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Monday, December 22, 2008

The XMAS Rush

I set out to defy the current economic times by re-inventing myself and our company. This December has been the most progressive month for our company this year. Not only did we secure a major branding contract in Toronto, we also secured our first BIG THINK event in partnership with The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and world-class speaker, Mike Lipkin. This has been a rewarding December that I will never forget. With the power of the Law of Attraction, I have manifested all of my 2008 personal and business goals. I now have the foundation to grow Redchair Branding into a Fortune 500 company and attract incredible clients and opportunities 2009. I have enbraced these times with confidence and creativity to evolve my approach and my creative service offerings by becoming The Worlds Creative Think Tank. I encourage all of my clients and colleagues to do the same, to take action and adapt to this changing marketplace with enthusiasm. Enbrace these times, get creative, stand out and overcome the odds. In December, I had the pleasure of attending a 3 day mediterian cruise with Emily and took that opportunity to recharge for the upcoming excitement that awaits me. The 50 events planned for 2009 will provide me with the opportunity to creatively reach out and inspired thousands of people to take action and go for their dreams.

I returned fresh and full of creative energy. My first week back I had 3 awesome meetings with The National Speakers Bureau, Mike Lipkin and The Ontario Chamber of Commerce. 2009 is starting out to be the most exciting year ever with major speaking engagements already planned for January, February and March. On February 21 I will be delivering a high-energy Boot Camp in Guelph to 600 young professionals. On March 27 and 28th, I will be partnered with Mike Lipkin and The Ontario Chamber of Commerce in our first ever BIG THINK, a world-class event being held at The Kingbridge Centre in King City in Toronto. Ever since I declared my goal of Creatively Inspiring 1 million people, I have stayed true to this vision, applied the power of visualization, took action and expressed sincere gratitude for all of the events as they manifested. As I sit here on Monday Dec.22, 2008, I am getting ready for an exciting holiday season with my family and friends. I wish you all a successful 2009 and a warm filled holiday season with your family and friends.

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Reflection on 2008



The year 2009 looks bright! For the past 10-12 months, my goal was to evolve and strengthen all areas of my personal and business life. With the law of attraction and the power of creativity, I have successfully manifested the following areas of my life and my goals as set out at the start of 2008:

  • The attraction of 2 new exciting business partners, Vittoria Wikston of White Oaks Resort and Spa, and Wendy Murdock of Hurstplace
  • Evolve Redchair Branding beyond just a marketing company into an exciting Creative Think Tank that inspires and motivates individuals and corporations.
  • The launch of my new book, GET CREATIVE with a goal of becoming a best seller.
  • Launch of IGNITE Idea Centre and coaching of 50 individuals.
  • Winning an international design award.
  • Speaking side by side with two world-class speakers, Jack Canfield and Mike Lipkin.
  • Launch of a TV pilot and partnering with a TV producer.
  • I lost 20lbs and feel and look great.
  • A stronger and healthier relationship with my family; my former wife Jean and my two beautiful girls Sophie and Emma and my new partner Emily.
  • Became a registered speaker with The National Speakers Bureau and spoke at 10 events with 40 planned for 2009.
  • Travelling 6 months of the year.
  • Purchase of a new home and office.
  • Collaborating with exciting people and partners to take our vision of Creatively Inspiring 1 million people to life.
  • Putting in place an exciting new vision together with my new partners for 2009.

I am very grateful for the success, the vision, the friends, the clients, family and support people in my life. All of my success stems from never giving up on my vision, for believing in me, conditioning my mind to attract what matters most, surrounding myself with ONLY positive people in my life and removing any and all negative energy/people from my life.

I am focused on reaching my goal to creatively inspire 1 million people, speaking a min. of 40 days per year.

I wish you all the best and look forward to being a part of your dreams.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Gerry is Speaking With Mike Lipkin


Wow, what an incredible day. I just got off the phone with Mike Lipkin. Talk about the power of the Law of Attraction. I saw Mike speak at the Phenomenal View Speaker Series (where I was partnered to open for Jack Canfield). I loved watching and meeting Mike and said that day, I will be speaking with Mike Lipkin. Several months later, we are set to speak together at a Redchair Branding/Ontario Chamber of Commerce Event called, The BIG THINK.
The event is scheduled for March 27th and 28th, 2009. This is one event you will not want to miss. This will be a 2 day spectacluar event designed to open your mind and get creative. I could not think of a better world-class speaker to be sharing the stage with than Mike Lipkin. Now just imagine if we can collaborate with Mike on a regular basis and start our own Power Within Speaker Series globally. This would allow us to reach a million people. Thank you Mike for entering my life.

