It’s me Dave Crane live from Abu Dhabi, at the Shangri-la Hotel.
Let me give you the view what I’m looking out here. Isn’t that gorgeous? And just behind me if I can just turn around there in the pool, got my beautiful wife and daughter. Do the wave Maya… there we go! And everyone else is chilling which is rather cool. I wanted to share with you today an idea about work-life balance because I’ve not done any broadcasting for a little while and have not taught anybody for a little while. Well, I’ve talked to people, whether they’re in prison or in a box or just hiding away from everybody being the most, the grumpiest motivational speaker on the planet.
But, you know what when you work really, really hard and I’m sure it’s true for you as well and at some point you’re going to get the balance right which mean what you’re actually do for your living and what you do, why you go to work in the first place. So, I came to the conclusion or at least my wife came to the conclusion maybe she stopped working so hard, maybe what you need to do is have a day away and chill out and she was absolutely right. So, she booked this great. We’ve gone away for a little while made sure that everything behind us is all cool but you know it doesn’t need to take a timeout, just have a chill out and not be involved in anything apart from just quality time, time you can get back to yourself and just press the pause button on your life.
Now, look at view behind me. Actually gorgeous! See that? Abu Dhabi at its finest. Nothing going on, apart from just enjoying quality time. Now, there’s been loads of things that happen that I really wanted to share with you but I don’t want to talk about it right now because it feels like going back to work. Because ultimately you ask people why they go to work and they just say, well I go to work earn money, to pay for bills or go the rest of it. No, you go to work so you don’t have to go to work. That’s it.
Now, you want to get a job that you love at the same time you want to make sure that work-life balance is exactly the way that you wanted to be and it’s very difficult especially challenging times like this to get that work-life balance exactly if you truly wanted to be. Now my public speaking business really taking up very well as you probably following on LinkedIn and so on as a direct result of that I’m basically get clients. I think one of the things that made a massive difference especially the people like my age. And as you can see, I have a bit gray in the beard and just like everybody, George Clooney had it at the age of twelve is that as you get older ,the game changes. I think that was giving a massive influx of people who are 45 to 50 maybe even 50 plus having that as a sweet spot. They’re gonna start their own businesses. I’ll tell you why it’s because right now there’s a real drive certainly in the UAE, it feels to be where people are not doing employed for over 50 or they’re not being renewed for over 50. Now, this is a shocker. It’s not a shocker if you’re a millennial. If you’re like 30 plus, you’re going to say yeah, well you know I can understand it. But what if it comes down to is the cost of holding on to somebody who’s a little bit older, it’s quite considerable. I’ll tell you why. Because if you are 50 plus or about kind of age group you probably got wife or husband, you got kids, got mortgage, you’ve got lots of things that you’re paying for on a regular basis. Now, this has to sustained by your job ultimately whatever comes in, goes out to all that. Now, the company is trying to streamline, is trying to cut down and all its overheads and they want to have somebody doing the job who might not be as good as the big boss or the upper management but can learn on the job, well my case you’re going to look for getting somebody who’s a little less experience but maybe half a price. So, that seems to be assault current thing is happening to a lot of my friends they’re turning around and they’re really worried about where they’re going to go next.
But hope is on the way. I’m driving now to teach everybody as much as possible how to create your brand, how to get involved in a public speaker. Now, why public speaking important? Public speaking is important I think it’s a number one way that you can grow your brand by making a conversation with people around. I think that when it comes to lots of other ways which are, of course very useful like blogging, even video blogging like this and they’re very useful because we allow people to see you and to understand your message. There’s nothing compared to being in front of a live audience where they have no choice but to pay attention to you. You can then use the content to drive people to your future events. You can sell stuff at the event. You can also get content you shared on stage and you can use it to be monetized either selling the video or getting it transcribe or so on. So, there seems to be something up most people will be interested in. You might ask, Dave you know, you do this for a living, why would anybody else wants to do it? Because I think, that’s it. So, anybody is 50 or 50-plus heading towards that age group, in fact I think that this is a way that it’s going to go for a lot of people. You’re going to end up becoming consultants and seeing what you did before but pretty much on your own so that’s okay you pay your bills. But the thing is you’ve got the ability to keep this going now until the day you decide to retire. If you ever decide to retire and the more you do of it, the more you become seen as an expert or guru, the more respect comes in and the more people want to work with you as you grow your brand.
