I met some lovely people this week at Oldham Library where I was speaking as part of their Mindfulness series. It was a lunchtime session, well attended, a warm welcome and tea of course. A great audience – 83% rated the session as ‘Excellent’. Many thanks to Richard, Kate and Holly.
Save Our Libraries!
I adore books, typically reading three or more every week, with a collection numbering into the 1000’s. My first love though is writing and my latest book was recently published. Penn Cottage Books celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, having successfully self-published my first book, Half a Rainbow: Insight into Stress in 1990.
Hello everyone. Have you heard the news the sale of ‘paper’ books is rising?
Reading is an escape from all that is happening in our own lives however to fully enjoy the journey, to be totally transported we need to engage as many of the senses as possible.
E-books provide swift access to the world of literature. Particularly useful when travelling. However a book, a real ‘Paper’ book engages not only touch, sight and hearing but also the sense of smell, To feel the texture of the paper, to trace the shape of a page with your finger tips, to sniff and inhale its special scent, to be so moved as you read that your tears drop onto its pages to do all of this you need a book in your hands.
Many of my readers tell me how having read my books they choose to keep them close. Often, on a bedside table where they can ‘dip in’ opening at random to gain inspiration, motivation and comfort. What a compliment that is to know that a book is still read years after publication.
As readers we become travellers, into other lives, other dimensions; books provide an instant escape …. they are your mode of transport to that other special place, hold onto the pages!
Vera Waters Oct 2015
People began to arrive and I felt my usual excitement tinged with curiosity. Speakers face the unknown as the audience take their seats. The people who come to hear me speak, the people who read my books and support my work are all very important to me. Continue reading
The Big Interview from Chorley Guardian, 7th October 2014.
The traffic was at a standstill, temporary traffic lights set up on the bridge across the motorway. I hoped I would not be late. I like to be punctual, especially when I know people are coming to hear me speak. However, I need not have worried as I arrived with time to spare. Continue reading
The staff at Chorley library were wonderful. They had prepared well and when I arrived all was ready for my talk which was to be followed by a book signing. It was Friday evening and those coming to the event had been promised a cup of tea and a biscuit! Continue reading
For over thirty years I have been pleased to speak to people in groups small or large; at conferences as a key-note speaker or meeting people at talks and book signings.
As a counsellor and life coach I am aware how important it is to choose the right speaker for your event after all the aim will be that the speaker will not only inform but entertain your audience. That is where the humour comes in, people do like a good laugh and so do I!
My career and life experience has taken me into many varied areas and situations. Trouble Shooter, Pioneer, an Agent of change – this is how the Press have described me over the years. From Berlin to Australia and then for the last 12 years America where I am billed as an inspirational/motivational speaker or as the Virginians say a ‘Stem-Winder’.
You would be correct in thinking that as the first counsellor ever retained to advise the Police from the private sector that my life has been spent advising and helping people to cope with problems. Indeed this is so, de-briefing officers in the aftermath of major incidents including the Manchester airport disaster in the 80’s was a very moving experience and the work with children has been of immense importance to me for these little ones are the future of mankind, they need to be cherished and nurtured.
I have always believed in the power of positive thinking no one ever said that this life would be easy however we have to make the best of it. Often I am asked why I continue to work in the way that I do my answer is that as long as I can help people I will go on.
It is important to live our lives not merely exist!
Every moment is precious, priceless in that we cannot bring back even a moment of the past we can only live in the present. My life has and continues to be varied and interesting because it is filled with people.
Every person I meet is unique, no two human beings have the same identical talents and gifts.
Your glass can easily be half full if you are a positive thinker.