NOTES of a NOMAD #226 -Happy 30th Birthday, Charlie! -9 June 2024

At thirty years-old, it was time to treat Charlie to a nice birthday present.

I arranged a “spa” day for Charlie; he is looking and feeling much better now.

After spending the previous six months outside, my chariot, Charlie, my 1994 Toyota Corolla station wagon has been faithful to me and deserved the “spa” treatment.

If you are interested there is a previous video where I show Charlie loaded with my rowing machine and other belongings which is found at Notes of a Nomad Video #91.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #225 -Bob and Heather -Life Stories -3 June 2024

Attending two Celebrations of Life for Bob and Heather made me think about life, its fragility and impermanence.

Listening to the stories about others’ lives encourages us to review our values and priorities and have gratitude for what we have.

Also, it can be motivating and makes us think, “What would Bob or Heather do in these circumstances?”

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NOTES of a NOMAD #224 -What a Ride! -26 May 2024

Life has been interesting in the past 80-plus years.

The changes have become obvious as I go through the collected memorabilia as I downsize.

Each decade is so different as we age and the world evolves.

This video may be of interest to historians.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #223 -A Message from Nepal -19 May 2024

A few days ago I received a surprise message from a school I visited in 2023 during my last week in Nepal.

The Wings Agora Speakers Club they started has been active for the past year and they have invited me to join their meeting.

As I had not heard from them since last year, this was an exciting message!

NOTES of a NOMAD #222 -Memorable Things -13 May 2024

We tend to accumulate many items during our lifetime which can become burdensome for those who sort out our estate.

I have returned to Canada and have the challenge of downsizing some more.

There are some reasons why this works for me and it is liberating to own fewer things as they can control you.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #221 -Travel Lessons -5 May 2024

Travelling can teach us so much.

We learn to be adaptable, patient, independent, self-aware, open-minded, and grateful.

However, we don’t have to spend a lot of money and time to gain these important skills.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #220 -It’s Madness! -28 April 2024

Mental health is often not spoken about and considered shameful, but it is becoming more of a challenge in our changing world.

This past week I visited a museum at a large state mental health hospital in California and listened to three speeches that helped prompt this video.

I refer to a TEDtalk by Vikram Patel, “Mental Health for All By Involving All,” which can be found at the link found in the description of this video.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #219 -News Addiction -21-April 2024

Today there is so much access to the ‘news’ that if we are not careful we can become obsessed and even addicted to watching the news.

It has been shown that too much negative news can harm our well-being.

There are some ways I have tried to control going down the never-ending news channels.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #218 -Youth Programs -14 April 2024

Encouraging youth to speak in front of a group and even make presentations is something I have been doing for around two decades.

I have learned a few things and recently sent an award to a young 9-year-old participant for giving her fifth speech.

Having a variety of ages working together also adds some magic to the process.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #217 -Juggling Generations -7 April 2024

I was impressed seeing the different generations collaborating at the recent rehearsal of the Great All-American Youth Circus here in Redlands, California.

This reminds me of what happens at many of our Agora Speakers meetings with young and old people working together to improve our interpersonal skills.

Today we have the wonderful opportunity to work with people of all generations to help each other become the best we can be.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #216 -Finland and Sisu -31 March 2024

NOTES of a NOMAD #215 -The Quote and the Email -24 March 2024

“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.” is a quote by Elizabeth Taylor.

I also received an email from Gabriela, the Agora Speakers Ambassador for Romania inviting me to visit in August.

That is an exciting door to be opened as I plan to visit Romania.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #214 -The Possibilist -17 March 2024

Nelson Mandela said, “People say it’s impossible until it’s done.”

I listened to a fascinating podcast with William Ury, an American author, academic, anthropologist, and negotiation expert.

His stories and approaches about some of the negotiations in which he has been involved are extraordinary.

You can find the podcast at https://tim.blog/2024/02/13/william-ury/

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NOTES of a NOMAD #213 -93 Years Young -10 March 2024

We can all learn something from Richard Morgan, a 93-year-old world indoor rowing champion from Ireland.

Richard started his journey at the age of 73 and had not been highly athletic previously.

