UPDATE – Entering the world of 'Public Speaking'

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This post has been ‘archived’  because things have moved on quite a bit since I wrote it.

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It’s been just over a year since I first put finger to keyboard to write How To Do Everything and Be Happy, and this week (some 3,000 book sales later), I was pleased to announce the first How To Do Everything and Be Happy workshop, taking place THIS THURSDAY (24th November 2011), here in sunny Southend-on-Sea, just a few doors down from Southend General Hospital at the newly opened Therapy Life Centre. There are only a few places left!

I’m no stranger to standing in front of an audience. For years I’ve been an occasional actor and MC for Third Edge Theatre Company’s Murder Mystery evenings at Hylands House, in Chelmsford, and when I was working in banking much of my time was spent running training sessions. But this feels different. If I’m honest, it’s a little scary.

If you’re a big-reader of self-help you’ll probably be familiar with workshops, seminars, and the like. Large halls packed with badge wearing delegates, all facing the stage and podium in readiness for a motivational speaker who will cause you to question everything you believe, shake the foundations of all you hold dear, and force you to reconsider every assumption you’ve ever made.

This isn’t going to be one of those workshops.

This is going to be workshop for normal people, with normal lives. It’s for anyone who may have been ambling through life and wondering why they’re not – well – just that little bit happier. It’s going to be an evening of brainstorming and happiness planning, and after two hours I’m hoping to have armed everyone with enough goodies (INCLUDING the paperback version of my book) that they can return home and start creating a happier life. Wow. No pressure then! Put like that I don’t feel scared at all!!

Anyway, the workshop is at 7:30pm, on Thursday the 24th November, and costs just £18.00.

Right now this looks like this could be the first of many speaking gigs. I’m currently in discussion with four organisations about the possibilities of doing a talk, a workshop, or something similar in the new year. I can’t tell you much more than that at the moment, but check back later and click on talks and workshops for more details (or save yourself the bother and subscribe to this blog via email).

In the meantime, if you have any tips, hints, words of encouragement, or just know where I can get my hands on a truck load of Valium, feel free to use the comments box below.

Click here (or the YouTube link below) to listen to a BBC interview about the book the workshop is based on