Got to spend an hour with Ric Willmot today - very cool :)Yale Morgan
Giving of yourself, when you can and when it is appropriate, will always be appreciated.
On 14 May I delivered a 90-minute breakfast workshop on behalf of the Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce. The committee were spectacularly helpful and generous. Regional areas seem to have the most warm and welcoming people.
After I completed my presentation I said to the president (Dion Taylor) and vice-president (Tracey Smith) that I was happy to stay for the day and make myself available for one-on-one personal sessions with anybody who cared to seek some time with me. I thought perhaps two or three people may take advantage of the opportunity and I would then slip off for a quiet lunch.
Starting at 9:00AM I had half-hour and one-hour meetings right through until 7:00PM with only an half-hour for a quick sandwich at lunch. But I didn’t mind. The Bundaberg people were friendly, considerate, patient and willing to learn. It was a pleasure to give of myself for the day.
My respect for these people is because the Bundaberg region is certainly doing it tough. The sugar industry has been decimated. Their largest tomato producer went out of business through some poor business decisions and a despicably vile poison attack on their crops. Mining has taken workers out of the area. And tourism has never been a boom sector, although it should be. The area is gorgeous; my family and my best friend’s family come to Bargara Beach each year for a week’s vacation and to see the turtles nesting at Mon Repos. But every single one of the 9 or 10 individuals who sat with me and asked advice came willing to listen and did not complain about their plight. They were positive, knowing that times were hard, and that they needed to raise the bar. Kudos to them!
By the way: if you’d like to download the handout from the breakfast click here and scroll down to Seminar Downloads.
There was also this tweet from an excellent business coach based in Bundaberg, Yale Morgan.