His success can be partially credited to consistently doing various exercises, and having a high-protein diet.

If you wish to learn more about Richard you can find the article about him in the December 2023 Journal of Physiology. Also, there is a video about him and his test results. Links to the journal article and video are found in the description of this video..

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NOTES of a NOMAD #212 -What Are These Young People Doing? -3 March 2024

This past week I was in contact with some young people doing something I would never consider when I was their age.

A year ago I visited a school, Everest Academy in Nepal.

This past week a group of their students surprised me with some activities demonstrating that we should not underestimate them.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #211 -How Old Are You? -25 February 2024

Ageism is a systematic oppression against specific age groups.

Older and younger generations can often be excluded from various opportunities due to their age.

There are examples of older and younger people who have contributed to changes in the world.

We can use intergenerational connections and judge people by their strengths, not their age.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #210 -Yuri-WAR -18 February 2024

This video covers a sober topic, that is war.

I just heard that the friend’s brother passed away from being injured in the war in Ukraine.

War impacts the infrastructure, economy, health, education, environment, and many other aspects of our world.

I hope one hundred years from now, that some of my future descendants will see this video and say that does not happen anymore!

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NOTES of a NOMAD #209 -A Message from Arnold -11 February 2024

“You can admit you can’t do it alone. I certainly can’t. No one can.”

This is what Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote in the foreword of the book, Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss.

Arnold has become famous and gives motivational speeches and talks and in his recent book, he also mentions helping others as others have helped you.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #208 -Hiring Skills/Topgrading -4 February 2024

In case you know someone who is involved in hiring I share what I learned as a recruiter for fifteen years.

Up to 70% of people hired are not the best fit for their positions.

I share an approach developed by Brad Smart called ‘Topgrading’ which has stood the test of time.

For more information see the Topgrading website at https://topgrading.com/

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NOTES of a NOMAD #207 -Virtual Team Challenge -28 January 2024

I share some details about what is happening in January on the indoor rowing machine calendar.

I have been confusing the local gym members as to why some old guy would come in every day and row for hours on one of their Concept2 rowing machines.

There is an indoor rowing machine team challenge called the Virtual Team Challenge for January.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #206 -Saved by Criticism -21 January 2024

At a recent meeting, people gave me criticism or feedback on a demonstration video I had created.

It is often challenging to cultivate an open mindset to constructive criticism, but this can lead to growth and improvement.

At first, I thought they did not appreciate what I showed them.

However, their comments will help make the final product better.

Please get in touch with me with any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #205 -Clutter (Things) -14 January 2024

Recent conversations reminded me that often the things we own can end up owning us.

Storing the things we own can be a challenge. Storage has become a growing multi-billion-dollar business.

Cleaning our clutter can be challenging. Less clutter can often benefit our overall health.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #204 -But I’m Not a Leader! Really? -7 January 2024

I watched a recent short video by Simon Sinek where he answered, “I’m not the CEO, how do I change the organization?”

The answer is you can influence the group of people you are involved with daily. This can ultimately have a positive impact.

You can find Simon’s short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5VbM95rY58

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NOTES of a NOMAD #203 -The Middle Way -31-December-2023

In a recent Afterparty at an Agora Speakers meeting the teaching of ‘The Middle Way’ from Buddha was mentioned as we discussed the status of the world.

I found it interesting that many philosophers such as Aristotle and many religions have a similar message on how to approach life in moderation.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #202 -Comfort Zones -24 December 2024

Although it is a challenge, getting out of our comfort zone has many benefits.

We can increase our self-confidence, broaden our perspectives, improve our problem-solving, increase our motivation, and unlock our potential.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #201 -Changing Lives -17 December 2023

If you have watched some of my previous videos you likely noted that I believe communication skills are important.

Improving our communication skills has a positive impact on our lives.

How can we inform people about how they can improve their lives enormously by practicing and improving their communication skills?

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NOTES of a NOMAD #200 -“WHAT” 200 Videos? -10 December 2023

Should you ever wonder where you can easily find the videos that I have posted since February 2020, there is a website.

On the website, there is a list of all the posts with a brief description and a link to each video.

I describe the website and show the page containing the list of videos with links to each video.

