I have been a member of my share of associations and networking groups but I have never had to qualify to be accepted before. I recently joined the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and I have to tell you their admission process is quite involved. I say this as a good thing.

It’s important that the association holds their membership to a certain standard. To join as a professional you must have had a number of paid speaking engagements in the last 12 months. You must show documents to support all of the paid engagements.

The reason I mention all of this is so the next time you see this logo you will know that not anyone can use it.  Members of CAPS or the american equivalent the NSA are professionals in all aspects ad as a meeting planner or speakers bureau, you can rest easy knowing that this logo carries with it credibility and the assurance that you are getting a professional for your event.

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I had the honour to present my Mind Mapping training “Unlocking the other half” at the first ever Event Professionals of Manitoba AGM.  My goal was to open the meeting planner eyes to new ways of planning and organizing information. Planning an event using mind mapping can help you to see both the big picture and the details at the same time. It also enables you to be much more creative by tapping into the right brain to make more connections.

The immediate feedback was excellent some planners were ready to start using it immediately.  Others were going to try and implement it in smaller areas of their life such as making a grocery list.  There is talk of doing a follow up presentation where we can really see where the rubber meets the road and get into more specific examples.

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One of the thrills of parenting is to see your child experience their first everything. As they do you get to enjoy that same experience from a different perspective.

Today my daughter Esmée discovered dandelions. To most of us a dandelion is a nuisance that is to be eradicated from your yard. To  her they are a beautiful flower. She spent today’s walk picking as she went.

It’s a nice reminder to look at things from a different angle. How can you do things differently. Sit in a new spot at lunch, walk home using a different route. Shake things up and discover a new way of looking at the world.

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NDNA Endorsement of Anders from Anders Boulanger on Vimeo.

Even though my Canadian Tire Money joke didn’t go over my latest show in U.S. was a major success. I’m looking forward to coming back to North Dakota in the near future.

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Sometimes I have an encounter with a true sales master and I just have to tell someone. First off let me set the scene. I decided to make some Schnitzel for supper one night and went on the hunt for some veal cutlets. After some problems sourcing my veal I stumbled upon Hoffman’s Fine Foods. (http://www.hoffmannsfinefoods.ca)  That was when my experience began.

As I entered the store I was welcomed with a piece of pie. While I ate the pie I was given a short tour of the store as she brought my attention to various sales going on. Once I mentioned my quest for veal I was then educated in why this veal is the real deal (Milk fed).  The salesperson was quick to pair my schnitzel with various other side dish possibilities. After barely resisting an offer to buy bacon wrapped filet mignon, I was then given a free package of mushroom gravy to with my schnitzel.

I have no doubts the store does very well because you are knocked over by the level of service. It’s a nice reminder to help your customers to the fullest of your ability and you will be remembered long term……I think I’m going to go back and get those steaks.  She was that good.

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My friend Lionel Piché made this amazing balloon tractor as a consolation prize after getting my butt kicked in Ping Pong. If you are planning a birthday party for a child and you want to make it unforgettable I’d urge you to check out Lionel’s site and consider his services.  www.magomago.ca

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Everybody has their reason for getting up in the morning. They have reasons to do things that they normally wouldn’t do.  This is mine summed up in 8 seconds.

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