I enjoy the challenge of writing interesting pieces for sometimes quite technical publications. In this profile I managed to include Valerie Singleton and Robert Mugabe, as well of course as Simon Williams, the subject of the piece.
Frogs puff out their throat to get attention. They think it makes them sexy and helps them get their amphibious legs over. It certainly gets them noticed and judging by the number of frogs cavorting round my pond at the moment, works for them.
I've been invited to an event to listen to a motivational speaker. Like so many he offers an attractive formula for business success which is loosely based on common sense. He will be well rehearsed and supported by a neat set Powerpoint slides. If folk are lucky, there will be 'materials' to buy at the end, perhaps a self-published book and a DVD of the presentation.
Recently I sat a few feet from Terry Waite as he read some of his poetry and talked with my friend Steve Foyster about his life. The event was organised by Norwich's Revelation Christian Resource Centre and the audience appeared to comprise solely of grey haired Anglicans. (I think that Waite and I were the only Quakers in the room!)
I make my living by taking on risky projects. It's what social entrepreneurs do, because without risk, there can be no gain. I work to remove the barriers to opportunity faced by people denied a fair chance by the perceptions or prejudices of others.
The other day saw yet another grant application turned down. The funder made the valid observation that the project is new, and so might not run quite as planned. They could not say yes to everyone, and had safer options to back. Quite rightly for them, they invested where they could see the best return.
Robert has become an Ambassador Potential Plus UK to support and promote their principles and practices of 'High Learning Potential'. Potential Plus UK are an independent charity supporting children with high learning potential (gifted and talented) by working with families, schools and professionals.
You can now find, review and hire Robert at Speakers Den. SpeakersDen is a new initiative developed under the trade of Athenas, one of Europe’s largest Speakers Bureaus with expanding offices in Norway, Sweden and Germany.
I'm reading Tim Cantopher's brilliant book on depression. He opens by stating the obvious. If you never give a shit about anything or anyone you're unlikely to suffer from depression.
I spent half a decade expecting 60 to be a pivotal year. But little did I realise as my 61st birthday passed, that only now am I really experiencing a fundamental personal transition.