Brand Canada is attractive

A special episode (season 4 episode 6)
Recorded in a car travelling in Vancouver Canada – Roger Overall with Jane Boyd. (born on Vancouver Island)

This is “Not a commercial for Vancouver.”

Brand Canada is discussed.

Brand Canada – Roger’s perceptions of Canada before he arrived.
Edmonton connection.

  • Canadian Mounties, on a horse – honorable,
  • Integrity.
  • Ultra-marathoner Gary Robbins story – reinforced the idea of being Canadian.
  • Don’t forget the “natural beauty & wide open spaces” of Canada.

Jane & Roger discuss Roger’s perceptions of Canada – now that he’s spend time in Canada:
Looking forward to coming back.
Extraordinary “Welcome home” said Bob, Jane’s husband – this welcome seemed to be an expression of Brand Canada.

The marathon story reinforces Roger’s perception of brand Canada:

  • Roger ran a race, came in last
  • Everyone waited for him to finish
  • Very kind, supportive people
  • Well tended, maintained city – a clean place
  • Vancouver appeals to many people – does not disappoint.

Differences from what he expected: Roger does his best to highlight

  • Many similarities with USA.
  • Big trucks
  • Peculiar blend of New England, original England, Holland & Texas
  • Differences in pronunciation of words.

Didn’t expect such a melange.

In relation to Brand Canada,
Jane Boyd highlights:

  • Asian population
  • Off-shore investment
  • Indigenous culture, very diverse country
  • Not all melting into one culture
  • Universal health care
  • Different from USA and rest of world – but “we have a long way to go“.

Brand Canada falls down: 

  • Everyone’s aware of what happened to native Indians in USA
  • People think First Nation peoples have been treated well in Canada
  • Residential schools
  • Children taken from their families, to “give them culture“.

–  Jane is ashamed of how indigenous peoples were treated.

There is

  • Truth & reconciliation Commission in Canada.

Generosity as a brand identifier

Jane’s brand identifier is Generosity – an element of that must come from being Canadian.
We apologise a lot.” Quick to own up – go forth to make it right – make amends

Making mistakes in business:

  • Can you be more confident that your mistake will be accepted
  • Do you feel nervous about coming clean?

Personal & business ethics
sometimes it’s hard to own up but it’s the right thing to do.” When you own up it makes the customer feel better.

In Canada “we care about people. We take care of the vulnerable. We have poverty & homelessness. But we believe in taking care.” – says Jane Boyd.

In Vancouver, the largest credit union in Canada is nearby – socially responsible businesses.

Personal Story:
What a glove-making company did for Jane’s dad. And he didn’t retire until he was 78.

“A lot of companies are doing right for their people.”

The conversation ends with reference to two other brand identifiers:

  • Halloween – a US thing. – “trick or treat”
  • Canadians wear a poppy – worn for Remembrance Day

You can find Jane Boyd at www.45Conversations.com

Roger Overall at www.businessjazz.net & www.showandtellcommunications.net

Roger says he’ll be back in Vancouver in February 2018.

 

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How to reduce stress & worry

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Podcasting from Cork Ireland, for 33 minutes you’ll hear
Roger Overall & Paul O’Mahony
riff off each other,
playing
“Mindfulness & Meditation”

Topic
How to reduce stress & worry?

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In Episode 12 of Season 3,
we discuss:

We discuss fundamentals

  • Strange start: Paul has nothing to say this week (0.05)
  • There are times to reflect & live in silence (0.18)
  • Mindful business (1.04)
  • Mickey Mouse’s ears
  • “How much time have you been stressed?
  • “Living in the Now”
  • How much energy of business people gets diluted by not living in the Now?
  • Living in fear of future & regrets about the past
  • Worry: what does it have on your ability to pay attention to a client?
  • How acute is it?
  • How rested are you?
  • Anxiety consumes  too much energy –  but not always  (5.30)
  • Do you have a mechanism for controlling the “barrier”
  • Working with a business coach

Insight
You can live a better life

We focus on focus

  • Ever done a course on mindfulness? (6.45)
  • Concentrating on a very small detail
  • Meditation & Mindfulness
  • [syllables matter in communication] – Use one-syllable words – like “love”
  • Focus on something real that’s experienced – not imagined
  • Practise the art of focus (10.00)
  • Feel your weight on the carpet
  • Ummm… ummm…ummm… (is one way)
  • ‘Doing it’ is the hard bit – especially if you’re an impulsive (11.55)
  • We can all imagine catastrophes (13.00)
  • That’s typical of me’ – ‘it’s all my fault’
  • Story of a waiter who had a lousy day
  • Advice can be dismissed (15.00)

Insight
Control your imagination now

We advocate Practice:

  • If anyone thinks they can have a mindful approach to business without practice  – they’re bonkers
  • Golfers & hurlers must practise (16.00)
  • Business people better practise – if they want different results
  • Let’s not use the word ‘idiot‘ (18.00)
  • Physical health is recognised
  • Mental health is starting to be recognised
  • Tajikistan
  • Business gurus are talking about meditation
  • I shall meditate for 5 minutes…”  says Roger –  No, do one minute – says Paul
  • Perpetuating a fallacy (21.00)
  • It’s not difficult to practise, there’s nothing technically complicated…
  • Put down your resistance
  • Mark Cotton knows “Keep on Running” 60s song
    Keep On Running” is a song written and originally recorded by Jackie Edwards, which became a number one hit in the UK when recorded by The Spencer Davis Group (Wiki)

Insight
Everything is practice


We advise you to get help to change 

  • Every day is the first day (23.00)
  • Learned behaviour is difficult to change (24.00) – it takes work
  • No one builds a business by themselves
  • Google Larry Page & Sergey, Teamwork, Lennon & McCartney
  • The business of developing yourself to be more attractive in business today (25.40)
  • Automated text message that says “STOP”
  • A mindful approach thanks to help of an external force (26.50)
  • ‘Accountability buddy’ can help you
  • Thinking ahead is not good – when you’re dealing with a customer (28.00)
  • “Let’s make-up” birthday card
  • Responding to a genuine need
  • Where the clock?
  • Paraphernalia we need for this podcast
  • Michael Lynch  AV3 productions arrives

Paul sings
“We’ll meet again”
Insight
None

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Please tell one other person
about #BusinessJazzPodcast
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During this conversation
We spoke fondly of

Mickey Mouse’s Ears
Tajikistan
Mark Cotton
Larry Page & Sergey
Teamwork.com
Lennon & McCartney
Michael Lynch
AV3 productions
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Let’s work together – fondly
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