Travelling The Country as a Inspirational Speaker




Good afternoon all, wow, what an exciting past few months with the Chamber Communities. I have been touring the province and have inspired over 5,000 people; injecting new hope, and creatively inspiring so many entrepreneurs and businesses. As part of my goal to Creatively Inspire 1 million people, I continue to receive more and more requests from individuals who want to get more creative with their business approach, and with their lives.
My ‘Get Creative’ speaking tour with the Chambers of Commerce kicked-off:
o In Hamilton to over 70 participants.
o Whitby welcomed me with open arms to a cast of 100 participants at an amazing dinner theatre.
o OwenSound had close to 80 businesses with a local sponsor.
o In Peterborough, I spoke to an energized crowd of 70 plus attendees.

Looking into 2009, I am scheduled to speak at 4 new Chamber communities during the months of January and February, including a trek to Timmins. We just received exciting news from The Guelph Chamber as a result of Lloyd Longfield taking action and hosting the first ever Youth Boot Camp targeting 600 participants with me as the key-note Inspirator.

In March we will be hosting the first BIG THINK Retreat in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce exclusive to all the Chambers of Commerce (to a cast of 250 attendees). At this event, I will be partnered on stage with World Class Speaker, Mike Lipkin so you won’t want to miss out on this event, trust me. We will be sold out by mid January, so stay tuned about how you can register for this exclusive creative event. The goal is to attract larger crowds of 200 plus to each of your Boot Camps, attract media attention, and showcase the Chambers of Commerce as the creative engine for local businesses.

Audiences are sending us rave reviews, testimonials and amazing case studies about the positive affects of my Boot Camps. Entrepreneurs are launching new ideas, improving their personal lives, and collaborating and growing their network as a result.




In response to local businesses wanting more exposure, we have even developed unique sponsorship opportunities that will allow me to infuse their brand into my actual presentation. As a result, we will be able to donate a portion of the sponsorship back to your community to a charity of your choice.

These Boot Camps go far beyond a business presentation. They are designed to creatively inspire your community to take action; to create their desired personal and business life. I will continue to broadcast my message and my unique ability to your audiences. Within my Boot Camps, I inject creative energy into the audience by being an active participant. I provide them with the tools and the inspiration to help them stand out and get creative. We are all uncertain as to the outcomes of this changing global economy, and what I can do is summon my creative abilities to inspire your audiences to take action, collaborate with others, get more creative with their business strategies, and re-examine their business approach. As many of you know, I have creatively transformed myself from the field of Architecture, to marketing, software, presentation and branding. Now as a registered speaker with the number one speakers bureau, The National Speakers Bureau, I speak to 1,000’s of people every week either as an inspirational key-note speaker or to businesses that require a fresh injection of creative energy.

I personally look forward to meeting with each and every one of you following the event, along with the media, in order to extend the significance of these events within your community. Megan is standing by and I encourage you to contact her at (905) 528-6032 to secure your dates for 2009. Many past attendees are requesting ½ day and full day events and a repeat performance.

Enough said, it’s time for me to go back to work. Inspire others to inspire others. When you can tap into your life’s purpose, it’s a magical feeling.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Gerry and Daniel, Architects at James Bond


Many of you may know that I was originally trained and educated as an architect. This weekend, my very good friend and architectural colleague, Daniel came over to my loft. Daniel is from Tailand. We went to Architectural school together. Daniel was also in my wedding party so he has seen it all, the good times and the bad. Daniel, Emily and I had the best Tai food on Sat. night prior to hitting the new James Bond flic. I was dissapointed with the film, Casino Royal was much better. Daniel shared some awesome news about his new girl friend Anna, in Switzerland. She owns a Kungfu studio, Daniel will be spending the holidays with her. (This is the first time that Daniel and Anna are meeting, good luck Daniel, I want to know how it all goes!)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Book Signing at The Village Gallery


My good friend Alison, owner of the Village Gallery in Mississauga's Port Credit , is hosting a Book Signing party for my new book GET CREATIVE. We have about 100 or so people coming. Wine, cheeze, great music, art, ex-girlfriends.....how can you go wrong, right?
Should be a blast. I will keep you posted on how it turns out.
It was a blast, check out the photos at:
http://www.thevgallery.com/picsGetCreative.html

