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Monday, April 18, 2011

GET [NAKED]

I noticed lately people referring to me as the NAKED speaker. Perhaps as a result of my passion for cooking and fascination with Jamie Oliver. Many people are fascinated as to how I started out in the field of Architecture to end up living a life inspiring people world-wide. Anyone who has been in my kitchen knows my passion for Italian simple cooking. I love it - and the tastes of my creations are outstanding. My creative journey certainly started in the field of architecture - as an amazing grounding to my creative abilities. As a child I have always had a creative soul. I would find myself always drawing or inventing things. I started out with a career in architecture. I graduated from one of the toughest programs in Canada - The RAIC Syllabus. A very long way to becoming an architect. That creative journey certainly formed the foundation of my entrepreneurial career. After being in the architectural field for numerous years I decided to leave and create my own agency. I wanted to do more with my presentation and creativity I just did not know what that was. One of the principles that I coach now is to Follow your passions and eventually the path will become clear. In 1999 I started my first agency - Network ISG - we were quickly regarded as marketing and presentation experts. Working closely with many companies helping them stand out in competitive situations and win. My first book was called What Have You Got To Win? and formed the basis for my principles of standing out and communicating like a champion. Several years later I went onto create a second company - constructIT Group - a web-based software that allowed companies to collaborate on projects through a secure web-based environment. We did quite well with this company despite the challenges of not having financing in place - rather we boot strapped the creation of this product through our agency. In 2008 I renamed our company to Redchair Branding to better reflect the new direction that I was taking my agency. We focused more and more on branding and I eventually launched my speaking career through my Branding Boot Camps. At this time I launched my second and third book, Kick Starters and Get Creative. At this point I had delivered well over 100 talks and I was fascinated with my ability to creatively inspire people and ideas to action. I became registered with the National Speakers Bureau and started to align more of my actions into inspiring people for a living. You noticed I just said what I focused on more so than the actual title. that is the thing - focus on what it is that you want to create for yourself and how you want to live your life. For me is was to creatively inspire people and ideas to action. The vehicle that I employ to achieve the end result is a combination of: Writing - Coaching - Speaking - Creative Direction. There is where you truly have to GET NAKED. Let go of your past and what is holding you back- embrace the new and your passion and let your dreams and goals guide you. I was a virgin if you will in all of the fields and companies I created. Remember, I was trained and educated in architecture but I have gone on within the past 11 years to create even more successful careers for myself. I am continually reinventing and improving myself. I continually believe that I can do anything I put my mind to. I feel more connected to the universe than ever. I can ignite an entrepreneur to action within 1-2 days and clearly map out their entire plan. I can reach any audience with impact and inspire them to create their desired life. I can creatively direct any campaign with laser precision and award-winning creativity. I am now focused on developing a TV show and magazine where I can truly expand my reach inspiring millions to action. This is what I was put on this earth to do. I see it and I believe in it. I am focused only on what I want to create and continually attract the people and the resources that I need to make it a reality. I encourage all of you to GET NAKED and let go of what is holding you back - get of your own way so you can allow your true self to step in and create. Want to learn more - email me at gerry@redchairbranding.com and let's get you NAKED.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Creative LawNo. 2 - Condition your Mind

In my latest book - The Innovation Gap - Cultivating Creativity in Life and Business, I focused on 10 Creative Laws to help people and businesses transform themselves with creativity. Sadly, many of us have forgotten how to apply creativity in our daily lives. The art of creativity can be applied to so many areas of your business and personal life. Creativity is the root of innovation - problem solving through intuition. When you are getting creative you are demonstrating to the people around you that you stand for a bigger cause. Anything that I strive to do either a workshop, key note, book or branding campaign - I always ensure that the highest level of creativity is injected into all the details. For example - I renamed my workshops to Branding Boot Camps. They are filled with creative enthusiasm, high energy, cool graphics, outstanding presentations that engage the audience. When we launched our creative events - we call them BIG THINK events. Every detail of the BIG THINK events are designed to connect with the audience. From the moment they walk in to the partner suppliers and sponsors that line the corridor. The main ball room is filled with white table cloths, large projection screens, gifts and creative work booklets for each delegate. The BIG THINK events are designed to help people THINK BIGGER.