Now, the way this works is very simple it’s like the joke about, you must have seen a cartoon about the two people put it on their training shoes and there’s a lion or a bear coming towards them. And one of them says you know what, why you, why you’re bothering on putting your training shoes on, we’re never gonna outrun a bear. It just I don’t need to outrun the the bear, I just need to outrun you. So, what we’re talking about is if the world becomes full of consultants, I’m not saying it’s going to be exactly like that but there’s a trend that’s coming along. If everyone becomes consultants. You just have to keep better than the consultants around you, be able to learn from it. People look around and then judge you on a couple of different factors, it turn out and say well, why I should I pay for this guy, why should I pay for this woman. Well, she knows what she’s talking about and I don’t think there’s anybody else that sets up a bracket will be able to take care of the business as well as them. If I can get something cheaper I would do, if you look at their credentials, you look at the their video and look at all the things like that. Well, that’s pretty much better than all the other guys. Yeah, there might be alright but if you want to take a risk you know I’ve been on Google, got shortlisted to five people, this one comes up, the top of scene because they made a bigger brand for themselves online. Let’s give them a call and then it’s yours to lose. Now, a lot little don’t feel comfortable when it comes to doing video and then doing blogs all the rest of it. It’s a case of practicing it. And if you don’t want to do it, when you don’t do it. But I think those people are going to be successful are going to be able to do it.
Well, I know what people say when it comes to see me about public speaking and say Dave as a real issue when it comes to actually my accent people can’t explain what I’m saying or when I’m talking I feel really nervous or what if it all goes wrong. These are all tricks and things that you can learn. As far as things like accent goes, if you’re giving great concepts of people love what it is that you’re talking about. They don’t care all your accent is like as long as you can teach them something. As long as it’s going along and the leave ’em of more than they arrive with. As the things like what if it all goes wrong, well, you take steps to make sure that you, you are covered. I did an event on is actually on Abu Dhabi on Thursday and I drove down there and as I arrived what most was my 45 minutes lot was cut to 30 minutes. Dave can you do 30 minutes in front of our audience of 800 or people. In fact, it’s on my Facebook page if you want to have a look at it. It was done live on Facebook’s that had a few clips on it oh but you’ll see is a brand new presentation I wheeled out that’s going unstoppable at work.
Actually, it’s quite related to this subject and so I had to go from 45 minutes to 30 minutes. Now, from a technical point of view I’ve made you going to cut out a whole lot of stuff and he goes we’re going to cut it out on the fly you really have this keep an eye on the timing. And luckily, I had a clock in front of me and I have to judge when I was halfway through I should be halfway through my slides and when I’m getting to the last 18 seconds, I should be regular finish off because last thing I want to do is overstay my welcome and have somebody make it clear to me but they want me off the stage. You’ve gotta be disciplined and you also got to look after the people who are looking after you.
If they find that you only the stage but be mostly they won’t want to get you back again and won’t recommend you to other people so all the time does things like being thrown at you that you can and can’t deal with. I remember I did an event for glaxo smithkline in Sharm el-sheikh in Egypt and I predominantly working from a Mac as in a Macintosh not a lot PC. Because I find it take ages to boots up and also they can update in the middle of your speech. That’s why I stopped using PC, where the Mac is relatively easy even though everybody gets grumpy about the connection. So, I was there my Mac and we’re getting onstage at 10 o’clock. I arrived at a 8 o’clock to see everything is up, make sure the slides work, the videos all connected, the sounds perfect and then just sat down and waited for my turn to be called on stage. There were 800 people all in the audience waiting for all the presentations to go through including mine. It’s about time to came up to do my speech, I get on stage, ladies and gentlemen, start the spill going but what I didn’t realized was that my Mac has gone into sleep mode. That’s all right, loose it up again so when it goes into sleep mode what happens is instantly it saves your file but without the video attached to it. So a young lady who’s looking after all the engineering and all the different presentations started the recovered version but not the proper versions which have no videos. Everytime I went for a video breaks, nothing happens, so I asked her to do again, nothing happened. I had to restart it and do it again. Nothing happened. And this is in front of a live audience and then what did she do, well she’s have a grumpy or embarrass or could be bothered. So, then, she shuts down my entire presentation, puts off the event holding slide and leave me dangling in front of a live audience for about 55 minutes to make it up. As I go a lot to do it hundred percent it built announced it was amazing positive I’m not saying for the aggregate point of view because I know my material and you can be ready to deal with stuff and sometimes your best presentations are the ones you have lived.
You should be talking about subjective you know it really well. And this case is interesting, like this it’s fascinating to you and you want to hear more. I don’t want to know how you can build your brand and become a speaker food and maybe we should have these conversations more.
Contact me through my email or get off me release them and it story questions at me I’m always happy to chat to people. If you want social coaching let me know about that as well. Meanwhile, that’s it that’s my one or bit of work what message to my daughter Maya. I really come for me baby.
You enjoy your day!
Actually being taller but you could slow there which is behind me swimming away waiting for daddy to catch up. So with that, bombshell I’m going to get my drugs done no you’re not going to see it. It’s pretty horrible!
I’m going to enjoy the rest of the day.
Take it easy.
I’ll sort you soon but the love enjoy your long weekend back.