We’re all in the people business…

My week in pictures… With MPP Chris Ballard at the Women’s Day event where I gave the evening keynote, John Demartini, meeting Paul Henderson, Founder & CEO of Next Century Publishing Ken Dunn, New York Times Best Selling Author Nick Booth, good times at the BUCS Fundraiser Women’s Day, CAPS meeting, PwC Vision 2 Reality conference. 

At the end of the day, we’re all in the people business. 

I wrote that on a cocktail napkin last night and pinned it to the massive stand-up doodle inspiration boards – a nice touch at the after party of the PwC ‘Vision to Reality’ conference yesterday.

It was an ah-ha I had while listening to Robin Sharma talk, the opening keynote.

This week’s theme has really been about people. Not only because I was around a whole bunch of people every day (I had a lot of happenings ~ even for me! ~ 6 different events and a full day conference to be exact) – but because the moments that stand out were the intimate moments I had one-on-one.

The highlight of my week was a coffee date I shared with a good friend who is going through a bit of a challenging time right now. We only had an hour together ~ and yet we were both so present, so locked on, and so connected. She then gave me the nicest compliment ever, about why our time together means so much to her.

Brendon Burchard, during his High Performance Academy, asked us to think about what 3 words we would want others to use in describing our interactions. We then had to set alarms on our phone, to go off daily, with the label being these same 3 words. The idea is to remind us and absorb. I’ve been doing this for the last few weeks. It’s powerful.

Have you ever given thought to how you are being experienced by others? Have you ever given any thought to how you want others to experience you?

We are not in this world alone. And if we really do want to make a difference, truly contribute, leave a legacy in our own little way, it’s not about us.

Robin Sharma spoke about the fact leadership was about 3 things: Inspiration, influence, impact. It’s all about other people. Both he and John Demartini (had the honour of meeting and hearing him this week, too!) touched on what it takes to be successful. It’s not about making a million dollars, it’s about serving a million people.

People and relationships really are what make the world go around.

Who are you being with the people in your life? Both those you’ve known for decades and those you are meeting for the first time? Are you really present with them? Listening to them? Asking their names and actually bothering to remember? Asking about their story? Caring? How are you helping and serving those people in your life? How are ensuring you are leaving them better than you found them?

“People will forget what you say, they will forget what you do, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

Because no matter what business you are in, at the end of the day, we’re all in the people business. (Click to tweet it out!)

Have a FAB week!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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