This Creative law is focused on helping you Condition your mind for excellence. The following summarizes my formula:
- Decide what it is that you want to create.
- Map out with visuals, words and phrases the final result of this big picture.
- Draft up some written affirmations that reaffirm that you have already received it - for instance...I am enjoying living my life creatively inspiring thousands of people to action. These affirmations are key at unlocking your mind and your potential for reaching your goals. It is essential that you read these affirmations every day - morning and evening so just before you drift off to bed and as soon as you wake up. The goal here is to flood your subconscious mind with positive reinforcement for what you want. The key is to trick your mind in believing that you already have it. This art of transformation is referred to by scientists as structural tension. The mind wants to bridge the gap between reality and your realized goals deep rooted into your subconscious. The mind then works hard at bridging this gap by sending out positive signals and attracts people and resources into your life that will help make this dream a reality.
- Rethink your approach to rational thinking. Many times when you feel the need to approach or go after a new idea - your left side of your mind instantly kicks in and wants to hold you back. Recognize this very normal habit and then tell yourself that's the left side of my mind lying to me. I love the origin of words - RATIONALIZE refers to Rational [lies] or in other words the left side of your mind lying to the right side of your mind telling you that you can't do it simply because you have never done it before.
- Build new success habits. So to reinforce the above-noted principle you simply need to replace old habits with new ones. How long does it take to form a new success habit so the mind accepts it as new behavior? In my experience it is 30 consecutive days. So let's say it's waking up 1 hour earlier everyday to work out and get in better physical shape. You simply need to practice this new success habit for 30 days in a row. If you manage to get to day 28 without deviation and decide to take a break - you then need to start all over again -yea sorry but trust me it will be worth it. See the mind will process this new success habit as a new form of behavior and it has been re-conditioned to accept it. It wants to maintain this new form of behavior. You will find that you feel better and look forward to getting up earlier everyday. Imagine all of the new success habits you can create? That is the key foundation for so many successful people - to replace old habits with really great ones. I have seen many of my clients create the following success habits:
- Writing new books
- Attracting a new life partner
- Getting into better physical and mental shape
- Learning a new language or skill
- Networking more
- Watching less TV - Avoiding TV watching all together
- Reading new books
- Improving life skills
- Whatever it is that you want to do - just do it and do it now. It's a brand new day and no matter what stage you are at - you can start now. Don't look back only forward and enjoy the new life you are creating. Remember you are the only one that will get in your way - so get out of your own way. You are the architect of your own life - no one else.
- Practice the art of meditation and visualization every day. Fixate only on the end goal of the thing that you want to create. Learn how to still your mind and not let emotion derail you from your purpose and your journey. Every morning after working out sit in a quiet spot and close your eyes - feel your heart beat - your breath and lungs fill up with air. Fixate on an object in your mind - like a flower. Remove all other obstacles from your mind by pushing them aside mentally. Study every detail of your object in your mind and after about 10 minutes or so of doing this - start to visualize how great you feel about everything that you are creating. This is a very powerful tool that many successful people use on a daily basis. No matter where I am travelling to I am always meditating and visualizing every morning.
- Convert your fear and your emotions by expressing thanks every night before drifting off to sleep. This will also start to shift your energy from what you don't want to what you do want. Remember - Energy flows when your attention goes and the key is to point all arrows towards only the things that you want to create. As you start to feel emotional waves of fear coming about - get back to meditating and focusing on what you want most. Successful people take charge of their lives and do not let emotion creep in. They recognize the origin of the emotion and then channel it away or displace it with new positive thoughts. They counter balance these emotions with its opposite by getting creative.

So to close off - creativity is about seeing the world in a different light - its about the art of creation. We are all born as incredible creators - this is our common thread. Some of us have just learned how to tap into this power more than others. This is your turn and your time to condition your mind and your body for excellence.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hamilton InspiRED



As Canada's Creative Coach - my goal is to creatively inspire people and ideas to action. During my key notes I often talk about the importance of inspiring our youth in creating their own opportunities. Many of us as you know, were not taught in school the power of creating market opportunities or cultivating our inner creativity. This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending quality time with some really great friends, The Rangers in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. My 10th Creative Law as you know is to live life with passion and spending great time with friends like the Rangers is exactly what that's all about. Great food, great wine and inspiring conversation is always at the centre of our visits.

I was inspired by two young people this weekend, one was my 10 year old daughter Sophie and the second was a nine year old boy named Solly Ranger. I was invited on Saturday April 2, 2011 as a guest on the CHML radio station (900am) by Judy Marsales of Judy Marsales Real estate to speak about my inspirational approach. I was so pleased that I was able to bring my 10 year old daughter Sophie with me to be a part of the show. Everyone in the radio booth made Sophie feel like a part of the experience. Sophie has managed to start a band with two of her best friends called [NOTESTRUCK]. Sophie has invested hours in building her own website that is attracting a ton of buzz. This is what inspired action is all about - tapping in to your creative side and taking action with enthusiasm and passion and building momentum. I have no doubt that Sophie and her friends will make NOTESTRUCK a big success. We can all learn a great lesson from Sophie and her friends - the power of inspired action and going after the things that you want most. When I was in grade two (not that long ago-right!) I used to day dream a lot about new ideas and inventions. Let's just say that form of past-time was not well accepted from my teachers who would frequently slap me in the side of the head. When my two daughters are in that state of creativity- I simply tell them to close their eyes and have fun. One of my new quotes is [The world needs more DREAMERS so create what it is that you want most in life]. Keep up the great work Sophie - Dad is so proud of you. To learn more about the band NOTESTRUCK please visit http://www.notestruck.webs.com/

The next dose of inspiration this weekend came to me in a massive wave while I was spending the afternoon with my good friends - The Rangers. Their son, Solly Ranger only nine years old presented me with a line of 100% duct tape based products. I could not believe my eyes when he first presented me with a bouquet of flowers in different colours totally made out of duct tape. Next was a man's wallet that he created for his dad - complete with photo insert and multiple compartments. The last item was a pair of slippers. I was so inspired with Solly's creative imagination to conceive the idea and also in his efforts to flawlessly execute on the products. Solly is a true inspiration to us all and as a 9 year old entrepreneur the future is one that he will [STICK] to quite nicely. I have included a photo of Solly's famous duct tape tulip bouquet. I look forward to promoting Solly where I can and helping cultivate his creativity.


Keep up the great work Solly - this is just the start for you.

Photo Credits - Above left - Solly Ranger - Duct Tape bouquet.

Above right - Sophie Visca - Singer - NOTESTRUCK