There was SO very much going on in October – and it was all good. In fact, some of it was SO good that I’d like to share it with you.
Firstly, though, the last MindBiz Seminar (3 of 3) takes place on November 17 in Edinburgh. This month, I’ll be covering “Influencing Thoughts and Behaviour”. It will cover – among other things – “Instant Rapport”, “Empathy”, and S.P.I.D.E.R – the Psychological Sales System that Slays. (Not easy to say, that!)
“To face the challenges in the current uncertain economy which is driving all of our businesses at present you need every advantage you can get. These seminars will make you and your people see things in a totally new light and from an entirely different perspective. They will show you how the impossible can become a reality. No Death by Powerpoint – these will be fast and fun and entertaining but with a very serious and quantifiable business outcome.”
Details of this, the final seminar, can be found at www.mindbiz.co.uk
STEVE HARLEY IS BACK…
Okay, listen up all those of you in the Glasgow and surrounding area… My mate Steve Harley (of Cockney Rebel fame) is in Glasgow this month. On the 22nd, he is performing a lovely, intimate acoustic set at 02 ABC, 300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA.
Honestly, if you want a GREAT night out with some fabby music in the company of The Man, then this is the place to be. Ticket info at http://www.livenation.co.uk/event/17423/steve-harley-acoustic–tickets?country=2&language=en-GB
Of course, he is performing elsewhere – from Doon Sooth tae Oop North – and you can find out about tickets and venues here: http://steveharley.com/dates.html
If you go along and you DON’T have a wonderful time, I will personally refund your ticket price. So there!
AND HORSE IS BACK, TOO…
Now, talking about knock-out musicians… here’s another. The luverly Horse McDonald. It’s been 20-years since the release of Horse debut album “The Same Sky”, featuring UK chart singles “Careful”, “Speed Of The Beat” and “You Could Be Forgiven”. So, to celebrate, Horse and her band will play the entire album on a UK tour this November.
This is really worth catching, I tell you. I’ve been a fan – and a friend – for a long time. I love her music. I love her voice… and I love her performance style. And you will, too. Trust me.
The dates throughout November are: Sheffield, Boardwalk 10th. London, Bush Hall 11th. Aberdeen, Lemon Tree 12th. Edinburgh, Queens Hall 13th. Brighton, Latest 17th. Inverness, Spectrum Theatre 19th. Livingston, Howden Park 20th. Glasgow, City Halls 27th
Ticket and venue information can be found at www.randan.org
If you DO make it along to any of her gigs, let me know and we’ll enthuse over it by e-mail! (Horse, that doesn’t include YOU!)
It happened again! Once again, in Scotland’s national daily newspaper, “The Daily Record” I was a clue in the crossword. (39 Down. Scottish Television Mind Reader. (6 letters.) Drew —- ) So, for all of those teachers who once referred to me as “clueless”… Not any more, chummy!
I had a couple of live television performances this month on STV’s “The Hour”. You can see the results at the links below.
Just as an aside: I suppose that, rather than being merely “presenters”, Michelle “The Voice” McManus, Grant Stott and Steven Jardine are “hosts” in the studio. And they really are the perfect hosts. Thanks for making my job so easy, guys.
This month I had three opportunities to spend a short time and offer a couple of quick demonstrations at several chapters of BNI, in Edinburgh, Livingston and Roslin. Lovely, enthusiastic, positively-minded business people.
(The BNI is a business and professional organisation. It is the most successful business referral organisation in the world, and belonging to BNI is like having dozens of sales people working for you because all the other members carry copies of your card with them. When they meet someone new that could use your products or services they hand out your card and personally recommend your services.)
Thank you, Martha and David Tod – and yes, you, too, Colin – for the opportunity to meet some of the members. (If you run a small business, it might just be worth finding out a bit more. The website is: http://www.bni-europe.com/uk/)
At one of my gigs this month it seemed like the perfect opportunity to meet up with my cousins, Derek and June. Nothing unusual about that, I suppose, except we haven’t seen each other in (guessing here) just under 40 years. Can you imagine? How did THAT happen?
Derek and June used to come down to North Berwick and stay with us. Great times, and Derek remembers it in superb detail. He reminded me of the time that we were playing soldiers in the woods across from my parents house, and I was really disappointed that we didn’t have hand grenades… so we made flour bombs instead. What a stupid plan THAT was…
The thing is, Derek was from the metropolis of Glasgow, and here he was in this little East Coast seaside town. He had the fashion, the music knowledge, the looks – he was cool. And he still is!
Great to meet up with them. One thing is for certain; it ain’t going to be another 40 years.
AMONG THE OTHER GIGS THIS MONTH I was at the Isle of Man Hilton, Kilmarnock Business Gateway, and a nostalgic return to Bathgate Golf Club. Such fun!
The last time I met Len (The Silver Fox) Murray (His book “The Pleader” comes highly recommended) was at Bathgate Golf Club. Here is one of his favourite jokes…
Harry and his mates from Bathgate Golf Club had saved their money in a big jar to go to Spain on a wee holiday. And as the 27 of them stood outside the Nueva Andalucia Plaza Hotel near Puerto Banus Harry got a nudge from his mate….”There’s big Sean Connery!”
“Naw it’s no’” says Harry .
“Aye it is “says his mate.
“Right enough so it is,” says Harry.
Harry goes up to the big man and says “Hello, Shane, we’re fae Bathgate Golf Club. Ah wonder if we could have a picture”
“No” says Connery “I don’t do that sort of thing now.”
“Aw come oan, Shane jist one. We’ve come a’ the wey fae Bathgate.” pleads Harry .
“Oh, ok. Just one” says James Bond
Harry hands Connery the camera, runs back to the group and shouts “Mind you get us aw’ in big man!”
Oh, while I remember, the other speaker at Bathgate was Sheriff Lindsay Wood. What a great speaker – very funny, and he has a real empathy with the audience. They loved him. I know that a few entertainment agents get this newsletter, so if you haven’t booked Sheriff Wood yet… why not? If you already book Robbie Glen and Len Murray, this is another name to be added to the list; no question.
My old chum, Gordon Giltrap (soon to appear on “Never Mind the Buzzcocks”) – ace guitarist and jolly nice chap: actually, one of the nicest, blokes you’ll ever meet – was returning from a guitar festival and we managed to hook up at a hotel near the Forth Road Bridge. And, just to make it even better, Hilary his lovely wife was there, too.
It was supposed to be for a quick cup of coffee. Which became another cup of coffee, and then became lunch… What a truly fantastic way to spend an entire day. Such wonderful company, and so many fabulous stories. Thanks for a great day, mate.
Some of you who attended the my MindPlay theatre show at The Bathgate Regal a couple of years ago will remember Gordon with affection, I’m sure. If you don’t believe that Gordon Giltrap is the one TRUE Guitar Hero… check THIS out.
How DOES he do that? Isn’t it fantastic?
More info on Gordon at http://www.giltrap.co.uk/
NEXT MONTH IS SHAPING UP RATHER WELL…
November 2. BBC meeting, Glasgow.
November 3. Norton House, Edinburgh
November 5. Dundas Castle, South Queensferry
November 6. Gourock
November 11 Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
November 13 Dalmahoy Hotel
November 17 MindBiz Seminar (3), www.mindbiz.co.uk
November 18 The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow with the BBC.
Other than that, my time is my own… Ha!
I hope you all have a wonderful November. Till, December… I’ll see you then!