what you are doing?

And, leave you with a beautiful song I recently discovered by brilliant singer songwriter, Adele.

“Someone Like You”

Permission To Play…

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When I was little, I didn’t want to grow up. The grown up world looked terribly serious.

One day when we were kids hanging out in the back yard, my friend told me that she couldn’t wait to get married and have kids. Wow. I thought she was nuts. Not me!

Now, gazillions of years later I know what my childhood instincts were telling me. There was going to be a lot less play in the grown up world and a lot more problems to solve. I just knew.

One day on a walk, I watched an impish mix of  adults and kids playing soccer with abandon. It made me grin and I knew that nothing else could be on their minds. Too busy playing, they were in the elusive “now” where all the great contemporary gurus are telling us to be. (have you read Eckart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now”?) The soccer game was a perfect example.

Theatre stage work offers this opportunity for me and I believe my journey to this world was an honest trek from childhood. I needed to keep playing. It felt like air, a serious necessity. Being a character on a stage, in a situation, with a live audience, if you are sincere with your work, telling a story, will keep you divinely present. Read more

Creativity and Aging….

 

Drawing in a Buffoonery Workshop

Drawing in a Buffoonery Workshop

by Timothy Carpenter

Pablo Picasso once famously quipped, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

There is a relatively new phenomenon that, truth be told, started decades ago, as phenomena often do — it’s called “creativity and aging.” A landmark study by researcher Gene Cohen M.D., who passed away this past year, proves that older people who engage in arts programs taught by professional artists show improved health — fewer doctor visits, reduced medication usage, overall improvements in physical and mental health. The programs studied drew upon a range of art and cultural disciplines, such as painting, pottery, dance, music, poetry, drama, material culture and oral histories in a creative context.

Read the rest of the article by Timothy Carpenter