Walking the walk
Sometimes you need a little of distance to bring the real impact of things into focus.
Over this Christmas period I have had time to reflect on a fabulous experience at The Charisma Bootcamp in Dublin in December. It was a rare privilege to work with so many smart, inspirational people over such a short period of time.
The event was organised by Owen Fitzpatrick who you may know, either from his work with the co-creator of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler, or from his TV series 'Not Enough Hours'. One of the books he co-authored with Bandler is called Conversations and I consider one of the most insightful books I have ever read of psychology.
Owen’s vision was to bring together a number of inspiring speakers who would share their philosophy on what charisma is and how to enhance it. Over the course of four packed days there was an amazing variety of high quality speakers providing insights into everything needed in order to become a confident and charismatic speaker who can take your personal and business life to new heights.
What made the event so special was that the speakers were from such diverse backgrounds:
Poll Moussoulides, the Voice Coach who has worked with Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Dreyfus, Kim Catrall, and Pierce Brosnan.
Karl Spain, the Stand up Comedian, who has presented two national television shows and is regarded by many as one of Ireland's bes.
Sonya Lennon, the top Stylist who co-presents the exceptionally popular 'Off the Rails' television programme.
Robert Orr, the Leadership Guru and Self-Made Multi Millionaire.
Kevin Fitzsimons, the Online Branding Expert and Social Media Director of Ogilvy PR having worked with the likes of Volvo, IBM, Nike and Motorola.
Ruairi O'Connor, the popular Irish magician who has been hired by U2 and Westlife.
I was the last speaker and therefore had the privilege of seeing four days of brilliant individual presentations that approached the subject from a unique standpoint.
What made it all the more remarkable was that each speaker embodied the ethos of the subject and not only very successfully talked the talk but, even more importantly, actually walked the walk.