The site can be found at https://www.notesofanomad.ca/

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NOTES of a NOMAD #199 -The Elephant in the Room -3 December 2023

We often hear stories about families with an elderly parent suffering from dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.

This can be very concerning for the family; as we grow older, it becomes more prevalent.

There are preventive approaches that can be taken to help avoid dementia occurring.

Please get in touch with me if you have comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #198 -Black Friday -26 November 2023

After arriving from Hawaii a few days ago, I had the opportunity to visit a local mall and noted all the Black Friday sales in Australia.

Black Friday sales started the day after Thanksgiving in the USA and appear to have spread worldwide.

There are many opinions about this shopping period which starts the holiday season in many countries worldwide.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #196 -Long-term Friendships -12-November 2023

Long-term friendships are important in our lives.

They offer support, trust, shared memories, stress reduction, fun, and enjoyment.

Last week three of us connected and had an enjoyable time sharing each other’s company once again.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #195 -The Happiest Person in the Happiest Country -5 November 2023

In this video, I discuss hearing an interview with Ella Kanninen, a journalist and TV presenter who was chosen as the most positive or happiest person in Finland, the happiest country in the world.

I think Ella’s main message is that “positivity means confidence in the future.”

I believe there are solutions to the world’s challenges if we work together and help each other solve all the issues we are facing.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #194 -How to Know A Person -29 October 2023

An interview with the authour, David Brooks about his recent book, “How to Know A Person,” inspired some thoughts about deep listening and helping others.

When we conduct effective conversations and listen actively to others we make others feel heard, understood, and recognized.

This can help us find common ground, solve problems, and improve the world around us.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #192 -Travelling Across Canada -15 October 2023

This past week at a dinner, Steve told us about his wonderful trip across Canada mainly by train.

It was wonderful to discuss the trip with three friends discovering much of Canada he had never seen even though he is an accomplished world traveler.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #191 -Speak Out – Lead – Make History -8 October 2023

With another conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Hammas the average citizen is the one who suffers.

I believe a formula that will help solve so many problems in the world is ‘Speak Up – Lead – Make History.’

We can all dig deeper into our lives, step up, and apply the above formula by improving our communication and leadership and making the world better.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #190 -100 Years From Now -1 October 2023

This past week I received an email from a high school student asking me to write a reference for her debate coach application.

Her mother suggested that she include what she wrote when asked about a person who inspired her.

This made me think about my favorite quote about 100 Years From Now

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NOTES of a NOMAD #186 -Your Money or Your Life -3 September 2023

In 2012 when I was on a four-month overland trip from Cape Town to Cairo two of the seventeen people referred to a book.

In a recent down-sizing effort I came across a notebook that referred to the book, ‘Your Money or Your Life.’

I know the book had an impact on those who read it, so in researching the book I found some elements that I thought I would share.

They made sense to me, perhaps they might do so to you.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #184 -Climate Change -20 August 2023

I have noticed so many more extreme weather situations in the past few years.

When I was in Australia a few years ago they experienced terrible fires. What happened in Hawaii a few weeks ago was horrendous.
Here in Canada we are in the midst of the worst wildfire season on record impacting so many people.
As the world changes there are more issues requiring us to fix and thus we need to be able to change how we communicate and collaborate to solve the many challenges.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #183 -Rabbit Holes -12 August 2023

So many ‘rabbit holes’ have us getting deeper into something which becomes time wasters.

It is not easy to avoid them, but with some techniques such as setting some priorities and being aware of where you have spent your time it is possible to have a more balanced life.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #181 -Benefits of Volunteering -29 July 2023

Volunteering offers wonderful benefits, such as connecting us to others, is good for your mind and body, and brings us fun and fulfillment.

As a volunteer since 2009, I have enjoyed and received many benefits from my involvement.

If you are interested in volunteering there are websites that can connect you to volunteer organizations.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #180 -What Happened Last Year? -22 July 2023

As it was my birthday this past week, I reviewed what occurred this past year.

After the Covid lockdown has eased and I had received five vaccines so far, I managed to move around this past year.
I sorted through many photos, some of which you may have seen if you watched my videos.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #179 -Recovery -15 July 2023

During my twelve-week journey through Nepal earlier this year, I started coughing and not eating well for the last few weeks.

