Will you be eating or heating this Christmas?
Theoretically, life is a breeze and Christmas is coming and yet so many people are unfulfilled and they are not looking forward to the festivities and its inherent expense.
We live in a stressful world.
If it's not one pressing thought in our mind it's another.
The headlines are shocking. 100,000 banking jobs lost post-Brexit. Uncertainty prevails.
The corporate world no longer offers the trappings of the past - good pensions, high salaries and paid holidays to newbies. The entrepreneurial sector is stealing all the positive headlines.
If you're 25-45 years old and an employee, you're probably feeling the pinch as I write.
Whether you work in Finance, HR, IT, Marketing, Advertising, Law, Medicine or Accountancy, Civil Service (or any other industry), wages are stagnant, inflation is rising, and interest rates are going up in the new year.
Prognosis - painâ€¦
If you're a single parent, you're probably under massive emotional strain.
Where is the next life/career breakthrough?
Well, my work in training and public speaking for the last 25 years was the best move I ever made. Though I had no way of knowing that at the time. The work is varied, just like the audience and I take the opportunity to stand up and express myself each day.
It's not earth-shattering material and I'm not earning $1 million a year yet. I have no ambitions to eclipse Tony Robbins, become a politician or even read the news on TV.
What I find fulfilling is standing up in front of nice, ordinary, everyday people and provide them with the tools to increase their powerful persuasive potential. These tools allow you to speak up for yourself, stand your corner in a debate, and make your audience aware that you are a person of substance.
Make your colleagues take you seriously. It puts you on the radar. It helps you make a mark on your work and your future. When you're recognised for your views, when people know your values and your strengths, jobs with your name on it begin to appear.
Being a strong speaker fills you with a positive message and when you convey that message with passion, it affects you at a cellular level. Your ability to create change is infectious. Once you catch it, there's no going back. The days are better and brighter, you are filled with creative and inspired momentum.
If you don't believe me, go to your local speakers' club and feel the energy in the room. Ask those guys how they're feeling when they're making their speeches. They will tell you, I wish I had pushed this earlier in my life. I wish I had developed this skill as a kid.
If you want to formally accelerate that progress by working with experienced and specialist trainers, we have a wide range of courses for all budgets; designed to help you raise your profile, climb the financial ladder, and express yourself in a way that helps you become the person, the speaker, the leader that people want to meet.
False modesty is charming, but it's expression that pays the bills.
I hope that Christmas is fun and fulfilling and that eating and heating are both within your grasp... Whatever you choose, I hope there is warmth in your heart and in your hearth this Christmas.
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