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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.