It took around 18 months from first meeting head of marketing Jo Walchester to finally agreeing to run two x half day Mental Resilience Masterclasses for the staff of Rothera Sharp Solicitors. We met at the Nottingham City Business Club and then a couple of months later at Rothera Sharp head office in the centre of Nottingham.
A few months went by then I was invited to their Christmas party where I was introduced to Anton Balkitis a Partner at Rothera Sharp – in fact I sat on his table and we won the general knowledge quiz due to his amazing music knowledge!!
I met Anton at a follow up meeting
A few weeks later I met Anton for a coffee and we discussed the potential of running the Masterclasses. Some time went by then Jo contacted me to organise the day to present the two x three-hour sessions which were delivered last Wednesday.
These sessions were very well received by all the staff involved and Anton and Jo both felt the sessions were perfect for their staff. I very rarely put feedback in my blogs but this one I received from Anton a couple of days ago warrants this.
A wonderful Testimonial
“Thank you so much John for sharing your experiences and expertise on how to improve mental resilience. We received very positive feedback from staff and participants left with great insight and skills to improve their ‘bounce-back-ability’.
Your presentation combined the perfect amount of instruction and engagement and was delivered in a very open and honest manner. I just read your book and shall be using your teachings both personally and professionally. Thank you for being an inspiration.”
Anton Balkitis, Partner at Rothera Sharp Solicitors.
I came across these thoughts on thankfulness recently and it really struck a cord with me.
“Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire … if you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something … for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times … during those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations … they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge… which will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes … they will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary … because it means you’ve given your all.
It’s easy to be thankful for the ‘good’ things … yet, a life of rich fulfilment comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive … find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.”
I just love this
I love the way Gratitude can change your state from negative to positive. Whenever you face something which is negative just think about all the things you are grateful for and you will soon start to feel more positive.
Thoughts for the week:
1. Do you view your marketing as long term or short term?
2. If you work short term, then you will receive work from smaller companies
3. If you want to work with larger organisations you need to have longer lead times
4. You want to start working on at least a two-year cycle for business
5. It took me two years including visits to two different countries to finally receive a booking from Hilton Hotels in Washington DC
Well that’s it for this week have a great weekend and I’ll tell you more about my upcoming international trip in my next blog.