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gerry is Hitting The TV Screen


I always wanted to be a co-host on a TV show. I appeared on TV several times, the last one being CBC Fortune Hunters this year, coaching a Burlington company called DansceScape. My team and I put together a TV treatment this summer and a producer that has done shows like Canadian Idol picked it up and is in the process putting together and pitching a show called Jean + Gerry BRANDED. The film crew came into our office 2 weeks ago to shoot us in our offices, a typical day in the life of Jean and Gerry. Now for some of you who do not know, Jean Visca is my former wife and still business partner. A great person with a big heart. Jean and I still have a very solid working relationship as we continue to raise our 2 beautiful girls, Sophie and Emma while leading our Branding Company, Redchair Branding. We all get together (that is the our new life partners). How do we do it? What is the secret. Well, keep checking in for new and exciting developments on the Jean + Gerry BRANDED show.
Cheers .

Inspiring 1 Million Youth

As part of my goal to Creatively Inspire 1 million people, I want to inspire youth as well. I had a great meeting yesterday with the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. They have asked me to speak to 600 youth at the new Conference Hall in the UofG. This is an awesome opportunity for me to deliver a high-energy and inspiring message to our Youth. They have the ability to Get Creative and do it now, create their desired life, figure out their unique ability and what they were born to do. Book the date and send your kids to this boot camp, it will be on Sat. Feb.21,2008. To reserve your seat, contact my Creative Assistance megan@redchairbranding.com

One of our OwenSound Boot Camp Attendees drove 3 hours today to engage me in a new branding campaign. I was really impressed that they drove all that way to work with me in a Creative Think Session. Steve, Don and Rod, thank you for coming out and for taking a seat in the Redchair, you guys were awesome!

Gerry and Emily at The National Speakers Bureau Party in Toronto


My goal is to creatively inspire 1 million people. As part of this quest, I have become an international registered speaker with The National Speakers Bureau. Last night was their 35 year celebration and open house in Toronto. I was featured in their new Directory and as part of their slide show line up. Emily attended with me, it was pretty cool, that made me feel like a celebrity. Great food, full bar, a ton of people. I even met the Astronaut Dave Williams.
Following the event, I was driving with Emily along Yonge Street, and I noticed a place I used to visit quite frequently as a kid, the BIG SLICE. The best pizza you will ever have. We managed to wolf down a huge slice each. Boy, don't get in the way of Emily and her pizza, she will take your whole arm off.

Yesterday was a big day, we met with the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, they have asked me to speak to a group of 300 - 600 youth in their first ever Youth Branding Boot Camp. Very exciting, it will be in the new Universty of Guelph Auditorium.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gerry is coming to the Big Screen

A producer known for doing big shows like Canadian Idol asked to shoot a pilot of my business partner (AKA The Former Wife) and I at our office. A day in the life of Gerry and Jean Visca in the Redchairs. How do we do it? How do we co-exist? How do the new partners in our lives (one working in the same office by the way!) get together for dinner? The day consisted of cameras, interviews, lots of action, smiles from Emily (aka my GF who works in the office) in the distance....The pilot ended with an interview of Jean and I talking about how much we appreciate our partners, how lucky we feel, what we love most about this whole situation and what still pisses us off. At the end of the day, we are only human. We hope to see this new reality series on air in the New Year either on CBC or The Women's Network.

Gerry Hits Peterborough during the first Snow Fall

According to my editor, Emily Mylks, (who is not just my editor, but also my GF) she wants me to share some insights into my exciting life. Let' start with the past week, my new speaking career is starting to flourish. The Chambers of Commerce have been scheduling me as a key-note speaker for their branding boot camps. Since Oct.2008 I have spoken to over 450 people in Hamilton, Whitby, Owen Sound and most recently Peterborough.
The trek to Peterborough on Nov.20 had to be the most memorable. A 4-hour drive throuh Ontario's first snow fall. Usually this drives takes an hour and a half, 4 hours of stop and go traffic, white outs along the dark highway 115. The only thing that kept me sane was Emily sending me friendly texts every 10 minutes. (I should not be reading as I am driving, so I am told!) I finally arrived at 9:30pm to a warm hospitality at the Holiday Inn. In my room was a plate of snacks and a pitcher full of beer and ice from the local chamber. All I wanted to do was watch a movie, unfortunately, this feature was disabled on the TV so I called down and got them to fix it. And now I could relax with my beer and snacks while watching Step Brothers. Boy, what a laugh.