When I arrived back in Canada I saw how much weight I had lost and started working on some routines to recover.

In the past ten weeks, I have put on weight and recovered my fitness by implementing regular daily and weekly routines.

Please get in touch with me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #178 -Friendship -7 July 2023

The past week was outstanding as I spent a few days on my friend Ken’s boat.

We traveled to Salt Spring Island and spend a few days in the marina.

I felt so blessed to be able to spend time with a good friend, and enjoy excellent food in a beautiful spot in the world.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #177 -Remembered How? -1 July 2023

This is the final video answering the fifth question posed by the Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape, an Australian authour.

The question is, “How would you like to be remembered?

I refer to working with young people for the past 20 years to assist them to enhance their communication and leadership skills.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #175 -Barefoot Question 3 -Being A Dad? -17 June 2023

The third question from Scott Pape, the Australian author known as the Barefoot Investor is, “What does being a dad mean to you?’

This video contains my thoughts about being a dad and comments about some good information sources about approaches I would have found useful.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #173 -Barefoot Question 1 -Meeting Mum? -4 June 2023

In a recent newsletter from Scott Pape the Australian author known as the Barefoot Investor, he discussed his ‘Ultimate Fathers Day Present.’

This consists of asking your elderly parents five questions and recording their answers prior to them disappearing from our lives.

My daughter in Australia suggested I answer the questions, so today I respond to the first question, “How did you meet mum?”

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NOTES of a NOMAD #172 -Being Grateful -27 May 2023

Being back on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada, I feel so grateful to live here.

I am appreciating the exquisite combination of the ocean, multitude of trees, and snow-covered mountains.

The air is healthy, the tap water drinkable, and the people are hospitable.

It is great to be back here after being absent for six months.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #166 NEPAL -Week Ten -(Inaruwa) -17 April 2023

It was New Year’s Day in Nepal last week.

So Happy New Year for 2080 according to the Hindu calendar used in Nepal.

Also, since last week was during school vacation I conducted a Summer Camp approach having them at the school in the morning and a road trip some afternoons.

We did journaling, Agora Speakers practices, learning to cook, and four road trips.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #165 -Week Nine -(Damak) -10 April 2023

This past week, I had an enthusiastic reception in the school and the library that I visited.

Also, the bus ride from Damak to Inaruwa has some dramatic activities which delayed my arrival in Inaruwa.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #164 -NEPAL -Week Eight (Dharan) -1 April 2023

I spent the past week at the Shree Public School which has 3425 students.

It was the first government-run school as all previous schools were private schools.

I will maintain contact with the English teacher, Buddha Sagar as he appears enthusiastic about the Agora Speakers program.

I received an interesting ‘Token of Love’ from the school.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #163 -NEPAL -Week Seven -(Pokara) -26 March 2023

I spent this week in Pokhara which is Nepal’s most popular tourist destination and is known for its Himalayan range and lakes, and its adventure activities.

I am not a good tourist. I saw or did none of the above.

I did work in a school and a college and did do a few unexpected things.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #162 -NEPAL -Week Six (Nepalgunj) -19 March 2023

This past week was spent in Nepalgunj which is close to the border with India.

I had a great time working with about eighty students in the Spring Dell Academy from Grade 5 to Grade 10.

The school principal was very supportive and interested in the Agora Speakers Youth program.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #161 -NEPAL -Week Five (Chitran) -10 March 2023

After a 13-hour bus ride, I arrived in Chitwan, Nepal on Sunday morning where I worked with the students at Orchid School.

I continue to learn as we progress and enjoy the hospitality of the people of Nepal.

I discuss some of the aspects of Nepal in which I believe implementing Agora Speakers clubs can make a positive contribution.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #160 -NEPAL -Week Four (Surkhet) -3 March 2023

This week I traveled to the Surkhet area of Nepal and spent the week at the Eager Bridge Secondary School introducing the Agora Speakers Youth programs to some of the students.

The first half of the ride was exciting as I had the same driver, Rabin from the previous fast and furious week. He took me to see the Wall of Death motorcycle/car show at a local fair.

