Year end – a hurried time with lots of hustle and bustle? Or a time to reflect on what has happened in the past year? Some people are good at taking stock and reflecting on what has been, while others are not. And it may well depend on one’s commitments. Regardless, it seems to me that reflecting on past successes, failures and adventures, is healthy, at least to a point.
My year as president of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers has come to an end on a couple of high notes. I attended the first-ever Global Speakers Summit in Canada which was a rewarding experience meeting speakers from around the world. And I cannot imagine a more fitting ending to my wonderful year than our holiday party on December 17th. Our roundtable of sharing was filled with lots of laughter and some tears. It was very real and heart-felt. I really do feel strong connections with my CAPS colleagues who continue to support each other.
When I look back, I often reflect on new connections I have made with people and renewed connections with others. That was never more prevalent than my special excursion to the North American Bridge Championships in St. Louis. This wonderful adventure with two life-time friends cemented bonds between us.
Another memorable trip was the one to Minneapolis where I sat in the Fox TV sports booth to watch a televised game between the Twins and the Detroit Tigers. A one-time employee of mine, Justin Kutcher, who I hired many years ago to broadcast his first game, promised me he would call if he ever made it to the “show” and he never forgot. It was a real joy to watch him in action broadcasting one of his first Major League Baseball games. This was a rewarding example of re-connecting with someone I cared about from my past.
There were many more connections forged and strengthened during the year. And some were missed, too. I did my best as I believe connecting with people makes my life fuller. I look forward to renewed efforts in the coming year to connect with new and old friends. Hard as this may be, I encourage you to do the same.
All in all, it was a good year and I value all of the people who were such a big part of it – my clients who gave me the opportunity to present to such a varied group of audiences, my friends, colleagues, and new acquaintances who made many adventures more rewarding.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful, healthy and fulfilling 2014.
John Hindle, The Contact Hitter