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Next Events:

Cook Islands Quest 100 (Quest #4)

  • Friday Sept. 28th 2012

  • Location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean

Soccer Quest 42 (Quest #5)

  • Friday Oct. 5th to Sunday Oct. 7th 2012

  • Location: Spray Lake Sports Centre, Cochrane, Alberta

A lot has happened since 2010. We raised $320,000 for Right To Play with Marathon Quest 250 and I visited the kids in Benin, West Africa. I laid out a new plan, "Quests for Kids" where by I would attempt to complete 10 Quests in 5 years, raised $1M and helping 20,000 children. I signed a book contract and achieved two Guinness World Records in Netball and Lacrosse. This was all great stuff but I realised that I had to start covering my day to day costs and not eat up Sue and my savings.

Several ideas came to mind and I started to work on them. Articles for the local paper; training programs for individuals who want to learn to run; product promotion for equipment I use in my running; publication of the book "Marathon Quest" and public speaking.

As a kid, public speaking was a challenge. I was once asked to read a passage from the bible to the whole school at assembly. I went to the front of the hall and stared at the words. I stammered my way through it and walked back to my seat with my head down. The next time I was asked to make a presentation to a large group was early in my mining career. I was living in Yellowknife and was asked to present a paper at a Mining Conference, in Sudbury, Ontario, on a mining method we had used at the Con Gold mine.

My mind instantly flashed back to my embarrassment at school and I was determined not to let that happen again. A friend of mine Gerard was an English Teacher at a local high school and he suggested we give Toastmaster a try. The conference was in September and for three months Gerard and I would go to the weekly meetings and follow their program. The big day arrived and the presentation went well.

Recently, I've joined another group that are committed to the business of public speaking, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. They have chapters all across Canada and the Calgary members meet once a month, on a Saturday. They bring in amazing speakers and the group is very giving with advice to new members. The day I became a member, another new member was signing up, Kristina Groves, four time Olympic speed skating medalist.

Nuff said.

Quote of the Day

"Insist upon yourself. Be original."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Talking to 600 participants at City Chase Toronto: August 2011


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