Also, I visited a Hindu/Buddhist temple built in the 12 century that has been restored in 2021 known as Kakrebihar.

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NOTES of a NOMAD -Where Am I? (Attariya) #159 -24 February 2023

It was another eventful and exciting week in Nepal.

It started with a 9-hour ‘fast and furious’ car trip sharing the road with dogs, cattle, people, tuk-tuks, tractors pulling trailers, mini-buses of all sizes, large buses and trucks all vying for space.

I had a busy with at Everest Academy in Attariya in western Nepal, very close to the Indian border.

We had a ‘School Show’ inviting neighboring schools to attend and I even visited a Nepali Army base.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #158 -NEPAL-Week Two -17 February 2023

This week after a ‘bUmPy’ bus ride from Kathmandu to Butwal, I spent a remarkable week at a school.

It is hard to express how enjoyable it was to be in a school dormitory and watch children during the week enjoying their time at school.

Overall, it was an eventful and productive week promoting Agora Speakers Youth programs in this community.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, and suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #157 -NEPAL -Week One -11 February 2023

My first week in Nepal was outstanding.

I visited four schools and shared information about Agora Speakers youth programs with many other schools that have expressed interest in the programs.

I think this might just be the best week of my life so far!

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES OF A NOMAD #155 -Next Step, Nepal! -27 January 2023

In a few days’ time, I will be on my way to Nepal via Singapore.

As I will have limited availability to the internet, I will likely only be able to respond to emails and upload some videos until I return to Canada in early May.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #154 -Changes -20 January 2023

I was born in 1942 during the Second World War and the world has changed since then.

I review some of the changes that have occurred in my life and some of the skills that the current youth will need to cope with change during their lifetimes.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #153 -An Agorian Week -13 January 2023

This past week there has been a flurry of activity in Agora Speakers International.

As an Ambassador for Agora Speakers, I attended some meetings and have been in contact with others interested in the organization.

I also have an update about the forthcoming trip to Nepal.

Please reach out to me if you have comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #152 -Innocent Infuence -6 January 2023

I have been going to the gym regularly here in Melbourne, Australia.

Apparently, people have noticed that I spend a much longer time on the rowing machine than the average person.

This made me aware that people notice us and that we can have an impact on others even when we are not aware of them.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #151 -Youth Testimonials -30 December 2022

Since I have been working with youth groups since 2004, I thought it would be good to get some testimonials from those involved.

I recently sent out a request and have received a few testimonials which I can share.

The plan is to use them to promote other youth to join a youth group.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #148 -Communication & Leadership Epitomized -10 December 2022

Communication and leadership are important to actively build a better world.

I refer to Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine as a person who epitomizes the power of outstanding communication and leadership.

Assisting our younger generation to improve their communication and leadership skills is of great interest to me,

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #147 -Barefoot Kids -2 December 2022

Teaching children skills that will help them be successful when they enter adulthood is a great gift.

A children’s book ‘Barefoot Kids’ recently published here in Australia is a wonderful example of helping children gain important skills.

You can find more about the author, Scott Pape on his website found https://www.barefootinvestor.com/

Please reach out to me if you have comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #143 -The British Virgin Islands -4 November 2022

This video contains a few pictures from the time I have been on Virgin Gorda Island in The British Virgin Islands.

I was invited here by Kevin and his wife Amy who are currently living here.

I met Kevin in 2012 on an African overland truck journey from Cape Town to Cairo.

Pictures of the unique Baths Beach with its giant boulders and the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue boat at Virgin Gorda are included.

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NOTES of a NOMAD #142 -Travelling -29 October 2022

Today I arrived at the Toronto airport from Vancouver and tomorrow will travel to the British Virgin Islands to visit a friend Kevin and his wife Amy.

Travelling offers a great education. We can experience new things, open our minds to the outside world, and meet different people from different places.

Travel improves our social skills, increases our confidence, and gives us a sense of success.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #141 – Meetings Suck -21 October 2022

‘Too many meetings’ is cited as the biggest waste of time in many organizations.

Meetings done badly can be time-consuming, boring, and unproductive.

Meetings done well can help build your culture, your team, and your organization.

