Guess where I went last week? I went to Manchester for a few days for two very good, very interesting reasons. Firstly, I went to Manchester to attend my first ever Professional Speaking Association meeting. Secondly, I went to Manchester to experience something new . . . I attended a Rammstein Concert (never heard of Rammstein? check out one of the their music video clips here)
So, how did my first ever PSA meeting go? Well, I, myself, as a motivational and inspirational speaker, was inspired and motivated myself. I have never felt more like my speaking career is where I am meant to go, what I am meant to do. I gained so much knowledge and encouragement from these fellow speakers. The biggest tip that I "learnt" (because I didn't really learn it, I knew it already, but it was hammered into me as a very important thing to do) is to "ask" people . . . all the time. Ask for work, ask for help, ask for support, ask, ask, ask. Because, to point out the obvious, if you don't ask you won't get. Some of the speakers that actually spoke to us that night included - Paul McGee, Richard Mccann, and Geoff Ramm. What I have learnt from this group of speakers is that we have to collaborate, work together, be a group, and through this mutual support, be successful as indivi
My other reason for going to Manchester was the Rammstein concert. Now, I am trying very hard to open myself to new experiences, because to grow as a person you need to expose yourself to the new, you have to let go of preconceived notions and embrace an open mind in everything that you do. I went to the concert with as open a mind as possible . . . and guess what? I loved it!! It was like theatre, with really hard core rock music. The pyrotechnics were amazing, the music awesome, the band members quite goodlooking (I think I have developed a thing for German men!!). It really was an eye-opening night, and one that emphasized the point of embracing new ideas and new experiences. This can be applied to all aspects of your life.
All in all, my time in Manchester was well spent, successful, and inspirational