International Women’s Day Speech – Make It Happen Monday Episode 90

A couple of weeks ago I recorded an MIHM episode asking you this very question;

“Are you putting your ass where your heart wants to be?”

Two weeks later and I’m on stage putting my ass where my heart wants to be giving a speech for an International Women’s Day lunch here in Phuket. 😮

I was super nervous before getting up on stage, but once I got into my stride and focused on delivering my impassioned message, I loved it!!!

I want to do more!!! 🕺

Anyway, the subject for my talk was of course – “Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be” with the main theme being about grabbing life by the balls and being who you truly want to be in this world!

It’s a 15 minute speech full of stories, great examples of strong women and lots of laughs and I hope that it truly adds value to you, your life & your business.

Thanks so much for watching, have an amazing week ahead! 🙂

Watch Episode 90 Here

Here is a download link to my slides, hope they help! :)

Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be – The Slides

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Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions. I’m here to help!

Also, please share with your friends if you think this Make It Happen Monday episode has been useful and of course have an amazing week, live life on purpose and Make It Happen.

Thanks for watching!

Maroon 5 – Bangkok

Hello! Happy Sunday! 🙂

Last night I went to a Maroon 5 gig at the Impact Arena Bangkok.

It was a fun night, but I have to say it’s not one of the best live gigs I’ve been too.

The band were good, the music was great and they played classic Maroon 5 after classic Maroon 5, so it was a great sing along to all their best tunes.

But there was no engagement with the audience, at all. We got a couple of ‘how you doin Bangkok’s’ and that was about it.

Also while singing Adam Levine had little stage presence. Very different when he picked up a guitar which was absolutely magic!

Towards the end they did a couple of acoustic numbers which were much better and at last he sounded like the Adam Levine I’ve been listening to for the last 14 years.

(Can you believe they’ve been around for such a long time! All credence to them).

But as I said they did all their classics and so the evening was just one big sing along and therefore lots of fun.

Now we’re on route back to Phuket and I am writing out my ’To Do’ lists for this week, which just seem to be getting bigger and bigger each week!

I did not have a very productive week last week as my head was primarily caught up in my speech all week. (Look out for tomorrows MIHM episode).

So this week coming is a big catch up week for me.

How about you??

Have you reflected on your week and planned the coming week?

That’s what Sundays are for!

Hope you have an amazing week.

Jo 🙂

Build a New Model

Happy Saturday!

I’m off to Bangkok today to see Maroon 5 in concert! Very excited. So I’ll keep this short.

I read a quote this morning which said;

’You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete’ Richard Buckminster Fuller.

It’s really made me think about my life and what I’m trying to change.

For example. Last year I set myself a goal to write daily blog posts and failed because my model was 1000 – 2000 word ‘how to’ posts, which took time to research, write, create images etc.

So I built a completely new model based on the Seth Godin blog model of having my posts more like a feed, all on one page, scrollable from top to bottom without having to actually click through to each individual post.

Thereby turning my posts into 200 – 300 word daily musings (which is what I originally called it – Jo’s Daily Musings).

It’s made my precious blog model obsolete and made it possible for me to write & publish every day.

So, now I’m looking at how else I can incorporate this into my life to make it easier for me to achieve my goals.

This weekend, ask yourself, what new models can you build to make your life easier??

Have a good one!

Jo 🙂

Happy International Womens Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

Started back in the early 1900’s IWD was a vehicle to gather women together from across the world to demonstrate & protest for equal rights, the right to vote and hold public office.

Over the years it became a day to promote radical social reforms up until the 21st Century when corporate sponsors began to use it to promote feel good messages.

Today, each year has a specific theme to highlight hardships, women in developing countries, violence, gender discrimination, empowerment etc.

Source – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women’s_Day

This year, the theme is ‘Balance’. ‘Better the Balance, Better the World’.

My favorite quote for the day;

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist

IWD for me is about men & women working together to create a better world.

It’s up to us to educate our sons & daughters that collaboration is the key.

And we must celebrate our differences, rather than strive to be the same.

Men & women are different which is why they work so well together.

Women shouldn’t have to act like a man in the workplace anymore than a man should have to act like a woman in the home.

We need to bring our uniqueness and our strengths and weaknesses to each and every area of life and look to each other for understanding and support.

If you do nothing else today, man or woman, recognize your strengths and weaknesses versus those of your spouse, friends, family members etc and vow to accept the differences, excel where you can and support where they can’t as they should you.

And if you have children, teach them from the get go, the future is togetherness. Men, women, black, white, muslim, christian.

It is only through our love can we eradicate hatred.

Happy International Women’s Day 🙂

Frustrating Websites!

I tend to do a lot of research through my days.

Looking at travel websites, business bloggers, foodies sites etc and I have to say some websites are so incredibly frustrating I click away almost immediately!

Listen up as this is a great post to take heed of if you’re a website owner!

Sometimes, before I’ve even got past the headline a pop up pop’s up, which on a mobile is crazy annoying as invariably it’s not easy to close it down.

But here’s where I really lose my rag, I close the pop up only to be redirected to the top of the page and another offer or list builder which takes me away from the post I wanted to read.

I scroll back down to my post only to be greeted by something that flashes out at the bottom or the right of the screen once again covering some of the content I want to look at!

That’s it. I’m off.

I totally get that websites want to build their lists. I do too. But you need to get people interested in your content first, otherwise they’ll only unsubscribe from your list anyway.

A solid email list of subscribers is built out of trust and loyalty. If your content is so good that readers come back again and again and then sign up because they want more, that’s the best kind of subscriber you can have.

So create awesome content, include some attractive but unobtrusive offers to sign up for more info and slowly but surely build a list of loyal subscribers who will stand the test of time, oh and will also recommend your stuff to their friends!

Jo 🙂

P.S. If you’d love to know more about how to build a business you can run from anywhere in the world, click the image below! (Thats what I’m talking about!). 😉

International Womens Day Speech

Well have I been moving out of my comfort zone lately!

Firstly skiing last week which was one of the scariest things I have done for a while and then today I was a presenter at a lunch attended by 150 people!

Here in Phuket we have two main charities who hold lots of various fundraising events – Phuket Has Been Good To Us & The Good Shepherd.

Today they held an International Women’s Day Lunch at which I was invited to make a speech.

I nervously accepted the invitation as I haven’t spoken in front of a crowd in any meaningful way since I did a talk about Facebook Marketing in Auckland in 2011 (which, to be fair, was probably not my finest speaking gig ever!)

So I decided to take Steven Pressfields quote – ‘Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be’ and make that the title and theme of my presentation.

I was one of three presenters and I was so nervous! 😳

I kept saying to myself, which is more scary Jo, skiing or presenting and every time skiing came out on top, but that did nothing to stop the butterflies from flying vigorously around my tummy!

But guess what!?

It was awesome!

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, was clearly in my element and had the audience clapping even before I finished!

Oh how I wish we believed in ourselves a little bit more sometimes. Imagine what we could achieve if we just went out into life every day believing we were amazing individuals capable of anything! 🙂

I will be posting the video as next weeks Make It Happen Monday episode so look out for it!

After skiing and now this, I’m feeling very excited today and believe I can achieve anything! 🙂