I share some approaches from a book I found useful, “Meetings Suck” by Cameron Herold.

Please reach out to me if you have comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #140 -The Pecking Order -14 October 2022

There is a TEDtalk with over 4 million views that I think should have over 400 million views.

The talk by Margaret Heffernan, “Forget the Pecking Order at Work” conveys why collaboration is more effective than competition.

Please help share this talk with anyone who is involved in an organization and you can find this TEDtalk at https://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_forget_the_pecking_order_at_work

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #139 -Past Week and Future Travels -7 October 2022

Last week I shared time with a friend and memories of 60 years ago when we were hitchhiking around North America and Europe.

Soon I will be starting travels to the British Virgin Islands, Australia, and Nepal.

In Nepal, the plan is to help introduce Agora Speakers Youth clubs in some schools.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #137 -LEADERSHIP For the Coming Decades -23 September 2022

In the coming decades, leadership skills will become more critical than ever.

The old leader-follower approach does not work well.

The leader-leader model where power and responsibility are placed as low on the organizational hierarchy as possible is more effective.

We need to turn more followers into leaders.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #135 -LONELINESS -A Health Threat -9 September 2022

Loneliness threatens our health and happiness.

Loneliness is widespread around the world and affects people of all ages.

Some approaches are to connect with like-minded people with common interests,

Another tip is to consider spending at least 15 minutes a day in contact with others.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #134 -A New Age Teacher -2 September 2022

Teaching has been changing,

This video shows an elementary school classroom with a difference. It has four large screens, extensive computer usage, music is played during classwork, the students sit where they wish, and the teacher is a gamer.

This is different from what I experienced in school.

Youth today face a different world.

Agora Speakers also offers them the opportunity to learn communications and leadership skills.

Anyone interested in learning what Agora Speakers youth programs have to offer, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #132 -AGORACON 2022 -18 August 2022

The annual convention of Agora Speakers International, AGORACON 2022, is being held now in August.

This convention is being organized and hosted by the youth groups in India

I am excited as it showcases what the younger generation is capable of doing as they are often underestimated.

If you wish to know more about the convention or have comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #131 -Appreciation -12 August 2022

After two weeks back in Victoria on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada, I appreciate being able to call this home.

It has a wonderful mix of the ocean, forests, mountains, and helpful people.

I challenge you to spend five minutes and day and think about what you are grateful for as showing appreciation can have a positive impact on you,

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #130 -The Secret to Happiness -5 August 2022

I am back in Canada and currently with my friend in his boat at Ganges harbour at Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

A recent quote from the Greek philosopher, Socrates resonated with me.

As a nomad, I have found having fewer things has been liberating.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #129 -Be Interested in Others -29 July 2022

I believe that communication with each other is a key skill that we can learn to improve.

If we communicate well with each other we can prevent many of the problems we face in our world.

In a TedTalk, Celeste Headlee mentions ‘Ten ways to have a better conversation.’

I suggest we look at her suggestions and choose one at a time and attempt to put it into practice.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #128 -Winnie the Pooh -22 July 2022

The original bear on which the stories about Winnie the Pooh are based was from a small town, White River in Northern Ontario, Canada.

Since I discovered this fact and often mention this, my family knows that I am a fan.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #127 -When Opportunity Knocks! -15 July 2022

Sometimes we have the opportunity to try something new and if we do not take it, we can regret not having done so.

Some opportunities deliver new experiences for growth and new perspectives that we cannot obtain elsewhere.

It is your life,¬† only you know if it’s right for you, trust your gut.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact me.

 

NOTES of a NOMAD #125 -Calling In, Not Callling Out! -2 July 2022

As you may know, I consider communication to be one of the biggest challenges we face in the world.

A TEDtalk by Loretta J. Ross has some approaches that we can try when we face challenges in understanding others.

Loretta states, ‘fighting hate should be fun,’ and a link to her TEDtalk can be found in the description below our video.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #124 -Be Positive, Live Longer -24 June 2022

Last week we lost a friend and mentor of over 60 years.

Ron who was 92 years old started having a positive influence on our lives as our Scoutmaster.

It has also been shown that a positive approach adds years to our lives.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.