Home' INSTYLE Magazine : INSTYLE JULAUG 2015 Contents Chris’s approach is uniquely real and
very approachable and he hates the word
motivation despite the fact his seminars
are ultimately both entertaining,
informative and motivational. Chris is a
certified practitioner in neuro-linguistic
programming and behavioral modeling –
in lamens terms he know more about body
language and communication than anyone.
The effervescent Canadian creates an impact
beyond the stage, he overlapped business
goals and personal - very important for
people who spend so much time at work.
“When you decide to have more energy
you do more energetic things. Life is one of
two things, a daring adventu re or absolutely
nothing – make your sunset the daring
adventu re you want it to be,” Chris said.
“Recognizing the past is done but it was
useful to you, it took you to where you
are,” he said.
Chris believes the way we come across
to people is 7 per cent words, 38 per cent
tone, 55 per cent body language and
how we start our day is a trajectory and
the most important things we say about
ourselves, in our heads are when we are
alone by ourselves.
Colin James also helped the audience to
manage the most difficult aspect of their
business – people. “Your job as a leader is
to facilitate followership.”
Colin believes that all of us have
contextual confidence – confidence in
some areas but not others, but it’s about
how we manage the most effective points
of human contact that counts.
“I’m trained to teach people to shift their
behavior – from where you are to where
you want to be. Most people don’t lead their
lives, they just accept them,” Colin said.
Colin is one of those people that
has spent his life exploring cultures,
religions, philosophies and human
psychology, which has seen him travel
far and wide and have adventures others
only read about. He has a background in
broadcasting and marketing but it is his
unique corporate style and content that
sets him apart.
“What do you do with the pissed off
people? The ones who are always unhappy?
You invite them to play- mostly they are
a mix of head-based and heart-based
behaviours but being completely pragmatic
is the best way,” he said.
It was time for a bit of audience interaction
before in true MBE style, guests were left
with an opening high note. There was
no better person to create a bit of both
personal and physical engagement with
the audience than Lisa McInnes Smith.
Lisa empowers individuals with knowing
how and when to lead and how to bring out
the best in others through both words and
physical behaviour and interaction. Lisa
showed why she is the master of audience
interaction – she even had guests throwing
things from and onto the stage – even
though they were chocolates, she showed
how a physical transfer of energy can
provide new levels of team engagement.
Think boot camp and team exercises
perhaps? Guests were left thinking about
everything they put into their system and
how it effects the outcome. I’m not just
talking about food either, input through
the ears, eyes, senses and smell. “(We
have to be careful about what we put in
our system so what comes out is worth
receiving). It’s easy to control input. What
you watch, read, listen to and surround
yourself with – output is not as simple to
control. It’s just like putting concentrated
time in everyday to learn – even if it’s just
10 minutes a day,” Lisa said.
Putting in fresh input not only grows the
m ind – but if you grow your level of input,
you can grow your level of output and Lisa
showed us how.
Finishing off the program with true
human spirit was the highly surprising
and impressive Geoff Knight.
Geoff has gone from being a rugged
deep sea trawler-man and patch wearing
member of New Zealand’s notorious
Highway 61 motorcycle gang, to a
burgeoning international operatic tenor
with a wonderful voice. Nobody has faced
overcoming stigma and pre-conceived
ideas like Geoff.
The audience found Geoff to be a truly
charismatic personality who really knows
how to connect. He captivated guests
by telling a thrilling tale of success and
strength that has the power to move a
listener through laughter and tears, leaving
them motivated and filled with inspiration.
He finished off with a roof-raising
rendition of ‘you raise me up’ – definitely
one of the most powerf ul voices I’ve seen.
On the Monday evening guests departed
MBE with a heavy head – mostly from the
night before, but also a heavy heart fused
with a mastery of new motivation and
meaning. Having shared unforgettable
experiences with their peers, witnessed
a caliber of speakers second to none and
a celebration that tops all celebrations
it’s clear why MBE has become the
biggest business building program in
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